Jul 12, 2011 - 11:26 PM
I would love any advice on planning our trip in September. We fly into Zurich on Sept 2 early afternoon and would prefer to hop on a train to our next destination immediately (Luzern?) to spend the night and start exploring the next day. We are on the trip for 3 weeks but also hope to go to Italy and Croatia, so right now am planning around 7-8 days in Switzerland. We fly back out of Zurich on the 22nd early afternoon, so we plan to spend the night there on the 21st and welcome recommendations for a place to stay.
We are very active mid-thirties - would like to do some hut-to-hut hikes while we are there, rent bikes and see the scenery. We are budget conscious but will spend money for something we really like to do. We have no interest in nightlife or partying, but we would like to eat good food, drink local wine and eat chocolate! Places we have talked about wanting to visit are Interlaken, the Dolomites, and the Ticino region.
Right now the decision I am struggling with is over the many rail passes. I would like to go on some scenic routes and boat rides, and don't want to plan the trip out to the last detail - would like to leave room for spontaneous adventures. We will probably either explore northern Italy or go straight to Venice (or even Croatia, if possible?) from Switzerland.
Please give me your suggestions and advice, I will really appreciate it as this has crept up on me and I have done a poor job planning so far :-) Thank you in advance!