Hello Lucas and and in other Swiss Alp advisors!
Day 1: Arrive in Basel - Half day in Basel, overnight Basel
Day 2: Train to Lake Geneva area - Montreux - Chateau de Chillon and walk the Lakeside Promenade?????
Day 3: Vineyards of Laveaux/Vevey
Day 4: Train to Lauterbrunnen area (1/2 day Lauterbrunnen - depends on how much time is needed for Glacier 3000)
Day 5: Lauterbrunnen area
Day 6: Lauterbrunnen - Day trip Schilthorn/Murren excursion
Day 7: Lauterbrunnen area ( Wengen/ Interlaken????)
Day 8: Train to Luzern 1/2 day in Luzern
Day 9:Luzern area(cable car to Mount Titlis, weather permitting, maybe the Golden Pass)
Day 10: Train to Zurich for morning flight
Time away, but I'm back! I'm trying to refocus. My first questions, I would appreciate direction.
1. Even though we have 10 days, I believe the 15 day Swiss Travel Pass is what we need.
I'm reading, looking at maps, etc. just trying to get a feel for the logistics.
2. With the Swiss Travel pass we do not purchase tickets, just show the pass, right? I believe I need to go head and order it online???? Any opinion on the SBB phone app?
I am going through the Itinerary one segment at a time. Right now I feel good about Basel, maybe some specific questions later.
3. Montreux - Still debating. I think it will depend on weather. The long walk from Montreux through the vineyards is of interest. Possibly Chateau de Chillon. Like the idea of walking and enjoying the villages, vineyard area, maybe the wine caves. I will continue to read for details.
Swandav: I found your wonderful post about how to approach the vineyard walk, with a ferry ride to end the day. I will be reviewing that again!
4. I’ve started to get specifics for the Lauterbrunnen area. It is a good start for day trips. But I’m feeling frustrated. I have been googling and I know there are many beautiful ways to experience and see the views here.
Option1: The Schilthorn from Murren is a good thing. I’ve copied the following:
Services on the Lauterbrunnen – Grütschalp – Mürren route will not run due to maintenance work from: 1.05. - 5.05.2017 / 23.10. - 3.11.2017. Yes, we are there the first week of May.
Rick Steves says that If the cable car is closed you can take the cargo cable car from the valley floor directly to Murren, where a small bus will shuttle you down to Gimmelwald if needed. I think I could take the cable car that runs from Murren to the Schlithorn. Can someone advise or direct me to information? I’ve looked and read, but I’m not sure of what I think I know!
How we spend time in Lauterbrunnen sounds like it will be weather dependent. The maintenance schedule prohibits the Mannlichen Ridge excursion.
Option 2: We could take the cable car from Grindelwald to First, that is probably a full day?
Options 3: We could take the train to SCHYNIGE PLATTE, another full day.
Option 4: Waterfalls - suggestion: Hiking around the waterfall on local trails for the day is a must do. Choices in UNESCO World Heritage Theme Trails, this is a good list that includes the waterfall hikes.
Option 5: Trümmelbach10 glacial waterfalls drain together within mountain caverns, well-illuminated and easily accessible by lift. I’m not sure how this works with Hiking Valley of Waterfalls in Option 4.
Open from April to November, daily from 9 through to 17 h, July/August from 08.30 through 18 h.
Option 6: Maybe this should have been my first question;
I’m looking at a huge amount of information and trying to filter. Maybe some of these options can be combined on the same day. I hope with your own experiences and advice I can prioritize or at least start to filter.
I know that these days cannot be planned perfectly. I need to be flexible for the weather. But…. I don’t want to waste time when we can’t go to the top looking for and trying to decide what to do and how to do it.
I’m trying to see the possibilities. These options are all intriguing. A concern is that I can’t be high energy hiking every day, may need a low key or rainy day option in there, maybe not.
Ballenburg outdoor museum????
lake cruise on Lake Brienz
If I can figure out these segments I’m pretty much there. I think Lake Luzern is decided, will need some tweaking, but for now…….
Thank you for helping me sort out the information.