9-Day Grand Tour of Switzerland
Enjoy the Grand Tour over nine days: book a package including all hotel accomodation in the category of your choice, with or without hire car.
As a «metropolis of experiences» by the water, with a magnificent view of the snowcapped Alps on the horizon, Zürich 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. Overnight in Zürich.
Day 2: Zürich – St. Gallen (ca. 155 km)
Drive to St. Gallen with a stopover at the Rhine Falls, Europe's largest waterfall. Continue to St. Gallen - the city of eastern Switzerland between Lake Constance and the Appenzellerland. The Abbey precinct with the cathedral and Abbey Library has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage 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 uniquely beautiful landscape of rolling hills. The Appenzell region is known for rural customs and traditions. There is also the possibility to visit the Heidi village in Maienfeld before continuing towards Davos. Overnight in Davos
Day 4: Davos – Lugano (ca. 260 km)
On your way to Lugano in the south of Switzerland you have several possibilities to experience the Grand Tour attractions. Visit on your way to Lugano the mountain Muottas Muragl, which overlook the world famous St.Moritz. The entire Upper Engadine region lies at your feet when you are perched on the hiking mountain high above the Inn River Valley. Enjoy breathtaking views of the four lakes. Continue to Lugano. Overnight in Lugano.
Day 5: Lugano – Zermatt (ca. 230 km)
Visit Monte Brè before departing for Zermatt. Drive on the Gotthard and Furka Pass along the Aletsch Gletscher. Explore the Aletsch Glacier on a magnificent journey into a stunning world of ice and rocks, Alpine flowers and forests. Continue moving down to Täsch, last stop for your car before you continue by train on to Zermatt. Overnight in Zermatt.
Day 6: Zermatt – Montreux (ca. 150 km)
A trip up the exhilarating open air Gornergrat railway is not to be missed. 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 destinations in the Lake Geneva region. Don’t miss on Castle Chillon on Lake Geneva. The water castle is the most visited historic building in Switzerland. Overnight in Montreux.
Day 7: Montreux – Gstaad (ca. 315 km)
Today you have one of your longest drives but also a very fascinating one with interesting sights to see along your way to Gstaad. Continue to the surrounded orchards and terraced vineyards of the Lavaux and further to Lausanne, the second-largest city on Lake Geneva. Make sure you visit the Olympic Museum. Continue your drive to Freiburg, which is nestled on a rock promontory and is surrounded on three sides by the Saane River. Further on your way you will pass the Greyerzer (Gruyère) region, with its rolling green landscape, it's peaks of the Fribourg Pre-Alps and is home to the world-famous Gruyère cheese. Overnight in Gstaad.
Day 8: Gstaad – Lucerne (ca. 315 km)
Continue your journey either towards Interlaken or Berne, before going to Lucerne. From Interlaken you can experience the majestic Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau summits, together with close-up views of the longest glacial flow. Otherwise head to 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 sheltered shopping promenades in Europe. Overnight in Lucerne.
Day 9: Departure Lucerne - Zürich (ca. 140 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. Next to this famous monument you also have the possibilities to visits the surrounding mountains such as Rigi, Pilatus or Titlis. Drive back to Zurich. Overnight in Zurich.
- 8 x overnight stays with breakfast in Zürich, St. Gallen, Davos, Lugano, Zermatt, Montreux, Gstaad, Lucerne (1 night per destination)
- Train ticket Täsch - Zermatt - Täsch in 2nd class
- Grand Tour of Switzerland Road Map from Hallwag
- Grand Tour of Switzerland Travel Guide
- Swiss Coupon Pass with "2 for 1" Dine & Discover offers en route worth of rows over 4`500 CHF
Good to know
- The Grand Tour attractions in the day to day itinerary are a selection, in total there are 45 attractions 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
- Rental car optionally bookable
Swiss Coupon Pass
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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 https://www.alpen-paesse.ch/en/ before you leave.
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