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Aug 4, 2015 - 4:36 PM

Hi Everyone!

It feels a little strange to be the one asking for help (I'm a travel agent and have booked more trips than I can count) but I look forward to getting some good advice to help me make the most of my limited time in Switzerland. I will be on a river cruise beginning in Amsterdam, arriving in Basel on October 3rd in the morning. We have until October 6th (3 nights) to make the most of our trip before we fly out from Zurich in the afternoon. We are nature lovers, and since we will be spending time in Paris before our river cruise departs, we are wanting to see the beautiful Swiss mountains and quant villages. We will travel by rail.

I look forward to hearing what you have to say! Please propose itineraries. It seems to me that Interlakken would be the way to make the most of our time (Grimmelwald, Wengen, etc)

Thanks in advance,


Last modified on Aug 4, 2015 - 4:48 PM by Jennayferr24
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Aug 5, 2015 - 7:07 AM

Welcome to MySwissAlps, Jennifer!

The Jungfrau region you've already mentioned would indeed be a perfect destination for a short stay in Fall. In early October, fall colors should be pretty over there, and the higher mountains tops could be covered by early snow. If you appreciate smaller villages, Interlaken (http://www.myswissalps .com/interlaken) may not be the resort you're looking for. It's located very conveniently, and it's not overly touristy in October, but it's not the most scenic village. Alternatives like Wengen or Grindelwald (http://www.myswissalps .com/grindelwald) could be nicer for you. The disadvantage of these towns is that it's harder to travel to another region in case weather forces you to, or if you like to explore a somewhat larger area. If you think that's the case, do consider Interlaken, or Spiez along lake Thun. A list of day trips can be found at http://www.myswissalps .com/berneseoberland/a ctivities. In early October, most cable cars and mountain trains will still be running, but do check to make sure. The timetable at http://www.myswissalps .com/timetable helps you plan your trips.

Depending on your exact itinerary, a rail pass (http://www.myswissalps .com/swissrailpasses) will help you save money. Once your plans are set, you can follow the steps as explained at http://www.myswissalps .com/train/ticketspass es/practical/chooserai lpass to determine which pass is best.You can look into a 4 day Swiss Travel Pass (http://www.myswissalps .com/swisstravelpass). Or, if your inbound and outbound trips are quite far (to or from Wengen or Grindelwald for example), a Swiss Transfer Ticket Combi (http://www.myswissalps .com/swisstransfertick et, http://www.myswissalps .com/swisstransfertick et/price) is worth considering.

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