21 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

21 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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21 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly:  15​h
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— Few hours
train:  1​h
2
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  3​h 45​min
4
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
5
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Pisa, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
8
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
9
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Singapore, Singapore


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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip builder app .

Singapore, Singapore to Zurich is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Singapore to Zurich. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Zurich to be much colder, temps between 5°C and -1°C. On the 20th (Fri), you're off toLucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Lion Monument, Mt Pilatus, Altstadt Luzern, and other attractions. Markuskirche and Matthauskirche are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Lake Lucerne and Richard Wagner Museum. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Lucerne Station, don't miss a visit to Kornmarkt, snap pictures at Spreuer Bridge, and steep yourself in history at Museggmauer.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lucerne day trip website .

Getting from Zurich to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Mon) before leaving for Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
On the 23rd (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauterbrunnen Church, hike along Maennlichen Romantic Trail, then hike along Maennlichen Royal Walk, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen, and finally examine the collection at Grindelwald Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald trip builder site .

Getting from Lucerne to Grindelwald by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Lauterbrunnen Church
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Maennlichen Romantic Trail ©
Maennlichen Romantic Trail
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Maennlichen Royal Walk ©
Maennlichen Royal Walk

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Visit Intercontinental Church Society and Kapelle Gornergrat "Bernhard von Aosta" for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as 5-Seenweg and Riffelsee. Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Trockener Steg, take a tour by water with Alpine Adventures Zermatt (Fly Zermatt), enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Grindelwald to Zermatt by train takes about 4 hours. On the 27th (Fri), you'll travel to Milan.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Adventure
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Trockener Steg ©
Trockener Steg
5-Seenweg ©
5-Seenweg
Parasailing & Paragliding

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then steep yourself in history at Abbazia di Chiaravalle, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Milan road trip website .

Take a train from Zermatt to Milan in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro ©
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

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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 30th (Mon), take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Campo del Ghetto, take a stroll through Cannaregio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, pause for some serene contemplation at Scuola Grande di San Rocco, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Pantalon, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice trip maker .

Getting from Milan to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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nights
Pisa, Italy

Pisa ©
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): see the interesting displays at Museo Aviotruppe Esercito Italiano, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Saint Mathew, then take in panoramic vistas at Leaning Tower of Pisa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Pisa. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Michele in Borgo, steep yourself in history at Palazzo dell'Orologio, then admire the striking features of Palazzo della Carovana, then examine the collection at Palazzo Blu, and finally make a trip to Basilica romanica di San Piero a Grado.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Pisa road trip tool .

You can drive from Venice to Pisa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. When traveling from Venice in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Pisa, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Pisa

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo Aviotruppe Esercito Italiano ©
Museo Aviotruppe Esercito Italiano
Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa
Battistero ©
Battistero

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nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, then get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi.

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Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Venice in January: highs in Florence hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
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Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
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 Piazza Navona. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pantheon and Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto), Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto (in Spoleto) and Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica (in Ostia Antica). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, and don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. January in Rome sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Duomo di Orvieto, Cupola di San Pietro, Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto
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Piazza Navona ©
Piazza Navona
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

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