12 days in Italy, Brussels & Zurich Itinerary

12 days in Italy, Brussels & Zurich Itinerary

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12 days in Italy, Brussels & Zurich Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h
4
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Paris, France

2
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Atomium, then find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, and then admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, contemplate the long history of Grand Place, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and finally examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Brussels trip planner .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are Brussels Airport, Antwerp International Airport (Deurne), Brussels South Charleroi Airport and Liège Airport. In May, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe

2
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've added Museo Ebraico di Venezia, Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Teatro La Fenice, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, explore the galleries of Doge's Palace, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, explore the activities along Canal Grande, then don't miss a visit to Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, then admire the striking features of Palazzo Contarini dal Zaffo, and finally explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice day trip planning app .

Brussels, Belgium to Venice is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brussels in April; daily highs in Venice reach 21°C and lows reach 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You've added Leaning Tower of Pisa, Forte di Belvedere o di San Giorgio Firenze, Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Pisa (Duomo di Pisa, Camposanto, & more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Florence visit planner .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Pisa
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Santa Maria delle Grazie, Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, Parco Sempione, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, examine the collection at Palazzo Reale, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, then admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and finally experience the emotional art of opera at La Scala Opera. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get advice or help at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, contemplate the long history of Santa Maria delle Grazie, admire the landmark architecture of Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, then contemplate the long history of Il Cenacolo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parco Sempione, and finally contemplate the long history of Castello Sforzesco.

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

Traveling by train from Florence to Milan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You've added Uetliberg Mountain, Limmat, Fraumünster Church, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 27th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, then experience the emotional art of opera at Opernhaus Zurich, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Limmat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lindenhofplatz, take some stellar pictures from Lindenhof, admire the striking features of St. Peterskirche, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich day trip planner.

You can fly from Milan to Zurich in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Milan in May, things will get little chillier in Zurich: highs are around 21°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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