We are a group of 4 friends(in our fifties) who will be travelling to Switzerland for the first time fr 1/4/2018 - 14/4/2018, flying in to Zurich.
We have planned an itinerary (quite ambitious one I think), and would appreciate your advice and comments if it seems too much to handle !!! We would also appreciate for advice on the Swiss Travel Pass as we would like to buy from authorised seller which allows us to print from home and make reservation for the Glacier and Bernina Express. We intend to buy 2nd class and also reservation of seat for 2nd class for the 2 express trains. I have also highlighted the advice we need for the intermittent travels we have during the trip such as the coverage for the cogwheel train rides.
1/4/18 - Arrive Zurich at 6am. Take train to Zurich and store luggage at station. Join a day trip to Rhine Falls, then visit Bahnhofstrasse.
2/4/18 - Join Zurich Free Walk Tour of 1.5 hours and Chocolate & Sweets Walk Tour. Explore Altstadt & stroll along Lake Zurich.
3/4/18 - Train to Lucerne and DIY around places of interest in Lucerne (Europaplatz, Chapel Bridge, Old Corn Market, St. Peter's Church & Swan Square). Stay in Lucerne for 2 nights.
4/4/18 - Day trip to Mt Rigi - how do we get there? Does the Swiss Travel Pass cover this trip? Followed by Swiss Chocolate Adventure exhibition inside the Swiss Museum of Transport - can we make it in time before it close?
5/4/18 -Train from Lucerne to Interlaken. Followed by Day trip to Jungfrau "Top of Europe" - how do we get there? Does the Swiss Travel Pass cover this trip? Visit Jungfrau park and Unterseen. Stay in Interlaken for 3 nights
6/4/18 - Train fr Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen/Murren for day trip to Schilthorn Peak. Does the Swiss Travel Pass cover this trip? Walkabout Murren and hope to visit the revolving restaurant Piz Gloria. Visit Staubbach and Trummelbach Falls on the way down. Visit Grindelwald Village, Glacier Gorge then train back to Interlaken.
7/4/18 & 8/4/18 - Train to Bern for day trip on 7/4. Then train/move to Geneva on 8/4/18. Half day Tour of Geneva City & Boat Cruise, join guided tour of Old Town Geneva. Stay in Geneva for 2 nights
9/4/18 - From Geneva, train to Montreux to visit Chaplins World Museum & Chillon Castle. Can we use the Swiss Travel Pass to go all the way to the castle?
10/4/18 - Check out Geneva to Zermatt. visit Klein Matterhorn & Glacier Palace. Does the Swiss Travel Pass cover the travels to the mountain? Then visit Hinterdorf, Matterhorn Museum & Sunegga.
11/4/18 - Visit Gornergrat. Does the Swiss Travel Pass cover the cost of the train ride on Gornergrat rail? Besides Gornergrat, is there any place else to visit nearby?
12/4/18 - Check out Zermatt to St Moritz. We will take the Glacier Express departing Zermatt at 8.52am ( is this still correct?) Any advice on which side of the seat we should book on? Please advice if we can reserve the seats at the same website we book our Swiss Travel Pass and can we print our reservation at home? Upon arriving we plan to visit Leaning Tower of St Moritz & stroll around town
13/4/18 - Check out St. Moritz to Lugano. We will take the Bernina Express at 9.48am (is this still correct?) Any advice on which side of the seat we should book on? Please advice if we can reserve the seats at the same website we book our Swiss Travel Pass and can we print our reservation at home? Where can we buy the Bernina Express Bus Ticket to Lugano? Upon arriving we plan to visit Piazza della Riforma & Parco Civico.
14/4/18 - Take a Classic Tur Lugano-Gandria 1 hour boat ride. Visit the Lugano Market and Lake Lugano. Then take a train from Lugano to Zurich Airport.
Thank you once again and all advice is appreciated. Plse feel free to suggest places for visit as we like historical and cultural building and experiences.