Custom Tours of the Swiss Alps: Andermatt, Zermatt & More - Switzerland
Facing the giants: car-free paradise around Mürren
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Mountain Paradise: The Best of West Switzerland

Stay at a hotel only accessible by cable car on a tour of the spectacular Alpine landscapes of Western Switzerland. The round-trip tour from Zurich includes Switzerland's highest mountain, deepest valley and most stunning lakes.

This trip will be customized according to your wishes.

From Zürich to Andermatt

Rental car pick-up

Rental car pick-up

Broker: Sunny Cars GmbH
Company: Dollar Thrifty
Vehicle: Volvo V40 or similar (CDAR)
Loca­tion: Zurich Airport (Desk at Airport)

From Zürich to Ander­matt

130 km | 2:00 h

The scenic journey will take you along the northwest side of Lake Zurich, the western shore of Lake Zug and the south­east end of Lake Lucerne on your way through the Canton of Schwyz.

You will then head high up into the Uri Mountains to the St. Gotthard Pass. If time allows you should take the old St. Gotthard Road (Route 2), an ancient trade route that runs parallel to the motorway.

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Andermatt

At the center of exciting mountain passes

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 center 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-passes pano­ramic drive around the Rhone Glacier, either in your own car or in one of the canary-yellow Post buses. A truly unfor­gettable expe­r­i­ence is a ride on the Furka Steam Train from Realp to Oberwald.

Accommodation: A hotel in Andermatt

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

In the beau­tiful village of Ander­matt, directly on the Reuss river and close to the Gotthard massif, stands the 300-year-old building which now houses a boutique hotel.

During its reno­va­tion, the old charm was consciously preserved – old mate­r­ials such as wood panelling, beams and masonry were combined with modern elements in high-quality design. Each of the three categories offers rooms that have been furnished with a lot of atten­tion to detail. Their design was influ­enced by Feng Shui and their alpine envi­ron­ment. In the morning a rich Breakfast buffet with many local prod­ucts awaits and provides a perfect start into the day. In the bar of the hotel, one can not only choose from 30 types of whisky, but there are also regular special events around the topic of single malts.

Ticino

Para­disiac lakes, remote mountain villages
Because of its warm climate, the south­ernmost canton of Switz­er­land is also called “sunroom”. Closed off to the north by the Gotthard massif, wine, figs, lemons and olives find perfect condi­tions over here. When after several waves of emigra­tion Ticino was heavily depop­u­lated in the early 20th century, painters, poets and anar­chists tired of civi­l­iza­tion discov­ered the para­disiac region around Lake Maggiore, among them Hermann Hesse. They were followed by tourists, attracted by the idyllic scenery and the 2,300 hours of sunshine a year. Around the Great Lakes lie the tourist centers of Ascona, Lugano and Locarno, which host several interna­tional music and film festivals. In a striking contrast to this rich and sophis­ticated holiday region are remote valleys such as Verzasca, Maggia- or Onser­none, whose wild chestnut forests, untamed rivers and magnif­i­cent rock forma­tions are only acces­sible to hikers. Everywhere one comes across abandoned Rustici, stone houses built without mortar, which testify to narrow, squalid living condi­tions of previous gener­a­tions in Ticino.

Engelberg

Hiking and skiing paradise near Lucerne
Although located just 25 km south of Lake Lucerne, the Alpine town founded in 1120 exists in a completely different world and is suit­able for longer stays. Mount Titlis soars above the picturesque mountain valley to the south, while Mount Hahnen dominates the skyline to the east of the town, creating a fork in the valley. Numerous cable cars and ski lifts lead up the mountain­side, espe­cially in the area around Titlis. During the summer months, a network of marked trails of various levels of diffi­culty await hikers. Other possible activ­i­ties include mountain climbing and parag­liding.

Furka steam locomo­tive

Over the pass with the cogwheel railway
After the Furka Base Tunnel between Realp and Oberwald was completed, the cogwheel railway over the pass was deemed to be closed perma­nently. However, ideal­ists and railway enthu­siasts ensured that the historic railway line over the mountain was preserved. From May to late September steam engines depart daily needing a good two hours for the 18 kilometer route.

