20 days in Milan, Lake Como & Switzerland Itinerary

20 days in Milan, Lake Como & Switzerland Itinerary

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Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
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Como, Italy
— 3 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Montreux, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights

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Milan, Italy

Milan ©
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Il Cenacolo, explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca di Brera, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, then shop like a local with Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan route planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Milan is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of train and flight. Traveling from Philadelphia to Milan, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Milan are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Como.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Il Cenacolo ©
Il Cenacolo

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Como, Italy

Como ©
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lake Como Charter as well as Cathedral of Como (Duomo). Take a break from the city and head to Spiaggia Tranquilla and Riva Bianca Beach. Get some cultural insight at Villa Carlotta and Chiesa di San Giorgio. Explore Como's surroundings by going to Abbazia Cluniacense di Santa Maria di Piona (in Colico), Santuario Della Madonna delle Grazie di San Martino (in Griante) and Villa del Balbianello (in Tremezzina). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Abbondio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di S. Carlo, and stroll through Lido di Lenno.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Como trip site.

Traveling by car from Milan to Como takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Como, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Varenna, Tremezzina, Abbazia Cluniacense di Santa Maria di Piona, Riva Bianca Beach, Castello di Vezio
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Greenway del Lago di Como ©
Greenway del Lago di Como
Castello di Vezio ©
Castello di Vezio
Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta

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Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): catch a ride on Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Baroque Church, step into the grandiose world of Stockalper Palace, then pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, and finally grab a seat and go on Gornergrat. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then stop by Lindt Chocolate Shop Zermatt, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", and finally get interesting insight from Fly Fish Zermatt.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Zermatt itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Como to Zermatt in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Transportation · Parks

Side Trips

Baroque Church, Stockalper Palace
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Fly Fish Zermatt ©
Fly Fish Zermatt

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Montreux, Switzerland

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
You've now added Golden Pass Railway to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): get interesting insight from Golden Pass Railway, contemplate the long history of Cathedrale de Lausanne, look for all kinds of wild species at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, then stroll around Riserva naturale Les Grangettes, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye, and finally admire the striking features of Chateau de Chillon. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Montreux Lakeside, then indulge your senses at Swiss Riviera Wine Tours, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Les Bains de Lavey.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Montreux online vacation planner.

You can drive from Zermatt to Montreux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Montreux

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateau de Chillon, Cathedrale de Lausanne, Riserva naturale Les Grangettes, Les Bains de Lavey
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Swiss Riviera Wine Tours ©
Swiss Riviera Wine Tours
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Cathedrale de Lausanne ©
Cathedrale de Lausanne

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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Lauterbrunnen Church has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauterbrunnen Church, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, and then admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall, appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village, then admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, then hike along Blumental Panorama Trail, and finally don't miss a visit to 007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lauterbrunnen trip planner.

You can drive from Montreux to Lauterbrunnen in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Murren, Jungfraujoch
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Chapel Bridge has been added to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as Uferpromenade Weggis and Basel Minster are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Festung Vitznau and Pfarrkirche St. Maria Weggis. Change things up with a short trip to Basel's Old Town in Basel (about 1h 5 min away). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, and stop by Altstadt Luzern.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne tour builder tool.

Drive from Lauterbrunnen to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Basel, Weggis, Festung Vitznau
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Basel Minster ©
Basel Minster
Uferpromenade Weggis ©
Uferpromenade Weggis
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Friedhof Fluntern, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Winterthur Trail, admire the sheer force of Rhine Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mauritius Church, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Zurich sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Zurich are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Landsgemeindeplatz, Winterthur Trail, Rhine Falls, St Mauritius Church
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Landsgemeindeplatz ©
Landsgemeindeplatz

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