Switzerland-Italy Itinerary: A 14-Day Alpine-Lake Adventure with the Bernina Express and Swiss Travel Pass

Experience a remarkable 14-day journey through Switzerland and Italy with the Swiss Travel Pass. This Switzerland itinerary highlights the scenic beauty of Lake Como, the Bernina Express, the GoldenPass Express, and the GoldenPass Belle Epoque, optimizing your 15-Day Swiss Travel Pass for maximum adventure and convenience. Feel free to adjust it to suit your plans. For example, since the highlights of this itinerary are Lake Como and the Bernina Express, if you have only 8-9 days, you can simply reduce the number of overnight stays or cut out some parts that are easier to manage. There’s no need to stick strictly to the number of days outlined here.

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Day 1: Arrival in Zurich and Travel to Interlaken, Lake Brienz

  • Morning: Arrive in Zurich and take a direct train to Interlaken.
  • Afternoon (Summer): Take a cruise on Lake Brienz to Brienz and walk to the Brienz Rothorn station from the pier for a scenic train ride. (Non-Summer) Explore Iseltwald and enjoy a coffee in the village.
  • Evening: Return to Interlaken for dinner.
  • Overnight: Interlaken (or Thun or Wilderswil)

Day 2: Grindelwald and First Adventure

  • Morning: Trip to Grindelwald and First.
  • Afternoon: Activities like First Flyer, trottibike, mountain cart, or glider (First Adventure tickets required). For those who enjoy hiking, a 6 km round trip to Bachalpsee.
  • Optional: Paragliding in Interlaken Book Here.
  • Evening: Return to Interlaken.
  • Overnight: Interlaken (or Thun or Wilderswil)

Day 3: Lauterbrunnen Valley Exploration

  • Morning: Visit Schilthorn with a stop at Birg Thrill Walk.
  • Afternoon: Walk from Mürren to Gimmelwald, then take the cable car to Stechelberg. Explore Lauterbrunnen.
  • Evening: Return to Interlaken.
  • Overnight: Interlaken (or Thun or Wilderswil)

Day 4: Kandersteg and Lake Oeschinen OR Glacier 3000, Gstaad, and Les Diablerets

Option 1:

  • Morning: Train to Kandersteg.
  • Afternoon (Summer): Enjoy the toboggan at Oeschinensee, then take a bus to Blausee.
  • Evening: Return to Interlaken.
  • Overnight: Interlaken (or Thun or Wilderswil)

Option 2:

  • Morning: Train to Gstaad, then bus to Glacier 3000.
  • Afternoon: Visit the serene village of Les Diablerets. Return to Gstaad and take the Belle Epoque back to Interlaken.
  • Overnight: Interlaken (or Thun or Wilderswil)

Day 5: Interlaken to Montreux, and Vevey

  • Morning: Train to Montreux on the GoldenPass Express.
  • Afternoon: Head to Vevey and enjoy the farmer’s market (Tuesday or Saturday) and visit Lavaux Vineyards for wine tasting.
  • Evening: Return to Montreux and dinner.
  • Overnight: Montreux (or Lavaux or Lausanne).

Day 6: Montreux to Lausanne and Évian-les-Bains

  • Morning: Train to Lausanne.
  • Afternoon: Visit Ouchy and take a ferry (free with Swiss Travel Pass) to Évian-les-Bains in France (35-minute journey).
  • Evening: Return to Montreux.
  • Overnight: Montreux (or Lauvaux or Lausanne).

Day 7: Montreux to Zermatt

  • Morning: Train to Zermatt.
  • Afternoon: Explore Zermatt and visit Gornergrat for views of the Matterhorn.
  • Evening: Dinner in Zermatt.
  • Overnight: Zermatt

Day 8: Zermatt Exploration

  • Morning: Visit the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise.
  • Afternoon: Leisure time in Zermatt.
  • Evening: Dinner in Zermatt.
  • Overnight: Zermatt

Day 9: Zermatt to Milan

  • Morning: Train to Milan.
  • Afternoon: Explore Milan, visit the Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
  • Evening: Dinner in Milan.
  • Overnight: Milan

Day 10: Milan to Varenna

  • Morning: Depart from Milan to Varenna.
  • Afternoon: Explore Varenna’s waterfront and Villa Monastero.
  • Evening: Dinner with views of Lake Como.
  • Overnight: Varenna

Day 11: Exploring Lake Como

  • Morning: Leisure time in Varenna or visit Castello di Vezio.
  • Afternoon: Ferry trip to Bellagio and enjoy dinner there.
  • Evening: Return to Varenna.
  • Overnight: Varenna

Day 12: Varenna to Chur on the Bernina Express

  • Morning: Train from Varenna to Tirano.
  • Midday: Bernina Express from Tirano to Chur.
  • Evening: Explore Chur.
  • Overnight: Chur

Day 13: Chur to Zurich

  • Morning: Train to Zurich.
  • Afternoon: Free time in Zurich.
  • Evening: Dinner in Zurich.
  • Overnight: Zurich

Day 14: Departure from Zurich

  • Morning: Head to Zurich Airport for your departure.

Extended Options:

  • Days 11-12 as an Extension:
    • These two days in Varenna can be an extension to explore Lake Como in depth. Visit Castello di Vezio, take a ferry to Bellagio, and enjoy the picturesque surroundings of Lake Como.

Set to discover the Alpine and Italian splendors? This 10-day adventure, designed for the 15-day Swiss Travel Pass, is just the beginning. If a destination within this journey steals your heart, feel free to linger longer and dive deeper. Our itinerary is built for customization, allowing you to extend your stay wherever you’re drawn most. SwissASAP is ready to help personalize your experience. Book your Swiss Travel Pass and craft the trip of your dreams.

In addition to our featured itinerary, we have two more simple, 8-day Swiss Travel Pass-based adventures for those looking to explore further:

For a full overview of all our Swiss travel options, return to the main Switzerland itinerary page.

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