16 days in Switzerland & Tirano Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland & Tirano Itinerary

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Start: Boston, United States
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
2
Chur, Switzerland
— Few hours
train:  4 h
3
Tirano, Italy
— Few hours
Drive:  4 h
4
Lugano, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
5
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
6
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  15 min
7
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— Few hours
Train:  3 h 30 min
8
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
9
Montreux, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
10
Geneva, Switzerland
— Few hours
End: Geneva, Switzerland

3
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.
You've now added Free Walk Geneva to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, get curious at CERN, don't miss a visit to Broken Chair Sculpture, and admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Geneva travel route builder.

Boston, USA to Geneva is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Geneva is 6 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Boston in September, with highs in Geneva at 70°F and lows at 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Chur.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Mont Saleve
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

few
hours
Chur, Switzerland

Chur
Chur or Coire is the capital and largest town of the Swiss canton of Grisons and lies in the Grisonian Rhine Valley, where the Rhine turns towards the north, in the northern part of the canton. Take the guesswork out of planning a Chur vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Geneva to Chur in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. You'll set off for Tirano on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Chur

Outdoors Parks Museums

few
hours
Tirano, Italy

Tirano ©
Tirano is a town in Valtellina, located in the province of Sondrio in northern Italy. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Castello di Santa Maria, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Martino, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario della Beata Vergine di Tirano, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Etnografico Tiranese.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tirano trip planner.

Drive from Chur to Tirano in 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lugano.

Things to do in Tirano

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Santuario della Beata Vergine di Tirano ©
Santuario della Beata Vergine di Tirano
Museo Etnografico Tiranese ©
Museo Etnografico Tiranese
Chiesa di San Martino ©
Chiesa di San Martino

2
nights
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
On the 7th (Mon), stroll around Parco Civico, thentake some stellar pictures from Monte San Salvatore, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria degli Angioli. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Monte Bre and then browse the different shops at Fox Town Factory Stores.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Lugano online attractions planner.

Getting from Tirano to Lugano by car takes about 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Tirano in September; daily highs in Lugano reach 73°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Fox Town Factory Stores
Highlights from your plan
Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore
Santa Maria degli Angioli ©
Santa Maria degli Angioli

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne online attractions planner.

You can drive from Lugano to Lucerne in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Lugano in September, with highs in Lucerne at 67°F and lows at 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

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 10th (Thu): stop by Buchhandlung Boedeli and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Interlaken trip planning tool.

You can drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Bern
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

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hours
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases anĀ abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
On the 12th (Sat), get great views at Jungfraujoch.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Lauterbrunnen travel planner.

Lauterbrunnen is very close to Interlaken. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Tours Nature

Side Trip

Jungfraujoch
Highlights from your plan
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch

3
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 13th (Sun), get great views at Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, thendon't miss a visit to Walk of Climb, thensee the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, and then grab a seat and go on Gornergrat.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Zermatt trip planner.

Take a train from Lauterbrunnen to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga

2
nights
Montreux, Switzerland

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 15th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Rochers-de-Naye, try your luck at Casino de Montreux, thenexamine the collection at Queen Studio Experience, thengo for a walk through Montreux Lakeside, and finally appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue. On the next day, examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Lausanne, thenappreciate the history behind Monument to Vladimir Nabokov, and finally admire the striking features of Chateau de Chillon.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Montreux trip tool.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Montreux takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Lausanne, Chateau de Chillon
Highlights from your plan
Queen Studio Experience ©
Queen Studio Experience
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Freddie Mercury Statue ©
Freddie Mercury Statue

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hours
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
On the 17th (Thu), enjoy some diversion at Giant Chess Boards, thenstroll around Parc Des Bastions, and then get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle).

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Geneva road trip website.

You can drive from Montreux to Geneva in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Parc Des Bastions ©
Parc Des Bastions

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