7-Day Switzerland Road Trip from Geneva to Basel and Zurich

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7 days & 6 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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6 nights included
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7 days included
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Explore the best of Switzerland on a 7-day road trip! Uncover hidden gems and experience the rich culture firsthand as you journey through Geneva, Veytaux, Montreux, Corsier-sur-Vevey, Basel, Neuhausen, Zurich, Lucerne, and Bern. This road trip itinerary in Switzerland seamlessly combines exploration with relaxation.

This perfectly planned road trip itinerary in Switzerland takes you through some of the best places to see in the country. You will spend 3 nights in Geneva, 1 night in Basel, and 2 nights in Zurich. Anticipate well-spent days sightseeing, eating delicious food, and experiencing the highlights of each destination!

With this travel package, you can choose from an extensive selection of accommodations along your road trip route in Switzerland. We have handpicked the best hotels and places to stay across the country, including options for each budget. Whether you are in the mood for luxurious 5-star hotels or budget-friendly bed and breakfasts, we have got you covered.

Upon arriving in Geneva, the rental vehicle of your choice will be ready for collection. From there, the road trip can begin! Experience the ultimate freedom and uncover Switzerland on your own terms.

An expertly curated travel plan makes sure you don’t miss out on any of the best things to see and do on your road trip in Switzerland. Rhine Falls and Chapel Bridge are just a couple of the bucket-list attractions that await your discovery.

As you hit the open road and drive through Geneva, Veytaux, Montreux, Corsier-sur-Vevey, Basel, Neuhausen, Zurich, Lucerne, and Bern, you will also enjoy plenty of opportunities to uncover hidden gems and experience the authentic charm of Switzerland. Whether you are exploring enchanting towns and villages, discovering scenic routes, or indulging in local cuisine, there is always something new and exciting to experience in Switzerland.

Throughout your road trip in Switzerland, take breaks from sightseeing to explore your favorite destinations' top shopping streets and markets. Discover unique souvenirs that will forever remind you of your self-drive adventure in Switzerland.

This package offers an all-in-one solution for your trip planning - choose flights, a rental car, accommodation, attractions, and tours that suit your needs and desires. You can customize each day of your road trip itinerary with flexible trip planning before and after booking.

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

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Flights, economy included
Hotel, 6 nights
Rental car, 7 days
CDW Insurance
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24/7 travel support

Destinations

Geneva skyline cityscape, French-Swiss in Switzerland. Aerial view of Jet d'eau fountain, Lake Leman, bay and harbor from the bell tower of Saint-Pierre Cathedral. Sunny day blue sky.Geneva / 3 nights
View of the Old Town of Basel with red stone Munster cathedral and the Rhine river, Switzerland.Basel / 1 night
Neuhausen
Corsier-sur-Vevey
Veytaux
Panoramic view of historic Zurich city center with famous Fraumunster, Grossmunster and St. Peter and river Limmat at Lake Zurich on a sunny day with clouds in summer, Canton of Zurich, SwitzerlandZurich / 2 nights
Photo of Castle Chillon one of the most visited castle in Montreux, Switzerland attracts more than 300,000 visitors every year.Montreux
Lucerne - town in SwitzerlandLucerne
Bern, Switzerland. View of the old city center and Nydeggbrucke bridge over river Aare.Bern

