12 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Thun, Switzerland
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights


Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): wander the streets of Old Town.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Zurich road trip planning tool.

Doha, Qatar to Zurich is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Doha to Zurich, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Doha in December, things will get colder in Zurich: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. You will leave for Lucerne on the 16th (Thu).
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 1 night

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus, pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, and then shop like a local with Altstadt Luzern.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne road trip planning app.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Lucerne are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Interlaken.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 3 nights

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Buchhandlung Boedeli, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Schwimmbad Merligen, then examine the collection at Artilleriewerk Faulensee, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Schlosskirche.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Interlaken trip planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Lucerne in December, expect nights in Interlaken to be about the same, around -4°C, while days are slightly colder, around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Thun.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites
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Thun, Switzerland

Thun is a town and a municipality in the administrative district of Thun in the canton of Bern in Switzerland with about 43,783 inhabitants, as of 31 December 2013.It is located where the Aare flows out of Lake Thun, 30km south of Bern.Besides tourism, machine and precision instrument engineering, the largest garrison in the country, the food industry, armaments and publishing are of economic importance to Thun.The official language of Thun is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.HistoryThe area of what is now Thun was inhabited since the Neolithic age (mid-3rd millennium BC). Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get great views at The Cathedral of Bern.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Thun trip itinerary maker.

Thun is just a short distance from Interlaken. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Interlaken in December: highs in Thun hover around 5°C, while lows dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 1 night

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Palazzo Morando, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Duomo di Milano. On the 20th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then see the interesting displays at Palazzo Morando, and then admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Milan tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Thun to Milan in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Thun in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Milan, with lows of 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Florence.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, then admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, then take in the exciting artwork at M.G. Design, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Palazzo Vecchio, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary builder website.

Take a train from Milan to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Milan in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Florence: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 4°C at night. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Rome.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): make a trip to Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, and finally wander the streets of Via Condotti. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then stroll the grounds of Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and finally take a stroll through Trastevere.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rome online vacation builder.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
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Switzerland travel guide

Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Italy travel guide

Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.