20 days in Milan, Lake Como & Switzerland Itinerary

20 days in Milan, Lake Como & Switzerland Itinerary

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Train to New York JFK, Fly to Milan Malpensa
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Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Como, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive to Laveno, Drive to Zermatt
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train
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Montreux, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Milan, Italy

— 3 nights

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.
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
Find places to stay May 21 — 24:

Como, Italy

— 3 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.
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 Sentiero del Viandante. You'll get in some beach time at Riva Bianca Beach and Lido di Lenno. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Como: Tremezzina (Villa del Balbianello & Villa Carlotta), Abbazia Cluniacense di Santa Maria di Piona (in Colico) and Santuario Della Madonna delle Grazie di San Martino (in Griante). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Greenway del Lago di Como, admire the natural beauty at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Vezio, and don't miss a visit to Piazza Cavour.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Como trip planner.

You can drive from Milan to Como in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Como can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 23 — 27:

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take a memorable ride with Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, pause for some serene contemplation at Baroque Church, then step into the grandiose world of Stockalper Palace, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society, and finally get great views at Gornergrat. On the next day, 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, look for gifts at Lindt Chocolate Shop Zermatt, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", and finally see what you can catch with Fly Fish Zermatt.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Como to Zermatt takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 27 — 29:

Montreux, Switzerland

— 2 nights
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 take a train from Zermatt to Montreux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or 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 · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 29 — 31:

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

— 2 nights
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. Other options are to drive; or 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 · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 2:

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 3 nights
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 Pfarrkirche St. Maria Weggis are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Festung Vitznau and Basel's Old Town. Change things up with a short trip to Basel Minster in Basel (about 1h 25 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 drive; or 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 · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 2 — 5:

Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

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 drive; or 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 · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 5 — 8:

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 · Landmarks
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.