Apr 26, 2018 - 1:41 PM
I think that your plan is very ambitious! It would be a very very long day spent mostly on trains...
This region is beautiful and definitely deserves more time. From Zurich, you will more than likely arrive in Ticino through Bellinzona. The castles are very close to the train station. From there, it will be either going to Locarno or Lugano. Ascona is very close to Locarno (a 15-20 minute bus ride) and Gandria is about the same from Lugano. Going to Morcote is a very good idea as this village is absolutely stunning. You can go there either by bus or boat from Lugano (in both cases, it will take you close to an hour considering schedule, waiting time and the « ride » itself. And, yes, the boats are included in the Swiss Travel Pass.
If you can only spend one day in this area, I would recommend to focus on only one city and its vicinity (for example Lugano, Gandria and Morcote or Locarno and Ascona).
Last modified on Apr 26, 2018 - 1:42 PM by LeVoyageur