24 days in Switzerland & Lake Como Itinerary

24 days in Switzerland & Lake Como Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Menaggio, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bellagio, Italy
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Varenna, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montreux, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town and Landsgemeindeplatz. Popular historic sites such as St Mauritius Church and Friedhof Fluntern are in your itinerary. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall), Museum Appenzell (in Appenzell) and Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, examine the collection at Museum POST AB!, don't miss a visit to Niederdorf, and stroll through Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip itinerary website.

Philadelphia, USA to Zurich is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in May, expect Zurich to be little chillier, temps between 65°F and 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): fly down the slopes at Mt Pilatus, look and learn at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, then stop by Altstadt Luzern, and finally don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, steep yourself in history at Festung Vitznau, get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pfarrkirche St. Maria Weggis, then admire the masterpieces at The Rosengart Collection, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche.

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You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Interlaken, Switzerland

— 2 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.
On the 3rd (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rom.-Katholische Kirchgemeinde, then examine the collection at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, then admire the sheer force of Giessbachfälle, and finally admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall. On the next day, glide peacefully along the water with Hightide Kayak School, push the limits with Skydive Interlaken, then admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Schlosskirche.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Interlaken day trip planner.

Drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Interlaken are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Interlaken.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Interlaken, Switzerland

— 2 nights
On the 5th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, then appreciate the history behind Mosesbrunnen, and finally admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle. On your second day here, take a memorable tour with Tours, then take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen, then get a bird's-eye view with Skydive Switzerland, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Interlaken trip planner.

Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Menaggio.

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Menaggio, Italy

— 2 nights
Menaggio is a town and comune in the province of Como, Lombardy, northern Italy, located on the western shore of Lake Como at the mouth of the river Senagra.Menaggio has three frazioni (parishes): Croce, Loveno and Nobiallo.HistoryThe area of current Menaggio was conquered by the Romans in 196 BC. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): add some adventure to your tour with AC Boat, visit Menaggio, admire the natural beauty at Villa Carlotta, then take in the exciting artwork at Chiosco Villa Carlotta, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parrocchia SS Nabore e Felice, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Anglican Church of the Ascension. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tee off at Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club, make a trip to Santuario Madonna del Soccorso, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Greenway del Lago di Como, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Della Madonna delle Grazie di San Martino.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Menaggio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Menaggio takes 3.5 hours. In June, Menaggio is somewhat warmer than Interlaken - with highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bellagio.

Things to do in Menaggio

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Bellagio, Italy

— 2 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.
On the 9th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Parco Monte Barro, relax and rejuvenate at Wet Life, explore the historical opulence of Castello Di Pomerio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Fedele, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), and finally take advantage of the amenities at Lido Villa Olmo. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Romanica S.Pietro e Paolo, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di S. Leonardo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Giacomo, then stroll around La Punta Spartivento, and finally do a tasting at Enoteca Principessa.

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You can drive from Menaggio to Bellagio in an hour. Another option is to drive. In June in Bellagio, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Varenna.

Things to do in Bellagio

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Varenna, Italy

— 3 nights
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Popular historic sites such as Castello di Vezio and Abbazia Cluniacense di Santa Maria di Piona are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chiesa di San Giorgio and Chiesa di S. Giorgio. Explore Varenna's surroundings by going to Spiaggia Tranquilla (in Dorio), Riva Bianca Beach (in Lierna) and Chiesa Sant’Andrea di Bonzeno (in Bellano). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lago di Como, admire the natural beauty at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at S. Giovanni Battista, and hike along Sentiero del Viandante.

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Getting from Bellagio to Varenna by ferry takes about an hour. In June, daily temperatures in Varenna can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): get great views at Gornergrat, make a trip to Walk of Climb, explore the galleries of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, then stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, then see what you can catch with Fly Fish Zermatt, and finally hike along 5-Seenweg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then take in the dramatic natural features at Gorner Gorge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt online trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Varenna to Zermatt. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Montreux, Switzerland

— 1 night
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside, then awaken your taste buds at Swiss Riviera Wine Tours, then take in the awesome beauty at Rochers-de-Naye, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Montreux online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Zermatt to Montreux by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Montreux

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Geneva, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral. Get outdoors at Lake Geneva and Bains des Paquis. There's lots more to do: ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, explore the galleries of Maison Tavel, examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, and take a memorable excursion with Salva Fauna.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Montreux to Geneva in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. June in Geneva sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Lake Como travel guide

4.2
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."