25 days in Switzerland Itinerary

25 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Milan Malpensa, Train to Lugano
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Lugano
— 2 nights
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Lucerne
— 5 nights
Drive
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Basel
— 1 night
Drive
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Bern
— 4 nights
Drive
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Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zermatt
— 4 nights
Drive
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Montreux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Geneva
— 3 nights
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Lugano

— 2 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Venture out of the city with trips to Valle Verzasca (in Lavertezzo), Brissago Islands (in Brissago) and The Froda Waterfall (in Sonogno). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, take in the awesome beauty at Monte San Salvatore, walk around Parco Ciani, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lido San Domenico.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lugano planning website.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Lugano is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Jeddah to Lugano due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Jeddah, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Lugano, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lucerne

— 5 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucerne: Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall), Munot (in Schaffhausen) and Zurich (Limmat, Old Town, &more). Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Mt Pilatus, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, take in the awesome beauty at Titlis, and explore the activities along Lake Lucerne.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne tour planner.

Traveling by car from Lugano to Lucerne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lugano in July: high temperatures in Lucerne hover around 29°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Basel.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Basel

— 1 night
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): make a trip to Rathaus, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Basel, then contemplate the long history of Basel Minster, and finally explore the world behind art at Jean Tinguely Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Basel trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Basel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Basel

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Bern

— 4 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Get out of town with these interesting Bern side-trips: St. Beatus Hoehlen (in Sundlauenen), La Combe Tabeillon (in Glovelier) and Interlaken (Rom.-Katholische Kirchgemeinde, Parasailing & Paragliding, &more). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Thunersee, look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and make a trip to Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bern vacation planner.

Drive from Basel to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Bern are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Grindelwald

— 3 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grindelwald: Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway (in Wengen) and Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli (in Gimmelwald). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, trek along The Eiger, look for all kinds of wild species at Maennlichen, and admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald tour itinerary site.

You can drive from Bern to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Zermatt

— 4 nights
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, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, explore the activities along Riffelsee, get great views at Gornergrat, and trek along 5-Seenweg.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Zermatt online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Grindelwald to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Montreux

— 2 nights
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Chateau de Chillon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise du Cloitre, then examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), and finally have fun and explore at Chaplin's World. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): stroll around Riserva naturale Les Grangettes, then glide through natural beauty at Glacier 3000, and then see some colorful creatures with Go-Diving.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Montreux trip builder website.

You can drive from Zermatt to Montreux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Montreux

Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Geneva

— 3 nights

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.
Geneva is known for nature, museums, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, make a trip to Palais des Nations, Genève, stroll around Le Jardin Anglais, and appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Geneva online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Montreux to Geneva by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. July in Geneva sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.