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15 days Switzerland Itinerary from Lake Como to Zurich

Hi Guys,

I need help with deciding a 15day Swiss itinerary. We will be travelling in October to Switzerland from Lake Como and flying back home from Zurich. Can someone suggest the best itinerary for 15 days in Switzerland? We will be having Swiss Travel Pass with us.

I have thought of the following routes:

Option1:
Lugano to Zermatt
Zermatt to the french side(Montreux, Lausanne, Geneva.)
Montreux take the Golden Pass MOB and go to Interlaken/Lauterbrunen/Wengen/Murren.

Then move to Lucerne. Explore Lucerne
Lucerne to Zurich.

Option2:
Lake Como to Lugano
Lugano to Lucerne via GPE. Explore Lucerne.
Lucerne to Interlaken/Lauternrunnen/Murren. Day trip to Bern/Thun.
Interlaken to Montreux/Geneva/Lausanne. Day trip to Annecy.
Montreux to Zermatt.
Zermatt to Zurich.

Option3:
Lake Como to Tirano
Tirano to Chur by Bernina Express.
Chur to Lucerne.
Lucerne to Interlaken/Lauternrunnen/Murren. Day trip to Bern/Thun.
Interlaken to Montreux/Geneva/Lausanne. Day trip to Annecy.
Montreux to Zermatt.
Zermatt to Zurich.

It would be great if someone could please suggest which itinerary sounds good? Or is there any other way to do this? Please note that I have my parents (60+years of age) with us. Do you think this is a rushed planned?

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Hi,
I would suggest either a fairly relaxed combo of options 1 & 2:
- 1-2 nights in Lugano
- 3 in Zermatt (2 is technically enough, but you need a "weather buffer")
- 3-4 in Vevey, to explore the Lausanne-Montreux area - skip Geneva, and don't think of a day trip to Annecy which is too far
- 5 in the Berner Oberland
- 2 in Luzern, from where Zürich airport is within reach if your flight is after 10 AM.

Or a slightly faster-paced route based on option 3, staying in Pontresina, St Moritz or Samedan rather than Tirano:
- 3 nights Pontresina via Bernina railway
- Glacier Express to Zermatt, 3 nights
- 3 nights Vevey,
- 4 nights Berner Oberland
- 2 nights Luzern