I have been struggling with this itinerary, and need the insight of the wise RS Forum. [ I did post earlier, but felt a new thread is appropriate as I now have a draft.] I know open jaw into Milan and out of Zurich would be ideal, but the current Business Class rates don't make this feasible. Nothing is booked yet, but the BC rates are so tempting...
I should add I have NO sense of direction, so me studying maps for hours is a mighty challenge.
I have been to these areas in the past, but really want to return . The proposed trip would be late August, September, 2021, about two weeks, and all travel by public transportation/ train. Both my husband and I are active seniors and have been vaccinated for covid. All luggage is carry-on.
Please be kind but constructively critical, as I know I've overlooked aspects which are obvious to more seasoned travelers. I really struggled with the logistics of the second week. Day 8 is a long train day, but it will probably be time to rest the feet. I hope my estimates of train travel time are correct.
Thx so much for any and all input!
1 Depart West Coast, fly red-eye
2 Arrive Zurich, train to Luzern, sleep Luzern
5 Luzern to Lugano [2 hr train]- Lugano bus to Menaggio [1 hr] - Menaggio ferry to Varenna
6 sleep Varenna
7 sleep Varenna
8 Varenna Train to Tirano [1 hr] - Bernina Express [4 hrs] to Chur - Chur to Montreux [3.5 hr train]
9 sleep Montreux
10 sleep Monteux
11 Montreux to Jungfrau area [2 hr train]
12 Jungfrau area sleep
13 Jungfrau area sleep
14 Jungfrau area to Zurich airport [2 hr train] sleep Zurich
15 Zurich fly home to West Coast