8 days in Swiss Alps Itinerary

8 days in Swiss Alps Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Swiss Alps visit planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Zurich, Train to Zermatt
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
Drive
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St. Moritz
— 1 night
Drive
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Davos
— 1 night
Drive
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Lugano
— 2 nights
Train to Milan Malpensa, Fly to Los Angeles

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Zermatt

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Get in touch with nature at The Matterhorn and Parasailing & Paragliding. Explore Zermatt's surroundings by going to Saas-Fee (Saas Fee Ski Resort & Swiss Ski School Saas Fee). There's much more to do: get great views at Gornergrat, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trockener Steg, enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Breithorn.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Zermatt road trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Zermatt is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Zermatt is 9 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:

St. Moritz

— 1 night
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Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Piz Corvatsch, appreciate the views at Engadine, admire all the interesting features of Piz Nair, then get great views at Diavolezza, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Moritz, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Muottas Muragl.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read St. Moritz route builder app.

You can drive from Zermatt to St. Moritz in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or ride a tram. December in St. Moritz sees daily highs of 40°F and lows of 27°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Davos.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 5:

Davos

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Davos Skiing Resort, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the awesome beauty at Jakobshorn, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Davos, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parsenn Skigebiet, and finally hit the slopes at Davos Klosters Ski Resort.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Davos online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from St. Moritz to Davos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Davos are 39°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lugano.

Things to do in Davos

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature
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Lugano

— 2 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Piazza della Riforma, walk around Parco Ciani, explore the activities along Lake Lugano, then explore the ancient world of Monte San Giorgio, then browse the different shops at Fox Town Factory Stores, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Splash & Spa Tamaro. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Monte Bre, appreciate the views at Valle Verzasca, then step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello di Montebello.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lugano trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Davos to Lugano in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and tram. Traveling from Davos in December, expect nights in Lugano to be about the same, around 31°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Baths

Side Trips

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Swiss Alps travel guide

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Mountains · Bodies of Water · Lookouts
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.