7 days in Swiss Alps Itinerary
Fly to Zurich, Train to Lugano
— 2 nights
— 1 night
— 3 nights
Train to Zurich, Fly to Philadelphia
Sun, Jan 8 - Sat, Jan 14
Lugano — 2 nights
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.On the 9th (Mon), stop by Giuseppe Giglia S.A. Marrons Glaces and then slough off your stress at Splash & Spa Tamaro. On your second day here, walk around Parco Ciani, then explore the activities along Lake Lugano, then get great views at Monte San Salvatore, and finally browse the different shops at Fox Town Factory Stores.
To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lugano travel route planner.
Philadelphia, USA to Lugano is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to St. Moritz.
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St. Moritz — 1 night
St.Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get great views at Piz Nair, take some stellar pictures from Diavolezza, then explore the activities along Lake St. Moritz, and finally take some stellar pictures from Muottas Muragl.
For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the St. Moritz online travel planner.
Drive from Lugano to St. Moritz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Lugano in January, with highs in St. Moritz at 34°F and lows at 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.
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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.On the 12th (Thu), tour along fresh powder with Sunnegga, pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, then stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. On your second day here, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, fly down the slopes at Saas-Fee Ski Resort, and then tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour.
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Getting from St. Moritz to Zermatt by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or ride a tram. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.
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Swiss Alps travel guide
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.