The feeling of freedom in the magical and mystical parts of Switzerland

With lyrical landscapes, lush fruit gardens, picturesque towns and surprises on every corner, the route from Zurich to Maienfeld is one of the Grand Tour of Switzerlands unsung treasures. It’s surprising given how many highlights there are here – not least the biggest plain waterfall in Europe, a mountain peak with a view of six countries, a principality and an UNESCO World Heritage Property.

From the Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona to the Benedictine Convent of St John in Müstair and the one-of-a-kind Rhaetian Railway Albula/ Bernina line – the Grand Tour through Graubünden takes in one UNESCO World Heritage Property after the next.

It’s worth stopping as often as possible to admire Ticinos beauty in all its glory. Visit the Monte Bré in Lugano and stroll along the lake promande in Ascona.

Switzerland’s heart beats a bit faster in Lucerne – the country’s history began among these majestic mountains and lakes, and it lives on today, with William Tell playing the leading role.

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.

For any last minute request for a departure within the next 10 days, please contact us by telephone.

Western and Southern Part

The feeling of freedom in the magical and mystical parts of Switzerland


Day 1: Arrival Geneva
After arrival pick-up your car at the airport and drive to your hotel to check-in. Embedded between nearby Alpine peaks and the hilly terrain of the Jura, the French-speaking city of Geneva lies in the bay where the Rhone leaves Lake Geneva. With its humanitarian tradition and cosmopolitan flair, the European seat of the UNO and headquarters of the Red Cross is Geneva known as the «capital of peace». Visible from afar, the Jet d'eau is Geneva's unmissable icon and one of the world's most-photographed fountains. The colossal fountain shoots water 140 m high at a speed of 200 km/h, is Europe's largest.

Overnight in Geneva.

Day 2: Geneva – Gstaad (ca. 235 km)
A drive along the blissfully calm, peaceful and remote roads on this route between Lake Geneva and Lac de Joux reveals the hidden gems of the Jura. Continue your drive to Fribourg, which is nestled on a rock promontory and surrounded by the Saane River. It is one of the largest medieval towns in the country. Over 200 unique Gothic fa¬cades from the 15th century impart incomparable medieval charm to the Old Town. Drinking a cup of coffee in a leisurely fashion, admiring the old facades and beautiful fountains, listening to two local languages or gazing from the 74-meter spire of the Cathedral far into the countryside - this is an experience enjoyed in Fribourg. Further on your way you will pass the Greyerzer (Gruyère) region, with its rolling green landscape and home to the world-famous Gruyère cheese. The picture-book medieval town of Gruyères is perched a top a small hill.

Overnight in Gstaad.

Day 3: Gstaad – Lucerne (ca. 315 km)
Before you go on to Lucerne enjoy the beautiful scenery of the chalet village Gstaad, which attracts countless stars and starlets. Continue your journey to Interlaken. Enjoy a lake cruise on the turquoise Lake Brienz and neighbouring Lake Thun that are situated in the spectacular mountain setting of the Bernese Oberland. From Interlaken you can experience the majestic Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau summits, together with close-up views of the longest glacial flow. The Jungfrau railway travels from the heart of the mountains to Europe's highest mountain station at 3454 me¬ters altitude. If you have some time left before you head to Lucerne, Bern is the place to spend it. Not many cities have managed to retain their historic features quite as successfully as Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The old town of Bern is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and thanks to its 6 kilometres of arcades - the locals refer to them as ‚Lauben' - boasts one of the longest weather-sheltered shopping promenades in Europe.

Overnight in Lucerne.

Day 4: Lucerne - Zermatt (ca. 178 km)
Lucerne is the gateway to central Switzerland at Lake Lucerne and it is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. One of the highlights along the Grand Tour lies in Lucerne - the Chapel Bridge. The covered, wooden pedestrian walkway was built in the 14th century. In 1993 the bridge burned down but it was reconstructed true to the original. After visting the landmark bridge drive from Lucerne to Andermatt. The Furka Pass links Andermatt in the Canton of Uri with Gletsch in the Canton of Valais. Drive over the Pass and continue in the region Valais. Here lies the Aletsch Glacier - the biggest glacier of the Alps, with a length of 23 km. Here you can explore the magnificent and stunning world of ice and rocks, Alpine flowers and forests. Continue moving down to Täsch, last stop before you continue by train to Zermatt.

Overnight in Zermatt.

Zermatt – Montreux (ca. 150 km)
This morning take time to walk through Zermatt, at the foot of the Matterhorn: traditional shops and wooden clad houses create a charming place to explore. A trip up the exhilarating open air Gornergrat railway is not to be missed, for unrivalled views over the 4000m peaks surrounding Zermatt. The river and forests accompany you as you enter French speaking Switzerland, heading through Sierre and Sion. After travelling through Martigny, your final leg takes you up through Aigle and along the shores of Lake Geneva to Montreux, one of the most popular holiday resorts in the Lake Geneva region. One must not miss a visit of the famous Castle Chillon. The castle is located on a rock on the banks of Lake Geneva. The water castle is the most visited historic building in Switzerland. For nearly four centuries Chillon was the residence and profitable toll station of the Counts of Savoy.

Overnight in Montreux.

Departure Montreux - Geneva (ca. 95 km)
Like something out of a fairytale, Lavaux is almost too beautiful to be true. After climbing to Chexbres, the Route de la Corniche leads straight through the vineyard terraces. Though narrow, the road offers plenty of opportunities to stop and drink in the magnificent views – let your gaze drift across hillside vineyards, dry stone walls and wine-growing villages to the glittering expanse of Lake Ge¬neva and the Alps on the horizon.

Drive back to Geneva for car drop-off at the airport.

Included services

  • 5 x overnight stays with breakfast in Geneva, Gstaad, Lucerne, Zermatt, Montreux (1 night in each destination)
  • Rental car
  • Free parking at all hotels (except in Zermatt/Täsch and Montreux 3*)
  • Train ticket Täsch - Zermatt - Täsch in 2nd class
  • 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.
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