11 days in Switzerland Itinerary

11 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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11 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Santa Maria
Fly:  22​h
1
Zurich
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Lucerne
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Lugano
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Locarno
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Interlaken
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Bern
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Geneva
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Santa Maria

2
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, then explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich road trip planning tool .

Santa Maria, USA to Zurich is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Santa Maria to Zurich is 9 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Santa Maria in March, with highs in Zurich at 52°F and lows at 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

1
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Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the views from Chapel Bridge, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Markuskirche, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lucerne online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Lugano.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge

1
night
Lugano

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): walk around Parco Civico, then have some family-friendly fun at Transfinity, then explore the activities along Lake Lugano, and finally take some stellar pictures from Monte San Salvatore.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lugano trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Lucerne to Lugano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. March in Lugano sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Locarno.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Fun & Games
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Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Parco Civico ©
Parco Civico
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore

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night
Locarno

Locarno ©
Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Michele, then make a trip to Piazza G. Motta, and then head outdoors with Indepth Outthere Adventures.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Locarno online route planner .

You can drive from Lugano to Locarno in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Locarno sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Locarno

Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Piazza G. Motta
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Chiesa di San Michele ©
Chiesa di San Michele
Piazza G. Motta ©
Piazza G. Motta

1
night
Interlaken

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stop by Swiss Chocolate Chalet, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, then head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm.

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Traveling by car from Locarno to Interlaken takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Locarno in March, things will get slightly colder in Interlaken: highs are around 51°F and lows about 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Bern.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Trümmelbachfälle
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

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Bern

Bern ©
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 25th (Wed): explore the activities along Aare River, then admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

Start your trip to Bern by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Interlaken to Bern in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. March in Bern sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Shopping
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Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

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Geneva

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 26th (Thu): admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, then don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, and then explore the activities along Lake Geneva.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Geneva tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Bern to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Geneva sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature Parks
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain
The Flower Clock ©
The Flower Clock

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