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The Great Tour of Zurich

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Overview

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.
  • Visit Zurich's top attractions on a guided half-day tour
  • Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Zurich
  • Visit Rapperswil, including the castle and rose gardens
  • See spectacular views of the Swiss Alps
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Local guide
WiFi on board
Cruise on lake Zurich
Food & Drinks
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Bus Station , 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

Bus Terminal Sihlquai is located 200 meters behind Zurich HB (central station). IMPORTANT: When using GPS - please type in ‘Limmatstrasse 5, 8005 Zürich’. You can find our Gray Line check-in booth right at the first parking lot.

11:00 AM
Bürkliplatz , Bürklipl., 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

After the cruise, the tour will finish at 'Bürkliplatz pier'

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 Church from the outside 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) before finishing your tour at ‘Bürkliplatz – Zurich pier’.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Zurich
Check in for your tour at the bus parking Sihlquai and board the luxury coach.
Pass By:  
Old Town
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 from the outside, historical Limmatquai and the university district.
Stop At:  
Rapperswil
Drive along the Hoehenstrasse which offers spectacular views into the Alps, we then drive to Rapperswil which is named the 'City of Roses'.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Schloss Rapperswil
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.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lake Zurich
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 3:25pm at Zurich Buerkliplatz Pier.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hans Meier Tourist AG - Gray Line Zurich
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The Great Tour of Zurich?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by The Great Tour of Zurich.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during The Great Tour of Zurich?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by The Great Tour of Zurich.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The Great Tour of Zurich?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by The Great Tour of Zurich.

