11 days in Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

11 days in Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

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11 days in Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Engelberg, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 2nd (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Biosphaere Entlebuch, view the masterpieces at ARTBOX.GALLERY, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, then look for gifts at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, and finally take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Zurich trip itinerary builder site .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Zurich is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Abu Dhabi in October; daily highs in Zurich reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Engelberg.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Biosphaere Entlebuch
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©

3
nights
Engelberg, Switzerland

Engelberg ©
Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
Visiting Aletsch Glacier and Furka Pass will get you outdoors. Take a break from Engelberg with a short trip to Axalp in Brienz, about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Titlis, snap pictures at Titlis Bridge, examine the collection at Tal Museum Engelberg, and identify plant and animal life at Lake Trubsee.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Engelberg trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Engelberg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Engelberg

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Aletsch Glacier, Axalp, Furka Pass
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Titlis ©
Titlis
Axalp ©
Axalp

1
night
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Percorso del Cemento, then stroll through Parco delle Gole della Breggia, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte San Salvatore.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lugano online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Engelberg to Lugano takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Lugano can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Morbio Inferiore
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Parco delle Gole della Breggia ©
Parco delle Gole della Breggia
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore

4
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.
Duomo di Milano and Piazza delle Erbe are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Cucinanticafor plenty of shopping. Explore Milan's surroundings by going to Como (Oasi WWF del Bassone & Sentiero 6 - Valbasca), Verona (Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, Arena di Verona, & more) and Museo Egizio (in Turin). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco and get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Milan trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Lugano to Milan takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Verona, Como, Museo Egizio
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe

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