13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Geneva
— 1 night
train:  3​h 45​min
2
Zermatt
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Engelberg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Zurich
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Tampa

1
night
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 14th (Tue), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de St-Pierre, and finally appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation). Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, and then explore the activities along Lake Geneva.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva trip itinerary maker website .

Tampa, USA to Geneva is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tampa in July, with highs in Geneva at 81°F and lows at 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

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

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): tour along fresh powder with Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, then explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, and then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn. Keep things going the next day: trek along Murmelweg Wanderung, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hohbalmen, then stroll through Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Zermatt trip maker tool .

You can take a train from Geneva to Zermatt in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School ©
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School

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.
Get outdoors at Jungfraujoch and Grindelwald-First. Take a break from Grindelwald with a short trip to Molitor in Wengen, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along The Eiger Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen, and explore the activities along Bachalpsee Lake.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Grindelwald road trip app .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Grindelwald takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Engelberg.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

1
night
Engelberg

Engelberg ©
Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Trubsee, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Titlis, and then take in the views from Titlis Bridge.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Engelberg road trip planning site .

You can drive from Grindelwald to Engelberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Engelberg

Parks Nature Winter Sports
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Titlis ©
Titlis
Lake Trubsee ©
Lake Trubsee
Titlis Cliff Walk ©
Titlis Cliff Walk

4
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Escape the urban bustle at Mt Pilatus and Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall), Lucerne (Rigi, Lake Lucerne, & more) and Interlaken (Harderkulm, Parasailing & Paragliding, & more). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, and look for gifts at Schober Cafe.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Zurich vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Engelberg to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Zurich, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lucerne, Interlaken, Rhine Falls
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Parasailing & Paragliding
Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls

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