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Grand Tour of Switzerland

The highlights of Switzerland on the ultimate self drive holiday

A stunning route leading you on a tour of discovery through Switzerland! An outstanding route takes you through the most beautiful regions in Switzerland, with spectacular views from amazing mountain passes and scenic signposted routes guiding you on your independent round trip. Enjoy the freedom of a self-drive holiday - stop off where and when the fancy takes you, enjoy a picnic at the top of a mountain pass or take a detour off the beaten track to a glittering Alpine lake.

The Grand Tour

Each stage is the ideal combination of scenic drives, amazing sights along the way and time to relax and explore.

STAGE 1: ARRIVAL

Collect your rental car from Zürich. Start driving from Zürich to the mesmerising Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen before you continue to charming St. Gallen.

Recommended: Exploring the Abbey of St. Gallen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


STAGE 2
: ST. GALLEN – DAVOS (160km)
Driving from St. Gallen, stop off in beautiful Appenzell, known for its charming customs and traditions. Why not take a picnic with you and enjoy traditional meats and cheeses before continuing to Davos.

Recommended: An afternoon at Heidi’s Village in Maienfeld, discovering the origin's of the beloved Swiss children's story.

 

STAGE 3: DAVOS – LUGANO (250km)
The highlight of your day today is the breathtaking route you take through the wild, rugged Graubünden landscapes, past the Swiss National Park to Mediterranean influenced Lugano.

STAGE 4: AT LEISURE IN LUGANO
Relax by the pool or go for a boat trip on the lake. Alternatively join one of the free walking tours of Lugano that are offered certain days of the week by the local tourist office.


STAGE 5: LUGANO – ZERMATT/TÄSCH (265km)

Your journey today transports you from the Italian influenced Ticino up past some of the most famous landmarks in Switzerland, from the vast Aletsch Glacier to the Matterhorn towering over Zermatt.

Recommended: Stopping off at the impressive three UNESCO protected castles of Bellinzona.

 

STAGE 6: AT LEISURE IN ZERMATT
Enjoy this world famous high-altitude resort and explore the stunning mountain scenery – always dominated by the Matterhorn.

Recommended:
The Gornergrat railway from Zermatt, for unrivalled Matterhorn views.


STAGE 7: ZERMATT/TÄSCH – MONTREUX (145km)

Take a stroll around quaint Zermatt, at the foot of the Matterhorn, followed by a charming drive through the stunning Valais to the shores of Lake Geneva and Montreux.

 

STAGE 8: MONTREUX – INTERLAKEN (150km)
Driving up into the golden vineyards of the Lavaux, you wind your way up around the local mountain Rochers-de-Naye and through lovely Châtel-St-Denis towards Gruyères. You enter the Bernese Oberland along the Jaun Pass, and then along Lake Thun before reaching Interlaken.

 

STAGE 9: AT LEISURE IN INTERLAKEN
Another world famous resort with an idyllic setting between two lakes and surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks and Alpine meadows. A relaxing lake cruise on one of the crystal blue lakes or an exciting mountain excursion is a ‘must’ in Interlaken.

 

STAGE 10: INTERLAKEN – LUCERNE (215KM)
Today you have two options: option Bern or option Brünig Pass.

Option Bern: Depart Interlaken this morning along the shores of Lake Thun. A scenic drive through lush green forests and nature reserves takes you to the capital city Bern and on through the Emmental Region.

Option Brünig Pass: The Brünig Pass is a shorter route. En route you can stop in Meiringen – site of the Sherlock Holmes Museum and the Reichenbach Falls – before continuing to the open air living history museum Ballenberg, demonstrating the various regions of Switzerland.


STAGE 11
: AT LEISURE IN LUCERNE
Why not explore the Old Town and walk across the iconic Chapel Bridge or enjoy the views from Mount Pilatus or Mount Rigi.


STAGE 12: LUCERNE – ZÜRICH (120KM)
Explore Lucerne’s old town on foot this morning before driving back to Zürich via Einsiedeln, with its beautiful old monastery and town square perfect for a quick break. The afternoon drive completes your tour, taking you back to cosmopolitan Zürich.

Inclusions & Prices

DEPARTURES
Daily departures May - October. Please note some routes may be changed slightly subject to weather conditions.


INCLUSIONS:

  • Return flights with SWISS from major UK airports (other airports/airlines available) with a generous 23kg luggage allowance
  • 11 nights hotel accommodation in choice of category - 3* or 4* hotels
  • Daily Swiss buffet breakfast
  • Hotel parking (except Montreux)
  • 12 days Europcar rental - car type: SEAT Ibiza or similar (3 door, manual, A/C) including Zürich Airport pickup/dropoff
  • Car parking at Täsch
  • Return train ticket Täsch - Zermatt in 2nd class
  • Grand Tour of Switzerland road map
  • Travel documentation

PRICES

12 days  / 11 nights in £ per person from...
 
  Double Single
3* Hotels £1175 £1632
4* Hotels £1510 £2020
Young driver supplement applies.

Short Routes

If you only have a few days or want to explore part of the Grand Tour in detail, try one of the itineraries below or create your own. Car hire is available throughout Switzerland for a range of durations. Some of our suggested shorter routes are below. Choose a route or create your own and email us for your best quote.


Eastern Switzerland


ZÜRICH – ST. GALLEN – DAVOS – LUGANO

Day 1: Pick-up your car at the Europcar office at Zürich airport. Drive past the Rhine Falls to St. Gallen.
Day 2: Through Appenzell and Liechtenstein to Davos.
Day 3: Over the Flüela, Julier and San Bernadino Passes to Ticino.
Day 4: Leisurely drive through the Gotthard Tunnel back to Zürich airport.

Southern Switzerland & Valais


ZÜRICH - LUGANO – ZERMATT – MONTREUX – ZÜRICH
Day 1: Pick-up your car at the Europcar office at Zürich airport and continue to Lugano.
Day 2: Lugano to Zermatt via the Gotthard and Furka Passes.
Day 3: Morning at leisure and continue to Montreux on the shore of Lake Geneva.
Day 4: Leisurely drive back to Zürich airport and drop off car at the Europcar office.

Lake Geneva & Central Switzerland


ZÜRICH – MONTREUX – INTERLAKEN – LUCERNE – ZÜRICH
Day 1: Pick-up your car at the Europcar office at Zürich airport and continue to Lugano.
Day 2: From Montreux through the vineyards and over the Jaun Pass to Interlaken.
Day 3: Choice of two routes. Drive either via the Brünig Pass to Lucerne or with a detour via Bern through the charming Emmental region.
Day 4: Morning at leisure then drive back to Zürich airport to drop off your hire car.