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This post provides several interesting Zurich tours you can take which cover a variety of popular subjects including the history of the city, Swiss chocolate, and much more.


OVERVIEW

Zurich is one of the most popular and historic cities in all of Switzerland, and there are a lot of interesting things to see and experience in the area.

If you want to learn more about Zurich, there are several tours covering the historic centre of the city. You can also take a cruise or boat tour out on Lake Zurich to experience the city and its surroundings from the water.

Zürich

 

Switzerland is also known for its chocolate, and Zurich is the home of the Lindt factory, so it’s an excellent place to take a chocolate tour and learn about the sweeter side of the city.

Alternatively, you may also want to take a trip out of town to see some of the more notable sites in Switzerland such as the Rhine Falls, Mount Pilatus and more.

Depending on which service you choose, tickets can be as affordable as 12.50 CHF or quite expensive at a rate of 200 CHF or more.

Tours are typically available at least twice per week, and sometimes even daily.

 


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ZURICH CITY TOURS

Whether you want to learn about the history of this city or just enjoy some sightseeing, these Zurich tours are an excellent place to start. 

In addition to traditional walking tours, there are also bus tours, tuk tuk tours and more to choose from.


Swiss Epic Tours

This company offers a bus tour which covers the culture and history of Zurich while giving guests an opportunity to enjoy some of the most famous landmarks in the city.

Operahaus Zürich

After learning about some of the more notable cultural sites like the Opera House and the National Museum, you’ll also have the opportunity to hop off the bus and take a short walk with your guide through Zurich’s old town neighbourhood.

  • Ticket Price: 34 CHF/Adults | 17 CHF/Children
  • Availability: Friday - Monday at 13:00 (1 pm)
  • Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Purchase tickets or learn more.

Zurich Tourismus

If you’re looking for a more traditional service which covers the most historic sites in the city, this old town walking tour is an excellent opportunity.

While on this outing, you can expect to see the remains of the Roman baths, churches, medieval guild houses, clock towers and many other notable landmarks in Zurich.

Roman Baths

  • Ticket Price: 12.50 CHF/Adults | 6.25 CHF/Children
  • Availability: Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 11 am
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Purchase tickets or learn more.

E-Tuk Tuk City Tour

Explore the city from a unique perspective on the back of a tuk tuk, otherwise known as an auto-rickshaw. 

The biggest advantage of these tours is that groups are kept to a max of 5-6 people and they are private, which means you get to decide who comes along for the ride!

During this tuk tuk tour, your driver/guide will provide plenty of information about the city while pointing out some of the most notable sites in Zurich.

  • Ticket Price: 64 CHF/Adults | 32 CHF/Children
  • Availability: Monday - Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm
  • Duration: 70 minutes
  • Purchase tickets or learn more.

Free Walk Zurich

This company offers some of the best free walking tours in Zurich, and they have a lot of outings covering several different subjects in the city.

Their main service is the Downtown Zurich Tour which is 1 ½ hours long and it’s available every day at 11 am.

Paradeplatz

Alternatively, there is also a 2 hour historical tour every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am which provides a deeper look at the oldest parts of town.

They also offer a few other free walking tours which cover different subjects and locations, but these aren’t offered as frequently as their main services.

Each of these are pay-what-you-wish tours, which means that they are tip-based and you can tip whatever you feel it was worth at the end of the tour. Most people end up tipping between 10-15 CHF.


Additional City Tours

There are several additional tours available in Zurich that you may want to consider taking. Some of these services are private tours, allowing you to control what you see and learn about while exploring the city.

In addition to the private options, there are also segway tours, scenic flights, and outings which cover special subjects related to the history of Zurich.

For more information or to find a service that fits your expectations, check this list of Zurich City Tours.

 


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ZURICH BOAT TOURS AND CRUISES 

This city is located right next to Lake Zurich, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that there are at least a few cruise and boat tour services available in this city. The following section covers some of the best cruises you can take while you’re visiting.


Swiss Epic Tours

This service is essentially a combination of their city tour and a one hour cruise, allowing you to explore the city on bus, on foot and on a boat!

