Mar 12, 2018 - 1:09 AM
I fear you will have to drop one or more of your 'aims' to avoid things getting too hectic
Venice is a long way from Switzerland so any idea of doing an 'excursion' in Switzerland then travelling on to Venice is risky.
There used to be several through trains from Geneva to Venice, but now there is only one, and it leaves Swiss territory (Brig) at 09.44 (arriving Venice 14.10). However this would avoid the irritation of changing trains in Italy.
Personally I suggest you forget the idea of Jungfrau and Glacier Express, your stay in Switzerland is really quite short so you won't have the time to do everything.
Maybe do everything around Lake Luzern building up your strength for a marathon scenic journey on day 4. The following can be done:
Luzern (07.35) - Thalwil - Chur - St Moritz - Tirano - Milano - Venezia (20.40)
Thalwil - Chur is scenic with views of the Zurichsee then mountains (you will even see in the distance Austrian and Leichstenstein territory) as you head towards Chur. Then the Bernina railway is classic (includes Glaciers!).
Last modified on Mar 12, 2018 - 1:22 AM by 1960man