17 days in Swiss Alps Itinerary

17 days in Swiss Alps Itinerary

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17 days in Swiss Alps Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
+3
train + tram + Fly + train:  17​h
1
Zermatt
— 1 night
train:  2​h
2
Bettmeralp
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Saas-Fee
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Le Bouveret
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Lugano
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
St. Moritz
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

1
night
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 3rd (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Matterhorn Ski Paradise. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Roemisch-katholische Kirche Tasch, take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, take in the dramatic natural features at Gorner Gorge, then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally don't miss a visit to Mountaineers' Cemetery.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Zermatt route builder app .

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Zermatt is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Zermatt, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Bettmeralp.

Things to do in Zermatt

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Roemisch-katholische Kirche Tasch
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Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga

3
nights
Bettmeralp

Bettmeralp ©
Bettmeralp is a municipality in the district of Raron in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg and Allmendhubel. Take a break from the city and head to Via Ferrata and Aletsch Glacier. Get out of town with these interesting Bettmeralp side-trips: Gemmi Pass (in Kandersteg) and Lauterbrunnen Village (in Lauterbrunnen). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Furka Pass and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bettmeralp online travel planner .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Bettmeralp in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Saas-Fee.

Things to do in Bettmeralp

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Murren, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Furka Pass, Lauterbrunnen Village, Gemmi Pass
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village
Via Ferrata ©
Via Ferrata

3
nights
Saas-Fee

Saas-Fee is the main village in the Saastal, or the Saas Valley, and is a municipality in the district of Visp in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. Step out of the city life by going to Speed Boats Tours and Bachalpsee Lake. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken and Maennlichen. Explore Saas-Fee's surroundings by going to Interlaken (Hohematte Park & Alpenwildpark) and Staubbach Waterfall (in Lauterbrunnen). It doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Schynige Platte.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Saas-Fee itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bettmeralp to Saas-Fee. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Le Bouveret.

Things to do in Saas-Fee

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Interlaken, Grindelwald, Schynige Platte, Staubbach Waterfall
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Speed Boats Tours
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Schynige Platte ©
Schynige Platte

2
nights
Le Bouveret

Le Bouveret ©
On the 11th (Sun), glide through natural beauty at Glacier 3000, then explore the fascinating underground world of The Bex Salt Mines, and then examine the collection at Fondation Pierre Gianadda. On the next day, do a tasting at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, go for a walk through Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, then take in the awesome beauty at Rochers-de-Naye, and finally pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Le Bouveret sightseeing app .

Traveling by car from Saas-Fee to Le Bouveret takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Le Bouveret

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Montreux, Glacier 3000, The Bex Salt Mines, Fondation Pierre Gianadda
Highlights from your plan
Glacier 3000 ©
Glacier 3000
The Bex Salt Mines ©
The Bex Salt Mines
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards ©
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards

2
nights
Lugano

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): make a trip to Piazza della Riforma, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte San Salvatore, then walk around Parco Civico, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Bre. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Tamaro, cruise along Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina, and then admire the landmark architecture of Gotthard Bank.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lugano trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Le Bouveret to Lugano by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina, Monte Tamaro
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Monte Bre ©
Monte Bre
Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina ©
Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina
Monte Tamaro ©
Monte Tamaro

4
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Explore hidden gems such as Engadine and Val Roseg. Take a break from the city and head to Bernina Pass and Lake St. Moritz. You'll find plenty of places to visit near St. Moritz: Caumasee (in Flims) and Old Town Chur (in Chur). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Muottas Muragl, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Piz Nair, and explore the striking landscape at Morteratsch Glacier.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our St. Moritz trip planning website .

You can drive from Lugano to St. Moritz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Lugano in August, expect St. Moritz to be little chillier, temps between 66°F and 51°F. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Pontresina, Caumasee, Bernina Pass, Old Town Chur
Highlights from your plan
Piz Nair ©
Piz Nair
Morteratsch Glacier ©
Morteratsch Glacier
Bernina Pass ©
Bernina Pass

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