Thank you again for spending so much time on this. I really appreciate it because I do tend to overthink and I know we will love our experience no matter what! I also know that I am risking the mountains with the time of year, but we always travel off-season and will deal with it. :)
I love that Thun is a good base. Is it a "fun" town? Things to do at night or,... even just pubs and such? I did a quick look and it seems that the travel time is just a bit longer (time to have a coffee or relax) and not too much more for the train tickets. If I find that is for sure the case, I think we might prefer Thun. It also looks like a good option for a day visit to Bern and Bern looks to be very pricey for hotels/home rentals as well. Not sure if that stop is worthwhile, but it does look pretty. Would you say that for the time of year, 2 or 3 nights is good? I would like to go to Lauterbrunnen (never been) and Grindlewald (have been and would like to show the family what I rave about... though, I doubt we will be able to hike to the glacier like I did).. We will skip Gimmelwald at that time of year. :(( I loved Brienz too, but I am not sure it is worth the extra travel time and money given our short stay and budget this time.
Note taken on Zermatt and we will skip it this time. That may decide the two itineraries I was considering.
I will check on the interesting train options that you mention,but, yes... I am spending too much time getting a headache over this! LOL
Any chance you could comment on these ideas?
Montreux after arrival in Geneva for 1-2 nights (relax and catch the Christmas market before moving onward) or, conversely as our last night before flight out on 12/3 at 1:00 pm.
Sion.. any reason if we aren't going to do Zermatt? Also, Domodossola, Italy... (seems the prices to get there via train are not bad and so... if it is cool... why not?
Bern... day trip or overnight? And, lastly... I have considered going to Annecy, France from Geneva on the inbound or outbound part of the trip. I realize that this is a Swiss forum but if you have thoughts on that it would be interesting. It looks like a cute place, though perhaps a pain to get to via bus, and it is definitely a way for us to save a few bucks rather than staying in Geneva!
FYI-- I am a paper and pencil person, so I used the spreadsheet idea and did it all by hand. So far, makes sense to buy the 1/2 fare cards for all 6 of us and watch my travels from there. You are right that SuperSavers are scary and, not such a great deal without the 1/2 fare card. If I can manage a couple of them with the cards, then I will.
Looks like Golden Pass line is a good idea! :)