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Need help on itinerary in for 5 days in Switzerland

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Need help on itinerary in for 5 days in Switzerland

We are flying in (and out) to Milan in the middle of March. We have about 10 days. We are thinking about spent about 3-4 days in Itlaly. Then spent the rest of our trip in Switzerland.

This will be our fist time in Switzerland and we are so excited. Can anyone recommend the itinerary for our trip? We are thinking about spent 2 days in Milan and then spent 1 night in Lake Como area from there we will continued our trip in to Switzerland.

Thank you for all your help.

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1. Re: Need help on itinerary in for 5 days in Switzerland

You could consider

Lucerne and Mount Titlis

Interlaken and Jungfraujoch

Zermatt

Basel if you are an art lover

Stay in Bern/Lucerne depending on your plans.

You can use the site www.sbb.ch for planning your trains,offers and travel passes.

Edited: 1:10 am, December 25, 2013
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2. Re: Need help on itinerary in for 5 days in Switzerland

Mid March presents some problems which need to be taken into account in planning a trip.

Basically here in Switzerland everything hinges around "altitude". And so while mid March is early spring and usually quite nice in the cities and around the lakes here it is still winter in the mountain resorts.

You have 6 days roughly, considering you can't do much on the day or arrival or departure. From lake Como you can take three different routes into Switzerland:

Simplon line - train via Locarno, Domossola and Brig into the Valais (Zermatt and further on Montreux, Vevey, Geneva)

Gotthard line - train north from Lugano via Arth Goldau (junction for Luzern) to Zürich

and the Bernina line - train from around Como to Tirano, then north to St Moritz and the Upper Engadine, then north to Chur and on to Zürich.

So my question is - where do you plan to leave from? This will determine where you can go if you want to make efficient use of your time.

Also - what interests you? Art, architecture history, cities? Lakes and mountains? winter sports??

If you can let us know a bit more on these lines it would help us to make suggestions. Lots of things are possible in mid March. But 6 days is not a lot of time and you will want to minimize checking in and then out of hotels...

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3. Re: Need help on itinerary in for 5 days in Switzerland

AS02 and Hambagahle,

Thank you for your help.

We are thinking about leaving from Lake Como area and come back to Milan. We not really in to the museum or winter sport. We want to see the scenery, view, mountain and the lake. We are the foodie, so we want to try local food, cheese.

Should we stay in one area such as Lucerne and make day trip or should we stop in some small town on the way.

So, I am thinking about doing Interlaken and Jungfraujoch- Lucerne. I can take a day trip from Lucerne if time allow.

Do you think the Swiss pass is the cheapest way to do this?

I really open for any suggestion.

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If you want to see "scenery" in mid March this pretty much means being in or near the mountains. So Luzern is a really great idea. Nice small town on a lovely lake where Spring will already have arrived but the mountains around it will be snow capped.

From the lake of Como go to Lugano. take the train north to Arth Goldau and change there for Luzern. (There are a couple of trains a day that go direct to Luzern but the timing might not suit you.)

Check all train times on www.sbb.ch/en the site will also give you the connections from Italy.

The Jungfraujoch is really too far from Luzern to be done in one day. You would need to spend a night (or two) nearer - Interlaken for example. the biggest tourist trap in the country but useful in your circumstances. Interlaken is not a "destination" on its own. Rather a place to avoid. Luzern on the other hand is lovely...

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5. Re: Need help on itinerary in for 5 days in Switzerland

In mid March, you could plan to visit Engadin St. Moritz http://www.engadin.stmoritz.ch/winter/en/ as a round trip from Lake Como / Milano. From Lake Como travel up to Engadin St. Moritz trough the romantic Bregaglia valley (check www.sbb.ch for timetables, fill in you starting point and e.g. St. Moritz as your destination, in the via section put Chiavenna). If you have time, stay one night on the sunny hill plateau in the small and authentic farmers village of Soglio - see rural life perform around you. There will not be a lot of tourists during this time of year, but there are hotels open and March is a good time to go there. Then continue up valley by bus over the narrow Maloja pass to the village of your selection in the Engadin St. Moritz area. Each of the villages has it's own character, so check the website which one appeals to you (you dont tell alot about your interests, so it is difficult to make recommendations based on this). Stay for some days and do day-excursions, e.g. a horsedrawn carriage ride into one of the collateral valleys or up on a mountain or hike over the frozen lakes - such a lot of options here and something for everybody. With two or more nights, most of the hotels will offer you a day pass for CHF 25.00 h, so if you plan to go up to the mountains, check if this is convenient for you.

Then to travel back to Milan, travel on the Bernina line (does not have to be the "express", the normal local trains cover the same line, an UNESCO World Heritage site) to Tirano, from where you have a connecting train to Milan (again, check timetables on www.sbb.ch). This sure would make a very rewarding trip and guarantee great memories.

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