5-Day Switzerland Road Trip from Geneva to Lucerne, Zurich & Basel

Rhine Falls, Laufen-Uhwiesen, Bezirk Andelfingen, Zurich, Switzerland
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Starts in
Geneva
Ends in
Geneva
Duration
5 days & 4 nights
Available
All Year

Description

Have the adventure of a lifetime with this 5-day road trip through Switzerland.

This incredible self-drive vacation package will take you through the best destinations in Switzerland. Your road trip will enable you to discover the country's most popular attractions and restaurants in Geneva, Lucerne, Zurich, and Basel.

We'll help you experience the best 5 days in Switzerland you can imagine, so you can leave happy and inspired.

Upon arriving in Switzerland at Geneva, you’ll collect the rental vehicle of your choice. From there, you’ll be off to take in some of the best travel destinations in Switzerland, including the stunning Zoo Zürich and Chapel Bridge.

You’ll have your choice of the country's best hotels and places to stay throughout your road trip, suitable for all budgets. For example, in the city of Zurich, you could choose to stay at a popular hotel like the 4-star Hotel Novotel Geneve Centre. Alternatively, you could stay at a luxury accommodation like the 5-star Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva. Travelers looking for the best cheap accommodation could choose the 3-star Geneva Hostel. No matter which price range you’re looking for, our local experts will assist you in finding the best stay option for your visit.

Your road trip will bring you close to the best attractions and most incredible sights, such as Lion Monument in the city of Lucerne. Enjoy top travel destinations like the amazing Zoo Basel and The Geneva Water Fountain.

From the spectacular Jardin Anglais in the city of Geneva to the unforgettable Rhine Falls in the region of Zurich, you'll experience the best the area has to offer on your self-drive road trip through Switzerland.

Your travel plan itinerary also gives you plenty of time to shop at the best markets in Switzerland, where you'll browse souvenirs you can take home to memorialize your road trip.

You’ll return home having experienced the very best of everything Switzerland has to offer.

You can customize each day of your road trip vacation itinerary with flexible trip planning before and after booking. Enjoy the benefits of exploring all these great attractions at your own speed.

Your travel plan includes everything you need to experience the best of Switzerland. You’ll be booked at the best hotels for 4 nights, with plenty of top-rated breakfast and restaurant options nearby. We'll provide you with the best car rental for 4 days during your self-drive road trip, including CDW insurance.

You’ll have access to 24/7 travel support, a personal travel agent, and a step-by-step guide via our flexible mobile app. All taxes are included in your vacation package price. You can choose and add your flight preferences as needed. You can also add tours and tickets to your itinerary each day.

The best services in Switzerland fill up quickly, so book your spot early. Select a date and start planning your self-drive road trip in Switzerland today!

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Included

4 nights hotel
Breakfast
5 days car rental
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support
All taxes

Destinations

Geneva - city in SwitzerlandGeneva
Lucerne - town in SwitzerlandLucerne
Zurich - city in SwitzerlandZurich
Basel - city in SwitzerlandBasel

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Attractions

St Pierre Cathedral, Cité, Geneva, Grand Genève, SwitzerlandSt Pierre Cathedral
Palais des Nations, Pâquis, Geneva, Grand Genève, SwitzerlandPalais des Nations
Brunswick MonumentBrunswick Monument
The Geneva Water Fountain, Geneva, Grand Genève, SwitzerlandThe Geneva Water Fountain
Jardin Anglais, Cité, Geneva, Grand Genève, SwitzerlandJardin Anglais
L'horloge fleurie, Cité, Geneva, Grand Genève, SwitzerlandThe Flower Clock
Bains des Pâquis, Pâquis, Geneva, Grand Genève, SwitzerlandBains des Pâquis
Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève, Pâquis, Geneva, Grand Genève, SwitzerlandGeneva Botanical Garden and Greenhouse
Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Luzern, SwitzerlandChapel Bridge
Lion MonumentLion Monument
LindenhofLindenhof
Zoo ZürichZoo Zürich
Rhine Falls, Laufen-Uhwiesen, Bezirk Andelfingen, Zurich, SwitzerlandRhine Falls
Middle Bridge, Basel, Basel, Basel-City, SwitzerlandMiddle Bridge, Basel
Zoo Basel, Bachletten, Basel, Basel-City, SwitzerlandZoo Basel
Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Cité, Geneva, Grand Genève, SwitzerlandMusée d'Art et d'Histoire
International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, Pâquis, Geneva, Grand Genève, SwitzerlandInternational Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent
Patek Philippe MuseumPatek Philippe Museum

Travel details

Travel dates
Oct 12 - Oct 16

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2

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Day 1

Day 1 in Geneva - Arrival Day

  • Geneva - Arrival Day
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  • St Pierre Cathedral
  • Palais des Nations
  • Brunswick Monument
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Your amazing road trip adventure in Switzerland begins when you reach the incredible city of Geneva. There, you'll have your choice of the best hotels and places to stay.

