Jan 14, 2017 - 6:39 AM
in reply to Lucas
I read your response to Ratna. Thank you, it will help in my planning, too. This year will be our first rail trip in Europe. We are joining 2 land tours both passing through Switzerland, first one (April) starting in Zurich to Liechtenstein, Austria, (optional excursion by Bernina Express to St Moritz), Northern Italy, Zermatt, Montreux and ending in Lucerne (total of 14 days).
The second one (mid June) is starting in Trier, Germany, Baden Baden, Murren, Bern, Munich and on to Austria and ending in Vienna (total of 14 days). We bought the Eurail (8-day Flexi) passes last December without finalizing our itinerary yet to avail of the discounted price. We always try to fly to Zurich. We are planning to use the Eurail pass to go to Trier Germany to start our second tour and use the train from Vienna back to Zurich (RailJet).
Since we will see a lot of Switzerland by bus, we decided to use the rest of the Flexi Pass to see almost the same places but this time traveling by trains through villages and mountains. We are in our sixties and hiking should be light. We would love to see the beautiful places by train that Switzerland has to offer. It is endless! Instead of using the fist pass to Germany in early June, I decided to start using it in Vienna to Zurich (last week of June). From Lucerne, we will be able to use the Golden Pass line to Montreux, travel to Zermatt and take the Glacier Express to St Moritz. By doing so, any left over pass can be used in our late August trip when we come back for a third time as the passes will be good for two months starting from the first day of using it.
On the third trip, I am planning to incorporate the Chocolate train excursion. I hope this is a good plan. Any suggestion will help. God willing, if we can visit again in 2018, I will definitely get a Swiss Travel Pass/Flexi to be able to travel by local bus transportation and boat for free and be able to visit more local museums and do easy hiking at other places. I will definitely visit this site more often to get helpful ideas.
Thank you all.