We need some customized help with selection of the best way to purchase train tickets or passes for travel in Switzerland. We have been trying to figure this out and we are so confused. With the following itinerary and travel plans, would you suggest, Swiss Passes, Swiss Flex Passes, Half Price Cards, or point to point train tickets, or combination of any or all? We will be in Switzerland for all or part of a total of 10 days, which makes the decision about passes a bit more complicated (8 day pass or 15 day pass?)
September 13, 2015: Arrive by plane at Geneva Airport. Train to Lausanne.
September 14, 2015: Lausanne and locations around Lausanne. Possible boat ride on Lake Geneva to Chilton Castle or train to locations around Lausanne.
September 15, 2015: In Lausanne. May do boat ride or surrounding area train travel that day. Example: Chocolate Train type route.
September 16, 2015: Train from Lausanne to Lauterbrunnen in the Berner Oberland, taking the route that the Golden Pass train would travel. We read that you can take this same route without actually booking the Golden Pass Train.
September 17 through 19, 2015: Staying in Lauterbrunnen. Want to hike but also take the train to the top of the Jungfrau and also the train to the top of the Shilthorn. We will be in the Berner Oberland for a total of four days/nights using Lauterbrunnen as a base camp. We want to do a number of hikes on both the Shilthorn and the Eiger sides of the valley so we would be taking a number of lifts.
September 20, 2015: Train from Lauterbrunnen to Luzern
September 21, 2015: Activities in and around Luzern. Possibly seeing Mount Pilatus and/or Mount Titlis.
September 22, 2015: Train from Luzern to Munich for Oktoberfest.
After that we will also be visiting Salzburg, Hallstatt, Vienna and Prague. We fly home from Prague on October 6th.
Our interests are mostly sightseeing and hiking. Taking boat rides would be good. We would likely visit museums only if we hit very wet or cold weather.
Your help is much appreciated. We especially need help with the Swiss part of the trip.