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Highlights of Switzerland

Highlights of Switzerland

9 days, 3 cities18
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Several homes situated next to clear blue water with a large mountain in the background
Several homes situated next to clear blue water with a large mountain in the background
A large ornately detailed brick building with green figurines sitting atop columns
A paved path with buildings and lush greenery next to the path and a large mountain in the background
A large snow-topped mountain with many yellow flowers in the foreground
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Why go?

Experience the majesty of Switzerland, without the need for hiking gear. From charming cities and villages to sky-high mountains and glaciers, one thing’s for sure—this trip will test the limits of your camera roll.

Picture yourself

  • Yodeling from atop the majestic Swiss Alps

  • Wandering the charming cities and villages of Switzerland

  • Indulging in Swiss delicacies like raclette and chocolate

  • Walking across glaciers at 10,000 feet

  • Exploring underground passages beneath an island castle

What you'll get

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers (or book 'em yourself)

  • 7 nights in handpicked accommodations

  • 7 breakfasts

  • 3 dinners

  • Expert Tour Director

  • 24/7 support

  • Glacier 3000 experience

  • Cable car in Zermatt

Map for the Highlights of Switzerland tour
Full trip itinerary

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Fly to Switzerland

    Grab your bags, board your flight, and embrace those butterflies—you’re about to have the time of your life in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

  • Day 2: Arrive in Lausanne

    Welcome to Switzerland! You’ll land in Geneva, but head to nearby Lausanne, Switzerland’s fourth largest city with breathtaking views of Lake Geneva and surrounding mountains.

    Today's highlights:

    • Meet an EF representative and fellow travelers as they arrive at the airport.
    • Transfer to your hotel to check in and check out your room.
    • Get acquainted with Lausanne on a brief walk with your Tour Director.
  • Day 3: Free day in Lausanne + optional Swiss Riviera excursion

    Parlez-vous français? Well, give it your best shot—because you’re kicking things off in the French-speaking region of Switzerland. Explore on your own or go for the optional excursion.

    Free time suggestions

    Ouchy Promenade: Not nearly as painful as it sounds, this lakeside district is the perfect place to stroll just like the locals do.

    Olympic Museum: Get sporty at this interactive museum dedicated to the Olympic games—the biggest in the world, believe it or not.

    Swiss Riviera: Chillon Castle & Montreux (extra cost)

    Take a guided tour of a medieval castle, followed by a wine tasting and trip to charming Montreux. 

  • Day 4: Glacier 3000 experience + travel to Zermatt region

    By the end of today, you will have walked on a glacier, crossed a bridge connecting two mountain peaks at 10,000 feet, and entered into the renowned Zermatt region of Switzerland. Yeah, it’s gonna be a good day.

    Today's highlights:

    • Take a cable car to the peak of the Scex Rouge mountain, the jumping off point of the Glacier 3000 experience.
    • Cross the only suspension bridge in the world connecting two mountain peaks.
    • Enjoy a leisurely 1-hour walk across a glacier with picturesque views in every direction.
    • Continue to your next hotel in the Zermatt region and chow down on an included dinner with your group.
  • Day 5: Explore Zermatt + Matterhorn viewpoint

    It’s alluring. It’s car-free. It’s Zermatt, Switzerland. Home to the legendary Matterhorn mountain, this village attracts adventure enthusiasts from around the world.

    Today's highlights:

    • Take an introductory walk through Zermatt.
    • Ride a cable car way up high and take. It. In.
    • Ooh and aah at the iconic pyramid-shaped Matterhorn mountain.
  • Day 6: Travel to Lucerne region + sightseeing

    Next stop: the Lucerne region. Breathe in the fresh air with hints of chocolate (it might only be your imagination) as your Tour Director shows you around town.

    Today's highlights:

    • Grab a window seat on the drive from Zermatt to the Lucerne region.
    • Join your Tour Director for an introductory city stroll.
  • Day 7: Optional Day Trip: Interlaken & Jungfrau + Free day in Lucerne region

    Continue discovering Switzerland’s hidden gems or join the optional trip to Interlaken.

    Free time suggestions

    Alpetizers: Try some hearty Swiss dishes, like rösti (potato cake), chügelipastete (veal with creamy mushroom sauce served in puff pastry), or weiner schnitzel (fried veal or pork; fun to say).

    Day Trip: Interlaken & Jungfrau (extra cost)

    Explore the town of Interlaken before riding Jungfrau Railway above the clouds for dazzling vistas.

  • Day 8: Free day in Lucerne region + optional trip up the Swiss Alps + Farewell Dinner

    Though it may feel like a dream, you are indeed awake. And thriving, might we add. Today, you can join an optional trip to the top of a mountain, or explore more of the area on your own. Then, it’s time for one final meal with your crew and one final night of Swiss bliss.

    Trip up the Swiss Alps (extra cost)

    Take an amazing trip to the top of a mountain in the Swiss Alps and soak in the incredible panoramic views.

    Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

  • Day 9: Fly home

    Auf Wiedersehen, Freunde!
    Translation: Goodbye, friends! Your next destination awaits—home. But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?

Reviews


Overall rating: 4.9 out of 5
Based on 18 authentic traveler reviews
  • Mix of scenic and city

      Mary, traveled Jul. 2024

    Such a great time experiencing Switzerland! This is my 4th EF trip and Julia has been the best tour director by far! She sent the group several PDFs outlining the trip, each city, and expectations. With Julia's planning expertise, we fit in tons of additional activities such as wineries in Rivaz, Callier chocolate factory, boat tour in Lucerne, and Alpine Co... See more

  • BOOK IT

      Jenna, traveled Jun. 2024

    An unreal experience! If you’re contemplating between this trip or another, CHOOSE THIS ONE! From landing in Geneva to flying home from Zurich, every second was perfection. Amazing food, incredible views, and very welcoming villages/cities. Paragliding, snow tubing, zip lining, sight seeing, hiking, and SO much more. Our tour director ‘Fab’ was a dream and m... See more

  • Stunning views! 🏔️🇨🇭🩵

      Anonymous, traveled Jun. 2024

    One of my favorite trips of all-time. The landscapes were absolutely stunning and the fellow travelers were friendly and kind! Try to aim for a sunny time of year for the full effects of the mountain views. The country is pretty expensive and most stores and restaurants close quite early, so factor that into your budget and evening plans. Be prepared for a r... See more

  • Stunning views at every elevation!

      Bryce, traveled May 2024

    Although our Switzerland trip experienced bouts of rain and cloudy days, the views we did experience were incredible. Ample free time to explore city locations and hike trails surrounding the area. Roxana, our Tour Director, was lovely and dedicated herself to the safety and happiness of the group. Even better were the other travelers I joined while on tour ... See more

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