10 days in Lugano & Basel Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland holiday planner
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Monte San Giorgio and Chiesa di Santa Maria Immacolata. Attractions like Lake Lugano and Santa Maria degli Angioli make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: walk around Parco Ciani, explore the world behind art at LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura, stroll through Monte Bre, and make a trip to Centro storico Gandria.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lugano online trip itinerary 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. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in June; daily highs in Lugano reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. You will leave for Basel on the 5th (Sun).
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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.
Old Town and Bahnhofstrasse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Bring the kids along to Lake Lucerne and Lake Zurich. Venture out of the city with trips to Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich (in Zurich), Lucerne (Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, Lion Monument, &more) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Basel Minster, wander the streets of Basel's Old Town, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and stop by Jakob's Basler Leckerly (Manufaktur).

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Basel tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lugano to Basel in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Lugano in June since evenings lows in Basel dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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