Nov 18, 2022 - 4:50 PM
in reply to Mek0722
Wow this sounds familiar. My wife & I are in our late 50's, love hiking & natural attractions also. We had a similar itinerary "booked" for the Fall of 2020. Luckily, we only lost a few nights of hotel stays. We still have a United Airlines credit and had not purchased our Swiss Pass before "you know what" hit.
We too are now planning to rebook again for fall of 2023 (late Aug/ early Sept), with some "possible" changes. We "originally" had booked all hotels (except 5-nights in Lauterbrunnen, which was a condo/apt). Our "original 21/22-night itinerary" was:
Late afternoon flight (overnight) - Arrive early AM in Vienna, AT: 2-night stay... AM train to Salzburg, AT: 2-night stay... AM train to Innsbruck, AT: 2-night stay... AM train to Zurich, CH: 1-night stay... AM train to Luzern, CH: 2-night stay... AM train (Gotthard Exp) to Lugano, CH: 1-night stay... AM bus to Tirano, IT & train (Bernia Exp) to St. Moritz, CH: 1-night stay... AM train (Glacier Exp) to Zermatt, CH: 2-night stay... AM train to Lauterbrunnen, CH: 5-night stay... AM train (Golden Exp) to Montreux, CH: 2-night stay... AM train to Geneva, CH: 1-night stay... AM flight home to USA.
We are flexible with our re-booking plans (ie: longer stays, re-routing, etc.), but we really want to see all the places mentioned above. I'll be watching this thread (and others) for ideas and recommendations. I hope you have a wonderful time. The people of and on "MySwissAlps" are terrific, very helpful, and a great resource. God Bless.