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Driving Tours in the Alps

Explore Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy and beyond on an expertly crafted Alps driving tour. You’ll step into fairytale castles, marvel at towering peaks and stroll around chalet-style villages. All self-drive trips include accommodation, car rental, hand-marked maps, and 24/7 support.

Alps self-drive tours

Discover breathtaking mountains, idyllic towns, and fairytale palaces on an Alps road trip. Experience the highlights of up to 5 countries, where you could explore Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Liechtenstein.

Germany, Austria & Switzerland
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12 days / 11 nights
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Classic Alps

Germany, Switzerland & Austria

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Germany & Austria
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7 days / 6 nights
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Germany & Austria Express

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Germany, Austria & Switzerland
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10 days / 9 nights
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Express Alps

Germany, Switzerland & Austria

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Germany, Austria & Switzerland
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17 days / 16 nights
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Complete Alps

Germany, Switzerland & Austria

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17 days / 16 nights
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Switzerland Self-Drive Tours

For a journey of a lifetime, head out on a self-drive trip through the dramatic landscapes of Switzerland. Soak up the sights as you navigate mountain passes, explore medieval towns and relax by blue lakes.

Switzerland
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7 days / 6 nights
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Express Switzerland

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Switzerland
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10 days / 9 nights
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Switzerland Road Trip

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Switzerland
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10 days / 9 nights
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Classic Switzerland

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Switzerland
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14 days / 13 nights
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Switzerland at Leisure

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14 days / 13 nights
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About Alps Self-Drive Tours

Make lifelong memories when you take the wheel on these carefully curated driving tours of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and beyond. Immerse yourself in the local culture and take in views of jagged peaks, charming towns and dazzling lakes as you go.

When you book a self-drive tour of the Alps with Nordic Visitor, you can expect:

• An authentic travel experience operated by a trusted local company
• A dedicated, locally based travel consultant to arrange your trip
• A detailed personal itinerary and hand-marked route map
Car rental with unlimited mileage and CDW insurance
Handpicked accommodation for a relaxing stay
24/7 phone support during your travels for peace of mind

To begin your trip with Nordic Visitor, follow these simple steps:

1. Pick your favourite Nordic Visitor tour
2. Confirm (or customise) your package
3. Check your confirmation email
4. Book your flights
5. Get ready for your trip

Why choose Nordic Visitor

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Secure your trip your way with Nordic Visitor. Book a tour with as little as 10% deposit. With a 20% deposit or more, you will receive our cancellation insurance free of charge. You can also pay the full price right away to guarantee today’s exchange rate. Terms & conditions apply.

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Trusted travel experts

Established in 2002, Nordic Visitor is a leading European travel agency. You’ll get insider knowledge from your Alps-based travel consultant, who has driven the routes, visited the attractions, and explored the area extensively. You can rely on our experienced team to plan your ultimate getaway.

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Car insurance included

We know the journey is as important as the destination. That’s why your Alps self-drive tour will include Collision Damage Waiver insurance, third-party liability, theft protection, 24/7 emergency roadside assistance, and unlimited mileage. Plus, you have the freedom to pick the type of rental car you want.

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Our dedicated teams deliver excellent service quality, and this is reflected year after year when TripAdvisor awards us with their Certificate of Excellence. We also take great pride in our customer feedback: 97% of our travellers say they would recommend us to friends and family.

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You are in good hands

There’s always a travel expert on call 24/7 to handle any unforeseen situations during your trip. Whether it's an unexpected event or weather issue, we will update your itinerary while keeping you safe and informed. This means you can take the wheel with confidence, knowing we are there for you should you need support.

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Full financial protection

With Nordic Visitor, you have peace of mind knowing your tour arrangements with us are 100% financially protected. Your payments are safeguarded as we comply with European Union laws on Package Travel regulations. This guarantees you a refund in the unlikely event of insolvency.

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Flexible tour options

Our tours are designed so that you’ll drive the scenic mountain roads, visit top attractions and create unforgettable memories. But you can make the itinerary your own by adding extra nights or optional excursions, as well as upgrading your accommodation. Customise your tour when you book online or speak to your dedicated consultant.

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These Alps self-drive tours are brand new, but you can read what our customers had to say about their road trips in Switzerland.

