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  • Chapel Bridge, Luzern, Switzerland
    Chapel Bridge in Luzern
  • Lake Lugano, Switzerland
    Lake Lugano
  • Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland
    The Matterhorn
  • Mürren, Switzerland
    Mürren
  • Château de Chillon, Montreux, Switzerland
    Château de Chillon on Lake Geneva
  • La Maison du Gruyère cheese factory, Gruyères, Switzerland
    Say "Cheese"
  • Near the Schilthorn summit overlooking the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
    Hiking in the Berner Oberland
  • Bern, Switzerland
    Bern

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Best of Switzerland in 12 Days Tour

from $3,795 per person + air

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Our 12-day Best of Switzerland tour will have you delighting in the majesty, diversity, and cultural quirks that make this place so…Swiss! From lakeside towns to flowerbox-perfect villages and hiking trails surrounded by cut-glass mountains — you'll find yourself in a nature-lover's nirvana. Peek at its peaks, marvel at its love of precision, and savor a daily dose of cow-milking, chocolate, and cogwheel trains. Already been to Switzerland? Treat yourself to a generous second Alping. Join us for the Best of Switzerland in 12 Days!

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Switzerland come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 20 group sightseeing events • Luzern walking tour • Lake Luzern boat cruise • Rütli Meadow • Fortress Fürigen • Appenzell orientation walk • Ebenalp mountain excursion • Bellinzona • Lugano orientation walk • Lake Lugano boat cruise • Ticino cooking class • Zermatt • Lake Geneva boat cruise • Château de Chillon • Lavaux wine tasting • Cheese farm • Schilthorn mountain excursion • Hiking orientation for day in the Bener Oberland • Bern walking tour • Swiss culture Q&A • Chocolate experience… and more
  • All group transportation from Luzern to Bern
  • 11 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2021
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Switzerland

We'll meet at 5 p.m. at our hotel in Luzern (Lucerne) for a "Welcome to Switzerland" meeting. Then we'll take a meandering evening walk through Switzerland's most charming lakeside town and get acquainted with one another over dinner together.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. No bus. Sleep in Luzern.

Day 2: Luxurious Luzern

We'll begin our day with a walking tour of Luzern, learning how a backwater fishing village grew to become a bustling center of trade in medieval times and one of Europe's must-see destinations on the "Grand Tour" a century ago. Our guided walk will take us through the city's restored medieval core and over its famously colorful pedestrian bridges. This afternoon, we'll travel by bus and boat, tracing the tale of William Tell and the birthplace of Switzerland at Rütli Meadow before returning to Luzern for a free evening.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Boat: ½ hour. Bus: 1 hour. Sleep in Luzern.

Day 3: Storybook Appenzell

This morning we'll leave Luzern and make our way to Switzerland's "cowbell country" — Appenzell. We'll stop at the once-secret Swiss Army bunker at Fortress Fürigen, where we'll see part of the massive defense system designed to keep Switzerland strong and neutral. Afterward, we'll continue our drive through the Swiss countryside to our picturesque home for the night. We'll settle into our family-run hotel, then head out for an orientation walk followed by free time to wander through our storybook neighborhood before enjoying dinner together. 

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 2½ hours. Sleep in Appenzell.

Day 4: Ebenalp and Italian Switzerland

Our day begins with a gondola lift to the peak of nearby Ebenalp. You'll have time to savor the 360-degree alpine view and perhaps head downhill to see the 400-year-old Wildkirchli cave church (hermit monks lived and worshipped here from 1658 to 1853) and a guesthouse built precariously into the cliff. Then we'll trade our mountains and meadows for palm trees and a taste of Ticino, the Italian side of Switzerland. On our way, we'll stop in the fortified town of Bellinzona to practice our best Swiss passeggiata. This afternoon's destination is the dolce vita lakeside city of Lugano. Your guide will take you on an orientation walk before setting you free to enjoy one of the town's many idyllic open-air restaurants.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in Lugano.

Day 5: Free Day on Lake Lugano

It's time to take a vacation from your vacation, on the sunny side of the Alps! The day is yours to stroll along Lugano's shops and harbor, ride the funicular up to the top of 3,000-foot San Salvatore for great lake views, or hop aboard a ferry and cruise to nearby Swiss and Italian villages. We'll regroup this evening to board a boat for our Ticinese cooking class and dinner together.

Light to strenuous walking (your choice). Boat: 1 hour. No bus. Sleep in Lugano.

Day 6: The Mighty Matterhorn and Lausanne

We'll say ciao to Lugano this morning as we make our way into the French-speaking corner of Switzerland. Along the way we'll visit the quaint mountain village of Zermatt, framed by Switzerland's iconic Matterhorn. We'll have free time to explore the village and enjoy the views of one of the most recognizable mountains on the planet — if the weather cooperates. Then it's on to Lake Geneva and the city of Lausanne, where this afternoon we'll get oriented to our old town neighborhood before sitting down to test our French over dinner together. 

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Train: ½ hour. Bus: 5½ hours. Sleep in Lausanne.

Day 7: Lake Geneva's Château de Chillon

The morning is all yours to explore Lausanne's tangled and historic old town, visit its famed Olympic Museum, or simply savor a café au lait while people-watching in the idyllic waterfront neighborhood of Ouchy. This afternoon we'll take a boat cruise on Lake Geneva (weather permitting). A few miles downshore we'll dock at Château de Chillon, where we'll have a guided tour of this delightfully medieval castle on the water. Then we'll visit the Lavaux vineyards for a wine tasting before returning to Lausanne for the evening.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Boat: 2 hours. Bus: 1 hour. Sleep in Lausanne.

Day 8: Cheese, Cows, and the Heart of the Alps

Today we'll take a scenic drive up and over the Jaun Pass as we make our way to the breathtaking Berner Oberland. We'll pause on our way to visit a working Alpine farm where the area's famous Gruyere cheese is produced and the cows say "meaux." After free time for lunch, we'll continue to the heart of the Alps, where we'll end our afternoon with a thrilling gondola ride from the Lauterbrunnen Valley floor up to the clifftop village of Mürren. This evening we'll delight in the high mountain air and enjoy a traditional Swiss fondue dinner together.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 2½ hours. Sleep in Mürren.

Day 9: Schilthorn and Hiking in the Berner Oberland

For an exhilirating start to our day, we'll take a gondola ride up to the top of the 10,000-foot Schilthorn and enjoy breakfast together with a view of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks. The rest of the day is yours to join your guide on an optional hike or explore more of the magnificent mountains on your own, then find your way back to Mürren. Whatever adventure you choose, you won't be far from the three essential ingredients of the area: cows, cheese, and chocolate. 

Light to strenuous walking (your choice). No bus. Sleep in Mürren.

Day 10: Swiss Chocolate and Bern

Today we'll experience urban Switzerland as we make our way to stately-but-human Bern. Along the way, we'll stop at a local chocolatier and sample a selection to judge for yourself if Swiss chocolate is really the best in the world. We'll continue on to the country's present-day capital and our final stop, where your guide will orient you to our neighborhood before setting you free to find dinner on your own. 

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in Bern.

Day 11: The Swiss Capital of Bern

This morning we'll take a walking tour through Bern's city center filled with cozy, covered arcades, pointy towers, sandstone buildings, and colorful fountains. Afterward, we'll sit down with a local for a cultural Q&A session on all things Swiss. This afternoon you're free to explore more of Bern, visit a museum, enjoy a beer at an outdoor café, or take a stroll along the river. Tonight, we'll gather for a farewell dinner together, where we'll share travel memories and toast new friends. Pröschtli, cin cin, and salud!

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. No bus. Sleep in Bern.

Day 12: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. It's a breeze to reach Zürich's airport by train (75 minutes, 2 trains per hour). You'll have easy connections to home or other points in Europe. Tschüssli!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of Switzerland in 12 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  5. Adjust to frequent alpine weather changes that can interfere with sightseeing.

Reviews

Lori

Clay Center, KS

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My 1st RS tour enjoying the sights and tastes of a very clean and beautiful country. Lovely cruises on the lakes: Luzern, Lugano and Geneva. Nice tour group size and getting to know one another, especially cooking risotto and tasting white merlot in a grotto at Ticino. Free time included the Luzern market, the beautiful village of Morcote and hiking around Murren. Mirjam, an excellent guide and even a cow whisperer. She received an immediate weather forecast answer from the nod of the cow. Fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! The view of the Alps from hotel balcony in Murren. A sunny day marveling the picturesque Matterhorn. The alpine cheese-making farm with a tasting, alpine horn, accordion and yodeling. Beautiful Italian village of Morcote."

Debra

Macon, GA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the first day, Mirjam lead our group on a delightful tour!! She shared interesting historical tidbits about the culture and places we were visiting ( and in case you didn't know, Switzerland has 4 official languages and you visit areas where 3 of these are spoken). She even share favorite chocolates from several of the areas with her group....THANKS MIRJAM!!!! The hotels where the group stayed were outstanding and the locations were always central to the towns. This made for easy walking

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hotel room my husband and I had in Lugano was over the top "wow". It was previously the room of the daughter of the owner of the hotel....they had refurbished the room several years ago with original furnishings. Of course, the scenery at every location (Murren, Engelberg, etc, etc) were picture-postcard worthy!!!"

Bradford

Concord, CA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"logono"

Mary Ann

Upper Marlboro, MD

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I choose the Switzerland tour for the beauty I expected to experience and I was not disappointed. Additionally, I'm especially appreciative of the tour staff for scheduling such a wonderful group of travelers to share my experience with. Everyone was interesting, amicable, and such fun on a daily basis. No complaining. No stragglers. Nothing but smiles and appreciation for our experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are probably two "Wow" moments, both of Switzerland's awesome landscapes. First was our drive through the Gotthard Pass at the hands of our super coach driver Remo. Next was the view of Schilthorn peak from my room in Murren. I was overwhelmed when I dragged my suitcase into the room and stepped out on the balcony where I'd enjoy my morning coffee for the next 2 mornings! Even the gondola rides up the mountain didn't prepare me for the mountain view."

