Escort and Orientation

Our Swiss staff will meet and greet you at the Zürich Airport on arrival day. We’ll answer any questions you might have, help you validate your rail passes and let you know when and where we’ll be leaving for your Swiss hometown. Depending on your arrival time, you’ll have time to freshen up, get Swiss francs from an ATM or bank, enjoy a light meal and stretch your legs.

You'll have the benefit of using a Swiss luggage tag – one of the many marvels of the Swiss transportation system that allows you to send your bags from your home airport in the States directly to your Swiss hometown – so you won’t have to claim any bags at the airport.

There are 2 escorted groups to the Oberland. The travel time from Zürich airport to your hometown ranges from 2 to 2.75 hours. Your landlords will meet you at your hometown’s train station and escort you to your accommodations.

If you’re unable to arrive in time for our group escort, or are coming from other parts of Europe, you may need to reach your Swiss hometown on your own. In this case, we’ll provide you with detailed instructions before you leave home.

The day after your arrival we’ll meet all Untourists for an orientation session. Much of it is devoted to teaching the use of the Swiss public transportation system, but you’ll also learn about specific events going on during your stay. It’s a good opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

As a follow-up to the orientation, an escorted Saturday trip helps guests familiarize themselves with the use of the public transportation system. An escorted excursion into the Alps to see cheese made at a family-operated farm is sometimes planned. Untours also hosts a farewell dinner gathering for all fellow travelers from your area. Local musicians and yodelers provide the entertainment.

For those who have traveled with Untours before, you’re invited to a special event held exclusively for our Swiss alumni.