From Ander­matt to Zermatt

109 km | 3:00 h

The spectac­ular route leads through the Furka Pass in the Upper Alps to the Rhone Glacier, which is only a few minutes' walk from the Hotel Belvédère.

Just below the glacier the Rhone River begins its 800 km journey to the Mediterranean Sea. You will follow the course of the river through Upper Valais to Visp, then turn off into a side valley leading to Zermatt.

Simplonpass

High alpine pass between glaciers and Mediterranean ravines
With an eleva­tion of 2,005 meters, this pass connects the Rhône Valley in the Swiss canton of Wallis with the Val d'Ossola in the Italian province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. People have been using the pass since prehistoric times. It was even later used by Roman emperors. The influ­en­tial merchant Kaspar von Stockalper built the first road here in the 17th century, which is now a hiking trail. The modern road through the pass follows Napoleon Bonaparte's route. At the top of the pass there is a hospice. Coming down the southern side, you will find the Mediterranean-looking town of Simplon and the the romantically wild Gondo Gorge with the majestic, glacier-covered Fletschhorn towering above it.
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Zermatt

Car-free village at the Matterhorn

The town at the end of the Mattertal has around 5,000 inhab­i­tants and is situ­ated at 1,600 m (5,250 ft.) above sea level.

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 mighty 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 the church­yard next to an English chapel 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 Gorner Valley south-east of Zermatt boasts 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.

Accommodation: A colourful boutique hotel

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | 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 intrinsic part of the Zermatt expe­r­i­ence. And it succeeds.

Aosta Valley

Smallest and most beau­tiful region of Italy
The valley in the extreme northwest of Italy is an inde­pen­dent region – by far the smallest in Italy, but also one of the most beau­tiful. The valley is surrounded by the highest mountains in Europe. To the west the Mont Blanc, to the north the Matter­horn and the Monterosa group, to the south the Gran Paradiso massif. While the largest glaciers in Europe lie at the top, wine and palm trees grow at the bottom. The large and the small St.-Bernhard-Pass have been opening up the valley for many centuries. Numerous customs castles and mountain fortresses have been preserved along the medieval trade routes.

Brig

At the foot of the largest Alpine glacier
This historic town with 5,000 inhab­i­tants is situ­ated on the southern shores of the Rhone between the Bernese and the Valais Alps. A few kilome­ters to the north lies the UNESCO world heritage site of the Aletsch area with the largest glacier of the Alps. Various cable cars lead to the glacier area. The best cable car ride to Belalp, a car free village, is from Brig. Because of its loca­tion at the foot of the Simplon Pass, an important connec­tion to Italy, the site was already settled in 7 B.C.(!) Brig has a picturesque historic old quarter with the Stockalper Palace.

Castello Fenis

Mighty castle of the counts of Challant
The mighty castle does not lie on a cliff, but only on a hill. Appar­ently it did not serve as a defense, but was from the outset the presti­gious resi­dence of the Challant family. Since the 14th century, a magnif­i­cent court­yard has been built around the keep, deco­rated with murals depicting Saint George as a dragon slayer and a group of wise men and prophets.

From Zermatt to Genf

233 km | 3:00 h

Martigny

Roman town with French flair
This ancient town lies between vine­yards and woods in the Rhone Knee. The Gallo-Roman temple of Mercury, the foun­da­tions of which were only discov­ered in 1976, bears witness to the fact that the Romans already recog­nised the strategic importance of the town at the inter­sec­tion of important roads and passes. Today the Musée Gallo Romain displays the most important archae­o­log­ical finds of the area. Also worth seeing is the Bernar­diner Museum, dedicated to the legendary rescue dogs of the Great St. Bernard.

Lausanne

Capital of the Swiss Riviera
The Romans had already founded a settle­ment called Lusona on the sunny northern shore of Lake Geneva. Today Lausanne is the centre of the “Swiss Riviera” and attracts visitors from all over the world with its enchanting old town and interna­tional flair. In a way, Lausanne is even the cradle of tourism. The hotel school is the oldest in the world. A jewel is the early Gothic cathedral Notre-Dame, which is consid­ered the most beau­tiful building from the pre-Swiss Habsburg period.

