32 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

32 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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32 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

Start: Houston, United States
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
4
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
6
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
7
Assisi, Italy
— 3 nights
8
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
9
Naples, Italy
— 3 nights
subway + taxi:  1​h 30​min
10
Amalfi, Italy
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + shuttle + Fly:  20​h
End: Houston, United States


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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 16th (Thu): wander the streets of Old Town, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and finally take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich trip itinerary maker app .

Houston, USA to Zurich is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Houston in April, expect Zurich to be much colder, temps between 58°F and 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Chapel Bridge
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then stroll around Hohematte Park, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Schlosskirche, then admire the natural beauty at Alpenrose Landscape Gardens, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch.

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You can drive from Zurich to Interlaken in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In April, daytime highs in Interlaken are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jungfraujoch, Trümmelbachfälle
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): cruise along Gornergrat, hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, make a trip to Walk of Climb, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish Church of St. Mauritius, then stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Saas Fee Ski Resort, then enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, and then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Zermatt online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Interlaken to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Saas Fee Ski Resort
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise

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 22nd (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Milan vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Milan takes 4 hours. April in Milan sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Padua (Basilica di Sant’Antonio, Chiesa di Santa Lucia, & more) and Arena di Verona (in Verona). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Venice trip itinerary website .

Traveling by train from Milan to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April in Venice, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Padua, Arena di Verona
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Go for a jaunt from Florence to Pisa to see Leaning Tower of Pisa about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, and examine the collection at Pitti Palace.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Florence vacation planner.

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Food Tours
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

3
nights
Assisi, Italy

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Change things up with these side-trips from Assisi: Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto), Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore) and Montioni Frantoio e Cantina (in Montefalco). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Damiano, learn about winemaking at Bibenda Assisi, and stroll around Mount Subasio.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Assisi trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Florence to Assisi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Assisi

Wineries Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Duomo di Orvieto, Cascata delle Marmore, Montioni Frantoio e Cantina
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Tili Vini Societa Agricola ©
Tili Vini Societa Agricola
Azienda Agraria Saio ©
Azienda Agraria Saio

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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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Rome trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Assisi to Rome in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Assisi in May since evenings lows in Rome dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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nights
Naples, Italy

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naples: Sorrento (Vivaio Ruoppo & Food Tours). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park, brush up on your military savvy at Galleria Borbonica, steep yourself in history at Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, and explore the world behind art at Museo Cappella Sansevero.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Naples online vacation planner .

You can take a train from Rome to Naples in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. May in Naples sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Amalfi.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Sorrento, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, Pompeii Archaeological Park
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Food Tours
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park

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nights
Amalfi, Italy

Known for its impressive hillside cascade of colorful stone buildings down to the Mediterranean shore, Amalfi is the cultural and commercial heart of southern Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cloister del Paradiso, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parrocchia San Giovanni, and finally indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Il Sentiero Degli Dei, stroll the grounds of Cimitero Monumentale, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Cimbrone Gardens.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Amalfi online holiday maker .

Traveling by combination of subway and taxi from Naples to Amalfi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Amalfi when traveling from Naples in May, with lows around 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Amalfi

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ravello, Il Sentiero Degli Dei, Parrocchia San Giovanni
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Il Sentiero Degli Dei ©
Il Sentiero Degli Dei
Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo

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