21 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

21 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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21 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Gruyeres, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  15​min
4
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
8
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
9
Tramonti, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Praiano, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Friedhof Fluntern (Fluntern Cemetery). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Zurich, get outside with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, then get outside with Hallenbad City, and finally get your game on at Sim Academy.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich online holiday planner .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Zurich is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 3 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Abu Dhabi in April, with highs in Zurich at 17°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Gruyeres.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Landesmuseum ©
Landesmuseum
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Sim Academy ©
Sim Academy

1
night
Gruyeres, Switzerland

Gruyeres
The small medieval town of Gruyères sits at the base of two foothill peaks with a saddle suspended between them.
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Drive from Zurich to Gruyeres in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. You'll set off for Lauterbrunnen on the 13th (Sat).

Things to do in Gruyeres

Outdoors Parks Tours

2
nights
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): head outdoors with Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg and then take a memorable tour with Jungfraujoch. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Murrenbach Waterfalls, head outdoors with Air-Glaciers, S.A., and then take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lauterbrunnen trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Gruyeres to Lauterbrunnen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg
Highlights from your plan
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Air-Glaciers, S.A. ©
Air-Glaciers, S.A.

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 16th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours, then head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, then have some family-friendly fun at Seilpark Interlaken, and finally get your game on at Heidi's Photo Chalet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): stroll through Maennlichen Romantic Trail, have fun at Indoor Rope Park, and then trek along Lieselotte Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Interlaken route planner .

Interlaken is just a stone's throw from Lauterbrunnen. April in Interlaken sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors Fun & Games Trails

Side Trip

Grindelwald
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Seilpark Interlaken ©
Seilpark Interlaken
Maennlichen Romantic Trail ©
Maennlichen Romantic Trail

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 18th (Thu), get interesting insight from Tours, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rigi, and then explore the activities along Lake Lucerne. Keep things going the next day: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get outside with Sonnenberg, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne day trip planning website .

You can drive from Interlaken to Lucerne in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In April in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Rigi ©
Rigi

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.
On the 20th (Sat), enjoy some diversion at Dramatra - City on Stage, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, and then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then see La Casa Maledetta, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Poldi Pezzoli.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Milan itinerary builder site .

Getting from Lucerne to Milan by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lucerne in April, expect Milan to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
La Casa Maledetta ©
La Casa Maledetta

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 22nd (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Loggia dei Lanzi, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, then take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and finally examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Florence route planner .

You can take a train from Milan to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto

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 24th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, don't miss a visit to Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. On the next day, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then don't miss a visit to St. Mark's Square, then contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Venice sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tramonti.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

1
night
Tramonti, Italy

Tramonti ©
On the 26th (Fri), kick back and relax at Otium Spa Costa d'Amalfi and then head outdoors with Monte Finestra.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tramonti trip itinerary tool .

Explore your travel options from Venice to Tramonti with the Route module. Traveling from Venice in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Tramonti. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Praiano.

Things to do in Tramonti

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Otium Spa Costa d'Amalfi
Highlights from your plan
Monte Finestra ©
Monte Finestra

3
nights
Praiano, Italy

Praiano ©
Kids will enjoy Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods) and Fornillo. Change things up with these side-trips from Praiano: Amalfi (Valle dei Mulini, Antichi Sapori d'Amalfi, & more). And it doesn't end there: get outside with I Suoni degli Dei - Pelagos, enjoy some diversion at Tennis Al Settimo Piano, make a trip to Parrocchia Di San Gennaro, and Head underground at Grotte di Suppraiano.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Praiano tour itinerary builder site .

Getting from Tramonti to Praiano by car takes about 2 hours. April in Praiano sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Praiano

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Positano, Amalfi
Highlights from your plan
I Suoni degli Dei - Pelagos ©
I Suoni degli Dei - Pelagos
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Valle dei Mulini ©
Valle dei Mulini

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