Escorted Tours Through Switzerland

From the mountainous slopes of the Valais to the financial powerhouse that is Zürich, Switzerland is a picturesque alpine country that expertly balances its traditions with modernity. The black Val d'Hérens cattle still wear their famous cattle bells and the villages are still full of chalet-style farmsteads, but there are also fabulous, chic cafés, rooftop bars, and modern art galleries to be discovered in the cities.

Albatross Tours has a number of fantastic options to put Switzerland firmly in your European tour itinerary. Our Switzerland tours take you to the renowned ski resorts and chalets hidden around the peaks of stunning, snow-capped alps.


Switzerland Tours

An Alpine Adventure
Tour

17 days from $7,539 pp twin share

Discover the breathtaking scenery of the French and Swiss Alps, ride on the amazing Glacier Express, explore delighful Lake Garda, stay in chic Zermatt, plus more!
  • Leisurely 2, 3 and 4 night stays
  • Small group tours, maximum 28
  • $1,700 included extras, no optionals
  • Character hotels in superb locations

A Swiss Christmas in Grindelwald
Tour

11 days only $5,289 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas in snow drenched Grindelwald, exploring Christmas markets, Montreux, Chateau de Chillon, Gruyeres, the ski resort of Gstaad, Bern plus more!

  • Leisurely 2 and 5 night stays
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $1,100 included extras, no optionals
  • Character hotels in superb locations

Swiss Christmas
Holiday

8 days only $2,139 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas over 7 nights in the magnificent Bernese Oberland, exploring the surrounding regions by rail including Bern, Montreux, Lake Thun, Grindelwald, plus more!

  • 7 nights in the Swiss Alps
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • 4-course dinners each evening
  • 8 day Swiss Tour Rail Pass

A Swiss Christmas in Zermatt
Tour

11 days only $5,399 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas in the snow-clad Swiss mountains. Savour Christmas markets, visit Salzburg, enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride, take the cog railway to Zermatt, plus more!

  • Leisurely 2 and 4 night stays
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $1,100 included extras, no optionals
  • Character hotels in superb locations
     
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Swiss New Year
Holiday

8 days only $2,139 pp twin share

Celebrate New Years over 7 nights in the heart of the magnificent Bernese Oberland, exploring the surrounding areas by rail including Bern, Montreux, Lake Thun, Grindelwald, plus more!

  • 7 nights in the Swiss Alps
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • 4-course dinners each evening
  • 8 day Swiss Tour Rail Pass

German Christmas
Holiday

8 days only $2,769 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas in the heart of the Black Forest, visiting Christmas markets, the Alsace region in France, Hohenzollern Castle, Triberg, Freiburg, Gengenbach plus more!

  • 6 nights in the Black Forest
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $800 included extras, no optionals
  • All breakfasts and dinners included

German Fairytale Christmas
Tour

10 days only $4,829 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas in Bavaria, savour Christmas markets,take the cable car up to Tegelberg, visit Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles, plus more!

  • Leisurely 2 and 5 night stays
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $1,000 included extras, no optionals
  • Breakfast daily and 8 dinners

Austrian White Christmas
Tour

10 days only $4,589 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas in an 800 year old coaching Inn in Leogang, enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride and Christmas markets, and visit Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, plus more!

  • Leisurely 3 and 4 night stays
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $1,000 included extras, no optionals
  • Character hotels in superb locations

New Year in an Italian Castle
Tour

7 days only $3,189 pp twin share

Celebrate New Year's Eve in a stunning Italian Castle set in the foothills of the Italian Dolomites. Visit Luzern, Innsbruck, Bolzano, Sirmione, Venice plus more!
  • 3 nights in an Italian Castle
  • New Year's Eve Gala dinner
  • $700 included extras, no optionals
  • Enjoy a day in Venice 

New Year in
Bavaria

7 days only $2,849 pp twin share

Celebrate New Year in the Bavarian village of Hohenschwangau, visit Neuschwanstein Castle, take a Nightwatchman tour in Rothenburg, plus more!

