E- Grand Tour of Switzerland in a Tesla Model 3
- 9 Days
- 9 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 3,789
Enjoy a grand tour of Switzerland on this incredible self-drive vacation. Starting and ending in Zurich, you’ll explore medieval old towns, summit mountains, cruise across picturesque alpine lakes, and experience the breathtaking beauty of the Swiss countryside.
This 9-day First Class accommodated self-drive tour in your Tesla Model 3 is perfect for independent travellers who like the flexibility to decide their own pace and itinerary when exploring the world. Switzerland is a perfect country to explore at your own pace. If this tour peaks your interest, we also offer self-drive tours in other parts of the world.
Our Switzerland self-drive tours begin in Zurich, one of the most liveable cities in the world. Zurich dominates Switzerland’s financial industry, but there’s more to it than banks. Situated next to a lake and river, it’s a picturesque city that has a serious edge come sundown. Spend your time in the city seeing some of the most popular sites in the Old Town, weaving through the cobblestoned streets to see medieval churches and shops, including the famous Grossmunster, an Evangelical Protestant Church that has been around for nearly a thousand years. In the evening, tap into the city’s nightlife in trendy Zuri-West.
After getting your bearings in Zurich, begin your self-drive grand tour of Switzerland. Your first stop is Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in all of Europe. After gazing at its mighty currents, head to Appenzell to get in touch with the customs of the countryside. Continue along to St. Gallen, where you’ll discover a charming Old Town that’s free of cars. The next day you’ll head to Maienfeld, the country village that was the setting of Johanna Spyri’s famous Heidi stories.
Continue your Switzerland vacation by heading through the mountains. You can stop off for a picturesque alpine train ride on the Bernina Express, which takes you alongside Schyn Gorge, Morteratsch Glacier, and the Brusio Spiral Viaduct. You’ll then reach Lugano, a posh banking city that’s known for its boutiques, bars, and cafes on the banks of Lake Lugano. Spend a day at leisure exploring the city’s cobblestoned streets before riding the funicular up Monte Bre to enjoy the scenic view of Lake Lugano. Continue to Ascona, where you’ll explore the lakeside promenade, and Aletsch Glacier, which stretches 23km long and is the largest glacier in the Alps.
Head for Zermatt, located at the foot of the mighty Matterhorn. Ride the Gornergrat Railway to enjoy views over the 4,000m-high peaks around the city before driving through Valais to explore the heart of French-speaking Switzerland. You’ll reach the shores of Lake Geneva and explore Castle Chillon, the water castle and former home of the Counts of Savoy. During the last leg of your journey, you’ll pass through Greyerzer, home to Gruyere cheese, and enjoy a lake cruise on Lake Brienz and Lake Thun in Bernese Oberland. When you reach Bern, you’ll have some time to explore its gorgeous Old Town and shopping promenade before passing through Lucerne and crossing the famous Chapel Bridge, the covered wooden pedestrian walkway first built in the 14th century and reconstructed in the nineties, before ending your vacation in Zurich.
- 9 Days
- 9 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 3,789
Itinerary View Trip Map
Upon arrival to the airport, make your own way to your accommodations in Zurich by train or taxi (alternatively, a private transfer can be arranged at extra cost).
A riverside "metropolis of experiences" with a magnificent view of the snowcapped Alps on the horizon, Zurich offers a unique mixture of attractions - over 50 museums and more than 100 art galleries, international fashion labels and some of the best nightlife in Switzerland. A recommended attraction is the Grossmunster, an Evangelical Protestant church in the Old Town of Zurich. One of Zurich's most famous landmarks, construction of this Romanesque church was begun in 1100 and it has since been rebuilt and renovated several times.
Accommodation: Hotel in Zurich
Zurich to St. Gallen
After breakfast at your own pace, you'll pick up your vehicle and begin the drive to St. Gallen. Along the way, it is highly recommended to make a stopover at the Rhine Falls, Europe's most powerful waterfall.
Following the brief detour, continue onward to St. Gallen, a compact metropolis in eastern Switzerland between Lake Constance and Appenzellerland. Here you are encouraged to enjoy the evening in the charming, traffic-free old town.
Accommodation: Hotel in St. Gallen
St. Gallen to St. Moritz
Take the time to enjoy a hearty breakfast at your hotel, then get set to hit the road. Traveling from St. Gallen, you'll begin today's journey by passing through both the village and region of Appenzell. This area of Switzerland is known for its unique rural customs and traditions, including Landsgemeinden, a semi-annual open-air democratic assembly, as well as it's idyllic scenery.
