Planes, Trains, Rental Cars, and Cable Cars
Well, we know for sure that we are heading to Berner Oberland, Bruges, and Amsterdam. But we need to plan how many nights in each place and how we are going to get from one place to another. Time for research! One of my favorite planning resources is Rick Steves. We use his website, books, and tour itineraries to pick out the best places to visit and stay. On our last trip to Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, and Germany his recommendation to visit Shopron, Hungary was the highlight of the trip. I'm hoping his suggestions for Switzerland are just as wonderful.
Here's our best guess so far:
- Zurich - Arrive at 10:45 AM
Zurich - Luzern- Get over jetlag - Train
- Luzern (2 nights)
Interlaken - Lautenbrunner - Stechelberg - Gimmelwald - Train/Bus/Tram
- Gimmelwald ( 3 nights)
Gimmelwald - Montreaux - Golden Pass Train Ride
- Montreaux (1 night)
Montreaux - Martigny- Chamonix - MontBlanc Express Train
- Chamonix (2 night)
Chamonix - St Gervais - Lyon - Colmar Train
- Colmar (2 nights)
Colmar - Brussels Train, Brussels siteseeing
Brussels - Bruges Train
- Bruges (2 nights)
Bruges - Antwerp - Amsterdam
- Amsterdam (3 nights)
On a houseboat!
I am pretty sure the Swiss Pass is the way to go for ease and price for the first week in Switzerland. I am still wondering if we should rent a car on the French Side of the Geneva airport and drop it off in Amsterdam? Or should we just get a Eurail BeNeLux + France pass?