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14 night itinerary check

Following up my last post, I have done a lot of research and the information everyone provided was so helpful!

Arrive Zurich, it appears the most reasonable flights will not arrive until well after 5 pm, I assume we can still get to Lucerne after arrival. Public transport the whole trip

4 nights Lucerne (extra time here yes, but I do not sleep at all on flights and we have a couple days of jet lag slow down)

5 nights Lauterbrunnen or Wengen

2 nights Montreux

2 nights Zermatt or Brig or around there (go to matterhorn if it is a good weather day)

ride Glacier Express all the way to end- which city?, overnight in that city.

next day, Bernina Express to Torino and then regional train to Lake Como for rest of trip. (three nights lake como, three nights Venice, then home)

Photographers question here, we are probably getting 1st class train tickets (Swiss travel pass) because long legs were not happy in 2nd class Italian trains and we will have our luggage. The panoramic trains have 1st class but can't open the windows to photograph. Is there 1st class on the regional trains? Everything I find isn't specific, just that you can't reserve seats on regionals. I personally would like to sit over such a long train ride. ( I might need to do a separate post for this question)

I think this plan will cover what we want to see and do, I have lots of questions but one thing at a time.

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Arrive Zurich, it appears the most reasonable flights will not arrive until well after 5 pm, I assume we can still get to Lucerne after arrival.

No problem, last train from "Zürich Flughafen" (the airport station) to Luzern departs 23.46, arrive 01:07! Before that they are trains every 30 minutes. See https://www.sbb.ch/en

ride Glacier Express all the way to end- which city?, overnight in that city.

Either Chur or St Moritz (these are towns, not big cities).

next day, Bernina Express to Torino and then regional train to Lake Como

The town at the Italian end of the Bernina Line is Tirano, NOT Torino, that is a big city somewhere else in Italy.
The Bernina Line is Chur - St. Moritz - Tirano, which is why either Chur or St. Moritz are good for your overnight stay.
You can see this all on a map of the Swiss rail network: https://www.sbb.ch/content/dam/infrastruktur/trafimage/karten/karte-sts-pass-gueltigkeit.pdf

Is there 1st class on the regional trains?

In Switzerland yes, local trains usually have first class. Not sure about Italy. No need to reserve seats in Switzerland (usually not possible), EXCEPT if you take the Bernina Express and Glacier Express branded trains. Not for other trains in those lines (which will also have 1st class).
And yes you cannot reserve seats on Italian regional trains.

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Thanks for the information. I knew about Tirano, spell check got me again. I will keep looking at train schedules, thank you.