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E- Grand Tour of Switzerland Self Drive

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9 Days
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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 self-drive tour is perfect for independent travellers who like the flexibility to decide their own pace and itinerary when exploring the world. Whether you prefer a self-drive car with pre-booked accommodation or a rental car, Goway has you covered. 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.


 

 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,614

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Day 1

Arrival Zurich

After arrival at Zurich airport, individual transportation (private transfer can be arranged at extra cost) to Hotel Opera for car pick-up. As a <metropolis of experiences> by the water, 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 Zurich designs, and the most flamboyant and lively nightlife in Switzerland. Recreational activities range from a visit to the riverside and lakeside bathing areas in the very heart of the city, to a spectacular hike on the Uetliberg mountain. One of the recommended Grand Tour attractions is the Grossmünster, which is an Evangelical Protestant church in the Old Town of Zurich, and is 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. Overnight in Zurich, Hotel Opera (or similar).

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Hotel Opera Zurich

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    Hotel Opera Zurich



    The hotel is located opposite the Opera house and near the lake. The main shopping area and the old town are only a short walk away. The medium sized rooms have been renovated recently and also blend in well with the rest of the hotel. ...

    The hotel is located opposite the Opera house and near the lake. The main shopping area and the old town are only a short walk away. The medium sized rooms have been renovated recently and also blend in well with the rest of the hotel. There are a wide range of facilities available in the rooms for added comfort.

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Day 2

Zurich to Appenzell to St. Gallen

After breakfast drive to St. Gallen with a stopover at the Rhine Falls, Europe's largest waterfall and stopover in Appenzell. The Appenzell region is known for rural customs and traditions such as the ceremonial descent of the cattle in autumn and cultural events such as folk music and rustic dances, as well as hiking tours in the Alpstein region. St. Gallen, the compact metropolis of eastern Switzerland between Lake Constance and Appenzellerland has a charming, traffic-free old town. Overnight in St. Gallen, Hotel Einstein (or similair).

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Hotel Einstein

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    Hotel Einstein



    The Einstein St. Gallen is more than a hotel - it is an institution. The elegant first-class city hotel is located quietly but centrally next to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Abbey District St.Gallen. As the first address of St.Gallen, it offers variety of facilities ...

    The Einstein St. Gallen is more than a hotel - it is an institution. The elegant first-class city hotel is located quietly but centrally next to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Abbey District St.Gallen. As the first address of St.Gallen, it offers variety of facilities and services.

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    • Meeting Facilities
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Day 3

St. Gallen to St. Moritz

Continue your drive and have a stopover at "Heidi's Village" in Maienfeld. The town inspired the poetess Johanna Spyri to write her novel Heidi. In the Heidi village, the story of this cheerful, nature-loving little orphan girl comes to life at the original locales of the story. Continue your journey to St. Moritz. Overnight in St. Moritz, Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains (or similar).

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Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains

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    Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains



    Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains is located in St Moritz Bad, right at the Mauritius spring, the actual root of St Moritz itself. It is the only luxurys hotel in St Moritz with direct access to the ski and hiking region of Corviglia - immediately ...

    Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains is located in St Moritz Bad, right at the Mauritius spring, the actual root of St Moritz itself. It is the only luxurys hotel in St Moritz with direct access to the ski and hiking region of Corviglia - immediately opposite of the cable car station. The legendary Hahnensee ski run ends in front of the hotel and the cross-country ski runs of the Engadine ski marathon pass it too. Take advantage of the skiing rentals and school, ski services and the overnight deposit at the cable cars. The sports centre and local swimming lakes are within easy walking distance.

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    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Children's Facility
    • Concierge
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Shuttle Service
    • Spa
    • Tennis Court

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St. Moritz to Lugano

On your way to Lugano in the south of Switzerland you have several possibilities to experience the Grand Tour attractions. Tip: Relax on a train ride on the most beautiful Alpine train, the Bernina Express. The cross-border Albula and Bernina Lines between Thusis and Tirano owe their 2008 inscription into the UNESCO World Heritage list to stunning scenery such as the Schyn Gorge, Morteratsch Glacier and Brusio spiral viaduct. If you prefer to be active do the hike on Mount Muottas Muragl near Pontresina. The entire Upper Engadine region lies at your feet when you are perched on the hiking mountain high above the Inn River Valley. The breathtaking views of the four lakes and the world-famous resort town of St. Moritz extend far beyond the mountain ranges into the distant horizon. Continue to Lugano. Overnight in Lugano, Hotel Dante (or similar).

