good day people, i plan to visit the beautiful country of switzerland before heading down to milan. after going through many itenarys, i have came up with mine and would like to enquire if its do-able i will be flying in from zurich and leaving in milan MXP my purpose of the trip would be for scenery sightingseeings and i would like to take the glacier express. for travel i would get the 4 day swiss pass. day 1 >>arrive zurich airport, head to luzern sleep for the night. day 2 >>leave luzern in morning, leave for ponstresina, take glacier express from ponstresina to lausanne. sleep the night in lausanne day 3>> leave lausanne, take golden pass train to berner oberland, spend the night in berner oberland day 4/5 >> leave for bern (either i spend the day in bern or head on to zurich and stay for the night in zurich, then take the train from zurich to MILAN CENTRALE (if i stay in bern for 1 day then i will head to zurich the next day for the train to milan) day 5 >> zurich, train to italy (no idea which station in italy should i stop in, considering my journey home will be from MILAN MXP). 1) does my itenary seem ok for a sightseeing trip? 2) my holiday ends in MILAN MXP, so should i take the train to other parts of italy. eg Venice, then end in MILAN . or should i transit in milan and head on to other parts of italy? thank you for your time.
Hi alex. Regarding question #2 - the first main stop on the train line from Switz is in Milan. Given that, I'm unclear what you are asking; maybe you could take a look at a map and then if you still have a quesiton, clarify. Enjoy your trip!
thanks Kay for your time and help, i had planned to spend a week or so in switzerland, as this is my first time travelling to swisss, i am not sure as to how many days i should spend in each part of swiss, maybe you could help me with a few suggesstions?. thank you :)
hi bob, thanks for your time and help, my question is that when i head down from zurich to italy. should i travel, 1) zurich >> milan >> venice,rome,florence, >> back to milan (MXP) for flight home or 2) zurich >> venice,rome,florence, >> end in milan and trip home. should i take the transit in milan first, or start off right away in venice? thanks for your help :)
Avoid one night stays in the Alps. At an absolute minimum, I would budget three nights in one Alpine location. That gives you two full days, which allows for a better chance of having good weather. Don't discount the effect of bad weather- in nearly two dozen trips to the Alps, I've had plenty of days that where I couldn't do anything except sit in my hotel while waiting for the weather to clear.
I think you are doing way too much riding the train. I would spend a day in Luzern, take train to Interlaken and up the Lauterbrunnen Valley (spend 2-3 nights in Berner Oberland). The train to Montreux is beautiful and might be worth the trip, but I think you see enough between Luzern and Interlaken. Also, I don't think you need to go all the way back to Zurich to head to Milan. We went from Luzern to Milan directly (and will save you miles, time, and money). Do you have to fly into Zurich? Otherwise fly into Geneva, take boat to Montreux, train to Interlaken/Berner Oberland, train to Luzern, then train to Milan. That's what I did and it worked out beautifully. Have fun... what I would give to be heading back to Switzerland again. It was my favorite in all of Europe.
thank you all for your kind feedback, after receiving many construtive feedback i have since re-constructed my itenary and stretched it to 8 days sightseeing adventure sorry to sound like a newbie because this is my first trip into swiss and i was just blindly joining all the points on the map kay is right to a certain extent regarding our work/life reality, normally we would want to cover as much as we can in a particular country and then move on to explore new destinations, unless if we can afford the time, we might do repeated visits to the same place to cover previously uncovered places. i think we got off on the wrong foot kay, we are all nice people who want to look forward to have a nice relaxing holiday too, cheers.
tom : thanks tom i will take note to that. jeff : thanks for your feedback, my new itenary is somewhat similar to what you have suggested, i had thought of heading to zurich to take a look at the place, but i had since dropped it since its out of the way. maybe another time ha. my flight promotion from swiss intl only lands in zurich haha :0
Jeff's suggestion is excellent. My wife and I made almost this exact trip in 2011, the only exception being we took a train from Geneva to Lausanne. The train trip from Montreux to Luzern was marvelous--even though the higher peaks of the Alps were cloud-covered. The notion of an itinerary that allows for changing weather conditions is almost a "must".