40 days in Italy, Brittany & Canton of Zurich Itinerary

40 days in Italy, Brittany & Canton of Zurich Itinerary

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1
Saint-Malo, France
— 3 nights
2
Perros-Guirec, France
— 3 nights
3
Lorient, France
— 4 nights
4
Imperia, Italy
— 2 nights
5
Genoa, Italy
— 4 nights
6
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 4 nights
7
Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
8
Sirmione, Italy
— 3 nights
9
Capo di Ponte, Italy
— 2 nights
10
Colico, Italy
— 3 nights
11
Zurich, Switzerland
— 6 nights

3
nights
Saint-Malo, France

Saint-Malo ©
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Mont Saint-Michel and Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Omaha Beach and Saint-Malo Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Malo: Le Havre de Portbail (in Port-Bail), German War Cemetery (in Orglandes) and Dunes d'Hattainville (in Les Moitiers-d’Allonne). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, contemplate the long history of Les Rochers Sculptes, take in nature's colorful creations at Roseraie Sainte-Anne, and make a trip to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Saint-Malo online vacation planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Saint-Malo is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. In September in Saint-Malo, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bayeux, Mont-Saint-Michel, les etangs du val de See, Mare de Vauville, Omaha Beach
Highlights from your plan
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach

3
nights
Perros-Guirec, France

Perros-Guirec ©
Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h and Musée de la Résistance en Argoat - Pôle de l'Etang-Neuf. Get some historical perspective at Chapelle St Guirec and Site of Meneham. Explore Perros-Guirec's surroundings by going to Enclos paroissial de la Roche-Maurice (in La Roche-Maurice), Le Fonds Helene & Edouard Leclerc pour la Culture (in Landerneau) and Maison a Pondalez (in Morlaix). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Ecole de Bothoa, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de la Clarte, and explore the striking landscape at Falaises de Tredrez.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Perros-Guirec trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Perros-Guirec takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Perros-Guirec sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lorient.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Enclos paroissial de la Roche-Maurice, Le Fonds Helene & Edouard Leclerc pour la Culture, Maison a Pondalez, Falaises de Tredrez, Musee de l'Ecole de Bothoa
Highlights from your plan
Site of Meneham ©
Site of Meneham
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h ©
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h
Ecomusee de Plouigneau ©
Ecomusee de Plouigneau

4
nights
Lorient, France

Lorient ©
Lorient is on the south coast of Brittany where the river Scorff and the river Blavet join to form an estuary before discharging into the Atlantic Ocean.
Let the collections at Univers du Poete Ferrailleur and Ecomusee des Vieux Metiers capture your imagination. Pointe Saint-Mathieu and Abbaye La Joie Notre Dame will appeal to history buffs. Explore Lorient's surroundings by going to Des Heures Dehors (in Ploermel), Insectarium de Lizio (in Lizio) and Le Dessus des Halles - Art Ria (in Audierne). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Les Aiguilles de Port Coton, see the interesting displays at Musee Citadelle Vauban, take an in-depth tour of Musee des tours Broerec'h, and brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memoires 39-45.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lorient vacation builder app.

Drive from Perros-Guirec to Lorient in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Lorient can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Imperia.

Things to do in Lorient

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Lizio, Plougonvelin, Des Heures Dehors, Pointe du Skeul, Les Aiguilles de Port Coton
Highlights from your plan
Musee Memoires 39-45 ©
Musee Memoires 39-45
Univers du Poete Ferrailleur ©
Univers du Poete Ferrailleur
Port Museum (Port-Musee) ©
Port Museum (Port-Musee)

2
nights
Imperia, Italy

Imperia ©
Imperia is a coastal city and comune in the region of Liguria, Italy. You'll explore and learn at Museo della Comunicazione - Voci nell'etere and Museo Diocesano e Battistero Paleocristiano. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo dell'Olivo and Museo della Resistenza. Get out of town with these interesting Imperia side-trips: Osservatorio Astronomico G.D. Cassini (in Perinaldo), Triora (MES - Museo etnostorico della stregoneria & Sentiero degli Alpini) and Parco Alpi Liguri (in Pigna). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario della Madonna di Lampedusa, see the interesting displays at Museo Bicknell, get engrossed in the history at Museo Civico Archeologico Girolamo Rossi, and have fun and explore at Museo Paleontologico Silvio Lai.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Imperia road trip tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lorient to Imperia. Traveling from Lorient in September, expect Imperia to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Imperia

Museums Wildlife Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Albenga, Triora, Bordighera, Osservatorio Astronomico G.D. Cassini, Museo Paleontologico Silvio Lai
Highlights from your plan
Museo della Resistenza ©
Museo della Resistenza
Museo della Comunicazione - Voci nell'etere ©
Museo Paleontologico Silvio Lai ©
Museo Paleontologico Silvio Lai

4
nights
Genoa, Italy

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Visit Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola and Santuario di N.S. di Misericordia for their historical value. Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello and Museo della Croce Rossa Italiana e Biblioteca di Diritto Umanitario will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Genoa side-trips: Riserva Naturale Regionale dell'Adelasia (in Cairo Montenotte), Ente Parco di Portofino (in Santa Margherita Ligure) and Area Marina Protetta Portofino (in Portofino). And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of Genoa, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, walk around Parco Regionale dell'Aveto, and examine the collection at Mu.Ma - Museo Navale di Pegli.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Genoa travel route planning website.

