39 days in Switzerland, Milan & Tirano Itinerary

39 days in Switzerland, Milan & Tirano Itinerary

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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Lugano, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Milan, Italy
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Tirano, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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St. Moritz, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Chur, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Wengen, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland

— 5 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Giessbachfälle and Reichenbach Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Skydive Luzern (in Neudorf) and Sherlock Holmes Museum (in Meiringen). The adventure continues: make a trip to The Nine Towers, admire the striking features of Lucerne Station, get engrossed in the history at Richard Wagner Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne trip planning website.

Dunedin, New Zealand to Lucerne is an approximately 36-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 11 hours. In June, daytime highs in Lucerne are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lugano, Switzerland

— 5 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Lugano and Parco Ciani. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lugano: Cascata della Piumogna (in Faido), Bellinzona (Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie & Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano) and Tibetan bridge "Carasc" (in Sementina). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Monte San Salvatore, pause for some serene contemplation at La Chiesa Di San Giovanni Battista, get curious at Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio, and make a trip to Chiesa San Rocco Lugano.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lugano vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Lucerne to Lugano takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Milan, Italy

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.
For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Milan trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Lugano to Milan by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. June in Milan sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. You'll set off for Tirano on the 13th (Sun).

Things to do in Milan

Nightlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Tirano, Italy

— 1 night
Tirano is a town in Valtellina, located in the province of Sondrio in northern Italy. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museo Golgi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Martino, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Etnografico Tiranese, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario della Beata Vergine di Tirano, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello di Santa Maria.

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You can drive from Milan to Tirano in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Milan in June; daily highs in Tirano reach 21°C and lows reach 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Tirano

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

St. Moritz, Switzerland

— 3 nights
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Discover out-of-the-way places like Muottas Muragl and Kirche San Karl St. Moritz-Bad. Step out of St. Moritz to go to Zernez and see National Park Centre, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake St. Moritz, admire the masterpieces at Berry Museum, don't miss a visit to Chesa Futura, and contemplate the long history of The Leaning Tower, Engadin St. Moritz.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our St. Moritz holiday builder tool.

Traveling by car from Tirano to St. Moritz takes 1.5 hours. In June in St. Moritz, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chur.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Chur, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Chur or Coire is the capital and largest town of the Swiss canton of Grisons and lies in the Grisonian Rhine Valley, where the Rhine turns towards the north, in the northern part of the canton. Discover out-of-the-way places like Old Town Chur and Saurer Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Chur side-trips: Kirchturm Heiden (in Heiden) and Werdenbergersee (in Buchs St. Gallen). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Obere Gasse, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Maria Himmelfahrt Cathedral, and look for gifts at Milchzentrale Bad Ragaz.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Chur route planner.

Traveling by train from St. Moritz to Chur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or ride a tram. You will leave for Zermatt on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in Chur

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 4 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mountaineers' Cemetery and Hinterdorfstrasse. Get out of town with these interesting Zermatt side-trips: Saaser Museum (in Saas-Fee) and Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge (in Randa). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, stroll through Riffelsee, have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt, and stop by Lindt Chocolate Shop Zermatt.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Zermatt online attractions planner.

Take a train from Chur to Zermatt in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and tram. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Wengen.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Wengen, Switzerland

— 5 nights
Wengen is a mountain village in the Bernese Oberland of central Switzerland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway and Grindelwald-First. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wengen: Grindelwald (The Wetterhorn & Schwarzhorn). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maennlichen Romantic Trail, tee off at Minigolf, and look for gifts at Central Sport.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Wengen road trip app.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Wengen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Wengen

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 5 nights
Explore hidden gems such as Rigi and Basel Paper Mill Museum. Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Basel (Botanischer Garten der Universitat & Offene Kirche Elisabethen). See even more of Lucerne: examine the collection at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, don't miss a visit to Kornmarkt, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne travel app.

Drive from Wengen to Lucerne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore hidden gems such as Rhine Falls and Munot. Take a break from Zurich with a short trip to Kirche St. Johann in Schaffhausen, about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Lake Zurich, Eastern Bank, look for gifts at Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, and take a leisurely stroll along Seebad Utoquai.

Plan my day in Zurich using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
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.