In the planning phase for an April 2020 (was originally May 2020) trip to northern Italy and Switzerland for myself, sister and brother-in-law all from Chicago. This is our first time travelling to Europe and we could use your expert advice on the travel.
We were hoping to fly into Milan, see northern Italy, then make our way up through Switzerland, flying out of Zurich. But there are no direct flights from Chicago to Milan. And it looks like 2 one-way tickets will be around $2000 (we want 1 change maximum with not a long layover). If we were to do a roundtrip to Zurich, the price looks to be about $1000. I know it’s still a little early and all flights probably aren’t showing yet.
Our original plans were 4 full days in northern Italy (not including day to fly), train to Lauterbrunnen for 4 nights, train to Lucerne for 4 nights, and train to Zurich for 3 nights (for day trip to Konstanz / Meersburg and possibly Colmar (I know, still too far 😊), and then fly out of Zurich.
So, I have several questions for the expert travelers:
1) Does it make sense to just fly in and out of Zurich (cheaper and would both be direct flights)?
2) Would it then make sense to take a train directly to Milan Central?
3) Or would it make more sense to stay in the Zurich area for a few nights, then train to Milan, then back up to Lauterbrunnen and Lucerne?
4) Another option I’m not thinking of?
I appreciate any advice you can offer.