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7 day itinerary for first vacation in Switzerland

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7 day itinerary for first vacation in Switzerland

My husband and I plan to spend a week in Switzerland mid-September. Though we have individually travelled to cities like Zurich, Geneva on work, this is our first vacation there. I would really appreciate it if I might hear your thoughts on the following itineraries we came up with (suggestions for alternative routes welcome). Also, where possible, pls suggest hotels to stay (3/4* equivalent). We like to stay in quiet areas, with good views and walks in the vicinity.

Option 1:

Day 1: London-Zurich, and onwards to Lucerne, excursions around town, if possible

Day 2: Mount Titlis (or Rigi) etc., overnight in Lucerne

Day 3: Lucerne to Interlaken (by Golden Pass), onwards to Murren/ Wengen

Days 4-5: Jungfraujoch, Grindelwald, etc., overnight in Murren or Wengen

Day 6: Via Interlaken to Montreux (by Golden Pass)

Day 7: Around Montreux: Chateau Chillon, etc.

Day 8: Montreux to Geneva and onwards to London

(Could alternatively start in Geneva and move north-east instead. Journey time every day is quite limited in this option, giving us some additional time for excursions)

Option 2:

Day 1: London-Geneva, onwards to Montreux

Day 2: Around Montreux: Chateau Chillon, etc.

Day 3: Montreux to Interlaken (by Golden Pass), onwards to Murren or Wengen

Days 4-5: Jungfraujoch, Grindelwald, etc., overnight in Murren or Wengen

Day 6: To Interlaken, onwards to Brig to catch Glacier Express to Davos or St. Moritz, via Chur

Day 7: In Davos/ St. Moritz

Day 8 To Zurich and onwards to London

Thanks!

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1. Re: 7 day itinerary for first vacation in Switzerland

id go for option 2!

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2. Re: 7 day itinerary for first vacation in Switzerland

Hello fellow Londoner,

Both your itineraries will give you a sweeping view of some really interesting areas of Switzerland,, but little time to get acquained with any particular place. One of the joys of living in London is that we are so close to the Continent and it is so easy to get to Switzerland by air or rail. So might you consider limiting yourself to 2 bases on this vacation? If you love it, you can return to Switzerland. So how about -

1) Lucerne (3 nights) + Wengen or Murren (4 nights) OR

2) Wengen or Murren (4 nights) + Montreux area (3 nights)

OR

3) Lucerne (3 nights) + St Moritz area (4 nights)

OR

4) Montreux area (3 nights) + [taking the Glacier Express from Brig] St Moritz area (4 nights)

Any of the above would offer quiet areas, good views and walks, some great 3 and 4 star hotels, etc.

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If we go for option 2 (i.e. Glacier express from Brig and onwards to Zurich, instead of going via Lucerne), which do you think is better to spend 2 days at: St. Moritz or Davos?

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4. Re: 7 day itinerary for first vacation in Switzerland

St Moritz.

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