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Photo of Rhine Falls or Rheinfall, Switzerland panoramic aerial view.Rhine Falls
Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Luzern, SwitzerlandChapel Bridge
Photo of the landscape of the Zurich zoo, Switzerland.Zürich Zoo
Photo of Chillon Castle, Switzerland. Montreaux, Lake Geneve, one of the most visited castle in Swiss, attracts more than 300,000 visitors every year.Chillon Castle
Photo of Lucerne dying lion monument, Switzerland.Lion Monument
Photo of flower clock or L'horloge fleurie is a symbol of the city watchmakers, located in Jardin Anglais park in Geneva city in Switzerland.Jardin Anglais
The Geneva Water Fountain, Geneva, Grand Genève, SwitzerlandThe Geneva Water Fountain
Photo of Pink flamingos in the water in the zoo of Basel, Switzerland.Basel Zoo
Photo of a Bear is walking along edge of pool in Bern Bear Pit (Barengraben) in Bern Bear Park, Berne, Switzerland.Bear pit
Photo of bridge at Limmatquai in the city center of Zurich, Switzerland. People on the background. Seen from Lindenhof hill.Lindenhof
Photo of flower clock or L'horloge fleurie is a symbol of the city watchmakers, located in Jardin Anglais park in Geneva city in Switzerland.L'horloge fleurie
Photo of the property on the bank of lake Geneva, where Charlie Chaplin spent the last 25 years of his life, now part of the Chaplin's World museum, Switzerland.Chaplin's World
Photo of Bains des Paquis Public Baths at Lake Geneva, Switzerland.Bains des Pâquis
Photo of Grossmünster Romanesque-style Protestant church in Zürich, Switzerland.Grossmünster
Photo of Conservatory and Botanical Garden of the city of Geneva is a museum and an institution in Geneva city in Switzerland.Conservatory and Botanical Garden of the City of Geneva
Photo of Swiss National Museum or Landesmuseum in Zurich, Switzerland.Swiss National Museum
Freddie Mercury statue, Montreux, District de la Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut, Vaud, SwitzerlandFreddie Mercury statue
Broken ChairBroken Chair
Photo of the Basel Minster Cathedral in Switzerland.Basel Minster
St Pierre Cathedral, Cité, Geneva, Grand Genève, SwitzerlandSt Pierre Cathedral
photo of Middle bridge over Rhine River in Basel, Switzerland.Middle bridge
photo of a beautiful sky with green trees and beautiful roses in Rose Garden Bern in Switzerland.Rose Garden Bern
Golden Pass Railway, Montreux, District de la Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut, Vaud, SwitzerlandGolden Pass Railway

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Day 1

Day 1 – Geneva - arrival day

  • Geneva - Arrival day
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  • Bains des Pâquis
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Welcome to Geneva, the perfect starting point for your road trip in Switzerland! Pick up your rental car and let the adventure begin. You will spend 2 nights immersing yourself in Geneva's charm before embarking on the next leg of your journey.

Geneva is a beautiful city with plenty to discover. If you arrive before check-in time or prefer to get started on your sightseeing right away, we recommend checking out Bains des Pâquis or taking a stroll in the city center. Soak in the lovely atmosphere and sit down for a bit to eat or drink.

As afternoon approaches, head to your chosen hotel in Geneva. Check-in typically starts around 2 to 4 PM at hotels in Switzerland. We recommend staying at a hotel in a central location for easy access to the best attractions, restaurants, and bars in the city.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Geneva. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Treat yourself to an extraordinary dining experience at Tosca, a 1-star Michelin restaurant offering an incredible tuscan menu. Alternatively, if your taste buds call for something different, L'Atelier Robuchon is one of the best restaurants for french contemporary cuisine in Geneva. This 2-star Michelin-awardee earns consistently high praises from guests. We also recommend checking out the menu at Il Lago. As a top-rated it is an ideal choice for italian and mediterranean cuisine in the city.

Extend your evening after a delightful meal by visiting Roi Ubu, which offers the perfect atmosphere for a night out. Moreover, Le Bateau-Lavoir is another popular option for a drink or two. Likewise, Mulligans Irish Bar also provides a great ambiance for reminiscing about the day and raising a toast to your vacation.

Raise a toast to the start of your 7-day road trip in Switzerland!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Geneva

  • Geneva
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Drive 10 km, 51 min

  • St Pierre Cathedral
  • L'horloge fleurie
  • Jardin Anglais
  • Broken Chair
  • Conservatory and Botanical Garden of the City of Geneva
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On day 2 of your road trip, you will have an entire day to explore Geneva. You’ll stay in Geneva for 1 night and discover all the best things to see and do in the area.

When you’re ready for some sightseeing, make your way to St Pierre Cathedral. This much-appreciated church is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars in 7,386 reviews.

Next up is L'horloge fleurie. This floral clock has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 11,614 visitors.

Another top sightseeing recommendation is Jardin Anglais. This urban park has been rated 4.5 out of 5 stars in 18,129 reviews.

Broken Chair is another attraction you have the opportunity to visit today. This point of interest has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 7,465 reviews.

To continue your sightseeing, head over to Conservatory and Botanical Garden of the City of Geneva. This botanical garden is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 7,702 reviews.

