Born in 1960 in Zurich, I grew up in the surrounding Zurich Oberland. After an apprenticeship as a mechanic at Swissair I spent two summer seasons as a herdsman in the Swiss mountains.
Between 1982 and 1990 I lived six years in Asia, with substantial periods in Nepal and India. I travelled to Pakistan, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. I trekked for several weeks in Nepal, trained in Indian classical music (flute and santoor), and spent three years as a Buddhist monk in various monasteries in Sri Lanka and Burma.
On my return in 1990, I worked in various social institutions as supervisor, group leader, youth club leader, therapist, conflict manager and staff coach. From 2006 to 2010 I attended an MA degree in mindfulnessoriented psychotherapy in Devon, England.
It is my greatest motivation and pleasure to show you my country’s finest cultural, culinary and personal sides!
Born (1963), raised and living in the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland. Master of Science in Geography and Environmental Science. Longtime employee of Canton Zurich’s environmental agency (air quality control, environmental impact assessment).
Two grown-up children. I love travelling and meeting people from other cultures as well as hiking, mountain biking and photographing.
I’m looking forward to sharing my passion for my home country with you. Switzerland’s full of wonderful places and hidden treasures.
I’ll be happy to give you a deeper understanding of Swiss landscapes, traditions, culture and people.
As your tour guide it is my concern to make you experience Switzerland in a very personal way.
Themenreisen Schweiz and Erwin Tours of Switzerland are business partners. Monika Frei has a degree as a Master of Advanced Studies in Arts Management and as a Tour guide. She has been running a Cinema, a Tourist Information as well as a Cultural Association. She is a passionate traveller in Switzerland and abroad.
Monika Frei, CEO and founder of Themenreisen Schweiz lives in Thoune, Bernese Oberland. She has been living in different regions of Switzerland and is fascinated by the beauty of her country. Let yourself fascinate too! If you like to travel in a small group with up to max. 7 guests, you will like her tours.
Travelling comfortably in a Multivan with 7 single seats, you will enjoy the scenic attractions or maybe a visit at a chocolate manufacture. What about having lunch on a typical Swiss farm, meet local residents in a personal and cheerful ambiance and learn about the traditions and the culture of Switzerland? Enjoy Switzerland!
Born in 1987, Mathieu Narindal (MA), who lives in the Canton of Vaud, is an historian. His research field is the history of tourism and the hospitality industry.
He is the author and co-author of several essays on this topic and is currently working on a PhD thesis about the evolution of the Swiss hotel industry in the first half of the 20th century.
One of his numerous current projects is the investigation of Bollywood’s influence on the Indian tourism in Switzerland.
Thanks to his academic expertise, Mathieu supports Erwin Tours of Switzerland. His education predisposes him to link up past and present and to highlight cultural heritage and traditions.
In this regard, it is his particular concern to bring together the German and the French speaking parts of Switzerland.