22 day Swiss itinerary - feedback appreciated

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May 14, 2018 - 8:44 AM

Hi everyone!!!

Thank you MySwissAlps for creating such a great website, it has been an invaluable resource for researching this holiday and building an itinerary.

Background - We are two Australian female travellers in our mid 50's, looking forward to visiting Switzerland in June/July for 21 days. Though this is my 6th holiday in Switzerland (in 8 years), my friend, on the other hand, has yet to visit Switzerland so I am mindful around making this trip an enjoyable one for her as well as myself so I am looking for feedback to see if I have included enough activities for a 1st time visitor as well as making it interesting for a Swiss travel veteran (lol)!!! Our main interests are food, wine and music (the itinerary has been built around the Montreux Jazz festival), we are not hikers per see but are keen to take in nature and the beautiful scenery Switzerland has to offer. We will be flying into Zurich on the 22nd June, staying overnight and then travelling to Vitznau for 6 nights, then onto Vevey for 5 nights, Gstaad for 4 nights, Locarno for 4 nights then overnighting in Zurich in preparation for our flight back to Sydney on the 13th July. Though I have stayed in both Vevey (4 times) and Gstaad (twice) on previous trips, both Lucerne and Locarno (and the Ticino region) are somewhat of a mystery so any advice on those cities/regions would also be greatly appreciated.

Day 1: Fri, 22nd June - Zurich and Rapperswil Tour

Arrive Zurich Airport 8.15am

Shuttle or Taxi from Airport to Zurich

Check-in Hotel Wellenberg

City Tour and Boat Trip Rapperswil 11.00am

Light Lunch – Restaurant Falkenburg Rapperswil

Return to Hotel 3.00-4.00pm

Light Dinner - Brasserie Louis (French) (Hotel)

End Day One

Day 2: Sat, 23rd June - In Transit - Zurich-Lucerne-Vitznau

Breakfast at Hotel

Check-out Hotel Wellenberg

Train to Lucerne approx. 11.00am

Walk around Lucerne approx. 2 hours (optional)

Boat to Vitznau

Check-in Hotel Vitznauerhof

Dinner – Sens Lounge (Hotel)

End Day Two

Day 3: Sun, 24th June - Day Trip Mount Pilatus (Boat, Funicular, Gondola, Bus)

Breakfast at Hotel

Pilatus Golden Trip (Burgenstock optional) – approx. 6 hours

Drinks - Penthouse Bar – Astoria Hotel Lucerne

Dinner – La Cucina (Italian) – Astoria Hotel Lucerne

Train back to Vitznau (last train @ 11.13pm)

End Day Three

Day 4: Mon, 25th June - Day at Leisure

Breakfast at Hotel

Spa Day/Local Sightseeing

Dinner – Prisma (European Fusion) – Park Hotel Vitznau

End Day Four

Day 5: Tues, 26th June - ½ Day Trip Mount Rigi

Breakfast at Hotel

Cogwheel Railway - Vitznau/Rigi/Weggis/Vitznau approx. 4 hours

Visit Weggis approx. 1 - 2 hours

Weggis to Vitznau (boat)

Dinner – Panorama Terrace (International) (Hotel)

End Day Five

Day 6: Wed, 27th June - ½ Day Trip Lucerne

Breakfast at Hotel

Vitznau to Lucerne (boat)

Lucerne Private Tour (if cost effective) approx. 2 hours (afternoon)

Drinks - Blue Lounge – Renaissance Hotel Lucerne

Dinner – Pacifico (Mexican) Renaissance Hotel Lucerne

Train back to Vitznau (last train @ 11.13pm)

End Day Six

Day 7: Thurs, 28th June - Day at Leisure

Breakfast at Hotel

Spa Day/Local Sightseeing

Dinner – Sens Restaurant (Seafood) (Hotel)

End Day Seven

Day 8: Fri, 29th June - In Transit – Vitznau-Lucerne-Vevey

Breakfast at Hotel

Check-out Hotel Vitznauerhof

Vitznau to Lucerne (boat)

Lucerne to Vevey (train)

Walk around Vevey - 1 hour

Check-in Grand Hotel Du Lac Vevey

Drinks and Dinner - La Rouvenaz (Italian) – Montreux

Montreux Jazz Festival – walk around promenade

End Day Eight

Day 9: Sat, 30th June - Day in Lavaux Vineyards

Vevey to Chexbres (Train)

Chexbres to St Saphorin (Walk) 1 ½ hours

Lunch - Auberge de l’Onde (Swiss) St Saphorin

St Saphorin to Rivaz (Walk) ½ hour

Wine Tasting Lavaux Vinorama 1-2 hours

Rivaz to Lutry (Train)

