8 days in Italy, Switzerland & Greece Itinerary

8 days in Italy, Switzerland & Greece Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe vacation planner

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Rome, Italy
— 1 night
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy

— 1 night

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, and finally explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome online sightseeing planner.

Kalamazoo, USA to Rome is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Kalamazoo in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rome, with lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then explore the historical opulence of Palazzo Vecchio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Florence day trip planning website.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Venice, Italy

— 1 night

City of Romance

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 7th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and finally examine the collection at Doge's Palace.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Venice holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums

Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse and then stop by Old Town.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Zurich trip maker website.

You can fly from Venice to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Venice in September; daily highs in Zurich reach 67°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Athens, Greece

— 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 9th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, wander the streets of Plaka, then pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and finally take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens route planner.

You can fly from Zurich to Athens in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in September, expect Athens to be a bit warmer, temps between 84°F and 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

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.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.