20 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

20 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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20 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Bangkok, Thailand
Fly:  12​h
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
5
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  6​h
6
Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
7
Como, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h
8
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
10
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
11
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Bangkok, Thailand

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Bernina Express has been added to your itinerary. Take a break from Zurich with a short trip to Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Zurich trip itinerary tool .

Bangkok, Thailand to Zurich is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Central European Time is minus 6 hours. When traveling from Bangkok in August, plan for little chillier days in Zurich, with highs around 28°C, while nights are colder with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Neuhausen am Rheinfall.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Chapel Bridge, Bernina Express
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

1
night
Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland

Neuhausen am Rheinfall ©
Neuhausen am Rheinfall is a small municipality best known as home to Rhine Falls, a tourist attraction and Europe's largest waterfall.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): go for a walk through Sackelamtshusli.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Neuhausen am Rheinfall online road trip planner .

You can drive from Zurich to Neuhausen am Rheinfall in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In August, daytime highs in Neuhausen am Rheinfall are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Neuhausen am Rheinfall

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Schaffhausen
Highlights from your plan
Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls
Munot ©
Munot
Sackelamtshusli ©
Sackelamtshusli

1
night
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Grindelwald trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Neuhausen am Rheinfall to Grindelwald in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sat) before leaving for Interlaken.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Vogts Corner ©
Vogts Corner

2
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Brienz, then get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, then get your game on at Seilpark Interlaken, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Interlaken trip planning app .

Interlaken is just a short distance from Grindelwald. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Trümmelbachfälle, Lake Brienz
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken ©
Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken
Seilpark Interlaken ©
Seilpark Interlaken

1
night
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, browse the exhibits of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, pause for some serene contemplation at Parish Church of St. Mauritius, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and finally pause for some photo ops at Bergfuhrerdenkmal. On your second day here, take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and then cruise along Gornergrat.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Zermatt online tour itinerary planner .

Take a train from Interlaken to Zermatt in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Lugano.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga

1
night
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
On the 19th (Wed), walk around Parco Civico, stroll through Monte San Salvatore, then explore the activities along Lake Lugano, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza della Riforma. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): walk around Parco Sul Fiume Cassarate Al Piano Stampa, then browse the different shops at Fox Town Factory Stores, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Monte Bre.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lugano trip planner .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Lugano takes 6 hours. In August in Lugano, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Como.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Fox Town Factory Stores
Highlights from your plan
Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore
Parco Civico ©
Parco Civico

1
night
Como, Italy

Como
Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Como journey builder app .

Como is very close to Lugano. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 21st (Fri), you'll travel to Milan.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites Nightlife Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Milan trip planner .

You can take a train from Como to Milan in an hour. Another option is to drive. August in Milan sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

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 22nd (Sat): browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, make a trip to Piazza San Marco, then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, and finally explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Venice road trip app .

Take a train from Milan to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August in Venice, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
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 24th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, and finally admire the striking features of Campanile di Giotto. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally admire the striking features of Loggia dei Lanzi.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August in Florence, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

2
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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rome road trip tool .

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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