Lucerne-Zermatt-Montreux-Interlaken in 9 days

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dhavalpgk
dhavalpgk
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Jul 18, 2017 - 6:12 PM

Hi All,

I am thinking to go with this itinerary after getting valuable inputs from fellow experts (Thanks a lot!)

16-09-2017 Land in Zurich - Straight to Lucerne - Check-in - Roam around / Cruise. Overnight in Lucerne.

17-09-2017 Mt. Rigi / Mt. Pilatus based on weather and Local Sightseeing. We might be tired so keeping this day a bit flexible. Overnight in Lucerne.

18-09-2017 Morning train to Chur. Glacier Express from Chur at 12.28pm to Zermatt. Check-in at Visp. Overnight in Visp.

19-09-2017 Matterhorn day trip and local sightseeing if time permits. Overnight in Visp.

20-09-2017 Morning train to Montreux. Check-in. Visit Castle, Lake Geneva and Local Sightseeing. Overnight in Montreux.

21-09-2107 GoldenPass Montreux-Interlaken. Check-in (Lauterbrunnen). Relax. Overnight in Lauterbrunnen.

22-09-2017 Jungfraujoch day trip. Overnight in Lauterbrunnen.

23-09-2017 Bern Day Trip. Overnight in Lauterbrunnen.

24-09-2017 Flexi day. Just to take care of impromptu plans if we make any. Overnight in Lauterbrunnen.

25-09-2017 Pack our bags. Go to Zurich to catch our return flight to misery. :P

Summary - (2N Lucerne - 2N Visp - 1N Montreux - 4N Lauterbrunnen)

Questions -

1) Is this looking hectic or just fine?

2) Visp vs Zermatt? Visp is way cheaper with better connectivity. Plus Brig-Zermatt section of GE is not that interesting. Is Zermatt worth the stay?

3) Should we go for day trip to Montreux or stay?

4) Suggestions for Flexi Day?

Thanks a lot guys! Super excited! :)

Lucas
Lucas
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Jul 19, 2017 - 6:13 AM in reply to dhavalpgk

Hi dhavalpgk,

  1. I think this looks like a nice itinerary - nothing too hectic.
  2. You are right about the connections being better in Visp; whether to stay there overnight mostly depends on budget and how much time you want to spend in Zermatt. Certainly I think Zermatt is a more interesting city and area but you are correct, it is expensive! We do have a few budget hotel options listed here that you may like.
  3. It is a reasonable trip to head to Montreux and then loop up to Lauterbrunnen (via Interlaken and the Golden Pass route). I think if you want to see Montreux and the area (and the Golden Pass) then it is reasonable to make the trip
  4. There is a lot to choose from in the Jungfrau region around Lauterbrunnen - have a look at activities we recommend here. Perhaps a visit to Schilthorn (or leave this day to visit Jungfraujoch if the weather is poor on your first day).

Lucas

dhavalpgk
dhavalpgk
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Jul 23, 2017 - 4:56 AM

Hey Lucas,

Thanks a lot for your feedback. We have finalised this itinerary and booked our AirBnb's. I had a few followup questions -

1) We are planning to go from Wengen-Mannlichen via Cable car, Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg hike and then Kleine Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch. Is this recommended? or we should get to Jungfraujoch as soon as possible?

2) Also, on glacierexpress website, there is no option for booking just reservations. Will you recommend doing the seat reservation right away or do it when we reach there? happyrail is just taking manual inputs for time of the train, unlike official website where we get to choose seats.

Thanks in advance! :)

Lucas
Lucas
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Jul 23, 2017 - 6:15 PM in reply to dhavalpgk

Hi dhavalpgk,

  1. It's a nice option but decide based on weather. If the weather looks good to Jungfraujoch in the morning then go there first for example. Do the hike if the top of the mountain looks clouded in.
  2. Are you getting a rail pass such as the Swiss Travel Pass? In that case you only need reservations. You should make them as soon as possible even if you are buying tickets individually (which you can do the day of your trip if you want, as long as you have a seat reserved).

Lucas

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Jul 25, 2017 - 8:29 AM in reply to dhavalpgk

>> Also, on glacierexpress website, there is no option for booking just reservations.

Yes, you can do a "reservation only" booking on the Glacier Express webshop site. When you get to the screen where you put in the individual traveller details, there is a drop-down box for reductions. Choose the appropriate reduction, and the fare will reduce to the cost for the reservation only, if you have a pass that provides free travel.

If you don't like the green seats the system chooses for you, click on them to de-select them, then click on the dark grey seats of your choice. The pale grey seats are already taken.

shop.glacierexpress.ch /gex_en

Alpenrose

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