24 days in Switzerland Itinerary

24 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Start: Dallas
+2
Tram + Foot + Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Basel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
St. Moritz
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Lugano
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Lucerne
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
6
Zermatt
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
7
Geneva
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Tram:  16 h 30 min
End: Dallas

3
nights
Basel

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.
Visit The Cathedral of Bern and St. Ursenkathedrale for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Basel's Old Town and Fondation Beyeler. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Basel: Bern (Kornhausbrucke, Gurten, &more), Lac de Neuchatel (in Neuchatel) and Cathedrale St-Nicolas (in Fribourg). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Basel Paper Mill Museum, explore the world behind art at Jean Tinguely Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Offene Kirche Elisabethen.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Basel journey tool.

Dallas, USA to Basel is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of tram and flight. You can also do a combination of tram, flight, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Dallas to Basel, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Basel is a bit cooler than Dallas - with highs of 81°F and lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bern, Fondation Beyeler, Lac de Neuchatel, St. Ursenkathedrale, Cathedrale St-Nicolas
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Basel's Old Town ©
Basel's Old Town
Cathedrale St-Nicolas ©
Cathedrale St-Nicolas
Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler

3
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
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Explore hidden gems such as Lake St. Moritz and Muottas Muragl. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town Chur and Church of San Gian. Go for a jaunt from St. Moritz to Pontresina to see Val Roseg about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Morteratsch Glacier, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Piz Nair, take some stellar pictures from Diavolezza, and appreciate the views at Engadine.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our St. Moritz day trip planning site.

Drive from Basel to St. Moritz in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Basel in July; daily highs in St. Moritz reach 69°F and lows reach 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Lugano.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pontresina, Church of San Gian, Bernina Pass, Old Town Chur
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Old Town Chur ©
Old Town Chur
Morteratsch Glacier ©
Morteratsch Glacier
Muottas Muragl ©
Muottas Muragl

2
nights
Lugano

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Lido di Lugano, then step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande, then explore the historical opulence of Castelli di Bellinzona, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello di Montebello. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Castle of Sasso Corbaro, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso, then stroll through Monte San Salvatore, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria degli Angioli.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Lugano trip planner.

Drive from St. Moritz to Lugano in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, Lugano is somewhat warmer than St. Moritz - with highs of 83°F and lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Lugano

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso
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Lido di Lugano ©
Lido di Lugano
Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello
Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande

3
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum and Schloss Thun. Explore hidden gems such as Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Hofkirche. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lucerne: Lake Brienz (in Brienz) and Aare Gorge (in Meiringen). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne journey planning site.

Getting from Lugano to Lucerne by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, Lucerne is slightly colder than Lugano - with highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, Schloss Thun, Lake Brienz, Aare Gorge, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
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Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum ©
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge

3
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kleine Scheidegg and Landmauer Gamsen. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oeschinen Lake and Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway. Go for a jaunt from Grindelwald to Wengen to see Swiss Made Shop Wengen about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Maennlichen and admire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Village.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald journey maker.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Grindelwald takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Landmauer Gamsen, Oeschinen Lake, Kleine Scheidegg
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Staubbach Waterfall ©
Staubbach Waterfall
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village

3
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau de Tourbillon and Parish Church of St. Mauritius. Explore hidden gems such as Glacier 3000 and Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zermatt: The Bex Salt Mines (in Bex) and Sion (Place de la Planta & Valere Basilica). The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, don't miss a visit to Roemisch-katholische Kirche Tasch, stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, and examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt online visit planner.

Take a train from Grindelwald to Zermatt in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Sion, The Bex Salt Mines, Glacier 3000, Roemisch-katholische Kirche Tasch
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Glacier 3000 ©
Glacier 3000
Valere Basilica ©
Valere Basilica
Chateau de Tourbillon ©
Chateau de Tourbillon

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.
Popular historic sites such as Corniche Lavaux Vineyards and Maison Tavel are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mont Saleve and Creux du Van. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Geneva: Fondation Pierre Gianadda (in Martigny), Rochers-de-Naye (in Montreux) and Grottes de Vallorbe (in Vallorbe). There's lots more to do: visit Vieux-Carouge, explore the world behind art at Collection de l'Art Brut, delve into the distant past at Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral, and examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Geneva visit planner.

You can take a train from Zermatt to Geneva in 4 hours. In August, daytime highs in Geneva are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Montreux, Vieux-Carouge, HR Giger Museum, Creux du Van, Fondation Pierre Gianadda
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Grottes de Vallorbe ©
Grottes de Vallorbe
Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards ©
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards

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