18 days in Switzerland & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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18 days in Switzerland & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly + Drive:  15​h 15​min
1
Locarno
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Zurich
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Interlaken
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Geneva
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
5
Zermatt
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Appenzell
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Mumbai

6
nights
Locarno

Locarno ©
Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lugano (Parco Civico, Lake Lugano, & more), Morcote (Cimitero Monumentale & Torre del Capitano) and Fox Town Factory Stores (in Mendrisio). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Michele, head outdoors with Cimetta, stop by La Casa Del Te, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Locarno trip itinerary planner .

Mumbai, India to Locarno is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Mumbai in April, expect Locarno to be colder, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Lugano, Morcote, Fox Town Factory Stores, Lungolago Di Ascona, Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso
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Falconeria Locarno ©
Falconeria Locarno
Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Parco Civico ©
Parco Civico

1
night
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 8th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and finally snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Zurich trip planner .

You can drive from Locarno to Zurich in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Locarno in April; daily highs in Zurich reach 17°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Chapel Bridge
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge

2
nights
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.
On the 10th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then stroll around Hohematte Park, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Alpenrose Landscape Gardens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Schlosskirche.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Interlaken vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Zurich to Interlaken in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daytime highs in Interlaken are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jungfraujoch, Trümmelbachfälle
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken ©
Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken

2
nights
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.
On the 12th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de St-Pierre and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Cathedrale de Lausanne, ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, then ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva journey planning tool .

You can drive from Interlaken to Geneva in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Geneva are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cathedrale de Lausanne
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 14th (Tue), travel the rails with Gornergrat, then fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, then stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Zermatt trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Geneva to Zermatt by train takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Nature
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise

3
nights
Appenzell

Appenzell ©
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Kathedrale St.Gallen, admire the striking features of Stiftsbibliothek, see the interesting displays at Appenzeller Brachtummuseum Urnaesch, then see the interesting displays at Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Santis der Berg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): explore the activities along Caumasee, then wander the streets of Old Town Chur, and then fly down the slopes at Flims Laax Falera Ski Resort.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Appenzell trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zermatt to Appenzell. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Appenzell

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urnaesch, St. Gallen, Old Town Chur, Caumasee, Flims Laax Falera Ski Resort
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Santis der Berg ©
Santis der Berg
Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch ©
Hoher Kasten ©
Hoher Kasten

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