6-day Swiss trip Interlaken-Zermatt-Lucerne-Zurich

6-day Swiss trip Interlaken-Zermatt-Lucerne-Zurich

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pareshsoft
pareshsoft
4 posts
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Jan 21, 2016 - 6:38 PM

Hello Experts,

I have got a lot of useful information from this site. The information is very well presented, interesting to read, to the point and consistent in experience. Thank you for the content here which helped me to plan this trip.

Me and my wife (35 years of age) are travelling from 09 feb. We are Indians with no exposure to snow at all. We will be seeing the snow for first time. :)

We want to enjoy as much as we can. Here is our itinerary. Please suggest if this is possible. Your suggestions on improving it, removing some items / adding some items, etc.

1. Geneva. 14:00 Reach. 14:00 - 15:00 Hotel Check in and freshen up. 15:00 - 15:45 Leave hotel for Nations. Reach Nations. Walk to Meyrin, Grand-Hangar. Bus 28. 16 Stops. Alight at Genève, Appia. 16:00 - 17:00 Nations Tour starts at 4 pm - 5 pm. Reach Flower Clock - L'horloge fleurie - 05:45 pm (Walk to Genève, Appia. Take Bus 8 5:16pm - 10 stops - Genève, Métropole - 05:40 pm) Enjoy Flower Clock - 6:20 pm Reach Bains des Pâquis. - 6:45 pm ( Walk to Genève-Molard - take boat to Genève-Pâquis SMGN - Walk to ains des Pâquis). Enjoy Jet d'Eau on a boat cruise - 7:15 pm - 08:15 pm. Dinner - 08:15 pm to 09:15 pm Back to Hotel Optional Free ice rink at parc de bastions. Reformation wall is also here. 10pm - 12 AutoBallet antigel.ch/en/spectacl e/autoballett-2/ evening at geneva. Stay Cornavin Geneve (10)

2. Interlaken. Take train to Interlake OST (07:12 to 09:57) Put luggage in hotel and eat something - 10:00 t0 11:00 Take train to Jungfraujoch (11:05 to 13:22) enjoy at Jungfraujoch including lunch (13:30 to 15:30) Take train to Interlake OST (15:30 to 18:00). Optional Ice Magic. Stay Hotel Interlaken (11)

3. Zermatt. Take train to Zermatt (07:00 to 09:13) Check in luggage and eat something (09:15 - 10:15) Take Train to Gornergrat (10:24 - 11:00) Enjoy at Gonergrat (11:00 to 01:00 pm) Lunch (1pm to 2pm) Hike / Snowshoe (Rotenboden - Riffelalp) (02:00 pm to 4 pm) Back to Zermatt - 4:30 pm go to igloo-late-night-fondue www.gornergratbahn.ch/ en/winter/special-offers/igloo-late-night-fondue/ Stay Hotel Bahnoff (12)

4. Lucrene. Travel through Glacier Express till Chur. Come to Lucrene from Chur. Stay Waldstaetterhof Swiss Quality Hotel (13)

5. Lucrene Full day at mount titlis - rotating gondola, titlis cliff walk, glacier cave, snowtubing. Stay Waldstaetterhof Swiss Quality Hotel (14)

6. Back home from zurich

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2638 posts
expert
Jan 22, 2016 - 12:54 AM in reply to pareshsoft

Hi Pareshsoft -

Welcome to My Swiss Alps -

Please tell us what dates you will be traveling. It matters in the mountains.

You are very well organized. It is nice to see how well you have used the planning resources. ;-)

First thoughts -Your arrival day seems quite busy, and jet lag might make it hard to manage all those transport details. Or might not...you are younger than I am and that makes a difference. I used to work in Meyrin and the walk you mention may be a bit long to fit into your schedule. Depends a lot on where you go, exactly.