Thonon-les-Bains

Spa with picturesque view
The health resort with 35,000 inhab­i­tants lies picturesquely on a terrace on the southern shore of Lake Geneva. From the spa you can see far over the lake into the Swiss Jura. All around, wine is grown that bears the designa­tion of origin Vin de Savoie. Thonon-les-Bains was the seat of the Dukes of Savoy until 1589. Their castle stood on a peninsula in the lake and has completely disap­peared today. Ripaille Castle now stands on the same site. It was bought and rebuilt by an Alsa­tian indus­trialist in 1892.
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Geneva

French lifestyle and international culture on Lake Geneva

French lifestyle, interna­tional culture and an unsurpassed beau­tiful loca­tion on the lake with the same name makes Geneva one of the most livable cities in Switz­er­land – but also one of the most expen­sive!

 World history was written in Geneva during the Reforma­tion, when the reformer Calvin introduced a harsh and strict church discip­line in the city. While dancing, drinking and singing were banned, Calvin allowed an interest-based economy, which was forbidden to Chris­tians in Catholic surround­ings at that time. As a result Geneva became an important trade- and banking center. Today, 200 interna­tional orga­ni­za­tions have their head­quar­ters in Geneva. More than 40% of the inhab­i­tants are foreign nationals. Landmarks in Geneva are the lakefront and the Rhone, on whose bank the three-towered cathedral is located.

Accommodation: A B&B in Geneva

1 Night | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast | 1x Full Day Parking Ticket

The B&B is situ­ated on a large green plot in a rural atmo­sphere in Petit-Saconnex, a quiet part of Geneva. Alain and Sylvie first reno­vated the former home of Sylvie's grand­par­ents in 2012, which was built in 1923 and is now a listed building like many other houses in the neighbour­hood.

After moving in with their chil­dren in 2013, they decided to convert an outbuilding into a guest house. Today, the hosts offer three tastefully furnished rooms, whose design takes up typical Swiss themes (mountains, lakes and pastures). All rooms are equipped with a kitch­enette, in addi­tion a common kitchen can be used; in the morning a freshly filled basket with Breakfast ingre­di­ents is brought to the rooms. In a neighbouring villa two apart­ments are also avai­l­able for self-catering. The city center with shopping and busi­ness districts and the lake can be reached quickly.

Lake Geneva

Medieval towns and castles in front of dramatic alpine scenery
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 people form all over the world, including celebri­ties such as 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 exits 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.

Nyon

Charming village on Lake Geneva
This charming village is located on the shores of Lake Geneva halfway between Geneva and Lausanne and surrounded by the vine­yards of the La Côte area. Three Corinthian columns standing on a hill in the lake­side park attest to the region's Roman history. After conquering Gaul, Julius Caesar decided to estab­lish a colony in the area which is now the city of Nyon. The colony was called Iulia Equestris and had its center in Noviodunum. This can be seen in the exca­va­tions on display in the Roman museum. In summer, the town is a paradise for nature lovers and water sports enthu­siasts.

From Genf to Mürren

232 km | 3:00 h

The stretch will take you across the central Swiss Plateau past Bern with the Jura Mountains on your left and the Alps on your right.

The Swiss capital is defi­nitely worth a stop. The city's medieval core was destroyed by a fire in 1405 and rebuilt in the Renais­sance style. The unique collec­tion of Renais­sance build­ings in the city centre is now a World Heritage Site.

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Bernese Oberland

Between lake idyll and eternal ice

In 1798, a canton of Ober­land was created under Napoleon, but it was abol­ished five years later and incor­po­rated into the canton of Berne.

However, the name “Ober­land” has been retained and today describes the magnif­i­cent landscape south of Lake Brienz and Lake Thun. The high rainfall is all discharged from the Aare, which flows into the Rhine at Koblenz. To the south, the valleys rise steeply to the glaciated main ridge of the Alps, which reaches well over 4000 metres in alti­tude here. The most famous peaks are Eiger (3967 m), Mönch (4107 m) and Jungfrau (4158 m). They form the border with the canton of Valais.

