Hello, I am new in this forum. We are a family of 3 (me and my wife in our mid and late 30s and our 4 year old daughter. We have planned a two weeks trip to Switzerland this July (8-21).
I have spent some time for the research and this is what I have planned so far.
Day 1: Arrival at Zurich at 650 AM. Buy 14 days Swiss Travel Pass, SIM card at airport. Go to Zurich central station, keep the luggage in the luggage room and take a half day tour of the city.
In the 2nd half, take train to Lucerne and check in at the Reneissance Lucerne Hotel. In the afternoon sightseeing at old city area and if possible visit Glacier park
Day 2: In the morning, visit Mount Titlis
In the 2nd half visit transport museum
Day 3: In the morning, mount Pilatus (Golden round trip) or Mount Rigi (Classic round trip)
In the afternoon, Lake Lucerne boat cruise
Day 4: Train to Wengen from Lucerne via interlaken
Lake Brienz boat cruise before heading to Wengen
Check in at Hotel Edelweiss for 3 nights, local sightseeing at Wengen
Day 5: Jungfraujoch in the morning
Kleine Scheidegg and Grindelwald in the afternoon
Day 6: Schilthorn in the morning
Murren and Lauterbrunnen in the afternoon
Day 7: Wengen to Montreux via Interlaken by goldenpass line (booked VIP seats for the last segment)
Check in at Hotel Eden Palace Au Lac at Montreux or Hotel Victoria at Glion
Visit Chateau de Chillon in the afternoon and local sightseeing
Day 8: Chocolate train to visit Cheese and chocolate factory
Day 9: Visit Vevey and Lavaux vineyard area in the morning
Visit Geneva or Gstaad in the afternoon (if possible). I am thinking whether I should visit either Geneva or Gstaad instead of the chocolate train on day day 8)
Day 10: Montreux to Zermatt by train (arrival at Zermatt around 1 PM)
Zermatt to Gornergrat Bahn
Check in to Hotel Metropol for 2 nights
Day 11: Matterhorn Glacier Paradise cablecars in the morning
Local sightseeing at Zermatt in the afternoon
Day 12: Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz (upgrade to 1st class for this scenic journey for the duration)
Check in at Hotel Steffani at St. Moritz or Hotel Privata Sils Maria
Day 13: Diavolezza or Corvatsch in the moring
Visit to Sils maria and Lake Silvapana
Dinner at Mouttas Muraghl
Day 14: Bernina Express to Tirano (planning to upgrade to 1st class for the scenic journey)
Tirano to Bellagio, spend 2 days there before heading back home from Milan Airport
I would request your suggestions to make it better. Have I packed too many mountain excursions in the trip? My wife loves mountains, she want to see the snow peaked mountains though we are traveling in summer.
Some specific questions:
- Whether to stay at Montreux (Eden Palace) or we can consider Glion (Victoria) because of the views? Is commuting from Glion will be difficult compared to Montreux?
- Whether to stay at St. Moritz (Steffani) or we can consider staying at Sils Maria (Privata) (again mainly for the views). As we are staying only 1 full day at St. Moritz region, should we base ourselves in town rather than in Sils Maria? We have to catch Bernina express at 930 AM as well.
- Since we'll visit Lindt section at Transport museum, should we consider dropping chocolate train and plan instead a day trip either for Geneva or Gstaad or Chamonix?
Sorry for the long mail. Hope to get expert suggestions from the experts here.