My wife and I are traveling to Switzerland in June 2020. We have our air travel and hotels booked. I am asking for suggestions of things to consider doing at our stay at 3 locations. We will be based in Chur for 5 nights (arr. Zurich 8 am ), Ascona 6 nights, and Luzern 4 nights. We have an early flight out of Zurich so we will stay close to the airport the last night and probably spend that last full day in Zurich. We like to stay in one area and not move every 1 to 2 days. Chur seems to be considered the ugly stepchild of Swiss towns but seems to be a good hub to find hiking and vineyards to explore in the area. I like to have several sites/activities researched for each area and be flexible to mix and match as weather and interests evolve. Day hikes, winery tours, cultural activities rate high on our priorities. Photography is a passion of mine. My wife is a professional gardener so botanical gardens are high on the list.
We will be getting 15 day Swiss Travel Pass, but will be traveling 16 days. (Arr 6/17 at airport hotel 7/2). Seems best to purchase the day we arrive and get one way tickets for last day travel from Luzern to Zurich then onto airport hotel. Does this make sense?
I would love suggestions to think about in this areas and day trips to consider. Has anyone done the Maggiore Express day trip? Which is “better “ travel option for Chur to Ascona? Bernina Express vs Glacier express to Andermat then transfer to Ascona.
Sorry for the long winded post! Thanks in advance.