7 days in Lugano & Basel Itinerary

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Fly to Milan Malpensa, Train to Lugano
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Lugano
— 2 nights
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Basel
— 4 nights
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Lugano — 2 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stroll through Monte Bre, get a new perspective on nature at Museo Cantonale di Storia Naturale, and then don't miss a visit to Piazza della Riforma. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Monte San Salvatore, explore the activities along Lake Lugano, and then walk around Parco Ciani.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lugano planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Lugano is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from Dublin to Lugano, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in June; daily highs in Lugano reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Basel.
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Basel — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Basel: Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Harderkulm), Lucerne (Lion Monument & Chapel Bridge) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, get to know the resident critters at Zoo Basel, explore the ancient world of Carolingian Outer Crypt, and get engrossed in the history at Basel Historical Museum - Haus zum Kirschgarten.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Basel travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lugano to Basel in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lugano in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Basel. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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