Thanks so much for responding so quickly even though we aren’t traveling until July 2016, but you guys are great – you helped us a lot on our first trip to Switzerland in 2012 and now can’t wait to get back. I see that I need to supply a little more detail:
June 30: arrive in Geneva, spend the night
July 1: Train to Monterosso or Verazza
July 2 & 3: Explore Cinque Terra, possibly using the local rail a bit
July 4: Train to Florence
July 5 & 6: Explore Florence, probably no need for train just possibly public transit
July 7: Train to Venice
July 8 & 9: Explore Venice, probably no need for train, just possibly public transit
July 10: Train to Como – would actually possibly like to get to Bellagio for overnight
July 11: Como or Bellagio, possibly public transit
July 12: Train to Wengen
July 13: & 14: Wengen & surroundings – we spent several days in the area in 2012 and really liked it. Would probably want to use some of the local transit, cable cars, etc – maybe even Jungfrau Joch and Schilthorn again
July 15 or 16: Train to Geneva
At this point plans are not sure as we do not yet have our return to SFO flight reservations – waiting to use Rewards points, but not yet released.We plan to stay and explore the area around Geneva for up to 5 days, Lausanne,etc, including spending a night each in Aix-les-Bains & Annecy. I’m thinking that maybe we’d just rent a car for a week.
So in summary, I count:
Switzerland: Possibly 9 nights,depending on when we leave, using trains or other local transportation on at least 5 days, including the first day to Monterosso and the train from Como to Vengen.
Italy: 11 nights, using trains or local transportation on possibly 8 days, including the train to Monterosso, a couple of days in & around Como,and the train to Wengen.
One other thing – I visited the website www.raileurope.ca/euro pe-travel-guide/switzerland/map. html to get fare and schedule information – it was very useful but it only let me enter 4 legs of the journey – and it could not give me any information about the first leg, Geneva-Monterosso. This may sound very complicated, but I hope you can steer me to the best option for train travel in Switzerland and Italy, and maybe tell me the best train route to get from Geneva to Monterosso.
Thank you very much!