My family of 2 adults and 1 pre-teen (12years) are in Lausanne for 3 days as a part of our 3 week trip to Switzerland this August. Need the forum's help in constructing a day trip from Lausanne to Gruyeres + Broc for the cheese and chocolate maison visits.
We will have the Swiss Travel pass with the free Family card for my son. My understanding from this forum is that the Chocolate train is too touristy and not good value, esp. since we will have the Swiss pass.
Since the chocolate factory has long queues in summer, we were planning to first go there and then to Gruyeres. As per the SBB this means a journey like this :-
Lausanne - Palezieux - Bulle- Broc Fabrique (2 hr 17 mins)
Moreover there are engineering works between Lausanne to Chexbres at the time - so part of the Lausanne - Pelezieux journey will be by bus with limited seating and tight connections. So in sum I have to make 3 connections to reach Broc, some of them quite tight.
The Broc to Gruyeres journey is thankfully easy though only once an hour.
So my first query is whether an alternate way to make this journey makes sense? Eg via Montreux and Montbovon... This too has 3 connections to make but at least none caused by roadworks, so hopefully no delays.
Lausanne - Montreux - Montbovon - Bulle- Broc Fabrique (2 hr 11 mins)
The second query is whether this alternate route is fully covered by our pass (especially the golden pass part)? SBB says that reservations are recommended for that part?
The third query is whether it's even worth it to try to do the Cailler factory first to avoid the afternoon queues there.If I just go to Gruyeres first then the connections become simpler. I also read on the cheese factory website that to see the actual cheese making process I should reach there by 11!
Needed the forum's suggestion on this day trip's itinerary and journey plan please...