Hi all! I'm writing back after nearly 3 months, after getting much clarity about my itinenary. We are a family of 5 (mom, wife, son 10yrs, daughter 5yrs, n myself), travelling to Switzerland in May.
Please note my flight schedule as under-
18 MAY BOM-ZRH 0050-0615
25 MAY ZRH-BOM 0945-2140
We are staying in Swisstour Private apartments in Lucerne throughout the stay. We have got a 8 days Swiss Travel pass and also excursion tickets to the places mentioned below.
My rough itinerary is as follows-
Day 01 : 18 May
Arrival at the Zurich Airport.
Take the train to Lucerne using Swiss Pass.
As the check in time at the Lucerne Apartment is 1500 Hrs, we are planning to leave luggage at the Station Locker Room & explore the city.
The Chapel Bridge, the Jesuit Church and the KKL Luzern, the Musegg Wall and the Transport Museum are some things we have in mind.
QUESTION: Is it possessible to cover all the above in one day? Any other places worth a visit?
Day 02 : 19 May
Take the train to Engelberg, for an Excursion to Mt. Titlis.
Things in mind- The Fun Lift, Ice Flyer Chair lift, the Glacier Grotto, the Cliff Walk and the Glacier Park.
QUESTION: what time to start from Lucern to cover all above?
Day 03 : 20 May
Take the train to Interlaken OST, for an Excursion to Mt. Jungfraujoch.
Things in mind- Ice Palace, Ski & Snowboard Park and the Sphinx observation terrace.
QUESTION- again the same-what time should we leave from Lucerne? And can we do any more things in Jungfraujoch? Any scope for sledging, skiing or say a walk to Monchhutte? Is it possible to comfortably finish everything and return back to Lucerne without kids getting too exhausted & bored?
Day 04 : 21 May
Take the train to Zermatt, for an Excursion to Matterhorn.
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. Glacier Palace, Cinema Lounge, observation platform & photo point.
QUESTION: Would it be too hectic to cover this from Lucern? But I already have excursion tickets to the place, and have heard a lot of good things about it, and hence would like to include it in our trip, but only if feasible and worth it.
Day 05 : 22 May
Proceed for an Excursion to Stanserhorn
Things in mind- Vintage Funicular ride from Stans to Kalti, open top double decker cable car.
Day 06 : 23 May
Proceed for Jet Boat on Lake Brienz - visit Giessbach Waterfalls.
QUESTION- Can we club any other activities like paragliding, rafting, etc with this?
Day 07 : 24 May
Proceed for Rhine Falls- Take the train to Schaffhausen direct from Zurich. From there, can opt to walk along the river to Neuhausen. (Or is it better to take a bus?)
Day 08 : 25 May-
Take the direct train to the Zurich Airport, for flight back home.
1. Does this itinerary sound good? Please do consider it also from the point of view of kids, and 68yrs (but physically very fit) mom.
2. We want to travel by golden pass at least once. Could you suggest on what route amongst above is this possible?
3. We also had golden round trip to Pilatus or Mt Rigi in mind. If we have to include that, what should we drop from above? In this regard, is cogwheel train available in 3rd week of May?
4. Does our itinerary include too many mountains? Would it make the trip monotonous? Any other alternative suggestions please?
5. Can I include a cruise over Lake Lucerne in the itinerary?