May 11, 2017 - 5:46 AM
Looking for some guidance on my itinerary...I've been researching this for several weeks and I'm "stuck", unable to make a final decision, so any help is appreciated.
We are going to be in Rome/Naples at the end of July, and we are trying to decide whether to fly to Milan, Geneva, or to Zurich - the end goal is Montreux, to begin a 4 night stay, before leaving Europe. I know Geneva is the closest city, but we are wanting to enjoy a scenic train ride. This is my first trip to Europe, and we are going to be in England, Italy, and France - and only because I had 4 award nights to use at a Fairmont did I decide to add 4 nights in Switzerland. After reading up on Switzerland, I've decided that this "after thought" might be the best part of the trip!
I've looked at flying to Zurich (5 in my family) and then a scenic trip to Montreux via Interlaken, but we are hesitant due to the cost of the flight being about 8 times more than the cost of the flight to Milan, which adds up for the 5 of us. In addition, the train ride from Milan to Montreux is also considerably less expensive - only $33 a person.
Which makes me wonder - is the train ride from Milan to Montreux not all that interesting? I'm willing to doll out the extra money if flying to Zurich and taking several scenic routes to Montreux is significantly better than the trip from Milan to Montreux.
A third option would be to fly to Geneva - don't try to do much that initial "travel" day - and just plan on a day trip from Montreux to the Interlaken area as one of our three days in Montreux. I've read on this site that taking the Golden Pass Line back from Interlaken to Montreux would be very scenic, so maybe we could take a fast train to Interlaken that morning, and then take the Golden Pass back to Montreux in the afternoon.
Thanks in advance for any words of wisdom!