18 days in Italy, Switzerland & Nice Itinerary

18 days in Italy, Switzerland & Nice Itinerary

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18 days in Italy, Switzerland & Nice Itinerary

Start: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  9​h
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  1​h
3
Bellagio, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Colico, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Garda, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Take a break from the city and head to Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and Strandbad Mythenquai. Old Town and Bahnhofstrasse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Hofkirche & Mt Pilatus). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, head outdoors with Hallenbad City, and pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Zurich itinerary planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Zurich is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Riyadh in July; daily highs in Zurich reach 30°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lugano.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

1
night
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
On the 12th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte San Giorgio, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Monte San Salvatore.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lugano travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lugano takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Bellagio.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Monte San Giorgio
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Monte San Giorgio ©
Monte San Giorgio
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore
Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano

3
nights
Bellagio, Italy

Bellagio ©
Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
Get outdoors at Riva Bianca Beach and Lido di Lenno. Get some cultural insight at i Giardini di Villa Melzi and Villa Carlotta. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bellagio: Greenway del Lago di Como (in Colonno), Villa del Balbianello (in Tremezzina) and Casa dei Presepi (in Mezzegra). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Giacomo, get to know the fascinating history of Isola Comacina, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Anglican Church of the Ascension.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bellagio trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Lugano to Bellagio takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Colico.

Things to do in Bellagio

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Tremezzina, Santuario Della Madonna delle Grazie di San Martino, Greenway del Lago di Como, The Anglican Church of the Ascension, Lido di Lenno
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Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta
Greenway del Lago di Como ©
Greenway del Lago di Como

2
nights
Colico, Italy

Colico ©
Colico is a city in the province of Lecco, Lombardy, Italy. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Vincenzo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa Santa Maria del Tiglio, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Tranquilla, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbazia Cluniacense di Santa Maria di Piona, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio, contemplate the long history of Castello di Corenno Plinio, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Orrido di Bellano.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Colico road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Bellagio to Colico takes 1.5 hours. July in Colico sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Garda.

Things to do in Colico

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Varenna, Dervio, Gravedona, Castello di Vezio, Spiaggia Tranquilla
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Castello di Vezio ©
Castello di Vezio
Chiesa Santa Maria del Tiglio ©
Chiesa Santa Maria del Tiglio
Castello di Corenno Plinio ©
Castello di Corenno Plinio

1
night
Garda, Italy

Garda ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Garda and then do a tasting at Villa Calicantus.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Garda journey planning site .

You can drive from Colico to Garda in 3 hours. In July in Garda, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Milan.

Things to do in Garda

Parks Nature
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Lago di Garda ©
Lago di Garda

3
nights
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.
Visit Castello Sforzesco and Piazza del Duomo for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Duomo di Milano and Monumental Cemetery. Step out of Milan to go to Lodi and see Tempio dell'Incoronata, which is approximately 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca di Brera, browse the collection at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Milan vacation planner .

You can drive from Garda to Milan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In July in Milan, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Tempio Civico della Beata Vergine Incoronata
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

4
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
You'll get in some beach time at Coco Beach and Plage du Chateau. Musée Marc Chagall and St Nicholas Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to St-Paul-de-Vence (Saint-Paul de Vence & La Cure Gourmande Saint Paul de Vence), Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, explore the world behind art at Palais Lascaris, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur, and make a trip to Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste - Le Voeu.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nice vacation builder .

You can drive from Milan to Nice in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Milan in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nice, with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Mandelieu-la-Napoule, St-Paul-de-Vence, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
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Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence

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