12 days in Spain & Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Spain & Switzerland Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night


Barcelona, Spain

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On your second day here, pick up some local products at La Boqueria, get a taste of the local shopping with Passeig de Gracia, then stroll around Parc Guell, and finally admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona trip planning website.

Doha, Qatar to Barcelona is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Doha to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Doha in July, expect nights in Barcelona to be little chillier, around 25°C, while days are colder, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Head to Mercado San Miguel and Gran Viafor plenty of shopping. Kids will enjoy Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, see the interesting displays at Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, and stroll around Parque del Retiro.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Madrid takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Geneva, Switzerland

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis, see the interesting displays at MB&F M.A.D.Gallery, then take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, and finally examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, then examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, then engage your brain at CERN, and finally ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Geneva trip planner.

You can fly from Madrid to Geneva in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Madrid in July; daily highs in Geneva reach 32°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Bern.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Bern, Switzerland

— 1 night

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 20th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Kindermuseum Creaviva, explore the world behind art at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), then see the interesting displays at Swiss Brand Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Gruyeres Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at HR Giger Museum. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then examine the collection at Klingendes Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie Rigassi by SOON.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bern itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Geneva to Bern in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Bern sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can catch the train to Zurich.

Things to do in Bern

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 22nd (Mon), wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, then take a stroll through Old Town, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and finally appreciate the history behind Hans Waldmann Statue.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Zurich journey builder website.

You can take a train from Bern to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Spain travel guide

Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Switzerland travel guide

Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
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.