46 days in Swiss Alps, Northwest Italy & Croatian Coast Itinerary

46 days in Swiss Alps, Northwest Italy & Croatian Coast Itinerary

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46 days in Swiss Alps, Northwest Italy & Croatian Coast Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly + train:  15​h
1
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  8​h 15​min
2
St. Moritz, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 night
4
Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
5
Turin, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
9
Split, Croatia
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Zadar, Croatia
— 5 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
11
Rovinj, Croatia
— 5 nights
12
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Toronto, Canada

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Matterhorn and 5-Seenweg. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, play a few rounds at Golf Club Matterhorn, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt itinerary planning tool .

Toronto, Canada to Zermatt is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toronto to Zermatt, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
5-Seenweg ©
5-Seenweg
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery

1
day
St. Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz ©
St.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake St. Moritz and then take some stellar pictures from Muottas Muragl.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our St. Moritz trip planner .

You can take a train from Zermatt to St. Moritz in 8.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lugano.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Nature
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Lake St. Moritz ©
Lake St. Moritz
Muottas Muragl ©
Muottas Muragl

1
night
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
On the 14th (Sat), take some stellar pictures from Monte San Salvatore, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, and then walk around Parco Civico.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lugano trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from St. Moritz to Lugano takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from St. Moritz in September: high temperatures in Lugano hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature
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Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore
Parco Civico ©
Parco Civico

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Orta and Leolandia. We've included these beaches for you: Spiaggia Tranquilla and Riva Bianca Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Cathedral of Cremona (in Cremona), Villa del Balbianello (in Tremezzina) and La Citta Alta (in Bergamo). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria delle Grazie.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Milan itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Lugano to Milan in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Turin.

Things to do in Milan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Leolandia, Lake Orta, La Citta Alta, Riva Bianca Beach, Villa del Balbianello
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Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello
Lake Orta ©
Lake Orta
Riva Bianca Beach ©
Riva Bianca Beach

5
nights
Turin, Italy

Turin ©
A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Juventus Stadium. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turin: Sacra di San Michele (in Sant'Ambrogio di Torino), Castello di Fenis (in Fenis) and Forte di Bard (in Bard). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Piazza San Carlo, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Reale, examine the collection at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, and admire the natural beauty at Parco del Valentino.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Turin trip itinerary site .

Traveling by train from Milan to Turin takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Milan, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Turin, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Turin

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Castello di Fenis, Forte di Bard, Lillaz Waterfalls, Val Ferret
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Basilica of Superga ©
Basilica of Superga
Castello di Fenis ©
Castello di Fenis
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Biblioteca Piccolomini and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, admire the striking features of Loggia dei Lanzi, and don't miss a visit to The Baptistery of St. John.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Florence route tool .

Take a train from Turin to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Turin in September, you will find days in Florence are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Biblioteca Piccolomini
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Biblioteca Piccolomini ©
Biblioteca Piccolomini
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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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.
Visit Il Pioniere and Acqua e Sale - Stabilimento Balneare for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Civita di Bagnoregio and Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi. Take a break from Rome with a short trip to La Lucciola Stabilimento in Lavinio Lido di Enea, about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Trevi Fountain, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Anzio, Acqua e Sale - Stabilimento Balneare, Civita di Bagnoregio
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Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Civita di Bagnoregio ©
Civita di Bagnoregio
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cavtat Old Town and Srebreno Beach. Go for a jaunt from Dubrovnik to Cavtat to see Vlaho Bukovac House about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Walls of Dubrovnik, head off the coast to Kolocep Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Prijeko street.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Dubrovnik itinerary maker .

Getting from Rome to Dubrovnik by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cavtat, Srebreno Beach
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Cavtat Old Town ©
Cavtat Old Town
Walls of Dubrovnik ©
Walls of Dubrovnik
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

5
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spanjola and Velika Raduca Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Dubovica and Brela Beach. Explore Split's surroundings by going to Fortress Starigrad (Fortica) (in Omis), Punta Rata Beach (in Brela) and Hvar (Milna & Jerolim Island). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Putalj Winery, don't miss a visit to Narodni trg, and explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Split holiday maker app .

You can take a bus from Dubrovnik to Split in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Split

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hvar, Brela, Velika Raduca Beach, Fortress Starigrad (Fortica)
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Brela Beach ©
Brela Beach
Dubovica ©
Dubovica
Spanjola ©
Spanjola

5
nights
Zadar, Croatia

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cigrada Beach and Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje). Relax by the water at Kosirina Beach and Tatinja Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zadar: Jadro Beach (in Vir) and MasVin (in Polaca). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Rozica Beach, don't miss a visit to The Forum, explore the fascinating underground world of Modric Cave (Modric Spilja), and explore the ancient world of Zadar Land City Gates.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Zadar trip builder site .

Drive from Split to Zadar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Zadar when traveling from Split in October, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Rovinj.

Things to do in Zadar

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Murter, Tatinja Beach, Jadro Beach, MasVin, Modric Cave (Modric Spilja)
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Tatinja Beach ©
Tatinja Beach
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) ©
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)
Zadar Land City Gates ©
Zadar Land City Gates

5
nights
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like STARI GRAD and Cuvi Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Njive Beach and Mulini Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovinj: The town of Hum (in Hum) and Kozlovic Winery (in Momjan). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Port of Rovinj, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Euphemia, wander the streets of Riva, and walk around Punta Corrente.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rovinj day trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Zadar to Rovinj in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or ride a ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Rovinj can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Rovinj

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

The town of Hum, Njive Beach, Kozlovic Winery
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Port of Rovinj ©
Port of Rovinj
Church of St. Euphemia ©
Church of St. Euphemia

3
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 Cannaregio and Torre dell'Orologio. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, admire the striking features of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, and take in the views from Ponte dell'Accademia.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Venice trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rovinj to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Venice are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Cannaregio ©
Cannaregio

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