23 days in Italy, Switzerland & New Zealand Itinerary

23 days in Italy, Switzerland & New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  29 h
5
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  30 h
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colosseum and Vatican Museums. Discover out-of-the-way places like Duomo di Orvieto and Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Orvieto (Pozzo di San Patrizio & Orvieto Underground). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rome road trip planning tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Rome is an approximately 7-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Rome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Rome when traveling from Tel Aviv in August, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Step off the beaten path and head to Torre del Mangia and Pitti Palace. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Siena (Basilica di San Clemente in Santa Maria dei Servi, Battistero di San Giovanni, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, contemplate the long history of Palazzo Vecchio, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence attractions planner.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 20°C in Florence. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Siena
Highlights from your plan
Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museo di Castelvecchio and Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. Piazza San Marco and Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Verona (Torre dei Lamberti, Piazza delle Erbe, &more). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, wander the streets of Cannaregio, and make a trip to St Mark's Campanile.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Venice trip planner.

Drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August in Venice, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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 25th (Tue): stroll through Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town. On the next day, explore the different monuments and memorials at Friedhof Fluntern, don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Rhine Falls.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Venice in August; daily highs in Zurich reach 28°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rhine Falls
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen

3
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Visiting Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village and Te Puia will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Waitomo Caves (Ruakuri Walk & Waitomo Glowworm Caves) and Taupo (Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, Huka Falls Walkway, &more). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley and learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua day trip planning site.

Getting from Zurich to Rotorua by flight takes about 29 hours. Traveling from Zurich to Rotorua, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Rotorua is little chillier than Zurich - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Waitomo Caves, Taupo
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

4
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Escape the urban bustle at Coronet Peak and Milford Sound. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Remarkables Ski Area and Spas. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and trek along Lake Gunn.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown road trip planning website.

You can fly from Rotorua to Queenstown in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Lake Gunn
Highlights from your plan
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Zipline

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