12 days in Switzerland & Lake District Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland & Lake District Itinerary

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12 days in Switzerland & Lake District Itinerary

Start: Lexington, United States
Fly:  12​h
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  7​h
5
Windermere, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Portinscale, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Lexington, United States

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take a stroll through Niederdorf and then take a stroll through Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): admire the striking features of Kloster Einsiedeln, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Rapperswil, then steep yourself in history at Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden, and finally step into the grandiose world of Munot.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich attractions site .

Lexington, USA to Zurich is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Lexington to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lexington in August, things will get little chillier in Zurich: highs are around 76°F and lows about 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rapperswil, Munot, Kloster Einsiedeln
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Niederdorf
Niederdorf
Munot ©
Munot
Old Town ©
Old Town

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis, examine the collection at The Rosengart Collection, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum and then pause for some serene contemplation at Hofkirche.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lucerne trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Bern.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Uferpromenade Weggis
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Uferpromenade Weggis ©
Uferpromenade Weggis
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum ©
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

2
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
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 10th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of The Cathedral of Bern, browse the exhibits of Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then step into the grandiose world of Schloss THUN, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ursenkathedrale, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Nicolas. On your second day here, explore the activities along Lac de Neuchatel and then explore the activities along Thunersee.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bern trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Lucerne to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in August, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thun, Cathedrale St-Nicolas, St. Ursenkathedrale, Lac de Neuchatel
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The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern
Cathedrale St-Nicolas ©
Cathedrale St-Nicolas
Schloss THUN ©
Schloss THUN

2
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

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.
On the 12th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral, take a stroll through Vieux-Carouge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Saleve, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Russe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Chateau de Nyon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Basilica, then learn more about the world around you at Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle), and finally take an in-depth tour of Maison Tavel.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip builder .

Traveling by car from Bern to Geneva takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Geneva are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Windermere.

Things to do in Geneva

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Nyon, Vieux-Carouge
Highlights from your plan
Mont Saleve ©
Mont Saleve
Vieux-Carouge ©
Vieux-Carouge

2
nights
Windermere, United Kingdom

Windermere ©
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. On the 14th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Stott Park Bobbin Mill, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cartmel Priory, explore the world behind art at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, then pause for some serene contemplation at Jesus Church, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Loughrigg Fell. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Ruskin Museum, get interesting insight from Tours, then steep yourself in history at Townend, and finally explore the activities along Coniston Water.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Windermere trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Geneva to Windermere in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Geneva to Windermere, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Portinscale.

Things to do in Windermere

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Troutbeck, Coniston, Cartmel Priory, Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House
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Stott Park Bobbin Mill ©
Stott Park Bobbin Mill
Loughrigg Fell ©
Loughrigg Fell
Townend ©
Townend

1
night
Portinscale, United Kingdom

Portinscale
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Alpacaly Ever After.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Portinscale trip itinerary site .

Drive from Windermere to Portinscale in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Portinscale

Parks Outdoors Trails

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