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4 days in Switzerland, Help!!

Hi, we are a couple and one infant (1 and half year old) travelling to Paris and Swiss on the following mentioned dates:

Arrival in Paris - Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 (7AM)
Departure from Paris - Sunday, Oct 8, 2017 (10AM)

Within this duration, we are planning to spend 3D/3N in Paris and 5D/4N nights in Switzerland. Below is the tentative itinerary we have designed and would appreciate your expert opinions/suggestions.

Paris - 30th Sep to 2nd October.
We plan to explore paris on our own, and might just take 2 days hop on hop off bus tour for sight seeing. We have booked our hotel in Porte de Versailles area, which i believe is in close proximity of popular location. We don't have any preference as such, but will try to cover all historic and iconic things in paris. Would appreciate your expert opinions on things which i can do during my stay at Paris.

Oct 3 - We plan to keep our base in Lucerne city of Switzerland, and will heading towards it from Paris by TGV Lyria train at 6am. After reaching to Lucerne, we will spend some time at the hotel, and will explore the city on our own.

Oct 4 - Lucerne to Jungfrouch & back
Oct 5 - Lucerne to Mt Titlis & Back
Oct 6 - Lucerne to Zurich. Visit Rhine fall & back.
Oct 7 - I'm not able to plan for this day, and would appreciate some suggestions here. I also have to head back to Paris as my return flight is at 10 AM, next morning from CDG, and the last train for Paris is at 4PM (TGV Lyria train). Anything i can do within the available time?
Oct 8 - Return to India after an overnight stay in CDG area.

Few additional details:
1. I plan to buy a four day swiss pass to cover my travel within swizterland. Will it be worth buying it?
2. I will book excursions to Jungfrouch and Mt Titlis from Would it cover the train cost as well?
3. With the above itinerary i think I'm required to get a Swiss schengen visa, but can someone please confirm?

I would really appreciate your thoughts on the above itinerary and any suggestions are most welcome :)

Thanks in advance.

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Put the point to point prices together and compare with 4 day swiss pass. If the swiss pass price is lower than point to point then it is worth buying it. Where is the starting point of excursion? If it is in Luzern then the cost of transportation is covered. No Schengen visa is required for stays under 90 days assuming you have US passport. And one more thing - I would think twice before taking infant to Mt.Titlis or Jungfraujoch. Both are at significant elevation where some people and especially infants may have serious problems.

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Thanks Ilja, i will do the math for swiss pass.

I'm planning to keep Luzern as base for this trip, so that will be the starting point for me on all days.

What do you mean by "If it is in Luzern then the cost of transportation is covered"?

I'm an indian citizen so would need a schengen visa, i believe. And given my stay in Paris and Switzerland, i think i need to get Swiss visa, but wanted a confirmation.

Regarding taking infant to Mt.Titlis or Jungfraujoch, i will quickly take a doctor's recommendation before finalizing anything. Thanks.

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I think with Indian passport you will need visa. Once you have Schengen visa it should be valid for all countries in Schengen. If your excursion starting point is in Luzern then your transportation is covered. If it is somewhere else then you pay for transportation to the starting point of your excursion.

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Your schengen visa should cover both countries. Rhein fall may not need 1 complete day. That can be done on oct 7. Get up early and leave your luggage in lucerne hotel. Head to zurich and from there take train to schlos laufen. After completing it you return to lucerne and catch train to paris. In order to do it you need to start early from lucerne.

I would have avoided expensive jungfrau after having visited titlis. However you should visit absolutely stunning villages of lauterbrunnen/ murren/ gimmelwald in interlaken region. All three can be done in one day.

You can plan for either lucerne or brienz lake cruise near interlaken.

Instead of 4 day swiss pass, i think half fare card makes more sense.