The Grand tour of Switzerland in 12 days

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  • Culture / Heritage
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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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Vue de Lausanne. Flowery banks of Montreux. <p>Sainte-Pierre-et-Paul Church, the cathedral, the old town, Kornhausbrücke.</p> <p>Interlaken.</p> <p>. above Interlaken.</p> <p>Zurich Zoo.</p> <p>Chinese garden.</p> <p>.</p>

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

Day 1 : Geneva

Known for being "the smallest metropolis of the world" or "the city of peace", Geneva is an international city. Start the visit by a stroll along the lake - with its famous waterjet - then in the alleys of the old town by stopping in front of St. Peter's Cathedral and the Reformers' Wall. Enjoy the international charm of the city by visiting the United Nations headquarters (Palais des Nations) and enjoy its Latin temperament by discovering a renowned gastronomy and wines.

Day 2 : Lausanne

Take a train from Geneva to Lausanne (from 30 to 45 minutes). In the morning, visit the medieval city of Lausanne, its cathedral and its steep alleys, especially on Saturdays when a lively market is held there. After having lunch in the center, two possibilities: Art lovers will be able to climb the heights of Lausanne to visit the Hermitage Foundation, which always offers very beautiful temporary exhibitions, while sportsmen and women traveling with family can descend on the docks of Ouchy and visit the Olympic Museum. In the evening, exit in one of the connected areas of Flon.
Alternatively, get off at the port of Ouchy and embark on a boat from the CGN (General Navigation Company) for a cruise on the lake to Chillon. Visit the castle, then take the boat (or bus VMCV 1) to Vevey. After a lunch in Vevey, take the vines to Chexbres, very beautiful village. Balade through the vineyards of Lavaux, to Saint-Saphorin (30 minutes), or to Cully (2 hours). Then take a SBB train to Lausanne/Geneva from either of these villages.

Day 3 : Montreux

Visit of Montreux, the "Pearl of the Riviera", especially during the Jazz Festival in July (but book a hotel in advance!). On foot or by bike (in loan to Lausanne and Vevey), follow the promenade along the lake to the castle of Chillon. In the evening, take a train for Fribourg (the journey lasts 1 hour 10) and spend the evening in a lively bar.

Day 4 : Fribourg Berne

One of the most beautiful medieval cities in Europe and the busiest in Switzerland thanks to its many students. In the early afternoon, take a train (about 25 minutes) for Bern (World Heritage of UNESCO) and its 6 km of arcades that allow you to visit it easily even in rainy times!

Day 5 : Interlaken Interlaken

Early in the morning, take a train for 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 excursions, in particular towards the Jungfrau, Europe's highest railway station (3 454 m), from which we measure the impressive silhouette of the large Aletsch glacier.

Day 6 : Towards Ascona

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

Day 7 : Relaxation in Ascona

Known as the pearl of Lake Maggiore, Ascona is an invitation to return to Ticino, to explore the other villages bordering the lake. Enjoy fine Italian cuisine or simply sunbathe on a 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

Spend 4 hours on average from St-Moritz. Small town south of Lake Constance and customs still very present. Admire the picturesque facades of the houses. In the evening, continue the journey to Zurich (1 hour 40).

Day 11 : Zurich

Walk in the streets of the old town and on the shores of the lake, not forgetting a shopping point in the chic Bahnhofstrasse. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts: the Kunsthaus. In the evening, take a train for Lucerne (4 hours 30).

Day 12 : Lucerne

In the morning, visit the old town of Lucerne (and cruise on Lake of the Four Cantons if you have time). Then visit Basel (1 hour 10 from Lucerne). Stroll through the picturesque streets of this city of culture and history, placed on the banks of the Rhine. Admire the city hall, and the cathedral known to house Erasme's grave.

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