15 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
Train
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Interlaken
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lugano
— 1 night
Drive
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Lucerne
— 5 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.
To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Montreux road trip planner.

Washington, USA to Montreux is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Washington to Montreux, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and then explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Breithorn, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Gornergrat.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Zermatt trip planner.

Getting from Montreux to Zermatt by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Interlaken.
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Interlaken — 2 nights

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Harderkulm, then look for gifts at Buchhandlung Boedeli, and then appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, then appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Interlaken road trip planning app.

Take a train from Zermatt to Interlaken in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive 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): take some stellar pictures from Monte San Salvatore, delve into the distant past at Monte San Giorgio, then explore the activities along Lake Lugano, and finally walk around Parco Ciani.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lugano online trip builder.

Drive from Interlaken to Lugano in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, Lugano is somewhat warmer than Interlaken - with highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne — 5 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Attractions like Lake Lucerne and Titlis make great kid-friendly stops. Get outdoors at Mt Pilatus and Uetliberg Mountain. Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall) and Zurich (Loorenkopf Aussichtsturm, Lake Zurich, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Rigi, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Garden Lucerne (Gletschergarten), appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip planning tool.

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 slightly colder (65°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car 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. On the 25th (Tue), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Basel, contemplate the long history of Basel Minster, then admire the landmark architecture of Predigerkirche, and finally make a trip to Town Hall.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Basel trip planner.

Getting from Lucerne to Basel by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time 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.
On the 26th (Wed), don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and then explore the activities along Lake Geneva. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève and then take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre.

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Getting from Basel to Geneva by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Geneva sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (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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