If you kind people can stand to help one more confused traveler trying to make the best of a short vacation we will dance at your wedding, via video maybe.
3 adults train Paris to Bern-already booked in that feeding frenzy that opened this morning. Bern to Wengen for July 4-12. The 12th will be travel day to Zurich for overnight then to airport on 13th for early flight.
One young adult, my 25 yo son on his 1st trip aboard. Arrives Zurich on 4th then train directly to Wengen. Will return with us on 12th to Zurich for flight on 13th.
While in Wengen a proposed itinerary.
Day 1-Recuperate:Day 2-Wengen to Lauterbrunnen, Murren and possibly small walk or on to Grutschalp- Schilthorn, return to Wengen; Day 3- Wengen to Mannlichen, Kleine Scheidegg, possibly walk to Alpiglen, return to Wengen; Day 4- Wengen to Lauterbrunnen for our sons to do early morning paraglide then probably walk or bus to Stechelberg and also take in Trummelbach, return to Wengen; Day 5- Wengen, Grindelwald, First, may take advantage of a tobaggan ride or zipline on one of these trips; Day 6-open (of course any of these days could change in order, weather dependent) Possibility of a rain day roundtrip to Bern for city tour; Day 7-Wengen to Interlaken early for sons to go on a 6 hour "canyoning" adventure while Mom and Day take a Lake Brienz (hear should opt for 1st class) and enjoy a cog ride up to Giessbach Falls for lunch or up the Rothorn (ideas?); Day 8- OMG sleep in! Leave the day to the fates; Day 9- Early am Wengen to Zurich HB for day of exploring and overnight in hotel to make our way for early flight on Day 10 out of Zurich.
Ambitious, YES and we may not fit it all in but want to consider all options when choosing a Pass.
1. Half fare pass. Seems less confusing. I have figured all the prices for all 4 of us including arrival and departure, possible cruises, ziplines, tobaggan, trains, cogs, lifts. Too confusing to list all the possiblities here. Just didn't include the paragliding and the canyoning as those are through private outfits. Full price give or take but hedging to the pricier sided to prevent surprises is 878CHF! That's each.So half fare is 439CHF. Cost of Pass is 133CHF so total is 572CHF
2. Swiss Card. If i understand correctly this would cover total cost of Basel to Wengen to Zurich and from Zurich to Wengen to Zurich for my son. That cost rounded is 85CHF at half fare. Cost of card is 199CHF so total cost is 114CHF. and if (bear with me and my fuzzy math) I deduct the R/T train fare from all other expenditures 439-85=354 half fare for rest of adventures and add the 114 for reduced cost of card total is 468CHF. Can you feel how confused I am? But if it is true the Pass will pay the round trip cost (even if we only go to Zurich HBB and not airport) plus act as a half fare card for everything else I save 104CHF which adds up when multiplied by 4. We may be able to afford and ice cream.
3. BO Pass which i can get for 25% off with either of the above cards. But they make it crazy difficult by having to use CONSECUTIVE DAYS. Even if just a 4 day and pray for good weather at 175CHF I'm not feeling this is a good idea but then I'm so confused maybe someone can set me straight.
I'll sign off with my chosen name for this site, Scatter, as in brained.
May someone brave come forward.