10 days in Lugano & Basel Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Lugano
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Lugano
— 4 nights
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Basel
— 5 nights
Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to Washington

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chiesa di Santa Maria di Loreto and Museo Cantonale di Storia Naturale. Kids will enjoy Lake Lugano and Santa Maria degli Angioli. Take a break from Lugano with a short trip to La Chiesa Di San Giovanni Battista in Mogno, about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, take some stellar pictures from Monte Bre, stroll around Parco Ciani, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa San Rocco.

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Washington, USA to Lugano is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Lugano, with lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Basel.
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Basel — 5 nights

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.
Attractions like Basel Minster and Old Town make great kid-friendly stops. Bahnhofstrasse and Basel Paper Mill - Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Basel: Lake Zurich (in Zurich) and Historisches Museum Baden (in Baden). There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Zoo Basel, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, don't miss a visit to Town Hall, and see the interesting displays at Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel.

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Traveling by car from Lugano to Basel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Basel are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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