Supercar driving tour through the Swiss Alps
Issue 12 / 01 March 2019
Supercar driving tour through the Swiss Alps

Experience the most iconic alpine passes and mountain roads in the Swiss Alps behind the wheel of your chosen supercar.

Serena Norton

Our tailor-made supercar experience allows you to experience the most iconic alpine passes and mountain roads in the Alps behind the wheel of your dream car. Whether it be a Ferrari 488 GTB, a Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet or a Maserati GranCabrio MC, what better way to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Swiss Alps?

From Zurich to Grindelwald

DAY 1:
Just under an hour’s drive from Zurich will bring you to the picturesque town of Lucerne. Take the opportunity to stretch your legs around the shores of Lake Lucerne and admire the medieval Chapel Bridge which is considered to be one of the oldest, covered wooden bridges in Europe. You can also enjoy some culture at the Sammlung Rosengart Museum which comprises one of the greatest private collections of 20th-century art, including more than 100 paintings by Picasso, as well as dozens more by Klee and Matisse.

From Lucerne, it is an hour and a half’s drive, through picture-perfect villages and farmlands to Grindelwald.

STAY: Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof, Grindelwald (2 nights)
This double-gabled chalet hotel nestled in beautiful gardens offers spectacular Alpine views, fantastic wellness facilities and three restaurants. The hotel also has three exclusive chalets linked to the hotel via an underground corridor - Mittellegi, Ostegg & Rotstöcki .

DAY 2:
Nestled at the head of the Lütschen Valley beneath the towering Wetterhorn, Eiger and Mettenberg, Grindelwald’s setting is a true Alpine paradise. There are a whole host of ways to spend your day in this traditional Swiss village.

The resort offers 300km of well-signposted hiking trails -one of the most popular is the 5.9 kilometre round trip walk to Lake Bachalpsee at 2,265 metres above sea level. If you’re lucky enough to visit on a sunny day, you’ll be rewarded with a reflection of the towering alpine peaks in the lake. The hike to Lake Bachalpsee takes around 50 minutes in each direction and meanders through pastures blooming with alpine flowers and overlooking the lush green valley below dotted with grazing cows and alpine chalets.
There are also a number of mountain activities on offer - from mountain carting and gliders to trottibikes, canyoning and rafting there is plenty to amuse thrill-seekers.

From Grindelwald to Andermatt

DAY 3:
An interesting stop on this part of the journey is Meiringen. Famous as the birthplace of meringues and for the ‘death’ of Sherlock Holmes. Walk or take the funicular up to the Reichenbach Falls where Holmes plunged to his death, only to be resurrected three years later.
Back in the car and from here it is a steady climb, past the retreating Stein Glacier to the beginning of the Susten Pass. Down at Wassen (916m) make sure you take the old road south, not the motorway, for a more scenic route.

Susten Pass - described by some as a prince among mountain passes, Susten is part of what is collectively referred to as the “Big 3” passes. Completed in 1945, this was the first road to be built specifically for cars. Regarded as one of the most beautiful roads in Europe, the pass is full of variety, incorporating sweeping valley roads, amazing uninterrupted views, and switchbacks which take you to the summit of the pass at 2224m

When Porsche launched a special limited edition of their evergreen 911 sports car in 2016, they used the Susten pass for the promotional video.

Depending on what time you arrive in Andermatt, this quaint village has a lot to offer. Explore its amazing heights on bike or hop onto the Furka steam train on your way to the Rhone glacier. Golfers can take on the challenge of the Kurt Rossknecht designed 18-hole par 72 championship course.

STAY: The Chedi, Andermatt ( 1 night)
Occupying a beautiful seat at 1,447m above sea level, between the Oberalp, St. Gotthard and Furka passes, The Chedi matches its setting with an intriguing Swiss-Asian aesthetic, lavish rooms, a Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant and a hedonistic spa with 35-metre pool.