  • Leisurely 2 and 3 night stays
  • Visit Neuschwanstein Castle
  • $700 included extras, no optionals
  • Breakfast daily and 6 dinners

A French Winter
Wonderland

11 days only $4,389 pp twin share

Enjoy a French winter wonderland with a 5 night stay in the French Alps, relax in Courchevel 1850, take a cable car ride to 'the roof of Europe' and enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride.

  • Leisurely 3 and 5 night stays
  • Horse drawn carriage ride
  • $1,100 included extras, no optionals
  • Breakfast daily and 5 dinners

A Swiss Winter
Wonderland

12 days only $4,789 pp twin share

Enjoy a Swiss winter wonderland with a 4 night stay in the Swiss Alps, wander the streets of Salzburg and take a romantic horse drawn carriage ride, plus more!

  • Leisurely 2, 3 & 4 night stays
  • See the mighty Matterhorn Mountain
  • $1,200 included extras, no optionals
  • Breakfast daily and 7 dinners

Switzerland Tour Destinations

Bernese Oberland

  • Lauterbrunnen – Originally established to support the medieval Trachsellauenen silver mine, Lauterbrunnen is now a relaxed town full of traditional chalets and inviting guesthouses. The town is located under the craggy cliffs of the Bernese Oberland, and impressive views of the 300-metre-tall Staubbach Falls can be found in many locations throughout the area. Lauterbrunnen promises to be an unforgettable destination on any tour in Switzerland.
  • Grindelwald – Look one way for imposing mountains. Look another way for tranquil meadows. Grindelwald is well known for its scenic position, and the available views of the Eiger are particularly spectacular. Once you’ve caught your breath, enjoy some delicious food and drink at one of the city’s many cafés or restaurants. Shopaholics and souvenir hunters will also find plenty of joy in Grindelwald; there are some superb stores here.
  • Bern – Located just north of the Bernese Oberland and cradled by a crook in the River Aare, Bern is Switzerland’s gorgeous capital city. With its World Heritage listed old town and other intriguing sites of interest, this destination is a highlight of many Switzerland tours.
  • Interlaken – The appropriately named Interlaken is a geographical oddity well worth visiting. Wedged between Lake Thun to the west and Lake Brienz to the east, this delightful town offers travellers brilliant views of the surrounding natural scenery – especially the iconic mountain trio of Jungfrau, Eiger and Mönch. Fill in some blissful hours by taking a cruise on either of the lakes or embarking on a guided walking tour.
  • Thun – Sitting astride Lake Thun’s western shore, this town is full of charm and history, particularly in the old town. You can’t miss the 12th-century castle complete with a museum. The pleasant atmosphere of Thun and the gorgeous surroundings make it an idyllic place for a day trip or quick detour.
     

Grindelwald, Switzerland


Lake Geneva

  • Geneva – Geneva has an unmistakeably international feel to it, yet its charm is reminiscent of a small town. Don’t skip the city’s iconic 140-metre-high water feature, the Jet d’eau – it’s the perfect climax of a scenic stroll along the shore of Lake Geneva (also called Lake Léman). The city itself is wonderfully green, with its plentiful grass-covered areas lending it one of its numerous nicknames: the City of Parks.
  • Vevey – Situated on Lake Geneva’s north shore and perfectly positioned for panoramic views, Vevey is a pearl of the Swiss Riviera. One of this town’s claims to fame is being Charlie Chaplin’s home for the last 25 years of his life. If time permits, consider a highly enjoyable paddlewheel steamer ride on the lake – a quintessential Switzerland tour activity.
  • Montreux – On the north-eastern shore of Lake Geneva lies the haven of Montreux. With its fabulous promenade, the town itself is a lovely place to stop, but be sure to save enough time to visit one of the area’s most fascinating attractions: the Château de Chillon. This striking building is perched on a narrow strip of shoreline southeast of Montreux. Queen fans visiting Montreux will also want to discover the bronze Freddie Mercury statue that has been posing dramatically on the waterfront since 1996.
     

Chateau de Chillon, Switzerland

Valais

  • Leukerbad – Nestled under towering rock structures in high mountain country, Leukerbad in central Switzerland is Europe’s largest thermal spa resort. For thrill-seekers, the city is also home to the longest via ferrata (fixed mountain climbing route) in Switzerland and has a thriving snowboard culture.
  • Zermatt – Sitting at an altitude of over 1,500 metres, Zermatt is an internationally acclaimed alpine resort featured on many tours of Switzerland. Your gaze here will be met by sky-challenging mountains in every direction – the most daunting of which being the magnificent Matterhorn. The village of Zermatt has no petrol-fuelled vehicles, and their absence adds an extra layer of serenity to this dreamy destination.
     

