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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.

La Chaux-de-Fonds: Taste my Swiss Self-Guided Food Tour

2. La Chaux-de-Fonds: Taste my Swiss Self-Guided Food Tour

Your tour meeting point is La Chaux-de-Fonds' tourism office, at the bottom of the Espacité Tower. Here you will receive a map of your gastronomic tour and brochures to discover the city, as well as a small welcome gift. Then, you will be ready to go. 2 minutes away from the tourism office is the new indoor market "Hall'titude" which is held by various local producers including the Maison du Fromage Chez Sterchi, the best cheese refiner in the region. You will be able to enjoy a plate of various delicious cheeses with a glass of wine, with this stop suggested between 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM. On your way to the next stop, you can make a small detour via the Rue du Parc 9 bis-ter to admire the magnificent Art Nouveau stairwells of these two buildings as well as via the Parc de l'Ouest to see the Le Chevrolet inverted statue. Your second stop is the Union Restaurant situated in the theatre building, which holds one of the two theatres "à l'italienne" of Switzerland (guided visit on request at Neuchâtel Tourism). L'Union is a cozy restaurant with an industrial-chic atmosphere specialized in meat dishes. Here you will have the choice between the succulent Classic Cheese Burger or the day's special and a glass of wine, with a vegetarian dish available upon request (the restaurant is open between 11:30 AM and 2:00 PM). Before heading to the next stop, try to drop by the Watchmaking Town Planning Showroom (Rue Jaquet-Droz 23) where you can see a 15-minute movie about the city. Then, take a couple of hours to visit the famous International Watchmuseum, which holds more than 4000 timepieces. Last but not least, the astonishing Ancien Manège is also worth a visit. Your third stop is the charming "Marji's Sweetys" shop and tea-room, the place to go to for sweet tooth (this stop is suggested between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM). Here you will be able to pick up a yummy cupcake of your choice. Your last stop is located at the top of the Espacité Tower. At the Citérama Restaurant, you will enjoy a fine and delicious local-made coffee, whilst admiring the magnificent view over the city (this stop is suggested between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM).

Basel Area: Roman Town Augusta Raurica Guided Tour

3. Basel Area: Roman Town Augusta Raurica Guided Tour

Over 10,000 people once lived in the Roman city of Augusta Raurica on the River Rhine. Discover the fascinating traces that they left behind on this introductory tour. Find out all sorts of interesting things about the public life of a Roman town. Start by seeing a unique bronze model of the city, where you will learn everything about Roman town-planning. In the authentic reproduction of a Roman house, you will learn about aspects of Roman domestic life. Did you know that underfloor heating is a Roman invention? In the museum, there is an opportunity to admire the largest silver treasure from Roman antiquity and discover all sorts of interesting facts about Roman military and mercantile history. Finally, in the majestic theatre, you can be transported back, just for a moment, to the days when it was the scene of thrilling spectacles, witty comedies, and bloody gladiator fights.

Bern: Private 54-Minute Jura and Seeland Helicopter Flight

4. 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.

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What people are saying about Central Plateau

Eine sehr empfehlenswerte Tour: Ein lebendiger Beginn in der neuen Markthalle mit feinen Käsehäppchen, unfiltriertem Weisswein aus der Region und ebenso netter Bedienung. Und so geht es weiter. Einzig der miesepetrige Kellner zuoberst im Tour de l'Espacité, der keinen Capuccino herausrücken wollte, weil da nur ein Kaffeebon war, hat die Aussicht auf die eindrückliche Alpenstadt (zusammen mit dem neblig-nasskalten Wetter, für das aber niemand was dafür kann) etwas getrübt. Aber La Chaux-de-Fonds ist definitiv eine Reise wert.

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

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