23 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

23 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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23 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  9​h
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 4 nights
car:  3​h
3
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
drive:  4​h
4
Lugano, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Como, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Bus:  11​h 15​min
End: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

4
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Take a break from the city and head to Seebad Eich and Lake Zurich. Bring the kids along to Strandbad Mythenquai and Swiss Science Center Technorama. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Mt Pilatus (in Lucerne) and Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Old Town (Altstadt), pause for some serene contemplation at Dietikon Catholic Church, look for gifts at Confiserie Sprungli, and take some stellar pictures from Lindenhof.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Zurich planning site .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Zurich is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 3 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Abu Dhabi in July: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 30°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Seebad Eich, Rhine Falls, Swiss Science Center Technorama, Mt Pilatus, Dietikon Catholic Church
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Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town

4
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Take a break from the city and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Aare Gorge. Step off the beaten path and head to Mount Titlis and Reichenbach Falls. Step out of Interlaken to go to Brienz and see Giessbachfälle, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, enjoy breathtaking views from Schynige Platte, admire the sheer force of Staubbach Fall, and stroll through Hohematte Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Interlaken travel planner .

Drive from Zurich to Interlaken in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Meiringen, Jungfraujoch, Giessbachfälle, Schynige Platte, Maennlichen
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Titlis ©
Titlis
Parasailing & Paragliding
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch

3
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Get some cultural insight at Mountaineers' Cemetery and Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie". Take a break from the city and head to The Matterhorn and The Bex Salt Mines. Venture out of the city with trips to Glacier 3000 (in Les Diablerets), Parc naturel Pfyn-Finge (in Sierre) and Mont-Fort (in Verbier). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mauritius Church Zermatt, and look for gifts at Metzgerei Bayard.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Zermatt trip builder site .

You can take a train from Interlaken to Zermatt in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Lugano.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

The Bex Salt Mines, Parc naturel Pfyn-Finge, Mont-Fort, Glacier 3000
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Mont-Fort ©
Mont-Fort

2
nights
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at OnArte and then head off the coast to Isole di Brissago. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Lido di Lugano, wander the streets of Santa Petronilla, and then take a memorable drive along Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina.

Make your Lugano itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Lugano takes 6 hours. In August, daytime highs in Lugano are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Como.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina, Santa Petronilla, Fox Town Factory Stores, Parco delle Gole della Breggia, Isole di Brissago
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Isole di Brissago ©
Isole di Brissago
Parco delle Gole della Breggia ©
Parco delle Gole della Breggia
Santa Petronilla ©
Santa Petronilla

2
nights
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.
Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at i Giardini di Villa Melzi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Anglican Church of the Ascension, then admire the natural beauty at Villa Carlotta, and finally admire the striking features of Villa del Balbianello.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Como vacation maker .

Como is very close to Lugano. August in Como sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Como

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tremezzina, Lago di Mergozzo, i Giardini di Villa Melzi, Isola Bella, The Anglican Church of the Ascension
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i Giardini di Villa Melzi ©
i Giardini di Villa Melzi
Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta

3
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.
Bring the kids along to Duomo di Milano and Leolandia. Discover out-of-the-way places like Oasi di Sant'Alessio and Oriocenter. Explore Milan's surroundings by going to Piazza Vecchia (in Bergamo) and Parco Faunistico le Cornelle (in Valbrembo). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, browse the exhibits of Castello Sforzesco, and don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Milan online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Como to Milan takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Parco Faunistico le Cornelle, Piazza Vecchia, Oriocenter, Oasi di Sant'Alessio, Leolandia
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Leolandia ©
Leolandia
Parco Faunistico le Cornelle ©
Parco Faunistico le Cornelle

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nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, hunt for treasures at Mercati di Rialto, take a stroll through Cannaregio, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and finally stop by La Bauta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, and finally get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Venice day trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Milan to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daytime highs in Venice are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Shopping Nature
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Cannaregio ©
Cannaregio
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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