>> My husband and I will be arriving in Switzerland on the 21st January 2018 to enjoy 5 days seeing your beautiful country ... Monday 22nd Jan 2018 -Zurich to Mt Pilatus - spend the night
Do I understand correctly that you will be staying up on top of the mountain? If the weather is clear, that will be wonderful. If the hotel is in the clouds - not so much.
As the cogwheel railway will not be operating in January, you will need to ascend and descend by cable car, and might like to consider the following:
- When there are high winds, the cable car is shut down. This might not happen at all while you are there, but if it does, it might throw a spanner in the works in terms of getting to Zermatt the following day at a reasonable time.
- You will need to get a bus from Luzern railway station to Kriens, and then walk to the Pilatus cableway valley station. That is a 10-minute uphill walk. If you don't fancy the walk with luggage, a taxi from Luzern railway station to the Pilatus cableway valley station might be worthwhile.
>> Tuesday 23rd Jan - Mt Pilatus to Zermatt - Spend the night
The earliest departure from Pilatus Kulm to get you to Zermatt will be 9:45, and you would reach Zermatt at 14:14. Sunset is around 17:15, so you won't have a lot of time in Zermatt during daylight hours if you are leaving again the following morning.
To maximise sightseeing in daylight, you could think about putting your luggage in the lockers at Zermatt station, and going straight up to one of the mountains, leaving hotel check-in until after sunset.
>> Wednesday 24th Jan - Zermatt to St Moritz
This will be a lovely trip in the snow, taking the best part of 8 hours. If you take the Glacier Express, reservations are compulsory, and you will arrive in St Moritz not much more than half-an-hour before sunset, so you won't see much of the surrounding scenery in St Moritz.
While St Moritz Dorf is an attractive town, the best thing about the area (in terms of sightseeing) is taking the mountain transport up to one or more of the mountain tops in the area. If you arrive shortly before dark and leave again the next day, you will miss so much.
If you stay more than one night, you can get a special deal on mountain transport: