10 days in Swiss Alps & Island of Malta Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva, Train to Zermatt
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Pontresina, Switzerland
— 1 night
Lugano, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train to Milan Malpensa, Fly to St. Paul's Bay
St. Paul's Bay, Malta
— 4 nights


Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Take a break from the city and head to Sunnegga and 5 Lakes Walk. Get some historical perspective at Mountaineers' Cemetery and Intercontinental Church Society. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Gorner Gorge, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and stop by Laderach.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Zermatt trip planner.

London, UK to Zermatt is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and train. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Zermatt due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Pontresina.
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Pontresina, Switzerland — 1 night

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. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Berninapass, explore the striking landscape at Morteratsch Glacier, then explore the activities along Lake St. Moritz, and finally take some stellar pictures from Muottas Muragl.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Pontresina road trip app.

Getting from Zermatt to Pontresina by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. In August in Pontresina, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Lugano.
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Lugano, Switzerland — 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 (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Monte Tamaro, appreciate the views at Valle Verzasca, then admire the masterpieces at OnArte, then explore the ancient world of Monte San Giorgio, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Artrust SA. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande, then step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona, and then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Montebello.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lugano road trip planning site.

Getting from Pontresina to Lugano by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pontresina in August: high temperatures in Lugano hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to St. Paul's Bay.
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St. Paul's Bay, Malta — 4 nights

Named after the saint who laid the foundations of Christianity on Malta over two millennia ago, St.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Malta Classic Car Collection Museum and Tools, Trades and Traditions Museum. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ghajn Tuffieha Bay and St. Peter’s Pool. You'll find plenty of places to visit near St. Paul's Bay: Valletta (Casa Rocca Piccola, The Silversmith's Shop, &more) and Fort Rinella (in Kalkara). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, pause for some serene contemplation at Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Paul, contemplate the long history of Mellieha Air Raid Shelter, and get to know the fascinating history of Mdina Old City.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the St. Paul's Bay trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Lugano to St. Paul's Bay by combination of train and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lugano in August: high temperatures in St. Paul's Bay hover around 37°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Swiss Alps travel guide

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.

Island of Malta travel guide

Historic Walking Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Gardens
As the largest island in the country, Island of Malta is a center for Mediterranean discovery, luxurious relaxation, historical exploration, and buzzing European nightlife. Surrounded by ancient temples and old cities, the island almost feels like an archaeological site that's been converted into a prime vacation spot. Tourists flock here for the aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea, but you don't have to spend all your time on the beach. With a plethora of activities for any type of traveler, you may find yourself exploring a national museum, admiring the collections of boats and yachts in the bays, or people-watching in one of the many bustling squares.