The Great Helvetic Tour
The most complete tour of Switzerland at your leisure
- Travel around the Swiss countryside at your leisure by hire car.
- Short distances, little driving and a lot of fun.
- Spend nights in the country’s major cities.
- Numerous excursions to lakes, mountains and glaciers.
- Includes two nights in the iconic village of Zermatt and another in Interlaken.
- 9 nights in the chosen accommodation
- Return flights (tax included)
- 9 days car rental
- Stroll along the shores of Lake Geneva in Lausanne.
- Visit the Rhine Falls, which, at 150 metres wide, are the largest in Europe.
- Go up in the rotating cable car to Mount Pilatus, the best panoramic viewpoint in the Swiss Alps.
- Lucerne-Zermatt: the Tour of the Great Passes. Enjoy the journey by car.
- A trip by train to the Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe, known as the “Top of Europe”.
- The Kunstmuseum Bern with a superb collection of works by Paul Klee.
Day 1: Flight to Switzerland.
Arrive at the airport 90 minutes before the scheduled departure of your flight to Geneva. Check in and board your flight to Switzerland. On arrival, you’ll pick up the hire car that you’ll be using for the week. Then, onto the road along the shores of Lake Geneva to the city of Lausanne. Depending on the time you arrive, you’ll be able to visit the Olympic Museum, and in the old town, the spectacular Gothic cathedral. Finish the day off by strolling around the area of Ouchy on the shores of Lake Geneva. Overnight in Lausanne. 60 km.
Day 2: Lausanne-Basel.
On the way to the north of the country, we suggest you make a stop in Murten, a charming walled city by a lake. Then, spend the rest of the day exploring Basel. You’ll discover one of the biggest surprises that Switzerland has to offer you: the city’s magnificent red-hued old town. Also of great interest is the district of St. Alban, with its windmills, Museum of Fine Arts (Switzerland’s finest) and the Zoological Park (perhaps the nicest in Europe). Overnight in Basel. 200 km.
Day 3: Basel-Zürich.
In the morning, you’ll head north to visit the Rhine Falls, which, at 150 metres wide, are the largest in Europe. Spend the rest of the day in Zürich, the largest city in Switzerland with a beautiful old town by the lake. As well as going for a stroll, if you fancy looking at museums, there’s the Swiss National Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, which are both splendid. Overnight in Zürich. 150 km.
Day 4: Zürich-Lucerne.
Leave for Lucerne, a beautiful city on Lake Lucerne. Spend the day exploring this city, beautifully located between the mountains and the lake. Its old town is perfect for strolling around and discovering its famous covered wooden bridges and buildings like its old town hall. Later, you can visit the magnificent Swiss Museum of Transport and, if the weather’s good, go up in the rotating cable car to Mount Pilatus, the best panoramic viewpoint in the Swiss Alps. At the end of the day, drive to Lucerne, where you’ll spend the night. 50 km.
Day 5: Lucerne-Zermatt.
Today’s the day you’ll enter the Alps and make one of the most spectacular journeys in Europe: the Tour of the Great Passes. Before you start, you can first discover the Aare Gorge and then continue your journey (in good time, while stopping on the way to take lots of photos along the Sustenstrasse and Furkastrasse). After passing through the alpine valley of Goms, you’ll arrive in Valais and from there to the village of Täsch, where you’ll park and take the train (15 min) up to the beautiful alpine village of Zermatt, where you’ll spend the night. 200 km.
Day 6: Zermatt.
You’ll have a full day to take a break from driving and enjoy this spectacular car-free mountain village, which is only accessible by train. Nestling at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn and surrounded by glaciers, it is an ideal place for excursions through this spectacular landscape. You can travel up to the Gornergrat viewpoint by rack railway (at an altitude of over 3000 metres) or take the cable car to Klein Matterhorn at over 3600 metres high, which is covered in all-year-round snow. Overnight in Zermatt, a very beautiful and lively town throughout the year. 0 km.
Day 7: Zermatt-Interlaken.
In the morning, you’ll travel down from Zermatt to pick up the car in Täsch and then set off to cross the Alps on the Lötschberg railway. The car gets loaded onto the train and, in a few minutes, you’ll arrive at the other side of the massif, where Kandersteg awaits. From this town, you can go on several excursions, especially to Oeschinen Lake, the most beautiful alpine lake in Switzerland. And then on to Lake Thun before it gets dark. You’ll enjoy spectacular views of the over 4000-metre-high mountains that surround the city of Interlaken. Overnight in Interlaken. 100 km.
Day 8: Interlaken-Bern.
Today is a day to enjoy the Alps at their finest. Around Interlaken, you can enjoy numerous excursions and spectacular viewpoints, but none better than the trip by train to the Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe, known as the “Top of Europe”. The journey is fabulous and lets you enjoy, not only spectacular scenery, but also beautiful alpine towns like Grindelwald or Wengen. At the summit, at almost 3600 m high, you can enjoy views of the glaciers surrounded by mountains that are over 4000 metres high. Finish off the day travelling along Lake Thun until you arrive in Bern, where you’ll spend the night. 60 km.
Day 9: Bern-Geneva.
Spend the day looking around Bern, the Swiss capital. Its medieval old town is ideal for strolling around and discovering its hidden gems and famous landmarks like the clock tower and the bear pit. If you fancy taking in a museum, the Museum of Fine Arts has a superb collection of works by Paul Klee and the Alpine Museum is ideal for discovering the essence of Switzerland. In the afternoon, you can explore Fribourg, Gruyères and Lake Geneva, before heading to Geneva. Overnight in Geneva. 170 km.
Day 10: Return flight.
Depending on your departure time, spend as much of the day as you can enjoying this elegant international city on the shores of beautiful Lake Geneva, which you can also explore by boat. The city has numerous museums, but our advice is to spend the time strolling along the lake and through the old town. When the time comes, you’ll return the hire car to the airport. Check in and fly to your destination airport. Arrival and end of the trip.
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