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star-2
Disappointed
Deborah_W
, Apr 2019
This started out quite informative, we exited the bus & just stood there listening when we could have walked across the water & see the church etc... we boarded the bus & drove to the rose garden area & we walked in the square & were brought to a restaurant to eat (our expense) I had a salad & the manager said I had to leave because they needed the table for another reservation. A $50.00 lunch & I was practically thrown out. I chose to return to Zurich by boat but the tour guide whom left several people behind failed to tell us we had to wait there 3 hours for the boat. So we were stranded. Not worth the money under these circumstances.
star-5
Great tour. Guide has a wealth of...
Agnes W
, Oct 2018
Great tour. Guide has a wealth of knowledge and was interested with his job.
star-3
A bit disappointed
Andrew_B
, Jul 2018
The half day tour of Zurich and boat cruise was just okay. The city tour itself was very short, I was expecting to see more sites of the city instead we zigzagged back and forth across the 2 banks then headed out to Rapperswil for the cruise. The lake cruise was enjoyable but the tour was for 2nd class which was very full and not terribly comfortable. Next time I would pay the upcharge on the boat to sit upstairs in first class.
star-4
We decided once on the tour to...
cherigillespie
, Dec 2017
We decided once on the tour to upgrade to Heidiland tour. We found we would be 6 1/2 hours and dropped off at an entire location on the great tour. The brochure said it was a four hour tour. The Heideland tour was 1/2 hour longer and dropped us off about where we started. The tour was very good just we were on a time frame that got messed up because the information was not correct.
star-1
Pretty poor to be honest, very short...
Howard B
, Nov 2017
Pretty poor to be honest, very short drive around Zurich, visit to a Lindt factory and then a restaurant. Not sure anything a taxi driver could not have done.
star-2
Not much of a tour. Drove around...
Steve
, Nov 2017
Not much of a tour. Drove around Zurich then drove out to some small town and had to wait for train to get back to Zurich. Not worth the money.
star-5
Nice bus ride through Zurich seeing...
James S
, Oct 2017
Nice bus ride through Zurich seeing the highlights of the city. Really enjoyed the return boat ride on the lake.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
Unfortunately the day of our tour...
Stephen I
, Sep 2017
Unfortunately the day of our tour was misty with little visibility. We were unable to really view Lake Zurich and the Cable Ride was fun and the top of the mountain was beautiful with a wonderful little restaurant. The views would have been spectacular on a clear day. Our tour guide was knowledgeable but seemed too much emphasis on shopping, insurance and banking. Would have liked more history. The weather is completely out of your control, however someone suggested and I agreed, that on a day like that, the guide should have photos, postcard or some visual one could take with them of what we would have seen. I have no idea what it would be like on a clear day. With that little take away I would have rated this at least another star. On a clear day I'm sure it would have been a 5 star.
star-1
No, this tour was NOT amazing!!! The...
burch_mbb
, Aug 2017
No, this tour was NOT amazing!!! The tour guide was in a constant hurry to drop us off and end the tour. He would not go over one minute of the alloted time scheduled for the tour. I had to take my mother to the bathroom and we were left behind because "Walter" could not wait fo us.
star-2
Tour was very forgettable. Tour...
PATRICA M
, Aug 2017
Tour was very forgettable. Tour quide was not very very entertaining. Did not keep my interest. Also walked very fast and did not look back as we had to climb 100 steps! River cruise on Zurick lake was not narrated. Tour guide was not with us. Would not recommend this tour
star-2
Mediocre. The bus was clean...
Karen D
, Aug 2017
Mediocre. The bus was clean and we did see the countryside and lake however... I have been on good tours to help me learn about a city after I've explored a bit myself but this one was slow considering how expensive it was. The tour guide seemed quite bored with his job. If I could do it over I would skip this one.
star-3
At the meeting point it was...
Vickie R
, Sep 2016
At the meeting point it was confusing what bus to take. It was not made clear that two tours are combined on the bus for the drive through Zurich. After boarding the bus the two tours make the Zurich stop together and then when you get to the castle the two groups split, one does the boat tour and the other continues on the bus. The guide did not speak very good English and was hard to understand at times.
star-1
This was too much of a rush and...
Mitesh K
, Sep 2016
This was too much of a rush and unplanned trip. Please factor in tourist comfort and expectation to make the experience entertaining and not mundane.
star-4
The great tour of Zurich is very...
Tong R
, Aug 2016
The great tour of Zurich is very comprehensive tour, I have been to major part of the city and had 2 hours cruise on the lake Zurich, it is Si beautiful and by the end of the trip, I also had a bit time to walk to train station through the centre of the Zurich, and discovered a bit more of it.
star-4
I had only one day in Zurich, so I...
Hannah H
, Jul 2016
I had only one day in Zurich, so I wanted to take a quick tour to acquaint me with the highlights of the city, a tour that would leave me with a little more free time to explore afterwards. This tour did just that. I appreciated that the tour moved pretty quickly through different spots, and was pleasantly surprised at the amount of scenery we ended up being to take in. The boat ride back was absolutely beautiful. For the price this was definitely worth booking, but I'd only recommend it if you have a full day, so that you can also do some more wandering and exploring afterwards.
star-1
Tour was awful. Bus ride around...
Alexandre S
, Jul 2016
Tour was awful. Bus ride around Zurich simply named buildings we passed by, did not provide any history or interesting facts about the city there's the museum, there's the college, there's the chocolate factory. Ride to Rapperswil was not scenic as advertised, but on a grimy walled off interstate. Once we arrived at the castle in Rapperswil, it began to storm with lightening and thunder and torrential rain. Instead of using common sense to the lead us back to the restaurant at which we were supposed to have lunch, the tour guide Thomas instead caroled us into looping the long away around to still try and view the rose gardens! In a storm! The worst by far was the guides behavior at the restaurant with which he or his company was clearly partnered. You have exactly one hour in Rapperswil if you are leaving on the recommended boat tour back to Zurich. In this hour, you are supposed to visit the castle, visit the rose gardens, and eat lunch. This is obviously impossible, especially in a thunderstorm. However, our guide was adamant that we would have time in the ten minutes before our boat left to eat lunch in his partnered restaurant so we dubiously entered. Not only did the guide not have a single table reserved for his group of 15-20 forcing us to sit with strangers, soaking wet but when we then finally told him that there was no way we had time to eat before our boat left, he demanded that we order something or stand outside to wait for our boat in the middle of a storm. Shocked and appalled at his shady and greedy business practices. Would NEVER recommend.
star-5
Nice tour around town and then going...
Alexa_S
, Jul 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.
star-2
Tour was too rushed both the walk...
Rita G
, Jun 2016
Tour was too rushed both the walk through Zurich and to the church and castle in Raspirill, barely time to even turn your head to look around
star-5
This was a great way to see Zurich...
Timothy B
, Jun 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!!
star-4
If you have just a morning or just...
Elizabeth_K
, Jun 2016
If you have just a morning or just one afternoon, this tour will only give you highlights of Zurich.

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