12 days in Swiss Alps Itinerary

12 days in Swiss Alps Itinerary

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12 days in Swiss Alps Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  15​h
1
Lugano
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
St. Moritz
— 2 nights
train:  8​h 15​min
3
Zermatt
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Martigny
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Newark

2
nights
Lugano

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
When in Lugano, make a side trip to see Falconeria Locarno in Locarno, approximately 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, make a trip to Swissminiatur, take in the awesome beauty at Monte San Salvatore, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lugano journey planner.

Newark, USA to Lugano is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. In May, daytime highs in Lugano are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Swissminiatur, Tamborini Vini, Fox Town Factory Stores, Falconeria Locarno
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Parco Civico ©
Parco Civico
Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore

2
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): get great views at Diavolezza, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Moritz, then get great views at Muottas Muragl, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Morteratsch Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Chesa Futura, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Piz Nair, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Piz Corvatsch.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Moritz road trip planning tool .

Getting from Lugano to St. Moritz by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lugano in May: high temperatures in St. Moritz hover around 55°F and lows are around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Morteratsch Glacier
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Lake St. Moritz ©
Lake St. Moritz
Morteratsch Glacier ©
Morteratsch Glacier
Diavolezza ©
Diavolezza

3
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for nature, winter sports, museums, historic sites, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, make a trip to Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Zermatt trip builder website .

You can take a train from St. Moritz to Zermatt in 8.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Martigny.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School ©
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School

2
nights
Martigny

Martigny ©
Martigny is the capital of the French-speaking district of Martigny in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Swiss Vapeur Parc, then get all the equipment you need at Ski Service, then take in the views from Pont de la Batiaz, and finally examine the collection at Fondation Pierre Gianadda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Barryland - Musee et Chiens du St-Bernard, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tourbillon, and then get advice or help at Crans-Montana.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Martigny trip planner .

Take a train from Zermatt to Martigny in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Martigny can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Martigny

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Crans-Montana, Ski Service, Swiss Vapeur Parc, Chateau de Tourbillon
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Fondation Pierre Gianadda ©
Fondation Pierre Gianadda
Ski Service ©
Ski Service
Swiss Vapeur Parc ©
Swiss Vapeur Parc

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