We (2 adults & 2 kids, 5y and 22m) are finally drawing near to travel time and I would really appreciate some feedback on the below itinerary, compiled after much research and invaluable feedback from this forum! Any input on whether this is too ambitious, or what else we can do, any other changes or tips you would recommend, would be most appreciated. Our mode of transport will be by train/bus and we will have a 8day STP.
Montreux (6-9Sep2019) based near Montreux Gare
6th Sep 10am - Check into hotel after 18 hour flight & 1.5hr train ride from Geneva Airport
14:17 - Catch train to Rochers de Naye
18:11 - Train back to Montreux
**Rochers de Naye on Day 1 will depend on energy levels. If not, we might just explore the area.
7th Sep 10am - Walk to Chillon Castle (heard it’s a scenic walk)
12-14:00 Explore castle
14:55 Belle Epoque cruise back to Montreux via Vevey Marche
8th Sep 9:44 GP/Regular train combo to Broc
12-14:00 Explore Maison Cailler
14:32 Train to Gruyeres
15:00-17:30 Explore Cheese Factory/Castle & Gruyeres village
17:59 Train back to Montreux
9th Sep 9:44 Train to Lauterbrunnen
Montreux Rainy day plans:
Thermal baths at Lavel Les Bains
Lauterbrunnen (9-13 Sep 2019) based near Lauterbrunnen station
9th Sep 15:00 Explore the area/Staubbach falls
10th Sep Schilthorn via Stechelberg
11th Sep Murren/Allmendhubel trail
12th Sep Lake Brienz cruise
13th Sep 9:32 Train to Basel SBB for onward train to Paris
Rainy day plan while in the Lauterbrunnen area:
Trip to Bern
Lake Brienz cruise
1) I was trying to book reservations for the 9th Sep 9:44 GP Montreux-Zweisimmen leg. I want to get seats together for the 4 of us. Would seats 22,28,31,33 be ok? I’m unable to get a clearly viewable seating plan to gather this info. I’m guessing kids under 6 too require paid seat reservations, as there is no distinction, isn’t it?
2) Any recommendations on family friendly places to eat, picnic spots and places to grab things for a picnic, given our locations & itinerary, would be most appreciated. Dining has the last thing on my list! Any leads would really be most appreciated. Not interested in high-end options, just casual, fun locations, where they would accommodate young kids.
3) Do I need to pre-book tour times with Gruyeres Cheese factory & Broc?
Thank you once again!