Mar 7, 2016 - 5:40 AM
My wife and I are planning to visit Swiss for the first time in mid-May (14 May - 23 May) on vacation.We like to check out the Alps and beautiful towns. The big question we are struggling with is which towns to use as a base and for how long. Like to limit the base to two or three if possible. Also, we do NOT want this to be a train vacation (meaning most of our time spent on a train).
Having said that, here’s what we have on our mind:
- Day 1: Arrive in Zurich @ 4pm, go straight to Lucerne
- Day 1 - 3: Lucerne base; Mt. Rigi or Mt. Pilatus, Museum of Transport, etc.
- Day 4 - 6: Interlaken base; Jungfrau, Bern, Thun, etc.
- Day 7-8: Montreux base; Vevey, Lake Geneve, etc.
- Day 9: Zurich base
- Day 10: fly out of Zurich @ 1pm
We plan to get 8 day Swiss Pass; so, on Day 1, we will pay out of pocket for a trip to Lucerne. On day 9, we plan to get back to Zurich so that we don’t have to pay the fare for Montreux to Zurich out of our pocket. This is the reason we are spending one night in Zurich (making four bases, rather than three).
Another option is that we stay at Interlaken from Day 4-8 and make a day trip or two to Montreux area. Wonder Interlaken is a good base for 3~5 day. Saw different nearby towns being recommended but it’s hard to decide until we actually check them out (which is probably too late). This means we are forgoing Zermatt/Matterhorn and the experience on Glacier Express.
As of now, we are flexible and open to changes. Any inputs on itinerary would be greatly appreciated.