Beautiful Switzerland: From the Matterhorn to Lake Lucerne

13 days – EUR 2,090.00 pp in dbl-room1
Zurich, Davos, Andermatt, Lago Maggiore-Ascona, Zermatt, Lausanne, Biel, Luzern

This roundtrip tour from Zurich heads straight into the mountains on a journey to Europe's highest peak: the Matterhorn. On the way you will experience the spectacular mountain landscapes of Andermatt and Davos before stopping at Switzerland's idyllic lakes: Lake Geneva and Lake Lucerne.


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1st day: Zurich

Over 350 years of tradition: A lakeside hotel in Küsnacht
Over 350 years of tradition: A lakeside hotel in Küsnacht
Global banking and financial centre: Zurich
Global banking and financial centre: Zurich
You arrive at the Zurich airport.

Rental car pick-up
Type: Opel Corsa or similar
Pick-up location: Zürich Airport


Accommodation: A country guesthouse in Küsnacht

1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
The hotel on Lake Zurich has a proud 350-year tradition. The tower containing the quaint bar is even older, having been dated to around the 14th century. From the large terrace in front of the inn guests can enjoy splendid views of the lake and, on clear days, the snow-capped peaks of the Alps beyond. In most of the bedrooms the thick wooden support beams have been left visible, thus creating a marked contrast to the modern paintings and furniture. The restaurant serves meals on the panoramic terrace in nice weather and is known in Zurich for its excellent and varied cuisine.


Details: Zurich
The city at the northern end of Lake Zurich began as a Roman settlement called Turicum. Zurich didn't become a free city until the 13th century, and shortly after that joined the newly established Swiss Confederation. The town's rise to prominence began during the era of Protestant reformer Ulrich Zwingli, who lived in Zurich from 1484 to 1531 and laid the foundation for the emergence of a Puritan-capitalistic culture. Today Zurich is one of the world's richest cities in terms of per capita income and its citizens enjoy the best quality of life in the world according to a survey conducted in 2007. Millionaires and billionaires from around the globe have established a residence in the city because of Swiss bank privacy laws and the country's low tax rate. Yet Zurich has much more to offer than secret bank accounts and low taxes: an attractive old town with chic cafés and bars, over 40 museums, and the famous Bahnhofsstrasse, one of the most elegant shopping avenues in Europe.
Map: 1st day: Zurich

2nd day: Davos

Can only be reached by train: A grand hotel above Davos
Can only be reached by train: A grand hotel above Davos
A ride up Magic Mountain near Davos
A ride up Magic Mountain near Davos
Around Lake Zurich
Distance: 160 km Travel time: 2:30 h

The route leads around Lake Zurich. At Wollerau a detour southwards to Einsedeln is worth the trouble. The Benedictine Abbey located in the idyllic foothills of the Alps was one of the leading monasteries during the Middle Ages and contains a monumental baroque church. Near Bad Ragaz you will enter Heidi Land, setting of the famous novel published in 1880 by Johanna Spyri. At Maienfeld you can join numerous other tourists on a walk to "Heidi's House - the Original".

Accommodation: A grand hotel above Davos

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The grand hotel on the Schatzalp is surely one of Switzerland's most spectacular hotels. It is located 300 m above Davos on a sunny terrace at the tree line. The hotel, built in art-nouveau style, is reached by a short ride from the center of Davos on a private funicular train. The Alpinum Schatzalp located around the hotel is a beautiful botanical garden with 3,500 different species of Alpine plants. The Schatzalp is known from the novel "Magic Mountain" by Thomas Mann.

The old-style rooms a have a historical charm and are very comfortable. A breakfast buffet and four course dinner are served in the hotel's dining room. There is also the rustic restaurant Schatzalp, which is located just a few steps from the hotel and enjoys lovely views over Davos. A small indoor swimming pool and sauna are availabe in addition to a charming bar and lounge with an open fireplace. Guests have free use of the Schatzalp funicular train.

