16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Nairobi
Fly + Train:  14​h 15​min
1
Lugano
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
St. Moritz
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h 45​min
5
Zermatt
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 15​min
6
Lausanne
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Nairobi

2
nights
Lugano

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Castelli di Bellinzona, stroll through Monte San Salvatore, then stroll around Parco Civico, and finally make a trip to Piazza della Riforma. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Castelgrande, then admire the engineering at Verzasca Dam, then get to know the resident critters at Falconeria Locarno, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Indipendenza.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lugano trip planner.

Nairobi, Kenya to Lugano is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern African Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. In July, Lugano is somewhat warmer than Nairobi - with highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Locarno
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Parco Civico ©
Parco Civico
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore
Piazza della Riforma ©
Piazza della Riforma

2
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
On the 15th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Bernina Pass, take some stellar pictures from Muottas Muragl, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Moritz, and finally get great views at Diavolezza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Piz Nair, take in the dramatic natural features at Morteratsch Glacier, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Val Roseg.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our St. Moritz itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lugano to St. Moritz takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Lugano in July, things will get little chillier in St. Moritz: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Pontresina, Bernina Pass
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Muottas Muragl ©
Muottas Muragl
Diavolezza ©
Diavolezza
Lake St. Moritz ©
Lake St. Moritz

2
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 17th (Fri), snap pictures at Titlis Bridge, then explore the stunning scenery at Aare Gorge, and then admire the sheer force of Reichenbach Falls. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum and then don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lucerne road trip planning tool .

Drive from St. Moritz to Lucerne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from St. Moritz in July, expect Lucerne to be a bit warmer, temps between 29°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Meiringen, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Titlis Cliff Walk
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Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum ©
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge
Reichenbach Falls ©
Reichenbach Falls

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Eiger Trail and Oeschinen Lake. Step out of Grindelwald to go to Wengen and see Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Bachalpsee Lake, appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lauterbrunnen Village.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Grindelwald holiday maker tool .

Drive from Lucerne to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Oeschinen Lake, Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway
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Oeschinen Lake ©
Oeschinen Lake
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Bachalpsee Lake ©
Bachalpsee Lake

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 22nd (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Roemisch-katholische Kirche Tasch, take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse, then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee, explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, and then hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Zermatt trip planner .

Traveling by train from Grindelwald to Zermatt takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Roemisch-katholische Kirche Tasch
Highlights from your plan
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

4
nights
Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Creux du Van and La Suisse Steam paddle boat.. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lausanne: Fondation Pierre Gianadda (in Martigny), Mont Saleve (in Geneva) and Montreux (Rochers-de-Naye, Queen Studio Experience, & more). There's more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Le Port d'Ouchy and don't miss a visit to Rolex Learning Center EPFL.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lausanne trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Lausanne takes 3.5 hours. You will leave for home on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Lausanne

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Montreux, Mont Saleve, Creux du Van, Fondation Pierre Gianadda
Highlights from your plan
Le Port d'Ouchy ©
Le Port d'Ouchy
Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri ©
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri

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