Where: Zurich, Swiss Alps, Lake Como
How Long: 5 days
When spring is in the air, there’s often no better time to visit the Alps. With the abundance of new flora, the mountain passes just starting to open, the rivers and waterfalls raging from early snow melt from up high, plus roads that can often be completely deserted, it is the perfect time of year to immerse yourself in nature at her striking best.
Tour Operator: Ultimate Drives
Available: March till May
Day 1 – Arrive in Zurich
Arrive at Zurich airport and make your way to B2 Boutique Hotel + Spa Zurich.
That evening we will pre book dinner for you at either the Terrace Restaurant on the banks of the river Limmat, from where you can enjoy also a nice walk around the city.
Hotel: 4 Star B2 Boutique Hotel + Spa
Day 2- Tour through the Swiss Alps to Lake Como
Today in the morning the car will be delivered to the hotel and you will be provided with a detailed walktrough over the 4 days of driving. Also we will handover the driving notes, maps and itinerary and answer any questions you migh have. Your first tour will take you south and through the Alps to Lake Como. The first stage of the drive takes you up and away from Zurich, through the rolling countryside south of the city, before picking up the shores of Lake Luzern. Here you will stop for a first morning coffee in the beautiful lakeside resort of Weggis. After a coffe break, head around the lake, then south into the Alps, where you will stop for lunch in the beautiful Alpine resort of Andermatt. The town is often referred to as being at the center of the center of the Alps where three rivers meet. The village is surrounded by Alpine peaks and passes. After lunch, continue south through the Alps (via the Gotthard tunnel) and down to the lakeside resort of Lugano. Here you can stop for afternoon teas at the beautiful Hotel Splendide, before continuing along the northern shores of Lake Lugano, and then across a small pass and down to the shores of Lake Como, and the picture postcard resort of Tremezzo, where you will be based for the night.
Hotel: 3 Star Hotel La Darsena
Day 3 – Tour into the Swiss Alps via Lake Como
Today , start your journey north and literally “through” the Alps, via the sweeping Maloja pass. En route you will stop at the picture postcard village of Soglio (set in an isolated valley, with wonderful slate roofed houses), before continuing up the sweeping Maloja Mountain Pass, and onto the Engadin / St Moritz region of Switzerland. Drive along the beautiful upper Engadin valley, pass the glacial lakes Sils and Silvaplana, and into the resort of St Moritz where you will stop for lunch. After lunch, head down to the small lake, take a walk around this most jet set of ski resorts. Now continue your journey east, and onto possibly the most scenic valley in the whole of Switzerland, the Upper Engadin valley, where you tour past picture postcard medieval villages and small fairytale castles, before arriving in Scuol, where you will be based for the evening.
Hotel: 3 Star Hotel Anica
Day 4 – Tour back to Zurich via Davos / Klosters and the spa resort of Bad Ragaz
Take your time the following morning over a rich breakfast, before starting your final tour back to Zurich. The drive back will take you across Julier Pass (rises to over 2000m) then along the sweeping Landwaser valley and along to the resort of Davos / Klosters. Here you will stop for morning coffees in a traditional Chessa / Chalet style restaurant. Continue your tour then north back to Zurich, where you can drive an optional loop up to the viewing platform overlooking the spectacular Rhine Gorge valley, truly breathtaking. Now head along to the spa resort of Bad Ragaz for late lunch at the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz. After lunch, it’s possible to visit the hotels spa / thermal bathes or alternatively, wander into the small town center where you can take coffees and cakes.
From Bad Ragaz, the final drive takes approximately 1hour 30 minutes. Overnight at B2 Boutique Hotel + Spa in Zurich
Hotel: 4 Star B2 Boutique Hotel + Spa