Details: Davos
Located at an elevation of 5,118 feet, Davos is the highest city in Europe. The community with just 10,000 inhabitants registers over 2.1 million visitors a year. The valley was only settled in 1280 - late for European standards - and the area was mainly used to graze cattle. The fortunes of the city began to rise in the 1850s when the mountain air was deemed to be good for tuberculosis sufferers. A sanatorium for lung patients in Davos is the setting of Thomas Mann's famous novel "Magic Mountain". The role of the city as a resort for winter sports began when a toboggan race was held there in 1883. During the summer months, however, Davos is a much quieter place and an excellent base for hiking and sightseeing trips to the surrounding peaks and valleys.
Map: 2nd day: Davos

4th day: Andermatt

Traditional mountain inn: A Gasthaus in Andermatt
Traditional mountain inn: A Gasthaus in Andermatt
Unforgettable: A ride on the Furka Steam Train
Unforgettable: A ride on the Furka Steam Train
Along the headwaters of the Rhine
Distance: 150 km Travel time: 3:00 h

A good place to take a break is Chur. Considered the oldest settlement in Switzerland, the 5,000-year-old city has a well-preserved medieval old town. You will then follow the River Rhine towards its source. Another interesting town along the route is Disentis with its Benedictine Abbey founded in 720. For those wishing to stretch their legs, numerous hiking trails of various length begin at the Abbey.

Accommodation: A typical mountain inn

1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
The hotel is situated near the historical Devil's Bridge on what for centuries was the main trading route across the Alps. Since completion of the Gotthard Road Tunnel in 1980, however, it has grown nearly as quiet in these parts as it was when Goethe stayed in Andermatt on his way to Italy over 200 years ago. The wood-panelled bedrooms in the friendly Swiss hotel are bright and comfortable. Regional specialities such as Urner Rösti are served in the in-house restaurant. After a fire destroyed much of the property a few years ago, it was rebuilt in the traditional Swiss style.


Details: Andermatt
For many centuries Andermatt was situated at the premier crossroads for both north-south and east-west traffic across the Alps. The ancient Swiss town lies at the centre of four key Alpine passes: the Gotthard Pass to southern Switzerland, the Göscheneralp Pass to north-central Switzerland, the stunning Furka Pass to the Rhone Valley in the west, and the Oberalp Pass to the Rhine Valley. Many gorgeous Alpine drives of various length and difficulty can be taken from Andermatt. A relatively unchallenging yet scenic excursion is the three-pass panoramic drive around the Rhone Glacier, either in your own car or in one of the yellow Post buses. A truly unforgettable experience is a ride on the Furka Steam Train from Realp to Oberwald.
Map: 4th day: Andermatt

5th day: Lago Maggiore-Ascona

An island of tranquility: A villa near Oggebbio
An island of tranquility: A villa near Oggebbio
Santa Catharina del Lago Maggiore
Santa Catharina del Lago Maggiore
St. Gotthard Pass
Distance: 120 km Travel time: 2:30 h

The short stretch along the Strada del Gottardo to St. Gotthard Pass will give you an impression of the arduous journey this once was for traders crossing the Alps. The hospice at the top of the pass was built in the 14th century and restored in the 19th century. The Gotthard Museum on the same site contains exhibits on the history of the pass, which has been one of the most important trading routes across the Alps since the Middle Ages.

Accommodation: A villa near Oggebbio

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The villa in a large park overlooking Lago Maggiore is an island of tranquility. Situated about 30 minutes from Ascona, the hotel stands on the Italian side of the border, which is less frequented by tourists. Each of the 18 bedrooms is uniquely and individually decorated. The restaurant specializes in dishes made of fresh local products. Weather permitting, meals are served on the seaview terrace. A swimming pool is available during the warmer months.


Details: Lago Maggiore
In a part of Switzerland renowned for its warmth and Mediterranean light, Lake Maggiore has been attracting visitors for over 100 years. The walks above the lake offer views which remind one of the Côte d'Azur near the heart of Europe, with the Alps as a backdrop. There is everything here: unspoiled nature, spectacular scenery, the best climate in Switzerland, major cultural events, beaches, lakeshores, an early spring, a golden autumn, wine and food specialities, and an infinite number of possibilities for excursions and every kind of leisure activity, from golf to extreme sports like canyoning.
Map: 5th day: Lago Maggiore-Ascona

7th day: Zermatt

Luxury in red and zebra: A boutique hotel in Zermatt
Luxury in red and zebra: A boutique hotel in Zermatt
Overwhelming: The Matterhorn near Zermatt
Overwhelming: The Matterhorn near Zermatt
Through the Centovalli
Distance: 150 km Travel time: 3:30 h

From Locarno you will travel through the romantic Centovalli, reaching the border to Italy near Camedo. The name Centovalli or "100 valleys" refers to the numerous valleys that branch off on all sides from the main one. The route is dotted with picturesque mountain villages dosing in the sun. The route returns to Switzerland and the grand mountains of Valais via Domodossola and the rugged Gondo Gorge.

