17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Faisalabad
Fly:  27​h
Zermatt
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
Geneva
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Basel
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
Lucerne
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
Zurich
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
Faisalabad

3
days
Zermatt

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 16th (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, get great views at Gornergrat, see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Zermatt vacation builder.

Faisalabad, Pakistan to Zermatt is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pakistan Time (PKT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Geneva.

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Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat

3
days
Geneva

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
When in Geneva, make a side trip to see Chateau de Chillon in Montreux, approximately 1h 30 min away. Spend the 19th (Tue) exploring at Lake Geneva. And it doesn't end there: ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, and see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva itinerary planner.

Take a train from Zermatt to Geneva in 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Basel.

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Chillon Castle
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Lake Geneva
Chillon Castle
The Geneva Water Fountain

2
days
Basel

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Church and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Zoo Basel. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basel Minster, then explore the venue of Goetheanum, then don't miss a visit to Rathaus (Municipio), and finally wander the streets of Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel.

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Traveling by car from Geneva to Basel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In September in Basel, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Lucerne.

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Goetheanum
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Zoo Basel
Basel Minster
Rathaus (Municipio)

4
days
Lucerne

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: Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls (in Lauterbrunnen), Bumblebee-Hanggliding (in Matten bei Interlaken) and Interlaken (Harderkulm & Parasailing & Paragliding). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke), explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, and appreciate the history behind Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument.

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You can take a train from Basel to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

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Nature Parks Outdoors

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Interlaken, Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
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Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne
Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke)

3
days
Zurich

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Step out of Zurich with an excursion to Rhine Falls in Neuhausen--about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church, and admire the masterpieces at Kunsthaus.

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Traveling by car from Lucerne to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Zurich, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

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Nature Parks Museums

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Rhine Falls
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Lake Zurich
Old Town (Altstadt)
Kunsthaus

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