11 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

11 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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11 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive + Ferry:  4 h
3
Bellagio, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Chicago, United States

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): make a splash at Hallenbad Altstetten and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Parapark Zurich, then cool off at Swimming Pools Unter Letten, and then kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Zurich using our trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Zurich is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Chicago to Zurich, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in July, things will get slightly colder in Zurich: highs are around 78°F and lows about 59°F. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
Swimming Pools Unter Letten ©
Swimming Pools Unter Letten

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Sun), take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll around Hohematte Park, and then head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Interlaken travel planner.

Getting from Zurich to Interlaken by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. July in Interlaken sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Bellagio.

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Hohematte Park ©
Hohematte Park

3
nights
Bellagio, Italy

Bellagio ©
Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bellagio: Villa del Balbianello (in Tremezzina), Spiaggia Tranquilla (in Dorio) and Magreglio (Santuario Del Ghisallo & Madonna del Ghisallo). There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, get outside with Aero Club Monte Cornizzolo, walk around La Punta Spartivento, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Giacomo.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bellagio trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Interlaken to Bellagio in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, Bellagio is a bit warmer than Interlaken - with highs of 85°F and lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Bellagio

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Magreglio, Villa del Balbianello, Lago d'Iseo, Spiaggia Tranquilla, Lago di Como
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I Giardini di Villa Melzi ©
I Giardini di Villa Melzi
Kayaking & Canoeing
Lago di Como ©
Lago di Como

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.
On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, find something for the whole family at Leolandia, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Milan travel planner .

You can take a train from Bellagio to Milan in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Milan sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 65°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Museo Egizio, Leolandia
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Leolandia ©
Leolandia

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