Drive from Imperia to Genoa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Genoa can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can take a train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Genoa

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Riserva Naturale Regionale dell'Adelasia, Ente Parco di Portofino, Miniera di Gambatesa, Piani di praglia, Museo dell'Arte Vetraria Altarese
Highlights from your plan

4
nights
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Visit Borgo Storico di Manarola and Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Isola Palmaria and Portovenere. Change things up with these side-trips from Cinque Terre: San Pietro Church (in Porto Venere) and Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere (in La Spezia). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo Storico di Riomaggiore, take a leisurely stroll along Passeggiata Lungomare, stroll through Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and trek along Cinque Terre Trails.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Genoa to Cinque Terre takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Genoa in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Cinque Terre, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Porto Venere, Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere
Highlights from your plan
Chiesa di San Lorenzo ©
Chiesa di San Lorenzo
Portovenere ©
Portovenere
Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church ©
Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Duomo di Milano and Castello Sforzesco. Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Museo Poldi Pezzoli will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milan: Como (Museo di Scienze del Liceo Volta, I Falconieri del Feudo, &more), Parco Alpe del Vicere (in Albavilla) and CIVICO MUSEO DELLA SETA ABEGG (in Garlate). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, admire the masterpieces at Grande Museo del Duomo di Milano, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Milan trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Milan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Milan sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sirmione.

Things to do in Milan

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Como, Parco Alpe del Vicere, Villa Bernasconi, Parco Monte Barro, CIVICO MUSEO DELLA SETA ABEGG
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

3
nights
Sirmione, Italy

Sirmione ©
Sirmione is a comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy (northern Italy). Let the collections at Palazzo Te and Collezione d'Armi Beretta capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Castello Scaligero and Museo Paleoantropologico del Po. Explore Sirmione's surroundings by going to Valtenesi del Garda (in San Felice del Benaco), Mantua (Parco del Mincio & Il Museo Storico dei Vigili del Fuoco) and Parco Archeologico Naturalistico della Rocca di Manerba del Garda (in Manerba del Garda). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Madonna di Conche, explore the world behind art at Museo di Santa Giulia, see the interesting displays at Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo, and make a trip to Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sirmione itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Milan to Sirmione takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Sirmione can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Capo di Ponte.

Things to do in Sirmione

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Brescia, Mantua, Casalmaggiore, Santuario Madonna di Conche, Valtenesi del Garda
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo Te ©
Palazzo Te
Castello Scaligero ©
Castello Scaligero
Il Museo Storico dei Vigili del Fuoco ©
Il Museo Storico dei Vigili del Fuoco

2
nights
Capo di Ponte, Italy

Capo di Ponte ©
Capo di Ponte is an Italian comune in Val Camonica, province of Brescia, in Lombardy.GeographyLocated 362m above sea level, Capo di Ponte owes its name to an ancient settlement to the west of a bridge over the River Oglio which leads to a hamlet named Cemmo. On the 30th (Wed), stroll around Parco Archeologico Comunale di Seradina-Bedolina, get to know the fascinating history of Riserva Naturale Incisioni Rupestri di Ceto Cimbergo e Paspardo, explore the world behind art at Museo Didattico D'Arte e Vita Preistorica, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Lago di Lova, and finally examine the collection at Nostalgia Club. Keep things going the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Valsaviore, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, thenstroll through Parco Comunale delle Incisioni Rupestri di Luine, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Arboreto Alpino Gleno.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Capo di Ponte trip planner.

Drive from Sirmione to Capo di Ponte in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Capo di Ponte are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Colico.

Things to do in Capo di Ponte

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Parco Comunale delle Incisioni Rupestri di Luine, Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, Nostalgia Club, Arboreto Alpino Gleno, Riserva Naturale Incisioni Rupestri di Ceto Cimbergo e Paspardo
Highlights from your plan
Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta
Nostalgia Club ©
Nostalgia Club

3
nights
Colico, Italy

Colico ©
Colico is a city in the province of Lecco, Lombardy, Italy. Get some cultural insight at Villa Carlotta and Forte di Fuentes. Your inner history buff will appreciate Forte Montecchio Nord and Molino Maufet. Get out of town with these interesting Colico side-trips: Museo Etnografico E Naturalistico Val Sanagra (in Grandola ed Uniti), Santuario Della Madonna delle Grazie di San Martino (in Griante) and Parrocchia dei SS. Lorenzo e Agnese (in Menaggio). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Riserva Naturale Val di Mello, shop like a local with Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Santa Maria del Tiglio, and view the masterpieces at Chiosco Villa Carlotta.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Colico day trip website.

You can drive from Capo di Ponte to Colico in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Colico

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Gravedona, Tremezzina, Bellano, Varenna, Casa dei Presepi
Highlights from your plan
Forte Montecchio Nord ©
Forte Montecchio Nord
Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta
Museo Etnografico E Naturalistico Val Sanagra ©

6
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town and Zunfthaus zur Meisen. Get some cultural insight at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Friedhof Fluntern. Change things up with a short trip to Naturschutzzentrum Neeracherried in Neerach (about 30 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, view the masterpieces at ARTBOX.GALLERY, examine the collection at Zurich James Joyce Foundation, and get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Colico to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Colico in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Zurich: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Naturschutzzentrum Neeracherried
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Old Town ©
Old Town
Museum Rietberg ©
Museum Rietberg

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