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2018 France & Switzerland Friday 21-September-2018 / 15 Days
Paris, Strasbourg, Bern, Interlaken, Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Zermatt, Lausanne, Lyon, Dijon, Paris
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      Arrival Date Date Change Nights Departure Date Cost Status
United States - Colorado Denver --- --- --- Friday 21-September-2018 ---
France Paris Saturday 22-September-2018 (+1) 1 Sunday 23-September-2018 ---
France Strasbourg Sunday 23-September-2018 --- 1 Monday 24-September-2018 ---
France Colmar (Option) Monday 24-September-2018 --- 0 Monday 24-September-2018 ---
Switzerland Basel (Option) Monday 24-September-2018 --- 0 Monday 24-September-2018 ---
Switzerland Bern Monday 24-September-2018 --- 1 Tuesday 25-September-2018 ---
Switzerland Interlaken Tuesday 25-September-2018 --- 1 Wednesday 26-September-2018 ---
Switzerland Grindelwald Wednesday 26-September-2018 --- 1 Thursday 27-September-2018 ---
Switzerland Lauterbrunnen Thursday 27-September-2018 --- 0 Thursday 27-September-2018 ---
Switzerland Grindelwald Thursday 27-September-2018 --- 1 Friday 28-September-2018 ---
Switzerland Zermatt Friday 28-September-2018 --- 1 Saturday 29-September-2018 ---
Switzerland Randa - Future Saturday 29-September-2018 --- 0 Saturday 29-September-2018 ---
Switzerland Castles by Lausanne Saturday 29-September-2018 --- 0 Saturday 29-September-2018 ---
Switzerland Lausanne Saturday 29-September-2018 --- 1 Sunday 30-September-2018 ---
France Lyon Sunday 30-September-2018 --- 1 Monday 1-October-2018 ---
France Dijon Monday 1-October-2018 --- 1 Tuesday 2-October-2018 ---
France Paris Tuesday 2-October-2018 --- 2 Thursday 4-October-2018 ---
France Chartres Thursday 4-October-2018 --- 0 Thursday 4-October-2018 ---
France Paris Thursday 4-October-2018 --- 1 Friday 5-October-2018 ---
United States - Colorado Denver Friday 5-October-2018 --- --- --- ---
     
        Total Nights: 14 Total Cost: ---  
 
Pre-Trip Notes / Checklist

Christmas Ornaments
1:         Eiffel Tower
2:               Alphorn
Buy
1:               Leather Wallet
2:               Painting
3:               Alphorn
      Arrival Date Date Change Nights Departure Date Cost Status
United States - Colorado
Denver
--- --- --- Friday
21-September-2018
---
Pre-Trip Location Notes / Checklist

 
Pets 
Bark at the World / 1p
Friday 21-September-2018 (1:00 PM)
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Drop off dogs at 1p.

 
Parking 
Airport Parking
Friday 21-September-2018 (4:00 PM) [15 Days]
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

WallyPark Airport Parking
24200 East 78th Avenue, Denver, CO, US, 80249
(303) 342-0500

Reservation ID: 5935515

Person Parking: Edward Hastings
Check-in: 09/21/2018 02:00 PM
Check-out: 10/05/2018 05:30 PM
Parking Duration: 15 Days of parking
Parking Type: Self Uncovered

Payment Summary
Amount Paid with Card ending in (2359)
$0.00 Remaining Balance Due
$7.95 Guaranteed Daily Rate

Cashier Instructions
Cashier: This is a pre-paid reservation. If the customer's length of stay matches the itinerary above, there is no charge to the customer.


 
Phone 
International Calling
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

From France or Switzerland to the US
00 + 1 + (303 or 720) + Local Number
-or-
+1 + #


 
Flight 
Fly to Paris:- DY 7176 - 7:30p
Friday 21-September-2018 (7:45 PM) [9 Hours]
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

DY 7176
Departs: 7:45P MT

Seats
E: 30D
C: 30C

Arrive
12:45 (+1 day) Paris-Charles De Gaulle (CDG)
Terminal 1

Bag: (1): Max 10 kg, Max 55 x 40 x 23 cm

2 People RT: $863, then decided to add set reservations each way, so an additional $49 * 4 = $196

Total: $1059.20


 
Train 
Purchase Rail Pass - 6 Days
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

5 days within 2 months+ 1 FREE extra day = 6 Total
Total price: USD $744
Pass price(s): USD $372

15% Discount travel together w/shipping
$645 ($322/person)

$53/day average

1. Paris-Strasbourg: $100/person

2. Strasbourg-Bern: $85

x. Bern-Interlaken: <buy $25>

x. Interlaken-Grindelwald: <buy $15>

3. Grindelwald-Visp: $105
3. Visp-Zermatt: $50

4.Zermatt-Visp: $50
4. Visp-Lausanne: $56

5. Lausanne-Geneva: $27
5. Geneva-Lyon: $???

x. Lyon-Dijon: $ <buy $25>

6. Dijon-Paris: $60


 
Train 
Purchase Swiss Travel Pass - 4 Days
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

