15 days in Cairo & Swiss Alps Itinerary

15 days in Cairo & Swiss Alps Itinerary

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15 days in Cairo & Swiss Alps Itinerary

Start: Cairo, Egypt
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
2
Lugano, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pontresina, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Andermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 5 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Cairo, Egypt

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, steep yourself in history at Mosque of Muhammad Ali, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), and walk around Al-Azhar Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Cairo online holiday planner .

If you are flying in from Egypt, the closest major airport is Cairo International Airport. In October in Cairo, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Lugano.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Giza
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Egyptian Antiquities Museum ©
Egyptian Antiquities Museum
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

2
nights
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lugano: Bellinzona (Castelli di Bellinzona & Castelgrande). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, admire the landmark architecture of Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monte San Giorgio, and take in the awesome beauty at Monte Tamaro.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lugano trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Cairo to Lugano takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cairo in October, things will get cooler in Lugano: highs are around 20°C and lows about 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Pontresina.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): get great views at Muottas Muragl, 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 next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Val Roseg, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cavaglia Glacier Garden, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Bernina Pass.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Pontresina trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Lugano to Pontresina by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Lugano in October: high temperatures in Pontresina hover around 13°C and lows are around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Andermatt.

Things to do in Pontresina

Parks Nature

Side Trips

St. Moritz, Bernina Pass
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Morteratsch Glacier ©
Morteratsch Glacier
Bernina Pass ©
Bernina Pass
Muottas Muragl ©
Muottas Muragl

1
night
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.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Andermatt road trip website .

You can drive from Pontresina to Andermatt in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Andermatt

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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

5
nights
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 nature, winter sports, museums, historic sites, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, hit the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Zermatt day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Andermatt to Zermatt. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Tours Parks
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

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