Jul 12, 2017 - 2:31 AM
in reply to arsuxena
Hi, and welcome to MySwissAlps!
>> Also, should I make Lucerne as my base so as to not haul the luggage (we will at least have 2 check-in bags + 2 carry on) around every day or should I stay overnight in different places, as mentioned below? We have a 5 year old.
Changing hotels so often is usually not a good idea, as checking in and out every day uses up precious sightseeing time, but the places you want to see would make for very long day trips from Luzern, so in your case it's probably better to move every day. Or you could consider two bases, e.g. Luzern and Interlaken.
You can use the Swiss Timetable to find out travel times and weigh up the pros and cons of moving versus staying put in Luzern and/or Interlaken:
>> 30-Nov: Fly in to ZRH - Train to Lucerne - Chapel Bridge, Lion Monument, Lake Lucerne Boat Cruise - Overnight in Lucerne
The best cruise on the Vierwaldstättersee (Lake Lucerne) in my opinion is from Luzern to Flüelen at the end of the lake (then back to Luzern by train). The cruise takes almost 3 hours; train back takes about an hour. On 30 November, there will only be 2 departures, at 10:12 and 13:12, so if you decide to do this cruise, I would leave the Luzern sightseeing until late afternoon or evening. Sunset will be around 16:39.
>> 5-Dec: Glacier Express + other trains to Zurich - Half day in Zurich
The Glacier Express won't be operating on 5 December, but you can follow the same route on normal trains.