16 Days Switzerland itinerary advice needed

16 Days Switzerland itinerary advice needed

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janseywee
janseywee
6 posts
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Jan 25, 2017 - 9:05 AM

Hi everybody,

Still doing more research, I am into doing a detailed itinerary for our 16 days Switzerland trip in April (13th to 28th).

We will be arriving at about 6am in Zurich and departing at 11.45am from Zurich.

We will be getting the 15 days Swiss Travel Pass (I reckon we need this pass as we travel quite extensively).

Here is our draft itinerary and would appreciate if we can get some experts’ advice. Plan will be changed according to base on weather.

13th April, Day 1 – overnight at Montreux

Touched down at 6am.

Train to Montreux from Zurich

City tour

Boat trip to Chillon Castle

14th April, Day 2 – overnight at Montreux

Chamonix

Mt Blanc

(Should we give this a miss?)

15th April, Day 3 – overnight at Montreux

Chocolate train to Gruyeres

16th April, Day 4 – overnight at Montreux

Day trip to Geneva.

Tulip festival

Geneva city tour

17th April, Day 5 – overnight at Montreux

Boat trip to Vevey & Lausanne

Train back to Montreux

18th April, Day 6 – overnight at Wengen

Train from Montreux to Wengen

Gindelwald

19th April, Day 7 – overnight at Wengen

Zermatt - Matterhorn

(Is it worth a go? Understand that cable may be closed)

20th April, Day 8 – overnight at Wengen

Lake Thun

St Beatus

21st April, Day 9 – overnight at Wengen

Grindelwald or Bern?

(which do you think is worth a go?)

22nd April, Day 10 – overnight at Lucerne

Train to Lucerne

City tour

23rd April, Day 11 – overnight at Lucerne

Lugano (boat & Gotthard Panorama Express)

24th April, Day 12 – overnight at Lucerne

Mt Titlis

25th April, Day 13 – overnight at Lucerne

Mt Rigi

26th April, Day 14 – overnight at Lucerne

Engelberg

27th April, Day 15 – overnight at Zurich

Train to Zurich

Rhine Falls

Bahnhofstrasse Zurich

Lake Zurich Boat trip

28th April, Day 16

Home sweet home

We like to know if:

Is this advisable to train straight to Montreux from Zurich Airport? Or should we start from Luzern --> Wengen --> Montreux --> Zurich? We decided to based ourselves in Zurich the night before our departure date.

We are thinking of getting apartment. What do you think about our base?

Really appreciate if you can give us some pointers.

Jansey

AlanPrice
AlanPrice
134 posts
active member
Jan 25, 2017 - 10:25 PM

Hi Janseywee.

Two weeks in Switzerland! Wahsinn! I have a couple of suggestions. Although you've got 2 weeks, you might be trying to cram a bit too much in. You're itinerary looks more like a race than a walk in the park.

Firstly, I don't think going to Chamonix as a day trip from Montreux will work. The train takes about 5 hours one way. You might have to leave the Cham for another trip.

Wengen is a wonderful place, but it may not be the best choice for a base if you want to explore outside of the immediate area because of the amount of time you will spend travelling in and out. For example, the train trip from Wengen to Zermatt takes over 3 hours one way. If you were staying in Interlaken, it would be 2 hours, and all the other things you wanted to do in the Oberland would be easier to get to from Interlaken. Another thing, the ski season ends the week you arrive, so expect a lot of snow on the ground, particularly at altitude and on north facing slopes.

If you're only going to Zermatt for the day, I would suggest visiting the Gornergrat. The train from Zermatt runs all year and the view is breath taking (Weather permitting). The trip takes about 30 minutes. Highly recommended!

If you are arriving early in the morning in Zurich you can certainly get to Montreux fairly easily, but you will have to change trains at least once. The trip takes just under 3 hours.

An apartment is a great idea, but keep in mind a lot of places will expect you to stay a minimum of a week which will narrow your choices.

You're planning a wonderful trip. Have a great time.

Cheers

Alan

janseywee
janseywee
6 posts
new member
Jan 26, 2017 - 12:46 AM in reply to AlanPrice

Hi Alan,

Thanks for the great advice. Will keep your suggestion in mind.

We wanted to cover as much as possible during the 2 weeks in Switzerland :D

We will re-plan it for a more relaxing trip. :)

Annika
Annika
4880 posts
expert &
moderator
Jan 26, 2017 - 1:58 PM

Hi janseywee, welcome to MySwissAlps!

Yes, a 15 day Swiss Travel Pass is certainly a good idea for your plans. Please find retailers at myswissalps.com/swisst ravelpass/price.

Alan already provided excellent advice. Here are some more thoughts:

  • the timetable will help you plan your trips. I advise to check traveling times for each of your plans and see whether you're fine with them;
  • April 13: this is a pretty full day after an inbound flight. To get some more rest at the beginning of your trip, you might re-arrange the order a bit;
  • April 13-17: the Montreux region is beautiful, especially in spring. Did you consider a trip up to Rochers-de-Naye for panoramic views of the area? Your itinerary is full enough though ;-);
  • April 21: if skies are clear I'd recommend to spend the day in the beautiful Jungfrau region. You may want to make a round trip over Kleine Scheidegg or even visit Jungfraujoch or Schilthorn. Sightseeing in Bern would be a fine bad weather alternative;
  • April 24 and 26: Titlis and Engelberg are close to one another and can easily be combined in one day. Note that you may prefer Pilatus over Titlis as it's for free with your Swiss Travel Pass, whereas Titlis is discounted;
  • Alan is right about apartments: it might be challenging to find them for less than a full week. If you're looking for hotels instead, please find them at myswissalps.com/hotels /populartowns. Note that there are hotels close to Zurich Airport for your last night: myswissalps.com/zurich airporthotels.
janseywee
janseywee
6 posts
new member
Jan 27, 2017 - 1:13 AM in reply to Annika

Hi Annika,

Thanks for the pointers - which were excellent!

We re-planned my itinerary and decided to take it slow on our first day, April 13. We looked up on Rochers-de-Naye and plan to go there, as well as Les Pleiades :) Of course weather is a factor.

We did some research and most recommend Lausanne or Vevey as base, so we might consider them for our base from April 13 to 18, Interlaken from April 18 to 21 and the rest will be at Luzern.

We noted Alan's and your advice on apartments and will do more planning :)

Once again, thanks so much!

Jan

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