26 Sep - First of 4 consecutive days

1-Interlaken to Grindelwald - 26 Sep
2-Grindelwald to Lauterbrunnen and back - 27 Sep
3-Grindelwald to Zermatt - 28 Sep
4-Zermatt to Lausanne - 29 Sep


 
Tourist Train 
Trains France -> Switzerland
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Paris-Strasbourg
23 Sep
TGV 2407: 7:44a-9:43a / 1h-59m
Have seat reservations

*Need time in Basel and Bern
*Or skip Basel and go directly to Bern
*Train will change in Basel for Bern
*Basel is a 15 min. walk to old town/river

*Eddie-Opinion-Skip Basil and go on to Bern especially as we have to leave Bern early for Interlaken the next morning

Strasbourg-Basel
24 Sep
Approx: 1h-20m
TER 96203: 6:18a
TER 96205: 6:51a
TER 96207: 7:21a
TER 96209: 7:51a
TER 96211: 8:21a
TER 96213: 8:51a

Basel-Bern
24 Sep
Approx: 1h
Two Trains/Hour - check at station for departure based on our arrival time

*Leave Bern Early as Interlaken will be busy
Bern-Interlaken (Thun)
25 Sep
Approx: 15m-30m to Thun
2-3 Trains every hour


 
Tourist Train 
Trains Switzerland
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Interlaken (Ost)-Grindelwald
26 Sep
Approx: 45m
Trains every hours at: x:05a and x:35a
Starting at 6a

Grindelwald-Interlaken (Ost)
28 Sep
Starting at 6:22a
Trains every hours at: x:23a and x53a
Approx: 45m

Interlaken (Ost)-Spiez-Visp-Zermatt (Tasch)
28 Sep
Approx: 2h
Every 30m or so, some trains take 3h
*** Arrive in Tasch and there is a shuttle train every 20m to Zermatt

***

Zermatt to Visp
29 Sep
Approx: 1h
2 trains every hour

Visp-Lausanne
29 Sep
Approx: 1.5h
2 trains every hours

-Stops before Lausanne
Visp-Sion (2 castles)
30m

Sion-Aigle (Castle)
30m
2 trains every hour
-maybe for exterior photo only
-15-20 min. walk from Aigle Station

Sion-Montreux (Chillon Castle)
45m
*Lockers in Montreux, then 4k walk to castle
-2 trains every hour

Montreux-Lausanne
Approx: 30m
2 or more trains an hour


 
Tourist Train 
Trains Switzerland -> France
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Lausanne-Geneva
30-40m
30 Sep
4 trains an hour
Starting at 7:12a
Latest to take 7:42a-8:18a to catch 8:38a to Dijon

Geneva-Dijon (direction: Marseille-St. Charles)
30 Sep
Approx: 1h-45m to 2h
8:38a-10:22a / Lyria 9758 (need seat reservation)
9:22a-11:22a / TER 96558 (no reservation)

***

Lyon-Dijon
1 Oct
Approx: 2h
Trains every hour, TER so no reservations

Dijon-Paris (Gare de Lyon)
2 Oct
Lyria 9264
1h-38m
10:26a-12:04p
Have seat reservations


 
Train 
Purchase seat reservations for high speed trains
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Completed 8/20

Paris-Strasbourg
and
Dijon-Paris


 
Hotel 
All Hotel Payments
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

 
Bank 
Banking Info & Tasks
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Done 8/23/2018
C1/USAA/US Bank

USBank
Cust. Svc.: 800-872-2657

Make sure Checking has enough money to cover my trip withdraws




 
Photos 
Practice with new camera
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

 
 
      Arrival Date Date Change Nights Departure Date Cost Status
France
Paris
Saturday
22-September-2018
(+1) 1 Sunday
23-September-2018
---
Pre-Trip Location Notes / Checklist

Arriving at Terminal 1

If you arrive in Terminal 1, take the free shuttle train to Terminal 3, which is the easiest station to catch the RER B from. The shuttle will stop first at the car park PR then terminal 3. There are announcements in English as well as other languages so you can relax.

The CDG VAL shuttle train (6 mins) will take you to terminal 3 where you exit for the RER station. Trains operate about every five minutes so if you miss one, there will be another in just a few minutes.

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Upon arrival, activate Eurail passes as a ticket desk

If we have time, take subway from Gare de l'Est to Cite (Notre Dame)
-Line: 4 / Purple
-Direction: Marie de Montrouge


- Jewish Quarter (Dinner?)
- Eglise St. Gervais
- St. Severin


 
Hotel 
Ibis Paris Gare de l'Est 10ème
Saturday 22-September-2018 (12:00 PM) [1 Night]
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

ibis Paris Gare de l'Est 10ème

5 Rue Saint Laurent
Paris
75010
FR
+33142807440

Free cancellation until 09/22/18 7:00 AM

Standard Double Room
2 adults
Private bathroom
Shower

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:
A tax is imposed by the city: EUR 1.65 per person, per night.



