Need suggestions for our switzerland trip

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kavitha
kavitha
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Jul 24, 2011 - 1:15 PM
hi, We are planning a family trip to switzerland from 26th aug 2011 till 2 or 3 sept 2011.I have sketched out an itiberary as follows:

day 1 (26th aug)- arrive in zurich airport.reach lucrene and overnight there
day 2 (27th aug)- visit mt. pilatus, overnight in lucrene
day 3 (28th aug)- if possible Mt. Titlis and take the last train on golden pass line to interlaken and overnight in interlaken
day 4 (29th aug)- visit jungfraujoch
day 5 (30th aug)- a day trip to zermatt, visit matterhorn and back to interlaken.overnight in interlaken
day 6(31 aug)- take the morning train on golden pass lfrom interlaken-zweissmann-montreux.later visit chillon castle and lausanne
day 7 (1st sept)- visit cheese and choclate factory
day 8- need suggestion
day 9- return to zurich for our flight back home

my questions:
1. As per my itinerary I have day 8 free.Since my plans are still flexible I can squeeze in that extra day anywhere in my 3 base stations (lucrene, interlaken or montreux).Would be grateful for any suggestions.
2.Also, I think a swiss saver pass with family card is most suited for us.or should i opt for other kind of pass.As per the current rates it will cost us about 980 CHF, are any discounts or offers applicable during our travel dates?
3. What is the best kind of clothing for aug-sept weather?

thanks in advance,
kavitha
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Annika
Annika
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Jul 25, 2011 - 10:12 AM
Hi kavitha, and welcome! That's quite a full travel schedule, but if you don't mind long traveling times (for example on day 5 and 6) that's fine of course. Did you check the timetable to find out about the exact duration of all trips? Personally, I would prefer to spend the extra day in the Interlaken region. It's stunning and offers wonderful scenery, two beautiful lakes and several viewing points. I would even consider to skip the day trip to Zermatt to spend one more day there. This will also reduce traveling times and create a bit more space in your itinerary. But if you want to see as many different regions of the country as possible, your itinerary is great.

With an 8 day Swiss Saver Pass you'll be flexible indeed (buying regular tickets for Zurich-Lucerne on day 1). This is definitely the right choice for your plans. You may adapt your plans according to the weather. For example: if weather is fine, you may prefer a boat ride over lake Thun or lake Brienz, or an easy hike in one of the beautiful valleys, over a cheese and chocolate factory visit. This is no problem with your Swiss Pass. Current purchase options are listed at the Swiss Pass page. This offer may be interesting to you.

As for clothing: you should be prepared for all kinds of weather. If you're lucky, you'll get to enjoy beautiful summer weather. But it may be cold and rainy as well. Anyhow, it will be pretty cold up at Mt. Tilis, the Jungfraujoch and other viewing points you may visit. So solid shoes and warm jackets are comfortable for those trips.
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kavitha
kavitha
7 posts
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Jul 25, 2011 - 4:05 PM
Thank you so much for your suggestions Annika.I think we will reconsider our itinerary and skip Zermatt, esp since interlaken region also has so much to offer.Also, the kids may find that much travel too tiring.Just out of curiosity, which city in switzerland would you rate as the best?

Thanks,
Kavitha
Annika
Annika
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Jul 26, 2011 - 4:24 AM
Hello Kavitha. I like the smaller towns best, especially the ones embedded in beautiful scenery, as that's what makes Switzerland so special. Lucerne is one of my personal favourites: it's not that big, has a great atmosphere and is situated wonderfully. Berne has lots to offer as well, but that goes for nearly all cities. You could take a look at tourism websites of several cities and try to find out what appeals to you. Last but not least I should mention Interlaken: not so much because of the city itself, but because of its magnificent surroundings.

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