12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Valparaiso
Fly:  18​h
1
Lucerne
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Bern
— 3 nights
3
Geneva
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Zurich
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Valparaiso

1
night
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), then don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, take in breathtaking views at Aare Gorge, and then explore the world behind art at The Rosengart Collection.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne road trip site .

Valparaiso, USA to Lucerne is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Valparaiso in April; daily highs in Lucerne reach 59°F and lows reach 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Uferpromenade Weggis, Aare Gorge
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge
Uferpromenade Weggis ©
Uferpromenade Weggis

3
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Get in touch with nature at Adelboden and Stockhorn. Take a break from Bern with a short trip to Gemmi Pass in Kandersteg, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, and admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten).

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bern online tour builder .

You can take a train from Lucerne to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. April in Bern sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Stockhorn, Adelboden, Gemmi Pass
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Gemmi Pass ©
Gemmi Pass
Adelboden ©
Adelboden
Stockhorn ©
Stockhorn

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take advantage of the amenities at Bains des Paquis, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, then wander the streets of Vieux-Carouge, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva driving holiday tool .

You can drive from Bern to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in April, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Geneva

Spas Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Vieux-Carouge
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Spas
Vieux-Carouge ©
Vieux-Carouge
Bains des Paquis ©
Bains des Paquis

4
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Take a break from the city and head to Lake Zurich and Zurich Succulent Plant Collection. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Altstadt Schaffhausen and Confiserie Sprungli. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, stroll around Park Seleger Moor, and pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Zurich trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Geneva to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In April in Zurich, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 41°F at night. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Park Seleger Moor, Altstadt Schaffhausen
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Altstadt Schaffhausen ©
Altstadt Schaffhausen
Old Town ©
Old Town

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