One of the best luxury places you could stay in the city of Geneva is the Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva. This 5-star hotel is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,364 guests.

We also recommend the best 4-star hotels, like the Hotel Novotel Geneve Centre. This hotel has an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars by 1,336 guests.

Alternatively, the best cheap hotel in the city of Geneva is the Geneva Hostel. This 3-star hotel is rated an average of 3.9 out of 5 stars by 1,824 guests.

If these hotels are not available during your trip to the city of Geneva, our system will automatically help you find the best hotel for your stay.

Geneva has many popular destinations you can explore. You could visit attractions like the incredible St Pierre Cathedral. This attraction is a church and has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 5,933 visitors.

Palais des Nations is another popular attraction in the city of Geneva. This unforgettable attraction is a government building and is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,160 visitors.

Another favorite attraction in the city of Geneva is Brunswick Monument. This outstanding travel destination has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,968 visitors.

When you’re ready for dinner, we recommend you try one of the best restaurants in the city of Geneva, Auberge de Savièse. The restaurant is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 3,055 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Geneva is Café du Soleil. This restaurant is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,890 customers.

Locals recommend Restaurant Les Armures as one of the best restaurants in the city of Geneva. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,758 customers.

Geneva also has several great bars that will fit all travel budgets. One of the best bars in the city of Geneva is Le Verre à Monique. This bar has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 365 customers.

Another of the best bars in the city of Geneva is Spinella. This bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 400 customers.

Locals also enjoy Black Sheep. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 320 customers.

Enjoy toasting the start of your 5-day vacation in Switzerland!

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Day 2

Day 2 in Geneva and Lucerne

  • Lucerne
  • Geneva
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  • The Geneva Water Fountain
  • Jardin Anglais
  • The Flower Clock
  • Bains des Pâquis
  • Geneva Botanical Garden and Greenhouse
  • More

Day 2 of your road trip through Switzerland gives you the opportunity to experience two places in one day. You’ll be able to choose how much time you want to spend in each area, where you’ll have the chance to visit attractions like the unforgettable The Geneva Water Fountain, Jardin Anglais, The Flower Clock, and many more.

One of the best places to visit in the city of Geneva is the amazing The Geneva Water Fountain. This attraction is a park and is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 13,162 visitors.

You could also stop at the incredible urban park, Jardin Anglais.

Another unforgettable travel destination in the city of Geneva is the outstanding The Flower Clock.

Bains des Pâquis is another popular attraction you can visit in the city of Geneva. This spectacular attraction has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 6,500 visitors.

If you’re keen to explore even more, then consider a visit to the fantastic Geneva Botanical Garden and Greenhouse. This botanical garden is a popular attraction with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 6,397 visitors.

At the end of the day, you will drive to the city of Lucerne, where will have access to the best hotels and places to stay.

One of the best hotel options in the city of Lucerne is the 4-star Art Deco Hotel Montana. This hotel has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,445 guests.

You can also stay at one of the best 5-star hotel. The hotel Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern is a luxurious place to stay in the city of Lucerne. This hotel is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,587 guests.

If you’re looking for the best cheap hotel, we recommend staying at the 3-star Hotel Seeburg Luzern. This 3-star hotel has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 845 guests.

After a long day of driving and exploring, we recommend you try Bierliebe & Friends, one of the best restaurants in the city of Lucerne. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 680 customers.

Locals also recommend Grottino 1313 as one of the best restaurants in the city of Lucerne. Grottino 1313 is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 624 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Lucerne is Mill'Feuille. This restaurant has been rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,538 customers.

After dinner, visit Bierliebe & Friends, which is considered one of the best bars in the city of Lucerne. This bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 680 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular bar like Suite small plates & cocktails. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,046 customers.

Alternatively, Shamrock Irish Pub is one of the best bars that locals recommend in the city of Lucerne. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 833 customers.

Raise your glass in celebration of your incredible road trip adventure through Switzerland!

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Day 3

Day 3 in Lucerne and Zurich

  • Zurich
  • Lucerne
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  • Chapel Bridge
  • Lion Monument
  • Lindenhof
  • Zoo Zürich
  • Lausanne Cathedral
  • AQUATIS Aquarium-Vivarium
  • The Olympic Museum
  • More

Day 3 of your road trip through Switzerland gives you the opportunity to experience two places in one day.

