Guidance for 9 days in Switzerland late May

Guidance for 9 days in Switzerland late May

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Pavan Shah
Pavan Shah
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May 19, 2018 - 7:19 AM

We are a family with 2 kids visiting Switzerland starting from May 31. Since I am coming to Basel for Business conference, we have planned for a sudden short vacation. Need your suggestions on the below itinerary:

May 31 - Early Morning landing in Zurich. Shift 2 Basel by train and stay there for 2 nights.

June 2 - Shift to Lucerne. Stay there for 3 nights (Visit Mt. Titlis, Rigi and explore Lucerene and other towns)

June 5 - Shift to Zermatt from Lucerne (Stay there for 1 night and see Matterhorn)

June 6 - Travel to Montreux and stay for 2 nights (Explore the Cholocate / Cheese Factory, Chillon Castle, etc)

June 8 - Fly from Geneva

I need your suggestions on the following:

1. Any suggestions to improve the above itinearary?'

2. Any place worth visiting which can be included? I have skipped Jungfrau due to higher cost and don't want to travel much with kids. Is it the right decision?

3. I am exploring to go to Rhine Falls on May 31 after landing at the Zurich Airport at 6: 45 am since I wont be coming to Zurich again. I am thinking of dropping my major luggage and can pick it from Basel. So I am exploring if I should do Zurich Airport - Rhine Falls - Reach Basel by late afternoon / evening. Is this doable?

Your inputs would be highly useful. Thanks.

Lucas
Lucas
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May 19, 2018 - 5:56 PM in reply to Pavan Shah

Hi Pavan Shah and welcome to MySwissAlps!

  1. Looks like a nice itinerary. For further suggestions on activities in those towns try there links: Basel, Zurich, Lucerne, Zermatt & Montreux.
  2. IF you are looking for a mountain experience around Jungfraujoch, try the Schilthorn. It is free with the Swiss Travel Pass. Have you looked into rail passes yet? Read through this link for help: https://www.myswissalp s.com/train/ticketspas ses/practical/choosera ilpass
  3. Yes that can work. Use the Swiss railways timetable to plan the trip between Zurich airport and Rheinfalls and then to Basel.
Chintanbhans
Chintanbhans
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May 20, 2018 - 2:45 AM

Hi

I am doing a 10 day trip around the same dates. Thug might want to consider buying combo passes from Swiss tours India which gives you the Swiss travel pass and a few mountain excursions. Seems quiet reasonable in terms of pricing. Do consider JungFrau and or Titlis or Glacier 3000. Would be memorable experience as you get snow year round and memorable for kids. After Lucerne perhaps try staying at interlaken before going to Montreux. Apologies for the short hand. All the best!

Pavan Shah
Pavan Shah
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May 20, 2018 - 3:44 AM

For the last 2 nights in Montreux, it is difficult to find a reasonable priced Hotel which is still available. There are options in Vevey - Should that be considered? I was planning to visit Montreux from Zermatt and from Montreux to Geneva Airport. Plan to go to Castle, Vineyard, Cheese & Chocolate Factory, etc. Any suggestions?

Pavan Shah
Pavan Shah
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May 20, 2018 - 3:52 AM

Thanks Lucas and Chitanbhans. While I am exploring the suggestions given by you, Can u please help me with this:

I am not able to get the names of museum (in English) where the entry is free with Swiss Rail Pass. Any help.

My tentative travel route for the 8 days:

Zurich - Rhinefalls - Basel - Lucerne - Zermatt - Montreux / Vevey

Considering the route should I buy the 8 day Swiss pass? Will be visiting Titlis, Rigi, Matterhorn, Gornergrat, and a few museums.

Will this route cover some of the most beautiful routes in Swiss or u suggest some detours?

rockoyster
rockoyster
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May 20, 2018 - 3:56 AM in reply to Pavan Shah

For museums look at www.museumspass.ch/en/ where-to-use-my-museum-pass/. There are two PDFs listing participating museums. One is in museum order the other is in regional order. Can;t help you with an English translations though.

Last modified on May 20, 2018 - 3:56 AM by rockoyster
Chintanbhans
Chintanbhans
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May 20, 2018 - 3:59 AM in reply to Pavan Shah

Hi

the 8 days Swiss pass definitely makes sense. From Montreux you should do a day trip to Glacier 3000 where there are discounts for the Swiss pass and kids below 9i think are free. It's similar to Titlis but just less crowded I guess. Vevey or villienveux makes sense. But everything is expensive nevertheless there. I am in Montreux between 4th and 7th June. Then I go to Geneva on 7th and then leave from Geneva on 8 th morning for Mumbai.

Pavan Shah
Pavan Shah
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May 20, 2018 - 10:32 AM in reply to Lucas

Lucas / Rockoster:

I am getting lil confused about the trip to Rhine Falls. Train travel for airport is from Zürich Flughafen to Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall via Neuhausen or Winterthur. But since I have to go to Basel in return, the train are from Zurich Main Station. I had thought of using lockers for luggage storage at Flughafen or the Airport. So does that mean I have to take a de tour to get my luggage or take a de tour in the morning before going to waterfall so that my luggage is stored at Main Station. Thanks for all the guidance.

rockoyster
rockoyster
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May 20, 2018 - 10:47 AM in reply to Pavan Shah

There are direct trains from the airport to Basel so you can arrange whatever permutation works best for you.

Pavan Shah
Pavan Shah
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May 27, 2018 - 10:15 AM

Hello

Can I buy the 8 day Swiss Rail pass from Zurich Airport? Can I pay in cash?

What will be the procedure and cost for renting lockers at Zurich HB?

Many Thanks.

Lucas
Lucas
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May 27, 2018 - 10:50 AM in reply to Pavan Shah

Hi Pavan,

It is easiest to buy the Swiss Travel Pass online - retailers here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/swisstravelpass/ price

That way you can hop on the first train when you arrive without buying tickets or passes at a rail office (and waiting in line). You also will have an electronic backup - so you can print one again in case you lose your first copy.

Lockers cost about 7chf / 24hr and you'll need coins to pay for them when you arrive

Pavan Shah
Pavan Shah
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May 27, 2018 - 10:57 AM in reply to Lucas

Thanks a lot Lucas for the quick response.

Pavan Shah
Pavan Shah
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May 27, 2018 - 11:29 AM in reply to Lucas

Any suggestions on route to take to Zermatt from Lucerne? Is there a way whereby I can take a route on Glacier Express if it is worth the longer time?

Lucas
Lucas
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May 27, 2018 - 4:04 PM in reply to Pavan Shah

You could travel from Lucerne to Andermatt and then on the Glacier Express to Zermatt.

Another option would be Lucerne to Zermatt via Spiez and Kandersteg taking the Lötschberg Regio Express. Both routes are quite scenic!

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