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Enhance your sightseeing experience of Switzerland’s cultural capital on a half-day tour of Zurich and the quaint neighboring village of Rapperswil. With a knowledgeable guide, discover blooming rose gardens; see sweeping vistas of the snow-capped Alps; and stroll amid the verdant splendor of a deer park to see the majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Marvel at the ancient castle that reigns over the village of Rapperswil and then conclude your tour with a tranquil boat ride on Lake Zurich. 

Highlights

  • 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

After pickup from a centrally located spot in Zurich, climb aboard a spacious, air-conditioned coach and embark on a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city. As your guide delivers entertaining commentary, gaze out of the window at impressive monuments like Fraumuenster Churc, with its splendid windows, and the historical Limmitaquai. 

Cruise through the charming Old Town, the commercial center and the university district and marvel at sweeping vistas of the snow-capped Alps mountain range as you travel along the Hohenstrasse towards the quaint village of Rapperswil, affectionately known as the ‘City of Roses’. 

Relish the charming sights of the village on a guided orientation tour, discovering the ancient castle, the beautiful rose gardens and the deer park. Stroll the ambient sprawl of the Old Town and then enjoy some leisurely free time to explore independently. 

Next, climb aboard a boat for an enchanting boat tour of Lake Zurich; revitalize with a fulfilling lunch at the onboard restaurant (own expense) and then reconvene with your guide for the return journey to Zurich.  

Please note: between November and March there are no boats operating, so you return to Zurich by modern train 'Gold Coast Express' along the romantic road parallel to Lake Zurich.

Customer Reviews

Robert S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Nice tour around town and then going to the small town outside of Zurich was very nice. Good guide who made the trip interesting and educational. Loved the slow boat trip back. Time to just relax and enjoy the Swiss countryside.

Timothy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a great way to see Zurich on day one of our trip. it gave us great ideas on where to return for the following days. The boat ride was very nice as well. Well worth it!!

Dan

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.

Martha S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Great trip with a knowledgeable guide!

Sundersh I

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

ShelleyQuinney

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.

Kathleen L

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!

mmkenne84

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.

Roni J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

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

Joseph S United States of ... 

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.

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