17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Buffalo
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Geneva
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
2
Zermatt
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Interlaken
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Zurich
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Buffalo

3
nights
Geneva

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'll find plenty of places to visit near Geneva: Lakeside Promenade Fleuri (in Montreux) and Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale de St-Pierre, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and make a trip to The Flower Clock.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva online driving holiday planner .

Buffalo, USA to Geneva is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, Chateau de Chillon
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

4
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for scenic drive, nature, winter sports, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Gornergrat, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Oberrothorn, enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt, and contemplate the waterfront views at Stellisee.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Geneva to Zermatt takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Tours
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise

4
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bern (Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, & more) and Grindelwald (The Eiger Trail & Grindelwald-First). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, explore the activities along Lake Brienz, get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, and admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Interlaken trip planning tool .

Take a train from Zermatt to Interlaken in 3 hours. In May in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Bern, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald, Trümmelbachfälle, Lake Brienz
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier

4
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lucerne (Mt Pilatus, Lucerne Station, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and take a stroll through Old Town.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Zurich online vacation planner .

You can drive from Interlaken to Zurich in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May, daytime highs in Zurich are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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