James

La Porte, IN

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lautterbrunner valley, Murren and the revolving restaurant!"

Joseph

Cape May Court House, NJ

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour had a blend of some fantastic experiences I don't think can be found on any other tours, as well as some frustrations. Murren, Matterhorn, Risotto dinner on Lake Lugano, Engleberg, and visiting a cheese farm were all highlights that we will remember forever. Not being met at the airport, and trying to find things to do in Lugano for 2 days (which the RS book concluded) was a downer. Lugano would've been better as a quick stop and more time in Murren or Zermatt!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Zermatt and seeing the Matterhorn. We are always "wowed" by seeing iconic features of Europe and the world. There were so many options of hiking and vantage points that we did not have an opportunity to get to as we only had 2-3 hours here. Murren was a very close 2nd. Also notable was the amazing risotto dinner on Lake Lugano."

Dan

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic experience. Breathtaking scenery (we had spectacular weather). Friendly and helpful people that we interacted with. Learned a ton!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alpine meadow dairy/cheese making tour. This seemed to present the true flavor of old Switzerland with its agrarian heritage, coupled with a beautiful setting and wonderful host."

Reginald

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour was a wonderful experience with many new adventures every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Opening up the window to our hotel room in Murren and having the Jungfrau Alps overlooking us."

Xiaotong

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The nature and the landscape were beautiful, especially in Zermatt, Engelberg, and Murrein."

Kelly

Milton, GA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first RS tour & I loved it! Am used to independent travel & this was my first "organized" tour. I was visiting family in Basel for a month, but also wanted to see more of Switzerland. I signed up for the BOS tour after my Basel visit, because my husband couldn't join me, and I didn't want to travel solo. Great itinerary, friendly people & so nice to have everything all arranged - so no stress for me. My Swiss cousins were impressed & told me that I had seen the best of Switzerland!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Boy this is hard, but I loved being in Mürren. Although I hated the gondola rides because of my fear of heights, I was in awe the entire time I was there...and the brunch in Schilthorn, wow, those views, that's what you think of when someone says "Switzerland." Three other highlights for me were the cheese farm, Benedictine monastery and Chillon Castle."

Deborah

Carson City, NV

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

After visiting the Schilthorn, Monch, Eiger, Jungfau on previous RS tours, I wanted to see more of the country and was not dissapointed in the variety on this tour. The itinerary provided a great glimpse into the heart of Switzerland. I loved visiting each area with German, Italian, and French languages being the principal language. It was like visiting three different countries in one. I highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Murren and the Schilthorn again. Driving into Lauterbrunnen I was so glad to be back as it is truly breathtaking. I was also hoping to see the Matterhorn and we had a glorious sunny day. So this would be a second wow for me."

Nancy

Humble, TX

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always, the tour was well organized with a variety of attractions. The tour director was excellent and letting us know the schedule for the day so we could plan accordingly. We had a great group of travelers, as people were friendly and willing to share other vacation experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments - most from the views we were able to experience from the mountains."

John

Loveland, OH

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Relaxing, informative. This tour gave us a closeup look at the beautiful mountains and valleys of Switzerland and also gave us some understanding of what sets the Swiss way of life apart from the way we live.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mountain top views and hikes are what set this trip apart from our other European tours. Absolutely fabulous scenery from Pilatus, Titilis, Matterhorn, and Schilthorn. Ability to choose our own hikes on or near these mountains led to numerous unforgettable moments."

Barbara

Ottawa, ON

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first guided tour. The treat was in having the travel between locations taken care of by a great bus driver, Mirianne, and the information about the locations explained by our guide, Yorick, a Manchester chap, whose historical, geographical, and social knowledge was much appreciated. Hotels were downtown, close to sites, provided great breakfasts, and views. The group meals were special, boats, trains, buses, tickets to castles,vineyards taken care of. A big plus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking down on the service road halfway from the Titlis mountain peak back to town. It took quite a bit longer than the senior Swiss hikers had indicated, but looking down at Engleberg in the valley with the cows and their clanging bells keeping a close eye on us, stopping at a farm for an ice cream, was everything I imagined Switzerland to be. A close second was the 2hr boat tour from Lausanne to Chillon castle and finishing with the wine tasting, overlooking Lake Geneva. Perfect."

Guy

Destrehan, LA

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The beautiful scenery wildly exceeded expectations; Switzerland may possibly be the most beautiful place on earth. The diversity and interest of the many side trips and included tours and many other unexpected highlights. Our tour guide Yorick facilitated, translated, and put it all in prespective, from the Roman ruins to Olympics to the present. Within all this beauty, the charming city and hospitable people of Lucerne remain a great memory, as do our 26 tour mates. No regrets, not a one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many wow moments; the hike down from Mount Titlis tested my stamina but was so stimulating, it left me wanting for more. Another was the views provided from the villages of Murren of Gimmelwald, the Lauterbrunen Valley below, and the Schilthorn high above all of that, including the clouds. It's amazing to say anything other than "Wow" amidst such beauty."

Elaine

Loveland, OH

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour! Loved the beauty of the Alps as well as the lakes. Most of the food was good and our guide was very knowledgeable. Our bus driver became like one of the family, as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the whole Alps Experience was one big "WOW". Loved seeing Zermatt and having lunch almost next to it, Incredible experience going up Mt. Titlis and then hiking down, and beautiful views of the Eiger and Jungfrau from another great hike in Murran."

Marcia

Destrehan, LA

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Switzerland was a trip of a lifetime. When my husband first mentioned the idea of traveling to Switzerland, I felt like I was in a dream, and having realized the idea exceeded all I ever envisioned about this amazing place. It was a very stimulating trip from the cultural aspect, the people that we met, and the beauty of the cities that we visited made it all a beautiful and memorable experience. I also enjoyed meeting the people that were part of the tour. I now have new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments on this trip, it is hard to narrow it to just one. For me, I would have to say was hiking down Mount Titlis, although I had trained for the hike prior to the trip, nothing could have prepared me for this amazing experience. This was a true test of endurance. Sharing time with my tour buddies, seen the beautiful scenery and hearing the cowbells as we hiked and just taking it all in stimulated all my senses. It was certainly a "wow" moment."

David

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing, very efficient, everything on time, no wasted tines.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Engleberg walk around lake"

Carol

Winter Park, FL

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent Rick Steves tour. Fantastic guide, great itinerary, great sites, good mix of tour time and time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOW moments: 1. Visiting cheese making/dairy farm on top of the Juanpass. What a treat! This is the real deal and what makes a Rick Steves tour so special. We toured a working farm and saw how cheese is made, sampled it, and were serenaded with "alpen horn," accordion, and yodeling! 2. Having less than 3 hours in Zermatt, we had perfect weather and incredible views of the Matterhorn! 3. Visit to the Benedictine Monastery in Engelberg."

Beverly

Livermore, CA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best tour ever! We got to see everything we wanted and more. Rick Steve's has tours down to a proven science with great exposure to new places, easy transportation, lovely accommodations, and just the right amount of time for you to explore yourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the gondola ride into Murren and seeing the Alps rise above you was my wow moment. The view from the town of Murren was amazing in itself."

David

Reading, MA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I wanted mountians and I got them. As a bonus I experienced 4 distinct cultures; Swiss, Germain, Italian and French, and 3 lakes. What more could I ask for?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in the snow on the glacier at the top of Mount Titlis."

Linda

Ellison Bay, WI

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The scenery was wonderful, especially the mountains. What a nice group of fellow travelers and a great guide Mirjam! The cities gave us a good taste of metro Switzerland while the small towns provided the 'storybook' Switzerland. It was fun to learn a few words in Swiss German, Italian and French, even tho I sometimes got my greetings mixed up. We were lucky to have good weather to see all the mountain peaks. The Swiss wine was delightful also,Especially the wine tasting at Domaine du Daley. I

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say, being back in Murren and hiking the mountain trails was my 'wow' moment. I just wanted to soak it all up and sear it into my brain to bring back memories. Is there a more beautiful place on earth?"

Byron

Worthington, OH

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The weather mostly cooperated and we had a great time. Would highly recommend this tour with Martin as guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views of the mountains in Zermatt and Murren and the countryside. Also the Swiss transportation system. Wish we had train service like that in the US. Had been in Switzerland before but only on work assignments in the larger cities so never saw the countryside and mountains."

Cathy

Havertown, PA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was wonderful! Our guide was fantastic, the people in the group were as nice as could be, the scenery and tours were indescribable. Your company always spices up our travels with experiences that we wouldn't be able to have otherwise (e.g., visiting a dairy farm and watching cheese be made). We recommend Rick Steves tours to everyone!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Matterhorn appear from the clouds!"

Tim

Havertown, PA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There is nothing that can prepare you for the beauty and efficiency of this country. The alps are magnificent, the cities are picturesque and clean. The transportation system is easy to navigate and on time. The members of the tour were varied, compatible and fun. Martin, our leader, was relaxed, but efficient, and made things happen seemingly effortlessly. His advice on options was appropriate and valuable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting at lunch at an outdoor restaurant table just above Zermatt watching the Matterhorn emerge from the clouds."

Mary

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide, Martin, was excellent, in every way! He was very knowledgeable. The itinerary was good and the placement of free time was good. I enjoyed the local city tours, the cheese making stop, the chocolatier visit and the winery tour. Tasting the local foods was special. The military complex tour was very interesting I was a bit concerned about the possibility of carrying luggage up flights of stairs and in general transporting my luggage throughout the trip but it wasn't too bad.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My best moments were hiking on the North Face trail in Mürren. It was awesome. Martin was very helpful in describing possible hiking routes, such as the one I mentioned, but also in other areas, too."

