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Mar 19, 2012 - 10:12 PM
I am planning a trip to switzerland coming end of april. I have been reading website and looking for information a lot. We have kinda decided to based in Lucerne for most of the trip rather than rushing through every city. This is what we (a family of 5) are planning to do:
Day 1 - Arrive Zurich Airport from London (Arrive in the afternoon) - Travel to Lucerne by train and check in - Tour around the town
Day 2 - Mount Pilatus - Lake Lucerne - Local attraction/tour around the town
Day 3 - Engelberg & Mount Titlis
Day 4 - Mount Rigi or Day Trip to Jungfraujoch
Day 5 - Day trip to Zurich or stay in zurich for a night
Day 6 - Back to London in the afternoon/evening
I want to make sure that this itinerary is not too hectic as I will be travelling with my parents (don't want them to feel tired). I take it the best way to save money on travelling around would be a swiss rail pass?
Regarding Day5/6, I am not sure whether it is a better plan to stay in Zurich one night or just do a day trip to Zurich from Lucerne. Is there much to do/see in Zurich ?
Is there anything else major places I should visit/see while I am around Lucerne?
Thanks for the advice.
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Mar 23, 2012 - 7:33 AM

Hello lioufamily, and welcome to the forum! I think your itinerary is great. It's quite relaxed and still allows you to thoroughly explore Lucerne and its surroundings. The timetable will help you to find out about traveling times.

Yes, a Swiss rail pass will save you lots of money. Since you're traveling in April/May, you should use the 2 for 1 offer on the 4 day Swiss Saver Flexi Pass. Free traveling days should be used for the first and lasty day and two other days in between. I suggest you use one for the trip to Rigi, as that's for free on a free travel day with your Swiss Saver Flexi Pass. On the remaining days, a 50% discount applies. An alternative is the 2 for 1 offer on the 4 day Swiss Pass, covering day 1 to 4 and using an additional Zurich Card for day 5 (and maybe 6).

As for your last day: there's lots to see and do in Zurich. Browsing this forum will provide you with tips and ideas. Since you have to get to the airport the next day, booking a hotel in the city or near the airport may be a good idea. Hotels in Lucerne are available too.

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