38 days in Switzerland Itinerary

38 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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38 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Sacramento
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Geneva
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Bern
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Grindelwald
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
4
Zermatt
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Appenzell
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Zurich
— 11 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Sacramento

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Geneva: Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux), Lakeside Promenade Fleuri (in Montreux) and Lausanne (Le Port d'Ouchy, Cathedrale de Lausanne, & more). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, get great views at Cathedrale de St-Pierre, ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, and appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation).

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Geneva road trip website .

Sacramento, USA to Geneva is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, subway, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Sacramento to Geneva due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sacramento in September: high temperatures in Geneva hover around 70°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Bern.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Lausanne, Orchidarium, Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, Chateau de Chillon
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

6
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: Frutigen (Lotschberg Base Tunnel & Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke) and Thunersee (in Thun). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, see the interesting displays at Kindermuseum Creaviva, admire the striking features of The Cathedral of Bern, and admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten).

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bern trip maker .

You can drive from Geneva to Bern in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Geneva in September, plan for little chillier nights in Bern, with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Frutigen, Thunersee
Highlights from your plan
Kindermuseum Creaviva ©
Kindermuseum Creaviva
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

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.
When in Grindelwald, make a side trip to see Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway in Wengen, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, and fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Grindelwald online attractions planner .

You can drive from Bern to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway, Schynige Platte
Highlights from your plan
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail

6
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for scenic drive, nature, winter sports, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cruise along Gornergrat, stroll through Murmelweg Wanderung, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hohbalmen, and see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Zermatt journey planner.

Getting from Grindelwald to Zermatt by train takes about 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga

4
nights
Appenzell

Appenzell ©
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Appenzell: Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus) and Santis der Berg (in Urnaesch). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Seealpsee, explore the fascinating underground world of Die WildkirchliHoehlen, sample the tasty concoctions at Appenzeller Bier, Brauerei Locher AG, and take in the awesome beauty at Kronberg.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Appenzell tour itinerary website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zermatt to Appenzell. In September in Appenzell, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Appenzell

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Urnaesch, Wasserauen, Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, Kronberg, Hoher Kasten
Highlights from your plan
Santis der Berg ©
Santis der Berg
Seealpsee ©
Seealpsee
Eggen-Hohenweg ©
Eggen-Hohenweg

11
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lucerne (Altstadt Luzern, Lucerne Station, & more), Interlaken (Harderkulm, Casino Interlaken, & more) and Alpenrose Landscape Gardens (in Wilderswil). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse, take a stroll through Old Town, and head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Zurich day trip tool .

You can drive from Appenzell to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in October, and nighttime lows around 45°F. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Interlaken, Rhine Falls, Titlis
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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