17 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Bergamo, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Padua, Italy
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 1 day
Train
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Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Lucerne, Switzerland
Drive
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Brienz, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Train
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Wengen, Switzerland
— 1 night
Bus
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Murren, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train
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Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Como, Italy
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy

— 1 night

Fashion Capital of World

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 2nd (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Milan trip planner.

Doha, Qatar to Milan is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Doha in April, expect Milan to be much colder, temps between 22°C and 9°C. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bergamo.

Things to do in Milan

Shopping
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Bergamo, Italy

— 1 night

City of a Thousand

In the foothills of the Alps, Bergamo is features a wealth of artistic treasures and a charming medieval atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): make a trip to Piazza Vecchia, don't miss a visit to Cattedrale (Duomo) di Bergamo e Battistero, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, and finally admire the landmark architecture of La Citta Alta.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bergamo trip planning website.

You can drive from Milan to Bergamo in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April in Bergamo, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Padua.

Things to do in Bergamo

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 3:

Padua, Italy

— 1 night

Holy City

Padua is a picturesque city with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze (squares).
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of St. Anthony, admire the natural beauty at Padua Botanical Garden - World Heritage Site, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel, make a trip to Prato della Valle, then get a sense of history and politics at Ragione Palace, and finally steep yourself in history at Piazza dei Signori.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Padua trip planner.

Getting from Bergamo to Padua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the shuttle to Venice.

Things to do in Padua

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 4:

Venice, Italy

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the activities along Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally admire the striking features of Doge's Palace.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Venice trip planner.

Take a shuttle from Padua to Venice in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 5:

Florence, Italy

— 1 day

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Florence trip maker.

You can drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. April in Florence sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Lugano.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Historic Sites
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Lugano, Switzerland

— 1 night

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Monte San Salvatore and then explore the activities along Lake Lugano.

For more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Lugano trip itinerary website.

You can take a train from Florence to Lugano in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Lugano can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Lugano

Nature · Parks
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Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 7th (Tue), appreciate the history behind Lion Monument and then snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Lugano to Lucerne in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lugano in April, Lucerne is little chillier at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Brienz.
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 8:

Brienz, Switzerland

— 1 night
With roots tracing back to the Bronze Age, traditional Brienz gives the impression of being lost in time.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): look for gifts at Huggler Holzbildhauerei and then explore the activities along Lake Brienz.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Brienz trip planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Brienz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Brienz can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Brienz

Nature · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 8:

Interlaken, Switzerland

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then Head underground at St. Beatus Hoehlen, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Interlaken vacation planner.

Interlaken is just a short distance from Brienz. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 9:

Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from First Cliff Walk by Tissot, fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First, and then have fun at Indoor Rope Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Grindelwald tour builder site.

Grindelwald is just a short distance from Interlaken. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): make a trip to Lauterbrunnen Church and then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lauterbrunnen trip planning tool.

Lauterbrunnen is just a short distance from Grindelwald. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Wengen.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 12:

Wengen, Switzerland

— 1 night
Wengen is a mountain village in the Bernese Oberland of central Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): stop by Central Sport, then look for gifts at Molitor, and then get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Wengen holiday planning app.

Take a train from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Wengen are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Murren.

Things to do in Wengen

Outdoors · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 12:

Murren, Switzerland

— 1 night
With a population of just 450 people, Murren brings to life an authentic Swiss mountain village.
For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Murren trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Wengen to Murren in an hour. Another option is to take a train. On the 13th (Mon), you're off to Bern.

Things to do in Murren

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails
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Bern, Switzerland

— 1 night

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bern trip planner.

You can take a train from Murren to Bern in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 3°C. You'll set off for Zermatt on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Bern

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 1 night
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): make a trip to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and then hit the slopes at Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Zermatt trip builder app.

Getting from Bern to Zermatt by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Como.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:

Como, Italy

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), admire the landmark architecture of Villa Olmo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Carlotta, and finally admire the striking features of Villa del Balbianello.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Como trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Zermatt to Como by combination of car and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Como

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:

Italy travel guide

4.6
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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
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.