17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Basel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Vevey
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
3
Sion
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
4
Zermatt
— 2 nights
Train:  5​h 15​min
5
Bellinzona
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Chur
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Lucerne
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: London

2
nights
Basel

Basel ©
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.
On the 1st (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Dom von Arlesheim and then explore the world behind art at Fondation Beyeler. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel, examine the collection at Basel Paper Mill Museum, then explore the world behind art at Jean Tinguely Museum, and finally wander the streets of Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel.

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London, UK to Basel is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from London to Basel, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Basel can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Vevey.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Arlesheim, St. Ursenkathedrale, Schloss Waldegg, Fondation Beyeler, Museum fur Musikautomaten
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Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler
Basel Paper Mill Museum ©
Basel Paper Mill Museum
Basel's Old Town ©
Basel's Old Town

2
nights
Vevey

Vevey ©
Vevey is a town in Switzerland in the canton Vaud, on the north shore of Lake Geneva, near Lausanne.It was the seat of the district of the same name until 2006, and is now part of the Riviera-Pays-d'Enhaut District. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): examine the collection at Fondation Pierre Gianadda, then have fun and explore at Chaplin's World, and then explore the world behind art at Collection de l'Art Brut. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at HR Giger Museum, then glide through natural beauty at Glacier 3000, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise du Cloitre, and finally see the interesting displays at Queen Studio Experience.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Vevey route planning app .

You can drive from Basel to Vevey in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sion.

Things to do in Vevey

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chaplin's World, HR Giger Museum, Eglise du Cloitre, Glacier 3000, Queen Studio Experience
Highlights from your plan
Fondation Pierre Gianadda ©
Fondation Pierre Gianadda
HR Giger Museum ©
HR Giger Museum
Collection de l'Art Brut ©
Collection de l'Art Brut

2
nights
Sion

Sion ©
Sion is the capital of the Swiss canton of Valais and of the district of Sion. On the 6th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Tourbillon, contemplate the long history of Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf, then get outside with Flyverbier - Day Adventures, and finally stop by Ski Service. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Germain, explore the historical opulence of Church-Fortress of Valere, then explore the fascinating underground world of Lac Souterrain, St-Leonard- Day Tours, then learn about winemaking at Cave La Romaine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ermitage Notre-Dame de Longeborgne.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sion online travel planner .

Getting from Vevey to Sion by car takes about an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Sion can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Sion

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Verbier, Cave La Romaine, Lac Souterrain de St-Leonard, Eglise St Germain, Ermitage Notre-Dame de Longeborgne
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Chateau de Tourbillon ©
Chateau de Tourbillon
Valere Basilica ©
Valere Basilica
Ski Service ©
Ski Service

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 8th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): stop by Lindt Chocolate Shop Zermatt, then tee off at Golf Club Matterhorn, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Baroque Church, and finally hike along 5-Seenweg.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Zermatt holiday builder website .

Getting from Sion to Zermatt by train takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Baroque Church
Highlights from your plan
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery

1
night
Bellinzona

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Castello di Montebello, take a stroll through Santa Petronilla, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Nicolao, then admire the striking features of Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano, then step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina, admire the striking features of Palazzo Civico di Bellinzona, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, then explore the historical opulence of Sasso Corbaro Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastero Benedettino di Santa Maria Assunta.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Bellinzona trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Zermatt to Bellinzona by train takes about 5.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Bellinzona can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chur.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites Trails Parks

Side Trips

Santa Petronilla, Monastero Benedettino di Santa Maria Assunta, Chiesa di San Nicolao, Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello
Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Castle of Sasso Corbaro ©
Castle of Sasso Corbaro

3
nights
Chur

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 a break from the city and head to Arosa Ski Resort and Viamala Schlucht. Get some cultural insight at Old Town Chur and St. Peter Mistail Church (Kirche St. Peter Mistail). Change things up with these side-trips from Chur: Landwasser Viaduct (in Filisur), St. Paul Church (in Rhazuns) and Museum Bravuogn (in Bergun). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski resort Lenzerheide and explore the historical opulence of Castle Haldenstein.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Chur day trip planning site .

You can drive from Bellinzona to Chur in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Chur

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Arosa Ski Resort, Viamala, Castle Haldenstein, Lenzerheide Ski Resort, Landwasser Viaduct
Highlights from your plan
Old Town Chur ©
Old Town Chur
Arosa Ski Resort ©
Arosa Ski Resort
Lenzerheide Ski Resort ©
Lenzerheide Ski Resort

3
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and The Rosengart Collection. Your inner history buff will appreciate Aare Gorge and Hofkirche. Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum (in Brienz) and Lac de Claus (in Sedrun). There's more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis and take some stellar pictures from The Nine Towers.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne trip itinerary site .

Getting from Chur to Lucerne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Lac de Claus, Uferpromenade Weggis, Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, Aare Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum ©
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
Uferpromenade Weggis ©
Uferpromenade Weggis

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