 
Train 
Paris Train (E. Station) to Strasbourg
Sunday 23-September-2018 (8:00 AM) [2 Hours]
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Rail Pass
TGV - Direct
1h, 45m

7:40 AM East Railway Station (Paris, France)
TGV 2407 towards Colmar

9:43 AM Strasbourg Station (Strasbourg, France)

Edward Hastings - Coach 017, Seat 022 (Window) (Club 2)
Christine Hastings - Coach 017, Seat 021 (Aisle) (Club 2)



 
Train 
Trains Schedules Running - Strike
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

19 Sep. Strike Planned?

Check schedule for cancelled trains
https://www.sncf.com/en


https://worldinparis.com/transport-in-france-strike-news-tips-for-traveling-to-paris
Has calendar of strike dates

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Flight arrives in Paris at 12:45p

22 Sep - Paris-Strasbourg

*Activate rail pass / buy seat at station

TGV 2443 / 4:55p-6:41p / 1h-46m
TGV 9579 / 5:55p-7:41p / 1h-46m
TGV 2077 / 6:55p-8:41p / 1h-46m
TGV 2465 / 8:25p-10:13p / 1h-48m


 
 
      Arrival Date Date Change Nights Departure Date Cost Status
France
Strasbourg
Sunday
23-September-2018
--- 1 Monday
24-September-2018
---
Pre-Trip Location Notes / Checklist

 
Hotel 
Au Cerf d'Or
Sunday 23-September-2018 (12:00 PM) [1 Night]
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Au Cerf d'Or

6, place de l'Hopital
Strasbourg
67000
FR
+33388362005

*Pay at Hotel
68.32 EUR


 
Sightseeing 
List
Sunday 23-September-2018 [1 Day]
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Cathedral
Astronomical Clock
La Petite France
Barrge Vauban (Bridge with Rooftop Views)
Eglise St.-Thomas Cathedral
Palais des Rohen
Eglise St.-Pierre Le Jeune


 
Beer 
Meteor Beer
Sunday 23-September-2018 (12:00 PM)
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

 
Museum 
Musée de l’Œuvre Notre-Dame
Sunday 23-September-2018 (12:00 PM)
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

By the cathedral

The museum is famous for its rich holdings of original sculptures, glass windows, architectural fragments and building plans of Strasbourg Cathedral, as well as for its considerable collection of works by Peter Hemmel von Andlau, Niclas Gerhaert van Leyden, Nikolaus Hagenauer, Ivo Strigel, Konrad Witz, Hans Baldung and Sebastian Stoskopff.


 
Meal 
Le Baeckeoffe d'Alsace
Sunday 23-September-2018
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

*** Affordable

Can reserve online

14, rue des Moulins 67000 Strasbourg


Déjeuner : de 11h à 14h30 (tous les jours)
Dîner : de 18h30 à 22h30 (tous les jours)


 
Meal 
Fink Stubel
Sunday 23-September-2018
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Fink'Stuebel
26 rue Finkwiller
67000
STRASBOURG


 
Meal 
La Maison Des Tanneurs
Sunday 23-September-2018
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

La Maison Des Tanneurs
42 Rue du Bain aux Plantes
Strasbourg
67000


 
Train 
Train to Bern
Monday 24-September-2018
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Rail Pass

 
 
      Arrival Date Date Change Nights Departure Date Cost Status
France
Colmar (Option)
Monday
24-September-2018
--- 0 Monday
24-September-2018
---
Pre-Trip Location Notes / Checklist

Probably will not stop as we have been here before. We will continue on to Basel.

15m Walk / 1 Mi. from train to city center


 
Meal 
Option to stop for breakfast/lunch
Monday 24-September-2018
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

 
 
      Arrival Date Date Change Nights Departure Date Cost Status
Switzerland
Basel (Option)
Monday
24-September-2018
--- 0 Monday
24-September-2018
---
Pre-Trip Location Notes / Checklist

 
Meal 
Option to stop for breakfast/lunch
Monday 24-September-2018
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

 
Walking 
Walk around
Monday 24-September-2018
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Walking train to old town : 15 min.

-or-

Tram Routes 8 or 11, 3 stops to Barfüsserplatz or 4 to Marktplatz

In order to ride the tram, you need a valid ticket. While you are supposed to have a ticket for every ride you take, it’s an honor system, with random spot checks on trams and buses.



 
 
      Arrival Date Date Change Nights Departure Date Cost Status
Switzerland
Bern
Monday
24-September-2018
--- 1 Tuesday
25-September-2018
---
Pre-Trip Location Notes / Checklist

 
Hotel 
Best Western Hotelbern
Monday 24-September-2018 (12:00 PM) [1 Night]
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Best Western Hotelbern

Zeughausgasse 9
Bern
3011
CH
+41313292222


 
Sightseeing 
Explore the Town
Monday 24-September-2018
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Watch the clock tower at the top of the hour, can also watch from somehow inside.

Church bell tower - climb to the top - highest in Switzerland.