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Lugano Dante Swiss Q Hotel

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    Lugano Dante Swiss Q Hotel



    Please note that in case of early departure, the original number of rooms will be charged. The hotel will pre-authorize the credit card used for the reservation (first night), but not charge it in advance. All bookings cancelled up to 1 day before the date ...

    Please note that in case of early departure, the original number of rooms will be charged. The hotel will pre-authorize the credit card used for the reservation (first night), but not charge it in advance. All bookings cancelled up to 1 day before the date of arrival, no fee will be charged. If cancelled later or in case of no-show 100% of the first night will be charged. Located in Lake Lugano, this hotel is steps from Piazza della Riforma and San Lorenzo Cathedral. Cantonal Art Museum and Parco Ciani are also within 10 minutes. All 84 soundproofed rooms provide free WiFi, free wired Internet, and room service. Comforts include premium bedding and pillow menus, and guests will also appreciate thoughtful touches like minibars (stocked with some free items) and bathrobes.

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Day 5

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 footstep away lies Ascona. The city is famous for its mild climate, its Old Town and a lake promenade which is dotted with street cafés and boasts a Latin ambience. Further north and also on your way you can visit beautiful Bellinzona. With its castles, walls, towers, battlements and gates, this impressive fortress is a source of wonder and amazement and UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. Depart Mediterranean Ticino, heading north to cross the famous St. Gotthard Pass and Furka Pass and continue into the region Valais. Here lies the Aletsch Glacier - the biggest glacier in the Alps, with a length of 23 km. To explore the Aletsch Glacier is a magnificent journey into a stunning world of ice and rocks, Alpine flowers and forests. Continue moving down to Tasch, last stop for your car before you continue by taxi to Zermatt. Overnight in Zermatt, Romantik Hotel Julen (or similar).

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Romantik Hotel Julen

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    Romantik Hotel Julen



    Experience how tradition and luxury, and how being a guest and feeling at home, become one. Enjoy unforgettable days in Superior 4-star Romantik Hotel Julen. Since 1937 guests from near and far have come to stay at any time of year in it's traditional wooden ...

    Experience how tradition and luxury, and how being a guest and feeling at home, become one. Enjoy unforgettable days in Superior 4-star Romantik Hotel Julen.

    Since 1937 guests from near and far have come to stay at any time of year in it's traditional wooden house in the middle of Zermatt. The charm and comfort of the hotel enchants guests, both young and old, from young lovers to families.

    Let yourself be pampered. In the restaurant Julen or in the Schaferstube, in the hotel's SPA with it's large swimming pool and fitness room, in your room or suite with its cozy chalet ambience.

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    • Fitness Rooms
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 6

Zermatt to Lausanne

Take time this morning to walk through Zermatt, at the foot of the Matterhorn: traditional shops and wooden clad houses creating a charming place to explore. A morning trip up the exhilarating open air Gornergrat railway is not to be missed, for unrivalled views over the 4000m peaks surrounding Zermatt. After making your way back by taxi to Tasch to collect your car, your route begins with a stunning drive up through the Valais, views dominated by amazing peaks. The river and forests accompany you as you enter French speaking Switzerland, heading through Sierre and Sion. After travelling through Martigny, your final leg takes you up through Aigle and along the shores of Lake Geneva to Montreux, one of the most popular holiday resorts in the Lake Geneva region. One must not miss a visit to the famous Castle Chillon. The castle is located on a rock on the banks of Lake Geneva. The water castle is the most visited historic building in Switzerland. For nearly four centuries Chillon was the residence and profitable toll station of the Counts of Savoy. After visiting the castle continue to the surrounded orchards and terraced vineyards of the Lavaux and further to Lausanne, the second-largest city on Lake Geneva. Sports and culture are given a high profile in the Olympic capital. Make sure you visit the Olympic Museum. Overnight in Lausanne, Hotel Lausanne Palace & Spa (or similar).

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Lausanne Palace And Spa

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    Lausanne Palace And Spa



    This property is constantly being updated, yet it manages to retain its traditional charm. The hotel is rightly renowned for its very modern and large spa area. The hotel enjoys an exceptionally central location in the heart of Lausanne's shopping district. It is only minutes ...

