12 days in Switzerland, Austria & Italy Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland, Austria & Italy Itinerary

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12 days in Switzerland, Austria & Italy Itinerary

Start: Cairo, Egypt
Fly:  7​h
1
Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
5
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Cairo, Egypt

3
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 2nd (Sun), kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis and then explore the activities along Lake Geneva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Lausanne, examine the collection at Chaplin's World, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de St-Pierre.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Geneva attractions planning tool .

Cairo, Egypt to Geneva is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Geneva is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cairo in February, things will get cooler in Geneva: highs are around 7°C and lows about 0°C. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chaplin's World, Cathedrale de Lausanne
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

1
night
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
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.
On the 4th (Tue), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tierpark Dahlholzli.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Interlaken route builder website .

Traveling by car from Geneva to Interlaken takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Interlaken

Fun & Games Tours Parks

Side Trip

Tierpark Dahlholzli
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Seilpark Interlaken ©
Seilpark Interlaken
Tierpark Dahlholzli ©
Tierpark Dahlholzli
Heidi's Photo Chalet ©
Heidi's Photo Chalet

3
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): make a trip to Stephansplatz, then meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo, then admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Prater and then explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Vienna day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Interlaken to Vienna takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February in Vienna, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Vienna

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Schönbrunn Zoo ©
Schönbrunn Zoo
Prater ©
Prater

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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 8th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Punta della Dogana, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, explore the galleries of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, and finally make a trip to St Mark's Campanile.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Venice holiday website .

You can fly from Vienna to Venice in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Vienna in February; daily highs in Venice reach 11°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Padua
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo, and then don't miss a visit to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

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

Getting from Venice to Milan by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In February, daytime highs in Milan are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

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