18 days in Switzerland, Greece & Italy Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland, Greece & Italy Itinerary

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Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  12 h 15 min
1
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 day
Fly:  9 h 45 min
2
Lindos, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
3
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
End: Toronto, Canada

1
day
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, thenappreciate the history behind Lion Monument, thentake a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lucerne travel route planner.

Toronto, Canada to Lucerne is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Lucerne due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Lucerne when traveling from Toronto in August, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern

2
nights
Lindos, Greece

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
You'll get in some beach time at Agios Pavlos Beach and Agathi Beach. Get outdoors at Tsambika Beach and Lindos Beach. Take a break from Lindos with a short trip to Ancient Kamiros in Kalavarda, about 48 minutes away. Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring ancient history at Village of Lindos. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Lindos.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lindos trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Lucerne to Lindos takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Lucerne to Lindos, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lucerne in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Lindos: highs are around 36°C and lows about 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Lindos

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Agathi Beach, Ancient Kamiros, Tsambika Beach
Highlights from your plan
Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos
Agios Pavlos Beach ©
Agios Pavlos Beach
Agathi Beach ©
Agathi Beach

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Visit Acropolis of Athens and Erechtheion for their historical value. Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Hephaestus, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus, visit Plaka, and take a stroll through Monastiraki.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Athens online trip maker.

You can fly from Lindos to Athens in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Duomo di Orvieto and Pozzo di San Patrizio. Your inner history buff will appreciate Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Change things up with a short trip to Cascata delle Marmore in Marmore (about 1h 40 min away). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and steep yourself in history at Roman Forum.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rome trip tool.

Fly from Athens to Rome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Athens in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 24°C in Rome. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Vatican City, Orvieto, Cascata delle Marmore
Highlights from your plan
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico. Let the collections at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Gallerie Degli Uffizi capture your imagination. Take a break from Florence with a short trip to Duomo di Siena in Siena, about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Florence road trip planner.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in August, expect little chillier with lows of 20°C in Florence. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Siena
Highlights from your plan
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Piazza San Marco and Basilica of St. Anthony. Get some historical perspective at Doge's Palace and Basilica di San Marco. Step out of Venice with an excursion to Scrovegni Chapel in Padua--about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, take a stroll through Cannaregio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and contemplate the long history of Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Venice day trip planning app.

You can drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Padua
Highlights from your plan
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari ©
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

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