 
Train 
Train to Interlaken
Tuesday 25-September-2018 [45 Min]
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Eurail Pass

 
 
      Arrival Date Date Change Nights Departure Date Cost Status
Switzerland
Interlaken
Tuesday
25-September-2018
--- 1 Wednesday
26-September-2018
---
Pre-Trip Location Notes / Checklist

Morning

EURail Pass from Bern to Thun
-Boat discount or free with EURail pass? Ask for first class upgrade - upper deck/meal
-2 hour ride from Thun to Interlaken West
-Maybe take boat from Thun to Spiez, tour castle and then boat or train to Interlaken West

*Tour Thun castle after returning from Oberhofen as opens as 10a

Thun
-Store bags in locker at station
-Walk around town and see Thun Castle (Tour)
-Bus to Oberhofen Castle - 15 min. (No Tour)
-Huneg Castle (No Tour) is inbetween Oberhofen and Thun
-Bus back to Thun

Boat to Spiez - Castle -or- take boat to Interlaken (2 hours)
-Spiez castle (Tour) - train or boat back to Interlaken West
-Boat or Train to Interlaken West

Train up to Harder Kulm for dinner


 
Sightseeing 
Thun - Schedule
Tuesday 25-September-2018 (12:00 PM)
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

 
Hotel 
Central Continental Hotel
Tuesday 25-September-2018 [1 Night]
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Ask hotel about guest card for discounts/travel

Central Continental Hotel

Bahnhofstrasse 43
Unterseen
3800
CH
+41338231033

Pay at hotel: 150 CHF

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Buses from Hotel to Boat and back?


 
Shopping 
Interlaken - Shop Locations
Tuesday 25-September-2018 [2 Days]
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

 
Explore 
Interlaken - Town
Tuesday 25-September-2018
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

 
Cruise 
Boat/Train/Castle Combo
Tuesday 25-September-2018 (12:00 PM)
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

The castles of Spiez, Hünegg, Oberhofen, Schadau and Thun will take you into the life of the aristocracy of bygone days. All the castles are easy to reach by boat or bus. The Lake & Castle Cruise combi-ticket lets you choose when and where you hop on and off and which castles you’d like to explore.

Package offer includes:
Day pass for BLS Schifffahrt shipping company on Lake Brienz and Lake Thun
Day pass for the bus line Thun-Gunten-Interlaken Ost or vice versa
Admission to two of the four castles on Lake Thun


Price:

1st class ◦adults CHF 97.00
Half fare card CHF 61.00

2nd class ◦adults CHF 74.00
Half fare card 48.00


 
Ferry 
Pleasure Boat Cruise
Tuesday 25-September-2018 [2 Hours]
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Boats mostly depart at :40 from Thun and :10 from Interlaken West. The cruise time is the same in either direction. Boats depart from early morning to evening from Thun and from late morning to early evening from Interlaken West.

Cost
The full Thun to Interlaken West cruise fare is CHF43 (CHF73 return) in Second Class and CHF71 (CHF121 return) for First Class.

Port / Time Between Ports / From Thun / From Interlaken West

Interlaken West to Oberhofen: 1h,47m
Interlaken West to Spiez: 1h,22m

Thun 0 0 2:09
Hünibach :10 :10 2:00
Hilterfingen :07 :17 1:53
Oberhofen :06 :23 1:47
Gunten :13 :36 1:34
Spiez :10 :46 1:22
Faulensee :12 1:00 1:10
Merlingen :15 1:15 :55
Beatenbucht :07 1:22 :48
Beatushöhle :15 1:37 :33
Neuhaus /Unterseen :12 1:45 :25
Interlaken West :24 2:09 0


 
Castle 
Hunegg Castle
Tuesday 25-September-2018
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

CHF 10.- per adult

Season 2018: Sunday, May, 13 - Sunday, October 14, 2018

Monday closed

Tuesday to Saturday, from 14:00 - 17:00

Sunday, from 11:00 - 17:00

Public holidays: open from 11:00 - 17:00

About 1/2 mi. walk from boat


 
Castle 
Oberhofen Castle - 11a / 10CHF
Tuesday 25-September-2018 (11:00 AM)
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Schloss Oberhofen is open from mid-May to mid-October. It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm, closing at 6 pm in July and August.

Admission to the castle museum is CHF10 for adults and CHF2 for children 6 to 16. The Swiss Museum Pass is valid.

Getting There
Schloss Oberhofen is 7 km south of Thun on the eastern shores of the Thunersee. The castle is right next to the landing jetty of Lake Thun pleasure boats, making arriving by ship a very good option.

Alternatively, frequent buses between Thun and Interlaken train stations stop in Oberhofen. Parking is more limited near the castle but with a larger, well-marked parking lot a few blocks away near the Museum of Clocks and Mechanical Instruments.


 
Castle 
Thun Castle (Tour) - 10a / 10CHF
Tuesday 25-September-2018 (10:00 AM)
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

April through to October: daily 10 am – 5 pm

Adults: CHF 10.


 
Castle 
Schloss Spiez Castle (Tour) - 10a / 10CHF
Tuesday 25-September-2018 (10:00 AM)
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Only the castle in Spiez, not much else to see or do.

