18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+3
Train + Fly + Foot + Train:  14​h 45​min
1
Montreux
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Zermatt
— 4 nights
Train:  3​h 45​min
3
Grindelwald
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
St. Moritz
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Zurich
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Get some historical perspective at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards and Cathedrale St-Nicolas. Escape the urban bustle at Glacier 3000 and The Bex Salt Mines. Venture out of the city with trips to HR Giger Museum (in Gruyeres) and Fondation Pierre Gianadda (in Martigny). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Rochers-de-Naye, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience, and take in the pleasant sights at Lakeside Promenade Fleuri.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Montreux driving holiday planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Montreux is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

The Bex Salt Mines, Chateau de Chillon, Cathedrale St-Nicolas, HR Giger Museum, Eglise du Cloitre
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Fondation Pierre Gianadda ©
Fondation Pierre Gianadda
Glacier 3000 ©
Glacier 3000
HR Giger Museum ©
HR Giger Museum

4
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Step off the beaten path and head to Gorner Gorge and Matterhorn Ski Paradise. Take a break from the city and head to Staubbach Waterfall and Speed Boats Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zermatt: Aare Gorge (in Meiringen) and Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls (in Lauterbrunnen). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt sightseeing planning site .

You can take a train from Montreux to Zermatt in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Speed Boats Tours, Aare Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge

4
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Explore hidden gems such as Aletsch Glacier and Bachalpsee Lake. Escape the urban bustle at The Eiger Trail and Maennlichen. Change things up with these side-trips from Grindelwald: Lac de Claus (in Sedrun) and Lauterbrunnen (Lauterbrunnen Village & Murrenbach Waterfalls). It doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch and get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Grindelwald trip builder app .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Grindelwald takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen, Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway, Lac de Claus
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Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen

3
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bernina Pass and Piz Corvatsch. Get outdoors at Morteratsch Glacier and Viamala Schlucht. You'll find plenty of places to visit near St. Moritz: Val Roseg (in Pontresina) and Old Town Chur (in Chur). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Piz Nair, take some stellar pictures from Muottas Muragl, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Moritz.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your St. Moritz trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Grindelwald to St. Moritz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in St. Moritz can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pontresina, Viamala, Old Town Chur, Bernina Pass
Highlights from your plan
Muottas Muragl ©
Muottas Muragl
Old Town Chur ©
Old Town Chur
Morteratsch Glacier ©
Morteratsch Glacier

3
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Munot and The Rosengart Collection. Visiting Mt Pilatus and Lake Lucerne will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse, and explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich tour itinerary app .

Drive from St. Moritz to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from St. Moritz in September, expect Zurich to be a bit warmer, temps between 67°F and 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Munot
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Munot ©
Munot
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

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