38 days in Milan, Lugano & Geneva Itinerary

38 days in Milan, Lugano & Geneva Itinerary

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38 days in Milan, Lugano & Geneva Itinerary

Start: Vilnius, Lithuania
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Milan, Italy
— 16 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Lugano, Switzerland
— 10 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h
3
Geneva, Switzerland
— 11 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Vilnius, Lithuania

16
nights
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Spiaggia Tranquilla and Spiaggia di Onno. Step out of the city life by going to Riserva Naturale Val di Mello and Sentiero 6 - Valbasca. Venture out of the city with trips to Riva Bianca Beach (in Lierna), Bellagio (Abele Experientia Artis, Basilica di San Giacomo, & more) and Pian di Spagna (in Sorico). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Villa Carlotta, explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, browse the collection at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Milan travel planner.

Vilnius, Lithuania to Milan is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Vilnius to Milan due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Vilnius in June: high temperatures in Milan hover around 33°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lugano.

Things to do in Milan

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Bellagio, Como, Varenna, Tremezzina, Lido di Lenno
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Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

10
nights
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Fondazione Gabriele e Anna Braglia and Artrust SA. Escape the urban bustle at Aletsch Glacier and Lake Lugano. Change things up with these side-trips from Lugano: Gasthof Baeren (in Wilderswil), Morbio Inferiore (Percorso del Cemento & Parco delle Gole della Breggia) and Locarno (Naturreservat Bolle die Magadino & Porto Regionale di Locarno SA). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monte San Salvatore, take some stellar pictures from Monte Bre, steep yourself in history at Monte San Giorgio, and take in the awesome beauty at Parco Archeologico di Tremona-Castello.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lugano trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Milan to Lugano in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Locarno, Morbio Inferiore, OnArte, Artrust SA
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Monte San Giorgio ©
Monte San Giorgio

11
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Visit Plage de Port-Choiseul and Bains des Paquis for some beach relaxation. Chateau de Chillon and International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Geneva: Riserva naturale Les Grangettes (in Villeneuve), Creux du Van (in Neuchatel) and Lavaux Vineyard Terraces (in Lutry). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de St-Pierre, get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Saleve.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Geneva road trip site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lugano to Geneva in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Lugano in July since evenings lows in Geneva dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Pisciculture de la Gruyere, Riserva naturale Les Grangettes, Chateau de Chillon, Chaplin's World, Creux du Van
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World

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