13 days in Switzerland & Portofino Itinerary

13 days in Switzerland & Portofino Itinerary

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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.
For shopping fun, head to Bahnhofstrasse or Confiserie Sprungli. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Limmat and Klingnauer Stausee. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, visit Old Town, enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Zurich trip planner.

Fort Myers, USA to Zurich is an approximately 18- hour combination of bus, train, and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Fort Myers in August, things will get a bit cooler in Zurich: highs are around 76°F and lows about 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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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nights
Wengen, Switzerland

Wengen ©
Wengen is a mountain village in the Bernese Oberland of central Switzerland. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Central Sport and Alpia Sport + Mode. Get in touch with nature at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Trümmelbachfälle. Get out of town with these interesting Wengen side-trips: Staubbach Waterfall (in Lauterbrunnen) and Maennlichen (in Grindelwald). It doesn't end there: take a stroll through Alpiglen.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Wengen visit planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Wengen in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. You'll set off for Lausanne on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Wengen

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald
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Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Staubbach Waterfall ©
Staubbach Waterfall

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Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grottes de Vallorbe and Corniche Lavaux Vineyards. Head to Fondation de l'Hermitage and Manor Genevefor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lausanne: The Bex Salt Mines (in Bex) and Maison de l'Etivaz (in L'Etivaz). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Palud, look for gifts at O'Coeur des Reves ..., and cozy up to a beverage at Lavaux Vinorama.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lausanne route planner.

Getting from Wengen to Lausanne by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Portofino.

Things to do in Lausanne

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

The Bex Salt Mines, O'Coeur des Reves ..., Tristan Carbonatto Chocolatier, Lavaux Vinorama, Corniche Lavaux Vineyards
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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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nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): look for gifts at DiVino Emporio, then walk around Parco Regionale dell'Aveto, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Baia di Paraggi. On the next day, enjoy the sea views from Faro di Portofino and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bagni Marina Stabilimento Balneare.

To find out how to plan a trip to Portofino, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Lausanne to Portofino in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Portofino

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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