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Draft Itinerary

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Draft Itinerary


We are planning for a 2-week visit in mid May and have drafted the itinerary as follows.

1) Arrival in Zurich (early morning)

2) Zurich

3) Lucerne

4) Interlaken

5) Interlaken

6) Bern

7) Geneva

8) Geneva

9) Lausanne

10) Zermatt

11) day trip from Zermatt to Milan, if possible

12) Zermatt to St Moritz on Glacier Express

13) Zurich

We had visited Lucerne & Mt Titlis many years ago on a rather brief visit. We do not mind skipping these places if there are better choices. We would like to ask, if the above draft is doable and economically logical, without having to rush from one city to another. We have not decided on the type of passes to buy, neither have we decided on what to do. But my belief is a mixture of everything, and to leave out trekking.

Your replies would be very much appreciated. Thank you!

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1. Re: Draft Itinerary

Hi waisky, if this is a list of places for the night, you are moving base too frequently. Allow yourselves 4 bases (max 5).

Listing these placenames is meaningless if you have no idea what to do there.

Day trip to Milan is feasible, but how many hours would your need? No time for dinner though. Restaurants won't open until 8 pm. Milan is not a small town. I don't think a day trip from Zermatt is worth the time and effort.

How about this route:

1. Zurich airport to Chur or Davos. 3 nights. Day trips on Bernina to Tirano, St Moritz etc.

2. Glacier Express to Zermatt, 2 nights.

3. Montreux 3 nights for Lake geneva area.

4. Golden Pass train to Bernese Oberland area, 4 days, including day trip to Bern.

5. Your choice of Lucerne, Zurich or Basel. Day trips to Rhine Falls, Lakes Zurich or Lucerne etc.

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2. Re: Draft Itinerary

This excludes most of the reasons people go to Switzerland. There's loads of train travel but it's not an iterinery that a train buff would choose. There's no time to see anything, you get to Zermatt then spend the next day travelling to Milan and back with an early morning train to St Moritz which you then reach early evening.

Work out first what you want to see, then where you want to stay. If specific train routes are important as well then plan them in. It's always a good idea to plan in extra days if you want to go up mountains in case the weather is bad with no visibility or lifts are closed. In mid May you can expect snow somewhere around 2000m.

Bofoster's idea looks good, a variety of places with time to see them.

You ask if it's rush - yes, it's all rush and no time to see.

Edited: 9:46 am, February 12, 2013
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Thank you for the replies, bofoster and skitandoori! Really appreciate your advices. Will read up the places mentioned and try to come up with something better.

Just two questions on transportation. I'm thinking of getting the Swiss Pass (15days continuous), for the 13-day travel. Is this allowed? Be it a Swiss Pass or a Swiss Card, they do not cover scenic train travels, do they?

Thanks much!

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We've modified our itinerary and hope to have your valuable advices!

Day 1 - Arrival in Zurich early morning

- City tour

Day 2 - Zurich

- City tour

Day 3 – Zurich to St Moritz (via Chur)

Day 4 – St Moritz to Zermatt on Glacier Express

Day 5 - Zermatt

Day 6 – Zermatt to Montreux/Lausanne

Day 7 – Montreux/Geneva/Lausanne

Day 8 – Montreux/Lausanne to Interlaken (via Bern)

- day trip in Bern

Day 9 – Interlaken

- Jungfraujoch excursion (including visits to Grindelweld/Lauterbrunnen)

Day 10 – Interlaken

- boat ride on Lake Brienz (maybe visit Thun too)

Day 11 – Interlaken to Milan


a) Is there too much time for Zurich? Should I shift one night to Montreux/Lausanne/Geneva instead?

b) Day trip in Bern but spending the night in Interlaken.. Are there lockers in Bern’s train station for big luggages?

c) Hope to do Jungfraujoch area in a day and visit the valleys in between, but am undecided which valleys to go to and how much time to allocate.

d) Is it possible to visit both Lakes Brienz and Thun on the same day?

e) Probably getting the 15-day Swiss Pass for best value..

Thank you very much in advance for your time!

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