52 days in Zurich, Los Angeles & Albufeira Itinerary

52 days in Zurich, Los Angeles & Albufeira Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 17 nights
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Los Angeles, United States
— 18 nights
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Albufeira, Portugal
— 15 nights

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Zurich, Switzerland

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Altstadt Luzern, Spas & Wellness, &more), Gletscherschlucht Rosenlaui (in Rosenlaui) and Grindelwald (Grindelwald-First & The Wetterhorn). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, stop by UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Zurich road trip planning app.

Milan, Italy to Zurich is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. Traveling from Milan in December, expect nights in Zurich to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are little chillier, around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Lucerne, Bern, Interlaken, Urnaesch, Heiden
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

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Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to St.John Vianney Chapel (in Balboa Island), galerie102 (in Ojai) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Los Angeles takes 14.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in December: highs in Los Angeles hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Albufeira.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Beverly Hills, galerie102
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

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Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Change things up with these side-trips from Albufeira: Sagres (Cape Saint Vincent & Fortaleza de Sagres), Carvoeiro (Carvoeiro Boardwalk & Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Encarnacao) and Vila do Bispo (Torre da Aspa & Praia da Cordoama). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Falesia Beach, see Off-Road Tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town Faro, and have some family-friendly fun at Hot Wheels Raceway.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Albufeira vacation planning site.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Albufeira takes 17.5 hours. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Albufeira due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, expect nights in Albufeira to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Portimao, Faro, Silves, Tavira, Lagos
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Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos ©
Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Ponta da Piedade ©
Ponta da Piedade

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