Zermatt, Switzerland


Graubünden

  • Chur – Chur is the oldest city in Switzerland – and it’s also one of the country’s most enjoyable tour destinations. The old town’s distinct lack of traffic creates an immensely laidback and peaceful atmosphere that makes browsing the boutiques and eating at the restaurants all the more relaxing.
  • Klosters – Klosters is as pretty as a postcard all year long, making it perfect for inclusion on any Switzerland tour. Popular for everyone, from budget travellers to celebs and even royalty, this mountain resort and village is a dream come true for both winter sports enthusiasts and summertime adventurers.
  • St. Moritz – Famous for its snow sports, the valley-hugging resort town of St. Moritz hosted the Winter Olympics twice in the first half of the 1900s. Beautiful scenes of lakes, mountains and forests lend themselves to admiring gazes and fantastic photographs.
     

Luzern, Switzerland


Other Destinations in Switzerland

  • Luzern – On the surface, Luzern (also spelt Lucerne) is another charmingly traditional Swiss city on a gorgeous lake bordered by mountains. But there are also so many surprising elements to this alpine city, from the impressive collection of Picasso artworks to the American-inspired bars that pay homage to roadhouses and Marilyn Monroe.
  • Appenzell – Although surrounded by the picturesque alpine countryside that has made Switzerland famous, mouth-watering delights are the primary attraction in this little town in Switzerland’s northeast. Traditional cheese shops, delicatessens, butchers, and cafés can be found on every street and alleyway, all selling the best local produce.
  • Zürich – If you’re after a holiday that features healthy doses of culture, history and spectacular scenery, be sure to look at Switzerland tours that include a visit to Zürich. While most famous for its finances, this charming city also has plenty to offer travellers of all ages and interests.
  • Gruyères – This fortified village, which sits on a rocky hill, is far more welcoming to visitors than first impressions might suggest. The cobblestones and antiquated houses of the main street make it a surreal destination; you might need to check the date on your phone to make sure you haven’t travelled several centuries into the past.
     

Gruyeres Castle, Switzerland



Touring Switzerland via Coach

Immerse yourself in the magic of Switzerland by touring the country with Albatross. By staying longer in each destination and travelling with fewer people, our Switzerland tour groups give you the opportunity to see, do, and experience so much more. Our itineraries are expertly designed to balance convenience and comfort with a pace that’s just fast enough to get the most out of this alpine dreamland – without ever feeling rushed or skipping the finest attractions.

An invaluable peace of mind comes from knowing your accommodation and travel bookings are all pre-organised for you. This enables you to properly relax during your holiday and really enjoy the sights – which is especially important in Switzerland, where the dramatic scenery and breathtaking landscapes certainly deserve your full attention.

The leisurely experience of an Albatross tour in Switzerland also presents you with ample time to do your own things, explore the places you find most fascinating, and get to know the fellow travellers who are sharing this wonderful Swiss experience with you.



When to Visit Switzerland

With its pleasantly moderate climate, there really isn’t a ‘bad’ time to visit Switzerland. The country enjoys reasonably warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine during summer, from May to September. Meanwhile, the winter months are quite cold; they have to be in order to preserve Switzerland’s impeccable reputation as a top snow-sports destination.

The ideal time of year to travel here will depend upon your interests. If your dream holiday involves lots of colourful scenery and unbeatable sightseeing opportunities, you’ll probably get the most out of a tour during the summer, while the passes through the mountains remain open.

However, if skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, or any other snow-based activity is where your heart lies, you simply can’t pass up a winter holiday in Switzerland. The weeks surrounding Christmas and the New Year are a particularly enchanting period for Switzerland tours.
 

Switzerland in Winter



The Foods You’ll Eat in Switzerland

While there are many iconic Swiss dishes to delight visitors to the country, a tour of Switzerland is also a fantastic opportunity to taste the trademark foods of the neighbouring countries: France, Italy, and Germany.

