15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Las Vegas
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Zurich
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Bellinzona
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Lauterbrunnen
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Zermatt
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Montreux
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Basel
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Las Vegas

3
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Appreciate the collections at The Rosengart Collection and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). Old Town and Old Town Chur will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Mt Pilatus (in Lucerne), Aare Gorge (in Meiringen) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Zurich trip site .

Las Vegas, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time is 9 hours. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, expect nights in Zurich to be little chillier, around 47°F, while days are cooler, around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Lucerne, Aare Gorge, Parasailing & Paragliding, Old Town Chur
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Old Town Chur ©
Old Town Chur
Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge

1
night
Bellinzona

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Montebello, step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona, then step into the grandiose world of Castle of Sasso Corbaro, then get a taste of the local shopping with OnArte, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bellinzona day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Bellinzona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. May in Bellinzona sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso, OnArte
Highlights from your plan
Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello

2
nights
Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
On the 7th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch and then admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall. On your second day here, make a trip to Lauterbrunnen Church, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, and then admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lauterbrunnen travel route planning site .

Traveling by car from Bellinzona to Lauterbrunnen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Gorner Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Zermatt day trip planner.

Getting from Lauterbrunnen to Zermatt by train takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 11th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, then see the interesting displays at Fondation Pierre Gianadda, then learn about winemaking at Maurice Neyroud, and finally examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): examine the collection at HR Giger Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise du Cloitre, then glide through natural beauty at Glacier 3000, and finally Head underground at The Bex Salt Mines.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Montreux road trip planning site .

Take a train from Zermatt to Montreux in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Basel.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Eglise du Cloitre, The Bex Salt Mines, Glacier 3000, Maurice Neyroud, Museum HR Giger
Highlights from your plan
Fondation Pierre Gianadda ©
Fondation Pierre Gianadda
Glacier 3000 ©
Glacier 3000
Queen Studio Experience ©
Queen Studio Experience

3
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as St. Ursenkathedrale and Schloss THUN are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Fondation Beyeler and Augusta Raurica. Go for a jaunt from Basel to Thun to see Thunersee about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and see the interesting displays at Jean Tinguely Museum.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Basel visit planner .

Getting from Montreux to Basel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Thun, Fondation Beyeler, St. Ursenkathedrale, Augusta Raurica
Highlights from your plan
Augusta Raurica ©
Augusta Raurica
Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler
Basel Paper Mill Museum ©
Basel Paper Mill Museum

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