We are group of 8 people planning to travel to Switzerland, France and Italy From 13th July to 24th July 2016.
Following is my rough itinerary:
1. 13th July Arrive in Paris by 1:00pm.
2. 14th July Bastille day (planning this especially for fireworks :-))
3. 15th to 18th July - Switzerland.
4. 19th July to 21st - Italy (Visit Cinque terry/Naples etc.)
5. 22nd to 23rd - Back to Switzerland.
6. 23rd Nigh reach Paris or travel by a night train from Swiss to Paris (if there is any).
7. Flight on 24th morning 10:00AM back to India.
I will be grateful if you can answer my following questions:
A]For my stay in Switzerland, I plan to keep Interlaken or a near buy place as my base and visit Jungfrau, Mt. titlis, Bernina express, Thun-Spiez boat ride, glacier express, lucerne lake boat ride etc.. Can you please suggest me regarding this. I predominantly prepared this list based on the EUrail pass benefits shown here: www.eurail.com/eurail-passes/pass-benefits/benefits-switzerland. But, as mentioned below I am not yet sure if I should buy a EURail pass. Please help me plan the 5-6 day stay in Switzerland. Feel free to add/remove suggestions. We are inclined towards natural attractions rather than cities.
B] I am not sure if I should buy a EURail pass for France-Switzerland. Since the pass is coming to be around 340 Euros per person (inclusive of the 15% family + youth discounts) for 4+1 days. Also, I am not buying a three country pass as it is not allowing me to get a France-Swiss-Italy 2nd class pass (but allows me a France-Swiss 2 country second class pass)! But even with the France-Swiss pass I am not sure if I am using it to full potential. I think I will definitely spend less if I travel and get point to point tickets. But I would miss out on all the EURail pass benefits in Switzerland.
C] Can the EURail pass be used for local transport in Paris like RER and local transport (buses) in Swiss?
D] If the base is in and around Interlaken, which is the ideal place to stay, considering we are a group of 8 people? :-)
E] If I have to travel from interlaken (or some City in Switzerland) to Paris, can I take some night train where I save on accommodation and precious day travel time?
PS. I need to be in Italy on 19th of July, hence splitting my Swiss time into two parts.