12 days in Switzerland & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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12 days in Switzerland & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

Start: Miami, United States
Fly:  12 h 15 min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Locarno, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
3
Lake Maggiore, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
5
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Miami, United States

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, then wander the streets of Old Town, and then see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Z├╝rich. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Markuskirche, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, make a trip to Town Hall, then wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, and finally don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Zurich itinerary planning app.

Miami, USA to Zurich is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Miami in December; daily highs in Zurich reach 41°F and lows reach 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Locarno.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

1
night
Locarno, Switzerland

Locarno ©
Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): make a trip to Piazza Grande, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Falconeria Locarno, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Michele.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Locarno trip maker website.

You can drive from Zurich to Locarno in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Zurich in December, expect nights in Locarno to be about the same, around 31°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lake Maggiore.

Things to do in Locarno

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso
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Chiesa di San Michele ©
Chiesa di San Michele
Falconeria Locarno ©
Falconeria Locarno

2
nights
Lake Maggiore, Italy

Lake Maggiore ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Maggiore, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alpe San Michele, then appreciate the history behind Madonna del Calciatore, and finally head off the coast to Isola Bella. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Isola Madre, step off the mainland to explore Isole Borromee, then explore the activities along Lake Orta, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lake Maggiore online trip planner.

Drive from Locarno to Lake Maggiore in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in December, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lake Maggiore

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Verbania, Lake Orta, Isola Bella
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Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto ©
Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto
Lake Orta ©
Lake Orta
Lago Maggiore ©
Lago Maggiore

4
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Get out of town with these interesting Zermatt side-trips: Hangebrucke Furgangen-Muhlebach (in Ernen) and Riederalp (in Riederalp). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, snap pictures at Hangebrucke, and examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Zermatt online road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Lake Maggiore to Zermatt with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Aletsch Glacier, Hangebrucke Furgangen-Muhlebach, Riederalp
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier

2
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): explore the activities along Lake Geneva and then examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, then appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale de St-Pierre.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read our Geneva travel planning site.

Take a train from Zermatt to Geneva in 4 hours. In January in Geneva, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Museums
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

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