19 days in Venice, Milan & Switzerland Itinerary

19 days in Venice, Milan & Switzerland Itinerary

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19 days in Venice, Milan & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Venice, Italy
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Milan, Italy
— 7 nights
3
Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  6​h
4
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates


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6
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 Dorsoduro and Cannaregio. The adventure continues: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Scuola Grande di San Rocco, take in the views from Ponte dell'Accademia, and contemplate the long history of Venetian Arsenal.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Venice online trip maker .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Venice is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Venice. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Abu Dhabi in November: high temperatures in Venice hover around 15°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Murano
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Ponte dell'Accademia ©
Ponte dell'Accademia
Wine Tours & Tastings
Campo del Ghetto ©
Campo del Ghetto

7
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Borgo Castell'Arquato and San Giulio Island. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: Castello di Vigoleno (in Vigoleno), Orta San Giulio (Sacro Monte di Orta & Piazza Motta) and Duomo Di Piacenza (in Piacenza). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, don't miss a visit to Dialogo nel Buio, and take an in-depth tour of Villa Necchi Campiglio.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Milan trip planner .

Traveling by train from Venice to Milan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In November in Milan, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Milan

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Orta San Giulio, Castello di Vezio, Azienda Vitivinicola Fontechiara, Villa Rufolo, Duomo Di Piacenza
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Borgo Castell'Arquato ©
Borgo Castell'Arquato
San Giulio Island ©
San Giulio Island
Villa Monastero ©
Villa Monastero

1
night
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): trek along Olive Trail, then stroll through Lido di Lugano, and then look for gifts at Laderach Chocolaterie Suisse. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana - MASI Lugano, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa San Carlo Borromeo, then make a trip to Centro storico Gandria, then learn more about the world around you at Museo Cantonale di Storia Naturale, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa San Rocco Lugano.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Lugano online tour planner .

Getting from Milan to Lugano by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Lugano are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lugano

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Lido di Lugano ©
Lido di Lugano
Museo Cantonale di Storia Naturale ©

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): hike along 5-Seenweg, get outside with Alpine Adventures Zermatt, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of English Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School and then take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Zermatt trip builder app .

Take a train from Lugano to Zermatt in 6 hours. On the 10th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Tours Winter Sports
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5-Seenweg ©
5-Seenweg
Alpine Adventures Zermatt ©
Alpine Adventures Zermatt
Hinterdorfstrasse ©
Hinterdorfstrasse

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