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Chocolates & Cheese Swiss Self-Drive: Interlaken & Zurich

8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,095

FIRST-CLASS | SELF-DRIVE: Sample the visual and culinary delights of the Alps on this delicious Switzerland tour. Arrive in Zurich, then explore the charming cities of Bern and Lucerne, and spend most of your time at picturesque Interlaken, in the heart of the Alps all while travelling at your own pace.

This 8-day Switzerland journey is an easy round trip from the country’s largest city, Zurich. It combines the country’s most delightful cities and mountain regions with tastings of its best cheese, chocolate and more.

Zurich is too often bypassed by Europe travellers intimidated by its expensive reputation as a ‘banker’ city. Some of its best attractions though, such as a walk along Lake Zurich, are completely free. A night here will offer you at least a glimpse of what modern Switzerland is about before going on to Bern. With its UNESCO heritage listed Old Town, Switzerland’s capital is not only a very attractive city, but an unexpected shopping hub with six kilometres of indoor shopping arcades.

Beautiful Interlaken is your base for most of your stay, surrounded by two lakes and a comprehensive network of cable cars, chair and ski lifts and railways, allowing you to make the most of its impressive location. Spend a day at leisure, then board the Jungfrau Railway, which takes you to Europe’s highest train station and some astonishing glacier views.

Then choose between two different foodie trips, one to the cheese producing town of Gruyere and Maison Caillier chocolate factory, or the other, to the Kambly biscuit factory and Emmentaler show dairy, known for its wonderful cream cheese. Then spend a thrilling day at Grindelwald and First Mountain. Ascend the slopes by scenic gondola, then enjoy the thrills and spectacle of the ZipRider as you fly down the mountain.

Bid Interlaken farewell and make your way to Lucerne. This somewhat more traditional city offers not just amazing mountain views, but a superb concert hall and impressive Picasso collection. Return to Zurich for your departure.

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8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,095

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Day 1

Arrival Switzerland

Guests will individually travel to Zurich.

Accommodation: Hotel in Zurich

Day 2

Bern and Interlaken

Today, discover the old town of Berne, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Interlaken.

Accommodation: Hotel in Interlaken

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Lake Thun and Lake Brienz

Situated between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, Interlaken offers an amazing diversity of sport and outdoor activities.

Accommodation: Hotel in Interlaken

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Interlaken and Jungfraujoch

The Jungfraujoch offers unbelievable views of the mountain giants Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau, and of the Aletsch glacier.

Accommodation: Hotel in Interlaken

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Interlaken and Chocolate and Cheese Factory

Today you have two different options; either you visit Maison Cailler and Gruyere or the Emmentaler Show dairy and the Kambly Experience.

Accommodation: Hotel in Interlaken

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 6


Travel by car to Grindelwald and continue by cable car to First Mountain.

Accommodation: Hotel in Interlaken

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 7


Continue to Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland with impressive mountain panorama. Time for souvenir shopping.

Accommodation: Hotel in Zurich

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 8


Today marks the end of your trip. After breakfast, individually have your return journey.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information


Daily from April 1 to October 31


  • 8 day car rental category C (VW Golf manual or similar) with airport pick-up and drop-off 
  • 5 nights in moderate accommodations in Interlaken
  • 2 nights in moderate accommodations in Zurich
  • Non-guided excursions to:
    • Jungfraujoch
    • First Mountain
    • First Flyer
    • "Maison Cailler and Gruyere" or "Emmentaler Showdairy and Kambly" Experience 
  • Swiss Coupon Pass 
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1)


  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

19 Oct 2020
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