13 days in Western Europe Itinerary

13 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
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Como, Italy
— 1 night
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Lugano, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Chamonix, France
— 1 night
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Annecy, France
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Lausanne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Zurich, 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.
On the 30th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and finally get advice or help at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Milan trip planner.

If you are flying in from Saudi Arabia, the closest major aiports are Malpensa International Airport, Milano Linate Airport and Milan Bergamo Airport. In April in Milan, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Como.

Things to do in Milan

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 1:

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.
On the 1st (Sun), admire the striking features of Villa del Balbianello, then browse the exhibits of Villa Carlotta, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Giacomo. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Rush Cycle, indulge in some personalized pampering at Monticello Spa, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Como (Duomo).

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Drive from Milan to Como in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Como sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

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Lugano, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
On the 3rd (Tue), explore the ancient world of Monte San Giorgio, then browse the different shops at Fox Town Factory Stores, and then take in the awesome beauty at Monte San Salvatore. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Castello di Montebello, then relax and rejuvenate at Splash & Spa Tamaro, and then kick back and relax at Lido di Lugano.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lugano itinerary builder tool.

Lugano is just a short distance from Como. In May, daytime highs in Lugano are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 4:

Chamonix, France

— 1 night

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Chamonix driving holiday tool.

You can drive from Lugano to Chamonix in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Winter Sports
Find places to stay May 4 — 5:

Annecy, France

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Annecy day trip planner.

Getting from Chamonix to Annecy by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May in Annecy, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 5th (Thu), you're off to Geneva.

Things to do in Annecy

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites
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Geneva, Switzerland

— 1 night

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Geneva trip builder.

Traveling by car from Annecy to Geneva takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You'll set off for Lausanne on the 6th (Fri).

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Nightlife · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 5 — 6:

Lausanne, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Queen Studio Experience, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, and then take in the awesome beauty at Rochers-de-Naye. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World, then examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Lausanne.

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Traveling by car from Geneva to Lausanne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lausanne

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 8:

Interlaken, Switzerland

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get great views at Harderkulm, admire the sheer force of Giessbachfälle, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Interlaken trip website.

You can drive from Lausanne to Interlaken in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 8 — 9:

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 1 night
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, and finally wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern.

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Getting from Interlaken to Lucerne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 10:

Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Old Town and Landesmuseum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Sammlung Oskar Reinhart. Go for a jaunt from Zurich to Neuhausen am Rheinfall to see Rhine Falls about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Zurich journey builder app.

Getting from Lucerne to Zurich by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May in Zurich, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 12:

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Lake Como travel guide

4.2
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.