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Spend a Week Enjoying Swiss Highlights

Let Switzerland charm you! Take the wheel in Zurich before driving through the lowlands and Swiss Alps. This week-long road trip allows you to get a taste of Switzerland’s culture and outstanding natural scenery, with magnificent sights at every corner. Picture yourself walking through green valleys and quaint mountain villages, with a backdrop of sharp and snow-capped peaks.

7 days / 6 nights

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Approx 2504 EUR

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Tour Highlights

  • Soak up 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 the charming mountain town of Zermatt
  • See the famous Matterhorn, the symbol of Switzerland
  • Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and architecture of Lausanne and Lucerne
  • Explore the outdoors and go hiking in Grindelwald
  • 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


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


May - Oct




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

663/411 km/mi


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


    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. You’ll even find a FIFA museum here. 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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    Start your road trip around Switzerland! Pick up your rental car and head for the scenic Lake Geneva across the country. En route you will pass through Bern, the small yet charming Swiss capital. This city is 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.

    Head back on the road until you arrive in the French-speaking city of Lausanne, where you will spend the night. The city stands on the shores of Lake Geneva, or as the locals call it “Lac Léman”, and is the home of the modern Olympics. You’ll find the historic centre very walkable and full of cobblestone streets and colourful buildings.

    Spend the night in Lausanne.

    Driving distance: 228 km / 141 mi

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    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. Admire the historic buildings and green scenery, you will continue to Zermatt. From here you can take in and the magnificent Matterhorn, the symbol of Switzerland. It makes for quite the impressive photo backdrop!

    Spend the night in Zermatt area.

    Driving distance: 171 km / 106 miles

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    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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    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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    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 you 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


    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.


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


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

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Standard rooms in good quality and comfortable 3-star hotels in combination with well-appointed guesthouses or...


Rental car

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

Compact (Manual)

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Compact (Manual)

  • Passengers: 4
  • Luggage: 2
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Compact cars feature low rates and great fuel efficiency. Comfortable fit for up to 3 travellers with 1 large luggage and 1 small luggage, depending on the model.
  • Examples: Toyota Yaris, Ford Focus, Nissan Versa

Standard (Automatic)

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  • x5
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Standard (Automatic)

  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 3-4
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Standard cars, also commonly known as mid-size or intermediate cars, are four-door sedans that are more spacious than compact cars while still being fuel-efficient. Comfortable fit for 3 to 4 persons with 2 large luggage and 1-2 small luggage, depending on the model.
  • Examples: Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Volkswagen Jetta

Compact Suv (Manual)

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Compact Suv (Manual)

  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 3
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Like regular compact cars, compact SUVs offer low rates and good fuel efficiency in SUV form. Comfortable fit for up to 4 travellers with 2 large luggage and 1 small luggage, depending on the model.
  • Examples: Kia Sportage, Nissan Juke, Ford Eco Sport

Standard Suv (Automatic)

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Standard Suv (Automatic)

  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Intermediate SUVs, sometimes called mid-size or standard SUVs, are easy to drive and feature large interiors. Comfortable fit for 5 persons with 3 large luggage and 1 small luggage, depending on the model.
  • Examples: Toyota RAV4, Mitsubishi Outlander, Ford Escape

Price per person from

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Approx 2504 EUR

Monthly price comparison

Our best price per person when booking for two.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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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