Your discoveries in Geneva do not have to stop there. Check out the fantastic selection of tours and tickets offered in Geneva on this day of your trip. You can select your tours below.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Geneva. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

This renowned restaurant holds , and offers an exceptional menu of cuisine. Make sure to reserve a table at 22 grand'rue, an iconic dining spot in Geneva. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Café de Paris - Chez Boubier, a popular restaurant in Geneva. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Experience the culinary magic of Hôtel Métropole Genève, a hidden gem nestled in Geneva. Known for its exquisite cuisine and inviting atmosphere, it's a dining experience you won't soon forget.

Raise your glass and celebrate another amazing day of your road trip in Switzerland!

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Day 3

Day 3 – Geneva, Veytaux, Montreux, Corsier-sur-Vevey, and Basel

  • Basel
  • Veytaux
  • Montreux
  • Corsier-sur-Vevey
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Drive 300 km, 3 hours 41 min

  • Chillon Castle
  • Freddie Mercury statue
  • Golden Pass Railway
  • Chaplin's World
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Dive into day 3 of your remarkable road trip in Switzerland. Today you will explore Veytaux, Montreux, and Corsier-sur-Vevey, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Basel. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Geneva, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Veytaux. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 19 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Chillon Castle. This extraordinary museum is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 19,331 visitors.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Veytaux, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Montreux. This drive usually takes around 5 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Freddie Mercury statue. This sightseeing destination is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 7,801 visitors.

Golden Pass Railway is another popular attraction you could visit today. This sightseeing destination has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 2,676 visitors.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Basel. Basel offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at one of Basel's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

Experience a taste of local culinary excellence while in Basel by securing a table at Cheval Blanc by Peter Knogl. Esteemed as a 3-star Michelin restaurant, it features an exceptional classic french menu. For an alternative taste experience, visit roots, famous for its scrumptious modern and seasonal dishes. This 2-star Michelin venue consistently impresses guests, making it a standout addition to your holiday plans. Looking for another choice? Discover Stucki - Tanja Grandits, a local favorite celebrated for its exquisite creative and modern cuisine in Basel. Located in the heart of the city, this 2-star Michelin restaurant is an ideal pick for creative and modern cuisine lovers seeking top-notch culinary experiences.

Extend your evening after a delightful meal by visiting Schall und Rauch Bar, which offers the perfect atmosphere for a night out.

As the day draws to a close, take a moment to unwind and prepare for the next exciting chapter of your road trip in in Switzerland.

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Day 4

Day 4 – Basel, Neuhausen, and Zurich

  • Zurich
  • Basel
  • Neuhausen
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Drive 146 km, 2 hours 38 min

  • Middle bridge
  • Basel Minster
  • Basel Zoo
  • Rhine Falls
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On day 4 of your road trip in Switzerland, you will get a true taste of the freedom a self-drive vacation in Europe entails. Today’s travel plans include stops at the most scenic, wondrous, and interesting places in Basel and Neuhausen. In the evening, you’ll end up in Zurich, where you will stay for 2 nights.

When you’re ready for some sightseeing, make your way to middle bridge. This much-appreciated road bridge is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars in 6,025 reviews.

Next up is Basel Minster. This cathedral has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 7,442 visitors.

Another top sightseeing recommendation is Basel Zoo. This zoo has been rated 4.5 out of 5 stars in 15,178 reviews. Every year, 2,012,511 travelers include this attraction on their travel itinerary.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Basel, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Neuhausen may take around 1 hour 26 min. Upon your arrival in Neuhausen, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Rhine Falls. This waterfall is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 70,505 visitors.

At the end of the day, you will drive to Zurich, where you'll have a room waiting for you at the perfect place to stay. Check in and enjoy some downtime.

After a long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in Zurich.

Experience a harmony of flavors at Widder Restaurant in Zurich by securing a reservation in advance. Known for its 2-star Michelin status, Widder Restaurant offers a delightful variety of dishes highlighting its delicious modern french and contemporary menu. If you're seeking an alternative culinary experience, be sure to explore IGNIV Zürich by Andreas Caminada, a highly recommended restaurant known for its enticing sharing and modern cuisine. This popular 2-star Michelin-awarded venue consistently exceeds expectations, ensuring a memorable holiday experience. Ready for another culinary adventure? Indulge your senses at The Restaurant, a highly acclaimed restaurant celebrated for its exceptional creative and modern menu.

Keep the evening going at Rio Bar, a great choice for enjoying the after-dinner hours with a drink. You could also go to La Stanza, which offers a similarly pleasant setting and great drinks. Another option is Kon-Tiki Coffeeshop & Bar, which provides an inviting environment for unwinding after a busy day out.