Luann

Shreveport, LA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved getting to meet other travelers from around the US who love to explore and travel. The areas that we explored in Switzerland were amazing! Our guide was extremely patient and cared that we all had a fabulous experience n his country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Alps, walking by the cows and being able to reach out and pet them! Seeing cheese being made in a farm The way it has been done for 100 years!"

Mark

Shreveport, LA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the accommodations, Martin was great, the tour was fabulous, met some wonderful people. The combination of site seeing and travel was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wife and I really enjoyed Mürren. We wish we could have stayed there one more day and cut out a day from say Bern."

John

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Martin, our tour leader was outstanding. What a joy having a native of switzerland lead us through the country. We all benefited by his experience and knowledge of the country. The trip covered a great amount of territory and gave me a nice understanding of Switzerland and its mountains, the various cultures that make up this country, the nature of its people and how they have adapted to their geography, language differences while creating an interesting Democracy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several: 10,000ft. mountains, twice. The peaks becoming snow capped while we were there. Hiking past the cows and their bells. Friendly people everywhere. The Italian section and the tunnel to get there. The roaring water down through the 2000 foot mountain near Murren in the middle of that mountain. And, a wonderful group of people on our tour who all mixed extremely well throughout the 12 days together! And Martin!"

Joann

Worthington, OH

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mürren was a great place. I would have loved to stay there longer."

Cynthia

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well paced, excellent [INVALID]ion of diverse places in Switzerland, a very upbeat group of travelers and an excellent guide. Martin Minich is the best guide we've ever had. He works hard to do more to make each person comfortable, listens to the needs of the group and is one step ahead of any problems that might have incurred (road blockage, weather, etc.). This made our trip fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our days in Murrin were magical. I could have spent the rest of the trip there, but would have missed the other great things that were ahead. It would have been nice to have spent three days there instead of two. The hiking was fantastic."

Mary

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour of a beautiful country. So well organized and so many wonderful sights were included. We left feeling so much more aware of Swiss culture and history. It was a very active tour, with many days of walking 5-10 miles.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our time in the Alps. We were blessed with glorious weather, seeing the Matterhorn, the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau peaks was absolutely amazing. We loved our breakfast at the Schilthorn and walking out on the viewing platform. Truly awe inspiring. Also, had no idea there were 3 distinct language/cultural areas in Switzerland--very cool."

Lynelle

Woodbridge, CA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 16th Rick Steve's Tour and as you can see we are hooked! We enjoy coming to Europe for at least 30 days and always include a Rick Steve's Tour in our plans. We had been to Switzerland a few times but this tour offered quite a few places we had not been. Once again it far exceeded our expectations. And we cannot say enough about Martin as our guide. He was fabulous!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say we thoroughly enjoyed all of it. Enjoying the hike up to be able to see the Matterhorn come out from behind the clouds was definitely a wow. And although we had been up to the Schilthorn a couple times, getting a clear morning and enjoying a great breakfast was again a wow! We really also enjoyed going up to Mt. Pilatus, again with a clear view. We felt we were very blessed!"

Noriko

Huntington Beach, CA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My second RStour. It exceeded my expectations again. Centrally located hotels. Very knowledgeable/supportive guides. Various types of activities and good balance of group activities/free time. To be honest I am a little bit concerned about my free time about how to plan. But our guide was always there to give us enough options and she led us to one of the options which I enjoyed so much. We had bad weather on the top of Mt Titlus and Schilthorn but enjoyed the clear view of Matterhorn.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many WOW moments. View from Mt Pilatus and very exciting Funicula ride(downward). Hiking with cows at the midpoint of Mt Titlis. Visit to WW2 Fortress Furingen. Evening boat ride in Lake Lugano. Love visiting two amazing falls/Staubbach-fall and Trummelbach-fall in my free time. Three boat rides were wonderful under perfect weather. And of course clear view of Matterhorn."

Carol

Santa Fe, NM

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Really great experience overall, with some misses: 1.) Fortress Furingen was claustrophobic and airless and many people complained. 2.) don't stop at stone bridge en route to Gotthard pass unless you tell people to dehydrate themselves or wear diapers: all that rushing water and no WC. When we finally got to Gotthard Pass it was a race to the pay WC. 3.) Skip Simplon on day 7. It was crowded and rushed. 4.) Skip Gruyeres, very crowded and rushed. 5.) Skip Avenches and get to Bern earlier!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hands down, the cheese farm Baderalp. Such a beautiful, authentic scene. And the generosity of the hosts: while we were gawking at the surrounding splendor and enjoying that awesome homemade "snack", she burst into a lovely yodeling song and then sat down and played an accordion duet with the wife of the shuttle driver. I nearly wept. I thought cooking our own dinner would suck, but the boat ride, the grotto, the risotto, the wine, the esprit de corps.....very fun."

Gene

Johnson City, TN

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

I am concerned that my comments will be "excerpted" to minimize my concerns. I have been on 4 tours but will not go on another one or recommend them to others. 12 days tour actually 10 days and 3-4 hours. 2 nights in a location actually mean 1 day and some hours on the day of transit. So you really have 6 days of quality time, not 12. The tour felt rushed much of the time. Best of Switzerland is not cities, but trip was 2/3 cities. The time spent in the mountains was most rewarding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the clouds and rain in Murren, the Alps. Actually being in the mountains rather than just looking from afar (as with the Matterhorn). I would have traded 2 or 3 days in other places to stay longer in Murren (as it cleared the morning we left)."

Carmen

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour. I loved not having to plan out a vacation for our original group of seven. Not having to figure out transportation, hotels, and sites was great. I read some reviews and there was some conversation centered around the cost of the tour and if you could do it cheaper. I felt the tour was well worth the money. Not having to worry about the details was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Funny how some things work out. There were a couple of stops that didn't seem exciting but ended up being amazing. A couple of those were the chocolate tasting and the cheese farm. It only goes to prove that you should make judgment calls before hand. The thing I loved about this trip is that you experienced sites and cities you normally wouldn't seek out on your own."

Lana

Maple Valley, WA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire tour"

Nancy

Monroe, MI

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and I loved it! The itinerary was superb, affording us a comprehensive introduction to Switzerland including city, village, farmhouse, mountain tops and valleys. The tour guide and assistant were exceptional and insured that the tour was interesting, informative, and fun. They also brought a dimension of reflection on their own part which encouraged me to explore what was happening within me as I experienced a new country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first "wow" moment happened on our first tour of Luzern with guest tour guide "Claudia" whose freshness, sense of humor and her honest depiction of Swiss history and culture delighted me. But that was just my first "wow" moment. There was the water in every form: lakes, drinking water fountains, waterfalls, glaciers, humidity in the WWII bunker. I came away with an overwhelming sense of water in Switzerland. The mountains, too, but I expected that. And they were stunning."

Diana

Maple Valley, WA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a recent widow who had never been to Europe I was anxious about the trip. But immediately felt safe and comfortable. That had as much to do with the organization of your tour as everyone on the tour. I felt like I was traveling with 27 good friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. The 2 days in Murren. The boat ride on Lake Lugano to a restaurant where we made our own risotto! The view from our hotel in Luzern. I couldn't stop taking pictures."

Karen

Georgetown, ON

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'm so pleased so happy so enthralled with the tour. Our guide was so knowledge so funny so personable. Loved Maxie so much a treat. The chosen sites and tours were grand. No improvement needed Had a blast. Felt I had seen the true Switzerland. Great bus driver had enormous confidence in her as we weaved our way through the mountains. Can't say enough about the marvelous time I had Hotels well chosen. Restaurants the best. Such good people. I feel riddled with the beauty of the country. Super.o

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh the mountains for sure. The gondola rides boat tours Bua rides museums seeing the Matterhorn the scenery period. Breakfast on top of the mountain. The trails the people. The calmness and serenity of the mountains and little places we visited. Restored my soul. I will forever remember my tour."

Douglas

Georgetown, ON

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was our first experience and we loved it. The sights and experiences were great. Our Guide was outstanding (Maisie) as well as our driver Marion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The village of Murren and the SCHilthorn. But really so was the Matterhorn sighting and of Cours MT titlus."

Roberta

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the entire tour. Maisie was phenomenal, the hotels were super comfortable, the meals were great and enjoyed all the places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think visiting the real cheese-making place was one the biggest of the many highlights. I don't think I would have been able to find a place like that on my own let alone have a chance to witness first hand this type of operation. It was very authentic and oh so Swiss! Thank goodness Maisie was able to translate for us and we learned so much about the cheese-making process, cows and their lives and the lives of these lovely people and we got to hear them blow the alpine horn. So cool!"

Marie

New Hope, AL

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful tour around Switzerland and just LOVED Maisie! Both Maisie and our bus driver, Marriane, were awesome and talented. This trip was to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and we loved every minute of it. Murrin was our favorite stop and happened to be on the day of our anniversary so we were hiking in the Oberlin on our special day which was a dream come true! We loved the mountains as well as the cruises - this is an amazing tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our WOW moment was the gondola ride up to Mt. Titlis. It was cloudy so we were not expecting much visibility at the top. But then about half way up we came through the clouds and could see all of the mountains clearly and all of the valley was still hidden beneath the clouds. Literally - everyone said "Wow" almost in unison! It was an amazing day with outstanding views after all of the clouds cleared. We were also impressed with how exceptionally beautiful the water is everywhere!"

Anne

Coos Bay, OR

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Maisie was a wonderful and funny tour guide. This group was much bigger than the first group tour we were on but it was totally manageable. Maisie did a great job handling the sometimes stressful train transfers. The city guides we had were super knowledgeable and great to walk around with. We had a wonderful time and loved the small towns we stayed in. I LOVED the Heimberg/Gerber Family dairy we visited. Could have done without stopping in Gruyere

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the mountains. I loved the Olympic Museum and would have really liked more time to spend there."

