13 days in Switzerland, France & Lake Como Itinerary

13 days in Switzerland, France & Lake Como Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Bellano, Italy
— 1 night
Como, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly to Trieste, Shuttle to Ljubljana


Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 12th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), then wander the streets of Old Town, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Friedhof Fluntern.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Zurich itinerary app.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Zurich is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In August in Zurich, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lucerne.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lucerne: Lake Brienz (in Brienz) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, admire the masterpieces at Museum Rosengart Collection, take in the awesome beauty at Rigi, and don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lucerne online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to fly to Marseille.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trips
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Marseille, France — 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Cours Mirabeau (in Aix-en-Provence), Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes) and Distillerie A. Blachere (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, stop by The Panier, and steep yourself in history at Chateau d'If.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Marseille trip maker.

Fly from Lucerne to Marseille in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Lucerne in August; daily highs in Marseille reach 35°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can fly to Lyon.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
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Lyon, France — 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
On the 20th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon and then stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon day trip planning website.

Fly from Marseille to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Marseille in August since evenings lows in Lyon dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bellano.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Bellano, Italy — 1 night

Bellano is a comune (municipality) and small town on the eastern shore of Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located at northern outlet of the Valsassina.The town's main attraction is the Orrido ("gorge" or small canyon) formed through erosion by the river Pioverna before entering the lake, starting from 15 millions year ago. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbazia Cluniacense di Santa Maria di Piona, learn about all things military at Forte Montecchio Nord, admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, take in the architecture and atmosphere at S. Giovanni Battista, then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Vezio, and finally take in breathtaking views at Orrido di Bellano.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bellano online day trip planner.

Getting from Lyon to Bellano by car takes about 6 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Como.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
Side Trips
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Como, Italy — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): appreciate the history behind Life Electric, take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Carlotta, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello, and finally trek along Sentee di Sort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Faro voltiano, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), then stroll around La Punta Spartivento, and finally admire the natural beauty at I Giardini di Villa Melzi.

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Drive from Bellano to Como in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trips
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Switzerland travel guide

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.

France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

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."