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Switzerland Road Trip

(10 days / 9 nights)

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EXPERIENCE THE LAKES, PEAKS AND SCENERY OF THE SWISS ALPS

With 10 days roaming around Switzerland you‘re sure to get a great taste of the local culture and dramatic scenery. You‘ll drive between major Swiss cities, taking on mountain passes and following picturesque lakeside routes. Around every bend, you‘ll be greeted by snow-capped peaks in the distance or historic landmarks. Let yourself be charmed and fascinated by the Alpine landscape and all its delights. You‘ll fall in love with Switzerland and all it has to offer.

10 days / 9 nights

Price p.p. from

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Approx 2681 EUR

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Tour Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the glorious scenery of the Swiss Alps
  • Drive through stunning countryside and impressive mountain passes
  • Visit Zermatt and see the famous Matterhorn, the symbol of Switzerland
  • Enjoy the charming atmosphere and architecture of Bern, Lausanne and Lucerne
  • Explore the outdoors and go hiking in Grindelwald
  • Reach the summit of Jungfraujoch to see the “Top of Europe”
  • Discover sunny Locarno nestled south of the Alps on the shores of Lake Maggiore
  • Admire sweeping alpine panoramas from countless viewpoints 
  • Have the opportunity to visit Europe’s 4th smallest nation, Liechtenstein
  • 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

1163/722 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. 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: LAKE GENEVA AND LAUSANNE

    Today you 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.

    Then you’re 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 miles

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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. 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: FROM LUCERNE TO LOCARNO

    This morning you drive to Lucerne, a picturesque city set on the shore of Lake Lucerne. Spend some time 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.

    Later, you head south to the town of Locarno. First you’ll follow Lake Lucerne, going through scenic villages like Andermatt, before taking on Gotthard Pass. This is a 24-kilometre (15-mile) mountain pass on which you’ll reach heights over 2,100 metres (nearly 7,000 feet). You can then drive to charming Locarno, a sunny spot stitting on the banks of Lake Maggiore south of the Alps.

    Spend the night in Locarno.

    Driving distance: 251 km / 155 miles

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  • Day 8: ROAD TO DAVOS VIA SAN BERNARDINO PASS

    You’ve had a taste of the Italian part of Switzerland and now you head to the country’s largest “canton” (region), Grisons or “Graubünden”. This is the only region in Switzerland with 3 official languages. En route you will drive past charming towns like Bellinzona, know for its 3 medieval castles. Then you take on another impressive mountain pass, the 17-kilometre-long (10-mile-long) San Bernardino Pass. You’ll reach an altitude of over 2,000 metres (6562 feet) with incredible views of the lakes below and Swiss Alps. Then arrive in the well-known town of Davos.

    Spend the night in Davos.

    Driving distance: 181 km / 112 miles

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  • Day 9: ROUTE TO ZURICH

    This is the last day of your road trip as you head back to Zurich. You’ll drive through scenic mountain valleys and villages like Bad Ragaz. This area calls itself “Heidiland” after the beloved children’s book Heidi, based in the Swiss Alps.

    You will also have the chance to visit the microstate of Liechtenstein, Europe’s 4th smallest country. Then you continue your drive towards Appenzell, a picturesque Swiss town with colourful houses and a historic village square. 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: 203 km / 126 miles

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  • Day 10: DEPARTURE FROM SWITZERLAND

    Today your adventure in Switzerland comes to an end. To reach the airport, take the train from the city centre in time for your departure flight. 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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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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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)

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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 2681 EUR

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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 YOUR 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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