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5 Scenic Guided Excursions

Are you on a city break or business trip? Why not squeeze in an exciting day trip from Zürich?

An organized tour is especially interesting for visitors - leisure or business - who don't have time for an extensive holiday and don't have a Swiss Travel Pass but still want to see more of our spectacularly beautiful country while they are in town.

Mount Jungfrau to the left and below Lauterbrunnen Mount Jungfrau to the left, and the sunny meadow below between the rock faces is the Lauterbrunnen Valley

What's more, you don't have to figure out logistics - ticket prices, train schedules, changing trains, walking to the cable car station and what not. Most likely you even get a better value because buying single train tickets can get expensive. Also, if you are pressed for time, you profit from the information a guide will give you on the tour - all you have to do is show up and enjoy the ride.

Jungfraujoch - the Top of Europe | Mount Titlis | Mount Pilatus
Heidiland & Liechtenstein | Rhine Falls

Day Trip from Zürich #1: Jungfraujoch

A visit to Switzerland is not complete without at least one scenic mountain trip, and the Jungfraujoch - the Top of Europe - sure tops the list. To see the impressive triumvirate - Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau - up close is one of the best experiences.


Highlights

  • Scenic journey from Zürich to Lauterbrunnen in the Bernese Oberland in a comfortable air conditioned coach;
  • A short but scenic train ride takes you from Lauterbrunnen via Wengen to "Kleine Scheidegg" where you will change trains and continue to the Top of Europe, the highest railway station in Europe;
  • Breathtaking 360 degree views from the Sphinx to a wreath of alpine peaks and the Aletsch Glacier - you can even set foot on the glacier;
  • You'll enjoy a walk through the ice palace hewn into the glacier.

Good to Know

This will be a very long day. And although you can buy food in Lauterbrunnen and on "Kleine Scheidegg" and have lunch in one of the restaurants on top of the Jungfraujoch, you might want to bring some snacks to have while on the road. And don't forget to fill the water bottle.

Wear good shoes and bring a warm sweater or anorak. The Jungfraujoch is covered in eternal snow and ice year-round (leave the flip flops at home even during the height of summer). The temperature can be as low as minus 7 degree C (19.4 f) in the two hottest summer months July and August.

Wheelchair accessible though if you need a helping hand you will have to take someone with you.

Note: You will 'climb' quickly to a very high altitude (3,454 metres / 11,333 feet). There's always a risk of getting altitude sickness. If that happens to you, turn around as quickly as possible.

Included

- All-day excursion;
- Local Tour Operator;
- Professional English and German speaking guides;
- Air conditioned coach;
- Ticket all the way to the Jungfraujoch and back.

Excluded

- Food and drink;
- Hotel pick up and drop off.

Pick up

- Departure: Sihlquai bus terminal at 8:30 am;
- Trip duration: approximately 11.5 hours.

The Jungfraujoch is a very popular destinations and will sell out quickly.
Do book as early as possible.

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Alternative Option: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland

There's also a slightly different journey to the Jungfraujoch available. This trip takes you from Zürich via Interlaken (short stop) to Grindelwald, the Glacier Village in the Jungfrau Region. From Grindelwald you will take the train to Kleine Scheidegg and then board the Jungfraubahn.

Again, this will be a long day and since you stop in Interlaken it will take longer than the tour above.

Collapsible wheelchair access, though if you need help you need to bring someone with you.

Pick up

  • Departure: Sihlquai bus terminal at 8 am (selected hotel pick up possible, but not drop off);
  • Trip duration: approximately 12 hours.
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Day Trip from Zürich #2: Mount Titlis

Visiting Mount Titlis (3238m / 10,623 feet) is an exhilarating experience and you can play in the snow year-round. The views on the way up and on the top are stunningly beautiful. That is, if the weather is good. As mentioned earlier - the weather is a fickle thing in Switzerland.


Highlights

  • The tour from Zürich includes a city tour in Lucerne where you will have time to explore the cultural and historical sites on a guided walking tour - including the Lion monument and chapel bridge. Afterwards you will have some time at your leisure to enjoy the magnificently situated city of lights on Lake Lucerne;
  • Continue the tour by coach to Engelberg, the alpine village at the foot of Mount Titlis;
  • A thrilling Rotair gondola (World's first) spins you up to Central Switzerland's highest mountain;
  • Awing views from the terrace to the surrounding snow covered mountain peaks, including the Bernese Alps;
  • Bring a little courage to walk Europe's highest suspension bridge;
  • Ride the Ice Flyer to get an even better look at the glacier and visit the magical ice cave;
  • Soar down a snow tube in the Glacier Park (May to October).

Good to Know

Dress warm and wear good shoes, the ground is covered by snow and ice even during summer. Wear sun glasses to protect your eyes from the glistening sun and snow.

Wheelchairs have to be collapsible and handicapped visitors must be accompanied by a person that can lend a helping hand.

You'll have approximately 2 hours to explore the summit so keep an eye on your watch. It can get crowded in the touristy summer months and even more so in winter, when you share mountain transport with skiers. The cable cars will be jammed full. Make sure you communicate details with the guide before you enter the gondola because he will stay back at the bus and wait for you.

Included

- All-day excursion;
- Guided walking tour in Lucerne;
- Comfortable, climate-controlled coach tour to Engelberg via Lucerne;
- Price includes gondolas, Ice Flyer, admission to the Ice cave, suspension bridge and snow slide;
- Local tour operator;
- Professional bilingual guides (English/German);

Excluded

- Hotel drop-off;
- Jacket and snow-boot rental on top of Mount Titlis;
- Food and drink (there's a restaurant on top) - don't forget to fill your water bottle and bring snacks for the trip.

