23 days in Switzerland, Italy & Greece Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Mandello del Lario, Italy
— 2 nights
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Ravello, Italy
— 3 nights
Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 3 nights


Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, then trek along Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden, and then walk around Parkanlage Zuerihorn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Lindt Factory Outlet Kilchberg, then explore the fascinating underground world of Hollgrotten, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Botanischer Garten.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Zurich trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Zürich Airport, EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport and Bern Belp Airport. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in April, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden Lucerne (Gletschergarten), and finally take in the views from Chapel Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Titlis and then identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lucerne day trip planning site.

Drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Lucerne sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mandello del Lario.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports
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Mandello del Lario, Italy — 2 nights

Mandello del Lario is an Italian town and comune in the province of Lecco, in Lombardy, on the Como Lake.Since 1921, Mandello del Lario has been home to Moto Guzzi—the Italian motorcycle manufacturer, now a subsidiary of Piaggio & Co. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentiero Spirito del Bosco, then hike along Sentiero Geologico Canzo - Terz'Aple, and finally get outside with Orrido di Nesso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): grab your bike and head to Pista Ciclopedonale della Valsassina, explore the landscape on two wheels at Pista Ciclabile Sorico - Domaso, then take in breathtaking views at Orrido di Bellano, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mandello del Lario trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Mandello del Lario takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Lucerne in April, expect Mandello del Lario to be a bit warmer, temps between 66°F and 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 2 nights

City of Romance

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.
On the 1st (Mon), contemplate the long history of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, take a stroll through Cannaregio, explore the activities along Canal Grande, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico di Venezia. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, then examine the collection at Doge's Palace, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Venice tour planner.

You can drive from Mandello del Lario to Venice in 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Welcome To Rome and Colle Aventino. Get out of town with these interesting Rome side-trips: Giardino di Ninfa (in Cisterna di Latina) and Museo Storico Piana delle Orme (in Borgo Faiti). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls, steep yourself in history at Colosseum, appreciate the history behind La Pieta, and admire the striking features of Villa Borghese.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rome, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Rome are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ravello.
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Ravello, Italy — 3 nights

Best known for its celebrated terraced gardens, Ravello is a hidden gem of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Get outdoors at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Ravello - Atrani Walk. Discover out-of-the-way places like Villa Cimbrone Gardens and Monte Faito e Panorama. Go for a jaunt from Ravello to Positano to see Miniaci Art Gallery about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Villa Rufolo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, admire the sheer force of Valle delle Ferriere, and trek along Ravello-Minori Walk.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ravello trip maker site.

You can drive from Rome to Ravello in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ravello when traveling from Rome in May, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Fira.
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Fira, Greece — 3 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail and Food Tours. Get outdoors at Santorini Horse Riding and Bella Aurora & Thalassa. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, take in the exciting artwork at Nikola's Art Gallery, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Fira travel planner.

You can fly from Ravello to Fira in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Fira are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Mykonos Town.
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Mykonos Town, Greece — 3 nights

Chora Mykonos

A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Take a break from the city and head to Mykonos Diving Center and Fokos Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Mount Kynthos and The Windmills (Kato Milli). Go for a jaunt from Mykonos Town to Delos to see Avenue of the Lions about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at Beautyworld Spa, do a tasting at Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint George, and sample the tasty concoctions at Mykonos Brewing Company.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mykonos Town day trip tool.

Getting from Fira to Mykonos Town by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.
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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.

Amalfi Coast travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Gardens
Renowned for its beautiful landscape and medieval fishing villages that cling precariously to the Mediterranean cliffs, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top vacation destinations. This World Heritage Site stretches for about 50 km (30 mi) on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula and offers numerous places to visit, from terraced lemon gardens and whitewashed villas to cliff-top views of the sea. Explore the coastline's towns, bays, and resorts. During the peak tourist season, the Amalfi Coast's single seaside road is often jammed with dozens of buses. For that reason, the ubiquitous scooter may be the best way to get around and sightsee. You can also access quite a bit by bicycle.

Greece travel guide

Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Mykonos travel guide

Beaches · Landmarks · Nightlife
Island of the Winds
Local tradition claims that Mykonos, the trendiest of the Cyclades group of islands, came into existence from the petrified bodies of giants killed by the mythological hero Hercules. Named after the grandson of the god Apollo, this cosmopolitan "Ibiza of Greece" offers modern tourists a blend of glamour and simplicity. Be prepared for hip and loud dance clubs along the coastline and quieter areas farther from the water. Avoid cruise ship crowds thronging the narrow streets by exploring the small villages located in the center of the island. The easiest way to discover the island's golden beaches is by guided boat tour, private car, or motorcycle.