i am going to be in Switzerland and Italy for 18 days and need ideas. I will be flying to Geneva and returning from Zurich (frequent flyer w/ least miles used, otherwise, I would return from Venice). The goal of this trip is to see the Dolomites.
I like to take the Golden Pass train from Geneva and spent 1 or 2 nights in the Interlaken area. Should I stay in Geneva and visit Montreaux and Lausanne before going to Interlaken? During this trip I would like to take the Bernina bus from Lugano to Tirano-St Mortiz. I also would like to see Padua and Venice again. Are there any other town along this route that is worth seeing?
I have been to Verona, Vicenza, Bologna, Ravenna, Salzburg, Vienna, Munich & Bavaria. A year ago I was in the same region. I flew to Zurich and took the train to Lucerne and spent two nights there and took the Golden Pass train to Interlaken and stayed 4 nights in Murren. I hiked extensively near Murren and took the cable car to Piz Gloria. I also hiked from Wegen to Kleine Scheidegg and took the train to Jungfraujoch. I spent 2 nights in Zermatt and did a lot of hiking on a raining day and never made it to the Matterhorn. I was fortunate to see it the next day from town. I took the Glacier Express to St Mortiz and stayed 3 nights in Pontresina. I did some hiking but mostly spent time on the the local train to get a feel of the area. I went up to Piz Nair and also Diavolezza. I took the regional train to Tirano and Bernina bus to Lugano and spent a night there before taking the bus to Menaggio for 3 nights and finally 3 nights in Milan and saw the Last Supper and flew home.
I am an ambitious traveler and don't mind long days and long train/bus rides - explains why I am so overwhelmed with options and need help narrowing it down! Which one of these route is better as far as efficient? I am not familiar with transportation around the Dolomite area.
Geneva-Interlaken-Milan-Padua-Venice-Bolzano or Castelrotto-Cortina-Innsbruck-Zurich
Geneva-Interlaken-Zurich-Innsburck-Cortina-Bolzano or Castelrotto-Venice-Padua-Milano-Lugano (Bernina bus to Tirano-St Moriz-Zurich