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Hiking in Zermatt ©Switzerland Tourism

Classic Switzerland

(10 days / 9 nights)

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Enjoy the best that Switzerland has to offer

Tour the top highlights of Switzerland, from its cities to mighty alpine region, on this 10-day road trip. You’ll journey at your own pace, spending your days as you wish whether immersed in the Swiss culture or nature. Along the way you’re sure to be awed by the dramatic natural landscape of the Alps, with its lush valleys, crystal-clear lakes, and snow-capped peaks.

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10 days / 9 nights

Price p.p. from

2191EUR

You save: 219 EUR per person

The amount will be charged in EUR

Approx 1972 EUR

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Tour Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the glorious scenery of the Swiss Alps
  • Drive through stunning countryside with shining lakes and high peaks at every turn
  • Roam the historic streets of Bern, Switzerland’s capital
  • Visit Zermatt and see the famous Matterhorn, the symbol of Switzerland
  • Enjoy the charming atmosphere and architecture of Lausanne and Lucerne
  • Explore the outdoors and go hiking in Grindelwald
  • Take your chance to reach the “top of Europe” at Jungfraujoch
  • Discover impressive glacial gorge and towering waterfalls
  • Admire sweeping alpine panoramas from countless viewpoints 
  • Benefit from the expertise of a travel consultant for a hassle-free road trip

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Active i, Classic i, Countryside and natural scenery i, Culture and History i, Heritage i, Hiking i, Honeymoon & Romance i, Lakes i, Swiss Alps i

Season

May - Oct

Departure

Daily

Interest

Active i, Classic i, Countryside and natural scenery i, Culture and History i, Heritage i, Hiking i, Honeymoon & Romance i, Lakes i, Swiss Alps i

Driving distance

826/513 km/mi

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

  • Day 1: WELCOME TO SWITZERLAND

    After landing in Zurich, make your way to your accommodation in the city centre. You could opt to take a taxi or use public transport, but for a more direct and comfortable ride, we will be happy to organise a private airport transfer for you.

    If you arrive early, spend the day exploring Switzerland’s largest city at your leisure. You could stroll around the Old Town with its cobblestone streets and charming architecture. It is home to many historic churches including Grossmünster and Fraumünster. You could also immerse yourself in art and history at local museums. Or head up the Lindenhof hill to enjoy views over the city centre and the river Limmat. 

    Spend the night in Zurich.

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  • Day 2: ROAD TO BERN

    Today you start your road trip around Switzerland! Pick up your rental car and head for Bern, the small yet charming Swiss capital. Before you set off for Bern, we recommend a detour north to the magnificent Rhine Falls, by the border with Germany. Pass by the town of Stein am Rhein before stopping at the falls, which are some of the most powerful ones in Europe.

    In Bern, you will find a city full of cultural and historical landmarks, with a heritage dating back to the 12th century. The medieval Old Town, or “Altstadt”, is well-preserved and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a stroll here and you could spot the Parliament Building, Clock Tower (“Zytglogge”) and Gothic Cathedral of Bern.

    Spend the night in Bern.

    Driving distance: 122 km / 75 miles
    Driving distance including the detour: 242 km / 150 miles

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  • Day 3: LAKE GENEVA AND LAUSANNE

    After breakfast, drive to the scenic Lake Geneva, or as the locals call it “Lac Léman”, the home of the modern Olympics. You will be able to pass the charming town of Neuchâtel along the way, often referred to as the centre of the Swiss watch industry. Then stop in Creux du Van, the rocky ravine at the heart of this nature reserve formed during the ice age periods. It is really impressive with its 150-metre (500-foot) cliff face and width of 1,400 metres (4,600 feet).

    Later, you’ll arrive in the French-speaking city of Lausanne, where you will spend the night. You’ll find the historic centre very walkable and full of cobblestone streets and colourful buildings. Make sure to check out the 12th-century Gothic cathedral. If you decide to walk the 224 steps up the bell tower, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the city, with the lake and mountains as a backdrop.  

    Spend the night in Lausanne.

    Driving distance: 145 km / 90 miles

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  • Day 4: ROUTE TO MATTERHORN

    Today you leave the scenic Lake Geneva behind to drive into the Alps. You will first journey through the tranquil town of Montreux, where you could visit the medieval Château de Chillon castle. Then drive through the beautiful Rhone Valley heading towards the town of Sion, with its 2 hilltop fortresses. After a stop to admire the historic buildings and green scenery, you will continue to Zermatt and get your first glimpse of the Matterhorn, the symbol of Switzerland.

    Spend the night in Zermatt area.

    Driving distance: 171 km / 106 miles

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  • Day 5: ZERMATT AND MATTERHORN

    This is the perfect day to explore the spectacular surroundings of Zermatt. Why not hop on a gondola ride to take in the best views of the Matterhorn? Another fun adventure is the 30-minute cog railway up the 3,000-metre (nearly 10,000-foot) Gornergrat peak. It offers unforgettable views of the Matterhorn and here you’ll find plenty of hiking trails to enjoy and you can even ski 365 days a year.

    Spend another night in Zermatt area.

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  • Day 6: THE ROUTE TO INTERLAKEN AND GRINDELWALD

    Continue your drive through the Alps today all the way to Grindelwald. En route you can stop at charming towns in the Thurnersee (Lake Thun) region like Spiez, Thun and Sigriswil. Then cross Interlaken to arrive at the alpine village of Grindelwald, from where you’ll have a view of the notorious Mt. Eiger as well as the higher peaks of Mönch and Jungfrau. This is an ideal area to wander along trails, either in the town or in the mountains.

    Spend the night in the Interlaken/Grindelwald area.

