Nov 21, 2021 - 6:01 PM
I would echo the suggestion to take the train to Zermatt, it is car free. The drive can be tiring. We were there in Sept and oct. We were lucky that we did not take the Furka pass because it was closed because of snow. It is likely there will be some delays if you are taking mountain passes while you are driving. We had Europcar.com, a very nice Volvo SUV. Get a talking GPS with it. I was lucky to have it because of all the road construction , tunnels, and roundabouts. I have driven in Europe many years but now really enjoy talking GPS. Try to buy it before you get there, I bought it through AutoEurope which had a deal where the GPS was included in the rental. The Agent still tried to sell me a GPS that you could take with you rather than one that was built into the car. Also take the insurance either through the car rental or your travel insurance. I have never had an accident but with the high speeds and trucks on the road it is always possible.
If you have not driven in Europe , -please note there are often traffic jams on the way to Zurich and the airports. I do find that flying into Zurich and leaving from Geneva is best. I often stay in Chamonix because it has great scenery, many cable cars and it has great hotels. This last time we stayed in a dismal airport hotel in Zurich and do not recommend it. The traffic to get to the airport was horrible that day. Chamonix is a short 40 minute drive to Geneva and has great hotels with spas. You will need the Swiss healthpass and vaccine card. Your Swiss pass will work for you if you are in France. The French health pass never materialized but the Swiss Health pass came with 24 hours after I submitted my documents.
This sounds like a great trip. However try to stay in few places and then drive or cable car around. The more hotel s you stay in, the more days you waste packing and unpacking. Zermatt has many great spa hotels. We stay at the Hotel Julen, very romantic, great spa and the pool is warm which my wife loved. They have a romantic, antique Stube restaurant in the basement., Eat there if you like traditional Swiss food and settings. You could also stay at the Gornergrat Hotel on top of the mountain, We never did but it might give you great views.