Jul 16, 2014 - 10:16 AM
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You're traveling a lot, so an 8-day Swiss Pass is a perfect fit. See here for how it works, what's included, where to buy. Make sure to take advantage of this promotion, as that will save you money: all you need to do is buy a $25 baggage voucher, and that will get you a $75 discount on the pass. Net savings are $50. The voucher comes in handy for one of your longer travels, as the bag will be transported for you.
If you want to see a lot of Switzerland in a relatively short time, then the basic outlines of your itinerary are perfect. You have planned too much per day though.
The paragliding on the 14th, for example, will take a lot of time (I guess half a day, but please check with the company organizing this). There's no way you can fit in all the other things on your list. The key is to combine things smartly: if you plan to do the paragliding from Mount Rigi, then you can travel to/from Mount Rigi by boat and see the lake, and travel up there by cogwheel train and see the views (be sure to go all the way up to Rigi Kulm). See the Rigi page for details. The train and boat are free with a Swiss Pass.
On the 15th, the Glacier Express will take most of the day. If you take the latest one at 12:27 PM, you'll have some time to explore Chur in the morning but no time to go up to a viewing point after arrival in Zermatt at 6 PM. You can also travel by the regular local trains instead of the Glacier Express. The route and views are the same, and you'll be more flexible as you don't have to book seats in advance. You can just take the first train that suits you. Also you save CHF 33 per person on reservations. See here for details.
My general advice would be to stick to your plan, but check the timetable for traveling times to get an idea about what fits in one day. Then keep your list of to do's as a wish list, and decide what to do on the day, also based on the weather. Most things don't need to be booked in advance (except the paragliding and CERN I guess), so you can be pretty flexible. The Golden Pass line does not require seat reservations either.
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 12:53 PM by Arno