Good people on the forum,
I and my wife are landing in Zurich on 11th August and plan to take up the following itinerary. Needed your suggestions on the feasibility of doing this?
11th - reach Zurich in the late afternoon and relax overnight in Zurich
12-13 Paris (Fri-sat)- Leave for Paris on the 12th morning and spend the night in Paris. Leave back for Zurich on the 13th Afternoon
13th- come back from Paris and overnight in Zurich
14th is a Sunday that can be spent with family in Zurich doing local Zurich things and overnight in Zurich
15-Leave for Milan from Zurich. Stay Overnight in Milan
16th- Leave for Cinque Terre from Milan in the morning. Explore Cinque Terre and spend the night in Vernazza
17th- Explore all the 5 villages of Cinque Terre and maybe head to Porto Venere. Return back to Vernazza and overnight in Vernazza
18th- Cinque Terre- Zurich in train. Overnight in Zurich
19th- Leave Zurich and go to the Appenzell region. Take the ebenalp gondola and hike to Schafler/Aescher. Overnight stay in Aescher.
20th- Leave for Wengen from Appenzell. Spend the night in Wengen.
21-23- Spend 3 days in Wengen exploring the area and going on multiple hikes.
24th- Check out from Wengen and head to Zermatt. Overnight stay in Zermatt.
25-- Explore Zermatt. Take multiple hikes and stay overnight in Zermatt.
26th- Check out from the hotel in Zermatt and Spend the day exploring Zermatt. Take a train back to Zurich in the evening and spend the night in Zurich.
27-28th - Lugano+Morcote for 1n 2d
29th - Flight back home at night. So spend the day in Zurich, pack, and leave for the airport
My main concerns are:
1) Is the route that we have taken proper or does it need any change? I saw and figured that Appenzell to Wengen can be quite time-consuming and will require multiple changes of trains(we are planning to take a 15-day flex swiss travel pass). Same thing from wengen- zermatt?
2) Would you guys suggest a swiss travel pass or any other passes? We plan to take a few excursions like gornegratt, glacier 3000, Grindelwald first,schilthorn,Eiger trail etc
3) The reason for going back to Zurich after every base change is because my sister lives there so we save a lot on accommodation and food costs like that
Please help. I am a little anxious now.