10-day Swiss travel itinerary
I'm flying into Zurich from India on 17th of this month with my husband and 2 kids (6yrs and 12yrs). I've made a rough itinerary to make the best use of my time there. I would appreciate your feedback along with any additions/deletions to this itinerary.
May 17th - Landing in Zurich at 7 PM local time
18th, 19th, 20th - Lucerne
- Dying lion monument
- Chapel bridge
- Water tower
- Glacier garden
- Mt. Pilatus
- Lucerne to Basel day trip
20th evening to Interlaken
21, 22, 23, 24 stay in this area
- Mount Schilthorn
- Trummelbach falls
- Glacier gorge
24th afternoon leave for Montreux
24, 25 stay in this area
- Chillon castle
- Lake Geneva
May 26th back to Zurich
- City tour
- Rhine falls
27th evening - fly back to India
Few other questions:
1) Considering the extensive travel I'm planning, I think getting the Swiss pass (saver along with the family card) would be the best option. Thoughts?
2) To avoid delivery and the fees (15 CHF) if opting for airport collection while purchasing online from the Swiss Railways website, I'm thinking of getting the pass at the airport upon arrival. But I read on this forum that the travel center is open only until 10.30 PM. My flight is supposed to land at 7 PM in Zurich. What if the flight gets delayed? How would I purchase the pass in that case? Is there an automated kiosk or something from where the passes can be purchased?
What other alternatives do I have?
Thanks in advance.
10-day Swiss travel itinerary
You've got quite a packed itinerary. Love it!
If you don't have a particular reason to go to Basel, I'd skip it (sad, sad but I don't think you can make it all). Instead, use that day to visit the Rhine Falls and Schaffhausen
. Return to Lucerne for another overnight and then head to Interlaken on the 21st.
Leave early morning via Brünig-Hasliberg so you can visit Ballenberg
(and maybe Brienz
) on your way to Interlaken the same day.
Alternately you could visit the Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge near Meiringen
(if you are talking about that particular gorge). Unfortunately, you won't have time for both, Ballenberg and Rosenlaui. The latter would be a day trip from Interlaken, maybe in combination with the Sherlock Holmes museum.
Combine Trümmelbach Falls
with the visit to the Schilthorn
: Round trip from Lauterbrunnen to Mürren - Schilthorn and then via Stechelberg and Trümmelbach back to Lauterbrunnen. You need each a day
for the Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn. Therefore I recommend visiting Bern
on your way back from Montreux to Zürich. If you still have time left when you return from the roundtrip to the Jungfraujoch
, you can go up to Harder Kulm
for some more scenic views.On the 24th
you could take the cruise from Interlaken West to Spiez
(all tickets valid), and then board the train there to Zweisimmen to catch the Golden Pass to Montreux
. The boat launch in Spiez is a little outside the train station, so you either have to take the bus or a taxi because I don't recommend you walking up the hill with your luggage. The boat ride sure would be a nice addition if the weather cooperates. Use June 27
for a city tour in Zürich
(instead of visiting the Rhine Falls and risking to miss your flight back home the same day); If time permits, go up to the Uetliberg or take a cruise to Rapperswil and visit this quaint city and Knie's Children Zoo, then head back to Zürich by train.1)
Keep in mind: A Swiss Pass
has to be used on consecutive days
. So you would need to purchase one for 15 days even though you only stay for 10. It could turn out though that a Flexi Pass
would be the better option. This example
will help you figure out the most economical travel pass.2)
As for picking up the trail passes at the airport, I answered your question a couple of days ago here
. Hope this works out for you.
Wishing you a wonderful time!Fida