51 days in Switzerland & Punjab Itinerary

51 days in Switzerland & Punjab Itinerary

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51 days in Switzerland & Punjab Itinerary

Start: Amritsar, India
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Lugano, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
4
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
5
Lausanne, Switzerland
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Basel, Switzerland
— 7 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  18 h 15 min
7
Patiala, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Sangrur, India
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Bathinda, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
10
Ludhiana, India
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
11
Jalandhar, India
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
12
Amritsar, India
— 3 nights
End: Amritsar, India

6
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hofkirche and Munot. Jesuitenkirche and Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Old Town Chur (in Chur), Caumasee (in Flims) and Heidiland (in Bad Ragaz). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Rosengart Collection, take an in-depth tour of Bourbaki Panorama, take in the history at Teufelsbrucke, and get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis.

Plan my day in Lucerne using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Amritsar, India to Lucerne is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 4 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Amritsar in May, with highs in Lucerne at 21°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Schaffhausen, Rapperswil, St. Gallen, Glasi Hergiswil, Le Plus Grand Carillon de Suisse
Highlights from your plan
Teufelsbrucke ©
Teufelsbrucke
Munot ©
Munot
Glasi Hergiswil ©
Glasi Hergiswil

6
nights
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Get a sense of the local culture at Castelgrande and Castello di Montebello. Visiting Monte San Salvatore and Monte Bre will get you outdoors. Explore Lugano's surroundings by going to Lungolago Di Ascona (in Ascona), Locarno (Verzasca Dam & Falconeria Locarno) and Bellinzona (Castelli di Bellinzona & Castle of Sasso Corbaro). There's much more to do: stroll around Parco Civico, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cardada, cruise along Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lugano online visit planner .

You can drive from Lucerne to Lugano in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. May in Lugano sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Locarno, Orselina, Isole di Brissago, Lungolago Di Ascona
Highlights from your plan
Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello

4
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Get in touch with nature at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Speed Boats Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum and Kleine Scheidegg. Get out of town with these interesting Interlaken side-trips: Aare Gorge (in Meiringen), The Cathedral of Bern (in Bern) and The Eiger Trail (in Grindelwald). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen, walk around Hohematte Park, admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Brienz.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Interlaken driving holiday planner .

Getting from Lugano to Interlaken by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lugano in May, things will get a bit cooler in Interlaken: highs are around 20°C and lows about 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Kleine Scheidegg, Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, The Cathedral of Bern
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village
Kleine Scheidegg ©
Kleine Scheidegg

6
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Take a break from the city and head to Matterhorn Ski Paradise and Riederalp. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mountaineers' Cemetery and Roemisch-katholische Kirche Tasch. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zermatt: Musee du safran (in Mund), Luftseilbahnen Fiesch-Eggishorn AG (in Fiesch in Valais) and Brig (Stockalper Palace & Simplon Pass). And it doesn't end there: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, learn about all things military at Ecomuseum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf, and take in the views from Hangebrucke Furgangen-Muhlebach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Zermatt online attractions planner .

You can take a train from Interlaken to Zermatt in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Brig, Great St. Bernard Pass, Hangebrucke Furgangen-Muhlebach, Musee du safran, Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf
Highlights from your plan
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery
Aletsch Arena ©
Aletsch Arena
Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf ©
Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf

7
nights
Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Visiting Glacier 3000 and Mont Saleve will get you outdoors. Let the collections at Fondation Pierre Gianadda and Maison Tavel capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Lausanne side-trips: Montreux (Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, Queen Studio Experience, & more), The Bex Salt Mines (in Bex) and Creux du Van (in Neuchatel). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tourbillon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Nicolas, go for a stroll along the water at Le Port d'Ouchy, and explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Vallorbe.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lausanne trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Zermatt to Lausanne by train takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Basel.

Things to do in Lausanne

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Geneva, Martigny, Montreux, Sion, The Bex Salt Mines
Highlights from your plan
Valere Basilica ©
Valere Basilica
Maison Tavel ©
Maison Tavel
Chateau de Tourbillon ©
Chateau de Tourbillon

7
nights
Basel, Switzerland

Basel ©
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.
You'll explore and learn at Fondation Beyeler and Augusta Raurica. Get some historical perspective at Schloss Lenzburg and Murus Gallicus - Der Keltenwall. Change things up with these side-trips from Basel: Etang de la Gruere (in Saignelegier), Chapelle de Vellerat (in Vellerat) and Eglise de Montfaucon (in Montfaucon). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, see the interesting displays at Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel, and get curious at Naturhistorisches Museum Basel.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Basel trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Lausanne to Basel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Patiala.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Eglise de Montfaucon, CHEZ Camille Bloch, Schloss Lenzburg, Fondation Beyeler, Augusta Raurica
Highlights from your plan
Naturhistorisches Museum Basel ©
Naturhistorisches Museum Basel
Augusta Raurica ©
Augusta Raurica
Schloss Lenzburg ©
Schloss Lenzburg

