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Switzerland Sampler: A First-Timer's Tour

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Fly into: Zürich Fly out of: Geneva
Total Duration: 14 days

Try the Switzerland Sampler for a taste of this tiny country's wares. From cosmopolitan Zurich and Geneva to the quaint charms of Luzern and Zermatt to Bern's sleepy appeal, this itinerary gives you a good sense of what's to be seen here.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Natural Beauty
  • Shopping
  • Architecture
Days 1-3
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1 Zürich

Switzerland's Commercial Heart

  • See the Great Church, updated in a Gothic style in the late 1700s
  • Cézanne, Manet, and Degas are in evidence at the Siftung Sammlung E.G. Bührele Museum
  • Shop the Bahnhofstrasse's finest boutiques
  • Shopping
  • Architecture
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Days 4-5
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2 Luzern

Lovely on the Lake

  • Luzern is the home of the wooden Chapel Bridge, Europe's oldest
  • Explore the surrounding "William Tell Country"
  • Mount Pilatus is a beautiful hike just outside the city
  • Natural Beauty
  • History
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Days 6-7
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3 Bern

Einstein's Arcades

  • Bern's cathedral contains Switzerland's highest church tower, with wraparound views of the city
  • The Paul Klee center has work by the artist in an impressive architectural space designed by Renzo Piano
  • Stroll the city's iconic cobblestone arcades
  • Shopping
  • Museums
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Days 8-10
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Interlaken Tourismus/

4 Lauterbrunnen and Environs

Many, Many Mountains

  • Trek from Interlaken to St. Beatus-Höhlen's natural caverns and hillside pavilion
  • See the view from Mürren, a village that's 5,413 feet up
  • Explore the Grindelwald glacier, with an excursion up to the Jungfraujoch
  • Natural Beauty
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Days 11-12
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5 Zermatt and the Matterhorn

Home of the Matterhorn

  • You'll find the famed Matterhorn here, one of the wonders of the Western world
  • Explore the town of Zermatt, the world's most famous car-free village
  • Visit St. Peter's Church, established by Anglicans to tend to Brits consumed with the desire to climb the peak here
  • Natural Beauty
  • History
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Days 13-14
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6 Geneva

Switzerland's Lakeside Metropolis

  • Learn about the history and influence of the Protestant Reformation
  • Europe's tallest fountain is right here
  • Walk in the parkland along Geneva's right bank or take a lake cruise for a prime view of Mont Blanc
  • History
  • Natural Beauty
  • Art and Culture
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