Shaun

Coos Bay, OR

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour of Switzerland was amazing! The Alps were beautiful and the small towns were quaint. Our guide, Maisie was really excellent and took great care of us. Our tour group members were so much fun to be with and we got along great. Our bus driver was great as well. The tour was well designed and there was plenty of free time to explore on our own. The cities visited were great. I look forward to returning to Switzerland in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved our time in Murren, Engleberg and Lugano. Our breakfast at Piz Gloria on the Schilthorn was a true "Wow" moment. From the top we could see the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks. The cheese making was truly authentic and delicious and seemed to be a hit with our group. I loved visiting the Olympic museum in Lausanne and could have spent the better part of a day there."

Jim

Keizer, OR

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great trip, Great weather, good itinerary. Very beautiful country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The little town of Mürren and our trips to the top of the various mountains. Weather really cooperated so it made the experience incredible."

Josh

College Station, TX

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this trip. Based upon the locations to be visited, I had high expectations that this would be the perfect itinerary for touring Switzerland, and the trip itself exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide, Maisie, was absolutely wonderful and just could not have been better. We were blessed to have beautiful weather. The members of our tour could not have been nicer and we believe that we have become acquainted with a number of life long friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose. I guess that I would have to say getting to see the Matterhorn on a beautiful day stands out the most, followed closely by the hike down from Lake Trubsee, and the walk from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg, which is located right next to the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau. Also, worthy of mention was the meal we shared across the Lake in Lugano, after making risotto."

Ruth

Ocala, FL

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It's all about the guide in my opinion and Maisie was the best at it. Great sense of humor and interesting dialogue while riding on the bus. She kept the information about how to avoid the crowds and get the most out of each adventure concise and not too far strung out that we forgot. Awesome balance of planned and free time. Her name game was fun introducing our buddy with a truth and a lie we voted on which was the fact

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the glacier, suspension bridge and Walking out on James Bond terrace so early there were no other tourist. Both days we had perfect weather."

Kimberley

Georgetown, ON

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the moment we began until the very end, we had an amazing, action-packed adventure. This was our first Rick Steves' tour and we were looking for a much closer look at the country than you can get on a cruise of any type, and we were really thrilled with the experience! My husband had been to Switzerland on a business trip many years ago, and really wanted to show me what he'd seen and more, and we did! Our guide was terrific, and we were able to bond together as a group, too. Fantastic time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The two mountain villages--Engelberg and Mürren were our favorites, I'd have to say-with Mount Titlis and breakfast at the Shilthorn really special times. After going up to Piz Gloria at the Shilthorn we sat on our hotel balcony that afternoon drinking wine, watching the para-sailors and taking in the mountains.It was magical!"

Beverly

Highland, IN

Tour: 08/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour! Especially the variety of it. The majesty of the mountains; the history of their cities; the beautiful lakes and rivers; the cool, refreshing water to drink; the efficiency of Swiss trains as opposed to stores that close for lunchtimes; gelato in Bellinzona; cheese fondue in Mürren; fresh peaches at the market in Lucerne; and of course delicious Swiss chocolate!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Mürren even though the weather was rainy and cloudy and we could only see glimpses of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau. There was still beauty to be seen in the clouds hanging in the valley, the houses with their carefully tended flower boxes and gardens, and the sound of cow bells in the distance."

Jean

Arroyo Grande, CA

Tour: 08/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabian, our group leader, made us all very comfortable and responsible for each other. So that was established at our first meeting. So our group became cohesive. The hotel and the bus were clean, comfortable, and well kept. Hotel service people were always welcoming and took care of my needs, ice for my foot twice a day!! Marcus, our bus driver, was knowledgeable of routes, helpful with luggage and always in a good mood. Our stops with points of interest were great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The farm, cheese making , and visit with the cows. The best!!"

Thomas

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 08/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Switzerland tour was fantastic. Great mix of scheduled and free time. Incredible hiking, beautiful scenery. Fabian was a terrific guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are many, but really enjoyed going to top of Mt. Titlis and then hiking around Trübsee. Lauterbrunnen Valley, Mürren, and Mt. Schilthorn were fantastic. Visiting the cheese alp to see cheese being made was interesting and fun."

Denise

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 08/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic! We saw all of the highlights of Switzerland from the Alps, winery, cheese alp, Lake resort, cooking class, quaint towns and big cities. This was our 2nd Rick Steve's tour. I enjoyed the variety of activities - we experienced every season from Summer to Winter and in between. Each day was packed with wonderful activities and down time. I recommend flying in a few days ahead to get acclimated and staying a few extra days to decompress.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many I can't pick just one! I really enjoyed the quaint town of Murren. The cheese alp was spectacular and a very authentic experience. I certainly have a new appreciation for how cheese is made. I also loved Schilthorn Piz Gloria and the Champagne breakfast. We stumbled upon a local concert in enchanting Engelberg complete with yodeling and Alphorns. I also enjoyed the "Italian" feel of Bellinzona. Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau peaks were breathtaking!"

Jeff

Fayetteville, GA

Tour: 08/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Top of the Alps with James Bond setting"

Glenn

Mariposa, CA

Tour: 08/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rick Steves guide (Fabian) and all the local guides were excellent, as was the bus driver (Marcus). All the hotels were very good to excellent. The pace of the trip was very good -- the right balance of organized touring and free time. The bus time was reasonable and very enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was a first place tie among all the ascents of mountain peaks, including Mount Titlis and the two extra-cost optional (but encouraged and accompanied by the guide) ascents of Piz Gloria and the overlook for the Matterhorn accessed from Zermatt."

Tara

Maryville, IL

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing tour with the right amount of balance between free time and scheduled events. Accommodations were very nice in great locations. Donald was an excellent guide and Kevin a great assistant. This was our 4th Rick Steves tour and it won't be our last.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many wow moments to list on this tour, but really enjoyed waking up in Murren to the beautiful view of the mountains outside our hotel windows and balcony. Spending Switzerland Day on August 1st in Engelberg and celebrating with the locals. Going up 10,000 feet on Mt. Titlis and The Schilthorn was amazing. We had a great traveling group and a lot of fun at our cooking class on Lake Lugano then sitting outside and enjoying our meal afterwards. Bern was a neat town to end the tour at."

Peter

Maryville, IL

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4th RS tour and the one I'd been not as excited about as the other three. I wasn't totally sold on Switzerland as a destination but went into it with an open mind based on past experience with the RS product. What an experience! Donald and Kevin did an outstanding job shepherding the large group through the absolute beauty of the Swiss countryside. Don't much care for German fare, don't worry, French or Italian fare is only a stop or two away!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment was waking up in the village of Mürren and being in the heart of the most beautiful scenic views."

Liz

New Albany, OH

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, I enjoyed most of the tour. The only part I would remove is the time in Lugano. The experience of cooking risotto was fun, but the rest of my time there was forgettable. I enjoyed everything else about the tour. I wish we had more time in Murren and in Bern.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eating breakfast on top of the Schilthorn."

Audrianne

Frederick, MD

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was another (I've taken 8 others) good tour. The country was beautiful, the activities varied, and the pace was good. The unfortunate accident on the tour could have been prevented by bussing everyone up and down the hill.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying in Murren was exceptional."

Bob

Albany, CA

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great overall survey of the four primary aspects of Switzerland (German, Italian and French corners plus the Alps). Nice mix of travel partners (age, sex, partners vs singles, ethnicity, USA region, etc). Well organized, a specific tribute to the experience of leader Donald - who also provided a wonderful tone for the trip (humor, information, stories).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Long hike down into Engelberg from the midway tram stop, after spending the morning atop snow-capped Mt. Titlus - and luckily experiencing Switzerland's 'independence day' festivities while in Engelberg."

Darwin

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstandng tour guide + same in each city. great hotel locations absolutely no complaints and have bragged about the Rick Steves' tour system to all of our friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"everything met our expectations"

Mary

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very helpful on the tour. The tour guide was great. Would of liked air conditioning in some of the hotel rooms but we managed

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to the farm where they made the cheese. Riding to the top of the mountain and having a great breakfast with Swiss food."

Linda

Delmar, NY

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. Donald was a knowledgeable and organized guide who facilitated the group through every change of venue and days together and on-your own. The only single traveler on the tour, I felt very included in group activities and the tour provided ample opportunity for solo exploring. The scenery was fantastic and the mix of small cities and villages was just what I wanted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many more than one. "Wow" moments included the federation day festivities in Engleberg and the organ concert; a swim and Lunch on the olive walk on the shore of Lake Lugano, Murren, my new 'happy place'; the vineyard tour/wine tasting and the risotto making activity. I would cut Guyeres from itinerary. It was a touristic mess."

Alison

Earlysville, VA

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This story is a good way to rate our Best of Switzerland tour: We were on a boat in Lake Lugano, taking a ride to Gandria, where we then hiked back to Lugano. Beautiful! I met a young Swiss couple with an adorable baby girl, and we got chatting. I told them about Rick Steves, and they asked to see my trip itinerary, which I happened to have with me. After viewing it, they both said that yes, the tour hits all the hot spots of this beautiful country, and is indeed the "Best of Switzerland!"

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite CATEGORY of wow moments was viewing and experiencing the glacial Bernese Alps. We were truly blessed with miraculously clear weather, so enjoyed the full majesty of the Matterhorn, Eiger, Monch, Jungfrau, Schilthorn and all their glorious companions. We took funiculars and cable cars to the peaks of some, had breakfast after sunrise in a rotating restaurant on the Schilthorn, and hiked the Northface Trail outside the cliffside village of Murren. The scenery and weather were stunning!"

