Epic Europe

ROAD TRIP

Through Switzerland and the Alps

The ultimate Swiss driving tour traversing the Swiss Alps, crossing alpine mountain passes and relaxing on the shore of pristine lakes. You will rest comfortably at 5-star hotels, and enjoy various food & wine specialties from Switzerland in award-winning restaurants. Pass through famous ski resorts, and enjoy views of a varied landscape from mountains to glaciers, and rolling farmland.

 

  • ZURICH TO LUCERNE: This morning your car will be delivered to The Dolder Grand, a vehicle specialist will give you a vehicle briefing, special driving instructions and walk - through, and you will be on your way. From The Dolder Grand enjoy a scenic drive along Zürich Lake, climbing the Ibergeregg Pass where you will discover the typical farm lands of Switzerland, rolling green hills flanked with farms, cows, and historic chalets. The descent on the western side of the pass leads to the spectacular lake of Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee)
  • LUCERNE - BERN: Enjoy breakfast overlooking the lake, before continuing your journey west over the Brunigpass to the Bernese Oberland and the Jungfrau Mountains. From Interlaken, head up the dramatic Lauterbrunnen Valley, lined with water falls and hanging glaciers. Park at the Lauterbrunnen train station and board the historic cog railway to Wengen, and upward to Kleine Scheidegg (1hour), lunch on the terrace of the historic Hotel Bellevue des Alpes overlooking the Eiger. descend to the valley and continue on to Bern.
  • BERN - LAUSANNE: This morning explore Switzerland’s capital city, tour the UNESCO World Heritage medieval city center, with its colonnaded streets and fountains, finishing with a visit to the famous “Zytlogge”, or astrological clock (option to add private guided tour). Then it's off to Gruyères and the Saananland, explore the walled medieval city of Gruyères, visit the castle that towers of the green Fribourg hills. Climb the Col du Pillon, the border with the Swiss Romande (French-speaking regions of Switzerland), and descend to the Lavaux, terraced vineyards cascading into Lac Leman.
  • LAUSANNE - ZERMATT: Set off on a scenic cruise on Lac Leman back to Lausanne aboard a Belle Époque steamship, or set off to explore the city of Lausanne; climb the Escaliers du Marché (wooden stairs) to the Notre-Dame Cathedral built in 1275, the queen of the Old Town of Lausanne, and one of the most important Gothic monuments in Europe. Then it’s back to the mountains; from the south-eastern end of Lac Leman, follow the Swiss Rhône Valley south to the Valais Canton, stopping the city of Sion for lunch and to explore the old town, once a strategic northern outpost of the Roman Empire. Afterwards, the journey to Zermatt continues up the Mattertal, where the valley grows narrower and narrower and hanging glaciers and 4000meter peaks surround you on all sides. 
  • ZERMATT: More than 20 gigantic 4,000-metre-high peaks surround the rocky ridge between the Findeln and Gornergletscher, at 1,500 meters above Zermatt. For over a century, a cog railway has made its way here – and still does today. Morning train ride on the historic Gornergrat cog railway (Europe’s highest open-air cog railway built in 1898) direct from Zermatt to the summit of the Gornergrat, with a vertical climb of 1,469 meters. The line leads over dramatic bridges, through galleries and tunnels, across forests of larch and Swiss stone pine, and past rocky ravines and mountain lakes. Spend the morning on an ibex hunt, quietly scanning the cliffs for local wildlife.
  • ZERMATT - ASCONA: This morning set off for Ticino the Italian speaking canton of Switzerland. Today’s drive is the most technical of the trip, after descending the Mattertal, climb the Simplon pass and drop down to Lombardy Italia, through Domodossola, and then set off on the incredibly windy and scenic Centovalli - the "Valley of a hundred valleys" which lies between Domodossola and Locarno. Pass deep gorges, waterfalls, chestnut woods and picturesque villages, before dropping down to the palm trees of Lago Maggiore. 
  • TICINO - GRAUBUNDEN - ZURICH: Leave the palm trees behind, and head back to Northern Switzerland, stopping first in Bellinzona for a visit to “I Tre Castelli” (The Three Castles), the medieval fortifications, with the castles of Castelgrande, Castello di Montebello and Castello di Sasso Corbaro, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch in Bellinzona before heading over the San Bernadino Pass to the Graubunden Canton, considered to be one of the best driving passes in the Alps. 
 
