12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland route maker

Make it your trip
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Lucerne
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bern
— 3 nights
Train
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Zermatt
— 1 night
Drive
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Montreux
— 1 night
Drive
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Geneva
— 3 nights
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Lucerne

— 3 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Zurich (Old Town, Bahnhofstrasse, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, admire the striking features of KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre, wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, and fly down the slopes at Mt Pilatus.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lucerne day trip planning site.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Lucerne is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Lucerne is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in December: high temperatures in Lucerne hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

Bern

— 3 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Explore Bern's surroundings by going to Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Harderkulm). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, make a trip to Bundesplatz, take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, and admire the striking features of The Cathedral of Bern.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bern trip maker.

You can drive from Lucerne to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zermatt

— 1 night
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 8th (Wed), take in panoramic vistas at Trockener Steg, then see what you can catch with Fly Fish Zermatt, and then take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Zermatt trip itinerary website.

You can take a train from Bern to Zermatt in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Montreux

— 1 night
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 9th (Thu), take in the pleasant sights at Montreux Lakeside, then appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon.

Discover how to plan a Montreux trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Zermatt to Montreux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Geneva

— 3 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.
Geneva is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Anglais, and get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Geneva journey planner.

You can drive from Montreux to Geneva in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
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.