11 days in Switzerland, Italy & Colmar Itinerary

11 days in Switzerland, Italy & Colmar Itinerary

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11 days in Switzerland, Italy & Colmar Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly:  15​h 30​min
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Zurich, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
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Basel, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
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Colmar, France
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
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Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive:  30​min
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Como, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
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Stresa, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Bern, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Newark, United States

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip itinerary maker .

Newark, USA to Zurich is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Zurich, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Newark in October, with highs in Zurich at 58°F and lows at 45°F. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Fri) before leaving for Basel.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites
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Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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Basel, Switzerland

Basel ©
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Rathaus has been added to your itinerary.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Basel trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by train from Zurich to Basel takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Colmar.

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Historic Sites
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Basel Minster ©
Basel Minster
Rathaus ©
Rathaus

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Colmar, France

Colmar ©
Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Colmar trip builder site .

Getting from Basel to Colmar by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October in Colmar, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lugano.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums
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Musée d'Unterlinden ©
Musée d'Unterlinden

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Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa San Carlo Borromeo, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, then take in the awesome beauty at Monte San Salvatore, and finally stroll through Parco Civico.

Planning Lugano trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Colmar to Lugano in 4 hours. In October in Lugano, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Como.

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Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore
Chiesa San Carlo Borromeo ©
Chiesa San Carlo Borromeo

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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.
On the 21st (Sun), head outdoors with Lake Como Adventures, grab your bike and head to Ciclovia dei Laghi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Chilometro della Conoscenza, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Sentiero 6 - Valbasca.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Como tour itinerary builder .

Como is just a stone's throw from Lugano. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Stresa.

Things to do in Como

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Lake Como Adventures ©
Lake Como Adventures
Cathedral of Como (Duomo) ©
Cathedral of Como (Duomo)
Chilometro della Conoscenza ©
Chilometro della Conoscenza

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Stresa, Italy

Stresa ©
Stresa is a town and comune of about 5,000 residents on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, about 90km northwest of Milan. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): head off the coast to Isola Bella, admire the striking features of Palazzo Borromeo, explore the different monuments and memorials at Piccolo Cimitero, then stroll through Isola Madre, and finally relax in the rural setting at Parco della Villa Pallavicino.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Stresa day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Como to Stresa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Stresa are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Stresa

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Isola Madre, Isola Bella
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Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella
Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Isola Madre ©
Isola Madre

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 23rd (Tue), wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, pause for some photo ops at Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument, then examine the collection at Swiss Museum of Transport, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Lucerne attractions planning app .

Getting from Stresa to Lucerne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a train. When traveling from Stresa in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Lucerne: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Childrens Museums Nature
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz ©
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern

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Grindelwald, Switzerland

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Aare Gorge, see the interesting displays at Schweizer Holzbilderhauerei Museum, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, delve into the distant past at Unspunnen Castle, and then fly down the slopes at First.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Grindelwald trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Grindelwald takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bern.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Interlaken, Schweizer Holzbilderhauerei Museum, Trümmelbachfälle, Aare Gorge
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

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Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 26th (Fri), get outside with Elfenau, browse the exhibits of Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), and then shop like a local with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bern sightseeing planner .

Drive from Grindelwald to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Zurich.

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Outdoors Neighborhoods Shopping
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Elfenau ©
Elfenau
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) ©
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus)

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich planning tool .

Take a train from Bern to Zurich in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

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