Duration:
4 days / 3 nights
Price:
from CHF CHF 8’900.00 for 2 persons / CHF 10'200.00 for 4 persons / groups on request
Route:
Basel/Zurich - Jura Mountains - Emmental - Bern – Grindelwald – Lucerne – Zurich

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Day-by-day itinerary of Swiss Pearl Tour (Tour example):

This is not an offer but a tour sample. The rate is estimated.
If such a program is of interest to you please ask for a fix rate according to your travel date.
Or with pleasure we customize your personalized program according to your desires and budget. Please contact us and let us show you what we can do.

This tour can also be driven reversed or can start and end in Zurich and fits perfectly with a Rhine river cruise

Each season brings up special features. To make a tour special, we will be happy to include Swiss Folks festivals and events (ex. Mountain spring festival, Cattle driving up/down, cheese sharing events, vintage festivals, fairs or markets, etc.).

 

Day 1: Basel/Zurich – Jura mountains – Emmental – Bern – Grindelwald

  • The SwissSafari driver/guide will meet you at 09.00AM (or you pick the time) at Basel Pier or Zurich Hotel. Welcome and brief information about the program.
  • Start for a drive through the city Basel/Zurich for a short overview of the old town. Now, your driver/guide will take you on hidden paths through the beautiful Jura Mountains, the mountain range which borders Switzerland and France. On a look out point you have a brief stop to enjoy the view to the Alps and over the Midlands.
  • Followed is a scenic drive through the green and hilly Emmental, passing through small farming villages. The Emmental is the origin of the famous Emmental cheese (Swiss cheese) and home of the typical wooden farm houses. Stop in the Emmental show cheese factory with a short guided tour to learn more about the Swiss tradition and cheese making culture as it was yesterday and as it is today. Then, you may spend some time at your leisure to check out the handcraft shop and the bakery where one can get Swiss specialties.
  • Lunch will be in a rural restaurant serving Swisss specialties and International dishes.
  • In the afternoon a  scenic drive takes you to Bern, the capitol city of Switzerland. You have a short guided tour through the beautiful and charming old town, a UNESCO World heritage site. The highlights of this tour will be a walk through the cobble stoned alleys with the colorful fountains, to see the clock tower, the Münster Cathedral and the Capitol.
  • After the Bern tour the drive goes on along lake Thun towards the Alps. Arrival at Grindelwald is at around 5 p.m. The famous mountain resort is set at the foot of the Eiger mountain and surrounded by Alpine meadows.
  • Hotel check-in and remaining time at your leisure. Your guide will be happy to give you restaurant recommendations and will on request make reservations.

Overnight stay at Grindelwald

Accommodation is provided at
4-star resort Sunstar or Hotel Kirchbühl, room with balcony and mountain view!
4-star superior Hotel Belvedere, room with balcony and Eiger view
5-star Hotel Victoria Jungfrau at Interlaken (small town nearby Grindelwald)
or similar


Day 2: Grindelwald and surroundings

  • You enjoy a hearty breakfast with wonderful mountain views before meeting your driver for a great day program which you may chose depending on the season and weather condition (all tickets included):South of Bern and Luzern lies the grand Alpine heart of Switzerland, a massively impressive region of classic Swiss scenery – high peaks, sheer valleys and cool lakes – that makes for great hiking and gentle walking, not to mention world-class winter sports. The Jungfrau Region is the most accessible and touristed area, and also the most spectacular, best known for a grand triple-peaked ridge of Alpine giants at its core – the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, cresting 4000m.
    Grindelwald is a bustling resort in its own valley slightly to the east of Interlaken and at the foot of the Eiger North face. It offers access to one of Switzerland’s top excursions, the amazing rack-railway journey winding up through spectacular mountain scenery to the snow- and ice-bound Jungfrajoch, a windswept col nestling at 3454m (11’333ft) just below the peak of the Jungfrau itself, and the site of the highest train station in Europe.
    However, the Jungfrau Region takes in a vast tract of territory, and the approaches to the high mountains have their own, less daunting pleasures: the twin lakes of the Thunersee (with the atmospheric old town of Thun at its head) and Lake Brienz with Brienz offer Alpine horizons and beauty enough to merit a stop of their own. Between the two, the bustling town of Interlaken is the main transport hub for the region. Interlaken offers world class hotels, boutiques, souvenir shops and restaurants with great views to the Jungfrau mountain.
    On a visit to the region, and stunned by the natural drama all around, the composer Felix Mendelssohn wrote: “Anyone who has not seen the Jungfrau region does not know Switzerland.” Once you’ve seen it, you’ll know what he means. Arguably the single most captivating place in the entire Alps lies just a short way south of Grindelwald – the gorgeous Lauterbrunnen valley, with the car free resorts of Wengen and Mürren perched on plateaux above providing excellent winter skiing and summer hiking.