Lutry Sightseeing 1- 1 ½ hours

Lutry to Vevey Train

Light Supper/Drinks Yatus (Wine Bar) Vevey

Day 10: Sun, 1st JulyBrunch & Lake Geneva Boat Cruise

Brunch Grand Hotel Du Lac Vevey (International) @12 noon

Riviera Boat Tour - @2.10pm Vevey La Tour 2 hours

Light Dinner - Ze Fork or La Veranda Vevey

Day 11: Mon, 2nd July - Day Trip to Yvoire (France)

Vevey to Nyon (train)

Nyon to Yvoire (boat)

Lunch - Les Jardins du Leman (French) Yvoire

Sightseeing Yvoire 1- 1 1/2 hours

Yvoire to Nyon (boat)

Nyon to Vevey (train)

Montreux Jazz Club concert

End Day Eleven

Day 12: Tues, 3rd July - Day at Leisure

Light Breakfast (Vevey)

Vevey Markets

Vevey Funi – Chardonne/Mont Pelerin

Lunch - La Haut Chardonne

Drinks Le Patio Mont Pelerin

Montreux Jazz Club concert

End Day Twelve

Day 13: Wed, 4th July - In Transit – Vevey-Montreux-Gstaad

Check-out Grand Hotel Du Lac Vevey

Breakfast - Zurcher (Montreux)

Montreux to Gstaad (MOB Panoramic) depart 11.44am

Check-in Le Grand Hotel Bellevue

Gstaad shopping/Charly’s afternoon tea

Dinner - Leonards Restaurant (International) (Hotel)

End Day Thirteen

Day 14: Thurs, 5th July - Hot Air Ballooning – Chateaux D’Oex

Rest of Day at Leisure/Spa Day

Dinner - Le Petit Chalet (Traditional Swiss) (Hotel)

End Day Fourteen

Day 15: Fri, 6th July - Walking – Mountains and Lake – Gstaad & Lauenen

Breakfast at Hotel

Gstaad to Wispile (Gondola)

Cheese Trail (1 hour plus)

Wispile to Gstaad (Gondola)

Gstaad to Lake Lauenen (Bus)

Lake Lauenen to Gstaad (Bus)

Dinner - Bar Rialto (Italian)

End Day Fifteen

Day 16: Sat, 7th July - Day at Leisure

Breakfast at Hotel

Spa Day/Shopping

Dinner - Hotel Olden (European)

End Day Sixteen

Day 17: Sun, 8th July- In Transit – Gstaad-Locarno

Check-out Le Grand Hotel Bellevue

Breakfast at Hotel

Gstaad to Locarno (train) depart 10.23am (3 changes) arrive 3.19pm

Check-in Villa Orselina

Afternoon at Leisure/Drinks at Hotel

Dinner - Al Grottino Orselina (Italian)

End Day Seventeen

Day 18: Mon, 9th July - Lake Maggiore Towns/Islands

Breakfast at Hotel

Locarno/Isole Di Brissago/Ascona/Locarno (boat) – 4/5 hours

Dinner - Il Ristorante (Hotel) (Italian)

End Day Eighteen

Day 19: Tues, 10th July - Day at Leisure

Breakfast at Hotel

Spa Day/Local Sightseeing

Dinner - Restaurant Da Enzo Ponte Brolla (Italian)

End Day Nineteen

Day 20: Wed, 11th July - Lake Lugano Cruise and Sightseeing

Breakfast at Hotel

Locarno-Lugano (Train 1 hour 1 change)

Lake Lugano Cruise – Magic Tour 2.00pm (3 hours)

Lugano-Locarno (Train 1 hour 1 change)

Dinner - Locanda Locarnese (Ticonese)

End Day Twenty

Day 21: Thurs, 12th July - In Transit Locarno-Zurich

Breakfast at Hotel

Check-out Villa Orselina

Locarno Markets in Piazza Grande

Locarno-Zurich (Train) departs at 2.05pm arrives at 4.28pm

Check-in Hotel Wellenberg

Dinner - Brasserie Louis (French) (Hotel)

End Day Twenty-One

I have included a number of 'at leisure' days due to potential rainy/bad weather so activities can be moved to accommodate climatic conditions.

Looking forward to responses/feedback.

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May 14, 2018 - 10:48 AM in reply to MyTravels

Hello MyTravels, and welcome to MySwissAlps,

That's a detailed itinerary. It looks good to me. There's a Ticino trip report on our website that might be of your interest: www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/ticino-region-trip-march-31-april-2.

More information about Lucerne can be found here: www.myswissalps.com/lu cerne.

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May 14, 2018 - 10:53 AM in reply to Chantal
Last modified on May 14, 2018 - 10:53 AM by rockoyster
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May 14, 2018 - 11:08 AM in reply to rockoyster

Thanks Rockoyster. Yes, that one :-).

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May 15, 2018 - 1:36 AM

Thanks everyone for the information on Lucerne and Ticino. The trip to Valle Verzasca looks like a good option for Day 19 as there is a direct bus route from Locarno Station to Lavertezzo Paese which takes about 40 minutes travel time and gives us an opportunity to explore the countryside of Ticino as opposed to just focusing on the lakes.

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