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An Introduction to Zurich

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Key Highlights

  • Comfy coach ride through Zurich
  • Perfect introduction to the city
  • See the highlights of Zurich, complete with audio guide
  • Take a cog-wheel train ride
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    April - 10:00am (Thu & Sun)
    All year round - 1:00pm (Daily)

    Duration

    2 ¼ hours

    Start time

    01 Nov 15 - 31 Mar 16:Daily 1:00pm
    01 April 16 - 30 Apr 16: Thu & Sun 10:00am 01 April 16 - 30 Apr 16: Daily 1:00pm 01 May 16 - 31 Nov 16: Daily 10:00am & 1:00pm
    01 Nov 16 - 31 Mar 17:Daily 1:00pm

    Meeting Point

    This tour starts from the Sihlquai bus parking (near Zurich main train station). This bus parking can also be reached by tram / streetcar number 17.
    OR
    Zurich Airport (01 Apr - 31 Oct): From the bus parking “Reisebus Terminal” at Zurich Airport.
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at Sihlquai bus parking (which is near Zurich main train station). From 01Nov the tour ends at 15.15 h at Sihlquai or 15 minutes earlier in the Old Town at Fraumünster Church

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    This tour is the perfect introduction to Zurich. Here, you'll see the highlights of Switzerland's largest city from comfortable coach seating. The tour lasts approximately 2 1/4 hours, and offers audio commentary via headsets.

    Your coach will stop at various sites around Zurich for photo opportunities and explanations before arriving at Zurich's cog-wheel railway station. From the station, you'll leave the coach and take a ride to the Zürichberg district.

    Itinerary

    You will be picked up from designated pick-up locations. Accompanied by a bi-lingual guide who will give live comments in English and German, you will be taken on a city tour of Zurich. Guests speaking Russian, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese will enjoy all the up-to-date information via headsets by our modern Audio-Guide equipment.

    You will pass through Bahnhofstrasse (station street), one of the world’s most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues. Further on, proceed to the popular shopping street of Limmatquai and you will come across elegant old-guild houses. Visit Lindenhof, situated between Bahnhofstrasse and the left bank of Limmatquai. It is the site of a Roman fort and later of an imperial stronghold.

    You will see a fountain in the square that immortalizes a day in 1292 when the women of Zurich saved the city from the invaders. It is believed that when the city was on the verge of defeat, women resolute to avoid humiliation, donned armour and marched up to Lindenhof. Visit the largest church clock-face of Europe in St. Peter, the guild-houses and the lake (photo ops).

    Further on, proceed to the cog-wheel railway station (Dolderbahn) for an uphill ride into the Zürichberg district with its recently renovated hotel The Dolder Grand and superb mansions from the days of yore.

    As you further explore, you will come across elegant mansions, the University and Grossmunster (photo op) – a magnificent Romanesque and gothic cathedral, with a high Romanesque cloister. Visit the Fraumunster Church, founded in 853 AD by King Louis the German. The church was largely patronized by the kings and had the right to mint coins in Zurich until the 13th century. Appreciate its stunning stained glass windows by renowned French painter, Marc Chagall.

    Finally after a short introduction to the Old Town at the Fraumünster Church, the city tour will end here or at the Sihlquai bus parking.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Transportation in air-conditioned coach
    • Bi-lingual guide (English and German)
    • Cog-wheel train ride
    • Audio-Guide in Russian, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese with up-to-date information via headsets

    Exclusions

    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Snacks and drinks
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

    This tour requires a minimum of 5 passengers to operate

    There is a possibility that this tour may be cancelled after confirmation if minimum numbers are not met. Should this be necessary you will be offered an alternate departure date or a full refund

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
  • Reviews
    • delightful

      the leonardo boutique hotel was an amazing surprise. The hotel appeared to be better than, as in pictures. Courteous staff, nice rooms and excellent locations.. thumbs up :)...

      Ashish Golcha
    • Best of Zurich

      It was fun and enjoyed it even though it was raining. It was a bit difficult to find the pick up point. It may be helpful if you could put signs in the main railway stati...

      E Thomas
    • Nice Introduction

      Very good overview for anyone in Zurich for the first time....

      Alan C Wulkan
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