10 days in Switzerland & Annecy Itinerary

10 days in Switzerland & Annecy Itinerary

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Start: Philadelphia, United States
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Annecy, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Montreux, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Philadelphia, United States

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Schloss Rapperswil and Hofkirche. Get a sense of the local culture at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) and Bourbaki Panorama. Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg (in Kilchberg), Meiringen (Aare Gorge & Reichenbach Falls) and Giessbachfälle (in Brienz). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Pilatus Luzern, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, and see the interesting displays at The Rosengart Collection.

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Philadelphia, USA to Lucerne is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In June, Lucerne is little chillier than Philadelphia - with highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Meiringen, Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg, Giessbachfälle, Speed Boats Tours, Schloss Rapperswil
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Schloss Rapperswil ©
Schloss Rapperswil
Pilatus Luzern ©
Pilatus Luzern
Giessbachfälle ©
Giessbachfälle

2
nights
Annecy, France

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 9th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Semnoz, pause for some serene contemplation at Chambéry Cathedral, thentake a stroll through Ville Ancienne, and finally scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, thenidentify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac, thenhead outdoors with Le Col de la Forclaz, and finally take in the awesome beauty at La Tournette.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Annecy itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Annecy takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Annecy

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Doussard, Chambery, Le Col de la Forclaz
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Le Col de la Forclaz ©
Le Col de la Forclaz
La Tournette ©
La Tournette

2
nights
Montreux, Switzerland

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, see the interesting displays at Queen Studio Experience, thengo for a walk through Montreux Lakeside, and finally learn about winemaking at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d'Agaune, thenexplore the historical opulence of Valere Basilica, thenstep into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tourbillon, and finally see the interesting displays at Fondation Pierre Gianadda.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Montreux day trip planning app.

You can drive from Annecy to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sion, Chateau de Chillon, Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d'Agaune, Fondation Pierre Gianadda
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Valere Basilica ©
Valere Basilica
Chateau de Tourbillon ©
Chateau de Tourbillon

2
nights
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg, trek along Via Ferrata, thentake in the awesome beauty at Allmendhubel, thentrek along Blumental Panorama Trail, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauterbrunnen Church. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village and then admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lauterbrunnen road trip website.

You can drive from Montreux to Lauterbrunnen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Murren
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Via Ferrata ©
Via Ferrata
Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village
Staubbach Waterfall ©
Staubbach Waterfall

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