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travel from nice to zermatt, gruyere, interlaken and Lucerne

I will be traveling from Paris, provence, nice and would like to go to Swizterland. Itinerary something like this:

Day 1- Leave Nice travel to Zermatt
Day 2- Ride Gornergrat train in morning than Klein Matterhorn afternoon
Day 3- stop in Gruyere to see charming town and tour cheese factory (is there a place to store luggage at train station) then contintue onto Interlaken
Day 4- ride the Jungfaujoch train and explore all day
Day 5- travel to Lucerne- do night cruise and chapel bridge
Day 6- take cable car to Mt Pilatus- do tobaggan run and hike dragons trail
Day 7- depart for home

This will be in the summer using train for transportation.

Is this itinerary do-able? I'm not sure if the train times would work or if i'ts too much travel time. We will be starting in Paris and going to provence/nice. Would it be best to cut off provence/nice and do the itinerary coming from Chamonix?

It's supposed to be a two week vacation but I think even france in a week might be difficult. Is there anyway to tighten up this itinerary to 5 days

Posted by
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I think you may need to refine your agenda after consulting bahn.com and sbb.ch/en about how long it takes to get from place to place on your itinerary. You seem to have allotted 2 nights in Zermatt, 2 nights in Interlaken/Bernese Oberland, and 2 nights in Lucerne before heading off to Zurich to fly home.

Nice to Geneva is a long day. and then three hours farther to get to Zermatt. Remember that Zermatt is at the head of a valley surrounded by (wonderful) mountains. Chamonix is geographically closer as the crow flies - but you have the Alps in the way. Things in Switzerland are closer, but it is still over 2 hours from Zermatt to Interlaken without major stops.

IMO you will have to cut something since you will spend way too much time traveling to actually enjoy the country that you are passing through.

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day 4 - are you only allowing one possible time slot for the Jungfraujoch? What will you do if the weather is bad or the summit is socked in for that time? Always best to allow for mountain weather - the mountains make their own weather.

I can't see how you can do all of that and still be happy at the end.

Posted by
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this itinerary is more of a mad dash in my view. All that remains is the bang of a gun to begin the race, a stopwatch, and a streamer across the train tracks when you arrive at the finish line.

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THank you for your comments. I think I will cut out a few things. Would you recommend cutting out Zermatt if Iḿ already doing Mt. Pilatus and Jungfraujoch? Or Gruyeres?

I was thinking I could travel from nice to Gruyeres (10 hours) and spend the night and stay a half day in Gruyeres before traveling to Lucerne and then staying 3 nights in lucerne to do the activities around there.

I could also cut out lucerne and just do zermatt and Gruyeres.