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Jul 17, 2011 06:05:19 PM
First of all - thanks for creating an awesome forum to help many of us new Swiss travellers!
Me and my wife are going to be in Switzerland for a total of 6 days beginning September 14th through September 20th. We love nature, want to enjoy hiking/biking and basically are looking for a nice romantic holiday; We arent too big on cities/museums and would want to devote time seeing nature's work.
Here is the proposed itinerary..
Sept 14 - Arrive in Basel via night train from Amsterdam; Head over to Luzern and then take a Golden Round trip to Pilatus before leaving for Murren using the Golden Pass rail; Overnight in Murren
Sept 15 - Explore BO area; Trip to Schilthorn and hikes in and around the area; Possibly bike around as well; Overnight in Murren
Sept 16 - Explore the BO area; Trip to Jungfraujoch and back; Head over to Lauterbrunnen; Visit the
Trümmelbach falls; Possibly head down the valley to Interlaken if time permits; Overnight in Murren
Sept 17 - [Unsure about what other things to do - PLEASE SUGGEST]
Sept 18 - Take the Golden Pass rail (via Gstaad) and head on over to Montreux; Visit the Chateau de Chillon and explore the town; Possibly take the Chocolate train through the valley and back; Spend night in Montreux?
Sept 19 - Head on over to Lausanne and later on to Geneva; Spend night in Geneva
Sept 20 - Head back home on an early morning flight
My questions :
> What Swiss pass would you recommend? Also, if me and my wife are always travelling together everywhere, will we each need a pass if we get say, the Swiss Saver? Notice that we are in Switzerland for 6 days
> Would you recommend heading over to Zermatt with the spare day we have (Sept 17) or should we enjoy more sightseeing in the BO?
Please feel free to recommend - we are definitely wanting to adjust our plans accordingly.
Jul 20, 2011 06:01:14 AM
Hi Amit, and welcome! That's a pretty full schedule, although most of your plans are possible. I don't think you'll manage to do both the Golden Pass and Chocolate Train trip on 1 day (Sept 18) though. The
helps you to check traveling times and find out what's reasonable for one day. As for September 17: in my opinion, it would be a bit too much to travel to Zermatt and back again, unless you don't mind a long train journey. Instead, there's so much to see and do in the Bernese Oberland. This
day trip overview
3 day Swiss Saver Flexi Pass
would be a good option, using your 3 free travel days for September 14, September 18 and September 19, and discounts on the remaining days. If you do want to visit Zermatt, consider a 4 day Swiss Saver Flexi Pass and use another free travel day for your trip to Zermatt and back.
Does this help you decide? Kind regards,
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Jul 20, 2011 09:31:21 AM
Thanks for your reply.
Do I need to buy one 3-day Swiss Saver flexi pass for myself
my wife (so a total of
) or should I buy
only one pass that will accommodate both me and my wife on the same ticket?
I am a little confused here.
I agree that I will not be able to do the Chocolate train on the same day - I will however follow the same route that the train does and goto Gruyere and Broc-Fabrique on that day.
I also agree with you that I could perhaps spend more time in the BO area and have more fun there as opposed to a day's worth of travel to Zermatt and back.
Your recommendations are spot-on - thank you!
Jul 20, 2011 09:55:18 AM
You need to order a pass for 2 adults. You will receive one pass that is valid for the both of you. It is self explaining once you start ordering.
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