Itinerary challenge...

Jan 30th, 2014, 07:00 AM
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Itinerary challenge...

hi All,

Planning a trip starting early August, 3 people my 7 years old son comes with my wife and I.

4D @ Paris (city tour and shopping)

4D @ Swiss (visit the famous mountain and scenery)

2D @ Piemonte (vineyard, Italian cuisine)

Re Swiss, I m not interested in big cities. I want to visit either Jungfrau or Matterhorn! And would like to have a walk with my family. We aren't good at hiking, so just want to try some mild routes. Also I like driving around, hence would like to find a nice spot that is suitable for driving. If could plus an hour or two mild hiking, it's perfect.

With the help from other advocates and surfing the net, now I have a few options:

1) Eigergletsher to Alpiglen(Grindewald) (2 hours)
2) Blauherd(Zermatt) - Lake Stelli - Rifflalp (2.5 hr) - the five lake walk
3) Drive from Martigny to Col de la Gueulaz on Lake Emosson (2000m/6600ft).
4) Drive from Martigny to Grand St Bernard Pass

Not sure which one is suitable for us?! Any thought?

And I will drive from Swiss to Piemomte, Italy, spent a night there and will be returning to Swiss in the next day. Therefore the pick of the spots at Swiss needs to consider the road trip to Piemomte too.

Any thoughts? Too greedy?
Matterhorn or Jungfrau?
Elger trail or five lake walk?

Thanks for the advice I'm advance.
loklok is offline  
Jan 30th, 2014, 07:09 AM
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Pretty darn long drive for one dinner in Italy. I would rethink that, particularly with a 7 year old.
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Jan 30th, 2014, 07:19 AM
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With a 7-year old? This is not good. Paris, ok; some swiss touring, maybe but need an anchor at the end for a couple of days for junior to wind down. Kids are creatures of habit.
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Jan 30th, 2014, 09:25 AM
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Where do you fly home from? I agree that the overnight trip to Piemonte is out of your way and not worth it for such a short time. If you have not already purchased your airline tickets, fly into Paris and home from somewhere in Switzerland.
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Jan 30th, 2014, 10:49 AM
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I understood you to say that you wanted to choose one of those four options, not all four. If I'm right, I don't think it's too much. Also, since Piemonte shares a border with Switzerland, I don't know why anyone would rule out a trip to Piemonte from Switzerland before even knowing the starting and ending points.

Grindelwald would be a long drive from any place in Piemonte. If you decide to stay there, you should probably drive to some place on Lake Maggiore, just inside the Italian border. Cannobio is supposed to be nice. Martigny has pretty good roads in the direction of Switzerland, and the drive to Lake Maggiore would take about three hours. Most of the places you want to visit in Switzerland are really nearer to the Val d'Aosta region of Italy then to Piemonte. There are various Italian towns in that region that are less than a two hour's drive from Martigny. A good part of the Val d'Aosta region is French speaking, as is the Martigny region, if I'm not mistaken.
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Jan 30th, 2014, 12:09 PM
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An easy easy walk is near Grindelwald - the famous Ridge Walk between the Mannlichen and Kleine Schiedegg - a fairly wide trail and fairly flat though gently ascending when going toward Kl Scheidegg - even baby carriages could do that few mile stroll. From Grindelwald take a cable car to Mannlichen, knows for its supreme views over Interlaken wedged between its two lakes far below and all over the Swiss Alps - at Kl Scheidegg you can take a train back to Grindelwald or continue on to the famous Jungfraujoch where there are loads of neat things for kids to go - ice caves, walk to the nearby glacier, etc

but cars cannot go beyong Grindelwald so no driving after that.
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