58 days in Switzerland & Iceland Itinerary

58 days in Switzerland & Iceland Itinerary

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Basel, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 6 nights
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St. Moritz, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Bellinzona, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 6 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Montreux, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Drive
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 6 nights
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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 10 nights
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Hofn, Iceland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland
— 2 nights
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Vik, Iceland
— 3 nights
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Basel, Switzerland

— 4 nights
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basel's Old Town and Tinguely-Brunnen. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Muensterplatz, admire the masterpieces at Jean Tinguely Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Offene Kirche Elisabethen, and steep yourself in history at Basel Historical Museum - Barfuesserkirche.

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Mumbai, India to Basel is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Basel. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Mumbai in December: high temperatures in Basel hover around 7°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Basel

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 10:

Zurich, Switzerland

— 6 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kathedrale St.Gallen and Old Town Chur. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: St. Gallen (Stiftsbibliothek & Wildpark Peter & Paul), Arosa Ski Resort (in Arosa) and Kloster Einsiedeln (in Einsiedeln). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Niederdorf, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanischer Garten.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich travel planning site.

Traveling by car from Basel to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Zurich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 16:

St. Moritz, Switzerland

— 3 nights
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Discover out-of-the-way places like Bernina Pass and Piz Nair. Get out of town with these interesting St. Moritz side-trips: Val Roseg (in Pontresina), Bogn Engiadina Scuol (in Scuol) and Parsenn Skigebiet (in Davos). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Moritz, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Muottas Muragl, and get great views at Diavolezza.

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You can drive from Zurich to St. Moritz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in St. Moritz are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bellinzona.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:

Bellinzona, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. Explore hidden gems such as Castello di Montebello and Castelgrande. Explore Bellinzona's surroundings by going to Lido Locarno (in Locarno), Lungolago Di Ascona (in Ascona) and Valle Verzasca (in Lavertezzo). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona, take a memorable drive along Tibetan bridge "Carasc", get to know the resident critters at Falconeria Locarno, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bellinzona trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from St. Moritz to Bellinzona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from St. Moritz in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bellinzona: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:

Bern, Switzerland

— 6 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Explore hidden gems such as Oeschinen Lake and The Cathedral of Bern. Explore Bern's surroundings by going to Adelboden (in Adelboden), Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls (in Lauterbrunnen) and Cathedrale St-Nicolas (in Fribourg). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Gurten, take some stellar pictures from First Cliff Walk by Tissot, browse the eclectic array of goods at Federal Building (Bundeshaus), and get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bern road trip planner.

Getting from Bellinzona to Bern by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December, Bern is slightly colder than Bellinzona - with highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 28:

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ski Zenit and Simplon Pass. The adventure continues: stroll through Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, and take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt travel planner.

Traveling by train from Bern to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

Montreux, Switzerland

— 6 nights
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Les Bains de Lavey and Queen Studio Experience. Explore Montreux's surroundings by going to Fondation Pierre Gianadda (in Martigny), Lausanne (Place de la Palud, Collection de l'Art Brut, &more) and Verbier (Verbier 4 Vallees ski area & Ski Service). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside, explore the fascinating underground world of Les Mines De Sel De Bex, tour the pleasant surroundings at Glacier 3000, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Montreux online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zermatt to Montreux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 6:

Geneva, Switzerland

— 6 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parc Des Bastions and Musee Ariana. On the 9th (Sun), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Musee D'Art Et D'Histoire, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Russe, make a trip to Jardin Botanique - Villa le Chene, and steep yourself in history at Maison Tavel.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Geneva road trip planning site.

Getting from Montreux to Geneva by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 12:

Reykjavik, Iceland

— 10 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Geysir and Langjokull Glacier. Venture out of the city with trips to Brugghus Steoja (in Hvanneyri), Gunnuhver Hot Springs (in Grindavik) and Hraunfossar (in Husafell). There's much more to do: try out the rides at Sundhollin Public Baths, see the interesting displays at The Icelandic Punk Museum, look for gifts at Nordic Store, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik route builder tool.

You can fly from Geneva to Reykjavik in 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Geneva in January, expect nights in Reykjavik to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are slightly colder, around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can fly to Hofn.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 22:

Hofn, Iceland

— 4 nights
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Discover out-of-the-way places like Walking tours and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Venture out of the city with trips to Jokulsarlon (Glacier Lagoon, Fellsfjara, &more). There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Thorbergur center.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hofn trip maker.

You can fly from Reykjavik to Hofn in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January in Hofn, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Hofn

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:

Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Vatnajokull National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Hofn to Vatnajokull National Park with the Route module. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Vik.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:

Vik, Iceland

— 3 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Explore hidden gems such as Sólheimajökulll and Reyniskirkja Church. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get impressive views of Icelandic Lava Show, and see the interesting displays at Skogar Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Vik trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Vatnajokull National Park to Vik in 4.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Nightlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
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.

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.