Best Luxury Switzerland Tour
This is the best luxury Switzerland tour for those looking to pack in the highlights in a short amount of time. Ideally paired with a Rhine river cruise or with another neighboring European country, this Switzerland extension captures a wealth of Swiss beauty from Lucerne to Lake Geneva. Enjoy chocolate workshops, historic railways, epic mountain summits, and idyllic lakeside towns, all in Ker & Downey style.
First begin your Switzerland extension in Lucerne. Upon arrival, check in at the stunning Hotel Schweizerhof, managed by the same family for more than 150 years. Rest and recuperate on the lake shore. Alternatively, embark on a scenic lake cruise on a historic steamship or visit some of Lucerne’s Museums. The Rosengart Collection, the Richard Wagner Museum, and the Swiss Museum of Transport can all be found here.
The following day, enjoy a private tour of Lucerne. Of course, your private guide will lead you to all of the highlights. This includes Chapel Bridge (the symbol of Lucerne), the Old Town Hall, the medieval city wall, and more. Later, take part in a private chocolate making workshop at a small artisan chocolaterie. You will have the chance to take your creations home with you.
Next on this best luxury Switzerland tour, travel to the high Alps of Engelberg. Here a Titlis cable car will take you to the 9,900-foot summit to take in the breathtaking panorama. Additionally, you have the option to visit the Glacier Cave and traverse the Titlis Cliff Walk (Europe’s highest suspension footbridge). On the Ice Flyer, you can even fly over the Titlis glacier to the Glacier Park.
After your glacial adventure, transfer to Bern. Your home for the night is the official guesthouse of the Swiss government. Indeed, you will find it an ideal base from which to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site and capital of Switzerland. Your private guide will introduce you to all the city has to offer, including the famous Zytlogge astrological clock, an elaborate medieval clock tower with moving puppets.
Enjoy lunch in Bern before continuing your Switzerland extension one hour away along the shores of Lac Leman, or Lake Geneva. Your charming lake-front hotel offers a lovely view of Vevey with its maze of pedestrian streets and small shops. After settling in, set off for an afternoon in the Lavaux Vineyards. Your guide will lead you through this UNESCO protected area and will finish it all off with a tasting at a local Caveau des Vignerons.
Finally, conclude the best luxury Switzerland tour on offer with a scenic cruise aboard a Belle Epoque steamship. The vessel will carry you from Vevey to Chillon, where you will disembark for a private tour of the Château de Chillon. Afterwards traverse the lake to Montreux for lunch then continue your journey up the Rochers de Naye Mountain by historic train. The small historic rack-rail train climbs for about an hour through green fields, alpine forests, and typical villages arriving at the cliffs and forests overlooking Lac Leman and on to the summit of Rochers de Naye. At the top you will have the option to visit the La Rambertia alpine garden, with 1,000 alpine species. Indeed, it serves as the perfect finale to your Switzerland extension before catching your departing flight, train, or cruise onward.