To mark the 50th anniversary of the film Goldfinger, Shelby Donley has created an itinerary for fans of the famous spy and anyone in pursuit of the mix of adventure and luxury that typifies James Bond. If you accept this mission, you'll begin in Zurich at the legendary Dolder Grand, continue to Andermatt where key scenes of Goldfinger were shot and then drive to Ticino and the Verzasca dam, famous from the opening scenes of GoldenEye. Everywhere you travel, Shelby will make sure you stay in the best hotels and that every martini you order will be shaken not stirred. Make sure to also check out our guide to some of Switzerland's appearances in Bond films.
Michael Holtz has created a journey that takes in some of the highest peaks of the Swiss Alps, by bicycle. You'll ascend to the top of the Oberalp Pass and Julier Pass, among other iconic sites in the Swiss Alps, but there's also plenty of time to experience St. Moritz, Andermatt, and other stops along the way. Don't be intimidated if you aren't a serious cyclist—the Smart Flyer team will customize this trip according to your biking abilities and your time pedaling with be as strenuous, or not, as you like. Your trip will end just over the border in Italy, where you'll get to experience the country's lakes before heading home.
Betty Jo Currie of Currie & Co. Travels Unlimited was inspired by an unforgettable trip she took to Switzerland with her daughters to create an itinerary that includes many of her favorite highlights in the country. It includes plenty of opportunities to explore the country's most stunning regions, like the Bernese Oberland, on foot, but also sunset cruises on lake steamers, cable car rides, and a journey aboard one of the world's most famous trains.
Cari Gray of Gray & Co. specializes in "custom trips for active travellers," and in Switzerland there's no shortage of opportunities to explore the country by bike or on foot. One of her favorite destinations is Appenzell, a canton in northeastern Switzerland roughly an hour from Zurich. She'll send you to a choice of bike routes, including some kid-friendly stretches, and other places where you can experience the timeless culture and traditional cuisine of the region. To see even more of Switzerland with Cari, this trip can be combined with her 3-day Switzerland with a French Flair itinerary, exploring the cantons of Neuchâtel and Jura.
Cari Gray of Gray & Co. specializes in "custom trips for active travelers," and in Switzerland there's no shortage of opportunities to explore by bike or on foot. For an introduction to Switzerland's Francophone regions, she sends travelers to the cantons of Neuchâtel and Jura, roughly 45 minutes from Bern. She'll provide you with a choice of biking and hiking options and stops where you can enjoy the region's famous cuisine and wines. To see even more of Switzerland with Cari, this trip can be easily combined with her itinerary to Appenzell, "A Canton Off the Beaten Path." Also check out this guide covering some of the highlights in more detail.
Judy Perl of Judy Perl Worldwide Travel has designed an itinerary that shows off Switzerland as a spectacular holiday destination, long noted for its Christmas markets that transform the cities of Zurich, Basel, and Lucerne into winter wonderlands straight out of a fairytale. If you are going on a Rhine River cruise, which Judy can also arrange, make sure to spend a few days seeing all that these cities have to offer before or after you sail.
Will Kiburz of Coronet Travel has designed an itinerary that includes everything from paddle steamers to paragliding, taking advantage of the astounding range of activities around Interlaken and central Switzerland. It's a region of Switzerland that's ideal for the multigenerational trip, assuring everyone in the family will return home satisfied.
Bob Preston, a resident of Geneva, has created two trips right in his own backyard. The week-long itinerary here highlights two products, chocolate and cheese, that are familiar Swiss exports and one that would be better known if the Swiss didn't consume almost all of their wine before it can leave the country. Continue reading below for details about the itinerary and also check out our guide describing some of the highlights of this trip that will leave your palate sated.
Bob Preston, a resident of Geneva and the founder of the leading travel companies Swiss Panache and Panache.Voyage, has created a tour that highlights both Swiss craftsmanship—its famous watches and knives—as well as its contributions to the worlds of art, architecture and design. You'll see important works by Paul Klee, Le Corbusier, and others. Between all the cultural highlights (some described in more detail in this guide), Bob will make sure you experience the best of Switzerland's hotels and restaurants.
Switzerland has long been a progressive country that champions diversity and individual rights, and it's also very gay friendly. Sophisticated LGBT travelers come for the welcoming atmosphere, glorious lakes, and majestic mountains. John Clifford's itinerary includes the welcoming cities of Zurich, Geneva, and Lausanne, taking in both the region's natural wonders along with its art and architecture highlights. You can read more about John's itinerary below and some of the highlights of his trip in this guide.
Katie Cadar of TravelStore has created an itinerary that includes stays at the best of Switzerland's spas and wellness centers. The country's healing traditions date back millennia, to thermal springs that have drawn visitors since the days of the Roman Empire. Switzerland's wellness centers also incorporate the latest scientific advances. At the end of her trip, you'll not only fly home with memories of stunning alpine lakes and hikes through mountain valleys, but rejuvenated and recharged.
Will Kiburz with Coronet Travel has created an itinerary that gives travelers a taste of Switzerland in all its variety. You’ll begin in Francophone Geneva, and ending in Arosa, on the opposite side of the country, not far from the Italian and Austrian borders. Along the way, his itinerary takes you to vineyards, some of Switzerland’s most picturesque cities, and also its pristine alpine resorts. At the end of every day out exploring, you’ll return home to stay at Switzerland’s most authentic and distinct luxury hotels, all members of The Leading Hotels of the World.
A breathtaking journey like no other across the pristine landscapes and scenery of Switzerland. Experience the Alpine vistas, serene lakes, and innovative cuisine on this leisurely journey to cosmopolitan cities, quaint villages, and chic resort towns. Venture across German-, French-, and Italian-speaking regions with overnight stays in Zurich, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Montreux, and Lucerne. Relax at sophisticated hotels by night after days of immersive experiences, indulgent culinary explorations and phenomenal views. From your Welcome Dinner at the elegant Linde Oberstrass in Zurich to a grand finale at the Michelin-starred Seerestaurant Belvédère near Lucerne, and every step along the way, embrace the authentic flavors, culture and hospitality of the Swiss.