27 days in Switzerland, Sala Comacina & Milan Itinerary

27 days in Switzerland, Sala Comacina & Milan Itinerary

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27 days in Switzerland, Sala Comacina & Milan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Bern, Switzerland
— Few hours
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  8​h 15​min
6
St. Moritz, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Sala Comacina, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

5
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Munot and Fraumünster Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Niederdorf and Kloster Einsiedeln. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: St. Gallen (Cathedral & Kathedrale St.Gallen), Museum Aargau - Wildegg Castle (in Wildegg) and Santis der Berg (in Urnaesch). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Zurich online driving holiday planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Zurich is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Zurich, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Rapperswil, St. Gallen, Ruine Stein, Wildegg Castle, Santis der Berg
Highlights from your plan
Munot ©
Munot
Kloster Einsiedeln ©
Kloster Einsiedeln
Santis der Berg ©
Santis der Berg

3
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Step off the beaten path and head to Altstadt Luzern and Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel. Get in touch with nature at Mt Pilatus and Pilatus Bahnen AG. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lucerne: Bellinzona (Castello di Montebello, Castelli di Bellinzona, & more) and Teufelsbrucke (in Andermatt). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche, get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis, and get engrossed in the history at Bourbaki Panorama.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lucerne day trip app .

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Lucerne sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Uferpromenade Weggis, Teufelsbrucke, Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel
Highlights from your plan
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel ©
Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel

4
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen and Schlosskirche. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trümmelbachfälle and Niederhorn cable-car. Change things up with these side-trips from Interlaken: Thun (Thun-Panorama & Spiez Castle). There's lots more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, have some family-friendly fun at Heidi's Photo Chalet, get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Interlaken trip planner.

Drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Thun, Niederhorn Cable-car, St. Beatus Hoehlen, Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding
Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village

few
hours
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 30th (Mon), wander the streets of Matte and then admire the local landmark of Mosesbrunnen.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bern trip tool .

Drive from Interlaken to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Bern, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Matte ©
Matte
Mosesbrunnen ©
Mosesbrunnen

3
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Get in touch with nature at The Matterhorn and Parasailing & Paragliding. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mountaineers' Cemetery and Parish church of St Mauritius. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Hohbalmen, contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trockener Steg, and stop by Laderach.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip planning tool .

Getting from Bern to Zermatt by train takes about 2.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Thu) before leaving for St. Moritz.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery
Trockener Steg ©
Trockener Steg

2
nights
St. Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz ©
St.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Piz Bernina, then admire the verdant scenery at Val Fex, and then admire the masterpieces at Berry Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Moritz sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to St. Moritz takes 8.5 hours. In October in St. Moritz, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Sala Comacina.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Val Fex, Guarda
Highlights from your plan
Piz Bernina ©
Piz Bernina
Val Fex ©
Val Fex
Guarda ©
Guarda

4
nights
Sala Comacina, Italy

Sala Comacina ©
Greenway del Lago di Como and Chiesa dei SS. Quirico e Giulitta are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Santuario San Pancrazio and Agriturismo Alpe di Sala. Get out of town with these interesting Sala Comacina side-trips: Chiesa di Sant'Ambrogio (in Morazzone), Church of San Martino (in Valsolda) and Osservatorio Astronomico Sormano (in Sormano).

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sala Comacina online travel planner .

Traveling by car from St. Moritz to Sala Comacina takes 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from St. Moritz in October: high temperatures in Sala Comacina hover around 20°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Milan.

Things to do in Sala Comacina

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Church of San Martino, Greenway del Lago di Como, Sacri Monti (Sacred Mountains), Osservatorio Astronomico Sormano, Chiesa dei SS. Quirico e Giulitta
Highlights from your plan
Church of San Martino ©
Church of San Martino
Greenway del Lago di Como ©
Greenway del Lago di Como
Santuario San Pancrazio ©
Santuario San Pancrazio

2
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Monumental Cemetery and Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio. Get some historical perspective at Duomo di Milano and Vicolo Privato Lavandai. Take a break from Milan with a short trip to Piazza Ducale in Vigevano, about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Milan vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Sala Comacina to Milan in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Milan are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Piazza Ducale
Highlights from your plan
Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa ©
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Piazza Ducale ©
Piazza Ducale

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