Feb 12, 2016 - 12:30 AM
We are first-time visitors entering Switzerland at Geneva 17 April 2016 after a long rail transit day from Barcelona, and interested in piecing together segments [some full, some partial] of the Bernina Express [southbound direction to ensure daytime viewing all the way to Lugano] and Glacier Express [so far Zermatt is the must see], and maybe other panorama routings to keep us moving north [Zurich or Basel] or west [Geneva again] to connect to a non-stop TGV Lyria to Paris on April 21 2016. We want to arrive Paris April 21st evening but could possibly push that back a day or so depending upon other forward arrangements. We can also start with the "other" panorama routings just as long as we do our definite wish list [so far]: Bernina Express w/bus connection to Lugano AND visit Zermatt [day trip fine].
Trying to figure out where to break-up segments of the routings so 1] we're not railing ALL day long, if possible; and 2] the stop-over for each overnight is someplace charming where there's a hotel within a 10 min walk from the train station [already using Google mapping for that one] and 3] the overlap station is indeed the same station used by both express lines.
1st Example: Glacier Express and Bernina Express stops overlap at Chur, Thusis, Tiefencastel, Filisur, Bergun, Davos maybe via a separate connection, Samedan, and St. Moritz. Glacier Express' entire transit from Zermatt to St. Moritz too long of a rail day, so we'd get off GEX earlier where we could connect with BEX the following day. Where? Looking for recommendations. BEX's 1+ hr connection lay-over at Tirano helps break up the next 3.5 hr bus leg to Lugano.
2nd Example: SBB website shows at least 3 actual stops [Chur, Chur West, Chur Wiesental] plus several Chur search stops designated after a comma. BEX and GEX schedules mention Chur, so do I assume that means the default stop of just Chur, and not one of the other actual Chur stops? I don't know how much I should trust SBB's timetables since bookings thru their website only 1 month out, but it looks like I can book these trains elsewhere earlier. I would just hate to have an overlap stop change closer to the date.
Your thoughts appreciated.