Summary of the stay

  • 12 days
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Couple
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Culture / Heritage
  • Faune and flora
  • Discovery
  • Adventure / Sports & Leisure
  • Relaxation / Well-being
  • Luxury

Of course, visit Switzerland in 12 days is well-ambitious and you will spend a lot of time on trains. But they are very comfortable and will pass through magical landscapes. Moreover, nothing prevents you from taking this route as a base but staying in every place longer, and also visiting points of interest located between the main cities indicated.

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Itinerary of the stay
  • Berne
  • Interlaken
  • Brienz
  • Lucerne
  • Zürich
  • Geneva
  • Lausanne
  • Lavaux
  • Saint-Saphorin
  • Chexbres
  • Vevey
  • Montreux
  • Fribourg
  • Travers
  • Ascona
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Detail of the stay : The Grand tour of Switzerland in 12 days - 12 days

Day 1: Geneva

Known as "the smallest metropolis in the world" or "the city of peace", Geneva is an international city. Start your visit with a stroll along the lake - with its famous water fountain - then through the narrow streets of the old town, stopping in front of St. Peter's Cathedral and the Reformation Wall. Feel the international charm of the city by visiting the UN headquarters (Palais des Nations) and enjoy its Latin character by discovering its renowned cuisine and wines.

Day 2: Lausanne

Take a train from Geneva to Lausanne (30 to 45 minutes). In the morning, visit the medieval city of Lausanne, its cathedral and its steep streets, especially on Saturdays when a lively market is held there. After lunch in the centre, two possibilities: art lovers can go up to the heights of Lausanne to visit the Fondation de l'Hermitage, which always has very beautiful temporary exhibitions, while sports enthusiasts or those travelling with their families can go down to the quays of Ouchy and visit the Olympic Museum. In the evening, go out to one of the trendy places on the Flon.
Alternatively, go down to the port of Ouchy and board a CGN (Compagnie générale de navigation) boat for a cruise on the lake to Chillon. Visit the castle, then take the boat (or the VMCV 1 bus) to Vevey. After lunch in Vevey, take the train through the vineyards to Chexbres, a very pretty village. Stroll through the vineyards of Lavaux, either to Saint-Saphorin (30 minutes) or to Cully (2 hours). Then take a CFF train to Lausanne/Geneva from either of these villages.

Day 3: Montreux

Visit Montreux, the "pearl of the Riviera", especially during the Jazz Festival in July (but book a hotel well in advance!). On foot or by bike (on loan to Lausanne and Vevey), follow the walk along the lake to the Château de Chillon. In the evening, take a train to Freiburg (the journey takes 1 hour 10 minutes) and spend the evening in a lively bar.

Day 4: Fribourg - Bern

One of the most beautiful medieval cities in Europe and one of the most lively in Switzerland thanks to its many students. In the early afternoon, take a train (about 25 minutes) to Bern (Unesco World Heritage Site) and its 6 km of arcades which allow you to visit it easily even on rainy days!

Day 5: Interlaken

Early in the morning, take a train to Interlaken (about 1 hour), located between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. The city does not have much interest in itself, but it is an excellent starting point for hiking or excursion, especially to the Jungfraujoch, Europe's highest railway station (3,454 m), from which the imposing silhouette of the great Aletsch glacier can be measured.

Day 6: Towards Ascona

Leave Interlaken for Ascona, a long journey of about 4 hours.

Day 7: Relaxation in Ascona

Nicknamed the pearl of Lake Maggiore, Ascona is an invitation to return to Ticino to explore the other villages along the lake. Enjoy refined Italian cuisine or simply sunbathe on a pedal boat..

Day 8: Directorate Grisons

Still a long journey by train 5 hours 30 but for an unavoidable destination: Grisons.

Day 9: Saint Moritz St. Moritz

Relax in the charming resort but with the family atmosphere of Saint Moritz, with winter skiing or summer hiking, especially around the lake of St. Moritz (1 hour).

Day 10: Appenzel

Plan an average of 4 hours by train from St. Moritz. A small town south of Lake Constance with many customs that are still very much alive. Admire the picturesque facades of the houses. In the evening, continue the journey to Zurich (1 hour 40 minutes).

Day 11: Zurich

Stroll through the narrow streets of the old town and the shores of the lake, not to mention a shopping break in the chic Bahnhofstrasse. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts: the Kunsthaus. In the evening, take a train to Lucerne (4 hours 30 minutes).

Day 12: Lucerne

In the morning, visit the old town of Lucerne (and cruise on Lake Lucerne if you have time). Then meet in Basel (1 hour 10 minutes from Lucerne). Stroll through the picturesque alleys of this city of culture and history, located on the banks of the Rhine. Admire the town hall, and the cathedral known to house Erasmus' tomb.

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