CONTACT US for a custom itinerary, vehicle choices, or more information. 

 

Highlights

  • An Epic journey through Switzerland on your own schedule
  • Travel on your own-time, stopping to explore small historic villages and off-the-beaten-path destinations
  • Climb mountains by cog-railway for uninterrupted views of the Alps and surrounding glaciers
  • Explore medieval cities
  • Rest in 5-star comfort at luxury hotels
  • Luxury cars, supercars, or vintage sports cars - we have you covered
  • On-call concierge service throughout your trip should you require any assistance
  • Get lost and found - the best part of any self-guided road trip
  • Choose to add a culinary focus to the journey visiting small producers and sampling local specialties throughout Switzerland
  • Detailed maps and pre-programmed GPS with your route
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WHAT WE DO

Epic Europe is a luxury experiential adventure travel operator based in the Swiss Alps.


Epic Europe specializes in private bespoke itineraries for small groups. Experiencing the best of each region, from interacting with the local people and enjoying authentic regional food and wine, as well as time-honored traditions and festivals, to recreating in the alpine landscape, and truly understanding why the Alps are the birthplace of adventure travel. From custom ski, hiking, or cycling trips to building in city tours, cultural itineraries, or gastronomic discovery, these award-winning, multi-dimensional trips are tailored to our clients' wishes every time, and are not packaged tours. From Switzerland, Italy, and France's Alps, to world-class cultural cities and larger towns, Epic Europe can design a tailored adventure that fulfills your every need. 

  • "Hiking in the Alps has always been on my bucket list, but I wasn't sure that a typical trip was my style. Epic Europe designed a custom route for our group, staying in the best little inns and hotels, and we felt like we had the trails to ourselves. I will come back again and again to explore new trails with their guides every year that I can!" - R.B., NY USA
  • "Epic Europe's custom road biking trip that they put together for my buddy's bachelor party was great - the right combination of killer rides, great hotels, and outstanding restaurants. Great guides, and overall a perfect trip." - A.S., London UK
  • "Epic Europe has coordinated several corporate events for us over the past 5 years, and I cannot imagine a more professional operation to handle all of the details. From a team-building event for 50 people in a 17th-century castle atop a mountain pass, to marketing conferences and catalog shoots, their knowledge of the best locations in the Alps is second-to-none, and they are as good as it gets at being creative." - E.P., Lugano CH
  • "A day of heliskiing in Italy culminated with a sunset run off the Breuil saddle of the Matterhorn - one of the most thrilling runs of my life - and we left our tracks in a place where they remained for a week afterward, reminding us of the best day of skiing in our life!" - WG, CT USA
  • "I would have to say that Verbier and Zermatt might be the best places I have ever ridden a mountain bike, and I couldn't imagine going without the help of Epic Europe's guides. It was a dream trip for sure." - B.S., PA USA
  • "Our family spent last Christmas in Zermatt on a bespoke Epic Europe ski trip. The special thought and care that they put into our holiday made it our best yet." - L.M.; CA USA
  • "I have done trips in the Alps and surrounding regions with Epic Europe for the past 4 years, and every one has been unique and surpassed the last. The experiences that they deliver due to their personal relationships are a window into the real life in these incredible locations, and they share these friendships with us." - K.B., CT USA
  • “The team at Epic Europe created the most incredible trip for us, where everything came together seamlessly, and we never had to think about what came next - it just magically happened as if it was meant to be. That takes real talent, and they make it look easy." - B.N., WY USA

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