Opening hours:
Good Friday - October
Monday 14:00 - 17:00 h
Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 - 17:00 h
July & August until 18:00 h

Castle Museum
Adults CHF 10


 
Tram 
Harder Kulm / Sunset Dinner
Tuesday 25-September-2018 (9:00 AM)
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

The valley station of the Harder Kulm funicular is just across the river from central Interlaken and the Interlaken Ost railway station. From the Höheweg (Interlaken's main street), head for the Beaurivage-Brücke and cross the bridge to the funicular.

The funicular operates from late April through late October, with departures at 20- to 30-minute intervals from 8 or 9 a.m. until late evening, depending on the day of the week. The trip takes 10 minutes. If you wish, you can buy a one-way ticket and walk back to Interlaken via marked hiking paths.


 
Train 
Train to Grindelwald
Wednesday 26-September-2018
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Swiss Rail Pass

 
 
      Arrival Date Date Change Nights Departure Date Cost Status
Switzerland
Grindelwald
Wednesday
26-September-2018
--- 1 Thursday
27-September-2018
---
Pre-Trip Location Notes / Checklist

 
Hotel 
Tschuggen
Wednesday 26-September-2018 (3:00 PM) [2 Nights]
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Tschuggen
*** Mountain View (Eiger)

Dorfstrasse 134
Grindelwald
3818
CH
+41338531781

Checkout: 28 Sep - 11a
Double Room, Balcony

1 Double Bed
Free Breakfast and Wifi

Central location, 350 metres from the railway station and the first cable car.

We’ve guaranteed your booking with Visa ending in 2359.
You will be charged deposits by the property based on the following schedule. Any remaining amount will be due within 14 days of arrival: 10 percent (after booking) The hotel will ask you to pay a local tax of 18.80 CHF when you check in or check out.

Sportzentrum Grindelwald - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
First Cable Car - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
Pfingstegg Cable Car - 0.6 km / 0.4 mi
Grindelwald Grund Gondola - 1.4 km / 0.9 mi
Pfingstegg Toboggan Run - 1.6 km / 1 mi



 
Restaurant 
Restaurants
Wednesday 26-September-2018 [2 Nights]
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

 
Gondola Lift 
First - Gondola / Zip Line / Lunch
Monday 26-March-2018 [2 Days]
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

First Gondola

At the top: First Cliff Walk

Other lift from top for First Zip Line (First Flyer)

Lunch at top



 
Tourist Train 
Kleine Scheidegg-Top of the World
Tuesday 27-March-2018 [30 Min]
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Probably will not be doing this

Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg

From Grindelwald Grund you can catch the train from Kleine Scheidegg and change there for the highest railway in the world.

Every hour from morning until late afternoon, a Jungfraubahn train connects Kleine Scheidegg with Jungfraujoch - the col between the summits of the Mönch and the Jungfrau, known as the Top of Europe.


 
Train 
Train or Tram to/from Lauterbrunnen
Thursday 27-September-2018 (6:00 AM)
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Grindelwald to Lauterbrunnen

First train 6:15a / Swiss Pass

*** OR ***

Train Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg

First Train: 6:25a

Then will hike to Mannlichen
Tram down to Wengen
Train to Lauterbrunnen

*Can also return this way and not do hike but continue on Holenstein Tram back to Grindelwald

*** OR opposite - depending on weather - tram in morning ***

Looks like first tram from Grindelwald is 8:30a

Grindelwald-Grund–Männlichen
Männlichen–Wengen
Wengen–Lauterbrunnen (oder umgekehrt)


 
 
      Arrival Date Date Change Nights Departure Date Cost Status
Switzerland
Lauterbrunnen
Thursday
27-September-2018
--- 0 Thursday
27-September-2018
---
Pre-Trip Location Notes / Checklist

Trummelbach Falls to Lauterbrunnen is about a 45 min. walk.

On the main road through Gimmelwald there is a cheese hut and right up the hill a bit is a large farm (probablty the factory). Can miss it since there is one main small road on the way up to or from Murren.


 
Gondola Lift 
Lauterbrunnen-Murren Loop
Thursday 27-September-2018
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Swiss Travel Pass discounts

Cable car from Lauterbrunned to Grutschalp: free
-about 6a / daylight starting

Train Grutschalp to Murren: free
Cable car from Mürren to Schilthorn: free

Cable car from Murren to Gimmelwald: free
From Murren, take the cable car to Stechelberg with a change in Gimmelwald

Cable car from Gimmelwald to Stechelberg: free
Bus from Stechelberg to Lauterbrunnen free
- or hike: 90m / 4.4 mi. - waterfalls
The walk begins at the Hotel Stechelberg bus stop.

From the centre of Stechelberg village (a short distance south of the bus terminus), take the signed footpath to Lauterbrünnen. You cross the river and continue on the west bank to join a quiet lane at Stegmatten. Continue on this lane to reach Lauterbrünnen without any further problems.


