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Panoramic view of St. Gallen

Grand Tour of Switzerland - Self Drive

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Panoramic view of St. Gallen
Revel in Switzerland’s breathtaking scenery of snow-capped mountains, alpine lakes and lush countryside during this thrilling, 8-day self-drive tour from Zurich to Lucerne.
Self-Drive
Independent tours

Highlights

Principality of Liechtenstein

Discover Heidi’s Village

Explore the village of Zermatt

Explore Montreux, Interlaken, Lucerne or Bern

Take a tour of Switzerland with a self-driving holiday. This thrilling, 8-day tour will take you to some of the most beautiful regions past the majestic mountains, beautiful lakes, historic towns and villages. Your journey starts from Zurich, drive through the medieval town of Winterthur past the Rhine Falls. Continue along the banks of Lake Constance until you reach the charming city of St. Gallen, famed for its historic abbey and library. From St. Gallen, continue to the rolling hills of the Appenzell region. Make a short stop in Liechtenstein, one of Europe’s smallest countries before heading back to Switzerland. Continue to the ski resort town of Davos then drive through the Graubünden region until you reach the Ticino region. From Lugano, head to Tasch then to the famous resort town of Zermatt. Continue to the French-speaking region of Switzerland until you reach the lovely town of Montreux located in Lake Geneva. Drive through the vineyards of Lavaux towards Gruyeres. Enter the Bernese Oberland region until you reach Interlaken. You also have opportunities to explore the cities of Lucerne, Bern and the scenic Emmental region.

This tour is available daily from 1 April to 31 October.

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Included

7-night accommodation in a 3-star hotel (upgrade available upon request)
Daily breakfast
7-day car rental (car type ECMR)
Parking at hotels (except Montreux – public parking)
Return train ticket from Tasch to Zermatt
Roadmap with description of major sightseeing sports
Grand tour smartphone app
Detailed travel itinerary and documentation

Itinerary

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Day 1
Zurich – St. Gallen (150 km)

Collect your rental car from Zürich. The route takes you through historic Winterthur and past the Rhine Falls. Stop here for lunch before continuing to Schaffhausen with its Renaissance era architecture lining the streets. Drive along the banks of Lake Constance to St. Gallen, a historic city known as the gateway to the Appenzell Alps.

Day 2
St. Gallen – Davos (160 km)

Your day starts with a stunning scenic drive through the rolling hills of the Appenzell region. Take a trip up to Mt. Säntis for views over the whole region! Make your way through the principality of Liechtenstein, one of Europe’s smallest countries, before returning to Switzerland. Stop off in Maienfeld for lunch and discover Heidi’s Village, the inspiration for this famous Swiss novel. In the afternoon continue to Davos, a destination renowned for its mountain holidays and sports activities.

Breakfast
Day 3
Davos – Lugano (250 km)
Today’s drive takes you through the Fluela Pass in the wild and beautiful Graubünden region. Travel along the National Park border to St. Moritz and stop here for lunch. Continue along the Julier Pass through glorious scenery to the San Bernardino Pass into the Mediterranean influenced Ticino. Stop in Bellinzona in the afternoon and explore the Three Castles. Continue on to Lugano
Breakfast
Day 4
Lugano – Zermatt/Tasch (265 km)

Depart Mediterranean Ticino, heading north to cross the St. Gotthard Pass and Furka Pass before moving down to Täsch, last stop for your car before you continue onto the car-free village of Zermatt. A quick train journey takes you up to Zermatt, dominated by one of the most famous peaks in the Alps, the Matterhorn.

Breakfast
Day 5
Zermatt/Tasch – Montreux (145 km)

Take time this morning to walk through Zermatt: traditional shops and wooden clad houses creating a charming place to explore. A morning trip up the exhilarating Gornergrat railway is not to be missed. Return to Täsch to collect your car, and enjoy a stunning drive up through the Valais. Enter French-speaking Switzerland and arrive in Montreux, one of the most popular holiday resorts in the Lake Geneva region.

Breakfast
Day 6
Montreux – Interlaken (145 km)
Take a walk along the lakeside in Montreux this morning. Drive up into the golden vineyards of the Lavaux towards Gruyères. Stop in here for lunch and perhaps take a quick detour up to Broc to explore Maison Cailler, the Swiss chocolate factory. Enter the Bernese Oberland along the Jaun Pass, then along Lake Thun you reach Interlaken, the gateway to the Jungfrau region. Take a late afternoon stroll around the town centre. Perhaps add an additional night here to travel up the Jungfraujoch or the Schilthorn.
Breakfast
Day 7
Interlaken – Lucerne (215 km)

Today you have a choice of routes. Either drive via the Brunig Pass to Lucerne or with a detour via Bern through the charming Emmental region, home to the delicious Emmental cheese. Arrive in Lucerne, a romantic old town perfect for a late afternoon stroll.

Breakfast
Day 8
Lucerne – Zurich (120 km)

Time permitting, explore the surrounding areas of Lucerne before driving back to Zürich to drop off your car.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
French, Swiss - German, Italian, Romansh
Currency
SWISS FRANC
7 nights
from AUD1,903
per person, twin share
Zürich
1 April - 31 October 2020
Switzerland Brochure
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