Luxury alpine travel specialist, Leo Trippi’s tailor-made supercar tour allows guests to experience the most iconic alpine passes and mountain roads in the Alps behind the wheel of their dream car. Whether it be in a Ferrari 488 GTB, Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet or Maserati Gran Cabrio MC, there is no better way to enjoy the breath-taking scenery, luxurious accommodation, diverse art and culture, pinnacles of automotive technology and Michelin-star dining the Swiss Alps has to offer.
Each supercar tour is fully bespoke and can be tailored to your supercar preference, gastronomic choice, desired accommodation and proposed length of trip. Below is an example itinerary.
From Zurich to Grindelwald:
DAY 1: Just under an hour’s drive from Zurich, guests will reach the picturesque town of Lucerne. Here they may stretch their legs around the shores of Lake Lucerne and admire the medieval Chapel Bridge (considered to be one of the oldest, covered wooden bridges in Europe) and the Sammlung Rosengart Museum (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 then an hour and a half tranquil drive through picture-perfect villages and farmlands to Grindelwald.
Two night stay at the Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof, Grindelwald. 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 all of which can be booked through Leo Trippi: Mittellegi, Ostegg and Rotstöcki.
DAY 2: Nestled at the head of the Lütschen Valley, beneath the towering peaks of Wetterhorn, Eiger and Mettenberg, lies the traditional Swiss village of Grindelwald; a true Alpine paradise. The resort offers over 300 kilo meters of breath taking hiking trails, one of the most popular being the 5.9 kilometre walk to Lake Bachalpsee at 2,265 metres above sea level. If guests are lucky enough to visit on a sunny day, they will 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 for thrill-seeker guests to enjoy, including mountain carting and gliders, to trotti bikes and white-water rafting.
From Grindelwald to Andermatt:
DAY 3: Having left Grindelwald, an interesting stop during this part of the journey is Meiringen, world renowned as the birthplace of meringues and for the death of Sherlock Holmes. From here it is a steady climb, past the retreating Stein Glacier to the beginning of the Susten Pass. Described by many as the ‘prince’ among ‘the big 3’, Susten was the shoot location for the launch of Porsche’s evergreen 911 promotional video in 2016. Completed in 1945, this was the first road to be built specifically for cars and it is now regarded as one of the most beautiful roads in Europe. Incorporating sweeping valley roads, amazing uninterrupted views and switchbacks which will take guests to the summit of the pass at 2,224 meters, it is a highlight of the trip.
Depending on what time guests will arrive in Andermatt, this quaint village has a lot to offer. Guests may explore its amazing heights on bike or hop onto the Furka steam train to the Rhone Glacier. Golfers can also take on the challenge of the Kurt Rossknecht designed 18-hole par 72 championship course at the Andermatt Golf Club.
One night stay at The Chedi, Andermatt. Occupying a beautiful seat at 1,447 meters 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 guests will take the route of the Furka Pass, offering mesmerising views of glaciers, craggy mountaintops and scenic forests. The Furka Pass, immortalised by the Aston DB5 / Ford Mustang car chase in James Bond’s Goldfinger, is another of the “Big 3” passes. The dramatic road rises 2,429 meters above sea level, providing both challenging driving and some of the world’s most breath-taking views.
The route will take guests pass the Binntal Landscape Park and Grengiols, home to a unique wild tulip that can only found in the village and on the surrounding slopes. They will then drive through the larger town of Brig, home to Stockalper Palace (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).
Three night stay at No. 14, Verbier. 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 which guests may like to tie their trip in with including the Verbier Festival, showcasing some of the world’s best classical musicians (from 18th July – 3rd August 2019). Verbier is also a great base for exploring the Valais area. Recommended day trips for guests include discovering the wineries, a scenic drive via the Great St. Bernard Pass to Aosta in Italy, and 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, guests may take to the sky and enjoy a tandem paragliding flight.
Verbier to Gstaad:
DAY 7: On the way to Gstaad, it is definitely worth guests taking a detour to Montreux, a beautiful lakeside town on the shores of Lake Geneva where Lord Byron and Shelley found inspiration. Here guests 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 and the Montreux Jazz Festival will take place this year from 28th June – 13th July 2019 (again, another great trip tie in).
Two night stay at Ultima Gstaad, Gstaad. 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, making it the perfect en route stop for a summer shopping spree. Gstaad also hosts a series of events over the warmer months, including the Gstaad Menuhin Festival (18th July – 6th September 2019), The Swiss Open Gstaad (20th – 28th July 2019) and the Hublot Polo World Cup (22nd – 25th August 2019).
DAY 9: On the final day of the journey, guests will enjoy the incredibly scenic drive back to Geneva airport taking them around the banks of Lake Geneva. The grand Cathedral of Notre Dame in Lausanne is definitely worth a pit stop, as well as the Olympic Museum celebrating the pinnacle of sporting prowess.
Prices start from 15,000 CHF (approx. £11,300) based on nine nights with two people sharing a Ferrari 488GTB. Other cars are also available on request. To discuss a tailored itinerary and quote, please call the Leo Trippi team on +44 203 004 8750 or visit www.leotrippi.com.