17 days in Switzerland & Cinque Terre Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland & Cinque Terre Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 5 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Popular historic sites such as Jesuitenkirche and Limmatquai are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like FIFA World Football Museum and The Rosengart Collection. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Hofkirche & Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)) and Rapperswil (Schloss Rapperswil & Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden). There's more to do: stop by Confiserie Sprungli and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Peter.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Zurich trip planner.

Miami, USA to Zurich is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Miami to Zurich. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Miami in May, with highs in Zurich at 65°F and lows at 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Bern, Switzerland

— 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 20th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Gruyeres Castle, then see the interesting displays at Tibet Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Nicolas, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Art and History. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museum of Communication, wander the streets of Matte, then pause for some photo ops at Mosesbrunnen, then wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and finally don't miss a visit to Zahringerbrunnen.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bern online visit planner.

Traveling by train from Zurich to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Bern sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 22nd (Sat), learn more about the world around you at Musee du safran, then explore the historical opulence of Stockalper Palace, then get curious at Word Nature Forum - UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch, and finally look for gifts at Lindt Chocolate Shop Zermatt. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, and then kick your exploration up a notch at Forest Fun Park Zermatt.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt itinerary planning tool.

Take a train from Bern to Zermatt in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Museums · Tours · Adventure · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Geneva, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Capital of Peace

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 24th (Mon), browse the range of quality goods at Centre Commercial de Balexert.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Geneva trip planner.

Drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Geneva, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 47°F at night. You will leave for Cinque Terre on the 25th (Tue).

Things to do in Geneva

Shopping

Cinque Terre, Italy

— 5 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Step out of the city life by going to Levanto to Monterosso Trail and 5 Terre Pelagos Boat Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Borgo Storico di Manarola and Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church. Explore Cinque Terre's surroundings by going to Genoa (Chiesa del Gesu e dei Santi Ambrogio e Andrea, D'Albertis Castle, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Lorenzo, learn about winemaking at Cinque Terre Walk and Drink, admire the striking features of Chiesa Di San Pietro, and pause for some serene contemplation at Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cinque Terre itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Cinque Terre takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. You will leave for home on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.