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Switzerland Tours

Adventure travelers who absolutely love walking and hiking holidays are going to want to book these Switzerland tours. This landlocked country, home of the Swiss Alps, is considered the European capital of climbing and mountaineering. Switzerland is also covered with long-distance trekking routes of varying difficulty, ensuring that there are plenty of Switzerland tours that can be tailored to your style and skill level. These routes take you through pristine alpine meadows, past waterfalls and emerald lakes, and drop you off in cozy chalets at night.

If that all sounds like a dream come true, that’s because it is! Switzerland tours are all backdropped by world-famous scenery of mountains covered in glaciers like the Eiger and the Matterhorn, which are the destination of many serious mountaineers. Resort towns alongside beautiful lakes make a great base for shorter day tours where you can hike and explore Switzerland’s culture and history. Read on to learn more about these amazing Switzerland tours and start planning your next adventure!

When is the Best Time to Visit Switzerland?

The best time to visit Switzerland if you are looking to go on Switzerland tours is during the shoulder seasons of late-spring/early summer and autumn. During these times you will most likely be able to avoid the throngs of tourists that flock to Switzerland in the summer months, allowing you to fully explore the various landmarks and attractions of the Alps and Swiss plateau in all their glory.

Alternatively, those who plan on travelling to Switzerland to take part in winter sport activities will find that the best time to visit Switzerland is in the winter months of December to March. During this window you will likely have cold temperatures and enough snow for activities like downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing; all of which make for an amazing adventure. So whether you plan to set out hiking through charming alpine valleys or want to hit the slopes and spend the chilly nights in a chalet, any time of year can be viewed as the best time to visit Switzerland!

Frequently Asked Questions About Switzerland

What is the best way to tour Switzerland?

The best way to tour Switzerland is by train, as there are plenty of scenic routes that will transport you quickly and easily through the mountainous landscape, providing some pretty incredible views in the process!

How many days in Switzerland is enough?

If you are short on time a 5-7 day tour of Switzerland will be enough to experience some city and rural life; however, to get the full experience and take in as much of the country’s natural beauty as possible, we recommend Switzerland tours that are 10-14 days long.

Which time of the year is the peak tourist season in Switzerland?

Switzerland’s peak tourism season runs through the summer months of May-September, when weather is warmest and access to the mountains allows for easier travel.

Do they speak English in Switzerland?

While not an official language, studies show that English is spoken by roughly 45% of Switzerland’s population, particularly amongst younger generations.

What currency does Switzerland use?

As the country is not an EU member state, the official currency of Switzerland is the Swiss Franc.

Switzerland Tour Highlights

For such a small European country, there is so much to do and see in Switzerland that you could easily fill a month-long vacation. If you are after some amazing Switzerland tour highlights, be sure to check out these must-see attractions below:

The Matterhorn

Located along the border of Switzerland and Italy, the Matterhorn is one of the most iconic peaks in the world, thanks to its distinctive pyramid shape. At a height of 4,478m/14,692ft it is also one of the tallest summits in the Alps. The Matterhorn overlooks the Swiss resort town of Zermatt, which is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts like hikers in the summer and skiers in the winter. The first ascent of the Matterhorn was by Edward Whymper during the golden age of alpinism in 1865, and it remains a popular but challenging climb today, having the reputation as one of the deadliest peaks in the world.

Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva, also known as Lac Léman, is a deep lake situated along the border of France and Switzerland. At 73km long and 14km wide, it is one of the largest lakes in the whole of Western Europe and is a popular destination for watersports like yacht racing and the renowned Tour du Lac rowing event. Bordered by the Chablais Alps to the south and the Bernese Alps to the east, Lake Geneva is a scenic destination that should not be missed if you plan on travelling to this corner of Switzerland.

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Open details for 4-day Tour du Mont Blanc Western Section

4-day Tour du Mont Blanc Western Section

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The Tour du Mont Blanc is a stunning 11-day trek that takes you around Mont Blanc. For many people finding 11-days is a challenge, so this 4-day trek takes you on the western half of the route.

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5-day Tour du Mont Blanc Eastern Section

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This trek is for all those who wish to discover the splendid Tour du Mont Blanc in just a few days. The Tour du Mont Blanc is a stunning trek that takes you around Mont Blanc. For many people finding time for the complete route is a challenge, so this 5-day trek takes you on the eastern half of the route.

