Grand Tour of Switzerland
Updated: Dec 5, 2019
From April to October
From 1315 CHF / person in double room
This route leads you through 1600 kilometres of the country’s most beautiful regions. You will travel through four linguistic regions, over ive Alpine passes, to eleven UNESCO World Heritage Sites and two biosphere reserves and along 22 lakes.
• 8 night stay with breakfast and city tax in Zurich, St. Gallen, Davos, Lugano, Zermatt, Montreux, Gstaad and Lucerne
• Rental car for 9 days with pickup and drop-off at Zurich Airport
• Free parking at all hotels (except in Zermatt/Täsch and Montreux)
• Train ticket Täsch – Zermatt – Täsch in 2nd class
• Grand Tour of Switzerland Road Map from Hallwag
• Grand Tour of Switzerland Travel Guide
• Swiss Coupon Pass
DAY 1 ARRIVAL SWITZERLAND:
Individual travel to Zurich. Zurich, the “metropolis of experiences” offers a unique mixture of attractions that you can enjoy by yourself on your irst day. Overnight in Zurich.
DAY 2 ZURICH – ST. GALLEN (CA. 150 KM):
On your way to St. Gallen stopover at the Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest waterfall. In St. Gallen the Abbey precinct with the cathedral and Abbey Library has been accorded UNESCO World Heritage listing and belongs to the top attractions along the Grand Tour. Overnight in St. Gallen.
DAY 3 ST. GALLEN – DAVOS (CA. 160 KM):
On your way to Davos you will pass the village of Appenzell. The Appenzell region is known for rural customs and traditions. Continue your drive and have a stopover at Heidi’s Village in Maienfeld. Overnight in Davos.
DAY 4 DAVOS – LUGANO (CA. 290 KM):
Today’s journey takes you to Lugano in the south of Switzerland, where you have several opportunities to experience the Grand Tour attractions. We recommend a stroll around the historical old-town and an excursion to San Salvatore or Monte Brè. Overnight in Lugano.
DAY 5 LUGANO – ZERMATT (CA. 215 KM):
Leaving Lugano for Zermatt. On your way lies Ascona. Continue your journey and arrive in the region Valais. Here lies the Aletsch Glacier. Continue moving down to Täsch which is your last stop by car before you continue by train on to Zermatt. Overnight in Zermatt.
DAY 6 ZERMATT – MONTREUX (CA. 150 KM):
A morning trip up the exhilarating open-air Gornergrat railway is not to be missed. Back in Täsch your route begins with a stunning drive up through the Valais, heading through Sierre, Sion, Martigny and Aigle. Continue along the shores of Lake Geneva to Montreux. Overnight in Montreux.
DAY 7 MONTREUX – GSTAAD (CA. 330 KM):
Drive through the orchards and terraced vineyards of the Lavaux to Lausanne and from here continue your drive to Freiburg. Further on your way you will pass the Greyerzer region, with its rolling green landscape. Overnight in Gstaad.
DAY 8 GSTAAD – LUCERNE (CA. 315 KM):
Continue your drive to Interlaken. From Interlaken you can experience the majestic Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau summits. If you have some time left before you head to Lucerne, Berne, UNESCO World Heritage is the place to spend it. Overnight in Lucerne.
DAY 9 DEPARTURE LUCERNE – ZURICH (CA. 140 KM):
You will spend your last day in one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland. One of the highlights of Lucerne is the Chapel Bridge. Drive back to Zurich for rental car drop-off at the airport and return journey.