Coming from Venice: one Swiss destination + Geneva

Coming from Venice: one Swiss destination + Geneva

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fmurshed
fmurshed
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Mar 16, 2016 - 4:19 AM

Hi all: we need some suggestions. We are coming from Venice. We have four/five days in total to spend in Switzerland and we take a train from Geneva towards Barcelona.

We want to see one other place besides Geneva and wondering where can we stop on our way to Geneva. I am assuming we will spend last two days in Geneva. so, that leave two days for another place (has to be on our way to Geneva). Just looking at the map: We are thinking of Zermatt or Lugano or Jungfraujoch or Bern. Naturally, Alpine village is something that is something we want to see. So, Bern and Lugano is less preferred, unless I hear otherwise from you. Lugano of course is not very far from Milan (the train will go through Milan).

Our trip will be in first week of July. We are not that good in climbing and have a 12 year old..so also wondering if Jungfraujoch will be too much for us.

Other questions: for this schedule, should we buy any rail pass?

Thanks in advance.

Arno
Arno
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Mar 17, 2016 - 6:36 AM

Hi fmurshed,

I agree with your and would also pick either Zermatt or a village in the Jungfrau region (Grindelwald, Wengen, Mürren, Lauterbrunnen, Interlaken). Then you'll be very close to, or in, the mountains. Please see the links for details.

You'll reach Jungfraujoch by train, you don't have to climb.

Of course a trip via the Bernina Express and St. Moritz as discussed in your other thread would be perfectly fine as well.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2648 posts
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Mar 18, 2016 - 2:22 AM in reply to fmurshed

Maybe Luzern?

www.myswissalps.com/lu cerne

I'd choose a village in the Jungfrau region first, but Luzern could be a close second. Not a mountain village, however.

Easy access by train from Lugano....lots of variety.

Slowpoke

fmurshed
fmurshed
19 posts
new member
Mar 18, 2016 - 5:27 AM in reply to Arno

Thanks very much for the reply..... unfortunately, the number of days in Switzerland have gone down for the budget reason and that is why I am not considering the St. Moritz/Engadin area.

I have few more questions:

1. Will I need to buy any rail pass or anything like that for Zermatt (or whatever village I ultimately choose) and Geneva?

2. I start from Venice on a early morning train. I shall probably change a train in Milan and will eventually reach Zermatt. Where from should I buy the train ticket?

3. How about the train ticket from Zermatt to Geneva?

could you please provide some ball park figure of the expense (train and hotel)?

best,

Feisal

fmurshed
fmurshed
19 posts
new member
Mar 18, 2016 - 5:29 AM in reply to Slowpoke

Hi Slowpoke:

Thanks for your response and I know you had earlier responded too when I was thinking about St. Moritz!

best,

Feisal

Annika
Annika
4415 posts
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Mar 18, 2016 - 7:48 AM in reply to fmurshed

Hi Feisal,

So you'll be spending time in/near Zermatt and Geneva only? How many days? And what exact plans do you have? Such questions are important to answer when looking for a good rail pass. Here's a start: www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass. The Swiss Half Fare Card could be an interesting one for you to consider, but as mentioned, it depends on the details or your itinerary.

Swiss rail passes, such as the Swiss Half Fare Card, are valid from Domodossola when entering from Milan. So you'll need a regular ticket Venice-Domodossola. Domodossola-Zermatt and the remaining trips will be discounted or for free, depending on the pass you pick.

The timetable allows you to find prices for your journeys. It's all explained at the "How to choose" page I linked to. Hotel prices vary significantly, depending on the season you're traveling in, the exact location and the level of luxury and services required. Please visit our hotel pages on Zermatt and Geneva for a first impression.

Last modified on Mar 18, 2016 - 7:49 AM by Annika

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