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Switzerland Walking Tour

11 days Walking Tours
Explore the charming towns and picturesque vineyards around Lake Geneva and Lake 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.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 28 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 1 wine tasting

  • 4 scenic walks

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Geneva today.

Lausanne 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Lausanne via Geneva

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Switzerland! After arriving in Geneva, transfer to Lausanne to meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Lausanne

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Uncover the stunning scenery and rolling hills of Lausanne, a city nestled between Lake Geneva and the Savoy Alps. 

• Pass shuttered foursquare mansions and ritzy shopping streets

• Walk through old town, entering Lausanne Cathedral 

• Admire the glamorous lakeside resort of Ouchy and view the headquarters of the Olympic Committee

• Walk through the UNESCO World Heritage-protected Lavaux Vineyards and enjoy a wine tasting

Day 4: Free day in Lausanne

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Lausanne or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Annecy $99*pp Details

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.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Zermatt 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Zermatt via Lake Geneva & Täsch

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey to Zermatt, a town at the foot of the Matterhorn, and stop to soak up the local scenery along the way.

• Take a scenic walk in Montreux near Lake Geneva 

• Visit Château de Chillon, whose beauty inspired writers from Rousseau to Byron

• Board a mountain train in the village of Täsch to Zermatt

• Get to know the famed resort town of Zermatt on a walking tour

Day 6: The Matterhorn

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy views of the Matterhorn, one of the highest peaks in the Alps, as you venture on a walk and gondola ride to a nearby peak.

Interlaken 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Interlaken via the Glacier Express

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way to Interlaken today by way of the Glacier Express, a train specifically designed to provide panoramic views of Europe’s most impressive mountain scenes.

Day 8: Jungfraujoch

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of Jungfraujoch, a windswept mountain pass known as the “Top of Europe.” 

• Walk on the snowy Jungfrau plateau 

• Take a train to view the Sphinx Observatory and enter the Ice Palace

Lucerne 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Lucerne via Bern

Included meals: Breakfast

Explore the medieval Old Town of Bern, a UNESCO World Heritage site, before touring the lakeside city of Lucerne.

• Stroll down Lucerne’s narrow streets and across the Kapellbrücke, a medieval covered footbridge

• Pass the hand-painted facades along the cobbled streets of the Old Town

• View the captivating Löwendenkmal, or Lion Monument

Day 10: Mount Pilatus

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Embark on a boat cruise on Lake Lucerne to the base of famed Mount Pilatus.

• Ascend in a cogwheel train

• Take in spectacular views from the peak

• Ride a gondola partway down the peak before descending on foot 

Later, join your group for a farewell dinner.

Day 11: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to Zurich airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Zermatt, Switzerland
  • Interlaken, Switzerland
  • Lucerne, Switzerland
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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.

Health

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

Round-trip flights arrive in Geneva and depart from Zurich. 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.

Baggage Allowance

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).

Cuisine

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.

Currency

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.

Tipping

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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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The Alps

If you like the mountains, chocolate and like to walk this is a great tour.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 13

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Beautiful, Expensive Switzerland

It's a beautiful country and there is much to see from the postcard-perfect landscapes in the mountains to the gothic cathedrals in the cities. We went specifically for the mountain walks and were not disappointed. Potential travelers should be aware of a couple of things. First, I have been on other walking tours (including Tuscany, Ireland, and Provence with Go Ahead) and this is definitely the most challenging. A lot of uphill and downhill walks that may be steeper than you're used to. Second, Switzerland is an expensive country. A dinner for two with an average bottle of wine can easily be $100 (just entrees and wine, no salad, dessert, coffee, etc), and fondue for two and a couple of glasses of wine can be over $60. But there are alternatives. For example, there are plenty of places to buy local cheese and sausages or salami that you can have for lunch on the walks. Your guide can point out this places to you (our was great). Third, packing is a little more complicated than for most other trips because of the differences in weather depending on where you are. In May it was in the high 70s at lower elevations, 60s in the lower mountains around 6,000 feet, and below freezing and snowy, of course, at 11,000 feet on the glaciers. So overall, advance planning and preparation are more important than for other trips. It's a good trip, and I recommend it.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/2/2014

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Best Trip ever

I have been on several Go Ahead Tours and I believe this one was the best. Did Go Ahead order the weather especially for this trip. The weather was great, the people were great and the Tour Director was right on time. We saw such beautiful places and walked on some wonderful trails. Go Ahead has done it again. Every time I think about another company I end up back with the best. Brenda

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/18/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Glorious Switzerland

We loved this trip. The weather was sunny and warm the entire time. Atto our tour director was extremely knowledgable, patient and thoughtful. This trip has some great walking. Be sure to bring good hiking boots! Would recommend to anyone who loves spectactular scenery, walking and a mix of group/on your own activities.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/3/2014

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: CA

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Rainy Switzerland

Our travel problems getting to Lausanne were entirely United Airline's fault, but information from Go Ahead on how to get from Geneva to our Lausanne hotel in the middle of the night would have been greatly appreciated. Our tour guide, Emilio, was really nice, but not a good tour director. City guide in Lausanne was really good. Wish we had similar guides in other cities visited. Hotels and meals were great. The walks were not physically challenging except for the uphill walk at Zermatt. I live at sea level and the walk started at 5,200 feet, ending 1,000 feet higher. Would be nice to give travelers a warning about altitude. We never saw the Matterhorn or any other Swiss alps because it was cloudy and rainy every day after leaving Lausanne. We bought many picture postcards showing what we would have experienced if the weather was better. The biggest plus for this tour was our great group of fellow travelers.

 

Hi Mary Jean, Thank you for taking the time to talk with me today. I appreciate your feedback and I will be passing it along where appropriate. I’m sorry that our email explaining your transportation options came too late. We are continuing to improve our on-call services and your feedback is vital to that improvement. I hope we have the opportunity to reassure you of your choice to travel with Go Ahead Tours. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any further assistance.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 07, 2014

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: VA

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Transportation and Activity variety

Overall the tour was very enjoyable. Loved the various modes od transport, varied activities and travel across the whole country. The tour director (Emillio) seemed inexperienced and lacked knowledge of Switzerland. The Lausanne city tour guide was very knowledgeable, enhancing the visit to that city. A city tour guide in Lucerne would have been helpful. Breakfasts were wonderful as were all accommodations. Wish the group dinners would have offered at least two entrée options. I would recommend this tour to anyone looking for an active, fun filled experience. Very glad we were able to take this trip.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/24/2010

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Alpine Beauty Beyond Expectations

The days walking in beautiful mountains were broken up by humorous stories by our tour guide while going to the next location in Switzerland. The accommodations were very nice and the meals were good. We will be taking another walking tour with Go Ahead very soon.

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3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

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.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/20/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Switzerland

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!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/28/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour

Wonderful experience. Loved the scenery. Would definitely go again!

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