10 days in Lugano & Basel Itinerary

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Fly to Milan Malpensa, Train to Lugano
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Lugano
— 3 nights
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Basel
— 6 nights
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Lugano — 3 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Get some cultural insight at Monte San Giorgio and LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lake Lugano and Santa Maria degli Angioli. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Parco Ciani, make a trip to Centro storico Gandria, pause for some serene contemplation at Parrocchia Cattolica Romana Sacro Cuore, and take some stellar pictures from Monte San Salvatore.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lugano online road trip planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Lugano is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dublin to Lugano. Traveling from Dublin in May, expect Lugano to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Basel.
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Basel — 6 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town and Basel's Old Town. Attractions like Lake Lucerne and Zoo Basel make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Basel: Lucerne (Lion Monument & Chapel Bridge), Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Zurich (Bahnhofstrasse, Lake Zurich, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Basel Minster, look for gifts at Jakob's Basler Leckerly, pause for some serene contemplation at Offene Kirche Elisabethen, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Basel trip builder.

You can drive from Lugano to Basel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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