15 days in Cairo & Swiss Alps Itinerary

15 days in Cairo & Swiss Alps Itinerary

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Start: Cairo, Egypt
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  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
Train + 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, admire the striking features of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Muhammad Ali, and get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cairo journey planner.

If you are flying in from Egypt, the closest major aiport is Cairo International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish 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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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

2
nights
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). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Lugano, take in the awesome beauty at Monte San Giorgio, stroll the grounds of Cimitero Monumentale, and stroll through Monte Bre.

To plan Lugano vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cairo to Lugano takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Lugano. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Cairo in October, with highs in Lugano at 20°C and lows at 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Pontresina.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Cimitero Monumentale, Monte San Giorgio, Monte Tamaro
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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. 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.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, 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

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 find where to stay, ratings, maps, 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

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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 scenic drive, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel 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
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery

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