Jun 3, 2011 - 3:49 AM
Hello, I've read some of your advice to other travelers and I'd like to compliment you on your fast, professional and detailed responses!
I'm going to Geneva for a business trip from Jun 27 to July 3. I plan to arrive a week earlier with my partner to do some exploration and visit Paris as well. Since this is our first trip, we'd like to get a taste of Switzerland - lakes, mountains, peaceful towns - we don't mind more touristy areas as long as they're not too expensive! Here's a draft of my itinerary:
6/21 (Tue): Arrive in Geneva 7:45am --> Lausanne (Olympic Museum) --> Montreux (Leman Lake) --> Chateau de Chillon --> Montreux
6/22 (Wed): Montreux --> Interlaken (Golden Pass) --> Bern --> Luzern
6/23 (Thu): Luzern --> Titlis --> Luzern
6/24 (Fri): Luzern --> Geneva --> Paris
6/25 (Sat): Paris
6/26 (Sun): Paris --> Geneva
1. I searched http://www.tgv-europe.com/ and found that the cheapest round-trip ticket from Geneva to Paris is US$120 (even though they advertise fares as cheap as 29 Euros). I have 2 options:
a. Swiss Pass (4 days) + Geneva/Paris by TGV = $236 + $120 = US$356.
b. Eurail France-Switzerland pass for 4 days = US$376.
Since the Swiss Pass provides free urban/post bus transport and generally more discounts in Switzerland, I think I should choose that instead of the Eurail pass?
2. On 6/22, is it too agressive to stop by Bern briefly before arriving in Luzern? Would you recommend staying in Bern that night and then transferring to Luzern the next day before going to Titlis?
3. Does my itinerary make sense in general? Any advice?
Thanks in advance for your help!