18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Geneva
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
2
Zermatt
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Lenk im Simmental
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Grindelwald
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Bern
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
6
Zurich
— 5 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg

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.
Step out of Geneva with an excursion to Chateau de Chillon in Veytaux--about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), and stroll around Parc Des Bastions.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva journey builder website.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Geneva is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, tram, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Geneva is minus 1 hour. In December, Geneva is much colder than Johannesburg - with highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Chateau de Chillon
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

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 26th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", and then take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga. Here are some ideas for day two: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stop by Laderach, then take a memorable drive along Gornergrat, and finally see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Zermatt tour itinerary planning app.

You can take a train from Geneva to Zermatt in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lenk im Simmental.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Nature Parks
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

2
nights
Lenk im Simmental

Lenk im Simmental ©
Themed trails make vacations in Lenk im Simmental popular with winter sports lovers.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): stop by Lenk-Simmental Tourismus AG, stroll through Skigebiet Betelberg, and then ski along the peaceful trails at Adrenalin Skischule Lenk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): snap pictures at Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Skigebiet Metsch, then stroll through Adelboden, and finally look for gifts at Trummer Woodcarving.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lenk im Simmental tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Zermatt to Lenk im Simmental with the Route module. In December, daytime highs in Lenk im Simmental are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lenk im Simmental

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Adelboden, Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke
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Adelboden ©
Adelboden
Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke ©
Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke
Lenk-Simmental Tourismus AG ©
Lenk-Simmental Tourismus AG

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 30th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Grindelwald-First and then take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle and then take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Grindelwald online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lenk im Simmental to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Trümmelbachfälle
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First

3
nights
Bern

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Explore Bern's surroundings by going to Interlaken (Harderkulm, Buchhandlung Boedeli, &more) and Lake Brienz (in Brienz). The adventure continues: wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, and pause for some photo ops at Zahringerdenkmal monument.

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Getting from Grindelwald to Bern by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. December in Bern sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Zurich.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Interlaken, Lake Brienz
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Parasailing & Paragliding
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

5
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Lucerne (Hofkirche, Town Hall, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Zurich online trip planner.

Traveling by train from Bern to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lucerne
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town

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