15 days in Cairo & Swiss Alps Itinerary

15 days in Cairo & Swiss Alps Itinerary

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Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
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Lugano, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Pontresina, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Andermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 5 nights

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Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairo: Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids (in Saqqara) and Giza (Pyramids of Giza, Great Sphinx, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, admire the landmark architecture of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili, and contemplate the long history of Mosque of Muhammad Ali.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cairo day trip planning tool.

If you are flying in from Egypt, the closest major aiport is Cairo International Airport. In October, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lugano.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

Giza, Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
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The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Photography Tours

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Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bellinzona (Castelli di Bellinzona & Castelgrande). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Lugano, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria degli Angioli, get great views at Monte Bre, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Tamaro.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lugano travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Cairo to Lugano by combination of flight and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Lugano due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairo in October; daily highs in Lugano reach 20°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Pontresina.

Things to do in Lugano

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Cimitero Monumentale, Monte Tamaro, Monte San Giorgio
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Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore
Monte San Giorgio ©
Monte San Giorgio

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Pontresina, Switzerland

Pontresina ©
Pontresina is a municipality in the Maloja Region in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland.History and nameThe city was first mentioned in medieval Latin documents as pontem sarasinam in 1137. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Muottas Muragl, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Moritz, then get great views at Diavolezza, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Morteratsch Glacier. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Val Roseg and then take in the dramatic natural features at Bernina Pass.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Pontresina journey planner.

Getting from Lugano to Pontresina by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Lugano in October, things will get slightly colder in Pontresina: highs are around 13°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Andermatt.

Things to do in Pontresina

Nature · Parks

Side Trips

St. Moritz, Bernina Pass
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Morteratsch Glacier ©
Morteratsch Glacier
Bernina Pass ©
Bernina Pass
Val Roseg ©
Val Roseg

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Andermatt, Switzerland

Andermatt ©
Andermatt is a mountain village and municipality in the canton of Uri in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at St Gotthard Pass, then cruise along Furka Pass, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Teufelsbrucke.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Andermatt trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Pontresina to Andermatt takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Andermatt

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Furka Pass, St Gotthard Pass
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Furka Pass ©
Furka Pass
St Gotthard Pass ©
St Gotthard Pass

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Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for scenic drive, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse, enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, and snap pictures at Hangebrucke.

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Explore your travel options from Andermatt to Zermatt with the Route module. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Tours · Nature
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga
Hohbalmen ©
Hohbalmen

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