19 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

19 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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19 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  5​h
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 5 nights
train:  3​h
5
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
6
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
train:  2​h
7
Bellagio, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Verona, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 24th (Sun), take a stroll through Old Town, admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church, and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, then wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich driving holiday planner.

Manchester, UK to Zurich is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Manchester to Zurich, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May in Zurich, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Nature Parks
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, and then don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne visit planner .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Lucerne are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. On the 27th (Wed), you're off toBern.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge

1
night
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), shop like a local with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and then take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, then contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, and then appreciate the history behind Zahringerdenkmal monument.

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You can take a train from Lucerne to Bern in an hour. Another option is to drive. In May, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

5
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Interlaken: Grindelwald-First (in Grindelwald) and Bern (Zahringerbrunnen & UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, take in the dramatic scenery at Murrenbach Waterfalls, have some family-friendly fun at Seilpark Interlaken, and admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Interlaken tour builder tool .

You can drive from Bern to Interlaken in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. May in Interlaken sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Bern, Grindelwald, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Lake Brienz
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Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Zermatt trip tool .

Getting from Interlaken to Zermatt by train takes about 3 hours. You will leave for Milan on the 4th (Thu).

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn

1
night
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 4th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and then admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Milan road trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Milan takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. You'll set off for Bellagio on the 5th (Fri).

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
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

3
nights
Bellagio, Italy

Bellagio ©
Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
Explore Bellagio's surroundings by going to Tremezzina (Villa del Balbianello & Villa Carlotta) and Cathedral of Como (Duomo) (in Como). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at i Giardini di Villa Melzi, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di S. Leonardo, don't miss a visit to Borgo di Pescallo, and head outdoors with Bellagio Mountains.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Bellagio trip builder .

Take a train from Milan to Bellagio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Verona.

Things to do in Bellagio

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tremezzina, Cathedral of Como (Duomo), Chiesa di S. Leonardo
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i Giardini di Villa Melzi ©
i Giardini di Villa Melzi
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello
Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Verona: Venice (Doge's Palace, Canal Grande, & more). There's much more to do: experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona, steep yourself in history at Museo di Castelvecchio, and take a stroll through Piazza delle Erbe.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Verona tour planner.

Getting from Bellagio to Verona by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Verona are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Venice
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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