39 days in Switzerland, Greece & Italy Itinerary

39 days in Switzerland, Greece & Italy Itinerary

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39 days in Switzerland, Greece & Italy Itinerary

Start: Newquay, United Kingdom
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Chania Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Rhodes Town, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
8
Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Alghero, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
10
Verona, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Newquay, United Kingdom

1
day
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 1st (Mon), take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, wander the streets of Niederdorf, look for gifts at Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and finally admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Zurich travel planner .

Newquay, UK to Zurich is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

3
nights
Chania Town, Greece

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Get some cultural insight at Monastery of Arkadi and Maritime Museum of Crete. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chania Venetian Lighthouse and Kastro Gramvoussas. Step out of Chania Town to go to Falassarna and see Falassarna Beach, which is approximately 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the world behind art at Municipal Art Gallery of Chania, stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery, and examine the collection at MINOAN'S WORLD.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Chania Town trip builder tool .

You can fly from Zurich to Chania Town in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Chania Town is 1 hour. Traveling from Zurich in June, things will get a bit warmer in Chania Town: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Monastery of Arkadi, Falassarna Beach, German War Cemetery, Kastro Gramvoussas
Highlights from your plan
Falassarna Beach ©
Falassarna Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi

5
nights
Rhodes Town, Greece

Rhodes Town ©
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Art Park Rhodes and Bee Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Medieval City and Ancient Kamiros. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rhodes Town: Lindos Beach (in Lindos) and Agathi Beach (in Haraki). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Street of the Knights, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Filerimos Monastery, experience the excitement of The Cage, and enjoy the sand and surf at Afandou Beach.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rhodes Town trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Chania Town to Rhodes Town in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Bee Museum, The Cage, Faliraki Beach, Afandou Beach, Filerimos Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Medieval City ©
Medieval City
Agathi Beach ©
Agathi Beach
Street of the Knights ©
Street of the Knights

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get some cultural insight at Acropolis of Athens and Plaka. Museum-lovers will appreciate Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Athens: Mycenae (Lion Gate & Archaeological Site Mycenae). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Temple of Hephaestus, appreciate the history behind Erechtheion, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus, and contemplate the long history of Ancient Agora of Athens.

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Traveling by flight from Rhodes Town to Athens takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in June, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mycenae
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

2
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. On the 15th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Pio Monte della Misericordia, explore the world behind art at Monumental Complex Donnaregina - Diocesan Museum of Naples, then take an in-depth tour of Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, then delve into the distant past at Forum, and finally explore the ancient world of Odeon - Teatro Piccolo. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Underground Naples, engage your brain at MUSA - Museo Universitario delle Scienze e delle Arti, steep yourself in history at Acquaquiglia del Pozzaro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Gregorio Armeno, then delve into the distant past at The Neapolis Buried, and finally don't miss a visit to Via San Gregorio Armeno.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Naples trip planner .

Getting from Athens to Naples by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Naples are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Pompeii
Highlights from your plan
Forum ©
Forum
The Neapolis Buried ©
The Neapolis Buried

5
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 St. Peter's Basilica. Get a sense of the local culture at Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Get out of town with these interesting Rome side-trips: Villa d'Este (in Tivoli), Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto) and Necropoli di Tarquinia (in Tarquinia). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, make a trip to Trevi Fountain, and admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rome trip app .

Take a train from Naples to Rome in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Villa d'Este, Necropoli di Tarquinia, St. Peter's Basilica, Civita di Bagnoregio, Monastero Di S.Benedetto
Highlights from your plan
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Baptistery of St. John will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Pitti Palace and Corridoio Vasariano. Venture out of the city with trips to Portovenere (in Porto Venere) and Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino). The adventure continues: get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence journey site .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Portovenere, Abbazia di San Galgano
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Portovenere ©
Portovenere
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Castello Estense and Natural History Museum. You'll explore and learn at Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Ferrara (Corso Porta Reno & Palazzo dei Diamanti) and Orto Botanico di Padova (in Padua). The adventure continues: visit Cannaregio, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and steep yourself in history at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Venice route planning tool .

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Alghero.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ferrara, Orto Botanico di Padova
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

3
nights
Alghero, Italy

Alghero ©
Built surrounding a 16th-century fortified port, Alghero remains one of Sardinia's most visited sites, rich in cultural and historical heritage.
On the 3rd (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa del Purgatorio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di Sant'Antonio Abate e Museum Ampuriense, then explore the ancient world of La Necropoli di Anghelu Ruju, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally learn about winemaking at Azienda Agricola Leda' d'Ittiri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): see Off-Road Tours, admire the masterpieces at Museo Diocesano d'Arte Sacra, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Civica, then make a trip to Affacci a mare: Bastioni e Lungomare, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Summer Dream.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Alghero trip site .

You can fly from Venice to Alghero in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Alghero are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Verona.

Things to do in Alghero

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Castelsardo
Highlights from your plan
Spiaggia di Maria Pia ©
Spiaggia di Maria Pia
Azienda Agricola Leda' d'Ittiri ©
Azienda Agricola Leda' d'Ittiri
La Necropoli di Anghelu Ruju ©
La Necropoli di Anghelu Ruju

3
nights
Verona, Italy

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Popular historic sites such as Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore and Arena di Verona are in your itinerary. Do your shopping at Piazza delle Erbe and Via Mazzini. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Verona's Cathedral (Duomo), examine the collection at Casa di Giulietta, take in the views from Ponte Pietra, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Procolo.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Verona trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Alghero to Verona in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. July in Verona sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore
Verona's Cathedral (Duomo) ©
Verona's Cathedral (Duomo)
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona

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