View to Lugano city, Lugano lake and Monte San Salvatore from Monte Bre, Ticino, Switzerland

Self-Drive Switzerland Tour in Seven Nights

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Countries Visited

Switzerland

Places Visited

Lucerne, Zurich, Lugano, St. Moritz...

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Suggested Duration

8 Days

Embrace the freedom of a car during your self-driving tour of Switzerland that will highlight the grandeur of the scenery, the pleasures of the culture, and the charm of the historical architecture. The roads will bring by vast meadows of grazing cows and half-timbered homes, snow-capped peaks, and amazing glassy lakes that reflect the colorful antique facades. Discover castles and villas, confectionaries, and cobbled lanes as farmers wave as you pass on the road, and evergreen trees create a...

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Trip Highlights

  • Visit dramatic castles for insight into life in the courtly estates of the former aristocracy at Bellinzona
  • Wander along the historical streets of Liechtenstein to find beauty along the streets and culture in the smallest German-speaking country in the world
  • Embrace grace and grandeur while visiting Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore in the Italian Alps
  • Enjoy a scenic funicular to the top of Harder for a platform overlooking Interlaken and the Jungfrau Massif
  • Walk along a covered bridge that is more than 600 years old while in the preserved Old Town of Lucerne
  • View the remarkable waterspout of the Jet d’Eau which creates a white plume more than 500 feet in the air
  • Relish the enchanting fairytale architecture in Old Town Zurich, set against the backdrop of mountains and the rushing Limmat River in the foreground
  • Indulge in the freedom of a car and the open alpine roads of Switzerland to stop and linger at your preferred pace along towns and countryside

Detailed Description

Your exploration of the Swiss Alps offers a remarkable chance to move at your own pace, lingering in the villages you love and finding charm in the indelible landscape during your 8-day self-driving itinerary of Switzerland. Your journey begins with your arrival in Zurich, the largest city in the country, as your private transfer greets you at the airport and escorts you to the comforts of your luxury hotel located in the heart of Old Town. Meet your guide in the lobby for an engaging tour of the antique streets to enjoy the vibrant life found along the main road of Bahnhofstrasse.

Wake the next morning at your leisure and then pick up your car to set out into the scenic countryside of Switzerland. Enjoy the mountain roads before venturing into Liechtenstein. Visit the capital city of Vaduz and find castles adorning the rugged summits, and then cross back into Switzerland to reach St. Moritz. Enjoy the gorgeous views of the alpine meadows and the quiet ambiance of the town. The next day, discover the magnificent strongholds on the hills of Bellinzona and then tour the low-lying slopes of the Alps to find the three castles before continuing to the Mediterranean climate of Lugano. The beautiful small town allows you to stroll through blossoming gardens and historic arcades.

The following day, cross the border into Italy to enjoy the quiet lakeside promenade of Stresa. Take a ferry to Isola Bella to stroll along with the terraced gardens and opulent halls of the Villa d’Este before returning and venturing to Montreux by way of Sion. You then have a chance to visit the Chillon Castle on the outskirts of the city. Move next to enjoy the vineyards around Lake Geneva and the steep hills of Lausanne the following day, and then visit the bustling city of Geneva en route to Switzerland’s capital, Bern. Once there, find the arcaded buildings, cozy cafés, and the home of Albert Einstein.

Travel to Lucerne the next day with a stop in the town of Interlaken along the way. Wander the antique town center and make your way to a viewing platform to see the soaring Jungfrau peak. Once in Lucerne, you can wander the medieval battlements and walk beneath the remarkable covered bridges. Venture to Basel the next day to find a city with more than 40 museums adorning the banks of the Rhine River. Take your time to wander along the cobbled lanes and serene 12th-century buildings before returning to Zurich. Conclude as you drive to the airport and return your car before checking in for your flight home.  Consider learning more about our travelers’ favorite Switzerland travel activities by reading their Switzerland travel reviews.

Starting Price

$3,195 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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