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LindaUnited States

The hotels were all lovely and in good locations. We used the suggestions of places to visit. We also appreciated the... read more

The hotels were all lovely and in good locations. We used the suggestions of places to visit. We also appreciated the extra hints about parking near the hotels.

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RichUnited States

Most gorgeous, clean country. We particularly liked the hotel in Grindewald. Accommodation was beautiful and the... read more

Most gorgeous, clean country. We particularly liked the hotel in Grindewald. Accommodation was beautiful and the owner couldn't have been more welcoming. Excellent. We didn't understand that the falls were a detour and had to go all the way back to Zurich to go to Bern.

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Your Alps Road Trip Highlights

Picture yourself venturing out on one of the most scenic drives in Europe, where you’ll tick off several countries from your travel wish list. Take the wheel, and soon you could…

  • Explore the historic Alpine town of Zermatt, nestled below the Matterhorn, a symbol of the Swiss Alps
  • Visit the UNESCO-preserved old town of Salzburg and its filming locations from The Sound of Music
  • Reach the "Top of Europe" via train at Jungfraujoch for unrivalled views of the valleys below
  • Step into a fairytale at Neuschwanstein Castle, a grand palace perched on a forested hill in Bavaria
  • Cross the border into northern Italy to stand on the picturesque shores of Lake Como and Lake Maggiore
  • Feast your eyes on medieval architecture in Lucerne and stroll across the 14th-century Chapel Bridge
  • Sample renowned beer and bratwurst (sausage) in Munich, the capital of Germany’s Bavarian region
  • Soak up the scenery as you drive the winding Gotthard Pass, known as the “King of Mountain Passes”
  • Hike trails from Grindelwald, a chalet-style village beneath peaks including the Eiger and Jungfrau

Frequently Asked Questions About
Self-Drive Germany, Austria and Switzerland Tours

Read on for more information about your Alps driving tour. You’ll find answers to the most commonly asked questions and be ready for a seamless and unforgettable trip.

Plus, when you choose Nordic Visitor, you can Book With Confidence, safe in the knowledge that your payments are protected. Or, if you’re looking for information on our processes and payment details, check out these booking terms and FAQs

Yes, you can drive through the Alps. And we highly recommend you go for it!

The Alps span 8 European countries, including France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Austria, Liechtenstein, Slovenia and Monaco. What’s more, with open borders, it’s easy to travel between each nation. You’ll drive well-maintained Alpine roads, winding through the mountains, enjoying stunning views of landscapes, and stopping off at charming villages.

Once you’re on the way, you’ll likely find plenty of service stations (or gas stations) to stop off at to refuel. You should also leave time for extra breaks to admire the scenery.

Each country drives on the right-hand side of the road in the Alps. So it’ll be easy to continue driving as normal when you cross borders.

There are a few other things to bear in mind when on your trip. For example, you should take note of the changing speed limits, which will vary based on the road type and which country you’re in.

While taking the train is a great way to explore, driving in the Alps means you’ll have the flexibility to travel at your own pace. Plus, you’ll be able to uncover hidden gems and make spontaneous stops along the way. Not to mention, you’ll have an immersive experience as you weave through the enchanting scenery.

But you can still get your fix of train travel on your trip. For example, you can take the railway up the mountainside to places such as the Gornergrat ridge. You can also hop aboard cable cars for epic views of surrounding Alpine summits.

To learn more, read this guide to mountains in the Alps.

There are countless incredible routes you could take when driving in the Alps. Fortunately, our local experts have carefully curated itineraries to take you to the unmissable spots.

On all these self-drive Alps tours, you’ll take the scenic route to iconic sights, stay in handpicked accommodation and experience the best of Europe’s mountainous heart.

We recommend you start in Munich, in the picturesque Bavarian region of Germany. Explore dramatic castles, taste famous local cuisine, and catch your first glimpse of snowy peaks. Then, head south towards the dramatic peaks and bustling cities of Austria or Switzerland.

Whether you choose to drive through Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria or even Northern Italy, you can expect to see dramatic and memorable scenery. Feel immersed in the vivid beauty and warm hospitality of the Alps everywhere you go.

You can then end your tour by crossing back into Bavaria, with more grand palaces, quaint towns and natural sights to explore. Finish up back in Munich, having completed some of the world’s most iconic road trip routes.