Irene

Independence, OH

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great tour with a variety of activities and excellent guide. My fellow travelers were interesting, genial companions. Excellent weather prevailed throughout the trip allowing us to view the spectacular scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first WOW moment was the cog rail trip up Mt. Pilatus and the spectacular scenery which came into view the higher we ascended. This WOW moment was repeated on the ascent of Mt. Titlus and the walk around Trobsee Lake."

Kristi

Amherst, NH

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Switzerland is the most beautiful place I've ever seen. Everywhere we looked, the scenery was like a picture postcard! Even though it is expensive, it is SOOO worth it! I would recommend the RS Switzerland Tour to everyone!! We were also very lucky to have perfect weather every day. I really enjoyed how we did something as a group on the first day in a location, and then our guide would give us suggestions as to things we could do off on our own on the second day. Perfect vacation!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We got off the gondola half way down Mount Titlis and walked around the lake. The scenery was breathtaking, and I loved that the cows were grazing nearby. listening to their bells and enjoying the wildflowers and the pretty lake. My favorite memory! I feel so thankful and blessed to have had this wonderful experience!"

Donald

Wichita, KS

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Switzerland tour was excellent! The hotels were clean and ideally located in each town, the group dinners were fun because we were enjoying local cuisine. I could honestly say that the tour exceeded our expectations in that we felt like we saw and experienced the true spirit of what it means to be Swiss.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This tour was one "Wow" moment after another but if I had to name one it was the day we hiked from Murren to Gimmelwald, the weather was clear and we were surrounded by the majestic Swiss Alps, our guide lead the trip and told us of his experiences while being in the tour guide business. Another wow moment for my wife and myself is when we first saw the Matterhorn, we were very lucky in that the sky was totally clear and a beautiful blue sky greeted us, it was a moment I treasured."

Karen

Charlottesville, VA

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip and were blessed with clear weather for viewing the spectacular mountains of Switzerland. I had considered planning and doing Switzerland on my own with my husband, but the travel was looking complicated (trains, gondolas, cable cars, cogwheels, and some places wishing for a rental car). The Rick Steves Tour seemed to be the smart and easy answer. Our Guide Donald White and Bus Driver Rolf did a wonderful job getting us around the country in comfort!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one! We loved Mt. Titlis and then descending partway to walk around Trubsee Lake, enjoying the gorgeous color of the lake, the wildflowers and the cows with their bells. Going up to the Schilthorn for breakfast in the revolving restaurant with incredible views of the snowy peaks was also amazing! And, of course, it was such a thrill to see the Matterhorn!"

Larry

Louisville, KY

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the first day meeting Donald White on the first day until seeing him at breakfast the last day, we had an outstanding tour experience. We had an excellent guide who handled all the possible snafus with efficiency and confidence. He treated us well. The group was also outstanding, helping each other, friendly, and considerate. The weather cooperated to allow us to see all the nice scenery. Donald was very knowledgable and thorough, giving us an understanding and insight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We saw all the good mountains - Matterhorn, Eiger, Jungfrau, and the Monk."

John

Portola Valley, CA

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We really enjoyed the tour. We had a great group and an outstanding guide. (See more comments on him below.) Most of the local guides were also great. I would change this tour by having more days in Murren, Engelberg, and Bern and by cutting out (or cutting down) on time in Lugano and Lausanne. In general, I would prefer more days in fewer places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren. I would spend at least one more night here on this tour. There are so many things to see in the Berner Oberland, it was unfortunate we didn't have more time here."

Earl

Plano, TX

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour was excellent. We're really glad we had Martin for our guide. We did miss out on the champagne breakfast at the top of Mt. Shilthorn because of weather (not much you can do about that)and I think that might have been the highlight of the trip, but maybe next time. We did enjoy visiting all three language ares of Switzerland and we had the entire range of weather experiences. That made packing a little tricky but that's Switzerland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since the weather wasn't particularly good for hiking in Murren we did the tour of the waterfall inside the mountain (Trummelbach falls)in Lauterbrunnen. That turned out to be much more impressive than I expected and if we had good weather we might have missed it. So, I guess we turned a potentially sour day into something quite interesting. I ran out of space adding to this, so..........."

Sarah

Washington, NC

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The scenery was beyond gorgeous and we had a super friendly group of travelers. Our guides were extremely knowledgeable about the country and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many but walking though the alps was magic."

John

Giddings, TX

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Always enjoy Switzerland. Our guides were, as usual, excellent. Hotels were "over the top"...didn't strike me as a Rick Steves 3.5 star, more like 4.5. Perhaps Rick is "upping his game". Not like some of the flea infested traps we've stayed in before ;)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in Murren during the clouds enveloping the Eiger and Jung Frau mountains during the evening hours...great photos of the peaks poking up thru the clouds. And the next day hiking to the valley below with the clouds enveloping Lauterbrunnen."

John

Madison, WI

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fabulous trip. Martin was a fantastic guide who gave us lots great information to help us understand Switzerland. To have Mirjam in addition was icing on the cake!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The chance to see the Matterhorn. What an iconic view."

Mary Jane

Doylestown, PA

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the tour from beginning to end. The guides were well-informed and shared intelligent information throughout about the sites we visited. The sequence of cities/towns seemed right and well chosen. There was a nice mix of group activities and independent options. I liked the "mini-lessons" with appropriate greetings, etc., in the native languages we encountered. I would have liked more chances to rest tired feet along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is very hard to choose, really. I did enjoy the trip to the 10,000 plus peak in Engelberg as it was so breathtakingly beautiful, of course."

Betty

Madison, WI

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour was fantastic! My one criticism is that I would have like more time in the High Alp and less time in the cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cheese making and the Matterhorn! The weather in Murren wasn't anything that could be controlled and I was really pleased that the next day was perfect."

Margaret

Gidding, TX

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour guides were excellent! I was invited to come along on this trip and, while I appreciated all aspects of the tour for what they were, I personally prefer more outdoor excursions and hiking-type options 9

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren and Lauderbrunnen valley - the views were incredible, as were the alpine hiking options. I loved getting right up next to the waterfalls and being deep in the trees. I would have loved more than one day there to really explore and not have to rush, especially since we were clouded in the first day. Still, being in the clouds was mystical in itself and there were clear views of the Eiger and the Jungfrough the morning we departed."

Kelly

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our second tour with RS and we both enjoyed the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Matterhorn from Zermatt on a clear day."

Dianna

Sebring, FL

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabian, the tour guide, blew me away with every aspect of knowledge, leadership, patience, putting us first. All our questions were answered with great respect. I can't say enough about him. He represented Rick and your team in an outstanding manner. My view of the world and how it worked then and now was greatly expanded. I am more we'll rounded in my political views. The fellow in Bern who gave us a tour was very knowledgeable but his political views seemed unfair and bias.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Muren (spelled?) and the L. Valley unbelievably beautiful."

Terry

Columbus, OH

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an amazing tour! Fabian was an excellent guide. I learned so much about Switzerland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The top of Titlis, seeing the Matterhorn, viewing Eiger, Monsch, and Jungfrau, wine tour on Lake Geneva. There could not possibly be just one!"

Mary

Columbus, OH

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a very compatible travel group with an excellent guide. I loved the flow of the tour and appreciated getting to see the different aspects of Switzerland and understand their culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved all aspects of the alpine cheese-making. I felt like Heidi up in the mountains with the cows. Gracious hosts, well explained. Loved the squeezebox and alphorn."

Barbara

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time! We got to see and go to all the mountain tops as scheduled even though it didn't seem probable the night before. Loved the variety of places and experiences - army bunker, monastery, alpine farm, winery, Olympic museum, chateau. Good mixture of bus, boat and train rides. The tours for chocolate,cheese and wines were fun, informative and tasty!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As we walked through Zermatt following Fabrian, he gets to the corner and tells us it will be worthwhile to ride up the mountain as you can see the Matterhorn!"

Virginia

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a wonderful blend of small towns & large cities. I feel we had a real taste of Switzerland thru the knowledge of our terrific guide, Fabian Rueger.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Matterhorn. We had exceptional weather & it was beautiful."

Jennie

Rolling Hills Estates, CA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Switzerland exceeded my expectations! I expected the beautiful scenery and clean environment but was surprised by the unexpected from the Trummelbach Falls in Lauterbrunnen to just drinking the clean and pure Swiss water from the tap. Having a guide like Fabian Rueger was the main reason why we choose a tour over traveling independently. No matter how much we research, we learn so much more from an experienced and knowledgeable guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This tour was a string of "wow" moments. We took so many "Christmas card" photos. I was especially amazed by Trummelbach Falls in Lauterbrunnen which I have never experienced. I did not realize how good water could taste until I drank the pure and clean Swiss water which I will miss when I return home."

Raymond

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our fourth Rick Steves tour, and the previous three met out considerable expectations. This one exceeded our expectations because of the itinerary, spectacular sites, and a really congenial travel group. Additionally, Switzerland is a very expensive country, and I think this tour provided the best value of all of our tours because prices in Switzerland are so high.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fantastic mountain top vistas and hiking the trails down the mountains are two that immediate come to mind. I really also enjoyed our lakeside dinner at Lake Lugano Italian style with risotto, delicious appetizers, and main dishes on long red checker pattern table cloths. Lastly, we were fortunate to get a full unobstructed viewing of the Matterhorn, which made a long day of driving well worth the effort."

John

Columbia, MO

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was great, however the weather did not cooperate. The heat was oppressive at times and made some of the event difficult to enjoy. Nobody's fault. Just an unfortunate distraction

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lauterbrunnen valley! It was our favorite visit two years ago from our taste of Europe tour and was the primary reason we selected the Swiss tour this year."

