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

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

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

Start: Newark, United States
Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Geneva, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
2
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 8 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Bern, Switzerland
— 8 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 8 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Locarno, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h
6
Stresa, Italy
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Como, Italy
— 8 nights
Drive + Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Newark, United States

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Geneva side-trips: Lausanne (Escaliers du Marche, Cathedrale de Lausanne, &more), Orchidarium (in Prangins) and The Mosimann Collection (in Le Bouveret). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Saleve, examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, and admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Geneva travel route planner.

Newark, USA to Geneva is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Newark in August, with highs in Geneva at 79°F and lows at 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lausanne, Montreux, Orchidarium, Vieille ville, The Mosimann Collection
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

8
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: Fondation Pierre Arnaud (in Lens), Eglise Saint Nicolas (in Heremence) and Sion (Chateau de Tourbillon & Maison du diable - Fondation Fellini). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, get around town with Gornergrat, and take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip itinerary builder website .

You can take a train from Geneva to Zermatt in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sion, Parasailing & Paragliding, Hangebrucke Furgangen-Muhlebach, Riederalp, Saaser Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier

8
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bern: Lake Geneva Marine (Genfersee Schifffahrt) (in Montreux), Astropleiades (in Blonay) and Thunersee (in Thun). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Aare River, get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and take in panoramic vistas at Gurten.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bern road trip planner .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Bern in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Zurich.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Lenk im Simmental, Thun, Adelboden, The Factory Escape Game, Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke
Highlights from your plan
The Factory Escape Game ©
The Factory Escape Game
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Aare River
Aare River

8
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lucerne (Town Hall, Chapel Bridge, &more), Museum Kloster Sankt Georgen (in Stein am Rhein) and Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and cool off at Swimming Pools Unter Letten.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Zurich travel route planner.

Getting from Bern to Zurich by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Zurich are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Locarno.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Interlaken, Basel, Santis der Berg, Taminabruecke
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

6
nights
Locarno, Switzerland

Locarno ©
Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Locarno: Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio (in Meride), Museo Della Civilta Contadina (in Stabio) and Lauterbrunnen (Lauterbrunnen Church, Trümmelbachfälle, &more). There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, hike along Grosse Scheidegg, don't miss a visit to Rhone Glacier, and contemplate the long history of Monte San Giorgio.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Locarno trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Locarno takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in September: highs in Locarno hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Stresa.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Lugano, Grindelwald, OnArte, Monte San Giorgio
Highlights from your plan
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls

6
nights
Stresa, Italy

Stresa ©
Stresa is a town and comune of about 5,000 residents on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, about 90km northwest of Milan. Get out of town with these interesting Stresa side-trips: Porto Valtravaglia (Cascate Della Froda & Alpe San Michele), Lago Maggiore (in Verbania) and Angera (Enoteca Savini & Distilleria Rossi d’Angera). Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Palazzo Borromeo, head off the coast to Isole Borromee, meet the residents at Park Pallavicino, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Stresa driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Locarno to Stresa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Stresa, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Como.

Things to do in Stresa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Maggiore, Verbania, Arona, Piazza della Chiesa, Isola Bella
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto ©
Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto
Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella

8
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Como: The Anglican Church of the Ascension (in Cadenabbia di Griante), Lido di Argegno (in Argegno) and Tremezzina (Villa Carlotta & Villa del Balbianello). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at i Giardini di Villa Melzi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Fedele, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Vezio, and hike along Sentiero dei Forti.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Como trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Stresa to Como in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Como

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Colico, Varenna, Bellagio, Bellano, Malgrate
Highlights from your plan
Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello
I Giardini di Villa Melzi ©
I Giardini di Villa Melzi

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