8 days in Swiss Alps Itinerary

8 days in Swiss Alps Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Swiss Alps sightseeing planner
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Make it your trip
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Drive to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Zermatt
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
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Drive to Verbania,Intra, Ferry to Laveno, Drive to Lugano
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Lugano
— 2 nights
Drive
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St. Moritz
— 1 night
Drive
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Chur
— 1 night
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Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to San Jose

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Zermatt — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for sightseeing, nature, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, make a trip to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, hike along 5 Lakes Walk, and take some stellar pictures from Furi Suspension Bridge.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt online travel planner.

San Jose, USA to Zermatt is an approximately 19-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from San Jose to Zermatt, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lugano.
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Parks · Nature · Tours · Trails

Lugano — 2 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): stroll around Parco Ciani, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, then take some stellar pictures from Monte San Salvatore, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Fox Town Factory Stores. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Monte Tamaro, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Falconeria Locarno, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Valle Verzasca, and finally take some stellar pictures from Monte Bre.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lugano travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Zermatt to Lugano takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and tram. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to St. Moritz.
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Parks · Nature · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips

St. Moritz — 1 night

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On the 7th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Berninapass, then get great views at Muottas Muragl, then get great views at Diavolezza, and finally explore the activities along Lake St. Moritz.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the St. Moritz day trip planning app.

You can drive from Lugano to St. Moritz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lugano in October: high temperatures in St. Moritz hover around 53°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Chur.
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Chur — 1 night

Chur or Coire is the capital and largest town of the Swiss canton of Grisons and lies in the Grisonian Rhine Valley, where the Rhine turns towards the north, in the northern part of the canton. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): make a trip to Old Town Chur, contemplate the waterfront views at Caumasee, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Chur trip planner.

Traveling by car from St. Moritz to Chur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or ride a tram. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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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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