17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland trip planner
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Fly
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Geneva
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zermatt
— 4 nights
Train
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Bern
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Grindelwald
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lucerne
— 3 nights
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Geneva — 2 nights

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, then walk around Jardin Anglais, then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Geneva and then examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Geneva online trip itinerary builder.

Reno, USA to Geneva is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Reno to Geneva, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Reno in August, expect nights in Geneva to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt — 4 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for sightseeing, nature, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat, examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, stroll through Riffelsee, and tour along fresh powder with Sunnegga.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt vacation planning website.

You can drive from Geneva to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Bern.
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Bern — 2 nights

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): stroll around Gurten, look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, then explore the activities along Aare River, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at Rathaus Bern, then explore the activities along Thunersee, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and finally wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bern online tour planner.

Take a train from Zermatt to Bern in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Bern are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald — 4 nights

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Take a break from Grindelwald with a short trip to Lake Brienz in Brienz, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, and trek along The Eiger.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Grindelwald day trip planner.

You can drive from Bern to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Titlis (in Engelberg) and Zurich (Old Town, Bahnhofstrasse, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, hit the slopes at Mt Pilatus, and appreciate the history behind Lion Monument.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lucerne online travel route planner.

Getting from Grindelwald to Lucerne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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.
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