29 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

29 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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29 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  14​h 30​min
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Zurich, Switzerland
— Few hours
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Interlaken, Switzerland
— Few hours
train:  30​min
4
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 1 day
train:  15​min
5
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
6
Zweisimmen, Switzerland
— Few hours
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Montreux, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  3​h
8
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  6​h 30​min
9
St. Moritz, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
10
Tirano, Italy
— Few hours
train:  3​h 30​min
11
Milan, Italy
— Few hours
train:  2​h 30​min
12
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
13
Florence, Italy
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
14
San Gimignano, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
15
Pisa, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
16
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
17
Milan, Italy
— Few hours
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa


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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Zurich planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Zurich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Zurich. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in June, with highs in Zurich at 27°C and lows at 15°C. You will leave for Lucerne on the 28th (Sun).

Things to do in Zurich

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Spreuer Bridge as well as Free Walk Lucerne. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take in the local highlights with Free Walk Lucerne. On your second day here, take in the views from Spreuer Bridge.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lucerne driving holiday tool .

Getting from Zurich to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Tours
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Free Walk Lucerne ©
Free Walk Lucerne
Spreuer Bridge ©
Spreuer Bridge

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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.
Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Interlaken trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Interlaken takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 30th (Tue), you'll travel to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
You've now added Murrenbach Waterfalls to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Murrenbach Waterfalls.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lauterbrunnen trip planner .

Lauterbrunnen is just a short distance from Interlaken. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature Parks
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Murrenbach Waterfalls ©
Murrenbach Waterfalls

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Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken
To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Interlaken vacation planning tool .

Interlaken is just a stone's throw from Lauterbrunnen. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Zweisimmen.

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Zweisimmen, Switzerland

Zweisimmen
Zweisimmen is a municipality in the Obersimmental-Saanen administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland.HistoryZweisimmen is first mentioned in 1228 as Duessimenes. Planning Zweisimmen trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Zweisimmen takes an hour. When traveling from Interlaken in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Zweisimmen, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. On the 2nd (Thu), you're off toMontreux.

Things to do in Zweisimmen

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive
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Montreux, Switzerland

Montreux
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
You've now added Swiss Chocolate Train to your itinerary.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Montreux day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Zweisimmen to Montreux takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Tours
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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.
For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Zermatt road trip website .

Getting from Montreux to Zermatt by train takes about 3 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sun) before leaving for St. Moritz.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature Parks
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Riffelsee ©
Riffelsee

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St. Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz
St.
To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Moritz trip website .

Getting from Zermatt to St. Moritz by train takes about 8.5 hours. In July in St. Moritz, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tirano.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Tirano, Italy

Tirano
Tirano is a town in Valtellina, located in the province of Sondrio in northern Italy. To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tirano online tour planner .

Traveling by car from St. Moritz to Tirano takes 1.5 hours. In July in Tirano, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 7th (Tue), you're off toMilan.

Things to do in Tirano

Parks Outdoors Nature
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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.
To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Milan road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tirano to Milan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Tirano in July; daily highs in Milan reach 34°C and lows reach 21°C. You will leave for Venice on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Milan

Nightlife Historic Sites Parks
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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.
For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Venice online trip itinerary builder .

Take a train from Milan to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You will leave for Florence on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Nightlife Outdoors
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Florence, Italy

Florence
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Florence visit planner.

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. You will leave for San Gimignano on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Florence

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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San Gimignano, Italy

San Gimignano ©
A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fattoria Il Piano and Torre Grossa. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Torre e Casa Campatelli, learn about winemaking at Cappella Sant'Andrea, make a trip to Pieve di Cellole, and admire the landmark architecture of Torre Chigi.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Gimignano journey planning site .

Traveling by car from Florence to San Gimignano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in San Gimignano sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 21°C at night. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Pisa.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Wineries Museums Shopping
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Fattoria Il Piano ©
Fattoria Il Piano
Torre e Casa Campatelli ©
Torre e Casa Campatelli
Galleria Gagliardi ©
Galleria Gagliardi

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Pisa, Italy

Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bagno Stella Focette and Viale delle Piagge. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Il Pineto Parco Avventura, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Michele in Borgo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Pisa using our trip planner.

You can drive from San Gimignano to Pisa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. July in Pisa sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Pisa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Bagno Stella Focette
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Food Tours
Palazzo della Carovana ©
Palazzo della Carovana

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Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Storico di Corniglia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa Di San Pietro, don't miss a visit to Santuario di Soviore, then make a trip to Borgo Antico, then don't miss a visit to Oratorio della Confraternita dei Neri Mortis et Orationis, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): stroll through Sentiero Monterosso - Vernazza, appreciate the history behind Monumento a San Francesco d'Assisi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco, then don't miss a visit to Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Lorenzo.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cinque Terre trip itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Pisa to Cinque Terre takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Cinque Terre are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites Trails Parks
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Borgo Storico di Corniglia ©
Borgo Storico di Corniglia
Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church ©
Sentiero Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Sentiero Monterosso - Vernazza

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Milan, Italy

Milan
To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Milan online road trip planner .

You can take a train from Cinque Terre to Milan in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll set off for home on the 24th (Fri).

Things to do in Milan

Nightlife Historic Sites Parks
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