11 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

11 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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11 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
+2
Bus + Fly + Train:  10 h 45 min
1
Stresa, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Locarno, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

5
nights
Stresa, Italy

Stresa ©
Stresa is a town and comune of about 5,000 residents on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, about 90km northwest of Milan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Stresa: Lago Maggiore (in Verbania), Alpe San Michele (in Porto Valtravaglia) and Rocca Borromeo (in Angera). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Palazzo Borromeo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Isola Bella, browse for treasures at Epoque Antichita e Restauro, and stop by Stresa Museum Store.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Stresa attractions planner .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Stresa is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 3 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Abu Dhabi in February; daily highs in Stresa reach 10°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Locarno.

Things to do in Stresa

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Lake Maggiore, Arona, Verbania, Lake Maggiore
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Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Park Pallavicino ©
Park Pallavicino
Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto ©
Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto

5
nights
Locarno, Switzerland

Locarno ©
Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
Locarno is known for zoos & aquariums, theme parks, and baths. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Michele, admire the engineering at Verzasca Dam, see the interesting displays at Ghisla Art Collection, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Locarno trip planner .

You can drive from Stresa to Locarno in an hour. Other options are to ride a ferry; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Locarno can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Ascona, Brissago, Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso
Highlights from your plan
Falconeria Locarno ©
Falconeria Locarno
Chiesa di San Michele ©
Chiesa di San Michele
Piazza Grande ©
Piazza Grande

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