Slowpoke

Last modified on Jan 22, 2016 - 12:59 AM by Slowpoke
pareshsoft
pareshsoft
4 posts
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Jan 23, 2016 - 5:47 AM
Hi Slowpoke,

Thanks for replying.

I see that my itinerary is garbled. I have reformatted it and added below. It has dates. and also a few questions.

On first day, if it becomes too much I can cancel some stuff and go back to hotel. :)

1. Geneva (Feb 9) 14:00 Reach. 14:00 - 15:00 Hotel Check in and freshen up. 15:00 - 15:45 Leave hotel for Nations. Reach Nations. Walk to Meyrin, Grand-Hangar. Bus 28. 16 Stops. Alight at Genève, Appia. 16:00 - 17:00 Nations Tour starts at 4 pm - 5 pm. 17:00 - 17:45 Reach Flower Clock - L'horloge fleurie - (Walk to Genève, Appia. Take Bus 8 5:16pm - 10 stops - Genève, Métropole - 05:40 pm) 17:45 - 18:20 Enjoy Flower Clock 18:20 - 18:45 Reach Bains des Pâquis. (Walk to Genève-Molard - take boat to Genève-Pâquis SMGN - Walk to ains des Pâquis) 18:45 - 19:15 Enjoy Jet d'Eau 19:15 - 20:15 Dinner boat cruise. (Does it run in winter and is this time correct?) Back to Hotel Optional Free ice rink at parc de bastions. Reformation wall is also here. 10pm - 12 AutoBallet antigel.ch/en/spectacl e/autoballett-2/ evening at geneva. Stay Cornavin Geneve

2. Interlaken (10 Feb) 07:12 - 09:57 Take train to Interlake OST 10:00 - 11:00 Put luggage in hotel and eat something. 11:05 - 13:22 Take train to Jungfraujoch 13:30 - 17:30 enjoy at Jungfraujoch including lunch. Shall we do sledging here? If so what route?(www.jungfrau.ch/en/tou rism/experiences/sledg ing-hiking/#first-kleine-scheidegg-wengen-sledging-day-and-afternoon-ticket) 17:30 - 20:00 Take train to Interlake OST (15:30 to 18:00) Optional Ice Magic Stay Hotel Interlaken

3. Zermatt (11 Feb) 07:00 - 09:13 Take train to Zermatt 09:15 - 10:15 Check in luggage and eat something 10:24 - 11:00 Take Train to Gornergrat 11:00 - 13:00 Enjoy at Gornergrat views. Shall we do snowshowing here? 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch 14:00 - 16:00 Hike / Snowshoe (Rotenboden - Riffelalp). Are there any other activities to do on mountain top? 16:00 - 16:30 Back to Zermatt. 19:15 - 23:15 go to igloo-late-night-fondue (www.gornergratbahn.ch/ en/winter/special-offers/igloo-late-night-fondue/) Stay Hotel Bahnoff.

</a>4. Lucerene (12 Feb) 08:45 - 14:30 Travel through Glacier Express till Chur 14:30 - 17:30 Come to Lucrene from Chur Stay <a href="http://www.hotel scombined.com/Hotel/Wa ldstaetterhof_Swiss_Qu ality_Lucerne_Hotel.ht m?a_aid=125042&label=lin k-forum">Waldstaetterhof Swiss Quality Hotel

5. Lucrene (13 Feb) Full day at mount titlis - rotating gondola, titlis cliff walk, glacier cave, snowtubing Stay Waldstaetterhof Swiss Quality Hotel

6 Back home from zurich Airport (14 Feb)

pareshsoft
pareshsoft
4 posts
new member
Jan 23, 2016 - 6:42 AM

It seems that mu itinerary got garbled again - so here is the attachment for same.

Please login to see the attached documents
Arno
Arno
7696 posts
expert &
moderator
Jan 23, 2016 - 7:03 AM in reply to pareshsoft

Hi Pareshsoft,

It seems that you copied your text from Excel or Word. Unfortunately that does not work. Tables and stuff like that will be converted to plain text. But you can edit your text after posting, and use bullets, paragraphs, etc. I fixed it up a little bit for you.

