17 days in Johannesburg & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

17 days in Johannesburg & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 8 nights
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Verbania, Italy
— 4 nights
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Ascona, Switzerland
— 3 nights

8
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Explore Johannesburg's surroundings by going to Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits), Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument, National Library of South Africa, &more) and Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site (Sterkfontein Cave & The Cradle of Humankind). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, get engrossed in the history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg trip maker.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiports are O R Tambo International and Pilanesberg International Airport. In December in Johannesburg, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Verbania.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trips

Pretoria, Sandton, Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, Ukutula Conservation Center, Emperors Palace
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

4
nights
Verbania, Italy

Verbania ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Arona (Parco della Rocca Borromea & Statue of San Carlone), Rocca Borromeo (in Angera) and Alpyland Mottarone (in Stresa).

Plan my Verbania trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Johannesburg to Verbania. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect Verbania to be much colder, temps between 10°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ascona.

Things to do in Verbania

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Stresa, Lake Maggiore, Arona, Lake Maggiore, Chiesa di San Donato
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Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella
Lago Maggiore ©
Lago Maggiore
Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto ©
Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto

3
nights
Ascona, Switzerland

Ascona ©
Ascona is a municipality in the district of Locarno in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland.It is located on the shore of Lake Maggiore.The town is a popular tourist destination, and holds a yearly jazz festival, the Ascona Jazz Festival.HistoryPrehistoric AsconaThe oldest archaeological finds in Ascona go back to the beginnings of Late Bronze Age. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): make a trip to Piazza Grande, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Falconeria Locarno, then make a splash at Lido Locarno, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso. On the next day, see human ingenuity at work at Verzasca Dam, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Michele, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa dei Santi Pietro e Paolo, then make a trip to Lungolago Di Ascona, and finally make a trip to Piazza G. Motta.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ascona road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Verbania to Ascona takes an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ascona

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Locarno, Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso ©
Piazza G. Motta ©
Piazza G. Motta
Piazza Grande ©
Piazza Grande

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