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 18th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria degli Angioli and then take some stellar pictures from Monte San Salvatore. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Parrocchia Cattolica Romana Sacro Cuore, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, and then walk around Parco Ciani.

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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. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. In May, Lugano is a bit warmer than Dublin - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Basel: Zurich (Lake Zurich & Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich), Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Lucerne (Chapel Bridge, Lake Lucerne, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Basel Minster, get to know the resident critters at Zoo Basel, admire the natural beauty at Merian Garten, and stop by Jakob's Basler Leckerly (Manufaktur).

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Basel tour planner.

You can drive from Lugano to Basel in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May in Basel, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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