Welcome to Bellinzona


The main castle, Castelgrande, stands high upon a rocky hill, which was a Roman frontier post and Lombard defensive tower, and was later developed as a heavily fortified town controlled by Milan. Though staunchly Swiss today, it is nevertheless infused with a hefty dose of Italian dolce vita.

Beyond the city's medieval mystique and knockout views of oft snow-capped mountains, you'll fall for its historic centre, woven with flower-draped alleys, Renaissance churches and cafe-rimmed piazzas, always brimming with life, laughter, chinking glasses and the out-of-tune toll of countless campaniles.


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9-Day E-Grand Tour of Switzerland

Day 1: Arrival SwitzerlandAfter arrival at Zurich airport, individual transportation to Hotel Opera for car pick-up. Overnight in Zürich, Hotel Opera (or similar). Day 2: Zürich– Appenzell– St. Gallen (ca. 105 km)Drive to St.Gallen with a stopover at the Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest waterfall and stopover in Appenzell. St.Gallen has a charming, traffic-free old town. Overnight in St. Gallen, Hotel Einstein (or similar). Day 3: St. Gallen– St. Moritz (ca. 185 km) Continue your drive and have a stopover at “Heidi`s Village” in Maienfeld. Continue your journey to St.Moritz. Overnight in St.Moritz, Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains (or similar). Day 4: St. Moritz– Lugano (ca. 267 km)On your way to Lugano in the south of Switzerland you have several possibilities to experience the Grand Tour attractions. Relax on a train ride on the Bernina Express or do the hike on Mount Muottas Muragl near Pontresina. Continue to Lugano. Overnight in Lugano, Hotel Dante (or similar).  Day 5: Lugano– Zermatt (ca. 215 km) Leaving Lugano to Zermatt. On your way lies Ascona. Further north and also on your way you can visit Bellinzona. Heading north to cross the St.Gotthard Pass and Furka Pass and continue into the region Valais. Continue to Täsch, last stop for your car before you continue by train on to Zermatt. Overnight in Zermatt, Romantik Hotel Julen (or similar). Day 6: Zermatt– Lausanne (ca. 180 km)A trip up the exhilarating open air Gornergrat railway is not to be missed. Continue your journey with a stunning drive up through the Valais. After travelling through Martigny, your final leg takes you up through Aigle and along the shores of Lake Geneva to Montreux. Continue to Lausanne, the second-largest city on Lake Geneva. Overnight in Lausanne, Hotel Lausanne Palace & Spa (or similar). Day 7: Lausanne– Gruyère– Freiburg– Interlaken (ca. 156 km)Continue your drive to Freiburg. On your way you will pass the Greyerzer (Gruyère) region, home to the world-famous Gruyère cheese. Continue your drive to Interlaken. From Interlaken you can experience the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau summits. Overnight in Interlaken, Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage (or similar). Day 8: Interlaken– Bern– Lucerne (ca. 167 km)We recommend to do a lake cruise on Lake Brienz or Lake Thun. Continue to Bern. The old town of Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Lucerne. Overnight in Lucerne, Continental Park (or similar). Day 9: Departure Lucerne– Zürich (ca. 140 km)One of the highlights along the Grand Tour lies in Lucerne – the Chapel Bridge. Return to Zurich for car drop-off at Hotel Opera. Individual transportation to Zurich airport (private transfer can be arranged at extra cost).

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Lugano city tour & Mount San Salvator from Zurich with your private tourguide

Your tourguide will await you in the lobby of your hotel. Together you will make your way - just you and your tourguide - to the train station in Zürich. An intercity train will take you within two hours from Zürich to south Switzerland. You will travel along the lake Zug and lake Lucerne until the train enters the 57km long Gotthard base tunnel. During 20 minutes you cross the alps on a speed of 200km/h. You will pass Bellinzona and after another scenic part of the train travel, you finally arrive in Lugano. Your tourguide will lead you down to the city center by local cable car. You will discover the lovely streets in the old town, renovated buildings from th 18th century and brandnew branch stores. Enclosed to the tiny streets, the lake Lugano an it's promenade is just footsteps away. You will have time for a drink or lunch, sitting outside on a restaurant and enjoy the mediterranian feeling of this city.  Your tourguide will lead you by local bus to Paradiso, where you will board the cable car for mount San Salvatore. The peak is on 912m above sea level and will give you stunning views from above. North you will see the alps, probably covered with snow, if you'll look South, you see the Lombardia area of Italy. Take your time up on top, before you will start your return travel. On the same route back, your tourguide will travel with you on the intercity train back to Zürich, where the tour will end. 

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Lugano city tour & Mount San Salvator from Lucerne with your private tourguide

Your tourguide will await you in the lobby of your hotel. Together you will make your way - just you and your tourguide - to the train station in Luzern. An intercity train will take you within two hours from Zürich to south Switzerland. You will travel along the lake Lucerne until the train enters the 57km long Gotthard base tunnel. During 20 minutes you cross the alps on a speed of 200km/h. You will pass Bellinzona and after another scenic part of the train travel, you finally arrive in Lugano. Your tourguide will lead you down to the city center by local cable car. You will discover the lovely streets in the old town, renovated buildings from th 18th century and brandnew branch stores. Enclosed to the tiny streets, the lake Lugano an it's promenade is just footsteps away. You will have time for a drink or lunch, sitting outside on a restaurant and enjoy the mediterranian feeling of this city.  Your tourguide will lead you by local bus to Paradiso, where you will board the cable car for mount San Salvatore. The peak is on 912m above sea level and will give you stunning views from above. North you will see the alps, probably covered with snow, if you'll look South, you see the Lombardia area of Italy. Take your time up on top, before you will start your return travel. On the same route back, your tourguide will travel with you on the intercity train back to Luzern, where the tour will end.