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Explore with Jeff

Working with trusted partners, we're curating guided and self-guided rail and road trips that mirror many of the destinations and activities you've seen on our award-winning television shows. Coming in 2023, rail tours based on our shows and including appearances and dinners with Jeff. Check out current offerings below and contact us with questions on the itineraries you're interested in!

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Swiss Mountains: Self-Guided Tour

Famous the world over, the Alps of Switzerland never disappoint. This tour - self-guided but all-inclusive with hotel stays, trains/public transportation, and day excursions - will give you a taste of Swiss cities and mountain towns alike. Among other activities, you'll visit seven mountains, take a guided city tour of the old town of Zürich, and make your own Swiss chocolate. While this itinerary outlines the 10-day tour, it's available as a 4-, 6-, 8-, or 10-day trip.

These tours are curated and sold by our trusted, on-the-ground partner who aims to give you an off-the-beaten-path experience, avoiding the crowds and long lines at typical tourist spots. Because our tour operator is located in Zürich, they are available to address any issues you may encounter along the way.

For extra nights at the beginning or end of the tour, the tour operator can book in the same hotel

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Contact us for more information on the Swiss Mountains itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Switzerland!  
Arrival in Zürich, Transfer by train to Gwatt
Overnight: Gwatt, Thun

Day 2 Niederhorn     
Start with a trip across the Lake Thun - crest the Niederhorn, the first section with a surface cable car, the rest with an aerial cable car
Overnight: Gwatt, Thun

Day 3 Rochers-de-Naye     
Travel to Montreux with the famous Golden Pass Express through fabulous scenery. Ride up to the Rochers-de-Naye on a cog-wheel train. Enjoy the marvelous lookout over Lake Geneva into the Swiss and French Alps. On your way back, stop at Montreux, Lausanne, or Bern
Overnight: Gwatt, Thun

Day 4 Schilthorn, Interlaken
This excursion brings you via cable car to the Schilthorn mountain station, which was originally featured as the hideout for James Bond villain, Blofeld. Enjoy the revolving restaurant and 360-degree views. On your way back, enjoy the city of Interlaken and a hands-on chocolate-making experience at the Funky Chocolate Club. For dinner, we suggest the extraordinary Swiss Folk Dinner Show at the restaurant "Spycher"
Overnight: Gwatt, Thun

Day 5 Zermatt, Gornergrat
Travel to the famous Zermatt via the old Lötschberg-Route, using the summit tunnel through a marvelous landscape. Ride the cogwheel train to the Gornergrat mountain station, where you’ll enjoy phenomenal scenery and views of the Matterhorn. Stay on the Gornergrat or explore Zermatt as long as you like. The return journey to your hotel will take you through the new, modern Lötschberg Base Tunnel
Overnight: Zürich

Day 6 Ballenberg, Brünig
Travel to the open-air museum in Ballenburg to explore the different cultures of Switzerland. Then, cross the Brünigpass into the central part of Switzerland. On the way back to Zürich, you will change trains in Lucerne, with an opportunity to explore this enchanting, world-famous city
Overnight: Zürich

Day 7 Mount Rigi
Climb Mount Rigi in the blue cogwheel train from Arth Goldau. After taking in the panoramic view of the Alps, France, and Germany, you’ll descend with the red train to Vitznau, where a boat will take you to Lucerne, giving you a second opportunity to explore this picturesque city
Overnight: Zürich

Day 8 Locarno, Ascona
By the old, very beautiful route through the Gotthard summit tunnel, we take the Treno Gottardo to the Italian-speaking south of Switzerland. We visit Locarno and Ascona, offering a choice of trips for the day: You may spend part of the day in Locarno or bypass it, continuing to Ascona to enjoy the shores of Lake Maggiore for the entire day. Back to the north, in German-speaking Switzerland, take the train through the longest railroad tunnel in the world - 57 km / 35.5 miles long - the modern Gotthard Base Tunnel
Overnight: Zürich

Day 9 Zürich
Your last day is spent in Zürich. In the morning, enjoy a guided city tour (2 hrs). In the afternoon, take time to explore the city and shop for souvenirs among its many interesting shops. For your last evening, we suggest a dinner cruise on Lake Zürich. The scenery and the views of the Alps are unforgettable
Overnight: Zürich

Day 10 End of tour — travel onward or fly home

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