While anybody can take a walk or a bus through Zurich to see all of the major sites on land, it’s a completely different experience to see this city from the water.

Lake lucerne

To sweeten the deal, they will also take you to the headquarters of the Lindt chocolate factory for an opportunity to try some authentic Swiss chocolate.


Private Guided Boat Tour

If you’re looking for a more personal cruise, there are also some private boat tours on Lake Zurich which allow you to decide where to go and what to see.

Another nice thing about this private cruise is that group sizes are limited to 9 participants. Since you get to decide who’s joining you for the cruise, you won’t have to worry about sharing the boat with anyone else!

Bauschänzli

  • Ticket Price: 449 CHF per group (49.88 per person with 9 people)
  • Availability: Tuesday - Saturday at 14:00 (2 pm)
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Purchase tickets or learn more.

 


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ZURICH CHOCOLATE TOURS 

There are few things more delicious than authentic Swiss chocolate, and as home of the Lindt chocolate factory, Zurich is probably one of the best places to take a food tour covering this delectable treat.


Sweet Zurich Tours

Discover some of the best chocolate you’ll ever eat in Old Town Zurich, as your tour guide reveals the centuries old history of chocolatiers in this city.

Along the way, you’ll have opportunities to sample some of the chocolates you can buy at shops in the area. Visitors can expect to try single-origin chocolate, candy bars, cupcakes, truffles and much more.

swiss chocolate


E-Tuk Tuk Chocolate Tour

If you prefer to be chauffeured to each delicious destination, this tuk tuk tour is an excellent option which will take you to at least 3 different spots for some incredible Swiss chocolate.

In addition to trying a variety of different chocolates at multiple locations, you’ll also enjoy a private tour with a guide who will provide tips about the best places to get these sweet treats.

Oh, and don’t forget – these are private tours limited to just 5-6 people per group, which means you get to decide who comes along for the ride!

  • Ticket Prices: 89 CHF per person
  • Availability: Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
  • Hours: 11 am, 12 pm, 13:00 (1 pm), 14:00 (2 pm).
  • Duration: 100 minutes
  • Purchase tickets or learn more.

Additional Zurich Chocolate/Food ToursSwiss Chocolate (bon bons)

Whether you’re looking for a different type of chocolate tour or you want to try some other foods as well, there are several additional options available in Zurich.

It’s also worth pointing out that Swiss Epic Tours offers their city tour and cruise combo which includes a visit to the Lindt chocolate factory!

For more opportunities to discover the sweet side of this city, make sure to check this list of Zurich chocolate tours.

 


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DAY TOURS FROM ZURICH 

There are a lot of wonderful things to see and do just outside of Zurich, which is why several companies offer day trips from this city to other areas of note such as Rhine Falls, Grindelwald, Mount Pilatus and more.


Swiss Epic Tours

This company offers several day trips from Zurich that you may want to consider. Some of these outings are half-day excursions, but others will take you pretty much all day to enjoy.

 

Rhine Falls

  • Ticket Price: 54 CHF/Adults | 27 CHF/Children
  • Availability: Saturday - Monday at 9 am.
  • Duration: 3 hours 45 minutes.

Rhine Falls

Rhine Falls and Stein Am Rhein

  • Ticket Price: 66 CHF/Adults | 33 CHF/Children
  • Availability: Thursdays at 13:15 (1:15 pm).
  • Duration: 5 hours 15 minutes.

Stein am Rhein

Grindelwald and Interlaken

  • Ticket Price: 94 CHF/Adults | 47 CHF/Children
  • Availability: Monday and Saturday at 8 am.
  • Duration: 12 hours.

Interlaken

Lucerne and Burgenstock

  • Ticket Price: 98 CHF/Adults | 49 CHF/Children
  • Availability: Tuesday and Sunday at 9:30 am.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes.

Bürgenstock

Rigi – Queen of the Mountains

  • Ticket Price: 132 CHF/Adults | 66 CHF/Children
  • Availability: Tuesday and Sunday at 9:30 am.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes.

Mt. Rigi "Queen of the Swiss Mountains"

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