21 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

21 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pisa, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich online trip builder.

Singapore, Singapore to Zurich is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Singapore to Zurich. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Zurich at 5°C and lows at -1°C. You'll set off for Lucerne on the 20th (Fri).
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Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours

Lucerne, Switzerland — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lion Monument, Altstadt Luzern and Chapel Bridge. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Markuskirche and Matthauskirche. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Lucerne and KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Lucerne Station, examine the collection at Richard Wagner Museum, take in the views from Spreuer Bridge (Spreuerbrucke), and don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lucerne trip builder site.

Traveling by train from Zurich to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Mon) before leaving for Grindelwald.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Grindelwald, Switzerland — 1 night

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauterbrunnen Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maennlichen Romantic Trail, stroll through Maennlichen Royal Walk, then take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen, and finally see the interesting displays at Grindelwald Museum.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Grindelwald online trip maker.

Getting from Lucerne to Grindelwald by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Get outdoors at Clay Shoot Zermatt and Parasailing & Paragliding. Your inner history buff will appreciate Intercontinental Church Society and Kapelle Gornergrat "Bernhard von Aosta". And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Trockener Steg, stroll through Riffelsee, and trek along 5 Lakes Walk.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Zermatt tour site.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a train to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 2 nights

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.
To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Milan trip builder site.

Getting from Zermatt to Milan by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car and bus. December in Milan sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 3 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and Ponte dei Sospiri. Get some historical perspective at Scuola Grande di San Rocco and Basilica di San Marco. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Cannaregio, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, stop by Campo del Ghetto, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Pantalon.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Venice trip planner.

Getting from Milan to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December in Venice, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. You'll set off for Pisa on the 31st (Tue).
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Pisa, Italy — 2 nights

Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): examine the collection at Museo Aviotruppe Esercito Italiano, examine the collection at National Museum of Saint Mathew, then enjoy breathtaking views from Leaning Tower of Pisa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero di San Giovanni, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Pisa. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Michele in Borgo, make a trip to Palazzo dell'Orologio, then admire the striking features of Palazzo della Carovana, then examine the collection at Palazzo Blu, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Piero a Grado.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Pisa trip builder.

You can drive from Venice to Pisa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. While traveling from Venice, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pisa, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and finally admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally steep yourself in history at Loggia dei Lanzi.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Florence driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Pisa to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 4 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Colosseum and Church of St. Louis of the French. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pantheon and Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico. Explore Rome's surroundings by going to Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto (in Spoleto), Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica (in Ostia Antica) and Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cupola di San Pietro, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Rome online travel route planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Rome are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. You'll set off for home on the 8th (Wed).
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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 · 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.
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