14 days in Switzerland, Chamonix & Cinque Terre Itinerary

14 days in Switzerland, Chamonix & Cinque Terre Itinerary

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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Chamonix, France
— 3 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 4th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Sattel Hochstuckli, explore the fascinating underground world of Hollgrotten, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden Lucerne (Gletschergarten). On the next day, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, and finally admire the landmark architecture of KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne tour planning website.

Perth, Australia to Lucerne is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Perth in July: high temperatures in Lucerne hover around 29°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 2 nights

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
On the 6th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger, trek along Maennlichen Royal Walk, and then hike along Maennlichen Romantic Trail. On your second day here, trek along Grosse Scheidegg, take in the awesome beauty at The Wetterhorn, and then fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald travel planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Grindelwald takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 3 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 8th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at 5 Lakes Walk, then take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally tour along fresh powder with FLEXRENT Snow Sports Rental. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Marmot Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Stellisee, then stroll through Riffelsee, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Zermatt trip app.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.
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Chamonix, France — 3 nights

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Brevent Cable Car and Grand Balcon Nord : Plan de l'Aiguille du Midi - Montenvers. Escape the urban bustle at Aiguille du Midi and Parasailing & Paragliding. Step out of Chamonix with an excursion to Desert de Plate in Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval--about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at eBike Chamonix, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Cornu, look for all kinds of wild species at Aiguilles Rouges, and trek along La Jonction.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Chamonix trip planner.

You can drive from Zermatt to Chamonix in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cinque Terre.
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Cinque Terre, Italy — 2 nights

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Get outdoors at Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours and La Vela BeachClub. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bagno Brunella e Ada Beach and Cave di Marmo Tours. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Sentiero Vernazza a Corniglia and stroll through Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre online travel planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Cinque Terre in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Cinque Terre sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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.
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