Three Week's Alpine Tour from Lucerne to Geneva
|Lucerne. Whether we approach Switzerland from France, Germany or even Italy, Lucerne is the best point to start fromr on account of the graduating steps of beauty in the scenery through which we pass from the beautiful to the grand. In coming from Italy, it is best to take the St. Gothard Railway to Airolo, drive over the pass to Goeschenen, and proceed by rail to Lucerne. Leave Lucerne by steamer on the lake for Vitznau, whence rail is taken up the Rigi, and there spend the night in order to see the sunrise in the Alps.
|Furka Pass. Descend the Rigi for Arth- Goldau, and leave by train for Goeschenen; thence drive over the Furka Pass (7,993 feet) to the Rhone Glacier (five hours from Goeschenen) .
|Grimsel Pass. Drive over the Grimsel Pass ( 7,103 feet) to Meiringen (five hours and a half from Rhone Glacier) ; Reichenbach Falls
|Grindelwald, about nine hours by horseback from Meiringen, via the Rosenlaui Falls, Glacier and Baths, and the Great Scheidegg
|The Jungfrau. Leave Grindelwald by mountain railroad via Scheidegg, to Eismeer and the Jungfrau, the most wonderful mountain railroad in the world. There is sleeping accommodation at Eismeer, if the traveler wishes to stop over night. Return to Lauterbrunnen,
| Lauterbrunnen, celebrated for the Staubbach Falls. A short distance by cable railway is the pretty little village of Murren, situated on a terrace high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley, and having commanding views of many great peaks, including the Matterhorn.
|Interlaken (one hour by rail from Lauter- brunnen). In the heart of the Bernese Ober- land, commanding a fine view of the Jungfrau.
|Kandersteg (four hours from Interlaken) . Leave Interlaken by steamer for Spietz, on the Lake of Thun ; thence by rail for Frutigen and carriage for Kandersteg
| Gemmi Pass. By horse or mule over the Gemmi Pass (7,553 feet), one of the grandest of the Alpine passes, to Leukerbad, where good hot baths are obtained (time, five hours and a half)
|Zermatt. Leave Leukerbad by stage for Leuk; thence rail for Zermatt. A wonderful excursion is by mountain railroad to the Gorner= grat (9,967 feet), the center of the finest mountain scenery in Switzerland, including the Matterhorn and the peaks of Monte Rosa.
|Martigny. Leave Zermatt by rail for Martigny (four hours).
|Chamonix. Leave Martigny by carriage or horse via the Tete-Noire Pass, or Col de Balme, for Chamonix (time about six hours). The ascent of Mont Blanc, monarch of the Western Alps (15,782 feet), with a stupendous mantle of perpetual snow, is made from here and occupies four or five days. It is also possible to make a tour around the mountain by automobile
|Geneva (three hours and a half from Chamonix). A handsome town, commanding a fine view of the lake with Mont Blanc in the distance. The home of John Calvin and the birthplace of Jean Jacques Rousseau. A tour around the lake by steamboat can be made in a day, including Ouchy, Vevay, Territet, Chillon, etc.