11 days in Switzerland, Italy & Colmar Itinerary

11 days in Switzerland, Italy & Colmar Itinerary

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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
4
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
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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.
On the 19th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip itinerary planner.

Newark, USA to Zurich is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Newark to Zurich. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Newark in October; daily highs in Zurich reach 58°F and lows reach 45°F. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Basel.

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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. On the 19th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Rathaus and then steep yourself in history at Basel Minster.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Basel online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Zurich to Basel by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. October in Basel sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Colmar.

Things to do in Basel

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.
On the 19th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden.

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You can drive from Basel to Colmar in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Colmar are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive 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.
On the 20th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa San Carlo Borromeo, thenexplore the activities along Lake Lugano, thentake some stellar pictures from Monte San Salvatore, and finally walk around Parco Civico.

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Traveling by car from Colmar to Lugano takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daytime highs in Lugano are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Como.

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Parks Nature Historic Sites
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): see the sights as you ascend with Lake Como Adventures, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), thentrek along Chilometro della Conoscenza, and finally go for a walk through Sentiero 6 - Valbasca.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Como travel itinerary planner.

Como is just a stone's throw from Lugano. In October, daily temperatures in Como can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Stresa.

Things to do in Como

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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. On the 22nd (Mon), stroll through Isola Bella, take in the exciting artwork at Palazzo Borromeo, stroll the grounds of Piccolo Cimitero, thenstep off the mainland to explore Isola Madre, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Park Pallavicino.

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Getting from Como to Stresa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In October, daytime highs in Stresa are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, thenengage your brain at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne day trip planner.

Getting from Stresa to Lucerne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Traveling from Stresa in October, you will find days in Lucerne are little chillier (59°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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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.
On the 24th (Wed), take in breathtaking views at Aare Gorge, thenexamine the collection at Schweizer Holzbilderhauerei Museum, thenglide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, 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, explore the ancient world of Unspunnen Castle, and then fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First.

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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 Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Interlaken, Trümmelbachfälle, Aare Gorge, Schweizer Holzbilderhauerei Museum
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

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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, get engrossed in the history at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), and then get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bern trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. October in Bern sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Zurich.

Things to do in Bern

Outdoors Shopping Neighborhoods
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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 ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): shop like a local with Bahnhofstrasse and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Zurich planner.

Traveling by train from Bern to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Shopping
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

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