20 days in Sicily & Switzerland Itinerary

20 days in Sicily & Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe vacation planner

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San Vito lo Capo, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Palermo, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Catania, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lampedusa, Italy
— 2 nights
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Fly to Milan Bergamo, Shuttle to Milano Centrale Station, Train to Zermatt
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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San Vito lo Capo, Italy

— 1 night
A vacation in San Vito lo Capo offers a chance to enjoy a sheltered bay and a town with distinctive Arab-Norman architecture.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Di San Vito and then kick back and relax at Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Vito lo Capo trip itinerary maker site.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to San Vito lo Capo is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to San Vito lo Capo, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in San Vito lo Capo can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Palermo.

Things to do in San Vito lo Capo

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Palermo, Italy

— 3 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Palermo: Museo dell'Acciuga (in Aspra), Duomo di Monreale (in Monreale) and Cefalu (Cefalu Coast & Duomo di Cefalu). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Palermo, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, admire the landmark architecture of Norman Palace, and ponder the design of Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Palermo tour planning website.

Traveling by car from San Vito lo Capo to Palermo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Catania.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Tours · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Catania, Italy

— 2 nights

Black Pearl of Ionian Sea

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with Blue Sea Diving Center, then delve into the distant past at Ancient Theatre of Taormina, and then stroll around Villa Comunale. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Piazza IX Aprile, make a trip to Corso Umberto, then head off the coast to Isola Bella, and finally contemplate the long history of Piazza Duomo.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Catania trip planner.

Getting from Palermo to Catania by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lampedusa.

Things to do in Catania

Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Lampedusa, Italy

— 2 nights
Italy's southernmost territory, Lampedusa, is known for its turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and island charm.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): make a trip to Archivio Storico Lampedusa, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Centro di Recupero Tartarughe e Fauna Selvatica WWF. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Cala Pulcino and then stroll through Spiaggia dei Conigli.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lampedusa trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Catania to Lampedusa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lampedusa

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for nature, classes, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, tour the pleasant surroundings at 5-Seenweg, get great views at Gornergrat, and explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Zermatt trip itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train from Lampedusa to Zermatt in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Interlaken, Switzerland

— 3 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Interlaken: Grindelwald (Grindelwald-First & The Wetterhorn). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, look for all kinds of wild species at Maennlichen, admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Interlaken day trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Interlaken takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 4 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucerne: Zurich (Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), Lake Zurich, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers, look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus, and pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucerne online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sicily travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Ruins · Churches
The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is a ruggedly attractive land. The island has a long history of foreign domination and has been controlled by the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Normans. The result is a distinct culture blending elements from all of those areas and featuring an intriguing dialect. This is a huge island with plenty of small villages to tour, each with its own treasures. Beyond the popular coastal areas, Sicily's inland attractions include an unspoiled landscape of mountains, hills, and villages that sometimes seem frozen in time. While the natural environment is its biggest draw, Sicily's greatest asset may be its people. They are proud of their traditions and incredibly hospitable to visitors.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.