Accommdation: A hotel accessible by cable car

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

Like the entire town of Mürren in which it is located, the unique mountain hotel is only acces­sible by cable car. It stands right next to the cable car station and offers 26 rooms with sensa­tional views of the Bernese Alps.

The restau­rant with its pano­ramic view terrace serves cheese fondue and other Swiss special­i­ties. The in-house sauna and the local indoor swimming pool are avai­l­able to guests at no charge. Local activ­i­ties include a thrilling ride on the cable car to the top of Mount Schildhorn, hiking on any of numerous marked paths, and a visit to nearby Trümmelbach Falls. A ride on the histor­ical train that runs along the top of the valley from Mürren to the Lauterbrunnen cable car station is also recom­mended.

Mürren

Car-free sunny village in the Bernese Alps
Mürren is situ­ated in the heart of the Bernese Alps and faces the towering peaks of mounts Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The car-free town with a popu­la­tion of 450 is nestled on a sunny mountain terrace high above the spectac­ular Lauterbrunnen Valley, one of Europe’s deepest valleys lined by over 500 m steep lime­stone cliffs. Mürren can only be reached by a cable car system that cont­inues in three more stages to the peak of Mount Schilthorn (2,970 m). On a clear day the view from the top extends to Mont Blanc in the south and the Black Forest in the north. The revolving restau­rant on the summit was once used for a scene in a James Bond movie. A number of walking paths start from Mürren. A partic­u­larly scenic route leads from the Grütschalp via Winteregg to Mürren. The view of the surrounding mountain peaks is abso­lutely stunning on clear sunny after­noons.

Jungfraujoch

Pheno­m­enal view from Europe's highest train station
The saddle between the Mönch and the Jungfrau (both mountains are 4,000 meters high), is covered with snow year-round. Around 600 meters east of the Jungfraujoch stands the Sphinx (3,454 m), a dist­inc­tive peak with an obser­va­tion deck and an obser­vatory. Since 1912, it has also been the final station of the Jungfrau railway, making it the highest train station in Europe. The railway, which runs from Schei­degg near Lauterbrunnen to the Jungfraujoch, attracts count­less visitors thanks to the pheno­m­enal view it provides of the Bernese Alps. In Summer, you can hike from the station to the Mönchsjoch hut.

Hike to the Sprutz waterfall

Behind the curtain of a waterfall
The hike starts just behind the Schilthorn cable car and leads up to the Spiel­bo­denalp. We cont­inue downhill in the direc­tion of Gimmelwald. At the next junc­tion follow the sign “Sprutz”. The descent down to the waterfall is steep and often a little slip­pery, so be careful. Since the path leads behind the waterfall, the expe­r­i­ence is often asso­ciated with a small refresh­ment. All around it drizzles, splashes and roars. With a rain jacket you will like to stay here for a little while, it is dangerous only for the camera. You won't meet the masses that gondola up to the Schilthorn here. (round trip: 6.7 kilome­ters, 3:30 hours, up and down: 456 meters)

Hike to the Rotstockhütte

Between Sefi­nental and Spiel­bo­denalp
The first section leads to Gimmelwald and provides a comfort­able start. Afterwards it descends to the Sefi­nental. In the valley the hiking trail “Sefinen Lüts­chine” leads to Flirten. From there its a cont­inual climb of around 400 metres in alti­tude, up to the Oberberg. The path cont­inues to the Rotstockhütte. After a well-deserved break, the descent needs to be tackled. There are several possi­bil­i­ties: The fastest one leads past Bryndli down to the Spiel­bo­denalp (steep). The last part however is a pleasant end to the hike. A small detour from the Spiel­bo­denalp to the waterfall “Sprutz” is worthwhile. (round trip: 15.1 kilome­ters, 5 hours, up and down: 809 meters)

Pletschenalp

Picture-book landscape in Oberbern
The hike first leads over the “Mountain-View Trail” to Pletschenalp, where no major ascent or descent is to be mastered. Now we cont­inue over the Marchegg down to the Sausläger. The hike can also be extended there accord­ingly. The route through the Spryssenwald is very pleasant without major climbs. From Grütschalp, a footpath leads back to Mürren. (round trip: 16.4 kilome­ters, 5 hours, up and down: 559 meters)

From Mürren to Luzern

84 km | 2:00 h
In Interlaken you leave the alpine mountain valley and follow Lake Brienz to the east. Cont­inue through the tunnel of Soliwald to Upper Walden.

