8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly
1
Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Basel
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Geneva
— Few hours
Fly
4
Zurich
— 2 nights
Fly

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Lucerne

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): visit Altstadt Luzern. On the next day, explore the activities along Lac de Claus.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lucerne trip itinerary builder.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Lucerne is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Lucerne, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Johannesburg in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Lucerne: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Basel.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

2
nights
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.
On the 5th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ursenkathedrale, then get behind the scenes at Chocolat Frey Visitor Center, and then explore the galleries of Augusta Raurica.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Basel trip planner.

Drive from Lucerne to Basel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. You'll set off for Geneva on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Basel

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

few
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Geneva

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.
On the 6th (Wed), stop by Auer Chocolatier and then explore the wide array of goods at Centre Commercial de Balexert.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Geneva trip planner.

Traveling by car from Basel to Geneva takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Geneva, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Geneva

Shopping
Highlights from your trip

2
nights
Zurich

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, then kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, and then look for gifts at Confiserie Sprungli. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and then visit Old Town.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich visit website.

You can fly from Geneva to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Zurich sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Beaches

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.