21 days in Switzerland, Lake Como & Venice Itinerary

21 days in Switzerland, Lake Como & Venice Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
2
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
3
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
4
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
5
Lugano, Switzerland
— 2 nights
6
Como, Italy
— 3 nights
7
Varenna, Italy
— 2 nights
8
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take a tour by water with Sciffmandli, then take in the dramatic scenery at Rhine Falls, and then take a stroll through Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern, then explore the activities along Lake Zurich, then wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and finally stop by Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip planner.

Karachi, Pakistan to Zurich is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pakistan Standard Time (PKT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 4 hours. When traveling from Karachi in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Zurich, with highs around 28°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Neuhausen am Rheinfall
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls

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 4th (Tue): take in the waterfront at Pointe de la Jonction, then explore the activities along Lake Geneva, and then view the masterpieces at MB&F M.A.D.Gallery. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Cathedrale de St-Pierre, pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), then ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, then ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, and finally examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Geneva vacation tool.

Fly from Zurich to Geneva in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August in Geneva, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature · Parks · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Palais des Nations, Genève ©
Palais des Nations, Genève
Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation) ©
Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation)

2
nights
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Schynige Platte, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, and then hike along Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Jungfraujoch and then glide through the air with Airtime Paragliding.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lauterbrunnen trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Geneva to Lauterbrunnen in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli, Schynige Platte
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Airtime Paragliding ©
Airtime Paragliding

3
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lucerne: Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken), Lake Brienz (in Brienz) and Bern (Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, Aare River, &more). And it doesn't end there: hike along The Eiger, examine the collection at Schachmuseum, and explore the activities along Lake Lucerne.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lucerne day trip planning site.

Drive from Lauterbrunnen to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bern, Parasailing & Paragliding, Lake Brienz, The Eiger
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Aare River
Aare River
The Eiger ©
The Eiger

2
nights
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
On the 11th (Tue), make a trip to Chiesa di Santa Maria Immacolata, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, and then zoom along the surf with asconautica. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Scala Monumentale, stroll through Monte San Giorgio, and then don't miss a visit to Chiesa San Giorgio.

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Traveling by car from Lucerne to Lugano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Lucerne in August since evenings lows in Lugano dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Como.

Things to do in Lugano

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Chiesa San Giorgio, Monte San Giorgio, Scala Monumentale, asconautica
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Monte San Giorgio ©
Monte San Giorgio
Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Chiesa di Santa Maria Immacolata ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria Immacolata

3
nights
Como, Italy

Como ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Como side-trips: Boat2Go (in Oliveto Lario), La Cantina (in Lenno) and Villa del Balbianello (in Tremezzina). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Lake Como Adventures, take in the pleasant sights at Centro Storico, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Abbondio, and make a trip to Piazza Cavour.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Como online trip builder.

Como is just a short distance from Lugano. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Varenna.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Boat2Go, La Cantina, Faro voltiano, Villa del Balbianello
Highlights from your plan
Lake Como Adventures ©
Lake Como Adventures
Boat2Go ©
Boat2Go
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello

2
nights
Varenna, Italy

Varenna ©
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 16th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at S. Giovanni Battista, admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, then admire the natural beauty at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi, then explore the stunning scenery at Orrido di Bellano, and finally admire the natural beauty at Villa Carlotta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at I Giardini di Villa Melzi, walk around La Punta Spartivento, admire the verdant scenery at Valchiavenna, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio, and finally shop like a local with Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Varenna trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Como to Varenna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Bellagio, Valchiavenna, Orrido di Bellano, Villa Carlotta
Highlights from your plan
I Giardini di Villa Melzi ©
I Giardini di Villa Melzi
Kayaking & Canoeing
Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta

4
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Padua (Casa Ezzelino, Scrovegni Chapel, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, steep yourself in history at Doge's Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, and take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Venice sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Varenna to Venice in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Padua
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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