8 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

8 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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8 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly + Drive:  12 h
1
Locarno, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Stresa, Italy
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  6 h
End: London, United Kingdom

3
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.
Locarno is known for zoos & aquariums, theme parks, and baths. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the resident critters at Falconeria Locarno, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso, don't miss a visit to Collegio Pontificio Papio, and see human ingenuity at work at Verzasca Dam.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Locarno holiday builder .

London, UK to Locarno is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. In April, Locarno is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Stresa.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

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

4
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Rocca Borromeo (in Angera) and Lago Maggiore (in Verbania). Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Palazzo Borromeo, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto, step off the mainland to explore Isole Borromee, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Park Pallavicino.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Stresa journey site .

Traveling by car from Locarno to Stresa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. April in Stresa sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Stresa

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Lake Maggiore, Arona, Verbania, Lake Maggiore
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Park Pallavicino ©
Park Pallavicino
Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto ©
Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto

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