Time to start planning for 2019

So September has rolled around and it’s time to start planning our next adventure.  A quick spin of the travel wheel and our next destination is going to be Switzerland.

We’ve been watching lots of You Tube videos, searching websites and plowing through Pinterest pins to determine what locations to visit.  Switzerland is not a huge country, so we think that we can see more than just the highlights.  Beautiful cities and towns, awe inspiring mountains and mountain views, clear glacier fed rivers and lakes and chocolate – lots and lots of chocolate!

Map - Switzerland

Pay no attention to the numbers on the map, that was a prior iteration of the plan.  However, many of the locations did make it to the final cut.

Here’s the route:

  • Zurich
  • Lucerne
  • Interlaken
  • Lauterbrunnen
  • Lausanne
  • Zermatt
  • St Moritz
  • Lugano
  • Milan

The plan is to go at an easy pace with day trips to round out the itinerary.  There are  quite a number of beautiful locations around Switzerland and with the places we’ve chosen to base ourselves, we will be able to enjoy many of them.

Switzerland has one of the world’s best railway systems, allowing you to travel just about anywhere without having to rent a car.  Where the trains don’t go, they have buses to supplement the routes.  They also have something called a “Swiss Travel Pass” that once you buy it, you don’t have to pay for transportation anywhere in the country.  It covers trains, boats, trams and buses, plus it gives you free entry to over 400 museums throughout the country.  The only exception for transportation costs will be the cable cars and private cog wheel trains that take you to the top of the mountains.

I have the hotels booked and have actually saved a few dollars by booking “far in advance”.  That said, the hotel reservation people have been great to work with on booking what we want.  Many of the websites didn’t allow booking this far ahead, but a quick email with maybe just a touch of “sweet talk” about how we really wanted to stay with them worked its magic – and even brought in a couple discounts and free breakfasts.

The search is now on for flights.  I have my eye on a Swiss Air flight from JFK to Zurich and then on the way back, from Milan to Zurich and then to JFK.  The times are exactly what we want – the price isn’t.  I’m just waiting for the price to drop a bit and then we’ll pounce on it.

So for now, we wait.  Lots of reading and creating the detailed plans for the day trips and excursions to the mountains.

Time for some relaxing cowbell music and maybe an Alphorn or two to set the mood until we go.

 

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