18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland Trip Planner
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Zurich
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Zermatt
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Lausanne
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Lugano
— 4 nights
Drive
5
St. Moritz
— 3 nights
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Zurich — 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore hidden gems such as Limmat and Seebad Katzensee. Do your shopping at Confiserie Sprungli and Barenland. Step out of Zurich to go to Pfaeffikon and see Alpamare, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take in the waterfront at Seebad Utoquai, look for gifts at Freitag Shop Zurich, and pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip itinerary maker tool.

Cape Town, South Africa to Zurich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town to Zurich, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, Zurich is a bit warmer than Cape Town - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Zermatt.
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Nature · Parks · Shopping · Theme Parks
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Zermatt — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat, fly down the slopes at Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and then look for gifts at Laderach. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Pollux.

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You can drive from Zurich to Zermatt in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lausanne.
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Lausanne — 3 nights

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Visiting Lac de Neuchatel and Labelplage will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to Chocolatier Blondel or Laduree Lausanne. Change things up with a short trip to Plage de Saint-Aubin in Saint-Aubin (about 1h 10 min away). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Plage de Morges, glide peacefully along the water with Paddle-Center Lutry Beach, and look for gifts at Zara.

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You can drive from Zermatt to Lausanne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Lugano.
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Lugano — 4 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cattedrale di San Lorenzo and Chiesa San Rocco. Step out of the city life by going to Lido di Lugano and Lido Ascona. Venture out of the city with trips to Locarno (Termali Salini & Spa Locarno & Lido Locarno). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Laderach Chocolaterie Suisse, enjoy the sand and surf at Lido di Agno, and explore the activities along Lake Lugano.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lugano online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lausanne to Lugano takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In July in Lugano, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to St. Moritz.
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St. Moritz — 3 nights

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Get outdoors at Lake St. Moritz and Lake of Staz (Lej da Staz). You'll discover tucked-away gems like Caumasee and Galerie Hauser und Wirth. You'll find plenty of places to visit near St. Moritz: Heididorf (in Maienfeld) and Lake Cresta (in Flims).

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our St. Moritz trip builder site.

You can drive from Lugano to St. Moritz in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, St. Moritz is little chillier than Lugano - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
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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