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.
Attractions like Lake Lugano and Monte San Salvatore make great kid-friendly stops. Do some cultural sightseeing at Monte San Giorgio and Santa Maria degli Angioli. And it doesn't end there: walk around Parco Ciani, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa San Rocco, get to know the fascinating history of Centro storico Gandria, and don't miss a visit to Chiesa di Santa Maria Immacolata.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lugano 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. Traveling from Dublin to Lugano, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in May: high temperatures in Lugano hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Old Town and Basel Minster. Get some cultural insight at Bahnhofstrasse and Carolingian Outer Crypt. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Basel: Lake Zurich (in Zurich), Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Lucerne (Jesuitenkirche & Lake Lucerne). There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at Zoo Basel, hike along Hohle Gasse, stop by Jakob's Basler Leckerly (Manufaktur), and wander the streets of Basel's Old Town.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Basel trip planning app.

Drive from Lugano to Basel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Lugano in June since evenings lows in Basel dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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