Switzerland for 11 days early November 2018

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Jun 29, 2018 - 5:17 PM

Hi all,

My husband and I are intending to visit Switzerland from 3 - 14 Nov 2018 (11 nights). Understand that it may not be the best time but we are limited to these dates only, and would really love to visit!

Our objectives: adventure (paragliding, skiing. No hiking though, given the weather), scenery (scenic trains and nature), vineyards. Looking for a good mix of city and nature.

We are intending to get the Swiss Pass (have not decided consecutive 15 days or consecutive/flexi 8 days). This would depend on our final itinerary.

We have not planned our itinerary in detail but here is a tentative route that we are intending to do:

1) Our flight will touch down in Zurich at 7.50am.

2) Head straight from Zurich airport to Lucerne. To spend 1 - 2nights in Lucerne to explore. Should we choose between Mt Titlis or Pilatus?

3) Head from Lucerne to Interlaken. To spend 2 nights here. 1 day of exploring Interlaken + paragliding (will the weather be suitable for it?), and 1 day trip to Jungfraujoch.

4) We are thinking to head to Lugano for a night but seems like it is quite off the route from Interlaken to Zermatt (about 4 - 5 hours train ride). Should we give this a miss?

5) Head from Interlaken (or Lugano if we are heading there) to Zermatt. Can Zermatt be a day trip or is it recommended to stay for a night, depending on our itinerary here? We would like to check out the town and Matterhorn - how can we do so without having to hike in the cold weather? And also perhaps ski - is early Nov a good time? We are both first-timers so thinking to get a day instructor.

6) Head from Zermatt to Geneva for 2 - 3 nights. To explore Geneva itself (what's good?) and day trip to Lausanne & Lavaux vineyards. Can Lausanne and the vineyards be done in a day?

7) Head from Geneva back to Zurich for 2 nights. To explore Zurich and perhaps a day trip to Rhine Falls (if our budget and the weather permit).

8) Depart from Zurich - home sweet home!

Please advise if the above itinerary works or feel free to work it around! Do let us know if any of the cable cars/trains are not operating during this period, or if there is anything we should take note of. Is there any must-see/alps that we are missing out?

Many thanks in advance! :)

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Jun 30, 2018 - 7:48 AM in reply to wongqy

Hi wonggy and welcome to MySwissAlps!

Irregardless of your itinerary, the 15 day Swiss Travel Pass is only 40chf more than the 8 day Swiss Travel Pass Flex - easy choice I think! :)

https://www.myswissalp s.com/swisstravelpass/ price

Both Pilatus and Titlis are great choices,but Titlis is closed from Nov 5- 16. For Pilatus the cable car is closed Oct-22 to Nov 9 but the train is running until mid- November (you'll be able to go up one way or the other)
https://www.myswissalp s.com/pilatus
https://www.myswissalp s.com/titlis

Titlis is quite a bit higher and you get there by rotating gondola and with Pilatus you have one of the world's steepest cogwheel train.

I'm not sure about paragliding in November, I don't think it would be possible.

I think Lugano is great (read about my long weekend trip here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/forum/topic/tici no-region-trip-march-31-april-2) but from Interlaken it is tricky. From Lucerne though it is quite easy. https://www.myswissalp s.com/gotthardpanorama express

Use the Swiss railways timetable to plan the trips: https://www.myswissalp s.com/timetable

There is year-round skiing in Zermatt, on the glacier but it is limited and not the best weather either way. I would go for at least 1 night. https://www.myswissalp s.com/timetable.

I'd stay in Montreux over Geneva I think. Lausanne and the vineyards can be done in a day from either town, but I don't think there is much to see/do in the vineyards in November...

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