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profile member asked on May 30, 2016

6 days in June

greetings to our swiss experts :)

This is for a friend if mine. They are a couple with 2 young children (about 11 and 12 yr old), Indians.

Tell me if you approve or if you have any further suggestions:

Day 1. reaching zurich airport by 10 am

Option A : Visit Rhine fall and do Zurich city tour and reach Lucerne by evening
Option B: Visit Rhine fall, Travel to Lucerne early and spend evening doing Rigi

Option C: travel to lucerne immediately - Mt. Pilatus & Rigi or anything else you suggest

Day 2 : Must do: Titlis.

Maybe: If there will be time anything you may suggest

Day 3:

Take Golden pass line to Interlaken/ Montreaux

option A: If Montreaux Want to Visit Gruyere and Broc - cheese and chocolate factory tours - stay at Montreaux or travel to Lauterbrunnen to spend night (Would prefer to reach Lauterbrunnen)

Option B: If Interlaken - can we visit Gruyere and return to Interlakem/ lauterbrunnen. If not spend day in Lauterbrunnen, exploring the waterfalls or anything you suggest (Negative point - miss Gruyere - the kids would have enjoyed the cheese and chocolate factory tour)

Day 4 Jungfrauouch and Trümmelbachfäll, - stay at Lauterbrunnen

Day 5 Ballenberg - stay at lauterbrunnen

Day 6:

Option A - Schynige pallete/ First/ Harder Klum and then train to zurich airport for return flight to india at 22:00

Option B - Leave for Zurich early and spend day zurich city tour and the rhine fall on this day (Applicable if we take option C on day 1)

Points to consider:
We will have luggage on day 1 , day 3 and day 6.
Budget and convenience are both important considerations

Question 1
Please help us decide between the options on each day and firm up the itinerary

Question 2
With this itinerary - Is it better to opt for 8 day swiss travel pass (Cost 52,000 INR ) or 6 days Regional BO Pass (Cost 41,104 INR) or Swiss half fare card (Cost 21,000 INR) or Jungfrauouch pass ? Or a combination of four day swiss travel pass and the half fare card or any other combination.

Hotel Stay

2 nights Lucern 2 nights lauterbrunnen and 1 night montreaux/ Vevey (or 3 nights lauterbrunnen)

Would greatly appreciate any further help and suggestions :)


1 Answer

answered on 5/31/16 by
a VT member from Boston

After a long flight, I would just go straight to Lucerne, check into your hotel as early as possible, and relax. Don't try to do too much - just wander around the city or maybe take a lake boat.

For your other options, I would keep them flexible, depending on the weather and how you feel.

For your rail pass, that's a personal choice. The Swiss Half Fare Card would probably be the most economical but the least convenient, as you would need to buy tickets as you go for every trip. The Swiss Travel Pass would be most convenient and more inclusive - for example, the Berner Oberland Pass would not cover the trip from Zürich Airport to Lucerne, the ride from Montbovon to Gruyères, or entrance to the Ballenberg Museum. On the other hand, the BO pass gives you a better discount on the Jungfraujoch (50% vs. 25% with the Swiss Travel Pass). But with two children and the option of the free Swiss Family Cards for them (vs. CHF 30 each for Children's BO Passes), the Swiss Travel Pass is probably the best idea of the two in your case.

Enjoy your trip!

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