Jul 12, 2016 - 10:30 AM
Hi Bob, thanks for joining MySwissAlps!
Great that you get to visit Switzerland again after such a long time. I hope you'll enjoy it. As for your first stop in Lausanne: you can store your luggage at the railway station before heading for the boat dock. Alternatively, you can choose to have suitcases you don't need for your one night in Lausanne shipped ahead using the SBB's luggage service. Use Metro 2 to get from the railway station, which is higher up the slopes, down to the boat dock called Lausanne-Ouchy. Further information on boat rides over Lake Geneva can be found here. I'm not sure if you'be booked hotels yet. If not, please find recommended hotels for Lausanne here.
If you like scenic train rides and don't mind spending some extra time on your transfer Lausanne-Bern, here are two alternatives:
- the very scenic Golden Pass route via Montreux-Gstaad-Zweisimmen-Interlaken-Bern;
- the Lötschberg route via Brig-Goppenstein-Kandersteg-Spiez-Bern.
The timetable allows you to add via-stations to get information about these routes. If you don't, it will display the default quicker route via Fribourg only.
There are lots of options for day trips from Bern and it all depends on what you're interested in. I'd certainly consider a visit to the stunning Jungfrau region if I were you. The page I linked to shows quite some activities you may like, including scenic train rides, cable cars and boat rides. If you like pretty towns, a visit to Lucerne is worth considering too.
A Swiss Half Fare Card seems to make sense for your plans indeed. I'd recommend getting online print at home passes in advance. Retailers are listed here. Note that you'd best order within the next few days, since you'll be leaving next Sunday and even orders for print at home passes may take a few days to process.