15 days in Geneva, Zurich & Lake Como Itinerary

15 days in Geneva, Zurich & Lake Como Itinerary

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Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Como, Italy
— 2 nights
Varenna, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive to Malpensa International Airport, Fly to Doha


Geneva, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux) and Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, make a trip to Palais des Nations, Genève, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Geneva trip maker website.

Doha, Qatar to Geneva is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Doha to Geneva due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Doha in August, with highs in Geneva at 30°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can fly to Zurich.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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Zurich, Switzerland

— 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall), Lagerplatz (in Winterthur) and Lucerne (Altstadt Luzern, Lake Lucerne, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Mt Pilatus, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, enjoy the sand and surf at Seebad Mit Strand Am Vierwaldstattersee, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Zurich online travel route builder.

Traveling by flight from Geneva to Zurich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Como.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Neighborhoods

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Como, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Silk

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 (Sat), stop by Rush Cycle, make a trip to Faro voltiano, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Como (Duomo). Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Parrocchia di Santa Tecla, admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello, and then admire the striking features of Villa Olmo.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Como trip planner.

Getting from Zurich to Como by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August, Como is somewhat warmer than Zurich - with highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Varenna.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

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Varenna, Italy

— 4 nights
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Varenna: Villa Carlotta (in Tremezzina), Bellagio (I Giardini di Villa Melzi, Basilica di San Giacomo, &more) and Chiesa di Santa Marta (in Bellano). The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Orrido di Bellano, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio, pause for some serene contemplation at S. Giovanni Battista, and admire the striking features of Villa Monastero.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Varenna trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Como to Varenna in 1.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or take a train. In August in Varenna, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 26th (Thu).

Things to do in Varenna

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

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Lake Como travel guide

Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."