22 days in Switzerland & Italian Alps Itinerary

22 days in Switzerland & Italian Alps Itinerary

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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Montreux, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Merano, Italy
— 5 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Anglais, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, and finally pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall. On your second day here, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain and then explore the activities along Lake Geneva.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva route builder app.

New York City, USA to Geneva is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in September: high temperatures in Geneva hover around 70°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Montreux.
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Montreux, Switzerland — 2 nights

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Montreux Lakeside, appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun and explore at Chaplin's World, then awaken your taste buds at Swiss Riviera Wine Tours, and then examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Montreux day trip website.

You can drive from Geneva to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bern.
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Bern, Switzerland — 3 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Venture out of the city with trips to Interlaken (Harderkulm & Parasailing & Paragliding), Lake Brienz (in Brienz) and Thunersee (in Thun). There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Aare Gorge, stop by UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, and admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Bern road trip planning app.

You can drive from Montreux to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 1 night

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Jungfraujoch and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Grindelwald tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Bern to Grindelwald by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 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, go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, and explore the activities along Stellisee.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Zermatt trip itinerary site.

Getting from Grindelwald to Zermatt by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Merano.
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Merano, Italy — 5 nights

Merano or Meran is a town and comune in South Tyrol, northern Italy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Merano: South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology (in Bolzano), Lago di Braies (in Braies) and San Candido (Drau Cycle Route & Cappella di Altotting e del Santo Sepolcro). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff, stroll through Sass Pordoi, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Carezza, and hike along Tappeiner Promenade.

To find out how to plan a trip to Merano, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Merano takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in September, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Lucerne (Altstadt Luzern, Chapel Bridge, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), wander the streets of Old Town, and stroll around Lindenhofplatz.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Zurich itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Merano to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Merano in September, you will find days in Zurich are a bit cooler (67°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can 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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