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Rhône River by Bike: Geneva to Lyon

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Experience the legendary Via Rhôna cycling route on the 7-day self-guided Rhône River by Bike: Geneva to Lyon tour. This mesmerizing cycling holiday, which takes you from the magnetic streets of Geneva to Leon’s picturesque lanes, is the perfect way to experience the beauty of the Alps and the charm of the French countryside as you explore the upper Rhône Valley. The well-known Via Rhôna cycling route has seen cyclists riding from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean since 1995. The 815km route comprises a portion of the famous EuroVelo cycling route, and this tour invites you to experience a section of it.

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Lake Constance Bike Tour

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This epic cycle tour takes you through the famous Lake Constance region to the hinterland. The Alpine panorama and the vast expanse of Lake Constance create a unique atmosphere. At the foot of the Alps, you cycle through the magnificent landscape of the three hospitable countries Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Forest paths, idyllic villages, hamlets and beautiful vineyards and orchards will embellish your journey. The Lake Constance region also offers several architectural and historical sights and is filled with history, poetry, nature and wilderness.

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7-day Tour du Mont Blanc

7 days
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The Tour du Mont Blanc is a not-to-be-missed trek for all mountain lovers, allowing you to explore the most beautiful landscapes of the Mont Blanc mountain range.

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Complete Tour du Mont Blanc Trek

Italy
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11 days
From US $1,125
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Experience one of Europe’s most famous hikes as you tackle the 11-day self-guided Complete Tour du Mont Blanc Trek that spans France, Italy, and Switzerland.

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Haute Route to Zermatt Highlights

7 days
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This self-guided or guided trek follows the Swiss portion of the classic Walkers Haute Route, which connects Chamonix to Zermatt. This trek is as classic a trek as you can get in the Alps.

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Tour du Mont Blanc in Guesthouses

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8 days
From US $1,375
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Lace up your hiking boots for a magical 8-day self-guided Tour du Mont Blanc hike, following the world-renowned tour route. This shortened version of the Tour du Mont Blanc takes in the highlights of the TMB, and uses local transport to shorten the valley bottom walking sections. If you only have a week, this is the best Tour du Mont Blanc itinerary.

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Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights in Hotels

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7 days
From US $1,450
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The Tour du Mont Blanc is the most famous multi-day trek in the Alps, and with good reason. This classic circuit route takes you as close to Western Europe’s tallest peak, Mont Blanc, as you can get without climbing it.

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10-day Tour du Mont Blanc

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One trek, three countries, ten days, 160 kilometres (100 miles), and thousands of steps: even these impressive figures cannot fully reflect the range of emotions you will experience on the Tour du Mont Blanc!

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Open details for Full Via Rhôna Cycling Route: Geneva to Orange

Full Via Rhôna Cycling Route: Geneva to Orange

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Challenge yourself to an epic cycling adventure that will have you completing the Via Rhôna cycle route, cycling from Geneva, Switzerland to Orange, France. This 13-day multi-country self-guided cycling tour will introduce you to the spellbinding beauty of the upper and lower Rhône Valley.

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Italian and Swiss Lakes Cycling Tour

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The Italian and Swiss lake country is full of world-class routes, and what better way to take in the staggering natural beauty of this region than by bike? This guided cycling tour takes you around several gorgeous lakes and into ancient towns filled with stunning architecture.

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Hiking Adventure in the Swiss Alps

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Want to leave your everyday behind and immerse yourself in the Swiss Alps? The Hiking Adventure in the Swiss Alps takes you into the iconic mountains of Switzerland for the hiking holiday of a lifetime. Travel to incredible mountain passes, picnic under high peaks, and rest in charming mountain villages. Let the details be handled by your experienced guide so you can focus on soaking up the snowy vistas of Switzerland, a hiker’s paradise!

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Guided Grand Alps E-Bike Tour

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You don’t need to be a mountaineer to get to know the highest peaks in the Alps. On this trip, you’ll get close to the mountain giants with e-bikes, cable cars, and the famous Swiss Glacier Express. Start in the Savoy Alps with a panoramic bike route and views of Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc. And cable cars will take you over towers of ice and crevasses to the romantic Italian Aosta Valley. Here, you can bike in breathtaking mountain scenery to the next highlight: With a cable car, you will pass the legendary Matterhorn and float into Switzerland to Zermatt. There you will explore the wild sources of the river Rhine by bike and Glacier Express. The destination of the journey is the Rhaetian capital Chur in Switzerland.

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