19 days in Switzerland, Italy & Fontvieille Itinerary

19 days in Switzerland, Italy & Fontvieille Itinerary

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19 days in Switzerland, Italy & Fontvieille Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Lausanne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
5
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
8
Fontvieille, Monaco
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Cape Town, South Africa


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2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): look for gifts at Confiserie Sprungli and then take an in-depth tour of Swiss National Museum. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg, then contemplate the waterfront views at Limmat, and then step into the grandiose world of Munot.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Zurich online trip maker .

Cape Town, South Africa to Zurich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. In December, Zurich is much colder than Cape Town - with highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Munot, Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg
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Limmat ©
Limmat
Munot ©
Munot
Niederdorf
Niederdorf

2
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) and then take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, admire the sheer force of Staubbach Fall, and then get to know the fascinating history of Aare Gorge.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Bern day trip planning app .

You can take a train from Zurich to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Lausanne.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Shopping Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Aare Gorge, Papiliorama, Staubbach Waterfall, Ambra Minerals
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Staubbach Waterfall ©
Staubbach Waterfall
Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge

2
nights
Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
On the 22nd (Tue), get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Palud, then take in the natural beauty of Lavey-les-Bains, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercato di Natale di Montreux (Montreux Noel). On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Escaliers du Marche, do a tasting at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, then see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Elysee, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Esplanade de Montbenon.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lausanne trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Bern to Lausanne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Lausanne

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Montreux, Lavey-les-Bains
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Lavey-les-Bains ©
Lavey-les-Bains
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards ©
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards
Musee de l'Elysee ©
Musee de l'Elysee

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Basilica, see the interesting displays at Chateau de Penthes, then examine the collection at Musee Ariana, then see the interesting displays at Chateau de Nyon, and finally explore the wide array of goods at Manor.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Geneva tour planning website .

Getting from Lausanne to Geneva by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Geneva, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Fun & Games Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chateau de Nyon, Vieux-Carouge
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Chateau de Nyon ©
Chateau de Nyon
Musee Ariana ©
Musee Ariana
Notre Dame Basilica ©
Notre Dame Basilica

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Gallerie d’Italia - Piazza Scala, take an in-depth tour of Villa Necchi Campiglio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Certosa di Pavia, and finally examine the collection at Museo del Novecento. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Palazzo Reale, then get curious at Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, and then wander the streets of Brera District.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Milan online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Geneva to Milan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Certosa di Pavia
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Gallerie d’Italia ©
Gallerie d’Italia
Villa Necchi Campiglio ©
Villa Necchi Campiglio
Museo del Novecento ©
Museo del Novecento

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): stroll through Blue Moon, explore the world behind art at Museo Correr, then admire the landmark architecture of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, and finally look for gifts at I Tre Mercanti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): ponder the world of politics at Ragione Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Battistero del Duomo, wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercati di Rialto, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Venice road trip app .

Getting from Milan to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Padua, Blue Moon
Highlights from your plan
Campo del Ghetto ©
Campo del Ghetto
Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo ©
Santa Maria dei Miracoli ©
Santa Maria dei Miracoli

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nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): indulge your taste buds at Castello di Verrazzano, then step into the grandiose world of Castello di Monteriggioni, and then buy something for everyone on your list at The Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Corridoio Vasariano, admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Strozzi, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Piazza della Repubblica.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Florence road trip planning app .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Venice in December: highs in Florence hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Fontvieille.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Shopping Wineries

Side Trips

Castello di Monteriggioni, Castello di Verrazzano, The Mall
Highlights from your plan
Corridoio Vasariano ©
Corridoio Vasariano
Castello di Verrazzano ©
Castello di Verrazzano
Palazzo Strozzi ©
Palazzo Strozzi

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nights
Fontvieille, Monaco

Fontvieille ©
Fontvieille is the southernmost ward in the Principality of Monaco. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): browse the different shops at Fontvieille Shopping Centre, see the interesting displays at Stamps and Money Museum, then get outside with Stade Nautique Rainier III, then ponder the world of politics at Palais de justice de Monaco, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fontvieille attractions website .

You can drive from Florence to Fontvieille in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Florence in December, Fontvieille is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fontvieille

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Monaco-Ville
Highlights from your plan
Stamps and Money Museum ©
Stamps and Money Museum
Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee
Palais de justice de Monaco ©
Palais de justice de Monaco

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