16 days in Switzerland & Lyon Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland & Lyon Itinerary

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16 days in Switzerland & Lyon Itinerary

Start: Dallas, United States
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  30​min
3
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Veytaux, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Lyon, France
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  16​h
End: Dallas, United States

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Lion Monument, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraum√ľnster Church, take a stroll through Old Town, and make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Zurich online tour itinerary planner .

Dallas, USA to Zurich is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Dallas to Zurich, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in August, expect Zurich to be much colder, temps between 76°F and 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

1
night
Interlaken, Switzerland

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, then stop by Swiss Mountain Market Unique Regional Souvenirs, then pick up some new knowledge with Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland, and finally head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Interlaken trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Zurich to Interlaken by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In August in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken ©
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland ©

1
night
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch and then admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lauterbrunnen trip maker app .

Lauterbrunnen is very close to Interlaken. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trip

Jungfraujoch
Highlights from your plan
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Staubbach Waterfall ©
Staubbach Waterfall

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 3rd (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, and then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt day trip planner .

Take a train from Lauterbrunnen to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Veytaux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©

2
nights
Veytaux, Switzerland

Veytaux ©
Veytaux is a municipality in the district of Riviera-Pays-d'Enhaut in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland.The Chateau of Chillon provides a marvelous view of the entire Lake of Geneva located in Avenue de Chillon.HistoryVeytaux is first mentioned in 1332 as Veytour.GeographyVeytaux has an area, of 6.8km2. Chateau de Chillon has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Simmenfalle, step into the grandiose world of Castle of Gruyeres, and then see the interesting displays at HR Giger Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Veytaux trip planner .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Veytaux takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Veytaux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Gruyeres, Simmenfalle, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d'Agaune
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Simmenfalle ©
Simmenfalle
Gruyeres Castle ©
Gruyeres Castle

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde, Statue of Frankenstein, Lake Geneva, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): make a trip to Statue of Frankenstein. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Domaine Les Perrieres and then explore the activities along Lake Geneva.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Geneva holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Veytaux to Geneva takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Geneva sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Domaine Les Perrieres
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

3
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Jardin Rosa Mir, Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, Vieux Lyon, and other attractions. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, don't miss a visit to Le Mur Des Canuts, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon planning website .

Traveling by car from Geneva to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Lyon, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon

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