Persons visiting Switzerland as tourists are to include in their visa applications a probable travel plan on how they intend spending their days in the country.
You can prepare your itinerary by visiting several tourist websites that publish on Switzerland tours and attractions. I will share with you on Jetsanza.com the plausible plan I used for my Swiss visa application.
Before then, let’s take a look at how to prepare a Travel Itinerary.
Things to consider when preparing Travel Itinerary
Choosing where to stay is the first thing to consider when planning an itinerary. You cannot be staying at a hotel which is 200KM apart from the tourist sites you intend visiting. Not possible to live in Accra and be visiting Kumasi daily. So make sure your quest for the cheapest hotel does not send you hundreds of kilometres away from the sites you want to visit. So choose a hotel where you can easily access all the attractions.
Call the internet a friend
The internet should be your friend when planning your travel. There are so many websites loaded with information on tourist sites and events happening during your period of visit. Read about the activities that take place at each site, entrance fees, opening times and reviews by previous visitors.
Distance between attractions
The embassy does not expect to see a perfect travel plan, and that is why it’s termed PLAUSIBLE. A little more research by you to come up with a more plausible itinerary would mean you are genuinely travelling for tourism purpose. Use Google to check the distance between attractions to confirm if it’s possible to visit two or more sites in a day, as mentioned in your itinerary. Also, consider the time you are likely to spend at each attraction so as not to push so many activities in a day.
You were guided by online resources to put together your travel plan. Credit all the websites you picked information from.
TIP: Always make sure each document you include in your visa application has your name on it if the document does not have your name written anywhere. Example is the travel plan. Write your name on as you see in the sample below. This will help Visa Officers trace them easily should it be blown away by fan or finds its way in someone’s documents.
Sample Plausible Itinerary For A Week Stay in Bern For Switzerland Visa Application
MY TRAVEL ITINERARY – AKESSE MOISE SANZA
In planning my itinerary for Bern, I visited several websites relating to Bern tourism, culture and the transport system. Some of the websites that I visited are:
Below is how I will spend my days in Bern:
This is my day of arrival. I will check in into my hotel and take some rest. After that, I will take a walk around the hotel as I take note of restaurants and also get my travel card/bus pass for my entire stay.
I will be visiting the Cathedral Tower to have views of the Old Town and also see where the River Aare flows.
Zentrum Paul Klee is where I will be touring this day to see some of the works of the artist Paul Klee. I will also take the opportunity to see the Albert Einstein House, Art Museum and the Swiss Alpine Museum.
Since Bern is the seat of the Switzerland Government, I will be happy to see The Houses of Parliament (Bundeshaus). I will also take a walking tour of the city of Bern.
I will take a trip to the Bear Pits to see the bears and watch them eat carrots.
This is a shopping day. I will be visiting some of the shops I noted In Bern and see what the city has to offer me. I have read about these shops: Confiserie Eichenberger, Kitchener, Loeb and Membrini Crystal.
I will also stay late in the night to enjoy nightlife in the city of Bern.
I prepare for departure to my home country, Ghana.