20 days in Switzerland & Colombia Itinerary

20 days in Switzerland & Colombia Itinerary

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20 days in Switzerland & Colombia Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
3
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h
4
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h
5
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Zurich, Switzerland


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3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Jungfraujoch and Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Maennlichen and The Eiger Trail. And it doesn't end there: admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, take in the dramatic scenery at Murrenbach Waterfalls, get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg, and explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Grindelwald itinerary planning app .

Zurich to Grindelwald is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen
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Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls

5
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get in touch with nature at Aare Gorge and Mt Pilatus. Relax by the water at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and Ufschotti Park. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken (in Matten bei Interlaken), Lucerne (Lion Monument & Lake Lucerne) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Zurich tour planner .

You can drive from Grindelwald to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Zurich, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lucerne, Interlaken, Aare Gorge
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Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge
Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken ©
Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

3
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Get outdoors at Laguna de Guatavita and Monserrate. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ciclovia de Bogota and Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santodomingo. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), make a trip to Bolivar plaza, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Bogota trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Zurich to Bogota by flight takes about 16 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Zurich to Bogota due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Zurich in August; daily highs in Bogota reach 22°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Laguna de Guatavita
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Ciclovia de Bogota ©
Ciclovia de Bogota
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

3
nights
Santa Marta, Colombia

Santa Marta ©
Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Get in touch with nature at Cristal Beach and Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Parque de Los Novios. There's more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Bogota to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Bogota in August, with highs in Santa Marta at 39°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Step off the beaten path and head to West View and Morgan's Head. Get in touch with nature at Playa de Spratt Bight and Hoyo Soplador. The adventure continues: get outside with Outdoor Activities, look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our San Andres Island attractions planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Santa Marta, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Andres Island, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Morgan's Head
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Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parasailing & Paragliding

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