11 days in Switzerland & Barcelona Itinerary

11 days in Switzerland & Barcelona Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Montreux, Switzerland
— 1 night
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights


Barcelona, Spain — 3 nights

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for sightseeing, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, walk around Parc Guell, and wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip itinerary planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Barcelona is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Riyadh, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Zurich.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 9th (Sat), admire the local landmark of Europuddle, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then take a stroll through Old Town.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Zurich trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Zurich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, Zurich is slightly colder than Barcelona - with highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C. You will leave for Lucerne on the 10th (Sun).
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in the views from Chapel Bridge, then ponder the design of Fontaine du Banneret, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Bachalpsee Lake, then explore the activities along Lake Brienz, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Lucerne are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Montreux.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trips
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Montreux, Switzerland — 1 night

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Montreux road trip planning tool.

Drive from Lucerne to Montreux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.
Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
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Geneva, Switzerland — 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 14th (Thu): ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

To find photos and more tourist information, you can read our Geneva holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Geneva takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Geneva are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Parks · Nature
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Switzerland travel guide

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.