April till October
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Discover the beautiful regions of Switzerland on a 3 day scenic tour behind the wheel of the latest Audi S5. Our Honeymoon driving holiday and vacation combines 3 days driving some of the most beautiful mountain roads and lakeside routes in Switzerland, with romantic evenings on the shores of Lake Geneva, in the picturesque lakeside resort of Vevey, in the heart of the Lavaux vineyards and wine terraces. Car: Audi S5 Cabriolet - other performance and supercars cars available on request.
Day 1 - Arrive Zurich
Arrive at Zurich airport, private transfer to the Widder Hotel where we will meet / greet and walk you through the itinerary for the break. Spend the afternoon exploring the cafes and boutiques of Zurich's old town, or take a stroll along the world famous Bahnhofstrasse, down to the shores of lake Zurich.
Spend the evening in the city, either take in a show at the opera house, visit one of the coolest clubs in Zurich with VIP entry, or spend a more relaxed and romantic evening at the hotels Gourmet restaurant. Later that afternoon you will be met by your Ultimate Drives drive concierge who will provide you with a full walk through of the 3 days of driving, handover the driving notes, maps and itinerary and answer any questions you might have.
That evening we have arranged an intimate dinner for you at the Terrace Restaurant on the banks of the river Limmat.
Day 2 - Drive south through the central Swiss Alps to Vevey
Your car is delivered to hotel and we will provide a detailed walk through of the car, plus of course the navigation unit which will have each of your daily drives (including routes and stop points) pre- programmed.
Drive to your base hotel, the Grand Hotel du Lac in Vevey. First take a pleasant run south skirting the shores of Lake Luzern, then just south of the city turn off and start the ascent across the rugged and often isolated Glaubenbielen pass. Initially this pass winds its way up through lush green meadowland, before the scenery starts to become more alpine like, with a final ascent into a beautiful forest area. From the peak follow the valley through several ski villages, before turning south again, direction Thun. Now you will head along the beautiful Schallenbrg valley, lush green, and wide open sweeping roads between a collection of small villages running along the valley floor, you then rise up and the Schallenberg pass. This whole stretch is set the shadow of the Jungfrau. For us, driving this valley is one of the best, not for the dramatic peaks, these are further south, but the long sweeping roads, with endless views down the long wide valley in the direction of the Jungfrau.
Once through Thun, head south west along the Simme river valley. Where the road splits, instead of heading in the direction of Gstaad, go right and over the beautiful Juanpass. Once over the pass, you will turn left direction Lake Geneva and Vevey, then complete your journey to you hotel, the Grand Hotel du Lac, set directly on the shores of Lake Geneva, arriving in time to take late afternoon tea in their gardens overlooking the lake.
Dependent on your energy levels, take a stroll into the village of Vevey (3 minutes walk) or perhaps visit the Spa. Later relax in the hotels funky bar and prepare yourself for dinner, there are two wonderful restaurants at the hotel to choose from, plus numerous options in the village, you won`t be disappointed for choice.
Day 3 - Tour of Lake Geneva and the Lavaux Wine Region
After breakfast on the hotels terrace, it`s time to set off for you main driving adventure.
The initial drive takes you north, and once again over the beautiful Juan Pass, however, instead of heading direction Gruyers after completing the pass, continue on, direction Montreux. The elevated highway winds its way beautifully down to the shores of the lake, where you will drive a short stretch of the lake along the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces from Vevey to Cully with a private tasting at the beautiful Domaine Louis Bovard vineyard.
So famous are its historical roots (some say stretching back all the way to the Roman Empire), that UNESCO designated the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces as a World Heritage site in 2007. The Lavaux vineyards stretch along the northern shores of Lake Geneva from Lausanne to Chateau de Chillon, with an extensive network of footpaths allowing visitors to ramble through the vineyards while taking in the scenic views of Lake Geneva on the one side and the Alps on the other. For this break you can enjoy this area by driving along the Corniche, an idyllic roadway that passes through the winegrowing area, studded with grand houses, vaulted wine cellars, romantic bistros and, everywhere one looks, stunning scenery
Next drive back along the shores of the lake direction of Montreux, where you will stop for a late lunch in Montruex - on request we can make a reservation at the exclusive Michelin starred L'ERMITAGE restaurant, where you can dine in their gardens with wonderful views across the lake, quite breathtaking.
After lunch, you can take a quick diversion to visit the famous Chateau de Chillion on the shores of the lake, or if castles aren't your thing, start your journey back to Gstaad. The drive back initially takes you south to the town of Aigle, one of the leading wine producing centres in the region. Once at Aigle, you head to the town of Villars-sur Ollon, and over the dramatic Col de la Croix pass, an amazingly twisty and bumpy pass, that almost leaves you laughing when you arrive in Les Diablerets at the foot. From here, continue over the Col du Pillion, another great stretch of road, but a lot less bumpy, completing your journey back to Vevey.
Arrive back at the hotel around 18:00, for late afternoon drinks, or maybe a splash in the hotels wonderful indoor pool, with views across the private park that the hotel is set in.
OPTIONAL EXTRA DAY - Relax on the lake or a spa day
Today there are a few options. You can take a short drive from Vevey and visit the medieval fortified town of Gruyers, famous for its cheeses, as well as being one of the most well preserved villages anywhere in Switzerland. We recommend you stop for a fondue lunch, even in the sunshine this can be a wonderful experience under the shaded awnings of the restaurants that surround the main square, with a glass of cool white to help. Another more energetic option would be to spend the day mountain biking around the wine terraces of the Lavaux region. A final relaxing option would be to spend the day relaxing in the Hotel's beautiful intimate spa
Day 4 - Return to Zurich via the central Swiss Alps
This final drive back takes you along the elevated highway that runs south of lakes Thuner and Breinzer, before a dramatic left turn, up and over the Susten Pass.
The Susten pass is one of the most dramatic and beautiful passes in the Alps, with long sweeping roads cut directly into the rock faces of this valley, followed by a steep descent through some luch green alpine forests, a bit of a taster for our central Switzerland break, maybe next time.
From here, continue north along the main highway to Zurich, however, dependent on time available to you, you can divert and also tackle the Klaussen pass. Here there is a nice cafe at the summit where you can stop for a quick bite, before completing your journey back to Zurich, around 2 hours from this point.
That evening we have a number of recommended restaurants in the city we can make you reservations at, or if you fancy a show at Zurich's opera house or VIP entry into the best clubs in the city, these can all be arranged as part of our service.
Day 5 - Final Day in Zurich
Spend your final day in Zurich exploring further the beautiful old town, and maybe taking in some shopping along Bahnhofstrasse, before a stroll along the lakeside promenade. Later that day you will be transferred by limo once again back to the airport.
Our honeymoon package includes: