10 days in Canton of Bern & Geneva Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Grindelwald
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Grindelwald — 1 night

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
On the 14th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall and then admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle. Keep things going the next day: get great views at First Cliff Walk by Tissot, fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First, and then explore the activities along Lake Brienz.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Grindelwald online trip planner.

Washington, USA to Grindelwald is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Washington to Grindelwald, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bern.
Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors
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Bern — 4 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Chillon and Gruyeres Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Bern side-trips: Magdalena Hermitage (in Dudingen), Freddie Mercury Statue (in Montreux) and Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey). And it doesn't end there: visit UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, see the interesting displays at Museum of Communication, explore the world behind art at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Bern driving holiday planner.

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 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Geneva.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums
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Geneva — 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum. Step out of Geneva with an excursion to The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) in Lausanne--about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall, examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, and don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Geneva tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Bern to Geneva by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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Canton of Bern travel guide

Mountains · Parasailing & Paragliding · Lookouts
The Canton of Bern is home to a diverse landscape of plateaus, breathtaking mountains, waterfalls, and lakes. In the capital city you'll find the Old Town, built in a loop of the river Aare. Its sandstone houses, narrow streets, fountains, and medieval atmosphere have earned it World Heritage Status. Sightseeing stops on your itinerary include the 101 m (331 ft) high platform at the Rose Garden, the bear family at Bear Park, and the Houses of Parliament that often open their doors to tourists. Shop the 6 km (3.7 mi) long covered medieval promenade, the longest shopping arcade in Europe. The boutiques, bars, and cabaret stages, some housed in vaulted cellars, are among Bern's other tourist attractions. Outside of the capital city, hike valleys and foothills, or take on the staggeringly steep mountain cliffs by ski or snowboard.