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30 day itenerary

Planning to go to the Passion Play in Oberammergau too. Will have a car. Booking AirBnB's. (X)=nights lodging.

Fly to Zurich first few days of June (1)
Oberammergau (2) (Passion Play)
Apenzell (2) (Check out area, St. Gallen, Ebenalp, cheese tour)
Chur (2) (Not sure on activities, wondered about Bernina Express)
St. Moritz (2) (not sure on activities)
Lugano (3) (lake activities)
Andermatt (1, about mid June) (I want to drive some of the local passes)
Zermatt (3) (Klein Matterhorn cable car, Gornergrat Bahn)
Montreaux (3) (Castle, Gruyeres, Local stuff, and perhaps Golden Pass to Zweisimmen and back)
Bern (2) (not sure)
Interlacken (2) (Jungfraujoch, other)
Lauterbrunnen (4) (Schilithorn Cable Car, Trummelbach Falls, possible drive passes)
Luzern (3) (Mt Pilatus Cog Rail, Mt. Rigi, Boar/rail tour, return to Zurich last morning for flight)

Looking for suggestions and a question about the Glacier Express. Without riding for 8 hours, is there a stretch we could take and return same route that would be best.

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The overall route looks good to me! I have comments on Chur/St Moritz, Bern, Interlaken.

I would remove the stop in Chur and distribute the 2 nights to Appenzell and St Moritz.
Rather than St Moritz, which is not that pretty as a town and not convenient with a car, I would stay in Pontresina or Samedan. The Gletscher Hotel in Morteratsch would also be nice, a few miles up from Pontresina.
Regarding Bernina Express, no need to do the whole things from Chur to Tirano. You will be able to travel the Bernina railway from Pontresina/Samedan. As for the Albula Railway... Since you have a car, you will be able to drive the Albula Pass and that's just as good - probably better even!

Do not split your nights between Interlaken and Lauterbrunnen; stay in Lauterbrunnen the whole time (or just leave the car there and stay in a village higher up).

Bern is your call. It is a beautiful city, but you could choose to spend that time elsewhere.