6 day Itinerary for Switzerland
(Doha, State of Qatar)
We are planning to visit Switzerland coming Sept 2013 and I've made a rough itinerary as below. Could you kindly help me to fine tune it.
28th Aug: Fly to Milan, and then proceed to Menaggio (Lake Como) and overnight stay
29th Aug: Travel to Lugano by Bus and then from Lugano to Flüelen by Train and then From Flüelen to Lucerne by Boat/Cruise (I think all covered in Swiss pass).
29th Aug: Afternoon round trip cruise in the lake Lucerne and/or a short walk through Lucerne city.
30th Aug: Ttravel to Engelberg & Mt. Titlis (full day excursion).
31st Aug: Do a "Golden Round Trip" to Mt. Pilatus (full day excursion). This makes 3 nights in Lucerne.
1st Sept: Travel to Interlaken (Lucerne to Brienz by train- and Brienz to Interlaken by boat). Small day trip to Beatenberg (catch bus #1 from Interlaken west train station - 20 minute ride only - then might proceed to Niederhorn by cable car).
2nd Sept: Full day trip to Jungfraujoch.
3rd Sept: Travel to Montreux (via Gruyères (to see cheese factory) and Bulle (Chocolate factory) by train.
4th Sept: Take a walk on the Lakeside Promenade Fleuri and a visit to Château-de-Chillon.
5th Sept: Travel to Doha from Geneva
Also is 8 day Swiss saver pass, the best option for above plan?
6 day Itinerary for Switzerland
Nice itinerary. It's a bit sad you only have time to change bus to train in Lugano. The Tessin/Ticino is close to my heart and truly a beautiful part of Switzerland. Otherwise it's all good, and I only can add a few suggestions:
The Wilhelm Tell Express
from Lugano to Lucerne is a first-class trip only. So if you have a Saver Pass second class, you'd have to upgrade. And a reservation is mandatory.
You could do the trip independently. Travel by train second class from Lugano to Flüelen, then board a boat - departure every full hour between 11 am and 5 pm (17:00 hours). Upgrade on the steam boat.
According to your itinerary, you plan to take another boat trip the same afternoon. Since the trip between Flüelen and Luzern already covers the whole length of the lake, and the Golden Roundtrip to the Pilatus ads another stretch of boat trip, I'd recommend using the time differently. Either exploring Lucerne or stay longer in Lugano and catch the last boat in Flüelen.August 30:
The mountain ride between Engelberg and Mount Titlis
is not included in any pass. You receive 50% discount.August 31:
With the Swiss Pass, you need a connecting ticket between Kriens and Alpnachstad
. September 1:
The Bus from Interlaken to Beatenberg - all the way to the end of the very long village takes approximately 40 minutes. There are several stops along the way. You could walk from "Beatenberg Waldegg" to "Beatenberg Station" - easy and practically straight on (about 45 minutes to an hour).
The view to Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau from Beanteberg
The view to Lake Thun and the mountains are beautiful. But if you want to go up to the Niederhorn for more scenic views, I'd recommend taking the bus all the way to "Beatenberg Station" (the last stop).
There you have a choice: either go up to the Niederhorn or take the funicular down to "Beatenberg Bucht" and return from there by bus to Interlaken West - and if time permits, stop at the Beatus Caves
Beatenberg to Niederhorn is not included in the Swiss Pass but you receive 50% discount.
Beatus Caves between Beatenbucht and InterlakenSpetember 2: Jungfraujoch
- have another plan on hand in case the weather is not good. There is a chocolate demonstration at the Chocolateria Schuh
in Interlaken every day at 5pm. More options here
, as well as tips for Gruyères.
And here some more ideas
for the Swiss Riviera.
If you do the trips as outlined above, you'd safe money buying a Half Fare Card
and point-to-point tickets (about CHF 109 savings) instead of an 8-Day Swiss Saver Pass. But there are perks the Swiss Pass offers and the Half Fare Card does not. Free museum entrances, including Open Air Museum Ballenberg
, free city transport, discounts on city tours, etc
Use this example
to figure out the best pass option.
Enjoy your Swiss Holiday,Fida