The Grand Tour of Switzerland is a journey assembled by Michelin’s expert cartography and travel editing team, in conjunction with the Swiss Tourism Board that depicts and details routes to the very best of Switzerland. Divided among 10 stages that cover around 1,000 miles of countryside, scenic sites and breathtaking views, the Grand Tour is an intricate circuit that encompasses more than 20 lakes and 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
“This guide truly captures the essence of Michelin’s travel origins,” said Cynthia Ochterbeck, editorial director for the Michelin Guides. “In 1900, we began creating guides to help travelers discover new places and enjoy the adventure. The Grand Tour is the goal itself; a journey through time, history, culture, art, architecture, gastronomy and more.”
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Switzerland, a small country by most measures, has four language regions and three main geographical areas. The Tour’s 10 stages vary in length and are not designed to be completed in one venture. Rather, the clockwise itineraries allow travelers to dip in and out of language and geographical boundaries of the scenic country. Beginning and ending in Zurich, the Grand Tour offers itineraries for excursions and extensions, including access from France, Germany and Italy.
Each stage of the Grand Tour is posted along the route with the Grand Tour’s trademarked red-and-white emblem that recalls Michelin’s original innovative signposts from the early days of motor touring in France. Michelin’s Green Guides are designed to serve as an easy-to-use resource for travelers and include detailed maps, historical information on cities and attractions, as well as practical recommendations on how to travel, drive, dress and eat in the featured destination.
In addition, the guide’s quick-reference organization highlights places to stop and spend additional time, enjoy outdoor recreation and more. Best of all, Michelin uses its star-rating system to evaluate scenic drives, excursions and attractions and, of course, restaurants along the way.
With a suggested retail price of $21.99, the Grand Tour of Switzerland is now available at Barnes and Noble and on Amazon.com.
Michelin Travel Guides
Michelin has done much to enhance mobility. The company patented the pneumatic, or air-filled, tire in the late 1800s. This milestone in mobility permitted automobile owners to travel at great lengths in a single journey. Then, in an effort to prompt travelers to enjoy their newfound mobility, the company created guides and detailed maps to steer motorists on their way.
About Michelin North America, Inc.
Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, Earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The Company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) employs more than 22,650 people and operates 19 major manufacturing plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
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