12 days in Switzerland & Genoa Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland & Genoa Itinerary

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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
2
Genoa, Italy
— 4 nights
3
Lugano, Switzerland
— 3 nights
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Lion Monument and then explore the activities along Lake Lucerne. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, admire the striking features of Lucerne Station, then squeeze the most out of the city with Free Walk Lucerne, and finally fly like a bird with Paragliding Luzern.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lucerne online holiday planner.

Rotterdam, The Netherlands to Lucerne is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Wed) before leaving for Genoa.

Things to do in Lucerne

Tours · Nature · Parks
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Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge
Lion Monument ©
Lion Monument

4
nights
Genoa, Italy

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Genoa: Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours (in Manarola), Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza (in Monterosso al Mare) and Vernazza (in Vernazza). There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of Genoa, get to know the fascinating history of Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi, take a leisurely stroll along Old Port, and enjoy breathtaking views from Spianata Castelletto.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Genoa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Genoa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, Genoa is a bit warmer than Lucerne - with highs of 33°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Genoa

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cinque Terre, Baia del Silenzio
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Aquarium of Genoa ©
Aquarium of Genoa
Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours ©
Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours
Boccadasse ©
Boccadasse

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nights
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria degli Angioli, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte San Salvatore, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Fox Town Factory Stores.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lugano tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Genoa to Lugano takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Genoa in August, expect little chillier with lows of 20°C in Lugano. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lugano

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fox Town Factory Stores, Chiesa dei Santi Fedele e Simone
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Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore
Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Monte Bre ©
Monte Bre

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nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Sciffmandli, admire the sheer force of Rhine Falls, and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Zurich online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Lugano to Zurich in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Traveling from Lugano in August, things will get slightly colder in Zurich: highs are around 28°C and lows about 16°C. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Neuhausen am Rheinfall
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

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