12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Kathmandu
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Geneva
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Interlaken
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Basel
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Zurich
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Kathmandu

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.
On the 21st (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Port-Choiseul and then explore the activities along Lake Geneva. Here are some ideas for day two: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis, then ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, then appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), and finally get great views at Cathedrale de St-Pierre.

Before you visit Geneva, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Kathmandu, Nepal to Geneva is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Kathmandu to Geneva, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Kathmandu in December: highs in Geneva hover around 6°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Plage de Port-Choiseul ©
Plage de Port-Choiseul
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Interlaken side-trips: Jeunes Rives (in Neuchatel), Grindelwald (Grindelwald-First & The Eiger Trail) and Bern (UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern & Zahringerbrunnen). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, look for gifts at Vogts Corner, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Interlaken trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Geneva to Interlaken takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Geneva in December; daily highs in Interlaken reach 1°C and lows reach -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Basel.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald, Bern, Trümmelbachfälle, Jeunes Rives
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Jeunes Rives ©
Jeunes Rives

1
night
Basel

Basel ©
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at CityBeach Messe, pause for some serene contemplation at Basel Minster, then make a trip to Rathaus, and finally take a stroll through Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Basel online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Basel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Interlaken in December; daily highs in Basel reach 7°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Basel

Neighborhoods Beaches Parks
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Basel's Old Town ©
Basel's Old Town
Basel Minster ©
Basel Minster
Rathaus ©
Rathaus

5
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll get in some beach time at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and Ufschotti Park. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Lucerne (Mt Pilatus, Chapel Bridge, & more) and Seebad Eich (in Eich). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Old Town, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and stroll through Strandbad Mythenquai.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Zurich online itinerary builder .

You can drive from Basel to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lucerne, Seebad Eich
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

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