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Apr 10, 2016 - 6:13 AM

Hi- I m finalizing holidays in Swiss and Italy around May 19th - 8 days in Swiss and 4 days in Italy. I will arrive in Zurich and would leave by the Bernina Express Chur to Tirano to Milan. During the Swiss part, I would like to visit Lucerne, Mt Titlis, Interlaken, Jungfrau, Zermatt, Gornergrat, Glacier Express to Chur and from Chur to Tirano.

1. Can I base in Lucerne apartment for 5 nights for Lucerne & Junfrau part? Is it possible to go to Jungfrau and back to Lucerne in a day?

2. In Zermatt , I would like to spend 2 nights . First day Gorengrat and second day Matterhorn.

3. Glacier express to Chur- 1 night and then Bernina Express to Tirano- Milan - onward.

Could you please advise if all the above is possible or would you suggest some other alternatives?

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Apr 10, 2016 - 5:49 PM

Hi Dkboss!

Thanks for your first post here. Yes, your plans would be doable. They do involve quite some train traveling, but the best you can do is consult the timetable for each trip and decide whether you're fine with the amount of traveling involved. If so, your itinerary is just fine. Here are some further thoughts:

  • the Jungfraujoch can indeed be visited as a day trip from Lucerne, but it will be a long day. If you're not sure whether you like that, you could insert one or two overnight stays in/near Interlaken. Alternatively, you can just focus on the Lucerne region itself, which has more than enough to offer. Consider Rigi and Pilatus for example, plus the other day trips listed here;
  • you can't visit the Matterhorn itself, but you're probably referring to Klein Matterhorn?
  • an 8 day Swiss Travel Pass would be a good option for your trip. It will cover all train and boat rides, and it even includes Rigi for free. Panoramic trains like the Glacier Express and Bernina Express are covered too, except from seat reservations.
  • apartments are usually rented by full weeks, mostly from Saturday to Saturday. Exceptions may apply in the off-season, which includes May. If you're having trouble finding a good apartment, you may look for hotels instead. Hotels close to the railway stations can be found at our Lucerne, Interlaken and Zermatt pages.


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