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...
Zurich – Arrive in Charming Zurich for an Introductory Guided Tour
The largest city of Switzerland runs along the edges of Zurich Lake, and the waters of Limmat River as art galleries and banks fill the arcades of the newer district that was built between the 18th and 19th centuries. Trolley cars run along the main street of Bahnhofstrasse, which reaches a length of nearly 4,000 feet while fountains offer a serene soundtrack with trickling water, accentuating the trees that line the walkways.
Your private transfer will greet you upon your arrival at Zurich Airport, and you will soon find the aroma of marzipan and chocolate emanating from a confectioner’s café first opened in the mid-19th century. Truffles and bonbons are stacked in graceful pyramids near the window for passersby to see as the snow-capped peaks of the Alps protrude along the horizon from the evergreen trees that blanket the hillside on the opposite shores of the lake. After settling into the comforts of your luxury hotel, your guide will greet you in your hotel lobby eager to lead you on an in-depth tour of the city. You will traverse the cobbled lanes of Old Town to find the riverside shopping street of Limmatquai. Antique guild homes once belonging to merchants line the waterway and frame the 17th-century Haus zum Ruden, highlighting a timber floor and lower stone walls reaching a thickness of more than three feet.
St. Moritz – Enjoy Liechtenstein and Swiss Countryside en route St. Moritz
Lugano – Discover Bellinzona and the Lakeside Beauty of Lugano
Montreux – Visit Stresa in Italy and Travel the Simplon Pass to Sion
Bern – Relish Splendor in Lausanne and Charm in Geneva en route to Bern
Lucerne – View the Jungfrau Massif at Interlaken and Tour Lovely Lucerne
Zurich – Delight in the Historic Town of Basel before Returning to Zurich
Zurich – Depart for Home
- 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
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.
$3,195 per person (excluding international flights)
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