25 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

25 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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25 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  22​h
1
Milan, Italy
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
2
Brig, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  3​h 15​min
4
Lausanne, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
6
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
7
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Chur, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
9
St. Moritz, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Tirano, Italy
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
11
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
12
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
13
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
14
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa


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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.
For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan holiday planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Milan is an approximately 22-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Milan due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in June, expect nights in Milan to be much warmer, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. You will leave for Brig on the 24th (Sun).

Things to do in Milan

Nightlife Historic Sites Outdoors
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Brig, Switzerland

Brig ©
Brig, officially Brig-Glis is a historic town and a municipality in the district of Brig in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.The current municipality was formed in 1972 through the merger of Brig, Brigerbad and Glis.Together with other Alpine towns Brig-Glis engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc.Brig-Glis was awarded Alpine Town of the Year 2008.The official language of Brig is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.HistoryThe name Brig is derived from Briva, or "bridge." Its older houses are very Italian in appearance, while its most prominent buildings (Stockalper Palace, former Jesuits' college and Ursuline convent) all date from the 17th century, and are due to the generosity of a single member of the local Stockalper family, the baron Kaspar Stockalper.The prosperity of Brig is bound up with the Simplon Pass, so that it gradually supplanted the more ancient village of Naters opposite, becoming a separate parish (the church is at Glis, a few minutes from the town) in 1517. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Stockalper Palace, then hike along Alpine Trails, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Luftseilbahnen Fiesch-Eggishorn AG.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Brig online itinerary creator.

Drive from Milan to Brig in 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Brig when traveling from Milan in June, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Brig

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Chateau de Tourbillon, Alpine Trails, Luftseilbahnen Fiesch-Eggishorn AG
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Luftseilbahnen Fiesch-Eggishorn AG ©
Stockalper Palace ©
Stockalper Palace
Chateau de Tourbillon ©
Chateau de Tourbillon

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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 22nd (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse and then don't miss a visit to Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Zermatt trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Brig to Zermatt in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Tue) before leaving for Lausanne.
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Hinterdorfstrasse ©
Hinterdorfstrasse
Hangebrucke ©
Hangebrucke

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Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Sulpice (Eglise de St-Sulpice) and then pause for some photo ops at Thai Pavilion.

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You can take a train from Zermatt to Lausanne in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lausanne

Parks Historic Sites
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Parc Olympique ©
Parc Olympique
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Esplanade de Montbenon

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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.
For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Interlaken journey planner.

Drive from Lausanne to Interlaken in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Thu) before leaving for Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Interlaken

Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Heidi's Photo Chalet ©
Heidi's Photo Chalet
Schlosskirche ©
Schlosskirche

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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Lauterbrunnen is known for nature, adventure, outdoors, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of St. Beatus Hoehlen.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Lauterbrunnen tour planner.

Take a train from Zermatt to Lauterbrunnen in 3.5 hours. You'll set off for Lucerne on the 22nd (Fri).

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature Parks

Side Trip

St. Beatus Hoehlen
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St. Beatus Hoehlen ©
St. Beatus Hoehlen

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): get great views at The Nine Towers, get engrossed in the history at Bourbaki Panorama, and then admire the striking features of KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at The Rosengart Collection, take in the views from Titlis Bridge, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally take in the views from Spreuer Bridge.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lucerne attractions planner.

Drive from Lauterbrunnen to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chur.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Titlis Bridge
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Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)
Lion Monument ©
Lion Monument
Titlis Bridge ©
Titlis Bridge

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Chur, Switzerland

Chur ©
Chur or Coire is the capital and largest town of the Swiss canton of Grisons and lies in the Grisonian Rhine Valley, where the Rhine turns towards the north, in the northern part of the canton. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Maria Himmelfahrt Cathedral and then make a trip to Bad RagARTz.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chur trip tool .

You can drive from Lucerne to Chur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Chur

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bad RagARTz
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St. Maria Himmelfahrt Cathedral ©
St. Maria Himmelfahrt Cathedral
Personalfonds Rhätische Bahn ©
Personalfonds Rhätische Bahn
Obere Gasse ©
Obere Gasse

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St. Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz ©
St.
Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Piz Bernina, then have fun at Olympia Bobrun, then steep yourself in history at The Leaning Tower, Engadin St. Moritz, and finally take an in-depth tour of Engadine Museum.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the St. Moritz trip site .

Traveling by car from Chur to St. Moritz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in St. Moritz sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tirano.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Nature Parks Fun & Games
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Piz Bernina ©
Piz Bernina
Engadine Museum ©
Engadine Museum
Berry Museum ©
Berry Museum

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Tirano, Italy

Tirano ©
Tirano is a town in Valtellina, located in the province of Sondrio in northern Italy. On the 28th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Martino.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tirano trip planning app .

Getting from St. Moritz to Tirano by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Milan.

Things to do in Tirano

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arboreto Alpino Gleno
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Arboreto Alpino Gleno ©
Arboreto Alpino Gleno

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Milan, Italy

Milan ©
To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Milan trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Tirano to Milan in 3 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites
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Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore ©
Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore

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Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and Loggia dei Lanzi. There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Perseus Statue, admire the natural beauty at Folon e il Giardino delle Rose, see the interesting displays at Stibbert Museum, and engage your brain at Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Florence day trip tool .

Take a train from Milan to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July in Florence, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 21°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Tours Parks
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Food Tours
Perseus Statue ©
Perseus Statue
Giardino Bardini ©
Giardino Bardini

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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 Wine Tours & Tastings and Riva degli Schiavoni. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, take in nature's colorful creations at Giardini Pubblici, head off the coast to San Francesco del Deserto, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Venice online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Parks Tours Historic Sites
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Giudecca ©
Giudecca
Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Maria dei Miracoli ©
Santa Maria dei Miracoli

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Milan, Italy

Milan ©
On the 13th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Museo del Novecento, then make a trip to Dialogo Nel Buio, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan itinerary maker.

Getting from Venice to Milan by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo del Novecento ©
Museo del Novecento
Dialogo nel Buio ©
Dialogo nel Buio

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