15 days in Switzerland, Italy & Innsbruck Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland, Italy & Innsbruck Itinerary

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Start: Cinque Terre, Italy
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Modena, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Innsbruck, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 15 min
6
Engelberg, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
8
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  4 h 15 min
9
Gruyeres, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
10
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
11
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
End: Zurich, Switzerland

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night
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
On the 1st (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and then get into the urban bustle at Vernazza.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cinque Terre tour itinerary planning tool.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport, Pisa International Airport and Peretola Airport. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Vernazza ©
Vernazza
Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church ©
Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church

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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, thencontemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, and then take in the exciting artwork at M.G. Design. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Florence in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Modena.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

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Modena, Italy

Modena ©
Deemed the Capital of Engines, Modena is the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari and the headquarters of Italian sports cars.
On the 4th (Sat), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, see the interesting displays at MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Modena.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Modena trip planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Modena in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Modena are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Modena

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Modena ©
Duomo di Modena
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari ©
MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari

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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.
Head to Codex Art Gallery and ar33studiofor some retail therapy. Family-friendly places like Piazza San Marco and Peggy Guggenheim Collection will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, view the masterpieces at Max Studio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, and take a stroll through Cannaregio.

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

You can drive from Modena to Venice in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
On the 8th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Innsbruck and then get engrossed in the history at The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl).

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Innsbruck trip planner.

Traveling by car from Venice to Innsbruck takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Venice in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Innsbruck, with lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Engelberg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Altstadt von Innsbruck ©
Altstadt von Innsbruck
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)

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Engelberg, Switzerland

Engelberg ©
Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stroll through Ski School Active Snow Team Engelberg, thendon't miss a visit to Kloster Engelberg - Benediktinerabtei, and then examine the collection at Tal Museum Engelberg.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Engelberg trip planner.

Getting from Innsbruck to Engelberg by car takes about 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Engelberg

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ski School Active Snow Team Engelberg ©
Ski School Active Snow Team Engelberg
Tal Museum Engelberg ©
Tal Museum Engelberg
Kloster Engelberg - Benediktinerabtei ©
Kloster Engelberg - Benediktinerabtei

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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Lauterbrunnen Church, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, and then see the interesting displays at Talmuseum Lauterbrunnen.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lauterbrunnen day trip planning website.

Getting from Engelberg to Lauterbrunnen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village
Talmuseum Lauterbrunnen ©
Talmuseum Lauterbrunnen
Lauterbrunnen Church ©
Lauterbrunnen Church

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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 11th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", take in the spiritual surroundings of English Church, thenlook for gifts at Lindt Chocolate Shop Zermatt, thenstroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Zermatt travel route builder app.

You can take a train from Lauterbrunnen to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Gruyeres.

Things to do in Zermatt

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery
Kapelle Winkelmatten ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

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Gruyeres, Switzerland

Gruyeres ©
The small medieval town of Gruyères sits at the base of two foothill peaks with a saddle suspended between them.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): examine the collection at HR Giger Museum, step into the grandiose world of Gruyeres Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint Theodule.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Gruyeres online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Gruyeres takes 4.5 hours. April in Gruyeres sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Gruyeres

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gruyeres Castle ©
Gruyeres Castle
HR Giger Museum ©
HR Giger Museum
Eglise Saint Theodule ©
Eglise Saint Theodule

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 13th (Mon), get a sense of history and politics at Town Hall, shop like a local with Altstadt Luzern, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Hofkirche, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Markuskirche.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Gruyeres to Lucerne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. April in Lucerne sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Markuskirche ©
Markuskirche
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Hofkirche ©
Hofkirche

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain, thentake a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then get engrossed in the history at Haus zum Rech.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Shopping Nature
Highlights from your plan
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Uetliberg Mountain ©
Uetliberg Mountain
Haus zum Rech ©
Haus zum Rech

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