17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Zurich
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Lugano
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  4​h
3
Geneva
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Lausanne
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
5
Bern
— 5 nights
Train + Fly:  16​h
End: Sao Paulo

5
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Let the collections at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Landesmuseum capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town and Haus zum Rech. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Altstadt Luzern, Mt Pilatus, & more) and Gewerbemuseum Winterthur (in Winterthur). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Zurich trip builder site .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Zurich is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Zurich is 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Lucerne, Gewerbemuseum Winterthur
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Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Old Town ©
Old Town
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

1
night
Lugano

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
On the 28th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte San Giorgio, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, then explore the world behind art at Fondazione Gabriele e Anna Braglia, and finally kick back and relax at Lido di Lugano.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lugano itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lugano takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Monte San Giorgio
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Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Monte San Giorgio ©
Monte San Giorgio
Fondazione Gabriele e Anna Braglia ©

2
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.
On the 29th (Sat), see the interesting displays at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale de St-Pierre, and finally see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle), take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Art Et d'Histoire, then examine the collection at House of Basketball, and finally take an in-depth tour of Maison Tavel.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva trip itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Lugano to Geneva in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

House of Basketball
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Patek Philippe Museum ©
Patek Philippe Museum
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

2
nights
Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): see the interesting displays at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), then examine the collection at Chaplin's World, then admire the landmark architecture of Chateau de Chillon, and finally do a tasting at Maurice Neyroud. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Lausanne, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Sulpice (Eglise de St-Sulpice), admire the masterpieces at Collection de l'Art Brut, then step into the grandiose world of Castle of Gruyeres, and finally see the interesting displays at HR Giger Museum.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lausanne trip planner .

Getting from Geneva to Lausanne by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Lausanne

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Gruyeres, Chateau de Chillon, Maurice Neyroud, Chaplin's World
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Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Gruyeres Castle ©
Gruyeres Castle

5
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum and Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center) will appeal to museum buffs. UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Klingende Sammlung are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Bern's surroundings by going to Meiringen (Reichenbach Falls & Sherlock Holmes Museum). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Kindermuseum Creaviva, engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), admire the striking features of Central Railroad Station, and take in the exciting artwork at SOON Galerie.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Bern vacation planner.

You can take a train from Lausanne to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Bern are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Meiringen
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