Home  ▶  Get in touch  ▶  Forum  ▶  Geneva and Interlaken, a relaxed holiday plan

Geneva and Interlaken, a relaxed holiday plan

Print this page
Create an account to receive an e-mail when someone replies to this thread
Posts: 8
This thread is closed. You are welcome to log in and submit a new thread.
Arnami
Arnami
14 posts
new member
Jan 20, 2020 - 10:29 AM

Hello, we are a family of two adults and a seven year old . We have booked tickets to genva on 24 th April and return from Basel 29th April. We want to see cern, chamonix Mont Blanc , Interlaken and Alpine villages, and lucern city in this trip.I have the following questions

1,how does the overall plan sound? I mean is it worth it? Because we r skipping any other peak visit than Mont Blanc. Mostly we are planning city and Alpine village visit.

2. We are not buying swiss pass, do you think buying the pass will save money for us? Mont Blanc is not covered by swiss pass.

3. What do you suggest alternatively ?

Thanks a lot

Steph
Steph
2201 posts
top member &
moderator
Jan 20, 2020 - 1:58 PM in reply to Arnami

Hello Arnami and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

Nice to hear you're coming along to Switzerland for a relaxed stay with your family.

1. One good thing of Switzerland's small size is that you can quite easily travel to various destinations without spending too much time traveling. To find out about detailed traveling times and connections I recommend you get familiar with the timetable below, a fantastic tool for any planning.
- www.myswissalps.com/timetable

2. If or not the Swiss Travel Pass makes sense depends quite strongly on your detailed itinerary. Find a step-by-step instruction of how to choose the best pass below, incl. a fantastic spread sheet for detailed calcualtions:
- www.myswissalps.com/train/ticketspasses/practical/chooserailpass

For detailed input on the pass itself please see:
- www.myswissalps.com/swisstravelpass

3. Make sure to check out below links about the areas you plan to visit to find more inspiration for your trip:
- www.myswissalps.com/geneva
- www.myswissalps.com/lakegeneva
- www.myswissalps.com/lakegenevawest
- www.myswissalps.com/interlaken
www.myswissalps.com/jungfrauregion
- www.myswissalps.com/berneseoberland
- www.myswissalps.com/lucerne
- www.myswissalps.com/basel

Also make sure to read:
- www.myswissalps.com/plantrip/doityourself

Best,
Steph

Last modified on Jan 20, 2020 - 2:00 PM by Steph
Arnami
Arnami
14 posts
new member
Jan 20, 2020 - 2:34 PM

Thq Steph,

Yes we are reading forums and following my swiss Alps for some-time now. Thx for the links , I have planned an itinerary

Day 1: we arrive at Geneva in the late evening

Day 2: visit to cern ( will book fifteen days advance) and in the afternoon local sight seeing, jet, UN, broken chair etc

Day 3: chamonix by bus , augili di mudi, return to geneva by late evening

Day 4: Geneva to Interlaken by golden pass, stay in lauterbrunen and explore the surrounding

Day 5: good morning tkt to Jungfrau,( if available) visit the peak of weather is good or exploring the Alpine village , harder klum or schilthorn

Travel to lucern in the late evening

Day 6: lake lucern cruise and chapel bridge aight seeing , and travel to Basel euro airport for return flight in the evening

How doable is it do you think?

Do you think swiss pass will save a lot in my itineray?

Steph
Steph
2201 posts
top member &
moderator
Jan 21, 2020 - 1:06 PM in reply to Arnami

Hello Arnami,

Your plan sounds quite fantastic and well planned, with time to explore each region sufficiently. Very nice!

I'm afraid you will have to use the timetable provided to check exact connections for each trip and also find a detailed answer to the rail pass question by using the spreadsheet.

Overall I can say, that the Swiss Travel Pass covers lots of your destinations entirely and the rest partially (discounted tickets) and is a very practical solution. There are alternatives available like the Swiss Half Fare Card or the Saver Day Pass, see below link for details. I'm aware that choosing the best rail pass/ticket option is often quite a task as the variety of offers is wide.
- www.myswissalps.com/swisshalffarecard
- www.myswissalps.com/saverdaypass
- www.myswissalps.com/train/practical/howtotravel

Happy calculating and get back to us for any further details anytime.

Best,
Steph

Btw: You'll find details on most of your planned destinations by typing them into the search bar of this page.

Last modified on Jan 22, 2020 - 6:07 AM by Annika
1960man
1960man
2547 posts
top member
Jan 22, 2020 - 2:40 AM in reply to Arnami

Agree with Steph - a good plan

Your choice, but many consider Jungfraujoch itself to be over-rated because some of the features of the summit are a bit too much like a theme park (compared to the simplicity it once was), the train is inside the mountain most of the way and it is very expensive. Personally for great views I like to travel just as far as Kleine Scheidegg, and on the Mürren side

Other points:

If the French rail strike has ended, you may be able to reach Chamonix by train via the new Leman Express cross-Geneva railway

I pass it quite frequently and I'm still not sure that the broken chair is much to write home about. The UN building itself is fairly well hidden behind hefty security fencing nowadays

Arnami
Arnami
14 posts
new member
Jan 26, 2020 - 7:24 AM in reply to 1960man

Thank you so much. Ya me too thought Jungfrau is overrated and very expensive. Thx for the info of leman express, and UN building , broken chair. We will certainly reconsider our plan.

Arnami
Arnami
14 posts
new member
Jan 26, 2020 - 7:28 AM in reply to Steph

Thanks a lot.

Just two more question,

1)if we don't buy any pass, is there any option for my kid to travel free? She is 6 yrs old?

2) the lake lucern cruise starts 12.45 as I can see from viator or get your guide, and our return flight is from Basel euro airport at eight pm the same day. Can we take the cruise? Is there an earlier option for lake cruise?

Thanks in advance

Suzanne
Suzanne
315 posts
top member &
moderator
Jan 26, 2020 - 9:42 AM

Hello Arnami,

Thanks for your question!

1) The answer to your question is quite simply that your 6 year old may travel along with you FOR FREE, even on the journeys where you need to buy a discounted ticket. Please read the links below for your reference:

2) You can take an earlier cruise on Lake Lucerne ( www.myswissalps.com/lakelucerne). I will attach the schedule for your reference: www.lakelucerne.ch/en/timetable-fares/timetable/

Be sure to coordinate and check out train timetable too:

Good luck!

Suzanne

More about Swiss trains and rail passes

SWISS TRAVEL MUST KNOWS

All you need to know about traveling by train, bus or car in Switzerland.

More

NEED SOME TIPS ON WHERE TO SLEEP?

Hand picked Swiss hotels and other accommodations are right here.

More
© MySwissAlps.com 2002-2020