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Shiv
Shiv
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Feb 12, 2020 - 4:36 PM

I am planning to 5 days travel to Switzerland in June mid around Geneva area. I shall be travelling with senior citizens and a 10 year old. I would love hear on itinerary and places to stay for true Swiss experience. We have done cities and popular touristy places couple of years back.

Ildiko
Ildiko
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Feb 12, 2020 - 5:50 PM in reply to Shiv

Hi Shiv and welcome to MySwissAlps!

Nice that you are coming back to Switzerland. Which regions or towns have you seen so far?

You can read about Geneva at www.myswissalps.com/geneva and www.myswissalps.com/jetdeaugeneva and also at www.myswissalps.com/hiking/geneva. As you are coming to the Lake Geneva area I recommend Montreux (www.myswissalps.com/montreux/activities) if you haven't been there before and also Rochers-de-Naye (www.myswissalps.com/rochersdenaye). Lausanne (www.myswissalps.com/Lausanne) is also a nice town, very hilly, has the Olympic Museum, which is superb and not so touristy. The Unesco World Heritage Lavaux is also worth to visit. I also recommend a boat trip on Lake Geneva: www.myswissalps.com/boatlakegeneva.

From Geneva you can also easily visit France: www.myswissalps.com/traintickets/france.

Yvoire is a very cute medieval village, you can reach it also by boat. Many tourists visit Mt Blanc and Chamonix from Geneva. That is an other option. Although if you are traveling with elderly people you should consult with a doctor regarding the altitude sickness (if you are going above 2500 m), check this www.myswissalps.com/jungfraujoch under "Preparation". Annecy is also not that far and a very beautiful town with amazing blue water.

If you do not go to France, have a look at www.myswissalps.com/regionalpasslakegeneva, to get to know the Regional Pass Lake Geneva - Alps. If you have that children travel along at a low fixed price or free.

Ildiko

1960man
1960man
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Feb 13, 2020 - 12:07 AM

In addition to Ildiko's guides, one of the key poits about the Geneva area is it's proximity to the highest section of the Jura mountain chain. Take the 'little red train' from Nyon to St Cergue. From the top of the Jura you can get great views of the Alps (if clear). If it's a really clear day you can see from left to right the Alps stretching almost 200 miles

Peterli
Peterli
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Feb 13, 2020 - 5:46 AM in reply to Shiv

Hello Shiv,

Which cities and touristy places did you visit a couple of years back ? If I know this, and assume you want to go to new places, I can come up with some suggestions. Will you be traveling by car or by public transportation ? What is the total number of people in your group ? I love 1960man's suggestion of the "little red train' from Nyon up to St-Cergue. Read up on this at: www.region-du-leman.ch/en/P1166/nyon-st-cergue-la-cure-railway-nstcm

Shiv
Shiv
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Feb 13, 2020 - 7:32 AM

Thank you very much Ildiko, 1960man and Peterli for your guidance. To share with you all, I have been to Zurich, Bern, Lucerne, Interlaken, Titlis, Schynige Platte, Alpine Garden, Lauterbrunnen (Trümmelbach), Engelberg, Lake Thun Boat Ride, Chur, taken Bernina Express to reach Tirano, Bus ride to Lugano then went to Milan on train.

I do plan to visit Paris for couple of days then would move to Netherlands for anther 4-5 day around Amsterdam area. I shall be using excellent public transport of Switzerland while my stay there. As suggested by Ildiko I will take care about consultation on altitude sickness for elderly family members.

We would like to stay at quit places that does not involved several flight of stairs and easy on pocket as well. 3 bedroom apartments nestled in local community is something I would prefer but close to easy transport facilities to cut down on walking.

My expectations from this tour is to visit tourist attractions as well as soaking local culture during our short stay. I can stretch my visit for max 6 days in Switzerland.

Ildiko
Ildiko
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Feb 13, 2020 - 8:03 AM in reply to Shiv

Hi Shiv,

Switzerland is quite expensive as I guess you already know. On this link you'll find recommended budget hotels in Switzerland: www.myswissalps.com/hotels/budget. Also once you know your itinerary you can try rentals everywhere. Just visit the page of the town or city and look for the "Rentals label". For example for Geneva: www.myswissalps.com/geneva and www.myswissalps.com/geneva/rentals. Or for the Lake Geneva area: www.myswissalps.com/lakegeneva/rentals. In general, rentals are cheaper than hotels and if you have a kitchen you can prepare some meals for yourself too (and spare the cost of eating out). You'll find other sparing tips at www.myswissalps.com/plantrip/doityourself/savemoney.

Also read:

Ildiko

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Feb 14, 2020 - 12:45 AM in reply to Shiv

Hi Shiv -

<<" in June mid around Geneva area.">>

Dates are important, because June, though nice in Geneva, still has traces of Winter at higher altitudes.

The alpine regions evolve from late Winter to nearly Spring during June.

When are you traveling?

Slowpoke

1960man
1960man
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Feb 15, 2020 - 1:34 AM in reply to Shiv

I'm repeating my earlier post because I think a moderator added a link to my post, but it was largely irrelevant (mentions of 'North West Switzerland', 'Basel' etc). I was specifically trying to direct you to the high Jura close to Geneva, so I have now added a more relevant link about this area.

In addition to Ildiko's guides, one of the key points about the Geneva area is it's proximity to the highest section of the Jura mountains. Take the 'little red train' from Nyon to St Cergue.

www.myswitzerland.com/en-gb/destinations/saint-cergue/

From the top of the Jura you can get great views of the Alps (if clear). If it's a really clear day you can see from left to right the Alps stretching almost 200 miles

Last modified on Feb 15, 2020 - 1:38 AM by 1960man

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