 
Hiking 
Trümmelbach Falls
Thursday 27-September-2018 (12:00 PM)
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

 
Train 
Return to Grindelwald
Thursday 27-September-2018
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Train back to Grindelwald - run until about 8p or so: free
-or-
Train to Wengen (5-10 min.) then cable car....
-or-
Walk to Wengen about 1 hour - harder hike

The section from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen is a great walk if you are looking to get your heart beating as it ascends most of the way. This walk will take you through the forest with glimpses of the Breithorn and Staubbach Falls cascading into the Lauterbrunnen valley.

Starting at Lauterbrunnen railway station follow the path past a multistory car park, over a river and along chalets into the hillside. At all junctions there will be yellow way markers guiding you to Wengen as the trail zig zags its way in a continuous ascent through a forested track until you reach Wengen. As you climb your views become more magnificent as you look down into Lauterbrunnen Valley and across to the Staubbach Falls.



 
Hiking 
Hike Männlichen to Klein Scheidegg
Thursday 27-September-2018 (12:00 PM) [1.5 Hours]
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

The hike from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg is a fairly easy short route with only slight ascents and descents. From Kleine Scheidegg, there is a beautiful view of the Jungfrau massif. The trail leads through grasslands where many alpine flowers can be seen in Summer. This route is perfectly suitable for families with small children and for people who want to walk in the high mountains without too much effort. The trail can be rather crowded on beautiful days, as it is very popular among tourists.

Hiking time: 1h30
Difficulty: easy
Elevation: 2064 - 2233 m
Distance: 4.4 km
Terrain: meadow

Train back down to Grindelwald every 30 min.


 
 
      Arrival Date Date Change Nights Departure Date Cost Status
Switzerland
Grindelwald
Thursday
27-September-2018
--- 1 Friday
28-September-2018
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Train 
Train Interlaken/Visp/Zermatt
Friday 28-September-2018
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Using Swiss Rail Pass

 
 
      Arrival Date Date Change Nights Departure Date Cost Status
Switzerland
Zermatt
Friday
28-September-2018
--- 1 Saturday
29-September-2018
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Hotel 
Hotel Helvetia
Friday 28-September-2018 [1 Night]
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Hotel Helvetia
*Arriving early in morning / drop off bags

Bahnhofstrasse 72
Zermatt
3920
CH
+41279671020

Check out
Saturday, September 29, 2018 (11 AM)

Double Bed
Bathtub or shower
Hair dryer
Private bathroom

In City Centre
Matterhorn Museum - 1 min walk
St. Mauritius Church - 1 min walk
Mountaineers Cemetery - 2 min walk
Zermatt-Furi Gondola - 10 min walk
Forest Fun Park - 14 min walk
Furi - Riffelberg - 1.7 mi / 2.7 km
Gorner Ridge - 1.9 mi / 3.1 km
Sunnegga Ski Resort - 2.2 mi / 3.5 km
Furi - Trockener Steg Cable Car - 2.6 mi / 4.1 km
Riffelberg Express Gondola - 2.6 mi / 4.1 km

If you arrive when our hotel reception is closed, you will find your key hanging on the keyboard in the entrance hall. Should you have any questions, you can contact us at any time over the phone next to the keyboard.


 
Funicular 
Sunnegga/Rothorn Funicular
Friday 28-September-2018
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The Sunnegga-Rothorn valley station lies about 10 minutes’ walk from Zermatt railway station. A tunnel leads deep into the mountain to the funicular station.

Pick a clear day for another mountain journey you won’t soon forget.

In Zermatt you’ll board a funicular that climbs through the centre of the mountain to Sunnegga.

From there you can a gondola over Alpine pastures to Blauherd.

And lastly, from Blauherd you can hop on a state-of-the-art cable car, with space for 100 passengers in each cabin, for an epic ride to the top of Unterrothorn.

Once again, there’s a restaurant on the summit, and the views of the Matterhorn, glaciers and Monte Rosa massif are almost too good to be true on clear days.



 
Train 
Gornergrat Train (Maybe This One)
Friday 28-September-2018 [45 Min]
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Gornergrat Train

Sit on right side of train

The Gornergrat train goes from the village centre in Zermatt to Gornergrat (3,089 m) in 33 minutes. From this vantage point, one of the most beautiful mountain panoramas in the world opens up – with a view of the Matterhorn (4,478 m).

The Gornergrat Railway's lower station is in Zermatt, next to the main Brig-Visp-Zermatt Railway station. As the unofficial route map shows, there are half a dozen stops between Zermatt and Gornergrat--including Riffelalp and Riffelboden, which give access to two mountain hotels.

Total travel time is 43 minutes, and trains depart two or three times an hour throughout the year. (The day's first train normally leaves Zermatt at 7:05 am, and the last return train leaves Gornergrat at 7:07 p.m. From late October through late November and again in early to late May, the first train departs Zermatt at 8:00 am and the last return train leaves Gornergrat at 5:07 pm.)


 
Church 
Pfarrkirche St. Mauritius
Friday 28-September-2018
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Explore 
Town/Shopping
Thursday 22-March-2018 (12:00 PM)
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Walk from the Zermatt town center towards the Matterhorn for photography.

