7 days in Lugano & Basel Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Lugano
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Lugano
— 1 night
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Basel
— 4 nights
Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to Washington

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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 Parco Ciani as well as Lake Lugano. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant' Antonio Abate, explore the activities along Lake Lugano, and then stroll around Parco Ciani.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Lugano route planner.

Washington, USA to Lugano is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Lugano due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in April, and nighttime lows around 46°F. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll travel 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Town Hall as well as Basel Minster. Get out of town with these interesting Basel side-trips: Chapel Bridge (in Lucerne), Historisches Museum Baden (in Baden) and Zurich (Lake Zurich, ARTBOX.GALLERY, &more). The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Basel, admire the natural beauty at Merian Garten, stop by Johann Wanner, and stop by Basel's Old Town.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Basel online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Lugano to Basel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lugano in April, Basel is a bit cooler at night with lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.
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