Our trip to Switzerland was absolutely amazing. We knew very little about the country prior to communication with Troy at the European travel agency, but he was able to help build our perfect self-guided tour. He set out a sample itinerary, and patiently and efficiently worked through our desires and preferences. He did a great job of keeping us on track, but also supported our ideas that were a little outside the box. In the end, we chose to spend a short time in Zurich, 3 days hiking in and around Wengen, 3 days hiking in and around Zermatt, 2 days relaxing in Lugano, and then took a flight home out of Milan.
With the help of Troy, we had an unforgettable trip. Our hikes were challenging, rewarding, and fun, and we were able to see some of the most iconic parts of the breathtaking Alps, including the Matterhorn and the Jungfrau. Troy directed us to stay and hike in smaller villages that gave us the serenity and character we were seeking, but which also had the amenities we needed.
Now that we've discovered Switzerland, we can't wait to go back. We felt so incredibly welcomed by the people of Switzerland, who seemed happy to have us there. We loved the pace of life and the beautiful and exciting landscape, and we can't wait to go back and tackle the Alps with our kids someday!
We would probably skip the Lugano part of the trip now that we've experienced it. Although the lake and city were beautiful, we were very sad to be leaving the mountains behind. Troy tried to tell us, but we didn't listen!
We might also change some of our accommodations. Although we liked all of our hotels, some of them skewed toward older clientele. We would consider giving up some of the creature comforts we received in order to stay in less formal places. In particular, we probably wouldn't stay at the Villa Castagnola in Lugano--it was a little snooty and old-fashioned. We absolutely loved our hotels in Zurich (Hotel Kindli) and Zermatt (Hotel Europe). And though the clientele at the Beau Site (Wengen) was a little older and quieter, we still felt very welcome and content there.
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