Janet

Columbia, MO

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Martin, along with excellent local guides, brought Switzerland to life for me. We visited beautiful cities and countryside, and learned how this country's people and history have made it what it is today. It was extremely warm, making the very active tour more challenging. But the hotels were very nice and did what they could to make us comfortable without air conditioning. I enjoyed the side trips to the farm in the Alps, the former Swiss military bunker, and Olympics headquarters.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting on the balcony of our hotel in Murren looking at Eiger and Jungfrau peaks. Awesome!"

Lois

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Martin is a fabulous guide. The tour itinerary was a very good mix of city and mountains, group time and free time. After Martin's orientation, it was very easy to navigate the cities on my own. Hotels were very convenient to the sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mountains around Latterbrunnen and Murrin! I could have stayed there for weeks. Being in a very small town surrounded by gigantic mountains gives you a new perspective on life."

Lily

Monterey, CA

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a very gratifying experience. We were exposed to a variety of environments that make up the personality of Switzerland: Lake cities, Alpine villages, magnificent mountains, charming valleys. Along the way we learned about the culture and history of country and how that impacts the modern Swiss character. We got a taste of all four language areas of the country and learned about the distinctive of each region. The schedule was full, but not jam-packed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the observation platform at Schilthorn I realized the immensity of the Alpine Mountains. We have mountains in the U.S. (the Rockies, the Sierra Nevadas), but they pale in comparison."

Suresh

Tampa, FL

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group of people added to wonderful experience of scenic Switzerland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In mountain fall"

Paul

Elk River, MN

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have loved all five of our Rick Steves' tours, but this rivaled the best of them. The scenery was stunning, our guide was great and our group became a family. These are memories we will never forget!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery was unbelievable! We booked this tour because we loved our time in Murren during our Best of Europe in 21 Days tour. We were not disappointed! In fact, we thought we had exaggerated the beauty of the Lauterbrunnen Valley in our minds, but as soon as we saw it again, we realized it was just a stunning as we had remembered!"

Paul

Wilmette, IL

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another wonderful tour. Switzerland is amazing ! And Martin was the perfect guide/host. He managed to keep everything moving smoothly despite the heat and provided very interesting commentary on what life is like for the Swiss.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Murren. The view of the Alps from there is incredible and the hiking options spectacular."

Kathleen

Williamstown, MA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was impressed with how Rick Steves tour thought of everything: every detail was thought through and planned. There were no surprises (except the cost to do laundry in Ascona). Our tour guide Maisie was the best!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps!!"

Sandi

Orange, CA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first ever group tour and choosing Rick Steves'Best of Switzerland in 12 Days was the best decision we could have made! We saw and did more with our awesome guide Maisie than we ever could have accomplished on our own. Yes, many in Switzerland speak English, but many more do not, and having Maisie along with her fluent German was great. (She was especially helpful to me with retrieving a forgotten overnight bag from our fancy bus and with helping with train tickets. Love her!)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are MANY "wow" moments on this tour, especially those dealing with views of the Swiss Alps. But if I MUST choose, I would pick these two especially memorable moments: Touring the Engleberg monastery with its chanting monks and its amazing medieval library collection of ancient manuscripts (not usually part of the abbey tour), and, on our own, taking the Sonnenberg funicular up to hike around the green meadows with the cattle and their cow bells. Oh, and, of course, the Matterhorn!"

Robert

Williamstown, MA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

well planned and organized, interesting stops, excellent timing

Favorite "WOW" moment

"seeing the Eige rup close and the Alps."

Donald

Charlestown, RI

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had been wanting to do this tour since it came out and had the opportunity this year to travel as a family with my wife, son, and myself. I thought the tour was very good and was made even better by our excellent guide Maisie. We began the tour by arriving in Zurich Old Town a day early and taking the train to the group meeting the next afternoon. I enjoyed all the places we visited but enjoyed the alpine areas the most.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not necessarily a WOW moment but I really liked being in, and touring through, the alpine areas. We stayed in Murren two years ago on the G.A.S. tour and the weather was good but this time it was excellent. We went up the Schilthorn for breakfast and the weather could not have been better. Both days we were there it was spectacular and we got to enjoy watching our son paraglide out over the valley in the late afternoon."

Lori

Charlestown, RI

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful experience! Loved every bit of it. It was nice to be able to see so much of Switzerland. I enjoyed the cities and the small towns, the countryside, alpine meadows, the Swiss alps, chocolate, cheese, cows, lakes etc. We had a wonderful group of people and a superb guide! Our meals and hotels were all great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren and Gimmerwald were unbelievable. Such beauty everywhere you turn! Watching my son paraglide over Murren and the Lauterbrunnen Valley was also a scary WOW!"

Karen

Chandler, AZ

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour- well thought out itinerary. Great guide; great drivers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren was a total Wow! The charm factor was off the charts for this place!"

John

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time and the places we visited were interesting. Learning the history and culture of the area we were heading to was one of the highlights for me. A few times we had the opportunity to talk with a local and it was surprising to me how many languages they speak and how much they know about US politics - I caught an ear full about Trump.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two moments. The first was eating breakfast at the top of Schilthorn at the 360 degree revolving restaurant. The view of the mountains was spectacular. My second moment was visiting the Olympic museum in Lausanne. There was a lot to see but I wish we had more time to look."

Mary

Moline, IL

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Many friends have recommended RS Tours to us and after our first experience, we KNOW why!From the moment we met the group to our parting good byes, the trip was wonderful. Let's just go ahead and change Maisie to Amazing Maisie! Her expertise and professionalism sets the standard very, very high. We also appreciated her genuine and kind spirit, quick wit, and obvious love of what she does that was never anything but authentic proving that being highly intelligent doesn't mean "stuffy."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murrin Matterhorn view and the mountain experience in general"

Valerie

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

You know it's an amazing trip when all you can think about once you get home is when you can get back there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tandem-paragliding in the shadow of the Jungfrau on a postcard-perfect afternoon!"

Jon

Santa Barbara, CA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We've been on numerous RS tours. This is one of the better ones. The history is significant. The views magnificent. Not too much time in the bus. The mix of people on the tour was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren. Without a doubt. The gondola ride. Eiger. Monch. Jungfrau. The high country. The cows with their bells. Grimmelwald. Hotel Alpenruh."

Robert

Moline, IL

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was AMAZING! Let's start with our guide Maisie. She was witty, knowledgeable, and all one could ask for and more. She ANTICIPATED questions'and needs (but in a good way); the trip would have been much less without her. All but one hotel was fantastic, but that was probably a last-minute booking due to the jazz festival. Each day was "wow-filled" and more than I anticipated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every single day of the trip, and that is NOT a copout!"

Suzanne

West Richland, WA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good. Most interesting was gaining understanding of the unique Swiss government structure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The two clear days in Murren were beautiful. Also, the World War II defence systems were interesting."

Sheila

Sunset Beach, NC

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Holger, really helped to make our trip such a wonderful experience. Also the local guides really brought things to life. Especially liked our local guide in Bern.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved our time in Murren. Liked being up on a cliff. Enjoyed our hikes in the area. It was beautiful with meadows, forests, cows, waterfalls and snow topped mountains. It was so peaceful and relaxing. Also really enjoyed our cheese making visit. I am from a dairy farm in NC, and it was great to be on a farm."

Don

Sioux Falls, SD

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was all perfectly balanced. Very well run. Excellent tour guide. Fantastic selection of diverse things to do each day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the underground/cave fortress for Swiss soldiers."

Harry

West Richland, WA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very nice tour covering the three major language regions of Switzerland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The balcony view from our room in Murren looking across the Lauterbrunnen Valley was spectacular."

Lynn

Kalispell, MT

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We arrived from Zurich to Lucerne and were greeted by Donald and directed to our room. The meet and greet was warm and informative. The accommodations throughout the tour were better than the last Rick Steves tour. The provided breakfasts were generally great, but the provided dinners were carbohydrate heavy to my taste. The risotto making was great fun and the two fondues gave a taste of Switzerland. Unfortunately, the weather put a damper (pun intended) on the Alp viewing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the Alp and observing the cheese making."

Marcia

Greenwood, IN

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoyed Max's chocolates, the Ticinese cooking class, the Alpine farm, the wine tasting and the boat cruise on Lake Geneva.

Latha

Concord, CA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Rushed, but got to see a lot. Skip Zermatt - very touristy and crowded, and time wasted trying to see the Matterhorn, although bad weather prevented that. In fact, rain and clouds prevented us from seeing any of the big peaks, but I knew that might happen, so am OK with it. Skip the Olympic museum and wine tasting- needed the time to see the town of Lausanne, which we did not have enough time to see. Engelberg was also not a very appealing town, & too many changes to get to top of Mt.Titlis.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland is wonderful, varied and historic, but crowded! Trummelbach falls (on my own) and Lauterbrunnen valley fabulous. Tour of the Engelberg monastery with humorous Brother Thomas great, as well as the evensong prayers sung by the brothers, out of sight, at the monastery cathedral that evening. All the lake cruises were great, especially Lake Lucerne. Bern's medieval streets and energy were a wonderful surprise."

Ellen

Cape Fair, MO

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour, great guide, great tour mates, and the scenery was beautiful. Our bus driver did an excellent job maneuvering in some tight spaces and hair pin curves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed going to Mt. Pilatus in Lucerne during our free time. The views from the top were beautiful. I enjoyed the beautiful sunny day on the steamer boat on Lake Geneva in Lausanne, Château de Chillon, and the Lavaux vineyard. The views from the winery were stunning and it was a magical afternoon. I also enjoyed the cheese making demonstration and tasting at the Alpine farm. We spent our free day in Lugano taking the ferry boat to the charming village of Morcote. Morcote was a "wow" also."

