13 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

13 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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13 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

Start: Ubud, Indonesia
Fly:  21​h
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  21​h 45​min
End: Ubud, Indonesia


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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 6th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster and then admire the sheer force of Rhine Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Old Town, admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church, and then stop by Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich travel planner .

Ubud, Indonesia to Zurich is an approximately 21-hour combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Ubud to Zurich due to the time zone difference. In October, Zurich is much colder than Ubud - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Rhine Falls
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Piazza San Marco and Doge's Palace. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scrovegni Chapel and Basilica di Sant’Antonio. Go for a jaunt from Venice to Padua to see Chiesa degli Eremitani about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice trip itinerary site .

Getting from Zurich to Venice by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Zurich in October, expect Venice to be a bit warmer, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Padua
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Visit Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, admire the striking features of Loggia dei Lanzi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Campanile di Giotto.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence day trip website .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Florence sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Historic Centre of San Gimignano
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pantheon and Piazza Navona. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, make a trip to Roman Forum, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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