Me and my partner are intending to go to Switzerland next year in Jan for 9 days and I am not sure if the itinerary below would be very ideal based on the things we want to do and that the places flows well in order and I would be appreciated if you can have a look to see if it is any good and answer for is marked in BOLD/UNDERLINED words. Feel free to change anything you think is not recommended or recommended etc.
Jan 20 - Arrival Zurich Airport 10 AM, transfer to Montreux & will arrive around 1pm (not sure if it is enough time to see Chateau de Chillon & Lakeside Promenade Fleuri is possible after arrival?)? Overnight in Montreux.
Jan 21 - Transfer from Montreux to Interlaken Ost by Golden Rail Pass (GRP) @ morning. Check in hotel. I assuume we have time to go for Schilthorn excursion after that?. Overnight in Interlaken Ost
Jan 22 - Transfer from Interlaken to Lucerne Ost by GPR @ morning. Check in hotel. Excursion to Mt. Rigi (I am not sure if this excursion is possible depending when we arrive at Lucerne or it is a bit late?). Overnight in Lucerne
Jan 23 - Excursion to Mt. Titlis (morning) and Mt. Pilatus (afternoon), Overnight in Lucerne
Jan 24 - Transfer from Lucerne to Zermatt. Overnight in Zermatt. Have free day in Lucerne or Zermatt so what would you recommend to do since the day is more of a transfer
Jan 25 - Excursion to Gornergrat and Glacier Paradise. Overnight in Zermatt
Jan 26 - Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz. Overnight in St. Moritz
Jan 27 - Free morning in St. Moritz, early afternoon transfer from St Moritz to Zurich. Drop off lugagges @ hotel and then head to Bern for few hours? Back to Zurich. Overnight in Zurich
Jan 28 - Zurich touring for the final day. PS: Because 8 day swiss pass has ended, we will probably buy 1 day Zurichpass to use for Lake Zurich, Old Town (Altstadt), Uetliberg Mountain etc? I can buy the Zurich pass at the station? My flight is 7pm back home so I guess the latest we leave on the train to airport at 4pm??
I heard that from Montreux is quite a must to travel for Golden Rail Pass which we want to go for. Plus, we heard if we travel from Montreux to Zweisimmen and Interlaken to Lucerne train route, it is a VERY RECOMMENDED to travel on the 1st class and reserve on any of the very front 4 rows seats so that you can see the views not only on the window side but on the front as though you are the driver's seat. I am aware that the reservation does not start 90 days prior so we still got like a few weeks before the reservation opens. My question is....we will buy the Swiss Pass 8 days (2nd class) and if we buy/upgrade to 1st class at the station, I'd like to know how much extra will it cost for each leg between (Montreux all the way to Lucerne even though I am aware you need to change like 2 or 3 times)
Your answers and suggestions would be greatly appreciated
Thanks in advance!