23 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

23 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Lugano, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Como, Italy
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Head to Bahnhofstrasse and Confiserie Sprunglifor plenty of shopping. Bring the kids along to Rhine Falls and Old Town. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Dietikon Catholic Church (in Dietikon), Swiss Science Center Technorama (in Winterthur) and Seebad Eich (in Eich). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, stroll through Strandbad Mythenquai, and take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich day trip app.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Zurich is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in July, things will get colder in Zurich: highs are around 30°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Beaches · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Interlaken, Switzerland

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Titlis and Giessbachfälle. Escape the urban bustle at Jungfraujoch and Reichenbach Falls. Step out of Interlaken with an excursion to Aare Gorge in Meiringen--about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the natural beauty at Schynige Platte, stroll around Hohematte Park, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Interlaken trip planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Interlaken in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Zermatt, Switzerland

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Explore hidden gems such as Gornergrat and Mont-Fort. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Matterhorn and Metzgerei Bayard. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zermatt: Les Mines De Sel De Bex (in Bex), Glacier 3000 (in Les Diablerets) and Parc naturel Pfyn-Finge (in Sierre). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", and pause for some serene contemplation at Parish Church of St. Mauritius.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Zermatt trip builder tool.

You can drive from Interlaken to Zermatt in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lugano.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Lugano, Switzerland

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
On the 6th (Tue), explore the world behind art at OnArte. On your second day here, stroll through Lido di Lugano, then wander the streets of Cascate di Santa Petronilla, and then take a memorable drive along Tibetan bridge "Carasc".

Take the guesswork out of planning a Lugano vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Zermatt to Lugano in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train; or do a combination of train and tram. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Como.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trips

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Como, Italy

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 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at I Giardini di Villa Melzi, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Anglican Church of the Ascension, then admire the natural beauty at Villa Carlotta, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Como online trip itinerary maker.

Como is just a short distance from Lugano. In August, daily temperatures in Como can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Como

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

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Milan, Italy

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Attractions like Duomo di Milano and Leolandia make great kid-friendly stops. Do your shopping at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Oriocenter. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milan: Oasi di Sant'Alessio (in Sant'Alessio con Vialone), Parco Faunistico Le Cornelle (in Valbrembo) and Piazza Vecchia (in Bergamo). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco, and don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Milan trip builder.

Drive from Como to Milan in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Shopping

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Venice, Italy

City of Romance

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.
On the 14th (Wed), snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercati di Rialto, wander the streets of Cannaregio, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then make a trip to Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and finally stop by La Bauta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then examine the collection at Doge's Palace, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Venice route planner.

Traveling by car from Milan to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature · Parks
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.