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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stop by Old Town, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then examine the collection at Musee Visionnaire Zurich. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, shop like a local with Bahnhofstrasse, and then stroll through Rhine Falls.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Zurich trip itinerary builder app.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Zurich is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dammam to Zurich is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Dammam in May, expect Zurich to be cooler, temps between 21°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time 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). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Lucerne holiday planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to 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.
On the 25th (Tue), take some stellar pictures from Monte San Salvatore, then explore the ancient world of Monte San Giorgio, then explore the activities along Lake Lugano, and finally stroll around Parco Ciani.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lugano trip planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Lugano in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Lugano can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive 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 striking features of Villa Olmo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Abbondio, then appreciate the history behind Life Electric, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Fedele.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Como trip maker app.

Como is just a short distance from Lugano. In May, daytime highs in Como are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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. On the 27th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Della Madonna delle Grazie di San Martino, admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello, then explore the world behind art at Villa Carlotta, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Giacomo, take in nature's colorful creations at I Giardini di Villa Melzi, stroll around La Punta Spartivento, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at S. Giovanni Battista.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Varenna journey planning site.

Traveling by car from Como to Varenna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Varenna can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time 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

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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."