10 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Basel
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Basel
— 1 night
Drive
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Zurich
— 3 nights
Fly
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Lugano
— 1 night
Drive
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Bern
— 1 night
Drive
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Geneva
— 3 nights
Fly

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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 14th (Fri): make a trip to Town Hall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basel Minster, then see the interesting displays at Pantheon Basel, and finally admire the masterpieces at Fondation Beyeler.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Basel online day trip planner.

Washington, USA to Basel is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Basel due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington in May, plan for little chillier days in Basel, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Zurich.
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Zurich — 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get in touch with nature at Mt Pilatus and Lake Zurich. You'll explore and learn at Landesmuseum and Museum Rosengart Collection. Take a break from Zurich with a short trip to Altstadt Luzern in Lucerne, about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), visit Old Town, and see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Zurich trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Basel to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Zurich, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Lugano.
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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 18th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lido San Domenico, then delve into the distant past at Monte San Giorgio, then explore the activities along Lake Lugano, and finally walk around Parco Ciani.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lugano vacation tool.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Lugano takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Lugano can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.
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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.
On the 19th (Wed), examine the collection at Museum of Communication, engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), stop by UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then explore the world behind art at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bern sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Lugano to Bern takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Lugano in May, plan for little chillier nights in Bern, with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Geneva.
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Geneva — 3 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.
Appreciate the collections at Chaplin's World and International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau de Chillon and Eglise du Cloitre. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis, stroll through Plage de Port-Choiseul, and take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Geneva vacation planner.

Getting from Bern to Geneva by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Geneva sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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.
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