2
nights
Patiala, India

Patiala ©
Patiala is a city in southeastern Punjab, in northern India. On the 17th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Darbar Hall & Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Bir Moti Bagh Sanctuary, then steep yourself in history at Sheesh Mahal, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurdwara Shri Dukhniwaran Sahib, Patiala. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Deer Park, then take in the views from Lachman Jhoola, then contemplate the long history of Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib, and finally make a trip to Aam Khas Bagh.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Patiala online travel route planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Basel to Patiala. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST) is 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sangrur.

Things to do in Patiala

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib, Aam Khas Bagh
Highlights from your plan
Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib ©
Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib
Sheesh Mahal ©
Sheesh Mahal

1
night
Sangrur, India

Sangrur ©
Sangrur is a town in the Indian state of Punjab, India. On the 19th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurdwara Jhira Sahib and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurdwara Nanakiana Sahib.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sangrur visit planner.

You can drive from Patiala to Sangrur in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bathinda.

Things to do in Sangrur

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gurdwara Jhira Sahib ©
Gurdwara Jhira Sahib
Gurdwara Nanakiana Sahib ©
Gurdwara Nanakiana Sahib

2
nights
Bathinda, India

Bathinda ©
Bathinda is a city and Municipal Corporation in Southern part of Punjab.The city, named after the Bhati kings, is one of the oldest cities in Punjab, India and the current administrative headquarters of Bathinda District. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Qila Mubarak, and then steep yourself in history at Bathinda Fort. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Bir Talab zoo, then walk around Bhatinda Zoological Park, and then don't miss a visit to Takht Sri Damdama Sahib.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bathinda trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Sangrur to Bathinda takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Ludhiana.

Things to do in Bathinda

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Rose Garden ©
Rose Garden
Bathinda Fort ©
Bathinda Fort
Takht Sri Damdama Sahib ©
Takht Sri Damdama Sahib

4
nights
Ludhiana, India

Ludhiana ©
Ludhiana is a city and a municipal corporation in Ludhiana district in the Indian state of Punjab, and is the largest city north of Delhi. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lodhi Fort and Sardar Bhagat Singh Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Gurudwara Shri Manji Sahib and Payal Fort. Step out of Ludhiana with an excursion to Maharaja Ranjit Singh Fort in Phillaur--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Deer Park, admire the natural beauty at Nehru Rose Garden, cool off at Hardy's World, and look for gifts at Chaudhry Crockery House.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ludhiana holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Bathinda to Ludhiana in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Jalandhar.

Things to do in Ludhiana

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Maharaja Ranjit Singh Fort, Sardar Bhagat Singh Museum
Highlights from your plan
Nehru Rose Garden ©
Nehru Rose Garden
Sardar Bhagat Singh Museum ©
Sardar Bhagat Singh Museum
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Fort ©
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Fort

2
nights
Jalandhar, India

Jalandhar ©
Jalandhar, formerly known as Jullundur in British India, is a city in the Doaba region of the northwestern Indian state of Punjab. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Moorish Mosque, then admire the natural beauty at Shalimar Gardens, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kanjli Wetlands. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Imam Nassiruddin Mosque, then stop by Lovely Sweets House Pvt Ltd, then make a trip to Rangla Punjab Haveli, and finally get in on the family fun at Nikku Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Jalandhar journey planner.

Traveling by car from Ludhiana to Jalandhar takes 1.5 hours. June in Jalandhar sees daily highs of 45°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Amritsar.

Things to do in Jalandhar

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Kapurthala
Highlights from your plan
Kanjli Wetlands ©
Kanjli Wetlands
Moorish Mosque ©
Moorish Mosque
Rangla Punjab Haveli ©
Rangla Punjab Haveli

3
nights
Amritsar, India

Amritsar ©
A holy city, Amritsar stands as the spiritual and cultural capital of Sikhism, and the location of the religion's most revered and holiest shrine.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Durgiana Temple and Gobindgarh Fort. Get a sense of the local culture at The Partition Museum and Mandir Mata Lal Devi. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, admire the landmark architecture of Akal Takht, see the interesting displays at Virasat-e-Khlasa, and look for gifts at Raunak Punjabi Jutti.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Amritsar trip planner .

Take a train from Jalandhar to Amritsar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 45°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Virasat-e-Khlasa
Highlights from your plan
Gobindgarh Fort ©
Gobindgarh Fort
The Partition Museum ©
The Partition Museum
Mandir Mata Lal Devi
Mandir Mata Lal Devi

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