I am currently in the researching-narrowing it down stage of vacation planning. We are a late 50s, active, fit couple from the US. Into hiking, kayaking, good food, wine, beer, chocolate, not much into night life (except for local music). We are sadly limited to July for our travels which I know is the height of tourist season. That aside, I have decided on the Bernese Oberland Region as I think it suits us perfectly. We are staying in Wengen as our base and daytripping from there. So at this point, we have our dates, flights, and lodging reservations. I haven’t yet filled in the daily excursions but I have the amazing 50 page document from KimSanJose and have spent quite a bit of time on the forum as well as Lonely Planet, MySwissAlps, etc. so have many ideas.
So I am keenly aware that I am about to ask an annoying question about yet again, which railway pass and I apologize ahead of time and thank you for your patience! I have narrowed it down to these 2 options (or perhaps both of them?) after finding this excellent comparison table and looking at the BO Regional info- The HFC and the Regional Pass
Our Rough Outline Itinerary is as follows:
July 13th- Arriving via flight from London to Zurich (at 3PM) and then train to Wengen. We will arrive in Wengen early evening. We already will have spent 2 nights in London so no jet lag.
July 13th through 19th- Staying at the Alpenrose Wengen
July 19-21st- Staying at the Hotel Alpina in Murren
July 22nd-train to Luzern early and spend the day/night in Luzerne- Hotel Des Alpes
July 23-Train to Zurich and then flying back to London to leave the following day in the afternoon
SO…I believe that the only train travel we will be doing outside the BO Regional validity would be the trains back and forth from Zurich to Wengen. And also, it appears up to Luzern is covered so it would just be Luzern to Zurich we would need to pay extra for? Am I correct in this? We will certainly be using all the transport locally.
Please and thank you for all your information and input and any suggestions, things not to miss that I might not find in all my various research!