Zurich to Monte Generoso and Lugano day trip


  • scenic train ride in first-class
  • Gotthard base tunnel - cross the worldwide longest train tunnel
  • spectacular train ride up to the summit
  • Fiore di Petra building by Mario Botta
  • dinner in Lugano

Tour description:

The perfect tour for you if you want to see the beauty of the Italian part of Switzerland or when the weather is bad in northern Switzerland.

We depart around 8 AM and travel from Zurich to Lugano by train, located in the canton of Ticino, the sunny south of Switzerland. Cross the Alps through the Gotthard base tunnel, with 57 kilometers (the longest 35,42 miles) the world`s longest train tunnel.

From there a short ride on a regional train brings us to the base station of the Monte Generoso railway. A scenic 45 minutes journey brings us to the highest peak in Ticino, located at 1704 above sea level (5590 feet).

Visit the in 2017 opened building "Fiore di Petra" (stone flower) which was built by the world-renowned architect Mario Botta.

It is standing majestically on the rugged plateau which is a perfect place for a short walk to explore the full beauty of this breathtaking panorama.

You can have a relaxed lunch at the gourmet restaurant or a quick bite at the self-service restaurant which has an outside terrace.

We return to the Lugano train station in the afternoon. A quick ride on a funicular will bring us to the city center. Discover this beautiful city by the lake of Lugano on a short walking tour and end your day with a delicious dinner in one of the many Italian influenced pizzerias or trattorias.

Afterwards, we return to Zurich main station by train between 10-11 PM from where your guide will take you to your Hotel or Apartment.


Number of participants/ Rates per person in Swiss Francs

1 adult:   CHF 470.-

2 adults: CHF 350.-

3 adults: CHF 320.-

4 adults: CHF 300.-

5 adults: CHF 280.-

6 adults: CHF 260.-

Children 6 - 15 years: CHF 80.-

Children 0 - 5 years: free

Maximum group size: six adults and three children.
An adult must accompany children.


  • All train tickets in first class and entry fees for you and the private guide

  • departure from centrally located Hotels or Apartments

  • private guide throughout the whole trip

  • all activities mentioned in the tour description

  • service (gratuities)


  • your meals and drinks

  • travel insurance

  • any personal expenses

  • overnight accommodation


aerial view of Lugano in the Canton of Ticino, Switzerland

aerial view of Lugano in the Canton of Ticino, Switzerland

Lugano, Lake side

Lugano, Lake side

many italian influenced restaurants for a delicious dinner

many italian influenced restaurants for a delicious dinner