Switzerland in the Summer

Whether you choose to hire a car, motorbike or be driven, experience the beauty of Switzerland in the summer. With its fresh air, glorious cuisine and laid back lifestyle, this is as far from city life as you can get.

The below is an example of what we can organise for you in Switzerland. We can tailor an itinerary based on your exact requirements, including number of people, how long you have, and whether you want self-drive or a driver. Get in touch to speak to a specialist.

Day 1: Arrive

Having flown into Zurich on your Swiss Air flight, head to Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein. Fill up on a Michelin-starred dinner tonight ahead of your day of trekking tomorrow.

Stay: Park Hotel Sonnenhof in Vaduz

Day 2: Hiking in the Alps

Spend today hiking through the Graubünden Alps, which is home to the upscale ski resort of St Moritz. The scenery is spectacular, and home to many a mountain cow whose traditional bells are sure to keep you motivated on your trek. Trek to a summit of 2,376km.

Stop off at a mountainside restaurant for lunch, or alternatively your hotel would be happy to prepare a packed-lunch to take with you.

Back at the hotel, relax in the stunning courtyard of your hotel with a glass of local wine. Or you may wish to rest your weary muscles in the spa.

Stay: Park Hotel Sonnenhof in Vaduz

Day 3: Lugano, via Arosa

Today the Grand Tour continues as you move through the tranquil Swiss countryside. Your final destination today is Lugano, stopping off in the charming town of Arosa for lunch en route.

Before continuing your journey, be sure to walk around Arosa. A ski resort in the winter, it is home to impressive mountain peaks should you wish to do a hike. There are more than 200 km of different hiking and walking trails. We recommend doing the ten lakes hike, a tour of 15 km leading from one crystal-clear mountain lake to the next.

On arrival into Lugano, make yourself comfortable at your hotel, Villa Principe Leopoldo. A Relais & Chateaux property, the villa is the former private home of German Emperor Wilhelm’s brother in law. Located on a picturesque promontory called the Collina d’Oro (Golden Hill), the views and location are the best in town.

Stay: Villa Principe Leopoldo

Day 4: Lugano

Equally as beautiful in summer as in winter, Lugano is renowned for its Mediterranean climate, picturesque scenery and fresh, Italian-inspired cuisine. Spend the day exploring the stunning area, home to lush valleys, cerulean rivers and pretty buildings. After a long lunch of salami and Buffalo Mozzarella in one of Piazza della Riforma’s delis, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Lugano and experience absolute tranquillity.

Once you have explored to your heart’s content, enjoy the views of the mountains and lake back at your hotel. Relax in the spa, and indulge in the fabulous food.

Stay: Villa Principe Leopoldo

Day 5: Lugano

After a morning exploring the region further, visit one of Lugano’s famous grottoes for lunch. These stone dwellings were used by farmers to store wine and cheese have now been turned into mini restaurants by locals. One Lugano gem we particularly recommend is Grotto Morchino.

To burn off the calories, head towards the Paradiso district and walk along the lake.

Stay: Villa Principe Leopoldo

Day 6: Lugano to Andermatt

The road trip continues this morning as you head to Andermatt, often referred to as one of the top travel destinations in the world. The charming alpine village is surrounded by stunning scenery, history galore (with its 19th century underground railway tunnels and the legendary Devil’s Bridge rock formation) and mile upon mile of mountain peaks which are perfect for trekking come summer.

Having settled into your hotel, the stunning Chedi Andermatt, embark on a scenic glacier tour with a guide into the heart of Switzerland, taking in the Furka, Grimsel & Susten Passes. You’ll pass 4,000m high mountains, glaciers and waterfalls, visit the Ice Grotto, and walk through Aare Gorge.

Stay: The Chedi Andermatt

Day 7: Andermatt: Helicopter tour

Get a close up look of Switzerland’s most famous mountains today with a helicopter flight, taking in the major peaks in the region and a number of stunning glaciers.

When temperatures rise in summer time, the Urseren Valley becomes an outdoor lover’s paradise of alpine walks and mountain treks as well as opening up challenging terrain for mountain bikers and touring cyclists. After your helicopter ride, try an eco-friendly Alpmobil or an electric chargeable E-Bike to explore in silent, environmental splendor. Serious daredevils will have fun feeling their heart beat faster as they navigate Via Ferrata Diavolo, a scenic and very secure fixed rope route high above the Schöllenen Valley. Less harrowing but no less jawdropping, the Gotthard line at Göschenen station climbs steeply up to Andermatt. Or head to Realp on the nostalgic Furka steam railway.

Stay: The Chedi Andermatt

Day 8: Andermatt: Fortess Tour

Today explore the ‘Top Secret’ Swiss Army fortifications with a trip to Sasso San Gottardo, which also houses the largest crystals ever found in the Alps. Here you will travel through several mountain passes. Enjoy a 5-course lunch in a reformed WWII military bunker at La Claustra.

Spend the rest of the day enjoying the facilities at your hotel, from the spa and swimming pool (both outdoor and indoor) to the mouth-watering cheese cellar.

Stay: The Chedi Andermatt

Day 9: Return home via Zurich

Your Swizz adventure filled with fresh mountain air, chocolate and cheese has come to an end. Return to Zurich for your return flight home.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrive Park Hotel Sonnenhof in Vaduz
Day 2: Hiking in the Alps Park Hotel Sonnenhof in Vaduz
Day 3: Lugano, via Arosa Villa Principe Leopoldo
Day 4: Lugano Villa Principe Leopoldo
Day 5: Lugano Villa Principe Leopoldo
Day 6: Lugano to Andermatt The Chedi Andermatt
Day 7: Andermatt: Helicopter tour The Chedi Andermatt
Day 8: Andermatt: Fortess Tour The Chedi Andermatt
Day 9: Return home via Zurich

Map

Zurich Vaduz Arosa Lugano Andermatt Zurich