Accommodation: A colourful boutique hotel

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Red and zebra is the surprisingly attractive colour combination that greets guests to this tastefully decorated hotel, in which every room is different, and every room features a carefully coordinated colour scheme. As guests will happily discover, the entire property has been thoughtfully designed to please the body and soul, from the gourmet restaurant in the warm, wood-panelled dining room to the full three levels of swimming pool and spa facilities. The extraordinary hotel endeavours to make a stay there an instrinsic part of the Zermatt experience. And it succeeds.


Details: Zermatt
The town at the end of the Mattertal has around 5,000 inhabitants and is situated at an elevation of 1,600 m (5,250 ft). Zermatt's world-wide renown stems from its proximity to the Matterhorn, the mountain of mountains and most famous landmark in the Alps. Anyone who has ever stood before the monstrous peak knows that even the most enthusiastic description will fail to capture its true majesty. The mountain was first scaled by a party of Brits using local guides in 1865. In their rush to beat another party to the top one of the climbers slipped and caused three others to fall to their deaths. The trio are buried in an English churchyard in Zermatt set aside for them and the numerous other Brits who subsequently died attempting to scale the mountain. Climbs to the peak of the Matterhorn are almost a matter of course today. About 3,000 mountaineers attempt the ascent each year, sometimes even leading to overcrowding on the main routes. The Gornertal south-east of Zermatt has the highest cog railway in Europe. The higher you go the more incredible the views of the Matterhorn become.

The town of Zermatt is closed to private vehicles. Visitors must leave their cars at the free car park and take the train to the city.
Map: 7th day: Zermatt

9th day: Lausanne

Top location: Luxury lakefront accommodation in Lausanne
Top location: Luxury lakefront accommodation in Lausanne
Lake Geneva: Chateau Chillon
Lake Geneva: Chateau Chillon
Through Valais
Distance: 160 km Travel time: 2:30 h

The route will take you through the upper Rhone Valley to Lake Geneva. Along the way you will pass Sion. The former capital of the canton Valais is tucked in among vineyards and has a quaint old town with a certain French feel to it.

Accommodation: A shorefront chateau

1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
The castle-like mansion stands directly on the shore of Lake Geneva. The oldest part of the building, the tower, was built in 1170 by the Bishop of Lausanne. Over the centuries the fortified residence housed a succession of bishops before eventually falling into disrepair in the 17th century after being damaged by a fire. Today the expertly restored chateau is a small luxury hotel that combines first-class service with a first-class location. Guests can relax in the private swimming pool, the sauna, the Mediterranean restaurant or the lake-view terrace.


Details: Lake Geneva
Also called Lake Léman, the crescent-shaped body of water at the southwest edge of the Swiss Plateau between the Alps and the Jura mountains covers an area of 600 square km (230 square miles). The matchless beauty of the lake has always made it a magnet for celebrities, including Lord Byron, Charlie Chaplin, Audrey Hepburn and Phil Collins. Numerous picturesque villages, vineyards and castles dot the banks of the lake that serves as a temporary reservoir for the River Rhone, which enters at the north-west tip and exists at Geneva. Visitors should be sure to spend an evening in one of the numerous "Caveaux des Vignerons": In each village a wine cellar is open almost every evening where the local products can be sampled in an unforgettable atmosphere.
Map: 9th day: Lausanne

10th day: Biel

Now a hotel: A former monastery on St. Peter's Isle
Now a hotel: A former monastery on St. Peter's Isle
Jura Mountains
Distance: 100 km Travel time: 1:30 h

The route leads through the Swiss Jura, the heavily forested, low mountain range in northwest Switzerland. From Yverdon at the southern tip of Lake Neuschâtel you may want to take a detour to Mont Chasseron. The walk to the summit of Mont Chasseron starts at St. Croix and takes about 90 minutes each way. Those who make the effort will be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Neuschâtel, the Jura Mountains and the Alps.

