Dec 12, 2017 - 11:52 PM
in reply to Bblalock
Is there some specific reason you want to visit Geneva? If you go from Geneva to Zermatt you will follow only a small part of the Glacier Express route from Visp to Zermatt using regular trains, not the actual Glacier Express.
If you didn’t have a burning desire to go to Geneva but a wish to do the Glacier Express then you could consider flying in to Zurich and either staying there overnight or catching a train direct to Chur for an overnight stay there. It is small compared to Zurich and has a lovely old town.
The next morning you could take the Glacier Express from Chur to Zermatt for a couple of nights.
Then maybe two nights in the Jungfrau Region - say Wengen and from there on to Zurich.
The scenic though longer route (compared to via Visp) to Wengen would be Zermatt - Brig - Kandersteg - Spiez -Interlaken Ost - Lauterbrunnen - Wengen.
The Lauterbrunnen Valley and surrounding area is stunning but if you are all mountained out after Zermatt and want to experience a Swiss city then you could continue on from Interlaken to Lucerne via the very scenic Golden Pass Line on the Lucerne to Interlaken Express. Lucerne is a much nicer city to spend a couple of days than Geneva I would say.
Just some suggestions. Wherever you settle on visiting you will have a great time in Switzerland. It pays to become familiar with the Swiss Railway timetable (www.myswissalps.com/ti metable) to get a handle on how long it takes to get from A to B. And the Swiss Pass Validity map (www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/validity) is very useful for visualising where places are in relation to one another.
I guess you will be going from Zurich to Basel with your Viking tour group?