18 days in Switzerland & Lyon Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland & Lyon Itinerary

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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lausanne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lyon, France
— 4 nights

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Lyon, France

Lyon ©

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
On the 9th (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by Place des Jacobins, visit The Presqu'ile, then explore the galleries of Fresque des Lyonnais, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Nizier.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lyon trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Lyon is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Los Angeles to Lyon, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 60°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Geneva.

Things to do in Lyon

Neighborhoods · Spas · Historic Sites · Museums
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Neighborhood
The Presqu'ile
4.5
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Spa
Spas
4.3

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Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©

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.
On the 10th (Thu), examine the collection at Musee d'ethnographie de Geneve, fly like a bird with Centre Geneve de Vol Libre – Paradelta, and then stop by Vieux-Carouge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): capture your vacation like a pro with Salva Fauna, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de St-Pierre, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Basilica.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Geneva trip maker tool.

Getting from Lyon to Geneva by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Geneva are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lausanne.

Things to do in Geneva

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Photography Tour
Salva Fauna
5.0

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Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne ©

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
On the 12th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Monument to Vladimir Nabokov, glide through the air with Fly-Xperience, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, then do a tasting at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Palud. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Esplanade de Montbenon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Escaliers du Marche, explore the historical opulence of Palais De Rumine, then delve into the lush surroundings at Sauvabelin Forest, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise de Saint-Sulpice.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Lausanne trip planner.

You can drive from Geneva to Lausanne in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Lausanne

Historic Sites · Parks · Adventure · Wineries

Side Trips

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Winery / Vineyard
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards
4.6
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Religious Site
Eglise de Saint-Sulpice
4.9

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Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Kirche Scherzligen, don't miss a visit to Vieille Ville de Thoune, take a stroll through Matte, then don't miss a visit to Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen, and finally ponder the design of Simsonbrunnen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the design of Mosesbrunnen, take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, admire the local landmark of Zahringerbrunnen, then contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, then pause for some serene contemplation at French Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Ghost.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bern trip site.

Traveling by car from Lausanne to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June in Bern, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Zurich.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Water Body
Aare River
4.9

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Zurich, contemplate the waterfront views at Seebad Enge, then contemplate the waterfront views at Flussbad Oberer Letten, and finally stop by Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Rapperswil, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wasserkirche, and finally head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich road trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Bern to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Zurich are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Must see
Lake Zurich
4.7

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Reichenbach Falls, then explore the stunning scenery at Aare Gorge, then admire the sheer force of Giessbachfälle, and finally don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): glide through the air with Paragliding Luzern, fly down the slopes at Mt Pilatus, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Uferpromenade Weggis, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne day trip site.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. June in Lucerne sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Must see
Reichenbach Falls
4.4
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Parasailing / Paragliding
Paragliding Luzern
4.9

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Lyon, France

Lyon ©

Culinary Capital of France

Get outdoors at La Roche de Solutre and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste and Chateau de Brancion. Go for a jaunt from Lyon to Tournus to see Abbaye Saint-Philibert about 1h 15 min away. See even more of Lyon: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and make a trip to Le Mur Des Canuts.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip website.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Lyon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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