Hello all, my husband and I will arrive in Zurich at 7:45am on Wed., 9/7. We will have slept on our overnight flight from Dallas so we will be ready to walk around Zurich for a few hours, get our bearings, eat, and move on to the natural beauty of Switzerland. I took the advice of this site and added up the known trips at full fare and then tried to compare the costs based on the different passes. I'd like advice based on our tentative locations.
Wed. - arrive Zurich, walk around, lunch, train to Appenzell (sleep Appenzell Wed. night)
Thurs - enjoy Appenzell then train to Luzern/Lucerne for the night (sleep Luzern Thursday and Friday)
Fri - explore Luzern
Sat - day trip to Fort Furigen (Stansstad), train to Berner-Oberland (sleep Gimmelwald Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday)
Sun - explore
Mon - explore
Tues - explore
Wed - steam boat to Chillon Castle and spend the day (sleep Villeneuve or Montreux)
Thurs - train to Geneva airport for 1:15pm flight home
I certainly appreciate any feedback on this topic and my tentative itinerary. I've tried to figure out the trips I know about based on our itinerary, and the fares without any discount, to see if the HFC or the (8 day) STP would be the best bargain.
I'm sure I've made some errors, but here's what i figured:
Full fare/no discounts: $470/person (without any discount figured to visit Jungfroujoch, I figured around $250 for that trip).
8-day STP: $587.50/person ($400/STP + 187.50/25% Jungfoujoch discount = $587.50/person).
HPC: $493.50/person ($134/HPC + $234/fares + $125/50% discount for Jungfrou)
If I'm close to being correct, the cheapest seems to be paying full fare for our short stay. We don't plan to visit any museaums or sites other than those listed. IF we did, it would likley be a chocolate or cheese factory; but our main priority is walks among the amazing scenery and the top of the world. Please, feel free to point out my errors! I really want to be a good steward of our finances :)