May 26, 2012 - 2:29 PM
Hello Annika, thank you for your reply. It is unlikely that the online price will change so it is only a question of whether to buy extra francs now while the rate is good and decide later how to purchase the pass! As I said, having too many francs will not be a problem as I can save them for next year!
We are staying in an apartment in Thun for 3 weeks (will buy 22-day saver pass for us) We still don't know what our daughter's plans are but she will need an adult pass in any case as this trip is intended as an early 40th birthday treat! She will buy her own plane tickets but we intend to cover her expenses while she is with us.
Our trips are also not finalised as we will want to take her to places she really wants to visit and that will no doubt include places we have been to before but we usually mix familiar, favourite places with new destinations anyway. Because of our age and fitness limits we can't hike every day so try to alternate "walking days" with less strenuous ones. Thun is an excellent place to stay as it is not far to Interlaken and all the mountain trips you can do from there but also gives good connections to other places outside the Bernese Oberland.
Some of our ideas for this year are;- Schaffhausen and Rheinfalls (new) Zermatt (fave to take daughter to), Locarno with centovalli railway (new), Ballenberg (fave), Hohstalden from Frutigen (new recommended to us by friends), Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg (fave), Montreux - Rocher de Neye (new) or Chocolate train again if daughter insists!, Schilthorn or Jungfraujoch (not both I think), one of the walks in/around Gstaad, Pilatus (new), walk from Grutschalp to Murren then up to Allmendhubel (a favourite place but we haven't done the walk before), Martigny to see St. Bernard dogs (daughter will enjoy this one), Zurich for lake cruise, Sion or possibly Saas-Fee, Brienzer Rothorn for daughter, maybe the 4 passes tour for daughter (done this twice ourselves) then there are favourite lakeside walks to consider too. Everything is pretty much up in the air at the moment but then we don't like to be too rigid in forward planning - just have lots of ideas and the flexibility to "go with the flow" according to weather and energy levels on the day.
I am definitely leaning towards the 1st class option at the moment as other posters also recommend it for high season.. Top deck on the lake cruises will be a nice treat. We go in high season because we enjoy so much the 1st Aug celebrations! We will probably go on the special Lake Thun cruise again this year. I just wish we could afford to go twice a year!
Thanks again, Maggie