16 days in Swiss Alps Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Zermatt
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Zermatt
— 4 nights
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Saas-Fee
— 1 night
Drive
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Lugano
— 4 nights
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Pontresina
— 2 nights
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Davos
— 4 nights
Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to Dammam

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Zermatt — 4 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Venture out of the city with trips to Katholische Pfarrkirche Maria Sieben Freuden (in Bellwald) and Landschaftspark Binntal (in Binn). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Gornergrat, snap pictures at Furi Suspension Bridge, look for gifts at Laderach, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Zermatt online sightseeing planner.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Zermatt is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dammam to Zermatt. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Saas-Fee.
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Saas-Fee — 1 night

Saas-Fee is the main village in the Saastal, or the Saas Valley, and is a municipality in the district of Visp in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Allalinhorn, make a trip to Ice Pavilion, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Saas-Fee Ski Resort, and finally hit the slopes at Swiss Ski School Saas Fee.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Saas-Fee tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Saas-Fee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Lugano.
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Lugano — 4 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lugano: Bellinzona (Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano, Castelgrande, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Lugano, explore the ancient world of Monte San Giorgio, walk around Parco Ciani, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parrocchia Cattolica Romana Sacro Cuore.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lugano trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Saas-Fee to Lugano takes 4 hours. In December in Lugano, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Pontresina.
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Historic Sites · Spas · Baths · Theme Parks
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Pontresina — 2 nights

Pontresina is a municipality in the Maloja Region in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland.History and nameThe city was first mentioned in medieval Latin documents as pontem sarasinam in 1137. On the 18th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Berninapass, take some stellar pictures from Diavolezza, then explore the activities along Lake St. Moritz, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Muottas Muragl. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Val Roseg, appreciate the views at Engadine, then stroll through Piz Nair, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Mineralbad & Spa.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Pontresina itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lugano to Pontresina in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Lugano in December, with highs in Pontresina at 4°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Davos.
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Davos — 4 nights

Change things up with these side-trips from Davos: Val Muestair (in Santa Maria Val Mustair), Old Town Chur (in Chur) and Lenzerheide (Arosa Lenzerheide & Lenzerheide Ski Resort).

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Davos trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Pontresina to Davos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.
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Swiss Alps travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Observation Decks · Mountains
The stunning Swiss Alps cover 65 percent of the Switzerland's surface area with dramatic mountain scenery. Its spectacular peaks and valleys are the result of tectonic thrusts, among them the Jungfrau-Aletsch region, the first World Heritage Site in the Alps. Connected by a network of trains and cable cars, this majestic vacation spot is accessible for all. The Swiss Alps are home to some of the highest mountains in the Alps, including the Monte Rosa, which stands at 4,634 m (15,203 ft). Pristine white snow and perfect blue skies await you, and ski sports and hiking trails aplenty top the list of things to do.
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