17 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland), Lake Como & Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland), Lake Como & Switzerland Itinerary

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Start: Newark, United States
Fly + Drive:  13 h 45 min
1
Verbania, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Bellagio, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Train:  4 h
4
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
5
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  11 h 45 min
End: Newark, United States

2
nights
Verbania, Italy

Verbania ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Verbania: Sacro Monte Unesco di Varese (in Varese) and Orta San Giulio (San Giulio Island, Lake Orta, &more).

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Verbania driving holiday planner.

Newark, USA to Verbania is an approximately 14- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In August, Verbania is slightly colder than Newark - with highs of 80°F and lows of 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bellagio.

Things to do in Verbania

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Orta San Giulio, Isola Madre, Isola Bella, Sacro Monte Unesco di Varese, Palazzo Borromeo
Highlights from your plan
Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella
Lake Orta ©
Lake Orta
Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto ©
Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto

2
nights
Bellagio, Italy

Bellagio ©
Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
On the 31st (Mon), admire the striking features of I Giardini di Villa Melzi, don't miss a visit to Borgo di Pescallo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giorgio, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Villa Carlotta, admire the striking features of Villa del Balbianello, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Lorenzo a Tremezzo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parco di Villa Serbelloni, and finally stop by Azalea - Silk of Como.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Bellagio tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Verbania to Bellagio in 2 hours. August in Bellagio sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Bellagio

Parks Museums Adventure

Side Trips

Tremezzina, Varenna
Highlights from your plan
I Giardini di Villa Melzi ©
I Giardini di Villa Melzi
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello
Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta

6
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Zurich (Bahnhofstrasse, Lake Zurich, &more), Trümmelbachfälle (in Lauterbrunnen) and Interlaken (Hohematte Park, Parasailing & Paragliding, &more). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, admire the landmark architecture of Markuskirche, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Lucerne trip builder app.

Getting from Bellagio to Lucerne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Bellagio in September: high temperatures in Lucerne hover around 67°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Zurich, Interlaken, Trümmelbachfälle, Jungfraujoch
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch

3
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Step out of Zermatt to go to Kandersteg and see Oeschinen Lake, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: go from sight to sight with Gornergrat, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish Church of St. Mauritius, make a trip to Walk of Climb, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Lucerne to Zermatt takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Oeschinen Lake, Aletsch Glacier
Highlights from your plan
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.
Geneva is known for nature, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, make a trip to The Flower Clock, appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), and admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Geneva trip builder site.

Take a train from Zermatt to Geneva in 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

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