Thanks for your reply. You have given me a lot to work with, which is great to help put more depth into our itinerary. Appreciate your further feedback on the following:
1) We will have 2.5 days in Zurich when we first arrive to help orientate ourselves and overcome jetlag, if any. We planned to maybe visit the Old Town by foot, then catch a train to visit the Dinosaur Museum, Zurich Zoo or FIFI Football Museum. We will play it by ear depending how everyone feels after the long plane ride from Malaysia (almost 20 hours).
Q - If we get the 15 Days Swiss Travel Pass, our 1st day will be on arrival 17th December (we arrive at 8pm) and the 15th day will be on the 31st December - what time will pass be valid to on the 31st Dec? Our departure flight is on 1st January at 9.55pm, we will be travelling from Luzern to Zurich Airport.
Will the 15 Days Pass cover up to 1st January or should we on our arrival on 17th December just get a one-way train ticket from Zurich Airport to the City Centre and validate the Swiss Travel Pass the next day on the 18th December instead? How do we go about selecting the 1st day of travel for the pass?
2) There is so much to do during our stay in Grindelwald and I am very overwhelmed with the options available! You recommended to explore the Jungfrau region and the (wider) Bernese Oberland during our stay in Grindelwald. Did you have any specific place in mind? Does this include First and Mannlichen? We will have about 7 days in Grindelwald Grund. I am figuring out how to spend our time here. I assume sightseeing will be mainly riding on the gondolas or cable cars and visiting the main towns in the area?
Q - What's your thoughts on the following day trips from Grindelwald Grund? Is it possible to do each one separately or can we combine one with another or more? What is the best combination, geographically and cost wise. If we had the Swiss Travel Pass, would all the below rides be 50% discounted? Or free if any?
Outing 1 - Take a return train trip from Grindelwald to Wengen.
Outing 2 - Take Gondola car from Grindelwald to Mannlichen. What family activities can we do at Mannlichen? Then on the return either we take same Gondola from Mannlichen or take a Gondola/Cable Car from Mannlichen to Wengen and then train or Gondola/Cable car from Wengen to Grindelwald. I am not sure which lines have trains/Gondola/Cable car.
Outing 3- Take a return Gondola / Cable car from Grindelwald to First. What family activities can we do at First?
Outing 4 - Take a return train to Jungfraujoch
What about passes to do snow activities? We are unsure yet how many of us would like to try to ski (as this is our first snow family holiday) but if we wanted to try sledding or beginner skiing or taboganning, does the Swiss Travel pass get us any discounts to access snow activities or is there another site we need to look at to get these passes?
3) Going to Grindelwald we thought of taking the Zurich/Bern/Interlaken/Grindelwald route and the return would be Grindelwald/Interlaken/Lucerne.
Q - Is the scenic Golden Pass route/fare included in the Swiss Travel Pass? And is the above route part of the Scenic Golden Pass route? Does the above route have the Panaromic Trains with windows almost up to the roof? Do we need to make booking for this route? What is the difference between the Scenic Golden Pass Route and the normal train from Zurich to Grindelwald and Grindelwald to Lucerne?
Thanks so much in advance Annika!