Verle

Cape Fair, MO

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A great tour. real nice people to travel with, good guides, great bus driver, Raymond, bus's were good. Hotels were above average for the normal Rick Steve's hotels, and the included meals were very good. In my opinion we could have skipped the Fortress Fürigen part of the trip, the trip to Zermatt and the Matterhorn,and headed straight to Murren. So many things to do in and around Murren that we could have used more time there. Also, we could have skipped Avenches.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat ride to Chillon, first class was good due to the crowd onboard, Chillon itself, and the wonderful vineyard/wine tasting after Chillon. A really great day!!!!!!!! Also, we spent our "free" day in Lugano, taking a boat trip to the charming village of Morcote. Beautiful village, good food too. Very Italian. We took the bus back to Lugano. Much prettier than Gandria. Try it out if you get there!"

Teresa

Denver, CO

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a first time tour taker, I was extremely hesitant to tell others I was taking a tour; however, it was one of the best experiences of my life! Every aspect of every minute was thoughtfully calculated to give us the very best opportunity to see the culture in which we were immersing ourselves. The tour guide was knowledgeable, patient, and engaging. The hotels and restaurants were classy and we never felt as if we were in a tour group. The tour was steeped in rich opportunities. Loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably my favorite "wow" moment was when I came to the realization that most of the tour takers were on their fifth or even ninth trip! They spoke so highly of the plethoras of adventures had on each tour, and seeing their dedication to all things Rick Steves caused me to take the trip with a different lens, one of appreciation and commitment to all the places we visited."

Lauren

Winter Garden, FL

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an absolute pleasure. We had the best tour guide in Fabian, and 26 interesting travel companions. The hotels and restaurants were perfect and the scenery in Switzerland was breathtaking. It was nice to just relax and enjoy the trip. We enjoyed traveling by bus, train, steamship, funicular, cable car, cogwheel and gondola. Fabian keep us entertained with history, stories, treats of Swiss Chocolate and St. Bernard dogs! Overall an exceptional vacation!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day had several "wow" moments, but the biggest WOW was the picture perfect weather at Matterhorn. Second biggest was the perfect weather for seeing the Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch."

Christine

Milton, MA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Switzerland was not our first choice. It was chosen because of scheduling. I am so happy it worked out because the beauty of this trip would be hard to match. Fabian our tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly and funny...not to mention he always had chocolate! It was nice to have a tour guide who did this trip many times still get excited about the mountains and the beauty. My friends marveled that I was able to pack for all seasons -- rain, snow in the mountains, sun in Lugano. Outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose from on this trip. Engelberg was a highlight and the visit to Mount Titlus was breathtaking and beautiful. The waterfalls as we traveled through Lauterbrunnen valley were equally as breathtaking. If I HAD to choose [INVALID] the hike led by Fabian while in Murren will always stick in my head. I said it at the time and as I write this I can still feel it [INVALID] there is an overload of beauty everywhere you look from the mountains to the flowers in the valley."

Debra

Mason, OH

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was a "wow" moment. The hotels, food, cities, and tours were all well chosen and memorable. Our guide, Fabian, was over-the-top. This is such a wonderful tour with the scenery and the activities. Hightly recommend to anyone who wants an excellent tour with a small group that gets you off the beaten path.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Both Engelberg / Titlus and Lauterbrunnen Valley/ Murren. The majesty of the mountains and being able to see them from both the valley as well as a more up close view was wonderful. Walking around the town of Engelberg, talking to locals was also very special. Hiking from Murren down to the valley was wonderful. Every turn in the path brought us to another special forested space or mountain stream or impressive view. Oh - and the cheese farm! That was extra special as well!"

Scott

Burlington, VT

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Switzerland was a fabulous tour filled with spectacular beauty, interesting cities and towns, and so many engaging and interesting tour members. Fabian, our tour guide, did a superior job of bringing Switzerland to life in talking about its history, culture, economics, and unique place in European history. We were fortunate to have fantastic weather which made our time in the Alps magical.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had multiple days of clear blue skies that made for breathtaking trips to Mount Titlis, the Matterhorn, and Schilthorn. However, hiking on the North Face Trail in Murren ranks as a highlight."

Kathleen

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was most wowed by seeing the Eiger, Monk and Jungfrau from our hotel in Murren. Wonderful combination of majestic landscapes and fascinating history of the Swiss people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the most Wow moment was seeing the Monk, Eiger and Junfrau from our hotel in Murren."

Paul

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour guide. Good companions. Gorgeous scenery. Fun activities. Interesting bits of information that I would never have found for myself. Lots of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved staying in Murren. The views are spectacular, the town is comfortable. It's small enough that you can't get lost. We have stayed in Wengen, on the other side of the valley, on previous trips and enjoyed it too. Murren was even better."

Karen

Dekalb, IL

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A trip of a lifetime. A few days I felt like we were being herded too quickly (in Engelberg, Zermatt & Berner Oberland, and Lake Geneva & Bern. On the other hand, as I look back on it, the main reason those days were so rushed was that the weather was near perfect. We made full use of our luck. But you had wisely built backup plans into the schedule. So,the days turned out to be totally crammed. I'm grateful for our luck & your foresight. But it was exhausting at the time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was a wow moment almost every day. My favorite moment though was uncharacteristically quiet and contemplative (given how busy the rest of the trip was). The morning when we were staying at the hotel in Murren, I woke up very early. I had to pinch myself as I realized where I was. Then I went out to my room balcony in PJs & bare feet. I spent a wonderful hour or two just listening to the birds and watching the sun rise over the Eiger. The mountains were awe inspiring."

Emily

Perkasie, PA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabian very knowledgeable and attentive, very capable bus drivers, hotels outstanding, trip outstanding as one day rain in Luzern, and rest of trip thru magnificent scenery was sky blue clear, no clouds, warm weather and varied group of friendly travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to name just one. Switzerland is gorgeous, friendly residents, everything clean and efficiently run on every level of living life to the fullest"

Richard

Winter Garden, FL

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide, Fabian was excellent and very knowledgeable about the history and traditions of Switzerland. I have been to Switzerland many times on business, but this time I felt like I was really experiencing the way a citizen of Switzerland might see their homeland. The weather was perfect and the scenery was breathtakingly beautiful. Overall we could not have asked for a better tour, historical insight, and fantastic experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite WOW moment was view of the Eiger, Jungfrau, and Moench mountains as the sunset across from them."

Edith

West Linn, OR

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For 12 days we enjoyed a carefully planned and [INVALID]d itinerary of adventures in Switzerland. Our tour guide had a warm friendly way of moving us from place to place and kept all of us engaged by telling us about the history and culture of each of our many stops. Fabian's commentary during the bus rides (and during walking tours, via the little green box) were varied and carefully tailored to his audience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each day was better than the last. The Wow factor for this particular tour was that our guide who, on several occasions, got us together for photos of the whole group. These photos were later distrusted via email and made a nice contribution to the photo album we put together after the trip was over."

Thomas

West Linn, OR

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Lots of activities, as many as I could handle. The tour guide ran the tour smoothly. Like the best of England tour this tour throws a lot of information at you. It is like drinking out of a fire hose. Since we stayed in Bavaria for five days before this tour started to get used to the time change, I have some idea how much work it is to arrange lodging, transportation, and meals, so I appreciate having that done for me during the tour. I enjoyed interacting the the other tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Boat ride on Lake Lucern, looking at all the beautiful steep green mountains surrounding the lake. I also liked the falls coming of the sides of the canyon at Berner Oberland."

Julie

Burlington, VT

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful guide and tour members (no grumps policy is awesome!). We love the format of RS tours: time in a new city together, followed by time on our own, once we've been given the "lay of the land". We were incredibly fortunate with weather: clear skies at Titlis, Matterhorn, Murren, at the farm, Lake Lugano...amazing to see it all. We especially appreciated Fabian's knowledge of the history of the area. And having mostly seasoned RS travelers made connecting with others easy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The natural beauty of Switzerland (mountains, lakes and waterfalls) has got to be number one on the WOW meter, although that was expected. The real unexpected WOW moment was learning about the history, politics and culture of such a small country. 4 national languages. An almost direct democracy. A livable wage. Hidden fortresses. Fascinating!"

Caroline

Upland, CA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great tour! This is my seventh Rick Steves' tours and one of the best! Very balanced tour vs. free time. Excellent tour guide! I don't think you should change anything!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matterhorn, Mt. Titlus and the Schilthorn all cloud free!"

Catherine

Olympia, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great trip full of lots of history, details, authentic local tou r guides and great old city locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many parts were excellent. I keep changing my mind. I loved visiting the Alp. Very nice people there who took us onto their home. I loved seeing the fortress in the rock from the war. I loved seeing the little children watch the 10am chime in the city square for the their first time."

Newell

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip. Donald kept us informed with his broad knowledge of Switzerland. We enjoyed getting to know our fellow tour members, who were a pleasure to travel with. The itinerary was well planned. Gabe was very personable and help a lot with the trip details.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed getting familiar with Bern. What a beautiful walkable city!"

Sandra

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Donald, was absolutely amazing. Calm, organized, professional, funny and extremely knowledgeable. The trip was perfectly balanced between group activities and time on our own. I did not want to leave. Switzerland is a truly stunning country. I had no idea how clean, organized and well run it would be. The food was delicious, the hotels were very nice and clean. Breakfasts were amazing and at every single turn the scenery was spectacular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the mountains, alps and lakes was indescribable. The precision of the transportation system was awe inspiring. At every turn it seemed there was another awe inspiring scene of beauty."

