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Private Tour: Zurich City Highlights

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Zurich, Switzerland
Private Tour: Zurich City Highlights

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Discover the spectacular sights of Zurich on a private tour of the cultural Swiss city. Admire legendary landmarks and historical monuments like the Bahnhofstrasse and the charming Old Town while enriching your knowledge of the region’s rich history. See the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, the place Albert Einstein imparted his wisdom; browse the exhibits within the Swiss National Museum; and take a tranquil cruise on the shimmering surface of Lake Zurich. Customize the itinerary of this private tour according to your interests and receive the undivided attention of your personal guide.
  • Customizable private tour of Zurich's highlights by minivan
  • Visit Old Town (Altstadt), Bahnhofstrasse, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and more
  • Admire the renowned Chagall Windows in Church of Our Lady (Fraumünster)
  • Enjoy amazing views on an aerial cable car, take a Lake Zurich ferry ride, and drive along the Gold Coast
  • Learn about the sights you see from your bilingual guide
  • Choose a two tour lengths, with a morning or afternoon departure
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Private tour
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Local guide
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Ride on the cogwheel railway (2-hour tour)
Ride on the aerial cable car (4-hour tour)
Ferry ride on Lake Zurich (4-hour tour)
Food and drinks

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Traveler pickup is offered

Depart from your Zurich hotel at a time that suits your schedule and climb aboard a luxury minivan for your private sightseeing tour. Receive a fascinating introduction to the history and culture of Zurich before adapting the day’s itinerary to suit your interests. Make known to your guide the attractions you wish to see and then set off to enjoy the spectacular sights of Zurich. Listen to illuminating commentary throughout your tour and enjoy an immersive experience and intimate atmosphere. 

Please see the Itinerary section below for suggested plans for each tour.


2-Hour Tour:Start with a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich's main downtown street and one of the world's most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues. Then, make your way to the Limmatquai, a vibrant, historical shopping, dining and hotel area with many interesting buildings dating from the days of the rich Guilds that governed Zurich until 1789.

In Old Town (Altstadt), view the Lindenhof, the historical site of a Roman castle situated on a hillside, from where you can get great views of Old Town during own exploration later. Head to St Peter, one of the four main churches in Old Town whose clock face is the largest in all of Europe. Admire the castle-like Swiss National Museum, visit the Zünfte guilded houses and the Zurich Opera House, and stop at Lake Zurich for photo ops.

The 2-hour tour includes a ride on the cogwheel railway (Dolderbahn). Travel uphill to the Zurichberg district, where you’ll marvel at superb mansions and the renovated five-star Grand Hotel Dolder.

See the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, whose most famous former student and professor is Albert Einstein. Finally, stop at Church of Our Lady (Fraumünster) to admire and learn about the world-famous Chagall Windows, created by famous artist Marc Chagall. These beautiful stained-glass windows bathe the chapel in a rainbow of light.

4-Hour TourThis tour combines Zurich’s culture and natural beauty. Similar to the 2-hour tour, you'll see major attractions including Old Town, St Peter church, the Bahnhofstrasse, the Limmatquai and the Zünfte guilded houses. Make a photo stop at Enge Harbor to enjoy a beautiful view of Lake Zurich, the city and the surrounding hills, and then visit Church of Our Lady (Fraumünster) to admire and learn about the famous Chagall Windows.

Your journey continues to Adliswil for a ride on an aerial cable car, affording incredible panoramic vistas of the city, Lake Zurich and the snow-covered Alps. Disembark at Felsenegg, a vantage point offering sweeping city views.This experience is highly recommended!

Finally, take a 10-minute ferry ride across Lake Zurich. When you reach the shore, you’ll take a drive back to Zurich along the stunning Gold Coast, a prosperous region on the northeastern shore of the lake that’s graced by the warm yellow light of the evening sun.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • The tour can be tailored to your wishes. Please list any special interests in the 'special requirements' field on booking
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Best of Switzerland Tours
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour: Zurich City Highlights?
    A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

    • Face masks provided for travelers
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    What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Zurich City Highlights?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour: Zurich City Highlights?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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    Terrific Day in Zurich
    , Nov 2021
    Peter our guide did a terrific job showing us all the best of Zurich. We toured Old Town, the Lake, Ferry ride and Tram ride.
    Excellent Tour
    , Oct 2019
    Expensive, but at least the Van is Mercedes Benz V Class, with friendly driver / Tour Guide who explained the city history
    One day in Zurich
    , Jun 2019
    Monika was a great guide who showed me a lot of Zurich on the one day I had in the city. She was very knowledgeable and really flexible in quickly understanding what I was interested in and tailoring the day to that
    Private tour of Zurich
    , Jul 2018
    We really enjoyed the tour. We were able to see a lot of Zurich and the beautiful surrounding area and really enjoyed the tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and did a great job of relaying the information.
    Tour of Zurich
    , Jul 2018
    Even when the Spring Festival was ongoing our good guide Beàt was able to tour us around Zurich and see the churches and outskirts, took a ferry across Lake Zurich and we were able to ride the cable car to see the panoramic view of Zurich. We saw the Dolder Grand hotel where royalty and presidents stay, the Opera house, Universities and stopped to see the ongoing parade. Zurich is a lovely city and trams make it easy to go around. Having a hotel in the Old Town makes it easy to see the attractions because theyre nearby
    we really enoy the guide, he explain...
    , Sep 2017
    we really enoy the guide, he explain every thing really well!!
    Great and Excellent. City tour...
    , Jul 2017
    Great and Excellent. City tour guide was very nice person .
    Frank was an excellent guide...
    Wendy C
    , Jul 2016
    Frank was an excellent guide. Punctual and very informative. The van was also very nice. I would recommend highly!!
    The tour was fantastic and very...
    Rachel H
    , Sep 2015
    The tour was fantastic and very informative! Our guide was extremely patient, spoke very good English and did a great job!
    Heintz our tour guide was truly...
    susan c
    , Apr 2015
    Heintz our tour guide was truly amazing, best tour we have ever been on Worth every Aussie dollar we spent If you go to Zurich you should do the tour Excellent! Thanks Susan and Lex.

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