Accommodation: An island hotel on Lake Biel-Bienne

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The hotel is located on St. PeterIsle in Lake Biel-Bienne, approx. 25 km west of Bern. The structure built in 1127 was originally a Cluniac monastery before being converted into a guesthouse. An impressive array of notables have stayed at the hotel throughout its long history, including Rousseau, Goethe, Josephine Bonaparte and numerous Prussian, Swedish and Bavarian kings. Today the island is connected to the shore by a strip of land and is a conservation area. The carefully restored property combines 21st century comfort with ancient traditions, and a stay at the historical guesthouse with its unique island setting is an unforgettable experience. The restaurant is known for its selection of wines - some of which are pressed on site - and excellent fish dishes.


Details: Bern
With 130,000 inhabitants, the capital of Switzerland is the country's 4th largest city. Bern was founded in the 12th century, then destroyed by a disastrous fire in 1405 and rebuilt in the Renaissance style. Most of these buildings still stand today, making Bern one of Europe's leading examples of urban development during the late Middle Ages. The old town has 6 km of covered arcades, the longest medieval shopping promenade in Europe. The broad 17th century residences with their jutting roofs and wall paintings reflect the historical pride of Bern citizens. The entire city centre has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Key sites include a clock tower gate called the Zytglogge, the Gothic cathedral, and the medieval town hall - all from the 15th century.
Map: 10th day: Biel

12th day: Luzern

Rustic Swiss décor: An old town hotel in Lucerne
Rustic Swiss décor: An old town hotel in Lucerne
Most beautiful lake in Switzerland: Lake Lucerne
Most beautiful lake in Switzerland: Lake Lucerne
Via Solothurn, Zofingen
Distance: 100 km     Travel time: 1:30 h

You will pass two towns worth a stop along the way: Solothurn, considered the greatest Baroque city in Switzerland, and Zofingen, one of the richest cities in the land during the Middle Ages, as evidenced by its carefully preserved old town.

Accommodation: A rustic hotel in downtown Lucerne

1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
The unique hotel was constructed of seven carefully restored buildings in the medieval old town of Lucerne. Every room in the inn has a character of its own, which makes guests feel as if they were staying in a private home rather than a hotel. The restaurant specializes in French cuisine, and during the summer months meals are served on the rooftop terrace overlooking the irregular medieval townscape of Lucerne and the lake beyond.


Details: Lake Lucerne
Located in the heart of old Switzerland, Lake Lucerne borders on the three original Swiss cantons: Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden. The area around the lake played an important role in the legend of Wilhelm Tell and the founding of the Swiss Federation in 1351, when Lucerne joined the other three cantons. Lake Lucerne is widely regarded as the most beautiful lake in Switzerland owing to its Alpine setting and the reflection of the mountains in the water. The best way to experience the cross-shaped lake, originally formed by a glacier, is by taking a ride on one of the paddle steamers or cruise boats that connect Lucerne, Brunnen and Flüelen. A number of marked hiking paths of varying length and difficulty are available on the south side of the lake at the foot of the Alps. We also recommend taking a cable car or cogwheel railway to one of the viewpoints on the summits of Mount Pilatus, Rigi or Stanserhorn.
Map: 12th day: Luzern

13th day: Zurich

Via Lake Zug and Lake Zurich
Distance: 80 km Travel time: 1:00 h

You will travel through the gently rolling hills of central Switzerland around Lake Zug and on to the western shore of Lake Zurich.
Rental car drop off
Drop off location: Zürich Airport

Departure

Rental car

Rental car company: AVIS (Schweiz)
Type: Opel Corsa or similar (Group A)

Equipment: ABS, air-conditioning, power steering, radio/CD player

max excess: CHF 1000.00
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Services The price is per person based on two persons sharing a double room and includes accommodations (meals included as stated above) and rental car (if stated above).

USD 2,839.001
(EUR 2,090.00)1




The tour can begin on any date desired.
Best Travel Time:
April – September

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