Switzerland Walking Tour 11 days / Walking Tours
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About This Experience
Invigorate your body and your spirit among crystal glacial lakes, dramatic mountain passes and soaring Alpine peaks. Explore the charming towns and picturesque vineyards around Lakes Geneva and Lucerne, as well as the spectacular slopes of Mount Pilatus—all by the power of your own two feet. And, when it’s time to rest your legs, climb aboard comfortable mountain trains to reach the highest summits and marvel at the most magnificent scenery in the region.
Your Tour Includes
Round-trip airfare & transfers
9 nights in handpicked hotels
Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine
Private deluxe motor coach
Multilingual Tour Director
4 escorted walks
Why You'll Love It
Spectacular mountain scenery at every turn
Lovely lakeside villages with alpine views
The thrilling ride on the Glacier Express
Fun in the snow, year-round
Lucerne’s charming Kapellplatz
Two words: wine & chocolate
Overnight Flight1 night
Lausanne3 nights - hotel info
Head north along Lake Geneva to start your alpine adventure
Breakfast (in flight), Dinner
Welcome to Switzerland! After you clear customs, a Go Ahead representative will greet you at Geneva Airport and escort you to your hotel in Lausanne via private motor coach, where you’ll be assisted with hotel check-in. Meet your fellow travelers at an included dinner this evening.
Get a taste of the glamorous life around Lausanne
Today, you’ll enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Lausanne, a city nestled between Lake Geneva and the Savoy Alps. Known for its long tradition of fostering intellectual and cultural innovation, and for its stunning scenery and steep hills, Lausanne is considered the San Francisco of Switzerland. Your tour will take you past shuttered foursquare mansions and down ritzy shopping streets, ending at the glamorous lakeside resort of Ouchy. This afternoon, you’ll enjoy your first walk through the Lavaux Vineyards, ending with a wine tasting.
Castles, cobblestoned streets, canals, Annecy’s charms go on and on
Optional Excursion - Annecy
Enjoy a free day in Lausanne or opt to visit the lovely town of Annecy. Crossing into France, begin by exploring Annecy’s cobblestone streets and scenic canal, stopping on the Bridge of Love and to see the lakeside lawns of Champ de Mars. Afterwards, enjoy a restorative lake cruise.
Must be booked 20 days before departure
Annecy $99* pp
The magical town of Annecy, located in the French Alps, is often called the Venice of Savoie. A medieval fortress overlooks this small town, which is divided by a series of small canals. You may choose to visit the age old Palais de L’lle, which now serves as an art gallery, or perhaps visit the 15th-century Church of St. Maurice, which houses some excellent 15th and 16th century religious art. Later, head across the square and stroll through the shaded gardens behind the Hotel de Ville, or take the bridge over the canal to see the lakeside lawns of the Champ de Mars. Afterward, you may choose to enjoy a leisurely French lunch in one of Annecy’s charming restaurants before embarking on a scenic cruise where you’ll view the stunning vistas surrounding the pristine Lake Annecy.
Zermatt2 nights - hotel info
Wander the château that inspired Rousseau, Byron, and soon you, too
Château de Chillon
This morning, enjoy a scenic walk near lake Geneva. En route to Zermatt, you’ll visit the ancient Château de Chillon, whose beauty has inspired artists and writers from Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Victor Hugo and Lord Byron, from Delacroix to Courbet. In the village of Täsch, board a mountain train that brings you to the town of Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn. Your Tour Director will introduce you to this famed ski resort. Dinner is included this evening.
Walk the trails and ride the gondola in the shadow of the Matterhorn
Matterhorn gondola ride
The Matterhorn has four faces which face the four compass points: the north and east faces overlook the Zmutt Valley and Gornergrat Ridge in Switzerland. The south face looks out over the resort town of Breuil-Cervinia in Italy, and the west face looks towards the mountain of Dent d’Hérens, which straddles the Swiss-Italian border. Today, you’ll take in views of the exquisite Matterhorn as you venture out on an alpine walk and a gondola ride of a nearby peak.
Interlaken2 nights - hotel info
All aboard the Glacier Express for a journey deep into the Alps
Leaving Zermatt, board the famed Glacier Express train for an unforgettable 2 hour, 45 minute journey through the Alps. Your first class train accommodations include panoramic viewing so you can take in some of the most impressive mountain scenery in all of Europe. Disembark in Andermatt and continue onto Interlaken by bus. After checking into your hotel, enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers.
Snow-capped peaks, palaces of ice, the Top of Europe is another world
Jungfraujoch gondola ride
Today, take an excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jungfraujoch, a windswept mountain pass known as the “Top of Europe.” There, you’ll take a train to view the icy reaches of the Sphinx, walk on the snows of the Jungfrau plateau and explore the Ice Palace.
