12 days in Swiss Alps Itinerary

12 days in Swiss Alps Itinerary

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Bus to Boston, Fly to Zurich, Train to Zermatt
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Zermatt
— 3 nights
Drive
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Oberwald
— 1 night
Drive
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Locarno
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pontresina
— 2 nights
Drive
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Flims
— 1 night
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Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to Hartford

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Zermatt — 3 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Go for a jaunt from Zermatt to Ernen to see Hangebrucke Furgangen-Muhlebach about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, and gain interesting insight with Hinterdorfstrasse.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt day trip planning site.

Hartford, USA to Zermatt is an approximately 18-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Hartford to Zermatt, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Oberwald.
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Oberwald — 1 night

Oberwald is a village in the municipality of Obergoms in Goms District in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.It is situated at an elevation of 1377 m and had a population of 277 in December 2007. On the 22nd (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Nufenen Pass, ski along the peaceful trails at Langlaufschule Mathias Hischier, then take a memorable drive along Furka Pass, and finally cruise along Grimsel Pass.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Oberwald trip maker tool.

Explore your travel options from Zermatt to Oberwald with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Locarno.
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Locarno — 3 nights

Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Locarno: Swissminiatur (in Melide), Lugano (Parrocchia Cattolica Romana Sacro Cuore, Lake Lugano, &more) and Fox Town Factory Stores (in Mendrisio). The adventure continues: admire the verdant scenery at Valle Verzasca, don't miss a visit to Piazza Grande, take in the awesome beauty at Monte Tamaro, and cool off at Lido Locarno.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Locarno trip site.

Traveling by car from Oberwald to Locarno takes 2 hours. July in Locarno sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pontresina.
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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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Muottas Muragl, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Moritz, then get great views at Diavolezza, and finally explore the striking landscape at Berninapass. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Val Roseg, then explore the striking landscape at Morteratsch Glacier, then take some stellar pictures from Piz Nair, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Engadine.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Pontresina trip builder website.

Getting from Locarno to Pontresina by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Locarno in July, with highs in Pontresina at 69°F and lows at 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Flims.
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Flims — 1 night

Flims is a municipality in the Imboden Region in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the activities along Caumasee.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Flims sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Pontresina to Flims takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for 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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