51 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

51 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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51 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Venice, Italy
— 7 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 7 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Positano, Italy
— 8 nights
train:  6​h 45​min
4
Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Lenk im Simmental, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Appenzell, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Zurich, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Toronto, Canada


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7
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Verona (Arena di Verona, Piazza delle Erbe, & more) and Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica di Sant’Antonio). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice travel route planner.

Toronto, Canada to Venice is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Verona, Padua
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

7
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and Siena (Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, & more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Florence trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Positano.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Siena, Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

8
nights
Positano, Italy

Positano ©
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Change things up with these side-trips from Positano: Amalfi (Museo della Carta, Fontana sant'Andrea, & more), Parrocchia San Giovanni (in Vietri sul Mare) and Chiesa di San Pancrazio Martire (in Conca dei Marini). And it doesn't end there: get great views at Il Sentiero Degli Dei, contemplate the long history of Duomo di Ravello, head outdoors with Francesco (Frank) Carpegna - Walking with the Gods, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Positano travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Florence to Positano in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or do a combination of flight, train, and subway. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Florence in May since evenings lows in Positano dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Amalfi, Ravello, Praiano, Monte Finestra, Liquorificio Mansi Carlo
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Il Sentiero Degli Dei ©
Il Sentiero Degli Dei
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Geneva side-trips: Roman Columns (in Nyon) and Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale de St-Pierre, and appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation).

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip planner .

Getting from Positano to Geneva by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In May, Geneva is little chillier than Positano - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Roman Columns, Chateau de Chillon
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

5
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Interlaken: Bern (Aare River & UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern) and Titlis (in Engelberg). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, have some family-friendly fun at Seilpark Interlaken, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Interlaken day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Geneva to Interlaken takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lenk im Simmental.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Bern, Trümmelbachfälle, Titlis
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Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken ©
Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier

3
nights
Lenk im Simmental, Switzerland

Lenk im Simmental ©
Themed trails make vacations in Lenk im Simmental popular with winter sports lovers.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lenk im Simmental: Glacier 3000 (in Les Diablerets), Lauenensee (in Lauenen) and Museum HR Giger (in Gruyeres). Next up on the itinerary: let little ones run wild at Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz, admire the sheer force of Simmenfalle, explore the landscape on two wheels at Trottiland, and take in the awesome beauty at Alprundweg Leiterli.

Make your Lenk im Simmental itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Lenk im Simmental takes 1.5 hours. June in Lenk im Simmental sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lenk im Simmental

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Museum HR Giger, Glacier 3000, Lauenensee, Trottiland
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Glacier 3000 ©
Glacier 3000
Sibe Brunne ©
Sibe Brunne
Lauenensee ©
Lauenensee

6
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Change things up with a short trip to Fondation Pierre Gianadda in Martigny (about 1h 30 min away). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, tour the pleasant surroundings at Murmelweg Wanderung, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Stellisee.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Zermatt trip maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lenk im Simmental to Zermatt. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Fondation Pierre Gianadda
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School ©
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School

4
nights
Appenzell, Switzerland

Appenzell ©
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Change things up with these side-trips from Appenzell: Old Town Chur (in Chur), Santis der Berg (in Urnaesch) and Arosa Ski Resort (in Arosa). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Eggen-Hohenweg, head outdoors with Hoher Kasten, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church, and admire the striking features of Stiftsbibliothek.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Appenzell travel itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zermatt to Appenzell. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Appenzell

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

St. Gallen, Berggasthaus Aescher - Wildkirchli, Caumasee, Santis der Berg, Old Town Chur
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Santis der Berg ©
Santis der Berg
Eggen-Hohenweg ©
Eggen-Hohenweg
Hoher Kasten ©
Hoher Kasten

6
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Hofkirche, Mt Pilatus, & more) and Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, and explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Zurich holiday builder .

You can drive from Appenzell to Zurich in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Zurich are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lucerne, Rhine Falls
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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