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  • Location:Zurich, Switzerland
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

The Great Tour of Zurich

See all the main sights of Switzerland's cultural capital as your motor coach takes you for a drive around Zurich. Enjoy spectacular views of the Alps on your way to visit the rose gardens, deer park and castle in the village of Rapperswil, before enjoying a boat cruise on Lake Zurich.


  • Three-hour motor coach tour of Zurich and the surrounding area
  • See Zurich's top attractions like the Chagall Windows and Limmatquai
  • Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Zurich (April to October) or a train ride along the lake
  • Visit Rapperswil, where you’ll see the castle and rose gardens
  • See spectacular views of the Swiss Alps

What You Can Expect

The Great Tour of Zurich

See Fraumuenster Church on your city tour of Zurich

This tour shows you the most interesting sights of Zurich and its surroundings! Start with a guided city tour of Zurich which shows you the commercial center, a section of the Old Town, Fraumuenster Church with its famous Chagall windows, historical Limmatquai and the university district. Drive along the Hoehenstrasse which offers spectacular views into the Alps, we then drive to Rapperswil which is named the 'City of Roses'. The charming little town of Rapperswil offers unique attractions for visitors - the Rose Gardens, the Castle, the deer park on the Lindenhof and the picturesque Old Town.

After a guided orientation tour and some time at leisure in Rapperswil, enjoy a 2-hour cruise on the Lake of Zurich (unescorted). There is a restaurant on board for your convenience. First possible boat back is scheduled to arrive at 3:15pm at Zurich Buerkliplatz Pier.

Between November and March there are no boats operating, so you return to Zurich by modern train 'Gold Coast Express' along the romantic road that follows the lake-shore.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Our guide Peter was fun and knowledgeable, and this was a nice introduction to the city and lake area as our first day after the long overnight flight from the US. The boat ride back from Rapperswil was relaxing and scenic. Very nice and worth doing.

Incidentally, we saw Peter again the next day as he was running a Jungfrau tour that was slightly different from the one we were on, and he remembered us.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Great trip with a knowledgeable guide!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

A very nice tour including the boat ride back to Zurich. A pleasant, knowledgeable and even funny tour guide made the trip well worth the money. Highly recommended, especially for first time visitors to Zurich

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

great whistle stop tour seeing parts of the old town before a short motorway drive to a beautiful town by the lake where you can stop for lunch, ice cream or a coffee. we took the boat back to zurich rather than going on to heidiland. a lovely boat ride back taking in the beautiful views.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Excellent tour guide and it was a fun day. i upgraded my tour to include Heidi land and L/stein. Climbing was tough on weak kness but I enjoyed it. Good cheesecake in Rapperwill. our group was made up of people from all parts of the world. Great!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

What made this tour was the scenery! Zurich is sooooo beautiful! Be mindful of the boat trip back across the lake though. 2 hours is quite a long time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

This tour was excellent. 100% worth the time and money.

Joseph S
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2011

Great small taste of Zurich- but it was limited, as is expected from a bus cannot do Zurich truly without a walking tour. The trip to Rapperswil and the boat ride back in itself was worth it. Rapperswil was absolutely stunning though- beautiful town and rose gardens.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2010

Our guide was very knowledgable and made sure everyone was taken care of.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2010

Tour was timely . It was great except tour guid was rushing lot. Tour was well worth. Everybody should take this.
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