17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Bus:  16 h 30 min
1
Lugano
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
St. Moritz
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Meiringen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
4
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
5
Zermatt
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
6
Lausanne
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  17 h
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Lugano

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Monte Generoso and Lido di Lugano. Get outdoors at Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina and Cimetta. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lugano: Bellinzona (San Bernardino Pass & Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie), Ponte dei Salti (in Lavertezzo) and Alta Piumogna Waterfalls (in Faido). The adventure continues: hike along Olive Trail, stroll around Parco Sul Fiume Cassarate Al Piano Stampa, look for all kinds of wild species at Parco delle Gole della Breggia, and admire the sheer force of Waterfall of Foroglio.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lugano online visit planner .

San Francisco, USA to Lugano is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET) is 9 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in July, with highs in Lugano at 83°F and lows at 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Alta Piumogna Waterfalls, Parco delle Gole della Breggia, Ponte dei Salti, Waterfall of Foroglio
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Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina ©
Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina
Monte Generoso ©
Monte Generoso
Cimetta ©
Cimetta

2
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Engadine Museum, then make a trip to Chesa Futura, then have fun at Olympia Bobrun, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Marmites des Geants. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Val Fex, then take in the pleasant sights at Schellen Ursli Path, then make a trip to The Leaning Tower, Engadin St. Moritz, and finally admire the masterpieces at Berry Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our St. Moritz road trip planner .

You can drive from Lugano to St. Moritz in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Lugano in July: high temperatures in St. Moritz hover around 69°F and lows are around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Meiringen.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Marmites des Geants, Val Fex
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Val Fex ©
Val Fex
Engadine Museum ©
Engadine Museum
The Leaning Tower, Engadin St. Moritz ©

2
nights
Meiringen

Meiringen ©
Meiringen is a municipality in the Interlaken-Oberhasli administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arnisee, explore the activities along Lake Trubsee, and then explore the activities along Lungernersee. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Nufenen Pass, then explore the activities along Gelmersee, and then take some stellar pictures from Alpbachschlucht.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Meiringen itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from St. Moritz to Meiringen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from St. Moritz in July: highs in Meiringen hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Meiringen

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Arnisee, Lungernersee, Nufenen Pass, Lake Trubsee, Gelmersee
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Lake Arnisee ©
Lake Arnisee
Nufenen Pass ©
Nufenen Pass
Lake Trubsee ©
Lake Trubsee

3
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Get outdoors at Aletsch Glacier and Via Ferrata. Step off the beaten path and head to Allmendhubel and Gemmi Pass. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grindelwald: Murren (Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg & 007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Faulhorn, hike along North face Trail, stroll through Maennlichen Romantic Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Murrenbach Waterfalls.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Grindelwald trip planner .

You can drive from Meiringen to Grindelwald in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Murren, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen, Gemmi Pass
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Gemmi Pass ©
Gemmi Pass
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Via Ferrata ©
Via Ferrata

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 27th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee, hike along 5-Seenweg, pause for some serene contemplation at Parish Church of St. Mauritius, then pause for some photo ops at Bergfuhrerdenkmal, and finally stroll through Riederalp. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Trockener Steg, then take in the awesome beauty at Hohbalmen, then go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Zermatt online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Grindelwald to Zermatt by train takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Riederalp
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Riffelsee ©
Riffelsee
Riederalp ©
Riederalp
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Step out of the city life by going to Taubenlochschlucht and Plage de Port-Choiseul. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Esplanade de Montbenon and Champery Resort. When in Lausanne, make a side trip to see Galeries Defago in Champery, approximately 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, don't miss a visit to Palace of Justice, admire the natural beauty at Parc de Mon Repos, and walk around Parc de Milan et cret de Montriond.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lausanne travel route planning site .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Lausanne takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lausanne

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Champery, Plage de Port-Choiseul, Taubenlochschlucht
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Champery Resort ©
Champery Resort
Galeries Defago ©
Galeries Defago
Plage de Port-Choiseul ©
Plage de Port-Choiseul

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