18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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Lucerne
— 1 night
Drive
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Buchs Aargau
— 5 nights
Drive
3
Basel
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Geneva
— 6 nights
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Lucerne

— 1 night
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Seebad Mit Strand Am Vierwaldstattersee, then see the sky in a new way at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, then take in the views from Chapel Bridge, and finally examine the collection at The Rosengart Collection. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Zunfthaus zur Meisen, then take an in-depth tour of Haus zum Rech, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne route planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Lucerne is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Riyadh to Lucerne. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Riyadh in December: high temperatures in Lucerne hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Buchs Aargau.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Buchs Aargau

— 5 nights
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jura World of Coffee and Stapferhaus Lenzburg. Appreciate the collections at Bally Schuhmuseum and Museum Langmatt. Change things up with these side-trips from Buchs Aargau: Schaffhausen (Museum zu Allerheiligen & IWC Museum), Museum Kloster Sankt Georgen (in Stein am Rhein) and Swiss Military Museum Full (in Bad Zurzach).

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Buchs Aargau trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Lucerne to Buchs Aargau in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Basel.

Things to do in Buchs Aargau

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Basel

— 4 nights
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Get some cultural insight at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center) and Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Basel Paper Mill Museum and Jean Tinguely Museum. Explore Basel's surroundings by going to Bern (Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), Swiss Brand Museum, &more), Omega Museum (in Biel) and St. Ursenkathedrale (in Soleure). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basel Minster, examine the collection at HoosesaggMuseeum, and explore the world behind art at Fondation Beyeler.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Basel day trip planner.

Getting from Buchs Aargau to Basel by car takes about an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Basel can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Basel

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Geneva

— 6 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Chillon and Gruyeres Castle. Appreciate the collections at Patek Philippe Museum and The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Geneva: Moleson Bob-luge (in Moleson), Gruyeres (HR Giger Museum & Tibet Museum) and Martigny (Barryland - Musee Et Chiens Du St-Bernard & Fondation Pierre Gianadda). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, explore the world behind art at Collection de l'Art Brut, take an in-depth tour of Musee D'Art Et D'Histoire, and learn more about the world around you at Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle).

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Geneva journey planner.

Drive from Basel to Geneva in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Geneva are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Wineries

Side Trips

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
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.