Pick up

- Departure: Sihlquai bus terminal at 9:30 am (selected hotel pick up approximately 8:30 am);
- Return: Back at the bus terminal approximately at 7 pm (no hotel drop off).

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Day Trip from Zürich #3: Mount Pilatus

The sharply serrated ridges of the Mount Pilatus range tower high above Lake Lucerne. The highest point is the Tomlishorn 2128 m above sea level (6.985 feet). Mount Pilatus has become a tourist magnet in Central Switzerland soon after the bold and world steepest Cog Railway was built.


Highlights

  • Explore Lucerne at your leisure before the scenic journey continues to the top of Mt. Pilatus;
  • The "Golden Round Trip" is a summer excursion between May and October. During a three week period of maintenance end of October you will travel both ways by cogwheel train;
  • Glorious views unfold on the way up to Mt. Pilatus and even more gorgeous panorama vistas on top;
  • You'll ascent from Kriens by aerial panorama gondola to Fräkmüntegg from where the "Dragon Ridge" cableway will whisk you up to the top;
  • Walk the Dragon's Path to the Mount Pilatus summit or have lunch in the mountain restaurant and just enjoy the views;
  • You will ride one of the World's steepest cogwheel trains that crawls along the rock face and through tunnels from Mt. Pilatus down to Alpnachstad;
  • A cruise will take you back to Lucerne between early May and late October. In case the boat is not running you will receive a complimentary lunch.

Good to Know

Wear good walking shoes and bring a warm coat, even in the warmest summer months.

Included

- All-day Excursion;
- Coach tour from Zürich to Lucerne;
- Local Tour operator with professional English, German and Spanish speaking guides;
- Golden-Round-Trip except between mid October and beginning of November when the gondolas from Kriens are closed due to maintenance. You'll be travelling both ways with the cogwheel train. The cruise stops running after October 18 so you will be treated to a complimentary lunch.

Excluded

- Hotel drop off;
- Gratuities (optional);
- Food and drinks except as specified above.

Pick up

- Departure: Sihlquai bus terminal at 9:30 am (prior pick up at selected hotels);
- Back in Zürich at approximately 7 pm.

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Day Trip from Zürich #4: Heidiland and Liechtenstein

This very affordable full day and truly scenic guided tour takes you from history filled Zürich to the castle city of Rapperswil on the shores of Lake Zürich. The tour then continues over a pass and through the picturesque Toggenburg valley to the principality of Liechtenstein where you will stop in Vaduz. The tour then will continue over the St. Luzisteig Pass to the Heidi Village above Maienfeld, a small but beautiful town in the middle of Graubünden's wine region.


Highlights

  • This tour takes you through charming cities and towns, along deep blue lakes, between mountain ranges and through lush meadows to the fairy tale Heidi Village in Graubünden;
  • Guided tour through history rich Zürich;
  • A visit to the medieval castle of Rapperswil, also called the Rosen City, where you will have a little time to explore the charming city on Lake Zürich on your own;
  • The tour takes you over a small pass, the Ricken, to the Toggenburg, a lush green valley surrounded by beautiful mountains;
  • Vaduz is the capital of the principality of Liechtenstein and features a castle that towers high above the city. It is the official residence of the ruling family, the von Liechtenstein's;
  • You continue over another small pass - St. Luzisteig - to Maienfeld;
  • And finally you'll arrive at the tiny village that inspired Johanna Spyri to write her famous Heidi story;
  • The tour then will return to Zürich along Lake Walen nestled amidst high mountains on both sides.

Good to Know

Heidi's village is closed between November and March and you therefore will be taken to the quaint little village of Werdenberg instead of Maienfeld.

Included

- All-day excursion;
- Local Tour Operator;
- Professional bilingual guides;
- Air-conditioned coach.

Excluded

- Food and drink;
- Hotel pick up and drop off;
- Entrance into the Heidi Museum.

Pick up

- Departure point and time: Bus terminal Sihlquai at 11am;
- Trip duration: approximately 7 hours and 30 minutes.

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Day Trip from Zürich #5: Rhine Falls

Europe's largest waterfall attracts visitors from all over the world. And while water flow is highest in spring and summer, a visit is certainly worthwhile year-round.

The Rhine Fall is almost 500 meters wide and cascades over rock faces that are up to 75 feet high.


Highlights

  • Scenic ride through traditional Swiss villages and vineyards to "Schloss Laufen" and the Rhine Falls;
  • Don't miss the boat ride that takes you even closer to the falls during the summer months;
  • There's a viewing platform beneath Castle Laufen. Or take a leisurely walk along the banks of the river and on the railway bridge for great views;
  • Return to Zürich or "Zürich Airport" and catch a glimpse of the Munot, the mighty Schaffhausen fortress.

Good to know

Have a few hours to kill before your flight home? Or are at Zürich Airport for a long stopover? This is an ideal journey of less than four hours where you learn more of the area than you would on your own.

The optional boat ride is not available in winter between November and March.

Included

- Half-day excursion including coach tour through Zürich;
- Local Tour Operator;
- Professional bilingual guides;
- Air-conditioned coach.

Exclusions

- Hotel drop off;
- Boat ride to the falls;
- Food, drinks and gratuities (optional).

Pick up

- Departure: 9:15 am at Sihlquai Bus Terminal (earlier at selected hotels) and 9:30 am at Zürich Airport
- Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approximately);
- Return: around 12:15 pm at the airport and 12:30 pm at the Sihlquai Bus Terminal.

Note:

There's also a full day excursion possible that includes an extensive Zürich city tour as well as a visit to the Lindt Chocolate Factory.

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