Plan a trip to Switzerland on your own
It was that time of the year when I normally plan for a trip and decide on a place. I love Australia and it’s my dream to visit it one day. So I started checking different sites to get information regarding Australia but the flight rates itself were more than a lakh!! (phew :( !!) which was much more than my budget. So I started considering other options and zeroed upon Switzerland. The next task which I did was check with number of different available travel operators. But everywhere the minimum estimate was 1.5 lakh for a week with hardly 1 or 2 places being covered.
Finally me and my wife decided to plan the entire trip on our own. Though there are multiple sites but it was kinda difficult to decide which places to cover in Switzerland in a week because accordingly we had to book the tickets to travel from India. So finally we came up with the following plan wherein it was a week’s trip with the breakup as:
- Bangalore (starting point) ⇒ Mumbai ⇒ Zurich
- Day 1: Zurich ⇒ Interlaken (click HERE to see the post)
- Day 2: Interlaken ⇒ Jungfraujoch ⇒ Interlaken (click HERE to see the post)
- Day 3: Interlaken ⇒ Engelberg ⇒ Mt.Titlis ⇒ Luzern ⇒ Interlaken (via Golden Panaromic View Train) (click to see the post for Mt.Titlis HERE and for Luzern HERE)
- Day 4: Interlaken ⇒ St.Moritz (via Glacier Express train.. click to view the post HERE)
- Day 5: St.Moritz ⇒ Zurich (later we covered Chur as well :) ..click to view the post HERE)
- Day 6: Zurich ⇒ RheinFall ⇒ Zurich [click to view the post HERE] (later we covered Kilchberg; home to the corporate headquarters of the confectioner Lindt & Sprüngli)
- Day 7: Back to India
Once the plan was chalked out, we got the following things done:
- Booked the flight tickets: For this again there was confusion. But finally through MakeMyTrip got a really good deal for Bangalore ⇒ Mumbai ⇒ Zurich ⇒ Mumbai ⇒ Bangalore via SwissAir and the total ticket cost came up to 79,000 approximately for 2 people.
- Swiss Rail Passes: This popular Rail Pass for Switzerland gives you unlimited access on the network of Swiss Travel System (train, bus and boat). We took the 8 day pass (there are multiple options available. You can check it out at Swiss Pass.
- Glacier Express Tickets: The Glacier Express is the most famous railway in the world. It travels from Zermatt to St. Moritz in around seven hours. It is a day trip through untouched mountain landscapes, deep gorges, delightful valleys, 91 tunnels and across 291 impressive bridges. You can book the tickets via Glacier Express. We also booked for the meal in the train. NOTE: We did one mistake due to lack of information which you can avoid — We booked a return journey as well in Glacier Express that is ticket for St. Moritz to Zurich. But St.Moritz is well connected to other places. So just book a one way ticket till St.Moritz and while returning back anyways you have the swiss rail pass, thus you can save some money.
- Insurance: Got this done from TATA AIG.
- Visa: Got the swiss visa done via http://travelzon.in/
- Paragliding: We decided to do paragliding on our first day and booked it via AlpinRaft
- Hotel Reservations
We went in the month of October. The weather is a little unpredictable at this time (anything between 7 to 25 degree Celsius). It suddenly rains, but mostly it is quite sunny in the afternoon and quite cold early morning and in the evenings. So accordingly we should carry the clothing like a jacket and a pullover which should be more than enough. Also its better to carry a nice pair of shoes which is anti slippery.
Since food is a little costlier in these places so we also took the following items along with us:
- MTR ready to eat items
- Cup noodles
- Khakra (it is really handy especially while travelling in train, easy to munch along with a cup of coffee + it is healthy as well ;) )
- Also kept biscuits and mixture packet for emergency
Last but not least, we also took some basic medicines like for cold, headache, stomach problems.
Switzerland is indeed a romantic place as you will surely fall in love with this place :D Check out the other posts as to how my each day was in Switzerland and I am sure you would love to travel to this place. Have added links for each day above. Enjoy reading :)
One of the many pics which we took in Switzerland
Originally published at mytravelpedia.net on October 27, 2014.