Ballenberg Open Air Museum

From the everyday life of earlier centuries
In the open-air museum you can find over 100 orig­inal, centuries-old build­ings from all parts of Switz­er­land, 250 native farm animals, mainly endan­gered breeds, as well as histor­ical useful plants (vegeta­bles, herbs, cereals). In addi­tion, demon­s­tra­tions of tradi­tional crafts and special events take place, which give insight into the former life. The museum is supported by a private charity founded in 1968.
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Lake Lucerne

The heart of old Switzerland: Picturesque Lake Lucern

Located in the heart of old Switz­er­land, Lake Lucerne borders on and is surrounded by the three orig­inal Swiss cantons: Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden.

The area around the lake played an important role in the national and polit­ical myths and legends, among others those of the Swiss national hero Wilhelm Tell. Due to the reflec­tion of the Alpine mountains in the water, Lake Lucerne is widely regarded as the most beau­tiful lake in Switz­er­land. 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 located on the southern side of the lake at the foot of the Alps. Highly recom­mended are the cable car or cogwheel railway to one of the view­points on the summits of Mount Pilatus, Rigi or Stanser­horn.

Accommodation: A rustic hotel in downtown Lucerne

1 Night | 1x Double Occupancy | 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.

Lucerne

Jewel of Central Switz­er­land
In the 7th century the Luciara monastery stood where the river Reuss leaves Lake Lucerne. A trading place grad­u­ally grew around the monastery, which was declared a town in 1178. The citi­zens and merchants benefited from the loca­tion on Gotthards­traße. When the Habsburg Duke Rudolph bought the town in 1291, the rebellious citi­zens joined forces with the orig­inal cantons of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden to secure the survival of the young Swiss Confed­er­a­tion. Pros­perity and beauty are at home in all epochs of the city – in the medieval build­ings, the patri­cian houses of the Renais­sance, the Art Nouveau hotels and the bold build­ings of the present. The landmark is the Kapellbrück (Chapel Bridge) from the 14th century. It leads across the crystal clear lake, which reflects a magnif­i­cent mountain pano­rama.

Maria Loreto

One thou­sand steps and Marian mysticism
A thou­sand steps lead to the pilgrimage chapel in Hergiswald, which was conse­crated in 1662. It is simple on the outside, but unique on the inside. The picture of the Black Madonna and a vaulted wooden ceiling with 324 sections amaze and enthuse art histo­rians. Kaspar Megglinger, the crea­tive artist, was partic­u­larly known in the Baroque period for his Marian symbolism. After all, the more than 300 images of the Virgin Mary are regarded as the only cycle in the world to have been designed in this form.

Pilatus

Switz­er­land's most famous pano­ramic summit
The rugged mountain massif south of Lucerne is Switz­er­land's most famous vantage point. From above you have a fantastic view of Lake Lucerne, Lucerne and the Central Alps. Earlier gener­a­tions regarded it not as a sublime local mountain, but as an uncanny place of dragons and ghosts that sent weather plunges and mudslides into the city. No wonder there are so many tales and legends about Pilatus. From Kriens a cable car leads up the mountain, from Alpnachstad a rack railway. The historic Hotel Pilatus-Kulm awaits you at the top.

From Luzern to Zurich

Rental car drop-off

From Luzern to Zurich

72 km | 51 minutes
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

Loca­tion: Zurich Airport (Desk at Airport)

9 days
from € 1,469.00
per person based on two people sharing a double room
Services
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  • Meals (as listed above)
  • Climate Compensation



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Best Travel Time: April–September

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