10 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Geneva — 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 14th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, then get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, and finally see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Geneva travel planner.

Washington, USA to Geneva is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. In May, Geneva is little chillier than Washington - with highs of 66°F and lows of 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lugano.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
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Lugano — 1 night

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lake Lugano as well as Parco Ciani. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Parco Archeologico di Tremona-Castello, then steep yourself in history at Monte San Giorgio, then explore the activities along Lake Lugano, and finally stroll around Parco Ciani.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lugano trip builder.

You can drive from Geneva to Lugano in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. May in Lugano sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Old Town and Jesuitenkirche are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Zurich (Lake Zurich, Landesmuseum, &more). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, pause for some serene contemplation at Markuskirche, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, and appreciate the history behind Lion Monument.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lucerne journey planner.

Traveling by car from Lugano to Lucerne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lugano in May, expect nights in Lucerne to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Basel.
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Basel — 1 night

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 day by day itinerary now includes Town Hall as well as Basel Minster. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Town Hall, then wander the streets of Basel's Old Town, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basel Minster, and finally explore the world behind art at Fondation Beyeler.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Basel day trip tool.

You can drive from Lucerne to Basel in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bern.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
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Bern — 1 night

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, then wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then examine the collection at Museum of Communication, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bern travel planning website.

Drive from Basel to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Montreux.
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Montreux — 1 night

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 22nd (Sat), have fun and explore at Chaplin's World and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Montreux trip planner.

Getting from Bern to Montreux by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.