    This property is constantly being updated, yet it manages to retain its traditional charm. The hotel is rightly renowned for its very modern and large spa area. The hotel enjoys an exceptionally central location in the heart of Lausanne's shopping district. It is only minutes from the lake front.

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Day 7

Lausanne to Gruyere to Freiburg to Interlaken

Continue your drive to Freiburg, which is nestled on a rock promontory and surrounded on three sides by the Saane River. On your way you will pass the Greyerzer (Gruyere) region, which is home to the world-famous Gruyere cheese. Continue your drive to Interlaken. From Interlaken you can experience the majestic Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau summits. Overnight in Interlaken, Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage (or similar).

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Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage

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    Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage is in Interlaken, one-half kilometer from Interlaken Casino and within one kilometer of the Hoehewg, 5 minutes' walk from the Interlaken Ost train station. Additional nearby attractions include Kleine Scheidedd Ski Resort and Eiger Mountain. The rooms offer panoramic views ...

    Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage is in Interlaken, one-half kilometer from Interlaken Casino and within one kilometer of the Hoehewg, 5 minutes' walk from the Interlaken Ost train station. Additional nearby attractions include Kleine Scheidedd Ski Resort and Eiger Mountain. The rooms offer panoramic views of the Alps or the Aare river. Hotel features an indoor pool, restaurant, finish sauna and a steam bath as well as a wide range of beauty treatments. The restaurant at the Lindner serves Swiss and international cuisine and Le Vieux Rivage bar offers a range of selected wines and cocktails and has a garden terrace.

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    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Internet Access - High Speed
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 8

Interlaken to Bern to Lucerne

If you have some time left before you head to Lucerne, spend some time on the lake and visit Bern. Enjoy a lake cruise on the turquoise Lake Brienz and neighbouring Lake Thun that are situated in the spectacular mountain setting of the Bernese Oberland. The city of Bern has managed to retain their historic features quite as successfully as Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The old town of Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and thanks to its 6 kilometres of arcades - the locals refer to them as Lauben' - boasts one of the longest weather-sheltered shopping promenades in Europe. Overnight in Lucerne, Continental Park (or similar).

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Continental Park

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    Continental Park



    This is a pleasant hotel with modern rooms in an ideal location. The hotel is located in the very heart of Lucerne, close to the lake with its breathtaking views of famous mountains such as the Rigi, the Pilatus, or the Titlis. There is a ...

    This is a pleasant hotel with modern rooms in an ideal location. The hotel is located in the very heart of Lucerne, close to the lake with its breathtaking views of famous mountains such as the Rigi, the Pilatus, or the Titlis. There is a nearby underground passage which brings you in just a few minutes to the congress and culture centre, and the railway station is also only a short stroll away. The rooms are also medium-sized and are decorated in modern style with a fashionable colour scheme and up-to-date equipment. Rooms and bathrooms are in very good condition. All rooms are fully air conditioned. Please note the hotel has a very strict policy that no hot food is allowed in the rooms other than that provided by the hotel.

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Day 9

Lucerne to Zurich

You will spend your last day in one of the nicest cities in Switzerland. Lucerne is the gateway to central Switzerland at Lake Lucerne and it is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. Thanks to its attractions, its souvenir and watch shops, the beautiful lakeside setting and the nearby excursion 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 the highlights along the Grand Tour lies in Lucerne - the Chapel Bridge. The covered, wooden pedestrian walkway on the Chapel Bridge was built in the 14th century. In 1993 the bridge burned down but it was reconstructed true to the original. This large fire hit the international headlines. Do visit this landmark bridge. Return to Zurich for car drop-off at Hotel Opera. Individual transportation to Zurich airport (private transfer can be arranged at extra cost).

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights accommodation with breakfast 
  • Tesla Model S for 8 days
  • Parking at hotels included (except in Zermatt/Täsch - public parking)
  • Transfer from Zurich Airport to Hotel 
  • Taxi service Täsch - Zermatt - Täsch
  • Grand Tour of Switzerland Road Map from Hallwag
  • Grand Tour of Switzerland Travel Guide
  • Swiss Coupon Pass with 100 exclusive „2 for 1“

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance tickets to sights not included in Swiss coupon pass

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.

 
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