Jun 20, 2012 - 1:42 PM
My husband and I are going to Europe for the first time in September. One of our destinations is Switzerland. We are both in our late 20s and our main interest is nature and scenic places.
Since this will be our first time to Switzerland, I have a few doubts that I will highly appreciate if someone could answer for me.
We will arrive at Geneva on a TGV from Paris on Sept. 17th at 3pm. We are trying to decide whether to stay in Geneva or head to Montreux for the rest of the day.
On the 18th, we are planning to take the Golden Pass Panoramic train to Interlaken. We have already bought the 2x1 promotion for a Swiss Pass. I have also already booked VIP seats on the train from Montreux to Zweisimmen. Here comes my first doubt: I believe the Swiss Pass covers the Golden Pass Panoramic train, and since I booked the VIP seats, do I need to buy or reserve anything else for this train ride? What about from Zweisimmen to Interlaken, do I also need to book a reservation? And lastly, should be stay a couple of hours in Zweisimmen or head straig to Interlaken (I believe it is only a 6 minute time lapse for changing trains, is this enough??)
Once we arrive in Interlaken, we wish to go up into the mountains for 3 nights. Which town should we stay at? Murren, Wengen or Gimmelwald? And does our Swiss Pass cover the trip to either of this towns?
After 3 nights in the area, we are heading to Venice and would like to take the Bernina Express. I believe taking a regional train will get us from Interlaken to Chur. And from there, we can get on the Bernina express (which I think we need reservations, right?). Once arriving at Tirano, how can we get to Venice? One last question, do the trains have food service? Can we have breakfast or lunch or snacks on board? And I also read about having to pay extra for luggage, is this correct?
I know there are a ton of questions, but I am a little lost in this area right now. I would love if someone could clear things up for me.
Thank you so much!