I will attend a conference in Basel in late August 2013 and then have 14 days before departing from Basel. My wife and I spent time in Geneva some years ago, so we won't include it in our itinerary. We will get a SwissPass and travel via trains. My draft itinerary is as follows:
- Basel to (with stop for short tour in Bern) Montreux (3 nights)
(Visit Chillion castle, talk walks, do Cholate Train excursion)
- Montreux to Interlakken via Golden Pass train (3 nights in Interlakken)
(Visit Lauterbrunnen Valley, Murren, Schitorn one day; walks; lake cruise to Thun)
- Interlaken to Zermatt (2 nights)
- Zermatt to Lugano or Locarno via Domodossola, IT, train route to see Centovallli (2 or 3 nights)
(walks, relax by lake, visit castles in Bellinzona)
- Zermatt to Lucern via William Tell train but not do the cruise section - (2 or 3 nights)
(visit old town, possible lake cruise with visit to Mt. Pilatus)
- Lucern to Basel (1 night before return flight)
(may travel via Zurich to do 1/2 day city tour)
In order to spend more time in fewer locations, we did not include St. Moritz or eastern Switzerland. We also decided to de-emphasize cities.
First, would appreciate any comments on this draft itinerary.
Second, I have specific questions:
-- Among Montreux, Interlaken, Lugano/Locarno, and Lucern, we can spend 3 nights in 3 locations and 2 nights in a fourth location. With our overall itinery, which location would be best for only 2 nights - current choice is spend only two nights in either Lugano or Lucern, but we could also drop a night in Montreux.
-- Choice of Interlakken versus Lauterbrunned Valley or Wengen for hotel lodging in Interlakken. We need to balance "home base"/convenience for day trips versus nice environment for evenings and relaxation.
-- Choice of Lugano versus Lorcarno or Ascona to stay in that part of trip.