18 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 day
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Montreux, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Como, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 day

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): awaken your taste buds at Gourmet Wine Travel and then wander the streets of Schanzengraben Canal.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich online tour itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 9 hours. In September, Zurich is a bit cooler than San Francisco - with highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Rathaus Stadt Luzern, then take an in-depth tour of Richard Wagner Museum, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally see the interesting displays at Fortress Furigen.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucerne online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 51°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sat) before leaving for Montreux.
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Montreux, Switzerland — 2 nights

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Church Saint-Vincent, learn about all things military at Fort De Chillon, then savor the flavors at Aigle Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d'Agaune. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Musée de Montreux, then appreciate the history behind Monument to Vladimir Nabokov, then take in the waterfront activity at Lake Geneva Marine (Genfersee Schifffahrt), and finally admire the natural beauty at Alpine Garden La Rambertia.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Montreux trip app.

Getting from Lucerne to Montreux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Como.
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Como, Italy — 3 nights

City of Silk

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Get some cultural insight at Chiesa di San Vittore and Museo Didattico della Seta. Step off the beaten path and head to Chiesa parrocchiale di Santa Maria Assunta and Villa Bossi. Go for a jaunt from Como to Orta San Giulio to see Palazzotto della Comunita about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Andrea Apostolo, see the world from above with Aero Club Como, get engrossed in the history at Civico Museo Archeologico Paolo Giovio, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Como tour builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Montreux to Como takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Como sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can take a train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore hidden gems such as Montefioralle Winery and Convento di San Francesco. Get a sense of the local culture at San Gimignano 1300 and A Solatio Organic Farm. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Greve in Chianti (Azienda Agricola Altiero (Winery) & Castello di Montefioralle) and San Gimignano (Torre e Casa Campatelli, Duomo di San Gimignano, &more). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Oltrarno, examine the collection at Mus.e Firenze Palazzo Vecchio, take an in-depth tour of Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce, and admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Strozzi.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Florence online trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Como to Florence in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daytime highs in Florence are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cinque Terre.
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Cinque Terre, Italy — 2 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sentiero Vernazza a Corniglia and Chiesa di San Lorenzo. Get some cultural insight at Church of San Giovanni Battista and Borgo Storico di Riomaggiore. Step out of Cinque Terre to go to Levanto and see Levanto to Monterosso Trail, which is approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with 5 Terre Pelagos Boat Tours, make a trip to Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista, get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Antico, and pause for some photo ops at Monumento a San Francesco d'Assisi.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cinque Terre trip planner.

You can drive from Florence to Cinque Terre in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. September in Cinque Terre sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Rome.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Colle Aventino, take a stroll through Ghetto Ebraico, then appreciate the history behind Trajan's Column, then contemplate the long history of Arco di Tito, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rome online day trip planner.

You can fly from Cinque Terre to Rome in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. September in Rome sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 60°F at night. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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.
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Italy travel guide

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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.
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