39 days in Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

39 days in Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 day
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Epesses, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Montreux, Switzerland
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Gruyeres, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Stein am Rhein, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Appenzell, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Rapperswil, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Wengen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Murren, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Foroglio, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Bellinzona, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Morcote, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lugano, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights

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Geneva, Switzerland

— 1 day

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 6th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Anglais, then appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall, and then stroll around Parc Des Bastions.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Geneva travel route planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Geneva Cointrin International Airport, Bern Belp Airport and EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Epesses.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks
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Epesses, Switzerland

— 1 night
Make your Epesses itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Epesses takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Montreux.

Things to do in Epesses

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 7:

Montreux, Switzerland

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Montreux day trip website.

Montreux is just a short distance from Epesses. You will leave for Gruyeres on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Montreux

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 8:

Gruyeres, Switzerland

— 1 night
The small medieval town of Gruyères sits at the base of two foothill peaks with a saddle suspended between them.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): see the interesting displays at HR Giger Museum, browse the exhibits of Gruyeres Castle, then examine the collection at Tibet Museum, and finally soothe aching muscles at Les Bains de la Gruyere.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Gruyeres road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Gruyeres takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Gruyeres, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Gruyeres

Museums · Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 8:

Bern, Switzerland

— 2 nights

City of Bears

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 9th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge, then contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Cathedral of Bern, and finally wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Thunersee, take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and then identify plant and animal life at Barenpark.

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You can drive from Gruyeres to Bern in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Stein am Rhein.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:

Stein am Rhein, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Stein am Rhein is a historic town and a municipality in the canton of Schaffhausen in Switzerland.The town has a well-preserved medieval centre, retaining the ancient street plan. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Museum Lindwurm, examine the collection at Krippenwelt, and then explore the galleries of Museum Kloster Sankt Georgen. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Napoleon Museum, then find something for the whole family at Conny-Land, and then make a trip to Kartause Ittingen.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Stein am Rhein visit planner.

You can drive from Bern to Stein am Rhein in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Stein am Rhein can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Appenzell.

Things to do in Stein am Rhein

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:

Appenzell, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. On the 13th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church, then don't miss a visit to Berggasthaus Aescher - Wildkirchli, and then see the interesting displays at Museum Appenzell. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): head outdoors with Seealpsee, then take in the awesome beauty at Santis der Berg, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Appenzeller Bier, Brauerei Locher AG.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Appenzell online holiday maker.

Drive from Stein am Rhein to Appenzell in 1.5 hours. In September in Appenzell, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. On the 15th (Wed), you'll travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Appenzell

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:

Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): stroll around Lindenhofplatz and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Zurich journey planner.

Traveling by car from Appenzell to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Rapperswil.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

Rapperswil, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Rapperswil is a former municipality and since January 2007 part of the municipality of Rapperswil-Jona in the Wahlkreis (constituency) of See-Gaster in the canton of St. On the 17th (Fri), cool off at Alpamare, admire the striking features of Kloster Einsiedeln, and then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Rapperswil. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Knies Kinderzoo Rapperswil, take in the views from Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden, and then experience rural life at Juckerhof Erlebnisbauernhof.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rapperswil trip maker app.

Rapperswil is just a short distance from Zurich. In September, daytime highs in Rapperswil are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Rapperswil

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 19th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, then explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, and then fly down the slopes at Mt Pilatus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Hammetschwand Lift, take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, then admire the landmark architecture of Lucerne Station, and finally snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne trip planner.

Getting from Rapperswil to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. In September in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

Interlaken, Switzerland

— 2 nights
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 21st (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Lauterbrunnen Village, then take in breathtaking views at Aare Gorge, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, explore the activities along Lake Brienz, and then take in panoramic vistas at Schynige Platte.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Interlaken trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. September in Interlaken sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 2 nights

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 23rd (Thu): trek along Pfingstegg, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger, and then take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Grindelwald-First, then take some stellar pictures from First Cliff Walk by Tissot, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bachalpsee Lake.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald day trip tool.

