First question: We'll be going on the Alpine My Way tour AFTER spending time in Paris & taking a river cruise. The way we figure it, we'll have to take a 3rd suitcase for things we'll need for this portion of our trip that we won't need for the RS tour, but we don't want to be lugging the extra suitcase along with us. We were told when we contacted RS that we could store the extra piece of luggage on the bus, (& we really appreciate this), but we'll still need to deal with it after we dock in Basel & take trains to Zurich & Salzburg where we'll meet the tour. We'll have it to deal with again when the tour ends in Chamonix & we extend our trip by taking trains to Montreux. Is there a way to inexpensively & safely send our extra bag from Basel to Geneva (or Montreux) to be waiting for us when we fly back to the states at the end of our trip? We're looking at Express Luggage, but it sounds like you need to pick it up the same day & that wouldn't help us.
Second question: Transportation from Basel to Salzburg was harder to arrange than we expected. We ended up booking a train from Basel to Zurich & then Zurich to Salzburg, but there's only a 14 minute transfer time between the two. We'll only be going from platform 8 to platform 9, (not sure what that distance will be), but can any of you more experienced European train travelers let us know if that's cutting it too close?
Thanks in advance for your help!
Judy & Bob