19 days in Maldives & Lake Como Itinerary

19 days in Maldives & Lake Como Itinerary

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Male, Maldives
— 7 nights
Fly to Malpensa International Airport, Drive to Varenna
Varenna, Italy
— 5 nights
Como, Italy
— 5 nights


Male, Maldives

— 7 nights
The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
Male is known for shopping, wildlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), look for gifts at Island Bazaar, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Male road trip planner.

Dallas, USA to Male is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Male is 11 hours. When traveling from Dallas in September, plan for little chillier days in Male, with highs around 87°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 79°F. You will leave for Varenna on the 20th (Tue).

Things to do in Male

Shopping · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

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Varenna, Italy

— 5 nights
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varenna: Parrocchia di S. Abbondio (in Mezzegra), Tremezzina (Chiesa di San Lorenzo a Tremezzo & Villa Carlotta) and Colico (Molino Maufet & Forte Montecchio Nord). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at I Giardini di Villa Melzi, admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, take in the exciting artwork at Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Giacomo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Varenna itinerary maker tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Male to Varenna. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Male to Varenna due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Male in September: highs in Varenna hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Como.

Things to do in Varenna

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

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Como, Italy

— 5 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Como: Greenway del Lago di Como (in Colonno), Parrocchia di Santa Tecla (in Torno) and Villa del Balbianello (in Tremezzina). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), admire the striking features of Villa Olmo, appreciate the history behind Life Electric, and make a trip to Faro voltiano.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Como trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Varenna to Como by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Como can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites · Shopping

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Find places to stay Sep 25 — 30:

Maldives travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Nature & Parks · Shark Diving
Maldives has come to be seen as a quintessential island holiday destination, with entire sand-circled islands owned by resorts, who manage each part of the island's environment to give it the look and feel of paradise. The clear waters surrounding the islands offer plentiful dive sites, rich in tropical fish and coral formations, with the smaller, less-populated islands surrounded by the richest marine environments, largely undisturbed by industry and tourism. Larger islands here offer an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs--their higher population means they also feature religious sites and markets selling local produce.

Lake Como travel guide

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."