Please note that the Jet d'Eau shuts down around 4 PM in winter time.

Last modified on Jan 23, 2016 - 7:40 AM by Arno
pareshsoft
pareshsoft
4 posts
new member
Jan 23, 2016 - 12:40 PM

Hi Arno,

Thanks for edit. I copied it from the same notepad (text file) which I attached in previous post. I found it very tough to add bullets and my entire text vanished a couple of time. It could be just me - but it happened with me.

Thanks for the information on Jet d'Eau.

  1. Does cruises run on Lake Geneva in winter?
  2. Is visit to Nations worth the time? ( It seems we will can have only one - Jet or Palace. What do you suggest)?

Thanks,

Paresh.

Arno
Arno
7696 posts
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Jan 24, 2016 - 11:00 AM in reply to pareshsoft

Hi Paresh,

  1. Yes, but on a limited schedule. The link under "More on other websites" on myswissalps.com/ boatlakegeneva takes you to the timetable.
  2. I've not been to the Palais des Nations so I can't comment from personal experience. It's something totally different from the fountain. It really depends on your interests what would be the best choice for you.

Information about snowshoeing along the Gornergrat railway can be found here: www.gornergratbahn.ch/ en/winter/snowshoeing/.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2638 posts
expert
Jan 24, 2016 - 2:21 PM in reply to pareshsoft

Hi Paresh -

The jet d'eau is visible from all over the waterfront on both shores of the lake. You can get a good view on one of the water taxis (mouettes).

www.geneva.info/lake-boats/

TheM2 and the M3 line both give good close views. A a part of the public transportation network, they should be covered by your Swiss Travel Pass, or Half-Fare card, if you choose that option.

Slowpoke

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2638 posts
expert
Jan 25, 2016 - 1:54 AM in reply to pareshsoft

Presh-

I 'm still trying to figure out your proposed itinerary, even after all the above posts. The *.pdf is helpful.

There is so much fine detail about Geneva transit that I become confused. I wonder if you will have the same problem, especially if you are recently arrived, possibly jet lagged,

You may well be able to do all that stuff , but, in no small part because of the formatting/detail level, I get confused and cannot advise. I suspect it is too much..but i'm not sure. Hope it works.

<<"1. Geneva (Feb 9)14:00 Reach.14:00 -15:00 Hotel Check in and freshen up.15:00 -15:45 Leave hotel for Nations. Reach Nations. Walk to Meyrin, Grand-Hangar. Bus 28. 16 Stops. Alight at Genève, Appia">>

This confuses me. Where is your hotel- I thnk it is the Hotel Cornavin (good location for trains). Not sure about walk t0/from Meyrin...where in Meyrin? Don't recognize "Grand Hangar." What is "Nations."

That could surely be my ignorance, although I have spent many weeks in Geneva and Meyrin.

However, if you find all that in the published schedules, it will surely happen.

<<"19:15 - 20:15 Dinner boat cruise. (Does it run in winter and is this time correct?">> Seems like a short time for a dinner cruise. \

<<"Lucerene (12 Feb)">>

The name of the city is Lucerne, Lucern, or Luzern. Mostly, you will see the German version - Luzern

<<"14:30 - 17:30 Come to Lucrene from Chur">>.

This does not match the schedules that I see in the SBB timetable:

www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

I see - 1416-1625, or, 1439-1639, or 1516-1725.

That makes me suspect that you are getting your schedule data from some other source. Possibly from a different seasonal schedule...? if yu are not using it, please use the SBB timetable.

www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

<<"Full day at mount titlis - rotating gondola, titlis cliff walk, glacier cave, snowtubing">>

Sounds like fun. Will the cliff walk happen in February, with snow and ice all around?

Just some thoughts.

Slowpoke

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