10 Days in Switzerland Tour Itinerary

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Discover the Highlights of Switzerland with Our Ten Day Itinerary

Our ten-day Switzerland tour itinerary has been designed to reveal the country’s iconic landscapes and hidden gems in just 10 days.

Our ten-day itinerary starts in Zurich and weaves through the picturesque landscapes, historic towns, and Alpine wonders that Switzerland is famous for. From a day trip to the stunning city of Lucerne to the awe-inspiring Lauterbrunnen Valley, this itinerary is designed to captivate your senses and immerse you in Swiss culture and natural beauty.

Destination on Our 10-Day Switzerland Itinerary

Day 1 – Zurich

Day 2 – Lucerne Day Trip

Day 3 & 4 – Lauterbrunnen 

Day 5 – St. Moritz

Day 6 – Val Fex and Sils Maria

Day 7 – Bernina Express Train Ride

Day 8 – Zurich

Day 9 – Swiss Farm Experience & Appenzell

Day 10 – Departure

Day 1: Best of Zurich Walking and Boat Tours

Zurich & Lake Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city, seamlessly blends its medieval heritage with a vibrant cultural scene, making it a captivating destination for any traveler. 

Located by the stunning Lake Zurich and framed by picturesque Alps, the city offers a unique mix of historical exploration, scenic beauty, and modern Swiss life, which makes for the ideal location to begin our 10-day Switzerland Itinerary!

Zurich’s History & Nature Exploration

Kickstart your Zurich escapade by immersing yourself in the rich tapestry of history woven throughout the city’s Old Town (Altstadt). 

Join your guide to wander through its labyrinthine network of narrow winding lanes, where every corner reveals centuries-old buildings steeped in stories of yore. Your guide will lead you to iconic landmarks such as the imposing Grossmünster. This twin-towered church symbolizes Zurich’s spiritual heritage, offering panoramic cityscape views from its lofty heights. 

Continue your journey to the Fraumünster, where the ethereal beauty of Marc Chagall’s mesmerizing stained-glass windows casts a spell of enchantment upon all who behold them.

Retail Therapy on Bahnhofstrasse

After a morning steeped in history, treat yourself to a leisurely stroll down Bahnhofstrasse, a veritable paradise for discerning shoppers. 

Along this illustrious thoroughfare, haute couture boutiques and renowned Swiss watch emporiums beckon with their opulent displays. Whether you’re content to simply admire the exquisite craftsmanship through boutique windows or feel compelled to indulge in a lavish purchase, Bahnhofstrasse promises an unforgettable shopping experience amid an ambiance of refined elegance.

Lake Zurich Boat Tour

What better way to end your first day in Switzerland than to experience a relaxing boat tour on Lake Zurich as the evening sets in? 

Glide over the clear waters, taking in the stunning views of the city’s skyline against the snow-covered mountains. This peaceful journey offers a unique perspective of Zurich, blending the city’s elegance with the natural beauty of its surroundings. 

Overnight in Zurich.

Day 2: Lucerne Day Trip

Lake Lucerne, Boat Trip, Switzerland

After breakfast, your private driver will collect you for the 40-minute transfer to Lucerne, a picturesque Swiss city known for its charming Old Town and stunning lakeside setting.

Visit the Swiss Transport Museum Lucerne

Upon arrival in Lucerne, head straight to the Swiss Transport Museum, where you’ll explore interactive exhibits showcasing trains, planes, automobiles, and more, providing insight into the country’s innovative transportation systems, particularly required due to it’s Alpine geography!

Explore the Stunning Town of Lucerne

Following your museum visit, wander through Lucerne’s cobblestone streets, admiring the medieval architecture and iconic landmarks like the Chapel Bridge and Water Tower. 

Take time to browse local shops and cafes, soaking in the charming ambiance of this lakeside gem.

Lake Cruise Starting from Lucerne

Conclude your day with a scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and serene waters. 

Relax on the deck as you glide past picturesque landscapes, soaking in the beauty of Switzerland’s natural scenery.

After your private cruise experience, your driver will collect you for the journey back to Zurich, where you will spend the night.

Day 3: Lauterbrunnen, Valley of 72 Waterfalls

Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland

Get ready for your Lake Lungern Exploration! 

Departing from Zurich with your private driver guide, enjoy a scenic 1-hour ride to Lake Lungern, a tranquil mountain lake boasting stunning vistas perfect for capturing lasting memories.

