High-level Itienary: Paris (CDG) Airport to Geneva Airport to Lake Geneva to Interlaken to Lucerne to Venice in Italy.
Day 1: go to Lake Geneva from Geneva Airport; walk around the lake and local areas. Travel to Interlaken in the evening if public transportation time works out so we start activities early in the morning.
Question: any activities recommendations in Lake Geneva?
Interlaken: explore Berner Oberland's magnificent Lauterbrunnen Valley and Grindewald Valley, and see how cheese is made (it time allows); visit Jungfrau Region (the 4 towns Grindelwald, Murren, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen and 3 mountains Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau)
Day 2: go to Trümmelbach Waterfalls in Lauterbrunnen Valley, and/or Aare gorge (Aareschlucht) and the Reichenbach Fall, if time allows. Travel to Lucerne in the evening if public transportation time works out.
1. How do we get to Trümmelbach Waterfalls without a rental car and how much time would it require?
2. Any specific recommendations on which waterfall to visit?
3. What’s the best way to get to each waterfall when no rental car?
4. Is it true that we can stay at campground for bunglow in Lauterbrunnen valley? Does anyone one know what the average price would be for 2 people (no fancy stuff for us)? Lease expensive hotel works for us as well.
Day 3: Continue to explore the Grindewald Valley and some mountains
1. What’s the best way to get to Grindewald Valley?
2. Any specific recommendations on what to do in Grindewald Valley?
3. Any recommendation on which mountain to visit and how to get there?
Day 4: go to Lucerne for a town visit and also these activities e.g. Chapel Bridge, Old City Wall, Lucern Art Museum, Water Tower, The Glacier Garden, Bourbaki-Panorama, The Lion Monument, The Rosengart Collection and/or The Richard Wagner Museum
1. What’s the best way to get to Lucerne?
2. Any specific recommendations on which museum(s) to visit or avoid and which points of interest to avoid?
Day 5: go to Mt. Pilatus. Take the Panorama Gondolas ride; do some sight-seeing and light hiking e.g. Flower Trail/Dragon Trail/Dragon Moor. Travel to Mt. Titilis in the evening if public transportation time works out.
1. What is the best way to get to the area to take Panorama Gondola to Mt. Pilatus?
2. Is it true that Titilis seems to be more interesting and has more to offer than Mt. Pilatus?
Day 6 and/or 7: go to Mt. Titilis. Titlis can be reached by cable car from Engelberg. Engelberg can be reached by car or by train; take the Ice Flyer or Rotair Stand to the mountain; do some exploring e.g. suspension bridge (opens all year), the glacier path to Stotzig Egg, lake Trübsee, do both alpine flower trails, and the Glacier Cave (this is a MUST to us, it’s all year and free for entry)
1. What is the best way to get to Engelberg to take Rotair etc. transportation to Mt. Titilis?
2. Any hotel recommendation for least expensive rate (no fancy stuff for us)?
3. Is there any activities listed above we should avoid for any reason?Any recommendations of what else to do?
Day 8: go to Venice in Italy
I am thinking of taking Bernia Express to travel to Venice in Italy even though it takes about 4 hrs. My research results show that this is a classic route.
1. It’s my understanding that we must get to either Chur or St. Mortiz to take the Bernia Express.The distance from Mt. Titilis is very far to either station.What is your recommendation?
2. Bernia Express will only take us to Tirano and it’s very far from Venice.What should be our transportation solution to get to Venice from Switzerland other than an airplane?
1. What kind of pass should we purchase?
2. Would that be easier to rent a car from one location and drop it off at a different location?
I would appreciate any feedback – thank you!