I am traveling with my wife and son (9 months old) to Switzerland for the first time, next Friday, for 9 days (arrival Friday 09:00 am to Zurich). We are going to leave Switzerland on Sunday and go to Genoa (Italy). We were thinking of the following plan in Switzerland.
Day 1: Arrive Zürich Airport, take a car, drive to Rhine falls, shopping areas, head to Lucerne (Sleep in Lucerne)
Day 2: Go to Pilatus (Sleep in Lucerne)
Day 3: Go to Interlaken (Sleep in Lucerne)
Day 4: Boat, then train to Lugano along Gotthard Panorama Express route (sleep in Lugano)
Day 5: Spend the day in Lugano (Sleep in Lugano)
Day 6: Take a car to Zermatt (sleep in Zermatt)
Day 7: Zermatt and hikes, Matterhorn-view lifts (sleep in Zermatt)
Day 8: Take a car to Lausanne (sleep in Lausanne) OR go to Berner Oberland and sleep there
Day 9: Spend the day in Lausanne OR Berner Oberland then head to Geneva (sleep in Geneva)
Day 10: Spend Day in Geneva. Go to Genoa
I appreciate your advice on the following questions:
1- Is the planned trip seem logic and feasible?
2- Is it necessary to spend day 1 in Zurich or just go directly to Lucerne?
3- Is it necessary to have a rental car to go from Lugano to Zermatt, and from Zermatt to Lausanne? As far as I read I need to park my car in Täsch. This will require parking the rental car for 3 days. And then use it to go to Lausanne. Else I have to use the train, but I am finding it hard to follow the path and train timing from Lugano to Zermatt, and this will require not less than 6 hours, and several trains
4- Do you advise going to Berner Oberland on Day 8 or just go and have some rest in Lausanne?
5- Knowing that the travel pass entitles us for either 3, 4, 8, and 15 days, do you advise on getting the 8 days pass and use it along with the car rental? or just forget about the car?
I appreciate your kind reply.