Swiss trip itinerary help - 8 days mid-September

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Jul 24, 2017 - 1:20 AM


We need some guidance badly. This is our first trip in Switzerland and we are very excited as we are spending our 15yr wedding anniversary in this magical place. We’re flying into/out of Zurich in mid-September arriving Sunday 8:30AM and leave Sun 10:30AM. We are light packers, light hikers, activities nothing too extreme (no paragliding). We are both nature lover, would love to see the Alps more, short visit in the cities. Nothing is set yet and our schedules is flexible. Plan on purchasing 8 day Swiss Travel Pass as well.

Our sample itinerary:

Sun: Zurich

Mon: Zurich - Mt Titlis – Luzern -Interlaken

Tue: Interlaken - Jungfraujock - Grindelwald or Interlaken (short stop at First and if we can use our Swiss Travel Pass for this trip)

Wed: Either Interlaken or Grindelwald – Zermatt

Thu: Zermatt

Fri: Zermatt – Bern

Sat: Bern – Zurich

This is an adventure of a lifetime so we plan to visit most places as we can but I’m still not convinced if we have the correct itinerary so here I am asking for help. Please, please, please.

Suggestion, recommendation is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Jul 24, 2017 - 6:34 AM in reply to Yen1973

Hi Yen1973,

For trips of a week or so I often recommend limiting your base towns to 2 if possible. In your case, with wanting to go to Zermatt a 3rd base town would really be needed.

Assuming you are looking to spend time outdoors and in the mountains, I would suggest going straight to Luzern for 2 nights, then Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen for 2 nights and then Zermatt for 1 or 2 nights and finally Bern or Zurich for the last night (Bern to Zurich airport is about 1 hour ten minutes and there are direct trains).

Have a look at the town links about to read about what to do in the area and hotels that we recommend.

Also some useful links:

  1. Where to buy the Swiss Travel Pass online (you can have it emailed to you to print at home)
  2. Swiss railways timetable for planning all your trains trips

Have a read through those pages and let us know if you have more questions!


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Jul 25, 2017 - 2:27 AM

Thanks for the recommendation. We knew we needed one :)

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Jul 26, 2017 - 2:55 AM in reply to Yen1973

>> Tue: Interlaken - Jungfraujock - Grindelwald or Interlaken (short stop at First and if we can use our Swiss Travel Pass for this trip)

Yes, you get a 50% discount on the gondola with a Swiss Travel Pass. The last gondola down is at 17:30 (but check this yourself to make sure). The trip up takes 30 minutes, so you probably wouldn't want to go up any later than 16:00, which would give you an hour at the top.

The cliff walk is free and takes 10-15 minutes. It is level except for a gentle incline at the start, and is well worth it as long as you are OK with heights. You can go back the same way.


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