26 days in Switzerland & Chamonix Itinerary

26 days in Switzerland & Chamonix Itinerary

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26 days in Switzerland & Chamonix Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 day
train:  3​h
2
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
4
Murren, Switzerland
— 3 nights
5
Wengen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
8
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  5​h
9
Chamonix, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Lugano, Switzerland
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

1
day
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 5th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster and then take a stroll through Old Town (Altstadt).

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich trip builder app .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Zurich is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Abu Dhabi to Zurich is minus 3 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Abu Dhabi in September: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

3
nights
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
On the 6th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Staubbach Fall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Lauterbrunnen Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, see the interesting displays at Sherlock Holmes Museum, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lauterbrunnen Village.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lauterbrunnen attractions planning app .

You can drive from Zurich to Lauterbrunnen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Sherlock Holmes Museum
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Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village

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day
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
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 8th (Sat): take a stroll through Alpiglen, fly down the slopes at Maennlichen, and then look for gifts at Vogts Corner.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Grindelwald tour site .

Grindelwald is just a stone's throw from Lauterbrunnen. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Murren.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Alpiglen ©
Alpiglen
Vogts Corner ©
Vogts Corner

3
nights
Murren, Switzerland

Murren ©
With a population of just 450 people, Murren brings to life an authentic Swiss mountain village.
On the 9th (Sun), fly down the slopes at Aletsch Arena. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory and then explore the activities along Oeschinen Lake.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Murren trip planner .

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Murren takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Wengen.

Things to do in Murren

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Oeschinen Lake, Aletsch Arena
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Aletsch Arena ©
Aletsch Arena
Oeschinen Lake ©
Oeschinen Lake

2
nights
Wengen, Switzerland

Wengen ©
Wengen is a mountain village in the Bernese Oberland of central Switzerland. On the 11th (Tue), look for gifts at Alpia Sport + Mode, look for gifts at Swiss Made Shop Wengen, stop by Central Sport, then get all the equipment you need at Molitor, and finally play a few rounds at Minigolf. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Swimming Pool Waldbort.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Wengen road trip planner .

Wengen is just a stone's throw from Murren. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. On the 13th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Wengen

Outdoors Golf Shopping
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Central Sport ©
Central Sport
Alpia Sport + Mode ©
Alpia Sport + Mode
Swiss Made Shop Wengen ©
Swiss Made Shop Wengen

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nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 13th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Biosphaere Entlebuch, then take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, and then contemplate the long history of Museggmauer. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Franziskanerkirche, then pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, and then see the interesting displays at Swiss Museum of Transport.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucerne online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Wengen to Lucerne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Childrens Museums Nightlife
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Verkehrshaus der Schweiz ©
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern

4
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Parasailing & Paragliding and Heimwehfluh. Kids will appreciate attractions like Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona and Seilpark Interlaken. Change things up with a short trip to UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern in Bern (about 46 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, identify plant and animal life at Alpenwildpark, stroll through Hohematte Park, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Interlaken trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In September in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
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Heimwehfluh ©
Heimwehfluh
Parasailing & Paragliding
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

1
night
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mauritius Church Zermatt, then make a trip to Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at English Church and then play a few rounds at Golf Club Matterhorn.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt online trip maker .

You can take a train from Interlaken to Zermatt in 3 hours. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Chamonix.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Golf
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Golf Club Matterhorn ©
Golf Club Matterhorn
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery

2
nights
Chamonix, France

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Michel, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parc de Merlet, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void, then take in the awesome beauty at Tunnel du Mont-Blanc, and then examine the collection at ESPACE TAIRRAZ - Crystal Museum & Espace Alpinisme.

To find ratings and tourist information, you can read our Chamonix trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Chamonix in 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours

Side Trip

Parc de Merlet
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Tunnel du Mont-Blanc ©
Tunnel du Mont-Blanc
Eglise Saint Michel ©
Eglise Saint Michel

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nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): make a trip to Schipfe, then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Turm in Regensberg and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Zurich.

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Traveling by car from Chamonix to Zurich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Lugano.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Turm in Regensberg
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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nights
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
On the 25th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Monte San Salvatore, step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande, and then step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lugano trip planner .

You can take a train from Zurich to Lugano in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Zurich in September, expect nights in Lugano to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Monte Tamaro
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Lido di Lugano ©
Lido di Lugano
Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Castelli di Bellinzona ©
Castelli di Bellinzona

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