My husband and I(both in early 30s) have finally booked our tickets to Europe from 10 – 24 February ’13. We’ll touch down in Zurich on the 11 Feb (Sun) and stay until 16 before we leave for Monaco on 17 Feb to continue our trip to Barcelona.
Have read through TA and did my research around Switzerland on the places to visit. I’m plotting my itinerary and hope to heed advices from experts here.
10 Feb (Sun) – Zurich
Touch down around 1.45pm.
Purchase Swisspass and board train to hotel for check-in before visiting Zurich City.
*Did I miss out alot in Zurich on a Sunday?
11 Feb - Morning rail to Lucerne.
Leave luggage with hotel before leaving for Mt Piltaus or Mt Rigi.
12 Feb - Stay in Lucerne for Mardi Gras Carnival.
Head to Lion Mounament, Chapel Bridge and back to city for some shopping.
*Has anyone got any idea what time the Carnival usually starts and end?
13 Feb - Board train to Chur, from Chur, board Glacier Express to Zermatt.
Spend the day around Zermatt town.
*As I'll be heading to Bern on the 15 Feb, is this route time wasting just to board the Glacier Express, should I head on to Bern today instead and from Bern to Zermatt on the following day on rail?
14 Feb - Visit Matterhorn. (via Gornergrat Bahn)
Dinner in Zermatt to celebrate Valentine's Day.
*Are there any thermal springs in Zermatt like those in Leukerbad?
15 Feb - Board train to Bern.
Check in to hotel before exploring Bern; The Bear Park, Clock Tower, Albert Einstein’s home, Prison Tower.
16 Feb - Board train to Geneva.
Check-in to hotel before visiting Lake Geneva, UNOG-Palais des Nations, Patek Philippe Museum.
17 Feb - Take easyjet to Monaco.
*Is flight the cheapest, most straight forward way? I've googled and found another way by rail, but it seems to involve some transits and takes a day to reach Monaco.
18 Feb - 24 Feb; Monaco & Barcelona.
I’ve visited Switzerland once, for only 3days about 5years ago (without the husband) in a Tour Group, have covered Jungfraujoch, Chapel Bridge, Lion Monument and would now like to re-visit scenic places which are usually left out by Tour groups.
Hence, would appreciate suggestion of any places I didn't cover or aren't worth visiting.