16 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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16 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

Start: Boston, United States
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Brig, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
7
Pisa, Italy
— 1 day
train:  3​h
8
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Boston, United States

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Niederdorf. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take a stroll through Niederdorf, look for gifts at Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), then take a stroll through Old Town (Altstadt), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich travel route website .

Boston, USA to Zurich is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Boston to Zurich. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in April, and nighttime lows around 41°F. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sun) before leaving for Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Lake Lucerne, The Rosengart Collection, Mt. Rigi, and other attractions. On the 7th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at The Rosengart Collection, get great views at The Nine Towers, see the interesting displays at Bourbaki Panorama, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, and finally wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rigi, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Uferpromenade Weggis, and finally explore the activities along Lake Lucerne.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Zurich to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Lucerne are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Tue) before leaving for Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Uferpromenade Weggis
Highlights from your plan
Rigi ©
Rigi
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

1
night
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Jungfraujoch, Lauterbrunnen Village, Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lauterbrunnen Village, then admire the sheer force of Staubbach Fall, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway and then stop by Swiss Made Shop Wengen.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lauterbrunnen online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Brig.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trips

Wengen, Jungfraujoch
Highlights from your plan
Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls

1
night
Brig, Switzerland

Brig
Brig, officially Brig-Glis is a historic town and a municipality in the district of Brig in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.The current municipality was formed in 1972 through the merger of Brig, Brigerbad and Glis.Together with other Alpine towns Brig-Glis engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc.Brig-Glis was awarded Alpine Town of the Year 2008.The official language of Brig is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.HistoryThe name Brig is derived from Briva, or "bridge." Its older houses are very Italian in appearance, while its most prominent buildings (Stockalper Palace, former Jesuits' college and Ursuline convent) all date from the 17th century, and are due to the generosity of a single member of the local Stockalper family, the baron Kaspar Stockalper.The prosperity of Brig is bound up with the Simplon Pass, so that it gradually supplanted the more ancient village of Naters opposite, becoming a separate parish (the church is at Glis, a few minutes from the town) in 1517. To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Brig tour planner.

Getting from Lauterbrunnen to Brig by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in April, and nighttime lows around 39°F. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Venice.

Things to do in Brig

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

2
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.
You've added Ponte dell'Accademia, Ponte di Rialto, St Mark's Campanile, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then contemplate the long history of Doge's Palace, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally take in the views from Ponte dell'Accademia. On your second day here, look for gifts at I Tre Mercanti, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, take in the exciting artwork at Arte Moderna Ravagnan, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Venice travel route planning site .

Drive from Brig to Venice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Brig in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Venice: highs are around 65°F and lows about 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trip

Discover Burano
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You've added Corridoio Vasariano, Ponte Vecchio, San Lorenzo market, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Florence trip planning app .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Florence, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Mon) before leaving for Pisa.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gallerie dell'Accademia
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

1
day
Pisa, Italy

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
On the 15th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of San Frediano, steep yourself in history at Le mura di Lucca, admire the striking features of St Martin Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Duomo di Pisa, then steep yourself in history at Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina, and finally stop by L'Orsa Minore, Libri & Mappe.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Pisa road trip site .

Traveling by train from Florence to Pisa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Pisa sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Lucca
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa
Basilica of San Frediano ©
Basilica of San Frediano
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Church of St. Louis of the French, Musei Capitolini and Trevi Fountain. Explore hidden gems such as Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico and Mostra Permanente Tommaso Gismondi. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palatine Hill and Pantheon. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, view the masterpieces at I Colori di Dentro di Maria Grazia Luffarelli, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere.

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You can fly from Pisa to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Vatican City, Mostra Permanente Tommaso Gismondi
Highlights from your plan
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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