Explore the cultural differences within the country and its 4 languages, all the while taking in some spectacular countryside and staying in beautiful Swiss towns. It’s a great opportunity to visit the very best of Switzerland on some of the most exciting scenic trains in Europe.
Day 1: Arrival Switzerland
After arrival at Zurich airport, individual transportation to Hotel Opera for car pick-up. As a “metropolis of experiences” by the water, with a magniicent view of the snowcapped Alps on the horizon, Zürich offers a unique mixture of attractions – over 50 museums and more than 100 art galleries, international fashion labels and Zurich designs, and the most lamboyant and lively nightlife in Switzerland. Overnight in Zürich, Hotel Opera (or similar).
Day 2: Zürich – Appenzell – St. Gallen(ca. 105 km)
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 Con stance and Appenzellerland has a charming, trafic-free old town. Overnight in St. Gallen, Hotel Einstein (or similar).
Day 3: St. Gallen – St. Moritz (ca. 185 km)
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).
Day 4: St. Moritz – Lugano (ca. 267 km)
On your way to Lugano in the south of Switzerland you have several possibilities to experience the Grand Tour attractions. Relax on a train ride on the most beautiful Alpine train, the Bernina Express. If you prefer to be active do the hike on Mount Muottas Muragl near Pontresina. Continue to Lugano. Overnight in Lugano, Hotel Dante (or similar).
Day 5: Lugano – Zermatt (ca. 215 km)
Leaving Lugano to Zermatt. 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. Further north and also on your way you can visit beautiful Bellinzona. Heading north to cross the famous St. Gotthard Pass and Furka Pass and continue into the region Valais. Continue to Täsch, last stop for your car before you continue by train on to Zermatt. Overnight in Zermatt, Romantik Hotel Julen (or similar).
Day 6: Zermatt – Lausanne (ca. 180 km)
A morning trip up the exhilarating open air Gornergrat railway is not to be missed. Continue your journey with a stunning drive up through the Valais. The river and forests accompany you as you enter French speaking Switzerland. After travelling through Martigny, your inal leg takes you up through Aigle and along the shores of Lake Geneva to Montreux. Continue to Lausanne, the second-largest city on Lake Geneva. Overnight in Lausanne, Hotel Lausanne Palace & Spa (or similar).
Day 7: Lausanne – Gruyère – Freiburg – Interlaken (ca. 156 km)
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 (Gruyère) region, which is home to the world-famous Gruyère cheese. Continue your drive to Interlaken. From Interlaken you can experience the majestic Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau summits. Overnight in Interlaken, Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage (or similar).
Day 8: Interlaken – Bern – Lucerne (ca. 167 km)
We recommend to do a lake cruise on the turquoise Lake Brienz or neighbouring Lake Thun that are situated in the spectacular mountain setting of the Bernese Oberland. Continue to Bern. The old town of Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and thanks to its 6 kilometres of arcades boasts one of the longest weather-sheltered shopping promenades in Europe. Continue to Lucerne. Overnight in Lucerne, Continental Park (or similar).
Day 9: Departure Lucerne – Zürich (ca. 140 km)
Lucerne is the gateway to central Switzerland at Lake Lucerne and it is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. 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. Return to Zurich for car drop-off at Hotel Opera. Individual transportation to Zurich airport (private transfer can be arranged at extra cost).
- 8 x overnight stays with breakfast in Zürich, Bad Ragaz, St. Moritz, Lugano, Zermatt, Lausanne, Interlaken, Lucerne (1 night per destination)
- Tesla Model S for 8 days
- Parking at hotels included (except in Zermatt/Täsch – public parking)
- Taxi service Täsch – Zermatt – Täsch
- Grand Tour of Switzerland Road Map from Hallwag
- Grand Tour of Switzerland Travel Guide
- 1 x Swiss Coupon
Good To Know
|With your e-car you save more than CHF 350 of gas cost.
The Grand Tour attractions in the day to day itinerary are a selection, in total there are 44 attractions to explore.
Price And Season
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