18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Zurich
— 3 nights
Drive
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Appenzell
— 1 night
Drive
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Grindelwald
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bern
— 2 nights
Drive
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Geneva
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montreux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zermatt
— 3 nights
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Drive to Verbania,Intra, Ferry to Laveno, Drive to Lugano
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Lugano
— 2 nights
Bus to Milan Malpensa, Fly to Cairo

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Zurich — 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Step out of the city life by going to Mt Pilatus and Lake Zurich. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Town and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Rigi, Lake Lucerne, &more), Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall) and Seebad Mit Strand Am Vierwaldstattersee (in Kuessnacht am Rigi). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Seebad Eich, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, and stroll through Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich holiday builder.

Cairo, Egypt to Zurich is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Zurich is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Cairo in August: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 28°C and lows are around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Appenzell.
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Appenzell — 1 night

Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church, take in the awesome beauty at Santis der Berg, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kronberg, then stop by Appenzeller Schaukaserei, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Landsgemeindeplatz.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Appenzell road trip app.

You can drive from Zurich to Appenzell in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald — 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Luftseilbahn Wengen-Mannlichen, and then hike along The Eiger. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, then explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, and then hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Appenzell to Grindelwald takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bern.
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Bern — 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): kick back and relax at Schwimmbad Merligen, then explore the fascinating underground world of St. Beatus Hoehlen, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally cruise along BOHAG Helikopterrundflug. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Central Railroad Station, engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), shop like a local with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and finally explore the activities along Aare River.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bern tour planning tool.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Geneva.
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Geneva — 2 nights

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 15th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis, then ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Port-Choiseul, kick back and relax at Plage de Celigny, then ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, and finally see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva vacation planner.

You can drive from Bern to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Montreux.
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Montreux — 2 nights

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 17th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, then awaken your taste buds at Swiss Riviera Wine Tours, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Chateau de Grandson, then stroll through Plage des Pins, then do a tasting at Terres de Lavaux, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Lac Alpin De Champex.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Montreux trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Geneva to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt — 3 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Get some cultural insight at Mountaineers' Cemetery and Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Popular historic sites such as Kapelle Gornergrat "Bernhard von Aosta" and Intercontinental Church Society are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, look for gifts at Laderach, and explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Montreux to Zermatt in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lugano.
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Lugano — 2 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Valle Verzasca, then stroll through Bagno Pubblico Ascona, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa dei Santi Fedele e Simone, and finally stroll through Monte San Giorgio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): stroll through Lido San Domenico, stroll through Lido di Lugano, and then kick back and relax at Lido di Agno.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lugano vacation builder site.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Zermatt to Lugano in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and tram. August in Lugano sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel 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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