Lake Lucerne Region2 nights - hotel info
Age and beauty collide in Lucerne’s medieval Old Town
Travel northward toward Lucerne this morning. Stop along the way in Bern, where your Tour Director shows you around the city’s medieval Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll arrive in Lucerne mid-day. An hour south of Basel and Zurich, with spectacular mountain views, lake vistas and a picturesque old quarter, Lucerne has long been a favorite vacation spot. When Queen Victoria arrived for a long holiday in August 1868, the town was already renowned as a spot for rejuvenation and relaxation. Today, your Tour Director will acquaint you with this lakeside city. Begin with an exploration of the city’s Old Town, where you’ll discover Mühlenplatz, Weinmarkt, Hirschenplatz and Kornmarkt, its four main cobblestone squares ringed by colorful facades. Then venture over to Kapellplatz, or Chapel Square, to peek into the tiny 18th-century St. Peterskapelle before crossing over the Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge), a covered bridge whose history dates back to medieval days. The murals lining the ceiling are nearly identical to those painted in the 14th century. Pay tribute to the fallen Swiss Guards at the Löwendenkmal, a sandstone carving recognizable by its sleeping lion.
Kick back and cruise the lake before ascending soaring heights
Lake Lucerne boat cruise, Mt. Pilatus gondola ride
Embark on a boat cruise on Lake Lucerne to the base of Mount Pilatus. Then, take a cogwheel train ride up the famed mountain where you’ll have free time to take in the spectacular views from it’s peak. Take a gondola ride partway to Fräkmüntegg and then begin your invigorating two-hour walk to descend Mount Pilatus. Board the bus back to your hotel where you’ll enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your group this evening.
Passport & Visa
In order to enter Switzerland, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the Swiss consulate for your specific entry requirements.
There are no major health risks when traveling to Switzerland. Travelers should be in reasonable health to take our scheduled walks, although we will make every effort to accommodate those who chose to stay behind. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or local health-care provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements.
Transportation / Walking on tour
Round-trip flights arrive in Geneva and depart from Lucerne. When you first arrive at the airport in Switzerland, a Go Ahead representative will meet you after clearing customs and will escort you via private motor coach to Lausanne. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. Your tour includes the Glacier Express train from Taesch to Andermatt. All other included transportation on “A Walking Tour of Switzerland” is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the major cities of Lausanne and Lucerne by public transportation. Both cities are walkable, although frequent local buses are also available. Purchase tickets at tobacconists or at vending machines.
Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.
Clothing and Packing Tips
To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).
On your tour, be sure to try those less familiar pasta sauces and the vast range of cured hams, cheeses, rustic breads and desserts. Swiss cuisine varies by region. Many cities and towns have their own specialties, but larger cities like Lucerne and Lausanne also offer a range of international fare.
The Swiss franc is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take a combination of bank/ATM cards and credit cards, as needed. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.
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best tour director
When we booked thiis trip we asked specifically how strenuous this trip was since I had major back surgery, and we were told it was for all ages. However, the walking tours through the vineyard and down Mt Pilatus were most strenuous and really for only those who are physically fit. Twelve people on the tour caught terrible colds due to being over heated on the walks and then going into cold places catching a chill. I would have liked more free time to explore the cities as they were most interesting. In addition, your staff should experience these trips so they have better knowledge of what is involved first hand. Last, the tour guide was fabulous! his knowledge of the trip was exemplary, and he spoke excellent English.
I loved this trip. I have taken several international trips, but this was my first "Go Ahead" Tour. I would absoluely recommend this tour and this company to anyone and everyone wanting to travel in a relaxful manner. All I had to do is show up, our tour guide, Jurgen Sahl, had everything lined out for us every day. He was witty, funny, entertaining and made the trip a true delight. We all live busy lives. When I booked this trip, I had time on my hands to do research, but the trip was a year away. Once we were about 10 months out from our trip, life took a turn and that spare research time was no longer available. Go Ahead had our planning done for us, so my need to do any research, was taken care of by the professionals. I did not need to do any advance thinking or planning (other than what to pack!). This is probably one of my best trips ever because Go Ahead provided the Itinary, a knowledgeable tour guide, (first international tour guide I've encountered that we could understand... BONUS!!!). DEFINITELY WORTH THE INVESTMENT! THE TRIP WAS AMAZING!
Wonderful experience. Loved the scenery. Would definitely go again!
Walking Tour of Switzerland
Very unhappy with tour guide. He did not sare knowledge about the country and hedid not promote the walking. Things were very different than the itinerary.
Walking tour of Switzerland
Would highly recommend this trip :)
Our trip began at the airport with a cancelled flight to Switzerland and the fact that no one had contacted us. We were unable to leave for two days and so we missed three days of the tour. We had planned for this over a year and we were extremely disappointed. Once on the trip the tour director highlighted the area we were to visit but pretty much left us on our own to tour the facility. Would have liked more detail/history of the area as we traveled. On our return flight from Zurich to Boston, we were not given seats because we were told we were standby......so we waited until all the plane was boarded before we were allowed a seat.
Walking Tour of Switzerland
Tours are very well planned out, schedules allow for free time to explore on your own, guides are well informed and friendly, tours give a good overview of the area and you can see places that you might like to return to for an extended period of time on a future trip on your own. Hotels are all very nice. Good value.
Beautiful Scenery and New Friends
Switzerland was the most beautiful country I have been to so far. The mountains are majestic, the countryside was green and pristene and the people are welcoming and helpful. Being able to see and experience what I was able to on this trip was made even better by the people I toured with. Some I consider new best friends and hope to travel with them again.
wonderful walks in the cities and the country
Not walking...Hiking and climbing
The tour was good but most of my friends would not be able to handle all the steep climbs that we encountered. It was a bit more than we expected. Switzerland is beautiful, the accomendations were good and Atto was a good guide.