13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Basel
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Basel
— 2 nights
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St. Gallen
— 1 night
Drive
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Lugano
— 1 night
Drive
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Lucerne
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bern
— 2 nights
Drive
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Geneva
— 2 nights
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Basel — 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Town Hall as well as Basel Minster. On the 16th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Fondation Beyeler, explore the ancient world of Augusta Raurica, then explore the galleries of Wildegg Castle, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Turm in Regensberg. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Town Hall, examine the collection at Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel, then contemplate the long history of Basel Minster, and finally see the interesting displays at Pantheon Basel.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Basel online trip builder.

Washington, USA to Basel is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Basel. Traveling from Washington in May, you will find days in Basel are slightly colder (67°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to St. Gallen.
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St. Gallen — 1 night

The heart of eastern Switzerland, St.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte, admire the landmark architecture of Kathedrale St.Gallen, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church, then see the interesting displays at Museum Appenzell, and finally examine the collection at Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read our St. Gallen holiday builder.

Drive from Basel to St. Gallen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car 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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): kick back and relax at Lido di Lugano, stroll around Parco Ciani, then explore the activities along Lake Lugano, and finally explore the ancient world of Monte San Giorgio.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lugano route maker site.

You can drive from St. Gallen to Lugano in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of tram and train; or take a bus. In May in Lugano, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lucerne.
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Lucerne — 4 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Bahnhofstrasse and Altstadt Luzern. Visiting Mt Pilatus and Glacier Garden Lucerne (Gletschergarten) will get you outdoors. Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Zurich (Old Town, Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, &more). There's lots more to do: see the sky in a new way at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, take an in-depth tour of Bourbaki Panorama, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

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Drive from Lugano to Lucerne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lugano in May, you will find days in Lucerne are little chillier (65°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.
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Bern — 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then buy something for everyone on your list at Central Railroad Station, and finally see the interesting displays at Chaplin's World. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bern visit planner.

Getting from Lucerne to Bern by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May in Bern, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to 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 26th (Wed): examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis, then ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and finally see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Port-Choiseul.

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You can drive from Bern to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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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