10 days in Lugano & Basel Itinerary

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Fly to Milan Malpensa, Train to Lugano
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Lugano
— 4 nights
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Basel
— 5 nights
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Monte San Giorgio and Chiesa di Santa Maria Immacolata. Bring the kids along to Lake Lugano and Parco Ciani. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Monte San Salvatore, explore the world behind art at LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura, stroll through Monte Bre, and learn more about the world around you at Museo Cantonale di Storia Naturale.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lugano sightseeing 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. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in May; daily highs in Lugano reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow 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.
Kids will enjoy Old Town and Lake Lucerne. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basel Minster and Basel's Old Town. Get out of town with these interesting Basel side-trips: Mt Pilatus (in Kriens), Zurich (Bahnhofstrasse, Lake Zurich, &more) and Lucerne (Lion Monument & Verkehrshaus der Schweiz). The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Basel, look for gifts at Jakob's Basler Leckerly (Manufaktur), examine the collection at Museum Kleines Klingental, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Offene Kirche Elisabethen.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Basel holiday planning website.

Drive from Lugano to Basel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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