11 days in Switzerland Itinerary

11 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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11 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Geneva
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Interlaken
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
3
Grindelwald
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Lucerne
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Geneva

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, then ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and then take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de St-Pierre.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva vacation builder tool.

San Francisco, USA to Geneva is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, tram, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Geneva. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Francisco in April, with highs in Geneva at 61°F and lows at 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

2
nights
Interlaken

Interlaken ©
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Seilpark Interlaken and Tierpark Dahlholzli. Take a break from Interlaken with a short trip to Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) in Bern, about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, identify plant and animal life at Heimwehfluh, appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, and take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Interlaken journey app.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Interlaken takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Interlaken are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Bern
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Seilpark Interlaken ©
Seilpark Interlaken
Parasailing & Paragliding
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

2
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First, then explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, then look for gifts at Vogts Corner, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Grindelwald online route planner.

Grindelwald is just a short distance from Interlaken. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First

3
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Family-friendly places like Verkehrshaus der Schweiz and Zoo Zurich will thrill your kids. Step out of Lucerne with an excursion to Lake Zurich in Zurich--about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, and snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lucerne trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. April in Lucerne sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Zurich
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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