Fly into Venice on the morning of March 16th
Venice - 2 nights
Milan - 1 night
Poschiavo - 1 night
Lucerne - 2 nights
Zurich - 1 night
Fly home on March 23rd
We want to travel by train through the Bernina Pass, and we had thought about doing the Bernina Express until I read on here that it was better to use the local trains. From what I understand, this will allow us to do the same route but give us the flexibility to get off/on whenever we'd like to explore.
I have three questions I'm still struggling with.
1. What kind of pass should I buy? Given the fact that we'll be in Italy and Switzerland, I didn't know what to do. Should I buy the Italian portion separate and get the Swiss Pass, or is there a better/cheaper option?
2. Are there any "tricks" I should know about figuring out the train travel/scehdule? I've been on sbb.ch, but I'm new to all of this. Do I need reservations, and are the panoramic trains worth the reservations? Also, what trains do the same route as the Bernina Express? I'm scared of getting on the wrong one and missing the whole thing we came to see.
3. I read that you can send your luggage ahead if you're traveling by train and wish to make some stops. How does this work, and how safe is it? How big of an issue is it dealing with lost luggage (I imagine airport nightmares as an example)?
Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer me.