31 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

31 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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31 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  10 h 45 min
1
Salerno, Italy
— 4 nights
Ferry:  1 h 30 min
2
Positano, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h
6
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Zurich, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

4
nights
Salerno, Italy

Salerno ©
While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
Kids will enjoy Spiaggia di castiglione and Marina Di Vietri. Explore Salerno's surroundings by going to Spiaggia Lannio (in Cetara), Sentiero dei Limoni (in Maiori) and Ravello (Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma & Ravello - Atrani Walk). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Pompeii Archaeological Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Salerno, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and admire the landmark architecture of Stazione Marittima di Salerno.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Salerno trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Salerno is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Dubai in August, you will find days in Salerno are much colder (34°C), and nights are little chillier (28°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Positano.

Things to do in Salerno

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ravello, Spiaggia Di Minori, Sentiero dei Limoni, Paestum Ruins, Spiaggia di Marina d'Albori
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Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Sentiero dei Limoni ©
Sentiero dei Limoni

4
nights
Positano, Italy

Positano ©
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Bring the kids along to Fornillo and Lido di Ravello. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Positano: Lido Capo di Conca (in Conca dei Marini), Spiaggia di Atrani (in Atrani) and Villa Cimbrone Gardens (in Ravello). The adventure continues: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, kick back and relax at Spiaggia Grande, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and get a taste of the local shopping with Miniaci Art Gallery.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Positano attractions app .

Traveling by ferry from Salerno to Positano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Rome.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Ravello, Amalfi, Lido Capo di Conca, Marina di Praia Beach, Spiaggia di Atrani
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Family-friendly places like Colosseum and Palatine Hill will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, take in panoramic vistas at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, and steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner .

Drive from Positano to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or take a bus. August in Rome sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Boboli Gardens. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Canyon Park (in Bagni di Lucca), Siena (Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana & Piazza del Campo) and Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Florence trip planner .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Florence, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Siena, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Canyon Park
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto
The Boboli Gardens ©
The Boboli Gardens

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Canal Grande and Ponte di Rialto will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua) and Verona (Arena di Verona & Parco Naturalistico delle Cascate-Family). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, get interesting insight from Like a Venetian, admire the landmark architecture of St Mark's Campanile, and don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice route tool .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Verona, Scrovegni Chapel
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Interlaken: The Matterhorn (in Zermatt) and The Eiger Trail (in Grindelwald). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, get your game on at Seilpark Interlaken, get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, and stroll through Maennlichen.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Interlaken vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Venice to Interlaken by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In August, Interlaken is slightly colder than Venice - with highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Maennlichen, The Matterhorn
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Parasailing & Paragliding

6
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and Hallenbad Altstetten. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall), Lucerne (Mt Pilatus, The Nine Towers, & more) and Pilatus Luzern (in Kriens). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, cool off at Swimming Pools Unter Letten, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, and get in on the family fun at Parapark Zurich.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Zurich road trip site .

You can drive from Interlaken to Zurich in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lucerne, Rhine Falls
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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