10 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva Cointrin International Airport, Drive to Montreux
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Montreux
— 1 night
Drive
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lucerne
— 3 nights
Drive
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Basel
— 1 night
Drive
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Geneva
— 2 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): examine the collection at Chaplin's World, examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, and finally pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Montreux online road trip planner.

Washington, USA to Montreux is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Montreux. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society, look for gifts at Laderach, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Gornergrat.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Zermatt day trip planner.

You can drive from Montreux to Zermatt in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zurich (Bahnhofstrasse, Old Town, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi, admire the striking features of KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre, and see the interesting displays at Bourbaki Panorama.

Before you visit Lucerne, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Zermatt to Lucerne by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Offene Kirche Elisabethen, contemplate the long history of Basel Minster, then contemplate the long history of Wartenberg, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dom von Arlesheim.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Basel trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Basel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Basel can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Geneva.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Geneva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and then see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Geneva trip itinerary site.

Drive from Basel to Geneva in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in April, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can 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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