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Jul 14th, 2013, 04:05 AM
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17th Dec to 31st Dec, 14 Days at Switzerland, Paris

Hi There,

I'm planning my honeymoon trip to Switzerland right after my wedding on 16th Dec.
I'll be arriving Zurich @ 7am, 17th Dec and i humbly seek help in my itinerary. I've planned a draft out and i hope you guys can help me with out !!

17th Dec, Day 1 - Zurich, slp at Zurich
18th Dec, Day 2 - Lucerne, (Mt Rigi, Lake Lucerne), Slp at Lucerne
19th Dec, Day 3 - Depart Lucerne early for St Moritz , Slp at St Moritz
20th Dec, Day 4 - St Moritz, Slp at St Moritz
21st Dec, Day 5 - Depart St Mortiz early for Zermatt, Slp at Zermatt
22nd Dec, Day 6 - Zermatt, Slp at Zermatt
23rd Dec, Day 7 - Zermatt, Slp at Zermatt (Is 3 days too much?)
24th Dec, Day 8 - Depart Zermatt early for Interlaken (Jungfrau), Slp at Berner Oberland, Gimmelwald or Mürren
25th Dec, Day 9 - Spend time at Gimmelwald, Mürren and Berner Oberland, Slp there.
26th Dec, Day 10 - Spend time at Gimmelwald, Mürren and Berner Oberland, Slp there.
(Is 3 days too much?)
27th Dec, Day 11 - Depart Early for Bern, then to Zurich at night, Take Night Train to Paris (Is there such a thing?)
28th Dec, Day 12 - Paris Day 1
29th Dec, Day 13 - Paris Day 2
30th Dec, Day 14, Paris Day 3, take night train back to Zurich
31st Dec, Day 15, Catch my morning 1045 flight at Zurich Airport

Our idea is not to rush but to really enjoy the scenic view of the alps. Preferably we would prefer living the life of the swiss instead of living in the city. Our idea is to focus on Switzerland while Paris would be just a short stop over to Shop.

1) is 3 days at Zermatt too many?
2) Is it recommended to buy Swiss Pass online or Zurich Aiport itself? because we understand that it is cheaper in the airport. But also taking into consideration of the early reservation that we might make in order to "secure" the seat at the express trains like Glacier Express.
3) Is it necessary to reserve train seats?
4) Is First class Swiss Pass really necessary?
5) I did not include Lugano and Montreux in my itinerary.. Are they worth including?
6) Is there worthwhile to see in Bern?

I'm really excited about going to one of the most beautiful place on Earth!!
Thanks,
Jerome
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Jul 15th, 2013, 05:43 AM
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Jul 15th, 2013, 06:46 AM
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Well staying at very upscale and extraordinarily expensive ski resorts will not be living the life of the swiss - it will e living the life of very wealthy europeans. (Many more swiss live in ciites and larger towns, where the sidewalks roll up at 9:30 or 10 am and they spend many hours working either for large corporations or small businesses and living in quite modest local house in towns or suburbs).

However, after many business trips in europe I would not reco this for a honeymoon. You definitely want to spend your time in the mountains - perhaps the resorts if your budget will stand the strain and you are expert at or interested in learning winter sports.

However, I would do less bouncing around - stay in fewer places and do day trips for short visits. For instance - no need to stay in Zurich - just hop a train to Lucerne - only
an hour by train from the lower level of the airport.

Also, unless you have been to Paris before you are giving one of the greatest cities in the world very short shrift.
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Jul 15th, 2013, 07:53 AM
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Thanks for your honest reply, nytraveler.

Oic.. thanks for the information. so that means i can head straight for lucerne. and maybe extend another day in Paris.
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Jul 20th, 2013, 10:48 AM
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Another question, i thinking if i should base my switzerland stay mainly in Luchern or Grinderwald? instead of moving my luggages around alot?
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Jul 20th, 2013, 10:56 AM
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If you want to do Switzerland and Paris - then fly open jaw -- into Zurich and home from Paris (or vice versa).

Open Jaw (multi-city) is usually about the same cost or even a bit less than R-T into the same city and it saves the hassle of having to back track to fly out.
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