Apr 15, 2013 - 10:15 AM
Your itinerary looks fine to me. Of course it would be ideal to spend more than one day in each town, but if these are the places you prefer to see and you only have a couple of days, then this is fine and doable. The order of towns is ok as well.
The Jungfraujoch is indeed not very cheap. I think it's worth it as it's a very unique trip. The journey going up there is amazing, even though the last section is in a tunnel: you still can get out at two in between stations and enjoy the view from the tunnel to the outside. It's unique in Switzerland. The view on the top is great as well. Cheaper options are the Schilthorn, or do just part of the Jungfrau trip until Kleine Scheidegg. Then you get to see the Jungfrau but not travel to the top.
You can do the Golden Pass when traveling from Geneva via Montreux and Zweisimmen to Interlaken (part 1) and from Interlaken via Meiringen to Lucerne (part 2). The other panoramic trains do not fit in your itinerary. It's all free with the Swiss Pass (except for seat reservations
which you mostly don't need).
How to purchase a Swiss Pass: go to the Swiss Pass page
and select your country and preferred pass. The options will be presented to you. In many cases it makes sense to buy online, as the price is about the same or even lower as in Switzerland and you can pay in your own currency to avoid banking fees when paying in Swiss francs.
Zurich to Paris can easily be done by high speed train. I don't know about plane tickets, but the train is not very expensive if you book this trip well in advance. Moreover, the leg to Basel is free with your Swiss Pass. You'd only need a ticket for Basel to Paris. In most cases you can purchase the ticket along with your pass. Tickets can be found here
(again, make sure to select your country first).
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:35 PM by Arno