30 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva Cointrin International Airport, Drive to Montreux
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Montreux
— 4 nights
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Zermatt
— 5 nights
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Interlaken
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lugano
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lucerne
— 6 nights
Drive
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Basel
— 2 nights
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Geneva
— 4 nights
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Montreux — 4 nights

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Bring the kids along to Chateau de Chillon and Steed Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Glacier 3000 and Creux du Van. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montreux: The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) (in Lausanne), Musee du Tram (in Boudry) and Grottes de Vallorbe (in Vallorbe). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Chaplin's World, appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue, identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle des Grangettes, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Historical village of Saanen.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Montreux journey site.

Washington, USA to Montreux is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt — 5 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Gornergrat and Sunnegga. Take a break from the city and head to The Matterhorn and Aletsch Glacier. Next up on the itinerary: have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt, go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse, stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, and explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Zermatt journey maker tool.

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 22nd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Interlaken.
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Interlaken — 4 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.
Visiting Parasailing & Paragliding and Lauterbrunnen Village will get you outdoors. When in Interlaken, make a side trip to see Grindelwald-First in Grindelwald, approximately Grindelwald away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Schlosskirche, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen, and stop by Swiss Chocolate Chalet.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Interlaken day trip tool.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Interlaken takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Interlaken sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lugano.
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Lugano — 4 nights

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. Bring the kids along to Monte San Salvatore and The Olive Grove Trail. Get in touch with nature at Monte San Giorgio and The Froda Waterfall. Venture out of the city with trips to Valle Verzasca (in Lavertezzo), Cascata della Piumogna (in Faido) and Cardada (in Orselina). It doesn't end there: stroll through Monte Bre and admire the sheer force of Waterfall of Foroglio.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lugano journey planner.

Drive from Interlaken to Lugano in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, Lugano is a bit warmer than Interlaken - with highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne — 6 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Bring the kids along to Lake Lucerne and Rigi. Escape the urban bustle at Mt Pilatus and Uetliberg Mountain. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucerne: Zurich (Lake Zurich, Old Town, &more) and Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Chapel Bridge, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden Lucerne (Gletschergarten), don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers, and pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lucerne trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Lugano to Lucerne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Lugano in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lucerne: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Basel.
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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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Basel and then take an exotic tour of SwissSafari GmbH. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Town Hall, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basel Minster, and then walk around Birskopfli.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Basel trip builder.

Drive from Lucerne to Basel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Basel can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Geneva.
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Geneva — 4 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Lake Geneva and Bains des Paquis. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Geneva Water Fountain and International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Anglais.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Geneva trip planner.

Traveling by car from Basel to Geneva takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in June, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) 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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