One of the best places to visit in the city of Lucerne is the amazing Chapel Bridge. This attraction is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 23,575 visitors.

You could also do sightseeing at the incredible Lion Monument. This sculpture has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 15,658 visitors.

You could then travel to the amazing Lindenhof in the city of Zurich for some sightseeing. This popular attraction is a square and has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 9,136 visitors.

Another unforgettable travel destination in the city of Zurich is the outstanding Zoo Zürich. This zoo has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 22,113 visitors.

You’ll also have your choice of the best hotels and places to stay in the city of Zurich.

One of the best hotel options in the city of Zurich is the 4-star hotel Crowne Plaza Zurich. This hotel has an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars by 1,939 guests.

You can also stay at one of the best 5-star hotel. The hotel The Dolder Grand is a luxurious place to stay in the city of Zurich. This hotel is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 2,081 guests. This 3-star hotel has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 841 guests.

After a long day of driving and exploring, we recommend you try Weisses Rössli, one of the best restaurants in the city of Zurich. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 525 customers.

Locals also recommend Zeughauskeller as one of the best restaurants in the city of Zurich. Zeughauskeller is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 7,976 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Zurich is Swiss Chuchi Restaurant. This restaurant has been rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 3,383 customers.

After dinner, visit Old Crow, which is considered one of the best bars in the city of Zurich. This bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 935 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular bar like Tales Bar. This bar has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 628 customers.

Alternatively, Kennedy's Irish Pub is one of the best bars that locals recommend in the city of Zurich. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,395 customers.

Raise your glass in celebration of your incredible road trip adventure through Switzerland!

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Day 4

Day 4 in Zurich, Basel, and Geneva

  • Basel
  • Geneva
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  • Rhine Falls
  • Middle Bridge, Basel
  • Zoo Basel
  • Chaplin's World
  • Freddie Mercury statue
  • Les Bains de Lavey
  • Chillon Castle
  • More

You’ll have time to visit two of the most popular areas in Switzerland on day 4 of your road trip.

One of the best places to explore in the region of Zurich is Rhine Falls. This excellent attraction is a waterfall that has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 55,592 visitors.

You could then travel to Middle Bridge, Basel for some unforgettable sightseeing in the city of Basel. This popular attraction is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 5,236 visitors.

Another of the best travel destinations in the city of Basel is Zoo Basel. This outstanding zoo has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 12,733 visitors.

You’ll have your choice of the best hotels and places to stay in the city of Geneva.

One of the best hotel options in the city of Geneva is the 4-star hotel Hotel Novotel Geneve Centre. This hotel has an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars by 1,336 guests.

Or, you could enjoy a stay at an exclusive 5-star hotel. The Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva is a luxurious place to stay in the city of Geneva. This hotel is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,364 guests.

If you’re looking for the best cheap hotel, we recommend staying at the 3-star hotel Geneva Hostel. This 3-star hotel has an average rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars by 1,824 guests.

After a long day of traveling and sightseeing, we recommend you try one of the best restaurants in the city of Geneva, Tartares & Co. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 707 customers.

Locals recommend Bologne as one of the best restaurants in the city of Geneva. Bologne is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 244 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Geneva is Restaurant Vieux Bois. This restaurant has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 111 customers.

After dinner, visit one of the top bars in the city of Geneva, Mulligans Irish Bar. This popular bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 291 customers.

You could also relax with a drink at a popular bar like L'Apothicaire Cocktail-Club. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 268 customers.

Roi Ubu is a popular bar that locals recommend in the city of Geneva. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 265 customers.

Be sure to celebrate another day of your incredible road trip adventure through Switzerland with a toast!

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Day 5

Day 5 in Geneva - Departure Day

  • Geneva - Departure Day
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  • Musée d'Art et d'Histoire
  • International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent
  • Patek Philippe Museum
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Day 5 of your road trip in Switzerland is your departure day. This is your chance to catch one last glimpse of Geneva before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. When you have time to explore the area before you make your way home, we recommend visiting some of the following attractions.

Musée d'Art et d'Histoire is an extraordinary attraction you could visit to enjoy your last day in Geneva. This art museum and popular site of interest has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,409.

If you're interested in seeing something else, the International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent museum is another great option. According to 1,771 reviews, adding up to an average score of 4.5 out of 5 stars, this attraction certainly lives up to its reputation.

You can also stop at Patek Philippe Museum technology museum to capture the beauty and wonder of Geneva one last time. This outstanding attraction is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,740.

Your accommodation will also be strategically located for some last-minute shopping in the city of Geneva before you conclude your short European break.

You’ll then say farewell to Switzerland and begin your journey home, now filled with memories of unforgettable experiences in Switzerland!

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