Mar 12, 2018 - 3:21 AM
Hi all. I'm trying to plan an itinerary for a trip to Switzerland this July/beginning of August. DH and I like scenery, good food ( did someone say chocoholic?), cultural events and wandering through historic towns. We are not interested in art museums or a wild nightlife. I get altitude sickness at above around 2500 m so we don't plan to go to Jungfrau. We are traveling from the U.S. and this is our first trip to Switzerland.
Here's a very tentative itinerary. We plan to travel by train between the cities listed. Any comments or advice would be appreciated-
Fly into Zurich. Take train to Lucerne
Lucerne. 4 nights
Day trip to Mt Pilatus. Boat trip on Lake Lucerne. Should we also go to Mt Titlis? Is this the right amount of time here or should we cut a day and add it elsewhere?
Bern 3 nights
Visit old town. Float down Aare. Day trip to Lauterbrunnen Valley,
Montreux 4 nights
Chillon Castle. Day trip to Gruyere and Brac ( cheese and chocolate) Day trip to Lavaux vineyards.
Geneva 2 nights
Possible day trip to Lavay des Bains
Fly out of Geneva
Also, is there a particular place anyone would suggest to be for the August 1 holiday ? I understand that it's celebrated all over the country with fireworks etc. What I'd like to know is if there's anywhere that would have some unique Swiss customs that I wouldn't see elsewhere.
Or is there another festival during the late July early August time period you would recommend?
Thanks in advance for your help.