Hi All. Long story short, my mom is absolutely in love with Rick Steves' shows. After watching an episode on Switzerland, it became her life dream to go so I saved up money for her anniversary to send her there. I've already bought the tickets - mid September - and my parents will be arriving around 7 AM in Zurich on a Sunday and heading out of that same airport at 7 AM on a Thursday. It's a surprise, so I can't ask her directly, but I want them to have an absolutely unforgettable trip, and honestly, I don't even know where to start. I read through these forums and just get so overwhelmed. Whenever she talks about Switzerland, she seems to be very excited about the scenic trains (though frankly I'm not certain which one), Interlaken, something about 007, and just knowing her probably the Matterhorn.
My question is where should they go (and for my purposes, where should they sleep)? I was planning on getting a 4 day Swiss pass for Sunday - Wed and then they would sleep in Zurich on Wed night. For those other 4 days they have the travel pass, I want to make the most of their time, and would love your help on what a great itinerary would look like. They're quite active and I know are the kind of people who are down to see a lot in a short period of time. I would really appreciate any of your advice! Thank you very much!