Relax and recharge in preparation for another adventurous day in Switzerland!

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Day 5

Day 5 – Zurich

  • Zurich
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Drive 10 km, 53 min

  • Zürich Zoo
  • Grossmünster
  • Lindenhof
  • Swiss National Museum
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Day 5 of your road trip will take you to the best attractions Zurich has to offer. Cherish the 1 night you have left in Zurich by discovering the best things there are to see and do in the city.

Your sightseeing of the day begins at Zürich Zoo, a remarkable zoo where it’s easy to get lost in exploration. This top attraction is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 26,267 reviews.

Next, satisfy your wanderlust at Grossmünster. This church building has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 8,297 travelers.

Lindenhof is another must-visit attraction. This renowned square offers a memorable experience, well worth a stop on your self-guided sightseeing tour. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 11,365 travelers, it's one of the more popular places to see in the area.

Beyond the above-mentioned sites, you also have the opportunity to visit Swiss National Museum. This well-loved organization boasts a 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 8,085 reviews.

Immerse yourself in the local scene through top-rated tours and activities. You can choose from a wide variety of easy to challenging tours and easily add them to your travel package below.

After a day of adventure, treat yourself to an exquisite dinner at one of Zurich's best restaurants.

Enjoy a delicious meal at Aurora, a highly-rated dining destination in Zurich. If you're eager to try something different, consider Kafi Dihei, another top spot with a tantalizing menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Weisses Rössli. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s an excellent choice to enhance your stay in Zurich this evening.

After your delicious meal, get a taste of the vibrant nightlife with a visit to Ebrietas Bar, known for its inviting atmosphere. Rimini Bar is another great option if you’re looking for a place to get the night started.

Relax and recharge in preparation for another adventurous day in Switzerland!

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Day 6

Day 6 – Zurich, Lucerne, Bern, and Geneva

  • Geneva
  • Lucerne
  • Bern
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Drive 329 km, 4 hours 10 min

  • Lion Monument
  • Chapel Bridge
  • Bear pit
  • Rose Garden Bern
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 6 of your road trip in Switzerland. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 2 vibrant destinations - Lucerne and Bern. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Geneva. You will spend 1 night here for some well-deserved relaxation.

Set your GPS to Lucerne and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 45 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Lucerne beckons with new experiences!

When you're ready to see some sights, Lion Monument Lucerne is a great place to start. This sculpture is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 20,294 visitors.

Another popular attraction you can visit today is Chapel Bridge. This point of interest has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 29,995 travelers.

After soaking in Lucerne’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Bern. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 1 hour 15 min. When you arrive in Bern, it's time to take a break from the road.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to bear pit. This architectural structure is a popular stop on travelers’ itineraries in Bern, with an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 13,960 visitors.

Rose Garden Bern is another popular place of interest you can visit today. The average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 4,381 reviews gives you an idea of other visitors’ experience at this attraction.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Geneva, where you'll have a hotel waiting for you. Check in and spend some time relaxing before you head out to explore the city.

As you are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in Geneva. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

Enjoy a delicious meal at Bologne, a top-rated dining destination in Geneva. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Restaurant Les Armures, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Demi Lune Café. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Geneva this evening.

Get a good night's sleep and look forward to another great day on the road in Switzerland!

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Day 7

Day 7 – Geneva - departure day

  • Geneva - Departure day
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  • The Geneva Water Fountain
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Day 7 of your road trip in Switzerland is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Geneva before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

On your last day in Switzerland, take time to indulge in shopping at Geneva’s popular marketplace. Thanks to your accommodation’s strategic location, the city’s bustling commercial district is only a stone’s throw away, giving you ample time to leisurely explore the area, filled with local shops.

Take time to find the perfect present, reminding you of the charms of Switzerland. Each store here is brimming with unique finds. These souvenirs will help you treasure your memories of Switzerland forever.

Seize the day by visiting some of the best attractions in the area, like The Geneva Water Fountain. This extraordinary park has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 16,281 visitors.

Before you conclude your road trip in Switzerland, drop by another restaurant for a last chance at a memorable dining experience in Geneva.

If you're eager to try something different, consider Les Brasseurs, another top spot with a tantalizing menu.

You’ll then say farewell to Geneva. Drive to the airport, return your car, and take the opportunity to get some last-minute souvenirs before you board your flight home. We wish you a pleasant journey and hope you leave with many wonderful memories of your road trip in Switzerland!

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