 
Walking 
Gorner Gorge
Friday 28-September-2018 (3:00 PM)
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About 15 minutes on foot from Zermatt is a fabulous landform that descends rather than rises.

Since the last ice age the glacial river, Gornervispe has sliced through the ancient and green-tinged serpentine rock to create a ravine that continues to deepen.

In the 1880s the gorge was made navigable on foot, and wooden footbridges grant wonderful perspectives of the tortured rock and the crystalline waters below.

There’s a strange natural phenomenon at around 15:00-16:00 on days in September, when the unique light gives the water a mesmerising turquoise glow.


 
Train 
Train to Visp/Lausanne
Saturday 29-September-2018
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Using Swiss Rail Pass

 
 
      Arrival Date Date Change Nights Departure Date Cost Status
Switzerland
Randa - Future
Saturday
29-September-2018
--- 0 Saturday
29-September-2018
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Will not have time for this, but keeping in the trip as a place holder for future reference.

Hike takes about 4h RT from Randa


 
Hiking 
Europaweg Skywalk
Saturday 29-September-2018 (12:00 PM)
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As the train ascends the Mattertal from Visp to Zermatt, the world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge comes into view high on the mountainside above Randa. It looks completely inaccessible, but with a little planning and preparation, any hiker can experience the thrill of crossing this engineering and scenic wonder in the Swiss Alps. Here's what you need to know.

 
 
      Arrival Date Date Change Nights Departure Date Cost Status
Switzerland
Castles by Lausanne
Saturday
29-September-2018
--- 0 Saturday
29-September-2018
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Zermatt to Sion area: 2h

Maybe spend more time to see the castles on the way to Lausanne and less time in Lausanne???


 
Castle 
Tourbillon Castle & Valere
Saturday 29-September-2018 (12:00 PM)
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Sion, called Sitten in German, is the capital of the Canton of Valais. The Old Town, which lies between the hills of Valère and Tourbillon, dates back to the Middle Ages and is home to numerous sights and attractions, such as one of the world's oldest organs that can still be played.

OPENING HOURS VALÈRE
From June to September : from Monday to Sunday 10 a.m to 6 p.m
From October to May : from Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m to 5 p.m

OPENING HOURS TOURBILLON
From Mid-March to April and from October to Mid-November : from Monday to Sunday 11 a.m to 5 p.m
From May to September : from Monday to Sunday 10 a.m to 6 p.m
From Mid-November to Mid-March : closed

TARIFFS
Self-guided tours : free entrance
Guided-tours : adult CHF 4.- and child CHF 2.-


 
Castle 
Aigle Castle
Saturday 29-September-2018
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From the centre of Aigle, walkers follow the Grande Eau (the stream that rises in the valley of Les Diablerets) towards Yvorne. There are many pretty villages on the vineyard slopes, as well as the chateau of Yvorne. The path crosses the vineyards and returns to the northern outskirts of Aigle, where the rack-and-pinion railway climbs up to Leysin.

Walkers continue to the 13th-century castle of Aigle, always a popular photographic subject, which is now a museum of wine-growing.

15-20 min. walk from Aigle Station to the Castle

Place du Château 1, 1860 Aigle, Switzerland


 
Castle 
Chillon Castle
Saturday 29-September-2018 (12:00 PM)
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By rail, take the train from Geneva to Montreux. Château de Chillon is 4 kilometers ... (will have packs with us)

Storage lockers at Montreux station

If pass castle and continue to Lausanne, it's about 25 min. Then would return for another 25 min., tour castle, then 25 min. back to Lausanne.

Open every day
9AM to 7PM
$12/person


 
 
      Arrival Date Date Change Nights Departure Date Cost Status
Switzerland
Lausanne
Saturday
29-September-2018
--- 1 Sunday
30-September-2018
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Night Watchman calls out time from the church steeple - Largest Church in Switzerland.


 
Hotel 
Lausanne Guesthouse
Saturday 29-September-2018 [1 Night]
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Lausanne Guesthouse

Rue Marterey 13
Lausanne
1005
CH
+41216018000

Already Paid


 
Explore 
Sites
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Cathedral of Notre-Dame
A night watchman calls out the hours from 10pm until 2am, as one has been doing each night for more than six centuries.

Place de la Palud
Old city are reserved for pedestrians and converge on Place de la Palud, where you'll see Lausanne's oldest fountain, with Justice represented on its center pillar. On the steps around the fountain, you'll often find people sitting as they await the clock above, which shows animated scenes from local history every hour from 9am to 7pm.

Escaliers du Marche
Long covered flight of steps leading from just above Place de la Palud to the terrace in front of the main door to the cathedral.

