Explore Switzerland on a Self-Dive Journey

Highlights

  • Package includes 4 star hotel accommodations, manual car rental, and breakfast at you hotel daily
  • Discover Zurich and Lucerne, St.Gallen and Davos to the incredible Lake Lugano.

Itinerary for The Grand Tour of Switzerland – Eastern Route

Day 1: Arrive in Switzerland

Arrive in Zurich at your preferred time. Zurich, the “metropolis of experiences” offers a unique mixture of attractions that you can enjoy by yourself on your first day. Depending on when you arrive you may want to explore Zurich’s Altstadt (Old Town) or perhaps wander the car-free Niederdorf neighborhood that’s filled with local boutiques and cafes.

Overnight in Zurich.

Day 2: Zurich > St.Gallen

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then head out on the first leg of your journey through Switzerland. On your way to St.Gallen take a pitstop at the Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest waterfall. As you continue toward St.Gallen, take in the beautiful scenery at your own pace, stopping in small villages along the way. Upon arrival in St.Gallen, explore the Abbey precinct if you wish, with a cathedral and Abbey Library which has been accorded UNESCO World Heritage listing and belongs to the top attractions along the Grand Tour of Switzerland.

Overnight in St.Gallen.

Day 3: St.Gallen > Davos

Before beginning heading to Davos, enjoy breakfast in your hotel to fuel up for your ride. On your drive today you’ll pass the village of Appenzell. The Appenzell region is known for rural customs and traditions and is well worth a stop to enjoy the local culture. Then, continue your drive stopping next at Heidi’s Village in Maienfeld – home to the protagonist of Johanna Spyri’s novel of the same name. Venture on toward Davos – your home for the evening.

Overnight in Davos.

Day 4: Davos > Lugano

After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll begin your journey to Lugano in the south of Switzerland, where you have several opportunities to experience the Grand Tour attractions. Lugano is one of the most beloved parts of Switzerland, influenced heavily by the nearby Italian culture, Lugano is the Swiss version of Lake Como and boasts the same charm and beauty. We highly recommend a stroll around the historical old‐town or an excursion to Sa Salvatore or Monte Brè. Today’s activities and when you arrive are entirely up to you, so take your time exploring along the way or enjoy more time in Lugano!

Overnight in Lugano.

Day 5: Lugano > Lucerne

Start your journey post-breakfast with a stop in the Ticinese capital Bellinzona. Dominating the horizon and beckoning explorers from all around, Bellinzonas UNESCO‐listed trio of castles count among Switzerland’s best‐preserved medieval fortresses and Europe’s largest fortifications. The Tremola is the king of the Alpine roads. From Airolo, the historic pass road snakes around hairpin bends up to the Gotthard. Its cobbles whisk drivers back to an age when stagecoaches plied this road. And, from the barren heights of Gotthard, the road descends through the lush green Urseren Valley to Realp where you’ll continue your way to Lucerne and discover the legend of William Tell on the way.

Overnight in Lucerne.

Day 6: Lucerne > Zurich

Enjoy your last breakfast in Switzerland this morning in one of the most beautiful cities in the world – Lucerne. Explore some of the highlights like Chapel Bridge or the famed Lion Monument. If you have time, perhaps you could take a cruise around the stunning Lake Lucerne. End your journey on a drive back to Zürich for rental car drop‐off at the airport and return journey.

6 days, from $1,499 USD