17 days in Northwest Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Northwest Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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17 days in Northwest Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Lake Maggiore, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
5
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly + ferry:  13​h 45​min
End: Toronto, Canada

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, then see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, explore the world behind art at Punta della Dogana, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and finally take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Venice road trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Venice is an approximately 11.5-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 Toronto to Venice. Traveling from Toronto in July, expect nights in Venice to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and finally browse the different shops at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Venice to Milan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lake Maggiore.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

2
nights
Lake Maggiore, Italy

Lake Maggiore ©
Kids will enjoy Spiaggia Tranquilla and Riva Bianca Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lake Maggiore: Orta San Giulio (San Giulio Island, Sacro Monte di Orta, & more) and Villa del Balbianello (in Tremezzina).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lake Maggiore online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Milan to Lake Maggiore takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lake Maggiore

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Orta San Giulio, Isola Bella, Riva Bianca Beach, Villa del Balbianello, Chiesa di Madonna di Campagna
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Lake Orta ©
Lake Orta
Riva Bianca Beach ©
Riva Bianca Beach
San Giulio Island ©
San Giulio Island

3
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 1st (Thu), let little ones run wild at Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and then don't miss a visit to Mountaineers' Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, get great views at Gornergrat, and then explore the galleries of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Zermatt trip itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Lake Maggiore to Zermatt with the Route module. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz, Chemin des Planetes
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga

2
nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Vogts Corner, hit the slopes at First, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Grindelwald online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Grindelwald takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Trümmelbachfälle
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Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail
Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First

3
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 6th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, kick back and relax at Ufschotti Park, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): head outdoors with Pilatus Bahnen AG and then see the sky in a new way at Swiss Museum of Transport.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Grindelwald to Lucerne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Lucerne are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Pilatus Bahnen AG ©
Pilatus Bahnen AG

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Geneva. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cool off at Bains des Paquis and then have fun and explore at Chaplin's World.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Geneva day trip website .

You can drive from Lucerne to Geneva in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daytime highs in Geneva are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Chaplin's World
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
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