13 days in Switzerland & Portofino Itinerary

13 days in Switzerland & Portofino Itinerary

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13 days in Switzerland & Portofino Itinerary

Start: Fort Myers, United States
+3
bus + train + tram + Fly:  16​h
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Wengen, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Lausanne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Portofino, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Fort Myers, United States

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Limmat and Klingnauer Stausee. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Zurich and Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse, look for gifts at Confiserie Sprungli, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and take a stroll through Old Town (Altstadt).

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Zurich trip maker tool .

Fort Myers, USA to Zurich is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Myers to Zurich is 6 hours. Traveling from Fort Myers in August, things will get a bit cooler in Zurich: highs are around 76°F and lows about 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Wengen.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Klingnauer Stausee
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Confiserie Sprungli ©
Confiserie Sprungli

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Wengen, Switzerland

Wengen ©
Wengen is a mountain village in the Bernese Oberland of central Switzerland. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Alpia Sport + Mode and Lindt Chocolate Shop Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe. Step off the beaten path and head to Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and The Eiger Trail. Go for a jaunt from Wengen to Grindelwald to see Maennlichen about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Staubbach Fall, stop by Central Sport, and take a stroll through Alpiglen.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Wengen road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Wengen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Wengen are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lausanne.

Things to do in Wengen

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald
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Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

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Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Get a sense of the local culture at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards and Fondation de l'Hermitage. Take a break from the city and head to The Bex Salt Mines and Grottes de Vallorbe. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lausanne: Manor (in Geneva), Maison de l'Etivaz (in L'Etivaz) and Tristan Carbonatto Chocolatier (in Bougy-Villars). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at O'Coeur des Reves ..., appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Palud, and learn about winemaking at Lavaux Vinorama.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lausanne trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Wengen to Lausanne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Portofino.

Things to do in Lausanne

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

The Bex Salt Mines, O'Coeur des Reves ..., Manor Geneve, Lavaux Vinorama, Maison de l'Etivaz
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Corniche Lavaux Vineyards ©
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards
Grottes de Vallorbe ©
Grottes de Vallorbe
The Bex Salt Mines ©
The Bex Salt Mines

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Portofino, Italy

Portofino ©
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): look for gifts at DiVino Emporio, then look for all kinds of wild species at Parco Regionale dell'Aveto, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia di Paraggi. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Faro di Portofino and then kick back and relax at Bagni Marina Stabilimento Balneare.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Portofino trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Lausanne to Portofino in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Portofino

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Parco Regionale dell'Aveto, Bagni Marina Stabilimento Balneare, DiVino Emporio, Baia di Paraggi
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Faro di Portofino ©
Faro di Portofino
Parco Regionale dell'Aveto ©
Parco Regionale dell'Aveto
DiVino Emporio ©
DiVino Emporio

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