12 days in Switzerland & Lake Como Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland & Lake Como Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Como, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Varenna, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive to Malpensa International Airport, Fly to King Fahd International Airport

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Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): visit Old Town, then explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then examine the collection at Musee Visionnaire Zurich. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then get great views at Rhine Falls.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Zurich online itinerary planner.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Zurich is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Dammam in May; daily highs in Zurich reach 21°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 4 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Lake Brienz (in Brienz), Bern (Bundesplatz, Gurten, &more) and Lauterbrunnen (Staubbach Waterfall & Trümmelbachfälle). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lucerne vacation planning website.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Another option is to take a train. May in Lucerne sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lugano.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lugano, Switzerland

— 1 night

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Monte San Salvatore, then contemplate the long history of Monte San Giorgio, then explore the activities along Lake Lugano, and finally walk around Parco Ciani.

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You can drive from Lucerne to Lugano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Como.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Como, Italy

— 1 night

City of Silk

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
On the 26th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Villa Olmo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Abbondio, pause for some photo ops at Life Electric, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Fedele.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Como journey maker app.

Como is just a stone's throw from Lugano. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Varenna.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites

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. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Della Madonna delle Grazie di San Martino, then admire the striking features of Villa del Balbianello, then admire the natural beauty at Villa Carlotta, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello di Vezio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Giacomo, admire the natural beauty at I Giardini di Villa Melzi, stroll around La Punta Spartivento, then admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at S. Giovanni Battista.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Varenna online itinerary maker.

Getting from Como to Varenna by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
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.

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."