Andermatt to Verbier

DAY 4:
On leaving Andermatt make sure to take the route of the Furka Pass for mesmerizing views of glaciers, craggy mountaintops and scenic forests.

Furka Pass - immortalised by the Aston DB5 / Ford Mustang car chase in James Bond’s Goldfinger, this stunning pass is another of the “Big 3” passes. The dramatic road rises 2,429m above sea level provides both challenging driving and some of the world’s most breathtaking views.

The route will take you past the Binntal Landscape Park and Grengiols, home to a unique wild tulip that can only found in the village and on the surrounding slopes.
You will pass through the larger town of Brig, home to Stockalper Palace which is one of the most important baroque palaces in Switzerland, and Sion, the capital of the Canton of Valais with an important 7,000-year history, charming old town, vineyards and castles.

STAY: No. 14, Verbier (3 nights) Described as the “World’s Greatest Chalet”, No. 14 exudes contemporary luxury with the highest quality fixtures and fittings and custom-made furniture by Ben Whistler in London. Operating as a boutique hotel in summer, the chalet has incredible facilities which include a 10-metre indoor swimming pool, spa with hammam, cold plunge pool and Jacuzzi and two outdoor cedar hot tubs, as well as a home cinema room.

DAY 5-7:
Verbier hosts a variety of fantastic events during the summer months. You might like to tie your trip in with the Verbier Festival which showcases some of the world’s top classical musicians (18 July - 3 August 2019).

Verbier is also a great base for exploring the Valais area. Recommended day trips include discovering the wineries down the valley, a scenic drive via the Great St. Bernard Pass to Aosta in Italy, or a trip to the Mauvoisin Dam which sits at the very end of the Val de Bagnes.

In Verbier itself, mountain biking is a big draw with hundreds of kilometres of biking trails ranging in terrain and gradient. For a bird eye’s view why not take to the sky and take a tandem paragliding flight. There are also many rock climbing sites in the Bagnes Valley, suitable for beginners and advanced climbers.

Verbier to Gstaad

DAY 7:
On the way to Gstaad, it is worth taking a detour to Montreux, a beautiful lakeside town on the shores of Lake Geneva where Lord Byron and Shelley found inspiration. Here you can find Chateau de Chillon, a 13th-century fortress and Switzerland’s most visited historical building. The lakefront promenade is said to be the finest in Switzerland. The Montreux Jazz Festival which takes place from 28 June - 13 July 2019 is also well worth attending.

STAY: Ultima Gstaad, Gstaad (2 nights)
Nestled in the heart of the village, this luxury boutique hotel offers a unique experience in the peace and privacy of your own chalet with all the comforts of a luxury hotel. Choose from 11 superb suites and six fantastic residences, while dining in the Italian restaurant, indulging in the Spa by La Prairie and Aesthetic Clinic and making use of a bespoke personalised butler service to take care of you during your stay.

DAY 8:
As well as hiking, biking and swimming in mountain lakes, Gstaad is a hub for shoppers. Some of the world’s most famous designers have stores in the famous Gstaad Promenade - perfect for a summer shopping spree.

Gstaad hosts a number of events over the warmer months - combine your trip with the Gstaad Menuhin Festival (18 July - 6 September 2019), The Swiss Open Gstaad (20 - 28 July 2019) or the Hublot Polo World Cup (22 - 25 August 2019).

Gstaad to Geneva

DAY 9:
Enjoy the scenic drive back to Geneva airport which takes you around the banks of Lake Geneva. Worth a visit is the grand Cathedral of Notre Dame in Lausanne. Take a stroll around the maze of cobbled streets before climbing the steps to the Olympic Museum which celebrates the pinnacle of sporting prowess.

So if you can see yourself racing across mountain passes and taking on some of the world's most thrilling hairpin bends this summer, then what are you waiting for? Get in touch with us now and we will provide you with a tailored quote and a supercar of your choice via our exclusive partner Edel & Stark.

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