Oct 15, 2014 - 7:20 PM
Welcome to MySwissAlps, Bruce!
I suggest you pick two base towns in order to keep your itinerary low-paced. You could opt for or 4 days in Lucerne or Interlaken first, and then travel onto Zermatt. You can make a day trip to Bern from both Lucerne and Interlaken. Please see the Lucerne and Interlaken pages for day trips and hotel suggestions.
When moving on to Zermatt, you could do so using the scenic Golden Pass line between Interlaken, Spiez, Zweisimmen and Gstaad. This allows you to visit Montreux before heading for Zermatt. You would only have a few hours to do so though, if you want to get to Zermatt the same day. If you want to spend more time in Montreux, you should book an overnight stay there, but that might be more hectic over all. The Zermatt page provides further information, tips and hotel suggestions.
The timetable will assist you in your planning. Also, this guide on how to create your itinerary could be helpful.
A rail pass would come in handy. Depending on your exact travel schedule, you may want to look into an 8 day Swiss Saver Pass or a 3 or 4 day Swiss Saver Flexi Pass.
Does this get you started?
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:35 PM by Arno