    Driving distance: 129 km / 80 miles

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  • Day 7: GRINDELWALD AND LAUTERBRUNNEN

    You have the whole day to explore more of the thrilling Grindelwald area. There are so many opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Hike up to the Rosenlaui glacier gorge. From here you could take a cable car or train up to one of the various mountaintops, such as the Jungfraujoch – known as the “Top of Europe”. You’ll be at 3,454 metres (more than 11,000 feet) above sea level with a view of the longest alpine glacier.

    A visit to the Lauterbrunnen valley will offer you a chance to see the majestic 300-metre-high (1,000-foot-high) Staubbach waterfall. Or you can take a cable car to the top of Schlithorn mountain, offering great views of the Bernese Alps.

    Spend another night in the Interlaken/Grindelwald area.

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  • Day 8: FROM MOUNTAIN PEAKS TO LAKE LUCERNE

    Today you drive to Lucerne, a picturesque city set on the shore of Lake Lucerne. Here you can spend your afternoon strolling around the city, enjoying its stunning medieval architecture. Don’t miss Kapellbrücke (“Chapel Bridge”), the landmark wooden bridge built in 1333, connecting the Old Town to the other side of the river. Other highlights include the Musegg city wall with its 9 towers, the Jesuit Church and the Lion Monument. This sculpture was carved into rock by Icelandic artist Bertel Thorvaldsen and dedicated to the Swiss Guards who died during the French Revolution.

    Spend the night in Lucerne.

    Driving distance: 86 km / 53 miles

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  • Day 9: MT PILATUS AND RETURN TO ZURICH

    Before you head back to Zurich, you have one last option for yet another gorgeous alpine view. Head to Kriens to take the gondola and cable car to the top of Mount Pilatus, at more than 2,000 metres (7,000 feet) above sea level. You’ll glide up the mountain enjoying sweeping views over the Alps.

    Then you’ll follow the scenic drive along the shores of Lake Lucerne, taking you to small villages with a backdrop of green hillsides. You could also hop on a boat tour on the lake to give you a different perspective of the charming surroundings. Your road trip ends on your return to Zurich, where you can spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

    Spend the night in Zurich

    Driving distance: 53 km / 32 miles

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  • Day 10: Departure from Switzerland

    Today your adventure in Switzerland comes to an end. To reach the airport, hop in a taxi or the train from the city centre in time for your departure flight. We could also arrange a private transfer for your convenience.

    If you fly later in the day, spend your last few moments enjoying Zurich. You could go shopping, buy some last-minute souvenirs, relax in a café or visit one more sight in the city.

Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

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Rental car

Enjoy your road trip with a free GPS and Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) to reduce liability.

VW Polo (automatic)
or similar

  • x4
  • x5
  • x2
  • A

VW Polo (automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Economy
  • Passengers: 4
  • Suitcases: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Ford Focus (automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • A

Ford Focus (automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Compact
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Ford Kuga (automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Kuga (automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Standard SUV
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

BMW X3 (automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x3
  • A

BMW X3 (automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Crossover SUV
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 3
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic

BMW 3 Series (automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x4
  • A

BMW 3 Series (automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Saloon
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic

Mercedes Vito (automatic)
or similar

  • x9
  • x3
  • x5
  • A

Mercedes Vito (automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Premium Passenger Van
  • Passengers: 9
  • Luggage: 5
  • Doors: 3
  • Transmission: Automatic
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The amount will be charged in EUR

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Tour Information

We recommend that you read carefully through the following information before booking your tour. The following will give you more details about what the tour includes, your accommodation, driving in Switzerland and other useful information for your travels.

ABOUT OUR SELF-DRIVE TOURS
On a self-drive tour, Nordic Visitor supplies you with a quality rental car and a detailed personal itinerary. You act as your own tour guide and driver, and you get to pick the road trip music!

All your services will be pre-booked by your personal travel consultant at Nordic Visitor. This includes your rental car and accommodation in Switzerland as well as any activities specified in the itinerary.

As it is a self-drive tour, you get to pick when and where you want to stop based on your own interests. The highlights listed are suggestion, but you‘re in charge of your trip!

Rest assured that we’re with you every step of the way. You’ll receive personalised information, including an itinerary, map, and our very own Switzerland Travel Guide. Plus, you’ll have access to our 24/7 helpline during your trip should you need to contact us.

ACCOMMODATION
For your self-drive package, you can choose from single, double and triple rooms. Please note that in Switzerland room types are based on European standard sizes, which means they are smaller than in North America.

For example, a double bed often consists of 2 single beds pushed together. Twin rooms are 2 separate single beds. Triple rooms include a double bed along with an extra bed, rollaway or sofa bed. And single rooms are often smaller than the standard double.

If you have anything specific in mind, please contact us to discuss customising your accommodation options.

DRIVING IN SWITZERLAND
The Swiss drive on the right side of the road. In general, you‘ll find that the roads here are of a high standard and well-maintained. Rural roads are almost all 2 lanes, but they can be narrow and winding, particularly in mountainous areas.

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE FROM GENEVA
If you are planning on arriving in Geneva, let us know. You could add on an extra night in Geneva to visit Switzerland‘s second largest city. You could also or instead book a direct train from Geneva to Zurich to start your road trip. Please contact your travel consultant for further details.

CURRENCY RATE
All bookings are billed in Euro (EUR). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. This means conversions from EUR to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.

AFTER BOOKING WITH NORDIC VISITOR
After booking your tour package online, you will be contacted within 2 business days by your own dedicated travel consultant. They will be your point of contact for all your travel needs before, during and even after your trip.

At that time, they’ll confirm the availability of your tour. Then the booking process starts, which may take a few weeks. Once this is done, your travel consultant will provide you with all the details of your trip. You will also receive more information about what to expect during your trip.

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