Village of Lauterbrunnen

Continue your journey to the charming alpine village of Lauterbrunnen, nestled in the heart of the Swiss Alps. 

Take a leisurely walk through the village, visiting some of its most iconic spots and marveling at the tallest waterfall in Switzerland. Your guide will lead you to hidden gems, ensuring you experience the true essence of this picturesque locale.

Valley of 72 Waterfalls

Immerse yourself in the natural splendor of the Valley of 72 Waterfalls, where the landscape is adorned with cascading waterfalls. 

Witness the majesty of nature as you stroll through this idyllic valley, breathing in the fresh mountain air and marveling at the beauty that surrounds you.

Swiss Mountain BBQ in Stechelberg

Swiss BBQ, Switzerland

Indulge in an unforgettable Swiss Mountain BBQ in Stechelberg, savoring the delectable flavors of traditional Swiss cuisine amidst breathtaking mountain scenery. 

Relax and unwind as you enjoy a feast fit for royalty, prepared with care by local chefs.

Cable Car Ride to Gimmelwald

Next, our itinerary will see you take a picturesque cable car ride to Gimmelwald, a charming mountain village offering awe-inspiring views of the surrounding peaks, including the famous Jungfrau and Eiger. 

Take in the panoramic vistas as you ascend to this serene mountain retreat, where time seems to stand still.

Transfer to Wengen

Conclude your day with a scenic train ride to the car-free mountain village of Wengen, where you can unwind and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Swiss Alps.

Overnight in Merligen.

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Day 4: Lauterbrunnen – Alpine Thrills

St Beatus Caves on Lake Thun, Interlaken, Switzerland

Start your day with an exhilarating tobogganing adventure in Grindelwald, where you’ll zip down snowy slopes and enjoy adrenaline-fueled fun amidst stunning mountain scenery. 

Feel the rush of excitement as you navigate twists and turns, creating unforgettable memories of your Swiss escapade.

Scenic Train Rides and Hiking

Embark on scenic train rides through the breathtaking Swiss countryside, soaking in panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and verdant valleys. 

Lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails, exploring the pristine Alpine landscapes and discovering hidden gems along the way. We will consult with you beforehand to determine which trail to take with your guide, tailored to your experience and mobility.

Exploring Beatus Caves

Step into the cool darkness of the cave entrance with your private guide. As you descend deeper into the underground labyrinth, the air grows cooler, and the sound of dripping water echoes through the passages.

Illuminated by soft lighting, the cavern walls come alive with intricate formations of stalactites hanging from the ceiling and stalagmites rising from the cave floor. 

Throughout the tour, your guide regales you with captivating tales and ancient legends associated with Beatus Caves. Learn about Saint Beatus, the legendary hermit who is said to have lived in the caves during the 6th century, and hear stories of dragons and mythical creatures that once roamed these subterranean passageways.

Evening in Beatus Merligen

As the day draws to a close, retire to the picturesque village of Beatus Merligen on the shores of Lake Thun. Relax and unwind in this idyllic setting, basking in the tranquility of the Swiss Alps and reflecting on the day’s adventures. 

Day 5: St. Moritz – Chocolate Delights 

Läderach Chocolate Factory Outlet Store, Switzerland

Begin your day with a scenic drive from Merligen, where your adventure awaits. Enjoy the picturesque landscapes as you make your way towards your first stop.

Läderach Chocolate Factory Outlet Store

Indulge your sweet tooth at the Läderach chocolate factory outlet store. Explore rows of delectable Swiss Premium Chocolate and take advantage of great bargains. 

For an extra treat, participate in a chocolate-making workshop and create your unique confection in the atelier.

Scenic Drive over Flüela Pass

Marvel at the stunning mountain vistas and glacier lakes over the Flüela Pass towards St. Moritz, stopping at various points to soak in the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Gault Millau Restaurant Experience

End your day with a culinary delight at a Gault Millau Restaurant in St. Moritz. Indulge in gourmet cuisine crafted from the finest ingredients, accompanied by impeccable service and elegant surroundings. 

Overnight in St Moritz.

Day 6: Exploring Val Fex

Lake Silvaplana, Sils and Maloja, Switzerland

Embark on a leisurely drive to Sils Maria, a charming village just 15 minutes from St. Moritz. 

From there, embark on a hike along the rivers in the enchanting Fex Valley. Our team will recommend the most suitable route based on your experience and preferences.

