13 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 night
Sils im Engadin, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Tirano, Italy
— 2 nights
Train to Milan Centrale, Fly to Rome
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Palermo, Italy
— 1 night


Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Anglais, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): look for gifts at Molard Souvenirs, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Geneva day trip site.

Chandigarh, India to Geneva is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 4.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Geneva are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lugano.
Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Historic Sites
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Lugano, Switzerland — 1 night

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
On the 21st (Wed), appreciate the views at Valle Verzasca, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, and then stroll around Parco Ciani. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria degli Angioli, then get great views at Monte San Salvatore, and then make a trip to Swissminiatur.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lugano trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Lugano takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. September in Lugano sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Sils im Engadin.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Sils im Engadin, Switzerland — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Muottas Muragl, explore the activities along Lake St. Moritz, and then explore the activities along Lake Sils.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sils im Engadin trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Lugano to Sils im Engadin by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Lugano in September, things will get slightly colder in Sils im Engadin: highs are around 18°C and lows about 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Tirano.
Nature · Parks
Side Trips
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Tirano, Italy — 2 nights

Tirano is a town in Valtellina, located in the province of Sondrio in northern Italy. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Salis e Museo Senza Frontiere, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario della Beata Vergine di Tirano, and then examine the collection at Museo Etnografico Tiranese. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Parco Delle Incisioni Rupestri di Grosio, appreciate the views at Val Zebru, and then work off some steam at Bormio Terme.

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Traveling by car from Sils im Engadin to Tirano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Rome.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Spas
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 27th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then take in panoramic vistas at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, and finally contemplate the long history of Colosseum. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and then explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome road trip planning website.

Getting from Tirano to Rome by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Tirano in September: highs in Rome hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to fly to Palermo.
Historic Sites · Museums
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Palermo, Italy — 1 night

The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then admire the striking features of Norman Palace, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Palermo.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Palermo road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Palermo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Tours
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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.

Engadin St. Moritz travel guide

Lookouts · Bodies of Water · Mountains
Known as the "festival hall of the Alps," the Engadin St. Moritz resort is nestled 1,800 m (5,906 ft) above sea level and famous for its sunny climate, outdoor sports, and panoramic landscapes. Access the resort via the Rhaetian Railway, a member of the World Heritage List, which brings visitors one-step closer to the immaculate blue skies. Beside a glittering lake and pine forests, the picturesque village features Engadin houses distinguished by their decorative facades and funnel-shaped windows. With over 350 km (217 mi) of trails, sports enthusiasts will rejoice in the limitless opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, and hiking.

Italy travel guide

Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.

Sicily travel guide

Beaches · Ruins · Churches
The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is a ruggedly attractive land. The island has a long history of foreign domination and has been controlled by the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Normans. The result is a distinct culture blending elements from all of those areas and featuring an intriguing dialect. This is a huge island with plenty of small villages to tour, each with its own treasures. Beyond the popular coastal areas, Sicily's inland attractions include an unspoiled landscape of mountains, hills, and villages that sometimes seem frozen in time. While the natural environment is its biggest draw, Sicily's greatest asset may be its people. They are proud of their traditions and incredibly hospitable to visitors.