13 days in Lyon & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

13 days in Lyon & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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13 days in Lyon & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly + Tram:  13 h 30 min
1
Lyon, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  7 h 30 min
2
Locarno, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
3
Lake Maggiore, Italy
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  16 h 30 min
End: New York City, United States

5
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Get outdoors at Parc de la Tete d'Or and Plage de Conjux. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fourviere Hill and Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Chateau de Cormatin (in Cormatin), Abbey of Cluny (in Cluny) and Tournus (Abbaye Saint-Philibert & Les Vignerons de Mancey). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, wander the streets of The Presqu'ile, admire the landmark architecture of Monastere Royal de Brou, and explore the historical opulence of Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lyon trip itinerary planning website .

New York City, USA to Lyon is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and tram. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, Lyon is little chillier at night with lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Locarno.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Tournus, Domaine Philippe et Vincent Jaboulet, Prieure de Charriere, Abbey of Cluny, Mini World Lyon
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Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill

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.
On the 26th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso, get to know the resident critters at Falconeria Locarno, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Michele, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza G. Motta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Lungolago Di Ascona, head off the coast to Isole di Brissago, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa dei Santi Pietro e Paolo, and finally head outdoors with Cimetta.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Locarno driving holiday app .

You can drive from Lyon to Locarno in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lake Maggiore.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ascona, Isole di Brissago, Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso
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Falconeria Locarno ©
Falconeria Locarno
Chiesa di San Michele ©
Chiesa di San Michele
Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso ©

4
nights
Lake Maggiore, Italy

Lake Maggiore ©
Step out of the city life by going to Isola Madre and Isole Borromee. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palazzo Borromeo and Il Centro Storico Laveno-Mombello. Explore Lake Maggiore's surroundings by going to Orrido di sant'anna (in Cannobio) and Baveno (Piazza della Chiesa & Chiesa Parrochiale dei Santi Gervaso e Protaso).

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lake Maggiore trip tool .

Getting from Locarno to Lake Maggiore by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or ride a ferry. July in Lake Maggiore sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lake Maggiore

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Verbania, Baveno, Orrido di sant'anna, Palazzo Borromeo, Isola Bella
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Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella
Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Isola Madre ©
Isola Madre

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