We are 9 days away from our Switzerland trip and I have come up with this itinerary (posted below), hoping weather cooperates for all of our mountain trips. Once again I've spent hours calculating, very carefully this time around, using the SBB site at the HFC rate, making sure app was set to 2nd class, not first class and verifying STP rates on the area of validity map along with individual attraction websites.
We are a party of two, myself and 25 year old daughter, who qualifies for the Youth STP visiting for 14 days. Doing the math, the two 15 day STP (513CHF/439CHF) and additional travel expenses not fully covered (754CHF) added up to a total of 1706CHF.
The two HFC cards (120x2=240CHF) and additional travel expenses (1843CHF) added up to a total of 2083CHF.
That is a 377CHF difference between the two.
In the past I briefly looked at the other regional passes, but after coming up with these calculations last night I looked further into the Berner Oberland Regional Pass. It does include the area we will be in for the first 10 days, free/discounted travel, free/discounted admission fees to many of the things we will be doing. So, now it seems that I should to do the math for our first 10 days to see if this pass would work with another pass. I know it's impossible to have a list of everything and what is covered at what percentage, however, the map of validity for the BORP is far easier to read than the much larger, extensive STP map of validity. I almost think that having one pass, the STP even if it means paying more, may be easier to use than trying to figure out which pass I need to have for which trip. I'm sure it's easier than my brain is allowing me to think it is at this moment. I would appreciate feedback once again and thank you in advance.
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL GENEVA TRAIN TO WENGEN VIA BERN
DAY 2- WENGEN TO JUNGFRAUJOCH/KLEIN SCHEIDEGG-MANNLICHEN/ROYAL WALK
DAY 3-WENGEN TO FIRST (ALL ACTIVITIES THERE) MT. CARTS/PFINGSTEGG TOBOGGAN/FIRST TO LAKE BACHALPSEE AND RETURN
DAY 4-WENGEN TO SCHILTHORN/MURREN/STECHLEBERG/GIMMELWALD
DAY 5- WENGEN TO LAKE THUN OBERHOFEN & THUN CASTLES/ISELTWALD/HARDER KULM
DAY 6- WENGEN TO KANDERSTEG TO LAKE OESCHINENSEE (TOBOGGAN RIDE)/LAKE BLAUSEE NATURE PARK
DAY 7- WENGEN TO AARE GORGE/AARE GORGE TO LUCERNE HOTEL/WALK CITY OF LUCERNE
DAY 8- LUCERNE TO MT. TITLIS/AFTERNOON AT STANSERHORN/EVENING CITY OF LUCERNE
DAY 9- LUCERNE TO MT. PILATUS/AFTERNOON BOAT TO HAMMETSCHWAND
DAY 10- LUCERNE TO LUGANO VIA BELLINZONA (?LOCARNO OR ASCONA INSTEAD)
DAY 11- LUCERNE TO ST. GALLEN/ST. GALLEN TO ZURICH HOTEL/EVENING EXPLORING ZURICH
DAY 12- ZURICH TO STEIN AM RHEIN/BOAT TO SCHAFFHAUSEN/RHINE FALLS/TRAIN BACK TO ZURICH
DAY 13- ZURICH TO BASEL/ BASEL CITY EXPLORING
DAY 14-BASEL TO AIRPORT FOR DEPARTURE BACK HOME