9 days in Switzerland, Cinque Terre & Black Forest Itinerary

9 days in Switzerland, Cinque Terre & Black Forest Itinerary

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9 days in Switzerland, Cinque Terre & Black Forest Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  12 h
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
St. Gallen, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Ascona, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 15 min
4
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 45 min
5
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Chicago, United States

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Hofkirche, Mt Pilatus, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and make a splash at Swimming Pools Unter Letten.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich tour itinerary maker site.

Chicago, USA to Zurich is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET) is 7 hours. In July, Zurich is slightly colder than Chicago - with highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to St. Gallen.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town

1
night
St. Gallen, Switzerland

St. Gallen ©
The heart of eastern Switzerland, St.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): trek along Eggen-Hohenweg.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the St. Gallen day trip planning app.

Getting from Zurich to St. Gallen by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in St. Gallen are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ascona.

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Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Eggen-Hohenweg
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Eggen-Hohenweg ©
Eggen-Hohenweg

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night
Ascona, Switzerland

Ascona
Ascona is a municipality in the district of Locarno in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland.It is located on the shore of Lake Maggiore.The town is a popular tourist destination, and holds a yearly jazz festival, the Ascona Jazz Festival.HistoryPrehistoric AsconaThe oldest archaeological finds in Ascona go back to the beginnings of Late Bronze Age. To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ascona tour itinerary site.

Getting from St. Gallen to Ascona by car takes about 3 hours. When traveling from St. Gallen in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ascona: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 64°F at night. You will leave for Cinque Terre on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Ascona

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
On the 30th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, then trek along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Doria, and finally take a stroll around Vernazza.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre online route planner.

Getting from Ascona to Cinque Terre by car takes about 5 hours. In July in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

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Castello Doria ©
Castello Doria
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Vernazza ©
Vernazza

1
night
Geneva, Switzerland

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.
On the 31st (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva and then take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de St-Pierre.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Geneva trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Geneva in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Cinque Terre in July, things will get a bit cooler in Geneva: highs are around 81°F and lows about 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Freiburg im Breisgau.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

1
night
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Freiburg im Breisgau ©
In the heart of a major wine-producing region, Freiburg im Breisgau serves as the primary entry point for tours into the scenic Black Forest mountain range.
On the 1st (Sat), contemplate the long history of Freiburger Münster and then find something for the whole family at Europa-Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Freiburg im Breisgau trip planning tool.

You can drive from Geneva to Freiburg im Breisgau in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Freiburg im Breisgau

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Europa-Park
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Europa-Park ©
Europa-Park
Freiburger Münster ©
Freiburger Münster

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