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Our most recommended Bern Day Trips

From Zurich/Lucerne: Berne Capital and Countryside Day-Trip

1. From Zurich/Lucerne: Berne Capital and Countryside Day-Trip

Enjoy a small group tour of the Swiss capital of Berne, with round-trip transfers by air-conditioned minibus from either Zurich or Lucerne. Drive along scenic roads through stunning landscapes, and get a flavor of the rural highlights of the Entlebuch Valley (Switzerland's first UNESCO Biosphere) and Emmental Valley. See some of the many farms scattered across the pristine moors and Alpine pastures. Cross the border to the idyllic Emmental Valley to reach Trubschachen. Here, enjoy a biscuit tasting at the Kambly Experience and discover the origins of Switzerland's best-known premium biscuit brand. Learn the fine art of biscuit making and watch master confectioners at work. Indulge in the unique flavors of Kambly's biscuits, tasting as many of the tantalizing varieties as you like. Continue through typical Bernese back country en route to the capital. Upon arrival in Berne, burn off some calories on an informative walking tour of the charming Old Town. Marvel at the late Gothic architecture of the cathedral (Münster). Stroll under characteristic arcades to the Zytglogge (Clock Tower). Pay a visit to the Parliament building overlooking the beautiful River Aare. Then, enjoy some time at leisure for lunch (not included) and some souvenir shopping. Continue in the afternoon through the fascinating rural landscapes of the Emmental Valley. Admire the vast roofs that shelter prosperous Emmental farmhouses. Glory in the red of the geraniums in their windows. See grazing cows on green hills producing the best milk; the principal ingredient for Emmental cheese. Stop at the Emmentaler show dairy for the highlight of the day. Tour the show dairy on the audio-visual "King's Way" and learn more about the history of the world's most famous cheese. Marvel at the gigantic wheels of cheese in the impressive cellar before indulging your senses during a cheese tasting only an arm's length away from the master cheesemaker's workplace. Take a picture stop with amazing views over the gentle green hills of the Emmental to the triple peaks of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. After, drive back with a goodie bag full of Swiss delicacies collected at the visited attractions throughout the day.

From Zürich: Glacier Express Train Round-Trip Private Tour

2. From Zürich: Glacier Express Train Round-Trip Private Tour

Travel on the worldwide known Glacier-Express-Train with a private guide. Enjoy a round trip by train and spend four hours on the panoramic coach from Chur to Brig, crossing 291 bridges, passing 91 tunnels, and climbing up to approximately 7000 feet (2033m) above sea level by train. Experience travel on the Glacier-Express while passing spectacular valleys and mountains. According to your preferences, a short walk around in Chur or Brig can take place (while transfer times to/from Glacier Express). Your guide will show you the changing landscape, answer your questions about the country and its people, and show you a few places away from the tourist flow.

Glacier Express Train Roundtrip Private Tour from Luzern

3. Glacier Express Train Roundtrip Private Tour from Luzern

Travel on the worldwide known "Glacier-Express-Train" with your private tour guide, just you and your guide. Enjoy a round trip by train and spend four hours on the panoramic coach from Chur to Brig. Enjoy the travel on the Glacier-Express while passing spectacular valleys and mountains, crossing 291 bridges, passing 91 tunnels, and climbing up to approximately 7000 feet (2033m) above sea level by train. According to your preferences, a short walk around in Chur or Brig can take place.Allow your guide to accompany you, showing you the changing landscape and answering your questions about the country and its people. Take the chance to see a few places away from the tourist flow.

From Geneva: Bern & Paragliding in Interlaken

4. From Geneva: Bern & Paragliding in Interlaken

Discover the capital of Switzerland – Bern, on this full-day excursion starting from any suitable location for you in Geneva. In 1983, Bern was acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Heritage site thanks to its perfectly retained medieval character. Here, you will have some leisure time to stroll through the narrow streets, see a lot of fountains with statues, coffee shops, bookstores and, naturally, the landmark Clock Tower or Zytglogge, which is one of the three oldest clocks in Switzerland. Climbing to the top of the highest point in the city – the Bern Cathedral, you will be rewarded with a remarkable view over Bern hugging the shores of the river Aare. You will surely be impressed by the lovely Rose Garden with over 200 sorts of roses and other flowers, the town hall and the prison tower. The art enthusiasts can enjoy the cultural points of Bern by visiting a famous museum such as the Museum of Art, the Einstein Museum, the residence of the scientist, the Historical Museum of Bern, housing more than half million artworks and objects dating back to Stone Age to the 20th century and much more.  End the city tour by dining at one of the restaurants (own expense) and proceed with your trip to Interlaken, where you will feel a sudden sensation of adrenaline by having a paragliding flight over the most breathtaking scenery you have ever seen. Taking with you unforgettable memories, your private transfer will return you back to Geneva to the starting point. 

From Bern: Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Private Tour

5. From Bern: Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Private Tour

Explore the mountain of Jungfraujoch, known as the "Top of Europe" in the Bernese Alps, connecting the two four-thousand peaks Jungfrau and Mönch, at an elevation of 3,466 meters (11,371 ft) above sea level. Meet your guide at your hotel and make your way to the train station in Bern. Board an intercity train for 1 hour to Interlaken, where you will change onto a local train. After 20 minutes, arrive at Lauterbrunnen, a small village at the end of the valley. Ride the cogwheel railway from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg, passing Wengen, a small alpine town known for winter sports. At Keine Scheidegg, change onto the Jungfrau railway, which will take you to the top of the mountain. During the ride, the train will make a scenic stop in the middle of the tunnel. Once you arrive at Jungfraujoch, take a 1-hour walking tour through the tunnel system. If the weather conditions are good, you may be able to see the Black Forest in Germany from the terrace. Continue through the ice cave to the plateau, a lovely outdoor spot covered in snow. Finish the walking tour by passing through a small exhibition about chocolate making in Switzerland. Stop for lunch at 1 of the 3 restaurants in Jungfraujoch - your guide will be happy to assist you or join you for lunch. After lunch, take in the views and enjoy the mountain air, before you head back to the Jungfrau railway for the descent to Kleine Scheidegg. Make an optional stop in Grindelwald if desired, before returning back to Bern via the same route where you will be dropped at your hotel. 

