17 days in Switzerland, Italy & Chamonix Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland, Italy & Chamonix Itinerary

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Start: Zurich, Switzerland
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Zurich, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Lugano, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
3
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Portofino, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
5
Chamonix, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Murten, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
End: Zurich, Switzerland

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from United Arab Emirates, the closest major aiports are Z├╝rich Airport, Basel Mulhouse Freiburg and Bern Belp Airport. In May, daytime highs in Zurich are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You'll set off for Lugano on the 31st (Sun).

Things to do in Zurich

Outdoors Parks Museums

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Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lugano: Falconeria Locarno (in Locarno) and Ascona (Lungolago Di Ascona & Piazza G. Motta). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte San Salvatore, make a trip to Piazza della Riforma, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimitero Monumentale.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lugano holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lugano takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Ascona, Falconeria Locarno, Cimitero Monumentale, Fox Town Factory Stores, Chiesa dei Santi Fedele e Simone
Highlights from your plan
Parco Civico ©
Parco Civico
Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Piazza G. Motta ©
Piazza G. Motta

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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Siena (Piazza del Campo & Duomo di Siena). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and steep yourself in history at Palazzo Vecchio.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Florence online route planner.

Take a train from Lugano to Florence in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Portofino.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Siena
Highlights from your plan
Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto

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Portofino, Italy

Portofino ©
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Portofino is known for historic sites, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the historical opulence of Castello Brown, look for all kinds of wild species at Area Marina Protetta Portofino, and make a trip to Chiesa di Sant'Ambrogio.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Portofino online travel planner.

Getting from Florence to Portofino by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Florence in June: highs in Portofino hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Portofino

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Zoagli
Highlights from your plan
Castello Brown ©
Castello Brown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Marina di Portofino ©
Marina di Portofino

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Chamonix, France

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc de Merlet and then take in the awesome beauty at Vallee Blanche.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Chamonix trip planner.

You can drive from Portofino to Chamonix in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Murten.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
Parc de Merlet ©
Parc de Merlet

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Murten, Switzerland

Murten ©
Murten or Morat is a municipality in the See district of the canton of Fribourg in Switzerland.It is located on the southern shores of Lake Morat, also commonly called Lake Murten. On the 13th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at French Church, then don't miss a visit to Medieval City Walls, then get some fabulous bargains at Ambra Minerals, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum Murten.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Murten sightseeing planning tool.

You can drive from Chamonix to Murten in 3 hours. In June in Murten, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Murten

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ambra Minerals ©
Ambra Minerals
Medieval City Walls ©
Medieval City Walls
Museum Murten ©
Museum Murten

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Lucerne Station, Lion Monument, &more) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). Explore Zurich further: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, walk around Old Botanical Garden, and wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Murten to Zurich by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town

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