Jul 29, 2014 - 5:32 PM
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General tips on how to create an itinerary can be found here. It looks like you've done your homework and managed to create an itinerary that allows you to cover a lot of Switzerland in only a few weeks. If that's your main goal, such a travel scheme is fine. But since you're asking for feedback and worrying if your itinerary is too packed, I'll mention some things to consider. This plan does involve lots of traveling indeed. You'll be spending a considerable amount of hours traveling from one base town to the next every other day (you can check traveling times yourself with the aid of the timetable). And although train traveling is pleasant in Switzerland, you should ask yourself if that's how you want to spend your days and if you like having more time to explore the towns and regions you're staying in instead. Also, staying in a few regions only and have more days in each base town allows you to be more flexible and adapt your plans to weather circumstances. On the other hand: you will visit Switzerland in the off-season. Weather is unsure and quite some viewing points and tourist attractions will be closed down. A holiday including long train trips thus isn't a bad idea.
If crossing the country by train is what you're looking for, then you may want to adapt your plans slightly. You could create an easier order of places to visit. Especially the way the visit to Lugano is scheduled now is far from ideal. An alternative would be, for example: Zurich - St. Moritz - Lugano - Zermatt - Geneva/Montreux - Interlaken - Lucerne, or Zurich - Lucerne - Interlaken - Montreux/Geneva - Zermatt - Lugano - St. Moritz. This would interfere with your Glacier Express plans, but you could take the Bernina Express to travel from St. Moritz to Tirano and then catch a bus to Lugano instead. Not quite like the Glacier Express, but still a nice trip.
In all, I would prefer to just leave some base town out and focus on less regions more intensively. An itinerary looking like Zurich - St. Moritz - Zermatt - Interlaken - Lucerne allows you to see a lot as well, but have a bit more spare time in your schedule. This sample itinerary may provide some guidance too.
In any case, you'll use the Swiss train network intensively, and a Swiss Pass will be very convenient. You may manage to make it with the 15 variant, especially if you spend your first and/or last days in Zurich and restrict yourself to local trips there. A Zurich Card would come in handy for these days. By the way, if you intend to travel from Zermatt to Lugano: yes, this is covered by the Swiss Pass. You can review the network map to check its validity. Note that you can get up to SGD 80 off of the Swiss Pass when buying online: see here for details.
When looking for accommodation, this hotel overview may be helpful.
Does this help you plan for your trip?
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:35 PM by Arno