Grand Switzerland Tour - Self Drive



A road trip in your Switzerland tour promises stunning landscapes from snow-capped mountains, pristine lakes, majestic waterfalls and, quaint villages. You arrive in Zurich, and kick start the self-drive to St. Gallen and as you drive along, through scenic locations, it makes for a great trip. As part of this holiday, you visit Davos, Lugano, Zermatt, Montreux, Gstaad and, Lucerne. This could well be a Switzerland honeymoon if your spouse and you are diehard romantics!

  • On Day 1 of your Grand Switzerland tour on a self-drive trip, you arrive in Zurich. 
  • On Day 2, you start out on your drive and you drive to St. Gallen and enroute, stopover at Europe’s largest waterfall, the majestic Rhine Falls.
  • On Day 3, you continue on your drive and move to Davos, Switzerland, the popular ski resort destination, passing the villages of Appenzell and Maienfeld.
  • On Day 4, from Davos, you now move to Lugano and enroute you catch many attractions.
  • On Day 5, you now start from Lugano to another tourist hot spot, Zermatt. And en route, you visit Monte Brè, Ascona, and the Aletsch Glacier.
  • On Day 6, you now depart from Zermatt to Montreux and pass by some picturesque locations.
  • On Day 7, this Switzerland tour package takes you to Gstaad passing through Lausanne and Freiburg.
  • On Day 8, you now move to Lucerne from Gstaad, passing through the resort town of Interlaken.
  • On Day 9, you go around Lucerne and then you head to Zurich airport as your Switzerland vacation comes to a close.
Zurich (1), Sankt Gallen (1), Davos (1), Lugano (1), Zermatt (1), Montreux (1), Gstaad (1), Lucerne (1)
Arrival (Zurich), Departure (Zurich)



Arrive in Switzerland

You arrive in Zurich. Situated by the lakeside, this “metropolis of experiences”, offers a magnificent view of the snow-capped Alps in the horizon, Zurich offers a neat mix of attractions. You stay overnight in Zurich.


Zurich - St. Gallen (ca. 150 km)

After breakfast, you drive to St. Gallen with a stopover at the Rhine Falls, one of Europe’s largest waterfalls. You stay overnight in St. Gallen.


St. Gallen - Davos (ca. 160 km)

On your way to Davos, you will pass the village of Appenzell. The Appenzell region is well-known for its many rural customs and traditions. You continue your drive and then stopover at Heidi’s Village in Maienfeld. You stay overnight in Davos.


Davos - Lugano (ca. 290 km)

On your way to Lugano in the south of Switzerland you have several opportunities to experience the Grand Tour attractions. You can relax for example, on a train ride on the most beautiful Alpine train, the Bernina Express. You stay overnight in Lugano.


Lugano - Zermatt (ca. 215 km)

Leaving Lugano for Zermatt, a visit that’s a must is Monte Brè. On your way, you pass by Ascona. The city is famous for its mild climate, its Old Town façade and a lake promenade which is dotted with inviting street cafés. You then continue your journey and you arrive in Valais. Here lies the Aletsch Glacier - the biggest glacier in the Alps. After which you continue moving on to Täsch which is your last stop by road, and then you continue by train on to Zermatt. You stay overnight in Zermatt.


Zermatt - Montreux (ca. 150 km)

A morning trip up the exhilarating open-air Gornergrat railway is not to be missed, for unrivalled views over the 4000 m peaks surrounding Zermatt. After making your way back down to Täsch to collect your car, you go on a stunning drive traveling through picturesque routes through the Valais, heading through the Sierre, the Sion, Martigny and Aigle. After this, you will drive along the shores of Lake Geneva to Montreux. You also visit the beautiful Chillon Castle. You stay overnight in Montreux.


Montreux - Gstaad (ca. 330 km)

Drive through the 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, the largest medieval town in Üechtl. Further, on your way you will pass the Greyerzer region, with its rolling green landscapes. You stay overnight in Gstaad.


Gstaad - Lucerne (ca. 315 km)

Before you continue to Lucerne, enjoy the beautiful scenery of the chalet village Gstaad. Continue your drive to Interlaken. From Interlaken you can experience the majestic Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau summits. If you have some time left before you head to Lucerne, Bern is the place to spend it. The old town of Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You stay overnight in Lucerne.


Departure Lucerne - Zurich (ca. 140 km)

You will spend your last day in one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland. One of the highlights of Lucerne is the Chapel Bridge. You drive back to Zurich for a rental car drop-off at the airport and you proceed on your return journey


What is included

  • 1 night accommodation in Zurich
  • 1 night accommodation in St. Gallen
  • 1 night accommodation in Davos
  • 1 night accommodation in Lugano
  • 1 night accommodation in Zermatt
  • 1 night accommodation in Montreux
  • 1 night accommodation in Gstaad
  • 1 night accommodation in Lucerne
  • Rental car VW Golf 5, or similar for 9 days with pick-up and drop-off at Zurich Airport
  • Free parking at all hotels (except in Zermatt/Täsch)
  • 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


What is excluded

  • Air Tickets, Visa, Insurance, City taxes and gratuities, GST


April to September is generally the most recommended period to visit Switzerland. Winter has its own allure because of winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, ice skating. The universal festivities such as Christmas and New Year are grandly celebrated here and is a spectacle to see the Swiss streets lit up. However, the best time to plan a Switzerland trip is during summers from April end to September end to enjoy the marvellously scenic mountains that you will be vacationing amidst.