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Aug 30, 2015 - 10:02 AM


we're a family of 4: parents + 27 daughter and 23 son. we're planning a trip in Sep 17-27.

I'll appreciate a feedback for my itinerary:

Sep 17- arriving Geneva airport at 17:00 and driving with a rented car to Cruseilles France where we'll stay for 2 nights. visiting Annecy in the evening.

Sep 18-La Tournette / Chamonix / Geneva ??

Sep 19- driving to Spiez where we'll stay for 5 nights. on the way we'll stop in: Montreux, Chateau De Chillon, Col Des Mosses, Zweisimmen.

Sep 20-lake cruise on the Thunersee and visit Bern

Sep 21- ~ Jungfrajoch and Lucern

Sep 22- a hiking / walking day ??

Sep 23- Zermatt??

Sep 24- a hiking / walking day ??

Sep 25- driving all the way to Lyon

Sep 26- Lyon

Sep 27- early morning flight back from Lyon airport.



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Aug 31, 2015 - 4:30 PM

Hi Aviva, thanks for joining us!

Let's look at the Swiss part of your trip. I assume you'll be doing most transfers by car? That's an option, but generally traveling by train is highly recommended as it's a safe and very comfortable way to enjoy the scenery for all travelers. You may check our our car and train sections to compare the options. If you opt for the car, please find car rental information here.

During your stay in Spiez, there's a wide range of day trips to choose from. Activities and hikes listed at our Bernese Oberland activities page. Zermatt is quite far off for a day trip, although it is doable. Train traveing times can be checked in the timetable; for car trips I recommend this map or Google maps. Personally I wouldn't combine the Jungfraujoch and Lucerne one day. I'd rather enjoy the Jungfraujoch round trip and combine this with some more local sightseeing in the Lauterbrunnen valley or near Grindelwald. You could then dedicate one of your other days to Lucerne and its surroundings, getting there via the Brünig Pass by either train (this is the Golden Pass route) or car.

Does this get you started?

Last modified on Aug 31, 2015 - 4:31 PM by Annika
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new member
Sep 1, 2015 - 8:46 AM in reply to Annika

Hi Annika,

thanks you for your feedback,

we'll be with a car as we need to travel from /to France.

two more things:

1. for the 19th- do you recommend the route I mentioned?

2. we would like to have two walking/ hiking days with beautiful views (24th and 26th), what is your recommendation?

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expert &
Sep 2, 2015 - 5:33 AM

Hi Aviva,

1. I don't know the Col des Mosses section myself, but the rest of the route is certainly fine. There's not much to see in Zweisimmen, but it's a nice village to have lunch. And there's a cable car to the Rinderberg.

2. You can find hiking suggestions on the Zermatt page Annika linked to. Please click "What to do". If you can, consider a visit to the Gornergrat. I can't recommend for Lyon.

A Swiss Half Fare Card saves you money on cable car and boat trips. Note that you need a motorway vignette to drive in Switzerland. I'm not sure if a car rented from the French site of Geneva airport has one.


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