Kite Surfing at Lake Silvaplana Or Swimming

Our tour planners will talk with you in advance of the trip to understand if you would prefer to enjoy a thrilling kite surfing experience at Lake Silvaplana, one of the prime spots for this exhilarating sport, or if a refreshing swim in the largest mountain lake of Graubünden, would be more your style.

Malojapass Viewpoint and Soglio Village

Visit scenic viewpoints like the Malojapass, offering panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains and valleys. 

Then, visit the charming traditional mountain village of Soglio, renowned for its stunning landscapes and locally made chestnut products. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore one of Europe’s largest chestnut forests.

Evening in St. Moritz

As the day winds down, you have the option to explore St. Moritz at your leisure. Wander through the town’s chic boutiques, relax at a lakeside cafe, or soak in the ambiance of this glamorous Alpine resort. 

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Day 7: Bernina Express 

Bernina Express, Landwasser Viaduct in Graubunden, Switzerland

Prepare for an unforgettable journey as you board the Bernina Express, renowned for its breathtaking vistas and scenic routes. 

Settle into your comfortable seat and relax as the train begins its ascent towards Tirano.

Spectacular Views Along the Route

As the train winds its way through the Alpine landscape, be prepared to be mesmerized by the stunning views unfolding outside your window. Marvel at snow-capped peaks, emerald valleys, and picturesque villages nestled amidst the mountains.

Optional Stops for Exploration

Along the journey, you can make optional stops at various stations, such as Ospizio Bernina and Alp Grüm. 

Stretch your legs with a leisurely walk along the tranquil lake at Ospizio Bernina, or indulge in a delicious meal at the restaurant at Alp Grüm. For the adventurous, a walk to the Morteratsch Glacier offers a chance to get up close to the majestic natural wonder.

Relaxed Evening Exploration

Feel free to tailor your day to your preferences, whether opting for a shorter journey or spending more time at locations like Lago Bianco or Morteratsch Glacier. 

Embrace the opportunity to unwind amidst the beauty of the Swiss Alps, soaking in the tranquil ambiance and natural splendor.

Return to your St Moritz hotel in the evening.

Day 8: Zurich – Wine and Cheese Delights

Einsiedeln Abbey, Switzerland

Bid farewell to the Alpine beauty of Graubünden as you embark on a 2 hour journey towards Zurich with your private driver. 

Wine Tasting at Weingut Donatsch

Make a stop at Weingut Donatsch, located in a strongly protected and popular wine area. 

Indulge in a delightful wine-tasting experience, sampling a selection of exquisite wines crafted with precision and passion.

Visit to Einsiedeln Monastery

Arrive in Einsiedeln and visit the largest monastery in Switzerland. Explore the historic grounds and immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of this revered site. 

Afterward, treat yourself to the best selection of Einsiedler bakeries at a favorite local bakery.

Local Cheese Factory Visit

Continue your culinary adventure with a visit to a local cheese factory. 

Witness the cheese-making process firsthand and gain insight into the craftsmanship behind Switzerland’s renowned cheeses. 

Overnight in Zurich.

Day 9: Swiss Farm Experience & Appenzell Exploration

Traditional Swiss Farm Experience, Switzerland

On your penultimate day in Switzerland, journey to the enchanting Appenzell region, renowned for its idyllic landscapes and rich cultural tapestry. 

Spend a leisurely day amidst lush green pastures, taking gentle walks that unveil the region’s stunning vistas and hidden treasures. In the town of Appenzell, immerse yourself in a world where tradition flourishes, savoring the local delicacy of Biberli, a delightful almond-filled gingerbread.

The day’s highlight is a visit to Fabian’s farm, an authentic Swiss homestead where you’ll get a hands-on experience of farm life. 

Swiss Fondue Experience

Swiss Fondue, Switzerland

Relish in the warmth of Swiss hospitality with a delectable farm fondue, learn the intricacies of milking cows, and take a ride on a farm tractor! The day is sweetened further with tastings of exquisite local chocolate and sweet cider, offering an authentic taste of Swiss culinary heritage.

As the sun sets over Appenzell, a scenic drive leads you back to Zurich, the heart filled with the day’s serene and rustic experiences.

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Day 10: Departure from Zurich

A private transfer to Zurich Airport ensures a seamless conclusion to your journey, leaving you with cherished memories and stories of Switzerland’s enchanting landscapes, rich traditions, and warm hospitality. As you board your flight home, the beauty of Switzerland remains etched in your heart, beckoning you to return.

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