18 days in Italy, Switzerland & Chamonix Itinerary

18 days in Italy, Switzerland & Chamonix Itinerary

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18 days in Italy, Switzerland & Chamonix Itinerary

Start: Bratislava, Slovakia
Bus + Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Verona, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Turin, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Vinadio, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
4
Chamonix, France
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
6
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Stresa, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 15 min
End: Bratislava, Slovakia

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, snap pictures at Ponte Scaligero, and then see where the action happens at Arena di Verona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parco Natura Viva and then take in the awesome beauty at Mountbaldo.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Verona attractions planner .

Bratislava, Slovakia to Verona is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Turin.

Things to do in Verona

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Malcesine, Parco Natura Viva, Lago di Garda
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Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore
Lago di Garda ©
Lago di Garda
Mountbaldo ©
Mountbaldo

2
nights
Turin, Italy

Turin ©
A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): make a trip to Piazza Castello, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Torino e Cappella della Sacra Sindone, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parco del Valentino, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Superga. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Via Pietro Micca, take in the exciting artwork at Reggia di Venaria Reale, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Zoom Torino, and finally contemplate the long history of Sacra di San Michele.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Turin trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Verona to Turin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Verona in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Turin: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vinadio.

Things to do in Turin

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Reggia di Venaria Reale, Basilica of Superga, Zoom Torino, Sacra di San Michele
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Basilica of Superga ©
Basilica of Superga
Piazza Castello ©
Piazza Castello
Parco del Valentino ©
Parco del Valentino

1
night
Vinadio, Italy

Vinadio ©
Vinadio is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Cuneo in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 100km southwest of Turin and about 30km southwest of Cuneo, on the border with France. On the 27th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Vinadio, examine the collection at Ecomuseo della Pastorizia, and then grab your bike and head to Colle Fauniera (Colle dei Morti).

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Vinadio trip builder site .

Getting from Turin to Vinadio by car takes about 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Vinadio

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Colle Fauniera (Colle dei Morti), Ecomuseo della Pastorizia
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Colle Fauniera (Colle dei Morti) ©
Colle Fauniera (Colle dei Morti)
Lago di Vinadio ©
Lago di Vinadio
Ecomuseo della Pastorizia ©
Ecomuseo della Pastorizia

1
night
Chamonix, France

Chamonix ©
"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stroll through Aiguille du Midi, then make a trip to Glacier des Bossons, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Michel, then hit the slopes at Brevent Cable Car, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Chamonix online holiday builder .

You can drive from Vinadio to Chamonix in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
Parasailing & Paragliding
Brevent Cable Car ©
Brevent Cable Car

3
nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Parasailing & Paragliding and Mount Titlis. Change things up with these side-trips from Grindelwald: Trümmelbachfälle (in Lauterbrunnen) and Speed Boats Tours (in Interlaken). It doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier and fly down the slopes at First.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Grindelwald trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Chamonix to Grindelwald in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Interlaken, Titlis, Aletsch Glacier, Trümmelbachfälle
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Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First
Parasailing & Paragliding
Titlis ©
Titlis

3
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Matterhorn and Sunnegga. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zermatt: Lenk im Simmental (Iffigfall & Simmenfalle). There's lots more to do: get great views at Gornergrat, explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, hike along 5-Seenweg, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mauritius Church Zermatt.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip planner.

You can take a train from Grindelwald to Zermatt in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Stresa.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lenk im Simmental
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga

1
night
Stresa, Italy

Stresa ©
Stresa is a town and comune of about 5,000 residents on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, about 90km northwest of Milan. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Taranto, step off the mainland to explore Island of the Fishermen (Isola dei Pescatori), then admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Borromeo, and finally head off the coast to Isola Bella.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Stresa day trip planner.

Getting from Zermatt to Stresa by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. August in Stresa sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Stresa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Maggiore, Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto
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Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto ©
Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto
Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella

3
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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aqualandia and San Giorgio Maggiore. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, and appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Venice vacation website .

Drive from Stresa to Venice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. In August in Venice, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Caribe Bay
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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