15 days in Cairo & Swiss Alps Itinerary

15 days in Cairo & Swiss Alps Itinerary

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Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly to Milan Malpensa, Bus to Lugano
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Lugano, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pontresina, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Andermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Train to Milan Malpensa, Fly to Cairo

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Cairo, Egypt

— 3 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

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 aiports are Cairo International Airport and Sphinx 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 · Museums

Side Trips

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Lugano, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

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, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Lugano, take in the awesome beauty at Monte Tamaro, explore the ancient world of Monte San Giorgio, and get great views at Monte San Salvatore.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cairo to Lugano in 8 hours. Other options are to 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. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Cairo in October, with highs in Lugano at 20°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Pontresina.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Pontresina, Switzerland

— 2 nights
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): get great views 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

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Andermatt, Switzerland

— 1 night
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

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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Zermatt, Switzerland

— 5 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for nature, classes, and museums. 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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Drive from Andermatt to Zermatt in 2.5 hours. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
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Swiss Alps travel guide

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Mountains · Bodies of Water · Lookouts
The stunning Swiss Alps cover 65 percent of the Switzerland's surface area with dramatic mountain scenery. Its spectacular peaks and valleys are the result of tectonic thrusts, among them the Jungfrau-Aletsch region, the first World Heritage Site in the Alps. Connected by a network of trains and cable cars, this majestic vacation spot is accessible for all. The Swiss Alps are home to some of the highest mountains in the Alps, including the Monte Rosa, which stands at 4,634 m (15,203 ft). Pristine white snow and perfect blue skies await you, and ski sports and hiking trails aplenty top the list of things to do.