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: Islamabad, Pakistan
Fly + Drive:  11​h 45​min
1
Lake Maggiore, Italy
— 6 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Locarno, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h
End: Islamabad, Pakistan

6
nights
Lake Maggiore, Italy

Lake Maggiore ©
Visit Borromeo Palace and Palazzo Borromeo for their historical value. Kids will appreciate attractions like Parco della Rocca Borromea and Museo Gottard Park. Get out of town with these interesting Lake Maggiore side-trips: Stresa (Ferri Cristina, Alpyland Mottarone, & more) and Arona (Statue of San Carlone, Collegiata della nativita di Maria Vergine, & more).

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lake Maggiore road trip site .

Islamabad, Pakistan to Lake Maggiore is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Islamabad to Lake Maggiore due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Islamabad in July, expect Lake Maggiore to be slightly colder, temps between 34°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Locarno.

Things to do in Lake Maggiore

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Arona, Verbania, Stresa, Museo Gottard Park, Isola Bella
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Borromeo Palace ©
Borromeo Palace
Parco della Rocca Borromea ©
Parco della Rocca Borromea
Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cimetta and Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso. Get a sense of the local culture at Chiesa di San Michele and Ghisla Art Collection. There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at Falconeria Locarno, walk around Parco delle Camelie, make a splash at Lido Locarno, and head off the coast to Isole di Brissago.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Locarno day trip planning app .

Getting from Lake Maggiore to Locarno by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or ride a ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ascona, Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso, Isole di Brissago
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Lido Locarno ©
Lido Locarno
Falconeria Locarno ©
Falconeria Locarno

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