Grindelwald is just a stone's throw from Interlaken. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to do a combination of to Wengen.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

Wengen, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Wengen is a mountain village in the Bernese Oberland of central Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Monch, get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg, and then look for gifts at Molitor. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway, then play a few rounds at Minigolf, and then head outdoors with Spiezer Rundwanderweg.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Wengen online sightseeing planner.

Wengen is just a stone's throw from Grindelwald. In September, daytime highs in Wengen are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Murren.

Things to do in Wengen

Outdoors · Nature · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

Murren, Switzerland

— 2 nights
With a population of just 450 people, Murren brings to life an authentic Swiss mountain village.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): make a trip to 007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn, then trek along Blumental Panorama Trail, and then trek along Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli, stroll through Via Ferrata, and then take in the awesome beauty at Allmendhubel.

Before you visit Murren, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a bus from Wengen to Murren in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Foroglio.

Things to do in Murren

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

Foroglio, Switzerland

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Waterfall of Foroglio, head outdoors with Foroglio Val Bavona, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Chiesa Di San Giovanni Battista, and finally trek along Heidi Trail.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Foroglio day trip tool.

Explore your travel options from Murren to Foroglio with the Route module. In September in Foroglio, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Foroglio

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:
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Bellinzona, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. On the 30th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Castello di Montebello, then explore the historical opulence of Castelli di Bellinzona, and then explore the historical opulence of Castelgrande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): admire the verdant scenery at Valle Verzasca, make a trip to Piazza Grande, and then meet the residents at Falconeria Locarno.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Bellinzona trip maker site.

You can drive from Foroglio to Bellinzona in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Bellinzona can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for nature, winter sports, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, hit the slopes at Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Zermatt trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Bellinzona to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Morcote.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 5:

Morcote, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Morcote is a municipality in the Swiss canton of Ticino situated about 10 kilometres from Lugano in the district of Lugano on the shore of Lake Lugano.With its characteristic small alleys, the arcades of old Patrician homes, valuable architectural monuments and its natural beauty, the lakefront position, Morcote is considered "the Pearl of Ceresio".HistoryMorcote is first mentioned historically in 926 as Murcau, which comes from the Latin Morae caput, meaning head of the hill. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Fox Town Factory Stores, then get great views at Ferrovia Monte Generoso, and then don't miss a visit to Chiesa di Santa Maria del Sasso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Alprose Schokolade-Museum, stroll the grounds of Cimitero Monumentale, and then walk around Parco Scherrer.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Morcote itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zermatt to Morcote in 4 hours. In October, daytime highs in Morcote are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Lugano.

Things to do in Morcote

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:

Lugano, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
On the 7th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Bre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria degli Angioli, and then don't miss a visit to Piazza della Riforma. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Parco Ciani, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, and then take in the awesome beauty at Monte San Salvatore.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lugano trip itinerary website.

Lugano is very close to Morcote. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Milan.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:

Milan, Italy

— 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Il Cenacolo, contemplate the long history of Castello Sforzesco, and then shop like a local with Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Milan online trip builder.

You can drive from Lugano to Milan in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October in Milan, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can fly to Geneva.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

Geneva, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Capital of Peace

See even more of Geneva: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, and admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Geneva tour itinerary tool.

Fly from Milan to Geneva in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Milan in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Geneva, with lows of 9°C.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:

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.

Canton of Ticino travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
Experience Switzerland's Mediterranean side with a visit to Ticino, where Italian flair dominates. Palm trees, beaches, piazzas, and old churches fill this Italian-speaking canton. Mirroring blue lakes reflect the majestic Alps not far off. Enjoy "la dolce vita" with an espresso among the sub-tropical gardens, romantic landscapes, and historical architecture. Rich indigo flowers dot Alpine pastures and wooded hills rising around the shores of Ticino's lakes, while delicate white camellia line lakeshore promenades. The furthest southern state, Ticino boasts a much milder climate that the rest of the country and offers plenty of sunshine.