12 days in Switzerland, Milan & Lake Como Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland, Milan & Lake Como Itinerary

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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
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Como, Italy
— 1 night
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Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Locarno, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Weggis, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Schaffhausen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy

— 1 night

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): look for gifts at Rinascente Milano, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco and then go for a walk through I Navigli.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Milan trip itinerary maker app.

If you are flying in from United Arab Emirates, the closest major aiports are Malpensa International Airport, Milano Linate Airport and Milan Bergamo Airport. In August, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Como.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Shopping
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Como, Italy

— 1 night

City of Silk

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Palazzo Terragni, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Abbondio, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Olmo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), then stop by Teatro del Gusto Como, and finally stop by Tea World.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Como trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Milan to Como takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lugano.

Things to do in Como

Shopping · Historic Sites
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Lugano, Switzerland

— 1 night

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Lido di Lugano, then explore the activities along Lake Lugano, and then do a tasting at Tamborini Vini.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lugano travel route planner.

Lugano is just a short distance from Como. August in Lugano sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Locarno.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Beaches · Fun & Games · Outdoors

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Locarno, Switzerland

— 1 night
Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Falconeria Locarno, then don't miss a visit to Collegio Pontificio Papio, then explore the historical opulence of Castelli di Bellinzona, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelgrande.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Locarno trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Lugano to Locarno takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Locarno, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Locarno

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Lucerne, Switzerland

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 7th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, then wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, then make a trip to The Nine Towers, and finally snap pictures at Chapel Bridge. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn and have fun at Max Chocolatier, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and then see the interesting displays at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip app.

Traveling by car from Locarno to Lucerne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Locarno in August, expect Lucerne to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Weggis.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping · Parks
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Weggis, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Weggis is a municipality in the district of Lucerne in the canton of Lucerne in Switzerland.It forms part of the northern shore of Lake Lucerne. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the activities along Lag da claus and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Benediktiner Kloster Disentis. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Felchlin Chocolate Factory Shop, then stop by Victorinox Factory Store, and then learn the secrets of production at House of Laderach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Weggis using our trip planner.

Weggis is very close to Lucerne. In August, daytime highs in Weggis are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Wed) before leaving for Schaffhausen.

Things to do in Weggis

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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Schaffhausen, Switzerland

— 2 nights
The Canton of Schaffhausen is a canton of Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Rhine Falls and then step into the grandiose world of Schloessli Woerth. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museum of Witchcraft Switzerland and then wander the streets of Stein am Rhein.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Schaffhausen vacation builder app.

You can drive from Weggis to Schaffhausen in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Schaffhausen can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Schaffhausen

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Lake Como travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Canton of Lucerne travel guide

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Bridges · Ski Areas · Bodies of Water
The Canton of Lucerne showcases the lakeside city of Lucerne with an impressive panoramic view of the Swiss Alps. At the heart of this historical old town, dotted with watercolor-painted houses, is the medieval Chapel Bridge, complete with gable paintings and considered one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe. This holiday spot brings excellent opportunities for tours of the old squares and churches, including a 17th-century Jesuit church regarded as Switzerland's first sacral Baroque building. Your itinerary may include the Culture and Convention Centre of Lucerne, the Swiss Museum of Transport, or a cable car trip up one of the neighboring mountainsides.