17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Nairobi
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Lausanne
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h 15​min
2
Zermatt
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 45​min
3
Grindelwald
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Lucerne
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
5
Basel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
St. Moritz
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Lugano
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Nairobi

3
nights
Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Step off the beaten path and head to Creux du Van and La Suisse Steam paddle boat.. Change things up with these side-trips from Lausanne: Fondation Pierre Gianadda (in Martigny), Mont Saleve (in Geneva) and Montreux (Rochers-de-Naye, Queen Studio Experience, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront activity at Le Port d'Ouchy and don't miss a visit to Rolex Learning Center EPFL.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lausanne tour itinerary site .

Nairobi, Kenya to Lausanne is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern African Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lausanne

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Montreux, Mont Saleve, Creux du Van, Fondation Pierre Gianadda
Highlights from your plan
Le Port d'Ouchy ©
Le Port d'Ouchy
Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri ©
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Roemisch-katholische Kirche Tasch, take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, then go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse, then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally make a trip to Mountaineers' Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Riffelsee, then take in the dramatic natural features at Gorner Gorge, and then hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise.

Start your trip to Zermatt by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by train from Lausanne to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Roemisch-katholische Kirche Tasch
Highlights from your plan
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

2
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Bachalpsee Lake and then explore the activities along Oeschinen Lake. Keep things going the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, take in the dramatic scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, and then admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Grindelwald online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Grindelwald takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Oeschinen Lake
Highlights from your plan
Oeschinen Lake ©
Oeschinen Lake
Bachalpsee Lake ©
Bachalpsee Lake
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls

2
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the views from Titlis Bridge, take in breathtaking views at Aare Gorge, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Reichenbach Falls. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum and then make a trip to The Nine Towers.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne trip planning site .

Drive from Grindelwald to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. July in Lucerne sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Basel.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Meiringen, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Titlis Cliff Walk
Highlights from your plan
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum ©
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge
Reichenbach Falls ©
Reichenbach Falls

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 22nd (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Offene Kirche Elisabethen, examine the collection at Basel Paper Mill Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then don't miss a visit to Spalen Gate, and finally wander the streets of Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): engage your brain at Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, make a trip to Muensterplatz, admire the masterpieces at Fondation Beyeler, then explore the world behind art at Jean Tinguely Museum, and finally make a trip to Tinguely-Brunnen.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Basel trip builder website .

Getting from Lucerne to Basel by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Basel are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Neighborhoods Fun & Games

Side Trip

Fondation Beyeler
Highlights from your plan
Basel Paper Mill Museum ©
Basel Paper Mill Museum
Basel's Old Town ©
Basel's Old Town
Room Escape Games

2
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
On the 24th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Bernina Pass, then take some stellar pictures from Muottas Muragl, then explore the activities along Lake St. Moritz, and finally take some stellar pictures from Diavolezza. On your second day here, stroll through Piz Nair, then explore the striking landscape at Morteratsch Glacier, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Val Roseg.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Moritz online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Basel to St. Moritz takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Basel in July, expect St. Moritz to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lugano.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Pontresina, Bernina Pass
Highlights from your plan
Muottas Muragl ©
Muottas Muragl
Diavolezza ©
Diavolezza
Lake St. Moritz ©
Lake St. Moritz

3
nights
Lugano

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Piazza della Riforma, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli, then get great views at Monte San Salvatore, then admire the striking features of Gotthard Bank, and finally stroll around Parco Civico. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso, admire the engineering at Verzasca Dam, explore the historical opulence of Castelgrande, then step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Indipendenza.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lugano trip planner .

You can drive from St. Moritz to Lugano in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from St. Moritz in July: high temperatures in Lugano hover around 33°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso, Verzasca Dam
Highlights from your plan
Parco Civico ©
Parco Civico
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore
Santa Maria degli Angioli ©
Santa Maria degli Angioli

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