Sightseeing recommendations, some of which can be combined, not all which can be made (tickets included):

  • Scenic drive to the beautiful Lauterbrunnen Valley, also called the valley of a hundred waterfalls. Visit the Trümmelbach Waterfalls which are 10 glacier waterfalls inside the rocks and made accessible by a tunnel lift (a lot of steps!).
  • You enjoy a 2 hour cogwheel train ride through green meadows and the hard rock of the Mountain Eiger to Europe’s highest railway station at 11,333 ft: the famous Jungfrau Joch (top of Europe). You may visit the Glacier Palace with its ice sculptures, the Sphinx (weather station), and lookout platforms providing you with a breathtaking view of the glacier and the snow-covered mountain peaks. For lunch, you have 3 restaurants from which to choose.
  • Cable car ride to the Schilthorn Mountain and lunch in the rotating restaurant, Piz Gloria, at 10,000 ft. You have a fantastic view of the three Mountains Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. On a very clear day one can see all the way to the French Vosges and to the Black Forest region of Germany!
  • Scenic drive to the historic Grand Hotel Gießbach which is beautifully situated in front of the Gießbach Waterfalls high above Lake Brienz offering great views!
  • Visit the open air museum Ballenberg: Switzerland as it used to be. More than one hundred century-old buildings from all over Switzerland, 250 farmyard animals, traditional, old-time gardens and fields, demonstrations of local crafts, and many special events create a vivid impression of rural life in days gone by.
  • Steam train ride to Brienz Rothorn to have lunch in a rural mountain restaurant. Great views!

Back to Grindelwald for another night stay


Day 3: Grindelwald – Brünig Pass – Lucerne – Zürich

  • Breakfast and check-out. An exciting day is about to start!
  • Scenic drive to Lake Brienz and stop in the charming woodcarver village of Brienz situated magnificently at the deep blue Lake Brienz. Walking tour of the old town to admire the lovingly decorated chalet houses which date back to the 17th century. To learn more about this region’s traditions, you have a short visit in the woodcarver factory Jobin and a private guided tour.
  • Now your driver takes you on winding roads over Brünig mountain pass with views to waterfalls and the valley to arrive in Central Switezrland
  • You arrive at Lucerne, beautifully set on lake Lucerne. Have a leisurely tour to see the famous Chapel bridge, the old town and the lions monument. Free time for lunch and to explore the city on your own and for shopping.
  • At around 4.00PM is your transfer to Zurich where you arrive 5.30PM– on request a guided tour of Zurich can be made before you check-in at your Hotel (city or airport Hotel, depending on departure time).

Accommodation is provided at
4-star Hotel St. Gotthard in the city or 4-star Hotel Radisson Blu at the airport
Boutique Hotel Storchen in the city or 5-star Hotel Mövenpick airport
or similar

Day 4: Zurich and departure
Breakfast is included.
Limousine transfer to teh airport

Your driver/guide will say goodbye to you – End of the tour with SwissSafari

Included is:

  • Program as stated and driven in a modern van
  • Personal English speaking Swiss driver/guide for 4 days / 9hr per day available
  • 3 nights at 4-star or 5-star Hotels, double rooms with view where available
  • All breakfasts
  • All tickets and entrance fees on day 1 – 3
  • Guided tours and sightseeing trips as outlined
  • Soft drinks in the car
  • Expenses for the driver/guide
  • Fuel mileage, parking fees
  • VAT and Taxes

Not included:

  • All meals and beverages
  • Hotel/Room upgrades
  • Other transportation than the one with SwissSafari or offered
  • Other tickets than the ones offered, optional tours
  • Travel insurance

 Payment terms:

  • Deposit payment of CHF 600.00 per person at booking
  • Full payment 7 weeks prior departure
  • Payment by bank transfer (we don’t accept checks or credit cards)

Another night at Zurich? Do you prefer to stay in Lucerne instead of Grindelwald? Please ask for an offer.

Bad weather, snow, natural disaster or increased traffic may alter the program. The driver and SwissSafari are free to change the program and rate.

Our drivers/guides are all flexible enough to make short term program changes upon your request and according to the weather. They will come up with daily best recommendations.