Olympic Museum

Chateau d'Ouchy and Promenade

Haldimand Tower

Flon Quarter

St. François Church


 
Meal 
Pinte Besson
Saturday 29-September-2018
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Train 
Train to Lyon
Sunday 30-September-2018
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Using rail pass

 
 
      Arrival Date Date Change Nights Departure Date Cost Status
France
Lyon
Sunday
30-September-2018
--- 1 Monday
1-October-2018
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Hotel 
Hôtel Elysée
Sunday 30-September-2018 (12:00 PM) [1 Night]
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Hôtel Elysée

92 rue Président Edouard Herriot
Lyon
69002
FR
+33478420315


 
Sightseeing 
City Sights
Sunday 30-September-2018 (12:00 PM) [1 Day]
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The Tour métallique de Fourvière, a landmark of Lyon, France, is a steel framework tower which bears a striking resemblance to the Eiffel Tower, which predates it by three years.

 
Art 
Murals 1
Sunday 30-September-2018 [1 Day]
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Art 
Murals 2
Sunday 30-September-2018
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Explore 
Traboules Secret Passages
Sunday 30-September-2018 [1 Day]
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For the Canut workshops and traboules: Meeting place - Place de la Croix-Rousse, in the 4th district, underground station Croix-RousseFor the Vieux-Lyon traboules: Meeting place - Tourist Office, Place Bellecour, in the 2nd district. For navigating the traboules the Croix-Rousse, follow the arrows accompanied by the lion's head. In Vieux-Lyon, these passageways are marked by a bronze shield.

 
Fish 
Oysters
Sunday 30-September-2018
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Market 
Les Halles de Lyon
Sunday 30-September-2018 (12:00 PM) [1 Day]
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Snack 
Bernachon - Chocolate
(12:00 PM)
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Train 
Train to Dijon
Monday 1-October-2018 (12:00 PM)
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Eurail Pass

 
 
      Arrival Date Date Change Nights Departure Date Cost Status
France
Dijon
Monday
1-October-2018
--- 1 Tuesday
2-October-2018
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Hotel 
Le Petit Tertre - Chambres d'hotes
Monday 1-October-2018 [1 Night]
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Le Petit Tertre - Chambres d'hotes

41, rue Verrerie
Dijon
21000
FR
+33 380 527 407

contact@petit-tertre.fr

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There is no front desk at this property. To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation.

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From Dijon station, it takes about 20 minutes on foot.
And 5 minutes by taxi (6-8 euros)

3 minutes by tramway.
If you take tramway, takes Line 1 (direction Quetigny), stop République (the 4th).

From Place de la République, go to straight rue J.J Rousseau,
turn right at the second (rue d’Assas),
and turn left at first. (rue Verrerie).

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Information 
Tourist Information - Owl Trail Map
(12:00 PM) [1 Day]
Pre-Trip Activity Notes / Checklist

Get map at the tourist office for Owl Trail Walk

 
Sightseeing 
Sites Map
Monday 1-October-2018 (12:00 PM)
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Palace 
Ducal Palace - Place de la Liberation
Monday 1-October-2018 (12:00 PM)
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- Ducal Palace - Place de la Liberation
This is the oldest part of the building visible from the square, and dates to the 1450s.
If you’re up for climbing more than 300 steps you’ll have the ultimate view of Dijon as your reward.


 
Fish 
Seafood Restaurants
Monday 1-October-2018
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Cathedral 
Parcours de la Chouette - Owl
Monday 1-October-2018 (12:00 PM)
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On the north side of the Church of Notre-Dame is Dijon’s symbolic owl, sculpted in the 1500s.
Strictly you should do this with your left hand when you pass it on your left hand side, or your wish won’t come true.

Get a trail guide from the tourist office and the walk will take an hour or so. 22 Stages. Three trail loops: Moses, Rousseau and Zola

Each numbered stage takes in a place of interest, and the whole trail can be covered on foot in about one hour. Take your time and enjoy the friendly atmosphere in the many museums, galleries, shops and cafés terraces!


 
Shopping 
Rue des Forges
Monday 1-October-2018 (12:00 PM)
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- Rue des Forges
From Place François-Rude to Rue Verrerie, Rue des Forges is in the city’s conservation area, and is both a favoured shopping artery and a way to admire some the city’s most handsome old buildings.
But at 34-36 is the highlight, at Hôtel Chambellan you can go through the decorative gate to the courtyard to see a fabulous carved wooden gallery and a stone spiral staircase, dating from the 15th to the 17th centuries.


 
Cathedral 
Dijon Cathedral
Monday 1-October-2018 (12:00 PM)
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- Dijon Cathedral
Dijon’s gothic cathedral was completed in the 15th century but has plenty of architecture that is several hundred years older.
The thing to see before you go inside is that marvellous Burgundian patterned roof.
You have to pay a couple of Euros to go into the cathedral’s crypt but it’s well worth the price, as you’ll be entering the oldest part of the church.



 
Market 
Les Halles - Food Mart
Monday 1-October-2018 (12:00 PM)
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Train 
Train to Paris
Tuesday 2-October-2018
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Using rail pass

10:26 AM DIJON VILLE - 12:04 PM PARIS GARE LYON
1h-38m

TGV 9264

Christine Hastings - Coach 018, Seat 084 (Aisle) (Club 2)
Edward Hastings - Coach 018, Seat 083 (Window) (Club 2)


 
 
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