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Geneva in late August 2012

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Hi - My husband and I will be in Geneva for approximately 9 days at the end of August. This is our first trip to Switzerland. We are both in our 40's and we are pretty active. The purpose of the trip is a business trip for my husband and I'm tagging along so we can add a few days to do some sightseeing. Here's the itinerary I have planned so far but I am looking for suggestions on ways to improve it:

Day 1 Arrive and sleep in Geneva (from the US)
Day 2 Sight seeing in Geneva - sleep in Geneva
Days 3 and 4 Montreux (and vicinity including the Choc Train to Gruyeres, Chateau de Chillon and Vevey) Sleep in Vevey?
Days 5, 6, 7 Bernard Overland area (Wengen, Interlaken, etc...hiking and such) Sleep in Wengen?
Day 8 Lucerne - sleep here
Day 9 Geneva - sleep here
Day 10 Depart Geneva for US

Questions:

1.Understanding that we have a limited amount of time, do i have the right "must see" locations? We obviously want to see the highlights but don't really care for big touristy sites/areas so I was trying to find a balance in what we see and where we stay. I'm THINK we'll want to see the places I have listed in Days 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 but am not sure if Lucerne is a must see or if something else should replace it?
2. Our hotels in Geneva will be part of a business trip so we won't need any help there but I would like suggestions in the other areas. We like a mixture of lodging that ranges from 3 - 4 star boutique-style smaller hotels/inns - I've been told and read alot that Switzerland is expensive so I don't know if a budget $200 - $300 CHF will get us in that category or not. While we like to have the "local charm" we also like to have some luxury and romance, if possible. If we need to modify our budget or preferences, let me know.
3. We are open minded to adding or taking away anything that makes sense. We THINK we want to mostly enjoy the great scenery of the mountains and the small villages, but if there are other things that we shouldn't miss, please let me know.
4. The exact days of the business meetings aren't flushed out yet so we may have to modify the agenda based on that - ie: I may be taking a day trip or 2 solo while my husband is in meetings
5. We plan to use trains for travel - I've seen alot of postings about Half Fare Card and Swiss Pass - what is best given our itinerary?


Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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