From Bern: Schilthorn, Bond World, and Piz Gloria Tour

6. From Bern: Schilthorn, Bond World, and Piz Gloria Tour

Explore the Schilthorn, Bond World, and Piz Gloria on a group tour from Bern. Board a series of cable cars to get to the Schilthorn from the valley floor. Take in panoramic views of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau mountains from the top viewing platform. Meet your guide for the day and set out from Bern to discover a film location of the James Bond movie, Piz Gloria. This revolving restaurant was featured in the 1969 James Bond movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service."  Continue the tour with a visit to the Bond World exhibition to relive different movie moments. Then, from the terrace at Birg, start the Thrill Walk down to the vertical drops of the rock massif. As you explore, your tour guide will show you the changing landscape and answer your questions about the country and its people. As an added perk, your guide will show you a few places away from the tourist flow.

Glacier Express Train Roundtrip Private Tour from Bern

7. Glacier Express Train Roundtrip Private Tour from Bern

Travel on the worldwide known "Glacier-Express-Train" with your private tour guide, just you and your guide. Enjoy a round trip by train and spend four hours on the panoramic coach from Chur to Brig. Enjoy the travel on the Glacier-Express while passing spectacular valleys and mountains, crossing 291 bridges, passing 91 tunnels, and climbing up to approximately 7000 feet (2033m) above sea level by train. According your preferences, a short walk around in Chur or Brig can take place. Allow your guide to accompany you, showing you the changing landscape and answering your questions about the country and its people. Take the chance to see a few places away from the tourist flow.

Bern: Private 18-Minute Helicopter Flight

8. Bern: Private 18-Minute Helicopter Flight

Start your adrenaline-filled day with a safety briefing at the Bern-Belp airport before you take a seat in the helicopter. Take in the breathtaking views over the romantic old town of Bern, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fly over the federal parliament, Minster, Stade de Suisse, Center Paul Klee, Westside-Center, Gurten, and the Aare-loops, amongst others. Marvel at the Alps, the Jura, and Seeland from afar. After a safe landing back at the Bern airport, receive a souvenir and download pictures of your flight for free.

Bern: Private 54-Minute Jura and Seeland Helicopter Flight

9. Bern: Private 54-Minute Jura and Seeland Helicopter Flight

Meet the friendly staff at Bern-Belp airport. After a short safety briefing, you will take a seat in the helicopter.  The next 54 minutes will go by quickly as you experience a breathtaking helicopter flight. Start by flying over the towns of Biel, Delémont and St. Ursanne. From there, continue to the windmills of St. Imier, the Chasseral mountain and the Creux-du-Van rockface. After flying over Lake Neuchâtel, you will be able to admire the wonderful views of Lake Murten. You'll also see the Bernese and Vaud Alps over the terrace of Mont Vully. After a safe landing back at Bern airport, you will receive a souvenir. You will also be able to download pictures from your flight without any extra costs.

Schilthorn Piz Gloria Private Tour from Basel

10. Schilthorn Piz Gloria Private Tour from Basel

Your tour begins as you meet your tour guide in your hotel lobby. You will then make the journey from the Lauterbrunnen valley to the top of the Birg. 2100m above sea level. First, take a 2-hour ride on the intercity train to Interlaken East. From there, take a local train to the Lauterbrunnen. Then ride a bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg. As you ride, you’ll pass the “Staubach” waterfall, the helicopter base, and the steep mountain walls. After arriving at Stechelberg, you’ll begin your ascent up the mountain via cable car. Ascend 2100-meters above sea level up the Birg. Once there, walk the “thrill walk,” a steel walk that hugs the side of the mountain. The “thrill walk” has netting that you can climb through that will almost give you the feeling that you are floating hundreds of meters above the ground. Take a second cable car and ascend to 2970-meters above sea level, into a majestic world surrounded by mountains. After your cable car ride, head to the James Bond exhibition where you will see memorabilia from the 007 films. Enjoy lunch at the 360-degree rotating restaurant. The restaurant was partly financed by the James Bond production team and served as the setting for the 1969 Bond film “Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” Take in fantastic views of the famous peaks of “Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau,” in what was once a James Bond villain’s secret lair. In clear weather, you may even be able to see Mont Blanc. Afterward, your tour guide will lead you to the intercity train back to Basel, and then finally, back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Bern

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 28 reviews

Very well organized trip. The tour guide was very competent and passed on a lot of background knowledge. The stopovers at Kamply and the cheese dairy in Emmental were very well chosen and were fun and very informative. The city tour in Bern was great and the time for exploring on our own was appropriate. It was a great day.

The wow guide Peter was exceptional. Small van, interesting explanations, no crowd, no rush, small cute presents on the way. He took a country road instead of a highway just to show us the amazing views around and it was worth it! And Bern city is truly beautiful . Had a lovely time.

Monica is a wonderful tour guide. Very knowledgeable and educated. I had a great time in Bern. Thank you

excellent tour through the countryside of the country with different round trip route

We had a nice and respectful driver /tour guide. View was breathtaking