You can have an incredible Alps road trip during spring, summer and autumn. During summer – June to September – you’ll enjoy warm weather, blooming wildflower meadows and plenty of alfresco dining. Plus, there’s less snow during these peak travel months, meaning the roads over Alpine passes will be open and accessible.

But, if you prefer a quieter experience, visit in spring, around May time, or in autumn, late September to October. This is because there are slightly fewer visitors around this time of year. And you’ll still get to enjoy mild weather as you explore the stunning landscape.

On the other hand, winter – November to April – is less suitable for your driving adventure. The weather is much cooler, with a high chance of snow, meaning mountain passes will be inaccessible and the driving conditions could be challenging.

When preparing for a journey through the Alps, careful planning is essential. You need to think about which regions you want to explore, what activities to try, and which route to take for an enjoyable journey. Plus, you’d need to book accommodation and arrange car rental.

Instead of doing all the work yourself, leave all the planning to us. Choose any of these self-drive tours, and your dedicated Alps-based travel consultant will organise your itinerary and make the arrangements for you.

They’ll take care of the details, including booking your accommodation, rental car, and any optional excursions in advance. This means all you have to do is book flights and get excited about your adventure!

If you prefer the insight of a local guide, consider choosing a guided group tour. This way, you’ll get to know your small group of fellow travellers while learning from your knowledgeable guide.

On a Nordic Visitor tour, you’ll get a rental car complete with:

  • • Unlimited mileage
  • • Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)
  • • 24/7 emergency roadside assistance
  • • Third party liability
  • • Road fund licence (also known as a vignette)
  • • Theft protection

Extras like child seats can be added at your rental pick-up point. If you’d like to add anything else, such as additional drivers, contact your travel consultant before your trip.

There are no upper age limits with renting a car for your Alps tour. But you do need to be aged 19 and above. For more information, you can always contact your travel consultant.

Whether you need an international driving permit will depend on which country your licence is from.

You’ll need an international driving permit if your current licence doesn’t mention your vehicle of choice in Latin script. That said, to be certain, we recommend checking with official government websites before your trip.

These self-drive tours of the Alps are designed to provide you with a road trip to remember. But you can personalise your itinerary when you book online or ask your travel consultant if you have something specific in mind.

For example, you could extend your stay with additional nights at the beginning or end of your trip. Or upgrade your accommodation or car rental. You can also add activities to your tour, choosing from a selection of optional extras.

Of course, you can pick an arrival date that suits you. All Alps self-drive tours run from May to October, so you just need to select the day that works best for you.

Take a look at the online calendar of the trip that interests you to see up-to-date availability. Then, simply choose your preferred date.

Before starting the booking process, we suggest you look at flight options for suitable times and dates. But it's best to hold off purchasing flights until your tour package is confirmed. Once your travel consultant gives you the go-ahead, you can book your flights.

This is so you have all the necessary information to make the best decisions about your flights. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact your consultant for assistance.

The climate in the Alps varies depending on things like the altitude and region. Generally, you’ll find the weather during summer – June to September – is inviting, with warm temperatures.

At lower elevations, you’ll notice that average daytime temperatures range from 20–28°C (68–82°F), making summer ideal for outdoor exploration.

On the other hand, spend time at higher altitudes, and you can expect cooler temperatures ranging from 8–20°C (46–68°F). It’s also good to know that the weather in the mountains can be changeable, so it’s best to come prepared for rain and sunshine, even in summer.

When it comes to spring and autumn, the temperatures drop slightly. But fortunately, it’s usually still perfect weather for getting out and exploring your majestic surroundings. The average daytime temperatures generally range from 7–20°C (45–68°F).

What you’ll need to bring on your Alps trip depends on when you plan to visit. Here's a must-have packing list for spring, summer and autumn:

  • Comfortable walking shoes or boots
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Insulated jacket
  • Warm jumper or fleece
  • Short and long-sleeve shirts
  • Light trousers or shorts
  • Scarf, hat and gloves
  • Sunglasses, sun hat and suncream
  • Day bag or rucksack
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Two-pin EU adaptor

In summer, consider adding sandals and a swimsuit to your luggage. If dining out is on the agenda, you might want to bring smart clothes.

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