Betty

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a special treat to be able to tour Switzerland as it's beauty is breathtaking. The hotels and the meals were wonderful. Our guide Donald was professional, organized, interesting and funny. The coach driver, Marion was a delight and became part of the group even helping to stir our risotto. More time for me to enjoy the wine! Among my favorite activities were the boat rides, the risotto cooking class and the wine tasting overlooking Lake Geneva.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The walk down to Gimmelwald, hearing the lovely cow bells and getting a glimpse of daily life in the Alps. I would have loved an additional day in Murren. Engleberg monastery tour by the head priest was special. Just simply the fresh air and beauty everywhere!!"

Robert

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent. My sister and I took our respective partners on this trip. We had lived in Lausanne almost 50 years ago. I was surprised at how little I remembered, but this was the trip of a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view in Murren"

Diane

O'fallon, IL

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Donald White was just excellent[INVALID]always engaged, helpful and consistently providing advice and tips to maximize the tour experience [INVALID]whatever the location/setting. The tour provided a great overview of Switzerland. The boat excursion with making dinner was a real treat[INVALID]and a perfect opportunity to get to know others on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Titlus view--WOW"

James

Lititz, PA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Switzerland was amazing. Our group were a diverse group of very interesting people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"being surrounded by the Alps."

Carole

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A trip full of experiences...from the first day, we had days packed with new experiences, good company and the beautiful backdrop of Switzerland. A cheese farm, making our own risotto, gondolas to incredible vistas-every day was something new! A Rick Steves' tour at its finest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not ready to [INVALID] the winning "wow" moment. Thoroughly enjoyed the cheese farm experience despite the rain. Seeing the clouds part for a view of the Matterhorn was spectacular. Gondola and funicular rides into the majestic Alps were unforgettable. The trip was like a buffet with too many food choices to pick just one."

Elizabeth

Richmond, VA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

this was one of the best vacations I've been on. Loved the experience, the guides were great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Muren was beautiful, so picturesque. Enjoyed the free time to hike and explore."

Debra

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was very interesting to learn about Switzerland's history, military and government and to experience the differences in the Swiss, German, Italian and French regions! The views were beautiful, the mountains amazing with waterfalls! I especially enjoyed the boat rides, the cooking lesson, the wine tasting, and the visit to the cheese farm. Donald was an excellent guide and Gabe was great as the tour assistant!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride up to Mount Titlis was an adventure! Seeing and hearing the cow bells in the meadows, and opening my hotel room windows at one location to learn we were on the side of an ledge and my only view was to breathtaking mountains!"

Dennis

O Fallon, IL

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the experience was what I expected. This is my second Rick Steves tour and was exactly what I planned for.

Harwinder

San Diego, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent trip and our guide was wonderful and knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every about this trip was great"

Jill

Dallas, TX

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I decided on this trip because the Scotland tour was full when I was ready to book. Must have been kismet because this was a wonderful trip & country! I didn't know there were true regions in the country & it was obvious as we moved through Switzerland. Each region was uniquely special. If I had a critique, I would say add a day to the Murren and Lugano stops & make it a 14 day trip! I would have liked an extra day in each, as both have so much to offer and see. Donald was a terrific guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each stop we made, whether for a few hours or overnight, were special in their own way. The Swiss alps are incredible! Wow moments-MANY-walk to Gimmelwald from Murren, Titlis, seeing the Matterhorn, old town of Bern, cheese farm/the cows, cooking and dining on Lake Lugano, boat trip on Lake Geneva, Laveaux region/wine tasting. The whole country is scenic!"

Michael

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was our first with Rick Steves and it was an excellent start to make my wife and I plan on another. The tour allowed us some freedom to do our own sightseeing while also letting someone else worry about handling the details of where to stay, what to see, and how to get there. We had 27 in our group. Some we got to know better than others but we had a good time with all of them. Perhaps change or eliminate the visit to the chocolate shop. Seemed a little like a sales pitch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The local guides brought into the select areas were outstanding. Each had their their own character but their subject knowledge and presentation were multiple "wow" moments for me. Claudia in Luzern, the guide for the Fortress Furigen, the head priest in Engelberg, and the guide for the Roman ruins in Avenches were the best. These were the essence of what a Rick Steves tour brings to a tour. The several boat trips were also very good."

Kenneth

Winona, MN

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautifully thought-out itinerary, excellent guides, good overall choice of "experiences" for travelers. Also a good balance of planned "tourism" and free time. Too bad it rained so much, but Donald was very savvy in making adjustments and proposing alternatives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I expected the risotto-making in Lugano to be a bit hokey (it was, of course). But it was also just a lot of fun--a lovely chance to mix, mingle, and eat a copious, unpretentious meal in a beautiful setting. Good choice."

Michele

Crossville, TN

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very informative tour Guide, and Miriam provided more specific details when relevant, such as the health care perspective in Switzerland. Able to see unexpected sights beyond the stated itinerary due to some natural phenomena at this time of year. Fabian helped us make the most of the mountain experiences despite the persistent rain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to define one moment as the most WOW. The scenery has to be the answer. It was incredibly peaceful on the lakes, and mystically moody because of the rain in the mountains. For example, the sunset over Mt. Pilatus in Lucerne, the view from the winery in Lausanne, the avalanche in the rain in Murren - incredible photos."

Steven

Crossville, TN

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The pre-tour information and instructions were very clear and precise. Once the tour started there were several times where rain limited some of the views but it never stopped the group from going forward and enjoying where we were. This was our 5th tour with Rick Steves and as in the past our guide and the local guides were helpful and informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the Lavaux vineyard wine tasting. It was a sunny day and we were looking down the hill at the vineyards and over Lake Geneva. It was also special because we had several rainy days leading up to the tasting. It's also hard not to be "wowed" by the Alps as well."

Curtis

Aiea, HI

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Even though we had some periods of bad weather, it still was a great trip! Fabian was the main reason for making it such a great experience. His background and vast knowledge of Switzerland was amazing! Learned so much on this trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visit to monastery with a bebedictine monk as a guide. Unbeleivable experience!"

Barbara

Urbandale, IA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Trip was well planned. We got places we wouldn't have gotten to on our own. The weather wasn't the the best but no one said we could count on weather

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fact that we covered so much of Switzerland. And the army tunnels."

Brian

Orland Park, IL

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steve's tour and the experience was awesome. We really like the balance of tour time and on your own time. Our guides were outstanding. We really appreciated having both a guide and apprentice. They added to an overall positive experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment on this tour was the steamboat ride on Lake Geneva and visit to the winery. It was a beautiful day and very relaxing. Fantastic."

Cynthia

Santa Clara, CA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Enjoyed doing outdoor nature activities in Europe. Enjoyed tour. Not as happy with allocation of free vs. tour time as previous RS tours. Some days had few activities, others too tightly scheduled. We rushed away from Murren to visit Gruyeres which wasn't worth the trade-off. Too little time in Murren. Need 1 day for Peaks/Alpine trails and 1 day for Lauterbrunnen. Time in Olympic Museum short; Little free time in Lausanne.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Liked lake & hiking in Engelberg. We enjoyed Trummelbach Falls and the Lauterbrunnen Valley falls - not part of the tour. Our gondola to Schilthorn was cancelled for bad weather; next day was clear early, but we had to leave at 7:55am. Some accommodation for weather to 9 or 10 am would've been great! That was a potential Wow! We liked city walls in Lucerne, not even in your book, not mentioned by our guide. Matterhorn also fogged in."

Lars

Santa Clara, CA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was "good" and I enjoyed it, but it did not "wow" me like previous Rick Steves tours (Scandinavia, Heart of France, Heart of Italy).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nothing really WOWed me. I really liked Trummelbach falls (near Murren), Swiss Transportation Museum (near Luzern), Museum of Communication (in Bern), and Swiss National Museum (in Zurich) - all done on our own. The Alps (Engelberg, Zermatt, and Murren) all had the potential to wow me, but all were fogged in."

Rich

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had high expectations and all of them were met. The tour had exactly the right balance of unique Swiss destinations with plenty of time to explore each location with the group and on our own. Switzerland is a small country but amazingly diverse and stunningly beautiful throughout. Our guide ensured we maximized the experience without feeling rushed. Highly recommended.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"With a trip this well put together there were many competitors for my favorite moment. But just edging out the group dinner in Lugano and the hike though the Engelberg Valley was the moment in Murren when the clouds parted after a foggy morning and all at once above us appeared the snowcapped peaks of the Eiger, the Monch, and the Jungfrau. I've never seen anything like to compare."

Suzanne

Thomasville, GA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third Rick Steves tour and it was fabulous!! Prior to the trip, I knew that Switzerland has several different languages, but was so fascinated to learn that the country actually has four official languages with very distinct regions and cultures. Our itinerary took us on a beautiful loop through scenery as spectacular as I had imagined. We visited several mountain summits and my husband and I did a couple of additional ones during our early days in Lucerne prior to the tour start.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but Murren was breathtaking. Our hotel room faced three of the most famous peaks in Switzerland. Other favorites places included Lake Lucerne, Schilthorn, the Matterhorn and Mt. Titlus. The cheese farm was also really fun and the wine tasting near Lausanne was fantastic. Another unique RS tour experience was our happy hour in Bern with Diccone sharing such an intriguing range of topics on all things Swiss. It was a really great conversation and Q&A."

When To Go & Weather

Any time between May and September is a good time to visit Switzerland. However, the months of May, June, and September are best for combining the convenience of peak season with generally good weather and lighter crowds. Summer, while the most crowded, has the best weather.

Switzerland / Bern

Bern Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's first and last hotels is included in your tour confirmation email, as well as in the Itinerary section of your tour account. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying in the Documents section of your tour account.

Flights

Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements are completely up to you.

Most tour members arrange to fly in and out of Zürich International Airport (ZRH). Zürich is a 90-minute train ride to Luzern (where the tour begins) and a 75-minute train ride from Bern (where the tour ends). You can also arrange to fly into Zürich and out of Bern (BRN) — choose "multicity" on flight-booking websites.

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves Switzerland guidebook.