20 days in Switzerland & Chamonix Itinerary

20 days in Switzerland & Chamonix Itinerary

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20 days in Switzerland & Chamonix Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong, China
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
4
Chamonix, France
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 15​min
5
Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Hong Kong, China

3
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
When in Lucerne, make a side trip to see Titlis in Engelberg, approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, take in the views from Spreuer Bridge, pause for some serene contemplation at Hofkirche, and appreciate the history behind Lion Monument.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lucerne holiday app .

Hong Kong, China to Lucerne is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Hong Kong Time (HKT) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 7 hours. In October, Lucerne is cooler than Hong Kong - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trip

Titlis
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge

4
nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Grindelwald is known for winter sports, nature, trails, adventure, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Jungfraujoch, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, and hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First.

Plan a Grindelwald trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Lucerne to Grindelwald by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for nature, winter sports, museums, historic sites, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, and make a trip to Mountaineers' Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Zermatt itinerary maker site .

You can take a train from Grindelwald to Zermatt in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Chamonix.

Things to do in Zermatt

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School ©
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga

1
night
Chamonix, France

Chamonix ©
"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): hit the slopes at Brevent Cable Car and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Chamonix Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Glacier des Bossons, take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, then take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void, and finally stroll through Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Chamonix trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Chamonix in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
Parasailing & Paragliding
Glacier des Bossons ©
Glacier des Bossons

3
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Geneva side-trips: Lausanne (The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) & Cathedrale de Lausanne). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Geneva trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Chamonix to Geneva in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lausanne
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
When in Zurich, make a side trip to see Rhine Falls in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and wander the streets of Old Town.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Zurich route planner.

Fly from Geneva to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rhine Falls
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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