15 days in Heidelberg, Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

15 days in Heidelberg, Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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Heidelberg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Positano, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
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Heidelberg, Germany

— 2 nights

City of Romanticism

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Venture out of the city with trips to Baden-Baden (Lichtentaler Allee, Rosengarten auf dem Beutig, &more) and Europa-Park (in Rust). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Schloss Heidelberg and explore the world behind art at Museum of the Palatinate (Kurpfalzisches Museum) and restaurant.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Heidelberg travel itinerary planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Heidelberg is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Heidelberg is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Riyadh in June, things will get cooler in Heidelberg: highs are around 24°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Zurich.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take a stroll through Old Town, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and then wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Zurich trip planner.

Getting from Heidelberg to Zurich by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Zurich are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Florence.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Florence online travel planner.

Getting from Zurich to Florence by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in June, expect Florence to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Venice, Italy

— 2 nights

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 11th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, and finally admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Venice, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Positano.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Positano, Italy

— 2 nights
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
On the 13th (Sun), take some stellar pictures from Belvedere Principessa di Piemonte, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Ravello, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Sant'Andrea. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stop by Ceramiche Maria Grazia, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fornillo, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Positano road trip planner.

You can fly from Venice to Positano in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Positano can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Positano

Parks · Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rome route app.

Getting from Positano to Rome by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
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 · Beaches
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.