19 days in Switzerland Itinerary

19 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly to Milan Malpensa, Bus to Lugano
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Lugano
— 2 nights
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Drive to Laveno, Ferry to Verbania,Intra, Drive to Zermatt
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Zermatt
— 3 nights
Drive
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Geneva
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bern
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Drive
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Appenzell
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zurich
— 4 nights
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Lugano — 2 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Visit Lido di Lugano and Bagno Pubblico Ascona for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Lido San Domenico and Valle Verzasca. Explore Lugano's surroundings by going to Cascate di Santa Petronilla (in Biasca) and St Gotthard Pass (in Airolo). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Lugano, learn about winemaking at Tamborini Vini, enjoy the sand and surf at Lido di Agno, and explore the ancient world of Monte San Giorgio.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lugano online trip itinerary builder.

Cairo, Egypt to Lugano is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Lugano. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairo in August: high temperatures in Lugano hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Zermatt.
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Zermatt — 3 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Get outdoors at Gornergrat and Breithorn. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, tour the pleasant surroundings at 5 Lakes Walk, explore the activities along Riffelsee, and take in the dramatic natural features at Gorner Gorge.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Lugano to Zermatt takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and tram. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Geneva.
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Geneva — 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Geneva, cool off at Bains des Paquis, then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and finally walk around Jardin Anglais. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, kick back and relax at Plage de Celigny, then kick back and relax at Plage de Port-Choiseul, then get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, and finally examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Geneva trip planner.

You can drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Bern.
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Bern — 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Thunersee, then enjoy the sand and surf at Schwimmbad Merligen, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of St. Beatus Hoehlen. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Jeunes Rives, take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, then explore the galleries of Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), and finally wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bern travel route builder tool.

Drive from Geneva to Bern in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald — 3 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Take a break from the city and head to Jungfraujoch and Grindelwald-First. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grindelwald: Lake Brienz (in Brienz), Titlis (in Engelberg) and Luftseilbahn Wengen-Mannlichen (in Wengen). There's much more to do: trek along The Eiger, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, and take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen.

To find out how to plan a trip to Grindelwald, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Bern to Grindelwald by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Appenzell.
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Appenzell — 2 nights

Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Strandbad Arbon, hike along Lillyweg, then take in the awesome beauty at Santis der Berg, and finally look for gifts at Alpschaukaeserei Schwaegalp. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mauritius Church, then sample the tasty concoctions at Brauerei Locher AG, then explore the fascinating underground world of Wildkirchlihohle, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Kronberg.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Appenzell trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Grindelwald to Appenzell by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, daily temperatures in Appenzell can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Zurich.
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Zurich — 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Shop till you drop at Bahnhofstrasse and Altstadt Luzern. Visit Seebad Eich and Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen for some beach relaxation. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Mt Pilatus (in Kriens), Lucerne (Rigi, Chapel Bridge, &more) and Seebad Seeliken (in Zug). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take in the dramatic scenery at Rhine Falls, wander the streets of Old Town, and ponder the design of Europuddle.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Zurich trip site.

Traveling by car from Appenzell to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Zurich are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can fly back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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