14 days in Interlaken, Lake Como & Milan Itinerary

14 days in Interlaken, Lake Como & Milan Itinerary

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Fly to Zurich, Train to Interlaken
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive to Cadenabbia, Ferry to Bellagio
Bellagio, Italy
— 3 nights
Colico, Italy
— 1 night
Milan, Italy
— 4 nights


Interlaken, Switzerland

— 5 nights
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Get out of town with these interesting Interlaken side-trips: Lake Zurich (in Zurich), Lucerne (Lion Monument & Hofkirche) and Bern (Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, Aare River, &more). There's still lots to do: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Maennlichen, get great views at Jungfraujoch, and take in the awesome beauty at Lauterbrunnen Village.

To find photos and more tourist information, use the Interlaken trip itinerary planning website.

Washington DC, USA to Interlaken is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in July; daily highs in Interlaken reach 75°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bellagio.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bellagio, Italy

— 3 nights

Pearl of Lake Como

Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
Get out of town with these interesting Bellagio side-trips: Santuario Della Madonna delle Grazie di San Martino (in Griante), Varenna (Sentiero del Viandante, S. Giovanni Battista, &more) and Tremezzina (Villa del Balbianello & Villa Carlotta). The adventure continues: get outside with Aero Club Monte Cornizzolo, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, admire the natural beauty at I Giardini di Villa Melzi, and admire the verdant scenery at Valchiavenna.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bellagio travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Interlaken to Bellagio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Interlaken in July: high temperatures in Bellagio hover around 85°F and lows are around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Colico.

Things to do in Bellagio

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Colico, Italy

— 1 night
Colico is a city in the province of Lecco, Lombardy, Italy. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbazia Cluniacense di Santa Maria di Piona, brush up on your military savvy at Forte Montecchio Nord, explore the stunning scenery at Orrido di Bellano, then admire the natural beauty at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi, then admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Colico holiday maker tool.

Traveling by car from Bellagio to Colico takes 1.5 hours. In July in Colico, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Colico

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Milan, Italy

— 4 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Change things up with these side-trips from Milan: Verona (Piazza delle Erbe, Casa di Giulietta, &more) and Genoa (Piazza Raffaele De Ferrari, Aquarium of Genoa, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, take an in-depth tour of Galleria 92, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Milan trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Colico to Milan in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Milan are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

Lake Como travel guide

Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."