Aug 24, 2010 - 1:29 PM
Hello mondtan and welcome to the forum. As for your questions: staying in Interlaken, Bern and Lucerne would be fine. Bern is especially suitable for city tours, as it isn't located within or very close to the Alps (whereas Interlaken and Lucerne are). A train ride from Bern to Spiez, which will get you to several mountain destinations, takes only half an hour though, so Bern is still quite a central location. If you want to spend as much time in the Alps as possible, you may want to consider an overnight stay in the southern part of Switzerland as well (such as Zermatt or Saas-Fee) and/or spend the extra day in Interlaken instead of Bern. But again, it depends on what your preferences are. If you like staying in larger towns/small cities, the itinerary you mentioned is absolutely perfect.
There are two main routes by which you can enter Switzerland from Italy. One runs through Chiasso, Lucerne and Meiringen; the other one through Domodossola, Brig and Spiez (this is the most direct one). Train journeys (including trips starting in Italy and ending up in Switzerland) can be planned through the Swiss timetable
. Depending on your connection, the validity of the Swiss Pass starts at either Chiasso or Domodossola. So up to Chiasso/Domodossola, you'll have to pay full fares. From there on, your inward journey will be for free with a Swiss Pass. So you''ll have to purchase a regular ticket up to Domodossola/Chiasso, and continue your journey for free from there on with your Swiss Pass, in either another train or in the same train. For international trains, you will have to make seat reservations
. This can be arranged for online, which you may want to combine with the purchase of your Swiss Pass
A map showing the exact area of validity is available through the link 'Overview of the network on which the Swiss Pass is valid' at the Swiss Pass page. Almost all regular train, bus and boat routes are covered by the Swiss Pass. Only mountain transportation requires the purchase of additional discounted tickets.
I hope this provides some answers. Good luck on planning your trip, and have a wonderful honeymoon!
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