11 days in Switzerland & Northwest Italy Itinerary

11 days in Switzerland & Northwest Italy Itinerary

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11 days in Switzerland & Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 45​min
3
Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Genoa, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
5
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Chicago, United States

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): wander the streets of Old Town and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Zurich trip itinerary builder website .

Chicago, USA to Zurich is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Chicago in July; daily highs in Zurich reach 78°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): stop by Laderach, get outside with Alpine Adventures Zermatt, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at Parish church of St Mauritius, and finally have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hohbalmen.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt day trip planning website .

Drive from Zurich to Zermatt in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Alpine Adventures Zermatt (Fly Zermatt) ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 21st (Tue), see the interesting displays at Chateau de Nyon, then see the interesting displays at Musee Ariana, then see the interesting displays at Musee d'ethnographie de Geneve, and finally wander the streets of Vieux-Carouge. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Port-Choiseul, see the interesting displays at Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde, then take a leisurely stroll along Pointe de la Jonction, then admire the masterpieces at Collections Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient, and finally examine the collection at MB&F M.A.D.Gallery.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Geneva holiday builder tool .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Geneva takes 4 hours. In July in Geneva, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Chateau de Nyon, Vieux-Carouge
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Chateau de Nyon ©
Chateau de Nyon
Plage de Port-Choiseul ©
Plage de Port-Choiseul
Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde ©
Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde

1
night
Genoa, Italy

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): partake in some friendly competition at Ilgioco.net - Escape Room Games & more, then explore the world behind art at Musei di Strada Nuova - Palazzo Bianco, and then see the interesting displays at Palazzo Rosso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Palazzo San Giorgio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa del Gesu e dei Santi Ambrogio e Andrea, explore the world behind art at Museo Diocesano Chiostro dei Canonici di San Lorenzo, step into the grandiose world of Castello Brown, then enjoy the sea views from Faro di Portofino, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Giorgio.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Genoa trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Geneva to Genoa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Genoa when traveling from Geneva in July, with lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Portofino
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Faro di Portofino ©
Faro di Portofino
Castello Brown ©
Castello Brown

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 the 25th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Novecento, and finally take an in-depth tour of Villa Necchi Campiglio. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate the long history of Mura Venete, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale (Duomo) di Bergamo e Battistero, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cappella Colleoni, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Campanone o Torre Civica.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Milan online travel route planner .

Getting from Genoa to Milan by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Genoa in July since evenings lows in Milan dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Bergamo, Piazza Ducale
Highlights from your plan
Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa ©
Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa
Piazza Ducale ©
Piazza Ducale

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