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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

Price p.p. from

The amount will be charged in EUR

Approx 1736 EUR

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Seamless travel experience
  • Handpicked hotels and routes designed by local experts
  • Reliable rental cars with trusted partner
  • Comprehensive itinerary, personalised map & travel guide
  • 24/7 helpline during your tour
  • Service from local travel experts
  • Great customer reviews
  • Carbon offsetting included

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— Cancellation Protection

  • Rebook your tour on one occasion, or
  • Cancel for any reason and receive a partial refund and travel credit

Terms and conditions apply

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

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

663/411 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. 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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  • Day 2: LAKE GENEVA AND LAUSANNE

    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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  • Day 3: 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. 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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  • Day 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 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

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  • Day 7: 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.

Comfort Plus

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

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Superior

Standard rooms in 4-star hotels or boutique guesthouses in combination with superior rooms in...

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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

Price per person from

The amount will be charged in EUR

Approx 1736 EUR

Monthly price comparison

Our best price per person when booking for two.

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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're travelling with children and need multiple rooms, please note that we can't guarantee family rooms or interconnecting rooms at all accommodation. You may even have rooms on different floors.

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.

CARBON OFFSETTING YOUR TOUR
Nordic Visitor is working on offsetting the estimated carbon footprint of your package. We’ve partnered with an environmental fund in Iceland to carbon offset all our tours. Carbon offsetting your international flights is not included, but we highly recommend you look into possibilities with your airline or directly through a local environment fund.

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