13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Jeddah
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Lucerne
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Zermatt
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Montreux
— 1 night
train:  1​h
5
Geneva
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Jeddah

3
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucerne: Zurich (Old Town & Lake Zurich). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, get curious at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucerne road trip planner .

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Lucerne is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Jeddah to Lucerne. In August, Lucerne is cooler than Jeddah - with highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Grindelwald is known for winter sports, nature, trails, adventure, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Eiger Trail.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald day trip planning site .

You can drive from Lucerne to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Trümmelbachfälle
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The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
You've now added Gornergrat to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, then take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse, and then grab a seat and go on Gornergrat. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, pause for some photo ops at Bergfuhrerdenkmal, pause for some serene contemplation at Parish church of St Mauritius, then explore the galleries of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt online route planner .

Getting from Grindelwald to Zermatt by train takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga

1
night
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 17th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Rochers-de-Naye, go for a walk through Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, then pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue, then admire the striking features of Marche couvert de Montreux, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Montreux route planner .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Montreux in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Geneva.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chateau de Chillon
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Rochers-de-Naye ©
Rochers-de-Naye
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri ©
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri

3
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 18th (Sun), learn more about the world around you at Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle) and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, then pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), and finally get great views at Cathedrale de St-Pierre.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Geneva trip itinerary planning website .

Take a train from Montreux to Geneva in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

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

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