My friend and I will be traveling to Bernese Oberland this June 21st up to the 24th. This will be our first time in Switzerland (in Europe actually). We'll be arriving midnight of 20th at Interlaken coming from Paris (via TGV Lyria). Our Switzerland trip is right after our visit to Paris, and before our visit to Italian cities, so we want to concentrate on outdoor activities/nature trip for a change. We've decided to buy the 4-day Bernese Oberland regional pass for our stay in the area. We are fairly fit so walking around would not be an issue, and hiking is something we're looking forward to doing. Though we haven't really hiked before, so we picked out easy trails.
After picking out our must-see/must-do, and several revisions, our itinerary is almost done. This is assuming that we'll have weather permissible for hiking. in case of bad weather, we have a separate itinerary to visit Bern and Lucerne, and/or move our 4th day itinerary. Our itinerary sequence is based on priority. However, there are still gaps in our first and third day.
June 21: Coming from Interlaken: (MORNING) Schynige Platte - panoramaweg hike. (AFTERNOON - no plan yet/gap)
June 22: Base is Lauterbrunnen: (MORNING) Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg hike, take the train to Grindelwald, then (AFTERNOON) in Grindelwald / First, perhaps First to Bachalpsee hike.
June 23: Base is Lauterbrunnen: (MORNING) Lake Oeschinen visit - not planning to hike around... or should we? (AFTERNOON - no plan yet/gap)
June 24: Base is Spiez: Visit Thun, Brienz, and Spiez (possibly a lake boat ride in either Lake Thun or Lake Brienz); Depart from Spiez at around 19:05 by train going to Milan.
Others: We are not considering Jungfrau anymore due to the time and added cost to do this. Schilthorn is also not a priority if we can do something for free/fully covered by the regional pass. We would like to avoid extra costs during this trip and would like to rely on the regional pass to cover all transportation expenses... Or should we at least see one of them?
1. What excursions can we do for the gaps? Admittedly, our excursions are mostly at the south side of the region and we might be seeing the same scenery just at different vantage points.
2. Is there anything we can improve in our itinerary, like excursions we can combine or move around? I'm not sure if I'm over-estimating/underestimating our time for the activities.
3. Lastly, are there any excursions/activities we can fit in the evening? We're not really into partying/drinking, and instead prefer some quiet time/leisurely walk. We're already planning to walk around Lauterbrunnen in one of our nights, and perhaps catch an evening lake boat ride, or perhaps do 1 lake ride per night?
We would appreciate any help on our itinerary. Thank you.