Hi csholder09 -
I looked more carefully at your first proposal, and I think it can meet your needs very well. Please remember than almost any train through the mountainous regions of Switzerland....or for that matter, much of the rest of Switzerland ....is quite scenic, even if it does not have panoramic windows.
I don't think the ride to Basel in your second proposal matches your goals.
You should be working wth the Swiss Rail Timetable and a map, if you are not doing so.
(same timetable, different link)
In the timetable, once you have selected a particular train, you can select to see a map of the route.
Building on your ideas -
November 3 (that is 3.11.2015) - Arrive Luzern. I think you mean November...are you using the US convention for date abbreviation...?
Explore Old City, Lion of Luzern, possibly the Bourbaki Panorama because of the French connection, etc.
4.11- Lake Luzern plus Mt. Rigi- first stage via boat (scenic) to Vitznau, at 0912, 1012 or 1112.
www.lakelucerne.ch/fil eadmin/lakelucerne/con tent/Dokumente_Downloa ds_PDF/01_Fahrplan-Preise/01_Fahrplan/Sai sonaler_Fahrplan/2015_ Fahplan_Winter_mit_Zei chenerkl%C3%A4hrung_A4 .pdf
Cograil to Rigi Kulm- very scenic. Lunch at Rigi Kulm. Great views if the weather is good. Return by same route, or, with more flexibilty, take the other cograil down to Arth-Goldau instead of Vitznau and catch a train back to Luzern.
Either go to Interlaken then or, early on the morning of 5.11 . The ride from Luzern through the Brunig pass is quite scenic, whether the "Golden Pass " train with panoramic cars is used, or, perhaps a regular train. When using the time table to chose that route, make sure to include Meiringen in the "via" box, or you get routed through Bern...the computer chooses the fastest route as a default.
5.11 - Jungfraujoch. Perhaps a stop at Wengen on the way down for the views of the valley and maybe a cup of coffee, depending on time
6.11 - Very scenic train ride over the Löstchberg Pass via the upper route to Brig, then to Zermat via Visp.
Enter Kandersteg in the "via" to see the "Lötschberger' train. If you don't, it will route through Bern.
Sit on the left [Correction - going toward Brig, sit on the RIGHT. Sorry for the error.]
7.11 - Zermatt to Chamonix. The ride along the Rhone Valley is not a mountain panorama, but it still has interesting views of the mountains and the vineyards.
The one thing that was trying to add but could not fit in easily is the stretch of rail from about Montbovon down to Montreux through the vineyards. You could do it from Interlaken on the way to Zermatt on 6.11 if you went on the Golden Pass route, via Zweisimmen and Montreux, then along the Rhone Valley, but it is a long haul, with 6 hours or more on the journey. It is a scenic ride, no question, and it is an option. However, going via the Lötschberg is about 3 1/2 hours, leaving more time for Zermatt, which has a lot of scenery.
And, the run from Visp tp Chamonix on 7.11 will repeat the part of the route from Montreux that is not as scenic as the Lötschberger.
My thoughts, for what they are worth.