Here's the plan - at least for the moment :)
It's looking like the 8 day 2nd class Swiss travel Pass is going to make the most sense.
My understanding is: *The cost for all the trains including The Golden Pass, Glacier Express and Bernina are all covered under this pass. Jungfraujoch is discounted, but all travel to/from Mount Rigi is included.
Is my understanding correct? I'm trying to avoid too many pricey surprises. If so - it seems just doing the scenic trains almost pays for the pass....
I don't quite understand the seat reservation part for the Golden - Glacier and Bernina trains.
How much extra do the seat reservations cost?
Also - are the travel times that I have allotted for the train rides about right?
July 12 - arrive Zurich airport 9 am - train to Lucerne (1 hour) - overnight in Lucerne
Lion monument, covered bridge, town
July 13 - Morning - head to Mount Rigi (included with Swiss travel pass) - 6 hours
Late afternoon - take the Golden Pass train to Wengen (3 hours)
July 14, 15, 16 - explore Wengen and surrounding area : Jungfraujoch, waterfalls, hiking
July 17 - train to Brig ( 2hours) - pick up the Glacier Express to Chur (4 hours) - overnight Chur
July 18 - Bernina Express to Tirano, Italy ( 4 hours) - train to Varenna, Lake Como (1 1/2 hours or so)
Thank U SO much for any help you can provide!!!