The tasty treats you can look forward to sampling in Switzerland include:

  • Charming Cheeses – Cheese – amongst other dairy products – has been an iconic Swiss food item for many centuries. There is a huge variety of cheeses to choose from while travelling through the country. Some of the names may remind you of their supermarket imitations, but make no mistake: the quality of these locally and lovingly made cheeses puts them in a class of their own. One cheese-based speciality you simply must try is fondue.
  • Delicious Chocolate – As one of the world’s leading producers of chocolate (in terms of both quantity and quality), it’s no surprise that Switzerland offers a veritable buffet of cocoa-based snacks to devour. Great care and precision go into ensuring the chocolatey treats here are as attractive to the eye as they are satisfying for the tastebuds.
  • Bűndner Nusstorte – Sweet yet also savoury, the Bűndner Nusstorte is a unique pastry indeed. Filled with caramelised nuts and created mainly by independent bakers in the Graubünden canton, this scrumptious treat gained widespread popularity in the 1960s and has been delighting visiting foodies ever since.
  • White Wines – Lovers of lighter wines are spoilt for choice in Switzerland, where white wine is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages. As opposed to wines from many other countries, the whites here (particularly those from the Lake Geneva area) often taste their best when fresh rather than dated. Swiss white wine goes particularly swimmingly with a serving of cheese fondue.
  • Saffron Risotto – Due in large part to the saffron fields of the Valais canton, saffron risotto has become a lesser-known gem of Switzerland’s national menu. The unimposing yet unmissable flavours of saffron lend themselves to making this risotto dish a delicious meal – well worth trying if you have a chance on your tour!
     

Swiss Food



Things You Should Know About Swiss Culture

Despite being surrounded on all borders by larger nations, Switzerland has a distinct character of its own. Here are a couple of the things you should know about the local culture before embarking on your Swiss tour:

  • Beyond the Stereotypes – If movies or TV shows have implanted a concept in your head about what a ‘typical Swiss person’ looks or sounds like, you should try to forget this before arriving. Though a small nation, Switzerland is home to a diverse range of different people from all walks of life.
  • Language Confusion – The official and most common language here changes based on the specific canton and region you are visiting. German is most widespread, but French, Italian, and even some Romansch may also be heard during your tour. This diversity, combined with the different dialects throughout the country, means you shouldn’t be too disappointed if a tour guide or waiter has trouble understanding you.
  • Private Lives – Even if you do have some knowledge of the local languages, don’t expect to dig too deep into the lives of any Swiss citizens you meet. The residents here typically like to keep to themselves outside of their close friendships. Courteous greetings? All good. Personal questions? Not so much.
     

Christmas Markets, Switzerland


The Money You’ll Use in Switzerland

Unlike its neighbours, Switzerland is not part of the European Union. If your Switzerland tour is part of a broader European adventure, it may be best to convert some of your euro notes into Swiss francs.

While many establishments here are often happy to accept euros as payment, this won’t always be the case; having some francs in your back pocket is a good idea. This currency’s notes comes in 10, 20, 50, 00, 200, and 1,000 franc denominations.

Alternatively, a credit card will see you through most transactions. Just be aware that Switzerland is a fairly cash-centric country; paying with plastic may be frowned upon for small transactions or purchases outside of major retailers.

 

Blog Posts About Switzerland

Christmas Touring with Albatross: A Swiss Spa Experience

Twinkling lights, unique traditions, and Christmas markets; a Christmas spent in Europe is a truly magical experience. In 2014, my mother and I embarked on the Christmas in a Swiss Spa Resort Tour with Albatross Tours and enjoyed every moment the trip had to offer. Read more

Leukerbad, Switzerland
 

Experiencing an Alpine Adventure

Incredible Zermatt sights, delicious authentic cuisine and friends to last a lifetime; my experience on the Alpine Adventure Tour was one I’ll never forget. It’s not often you can say you’ve travelled up the Aiguille du Midi or taken photos in front of the Jet d'Eau fountain. This tour is perfect for those wanting to experience a new culture while taking in incredible natural scenery and amazing hospitality. With longer stays at each destination, you’ll feel refreshed as you explore the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. Read more

Aiguille du Mid, Switzerland