Grand Tour - Eastern and Southern Part
Explore Swiss Traditions in the East and enjoy mediterranean clima in the South.
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Important: The recommended time for the Grand Tour of Switzerland is between April and October, as long as the Alpine passes are open. The closing of the Alpine passes during winter can imply huge changes in the planned itinerary. However, alternatives such as tunnels or car-train services are available.
Please inform yourself about the road conditions under http://www.alpen-paesse.ch before you leave.
Grand Tour - Eastern and Southern part
After arrival pick-up your car at the airport and drive to your hotel to check-in.
As a «metropolis of experiences» by the water, with a magnificent view of the snowcapped Alps on the horizon, Zü¬rich offers a unique mixture of attractions – over 50 museums and more than 100 art galleries, international fashion labels and Zurich designs, and the most flamboyant and lively nightlife in Switzerland. Recreational activities range from a visit to the riverside and lakeside bathing areas in the very heart of the city, to a spectacular hike on the Uetliberg mountain. One of the recommended Grand Tour attractions is the Grossmünster, which is an Evangelical Protestant church in the Old Town of Zürich, and is one of Zürich's most famous landmarks. Construction of this Ro¬manesque church was begun in 1100 and it has since been rebuilt and renovated several times.
Overnight in Zürich.
Zurich – St. Gallen (ca. 150 km)
After breakfast drive to St. Gallen with a stopover at the Rhine Falls, Europe's largest waterfall, feeling the roar and vibration of the water over one's entire body - this can be experienced at the Rhine Falls near Schaffhaus. Continue to St. Gallen - the compact metropolis of eastern Switzerland between Lake Constance and Appenzellerland has a charming, traffic-free old town. Colourfully-painted oriel windows are a town feature. The Abbey precinct with the cathedral and Abbey Library has been accorded UNESCO World Heritage listing and belongs to the top attractions along the Grand Tour of Switzerland.
Overnight in St. Gallen.
Day 3: St. Gallen – Davos (ca. 160 km)
Today you will drive from St. Gallen to Davos. On your way you will pass the village of Appenzell that is situated in a singularly beautiful landscape of rolling hills. 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. Continue your drive and have a stopover at `Heidi`s Village` in Maienfeld. The town lies in the distinctive Bündner Herrschaft region of Graubünden and 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 drive to Davos.
Overnight in Davos.
Day 4: Davos – Lugano (ca. 290 km)
On your way to Lugano in the south of Switzerland you have several possibilities to experience the Grand Tour at¬tractions. Tip: Relax on a train ride on the most beautiful Alpine train, the Bernina Express. The cross-border Albula and Bernina Lines between Thusis and Tirano owe their 2008 inscription into the UNESCO World Heritage list to stunning scenery such as the Schyn Gorge, Morteratsch Glacier and Brusio spiral viaduct. If you prefer to be active do the hike on Mount Muottas Muragl near Pontresina. The entire Upper Engadine region lies at your feet when you are perched on the hiking mountain high above the Inn River Valley. The breathtaking views of the four lakes and the world-famous resort town of St. Moritz extend far beyond the mountain ranges into the distant horizon. Continue to Lugano.
Overnight in Lugano.
Day 5: Lugano – Lucerne (ca. 181 km)
After breakfast start your journey with a stop in the Ticinese capital Bellinzona. Dominating the horizon and deman¬ding exploration, Bellinzonas UNESCO-listed castle trio count among Switzerland's best-preserved medieval fortres¬ses and Europe's largest fortifications. The Tremola is the king of the Alpine roads. From Airolo, the historic pass road snakes around hairpin bends up to the Gotthard. Its cobbles whisk drivers back to an age when stagecoaches plied this road. From the barren heights of Gotthard, the road descends through the lush green Urseren Valley to Realp. From Realp continue your way to Lucerne and discover the legend of William Tell on the way.
Overnight in Lucerne.
Day 6: Departure Lucerne – Zurich (ca. 140 km)
You will spend your last day in one of the nicest cities in Switzerland. Lucerne is the gateway to central Switzerland at Lake Lucerne and it is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. Thanks to its attractions, its souvenir and watch shops, the beautiful lakeside setting and the nearby excursion mountains of Rigi, Pilatus and Stanserhorn, the town is a destination for many travel groups and individuals on their journey through central Switzerland. 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. In 1993 the bridge burned down but it was reconstructed true to the original. This large fire hit the international headlines. Do visit this landmark bridge.
Drive back to Zurich for rental car drop-off at the airport.
- 5 x overnight stays with breakfast in Zürich, St. Gallen, Davos, Lugano, Lucerne (1 night in each destination)
- Europcar rental car VW Golf 5, Audi A3 or Audi A4 (5 door, manual, A/C) for 6 days with pick-up and drop-off at Zürich Airport
- Grand Tour of Switzerland Road Map from Hallwag
- Swiss Coupon Pass with "2 for 1" Dine & Discover offers en route worth over CHF 4500
Good to know
- The Grand Tour attractions in the day to day itinerary are a selection, total there are 44 highlights to explore.
- Book the Swiss Half Fare Card and save up to 50% for most trains, buses, boats and mountain railways as well as public transport in 75 Swiss towns and cities.
- Additional rental car categories on request
East and South Grand Tour of Switzerland
Swiss Coupon Pass
Swiss Coupon Pass