First of all, I would like to thank your website which helped and helping me greatly in planing my Swiss trip this month!
My wife and I are coming to Switzerland on a 8 days 7 nights trip and have booked hotels in Lucerne (2 nights), Grindelwald (3 nights) and Zermatt (2 nights) and would like to have your suggestions for a rough plan I came up with for Lucerne. I will be reaching Zurich by overnight train at around 8 AM on 16 June, but not planning to spend any time here and catch a direct train to Luzern, hoping to reach hotel between 10-11 AM. I will try for an early check-in at the hotel and after some rest, lunch etc. will start for my first destination, Mt. Pilatus. around 1-2 PM. I am planning to go there via Alpnachstad station by the cogwheel train.
Thereafter spend around 2 hours at Mt. Pilatus. For the return I am planning to go by the cable car and Gondola ride via Frakmuntegg and Kriens.
By the time I reach Lucerne back, I guess it will already evening, so probably a great time to spend at Lucerene Casino (Dinner at 79CHF/person 3 course meal, 1 glass of sparkling, free admission to casino, 25CHF gambling chips)!
For day 2 (17 June), I am planning to take the 'Majestic Round Trip' as recommended in your website i.e. boat from Lucerne to Vitznau and then cogwheel train to Rigi Kulm. For the return, the cogwheel train down to Arth-Goldau and change to the regular train to Lucerne. One question I have here is that I was not able to locate the Boat time schedules on sbb.ch or may be it is from Luzern Bahnhofquai at 9:12 at 1 hour intervals... but I am not very sure.
As the retrun from Rigi Kulm to Luzern will take almost 1.5 hours, I guess we will only reach back in the evening again. And this leaves us with the option of Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke) which I hope will be nice to wrap up the day. Alternatively I can swap this with casino option in day 1.
I know there is more to see in Luzern but as I need to take a morning train in order to reach Grindelwald by noon, this is the best plan I came up with. Will love to have your suggestions that if any tweak or addition is possible to make it even better.
Besides, for all my excursions above and future, I am planning to use 8 days Swiss Travel Pass but I have heard that few hotels provide "William Tell pass", which is valid for Lake Lucerne Region. If my hotel provides me with the same, would I be better off buying a 4 days Swiss Travel Pass?
Thanks in advance!