Explore this region at your own pace, finding your own corners to experience and enjoy, then continue the drive to Heidi's Village in Maienfeld en route to your overnight destination, the chic resort town of St. Moritz.
Accommodation: Hotel in St. Moritz
St. Moritz to Lugano
Another day with endless possibilities; on your way to Lugano in the south of Switzerland, there are several recommended experiences. Perhaps the top choice though, is to relax aboard what may be the most beautiful Alpine train in the world, the Bernina Express.
Added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2008, the cross-border Albula and Bernina Lines between Thusis and Tirano pass by stunning scenery such as the Schyn Gorge, Morteratsch Glacier, and Brusio spiral viaduct. By day's end, make your way to the Swiss-Mediterranean city of Lugano, found in the largely Italian-speaking section of the country.
Accommodation: Hotel in Lugano
Lugano to Zermatt
Leaving Lugano to Zermatt, one must visit Monte Bre. Since 1912, a funicular rail has been making its way from Cassarate by Lugano to the scenic mountain above Lake Lugano. Trips up there are worthwhile if just for the views! The romantic little Bre village with its grottos has succeeded in maintaining its original character of country settlement - further embellished by numerous works of art.
On your way and just a short jaunt away lies Ascona. The city is famous for its mild climate, its Old Town and a lake promenade which is dotted with street cafes and boasts a Latin ambiance. Later, you'll arrive to the small town to Tasch, gateway to Zermatt. Here, you'll board a train with service to your onward, overnight destination, Zermatt.
Accommodation: Hotel in Zermatt
Zermatt to Lausanne
In the morning, following breakfast, board the train and return to Tasch. Before leaving though, a morning trip up the exhilarating open-air Gornergrat railway is highly recommended.
Back in Tasch, your drive begins with a stunning circuit up through the Valais, where the views are dominated by impressive peaks. The river and forests accompany you as you enter French-speaking Switzerland and along the shores of Lake Geneva to spell-binding Lausanne.
Accommodation: Hotel in Lausanne
Lausanne to Interlaken
On today's journey, you will pass through the Gruyere region, home to the world-famous cheese of the same name. Although it goes without saying, it is highly recommended you stop for a tasting (or several!).
As you continue your drive toward Interlaken, you are afforded the opportunity to experience the majesty of several behemoths: Eiger, Monch and the indomitable Jungfrau are all within striking distance. Although currently not included, cable car rides and other experiences can be arranged upon request.
Accommodation: Hotel in Interlaken
Interlaken to Lucerne
After another leisurely breakfast at your hotel, hop in your vehicle and begin the scenic drive from Interlaken to Lucerne. If you have some free time along the way, consider spending some time on Lake Thun or Lake Brienz, or perhaps visit the capital of Switzerland, Bern.
Whatever you choose, be sure to arrive in Lucerne with enough time to explore the lake-side, mountain-bound city. Seemingly from a postcard, Lucerne is where you'll spend your final night in Switzerland.
Accommodation: Hotel in Lucerne
Lucerne to Zurich
Lucerne is the gateway to central Switzerland at Lake Lucerne and it is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. Thanks to its attractions, the beautiful lakeside setting and the nearby mountains of Rigi, Pilatus, and Stanserhorn, the town is a destination for many travel groups and individuals on their journey through central Switzerland. One of its perhaps lesser known highlights, though, is the Chapel Bridge.
This covered, wooden pedestrian walkway was originally built in the 14th century. In 1993, the bridge burned down but it was later reconstructed true to the original, making it an excellent landmark to visit. Before long, you'll have to begin the drive back to Zurich where you'll drop off your rental car at the airport and board your flight to return home after a wonderful Swiss experience.
- 1 night in first-class accommodations in Zurich, St. Gallen, St. Moritz, Lugano, Zermatt, Lausanne, Interlaken and Lucerne
- Tesla Model 3 rental car for 8 days with pick-up on Day 2 at your hotel in Zurich and drop-off at Zurich Airport
- Free parking at St. Gallen, St. Moritz, Lugano, Interlaken and Lucerne
- 2nd class seat reservations between Zurich Airport and Zurich Main Station
- 2nd class seat reservations between Tasch - Zermatt - Tasch
- Grand Tour of Switzerland Travel Guide
- Swiss Coupon Pass
- Breakfast daily (excluding day 1)
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
- Visa fees if applicable
- Meals and beverages not mentioned
- Items of a personal nature
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
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