9-Day E-Grand Tour of Switzerland

Multi-day & Extended Tours, Zurich to Zurich

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It crosses five Alpine passes, runs alongside 22 lakes and takes in 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites, combining the cultural and scenic highlights of Switzerland – and from April 2017 it also stands for eco-friendly touring: the E-Grand Tour.An extensive network of around 300 charging stations electrifies the whole route from April 2017, guaranteeing a comfortable and clean driving experience over more than 1600 km. Incidentally, the Grand Tour of Switzerland is the world’s first official road trip route that is fully accessible to electric vehicles. This offer is certified with the myclimate label “carbon neutral journey”: We offset all CO2 emissions of your E-Grand Tour of Switzerland journey, including overnight stays and ride, by supporting myclimate’s high quality climate protection projects.
Day 1: Arrival SwitzerlandAfter arrival at Zurich airport, individual transportation to Hotel Opera for car pick-up. Overnight in Zürich, Hotel Opera (or similar).Day 2: Zürich– Appenzell– St. Gallen (ca. 105 km)Drive to St.Gallen with a stopover at the Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest waterfall and stopover in Appenzell. St.Gallen has a charming, traffic-free old town. Overnight in St. Gallen, Hotel Einstein (or similar).Day 3: St. Gallen– St. Moritz (ca. 185 km) Continue your drive and have a stopover at “Heidi`s Village” in Maienfeld. Continue your journey to St.Moritz. Overnight in St.Moritz, Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains (or similar).Day 4: St. Moritz– Lugano (ca. 267 km)On your way to Lugano in the south of Switzerland you have several possibilities to experience the Grand Tour attractions. Relax on a train ride on the Bernina Express or do the hike on Mount Muottas Muragl near Pontresina. Continue to Lugano. Overnight in Lugano, Hotel Dante (or similar). Day 5: Lugano– Zermatt (ca. 215 km) Leaving Lugano to Zermatt. On your way lies Ascona. Further north and also on your way you can visit Bellinzona. Heading north to cross the St.Gotthard Pass and Furka Pass and continue into the region Valais. Continue to Täsch, last stop for your car before you continue by train on to Zermatt. Overnight in Zermatt, Romantik Hotel Julen (or similar).Day 6: Zermatt– Lausanne (ca. 180 km)A trip up the exhilarating open air Gornergrat railway is not to be missed. Continue your journey with a stunning drive up through the Valais. After travelling through Martigny, your final leg takes you up through Aigle and along the shores of Lake Geneva to Montreux. Continue to Lausanne, the second-largest city on Lake Geneva. Overnight in Lausanne, Hotel Lausanne Palace & Spa (or similar).Day 7: Lausanne– Gruyère– Freiburg– Interlaken (ca. 156 km)Continue your drive to Freiburg. On your way you will pass the Greyerzer (Gruyère) region, home to the world-famous Gruyère cheese. Continue your drive to Interlaken. From Interlaken you can experience the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau summits. Overnight in Interlaken, Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage (or similar).Day 8: Interlaken– Bern– Lucerne (ca. 167 km)We recommend to do a lake cruise on Lake Brienz or Lake Thun. Continue to Bern. The old town of Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Lucerne. Overnight in Lucerne, Continental Park (or similar).Day 9: Departure Lucerne– Zürich (ca. 140 km)One of the highlights along the Grand Tour lies in Lucerne – the Chapel Bridge. Return to Zurich for car drop-off at Hotel Opera. Individual transportation to Zurich airport (private transfer can be arranged at extra cost).

What’s included

  • 8 x overnight stays with breakfast in Zürich, Bad Ragaz, St. Moritz, Lugano, Zermatt, Lausanne, Interlaken, Lucerne (1 night per destination)
  • Tesla Model S for 8 days
  • Parking at hotels included (except in Zermatt/Täsch – public parking)
  • Taxi service Täsch– Zermatt– Täsch
  • Grand Tour of Switzerland Road Map from Hallwag
  • Grand Tour of Switzerland Travel Guide
  • 1 x Swiss Coupon Pass
  • Breakfast

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • A guide or driver is not included

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Switzerland After arrival at Zurich airport, individual transportation to Hotel Opera for car pick-up. Overnight in Zürich, Hotel Opera (or similar).
Day 2: Zürich– Appenzell– St. Gallen (ca. 105 km) Drive to St.Gallen with a stopover at the Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest waterfall and stopover in Appenzell. St.Gallen has a charming, traffic-free old town. Overnight in St. Gallen, Hotel Einstein (or similar).
Day 3: St. Gallen– St. Moritz (ca. 185 km) Continue your drive and have a stopover at “Heidi`s Village” in Maienfeld. Continue your journey to St.Moritz. Overnight in St.Moritz, Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains (or similar).
Day 4: St. Moritz– Lugano (ca. 267 km) On your way to Lugano in the south of Switzerland you have several possibilities to experience the Grand Tour attractions. Relax on a train ride on the Bernina Express or do the hike on Mount Muottas Muragl near Pontresina. Continue to Lugano. Overnight in Lugano, Hotel Dante (or similar). 
Day 5: Lugano– Zermatt (ca. 215 km) Leaving Lugano to Zermatt. On your way lies Ascona. Further north and also on your way you can visit Bellinzona. Heading north to cross the St.Gotthard Pass and Furka Pass and continue into the region Valais. Continue to Täsch, last stop for your car before you continue by train on to Zermatt. Overnight in Zermatt, Romantik Hotel Julen (or similar).
Day 6: Zermatt– Lausanne (ca. 180 km) A trip up the exhilarating open air Gornergrat railway is not to be missed. Continue your journey with a stunning drive up through the Valais. After travelling through Martigny, your final leg takes you up through Aigle and along the shores of Lake Geneva to Montreux. Continue to Lausanne, the second-largest city on Lake Geneva. Overnight in Lausanne, Hotel Lausanne Palace & Spa (or similar).
Day 7: Lausanne– Gruyère– Freiburg– Interlaken (ca. 156 km) Continue your drive to Freiburg. On your way you will pass the Greyerzer (Gruyère) region, home to the world-famous Gruyère cheese. Continue your drive to Interlaken. From Interlaken you can experience the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau summits. Overnight in Interlaken, Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage (or similar).
Day 8: Interlaken– Bern– Lucerne (ca. 167 km) We recommend to do a lake cruise on Lake Brienz or Lake Thun. Continue to Bern. The old town of Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Lucerne. Overnight in Lucerne, Continental Park (or similar).
Day 9: Departure Lucerne– Zürich (ca. 140 km) One of the highlights along the Grand Tour lies in Lucerne – the Chapel Bridge. Return to Zurich for car drop-off at Hotel Opera. Individual transportation to Zurich airport (private transfer can be arranged at extra cost).
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