13 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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San Francisco, United States
Fly:
20​h 30​min
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:
1​h 45​min
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:
2​h 15​min
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train + train:
7​h 45​min
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:
2​h
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train + train:
2​h 15​min
Zurich, Switzerland

4
days
Rome, Italy

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, religious sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rome vacation builder.

San Francisco, USA to Rome is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Rome, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in June; daily highs in Rome reach 83°F and lows reach 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum
Pantheon

1
day
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and finally steep yourself in history at Loggia dei Lanzi.

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

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June in Florence, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 61°F at night. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Sightseeing Historic Sites
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Uffizi Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo

1
day
Venice, Italy

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto and then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

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

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Florence in June: highs in Venice hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Venice

Sightseeing Museums Nature
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Doges' Palace
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco

2
days
Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): snap pictures at Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, examine the collection at Swiss Museum of Transport, then pause for some photo ops at Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus.

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You can drive from Venice to Lucerne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Venice in June, things will get slightly colder in Lucerne: highs are around 73°F and lows about 54°F. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Sightseeing
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Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne
Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke)

2
days
Interlaken, Switzerland

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 1st (Sat), indulge your taste buds at Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, then get great views at Schilthorn - Piz Gloria, and then take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm.

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Traveling by car from Lucerne to Interlaken takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Interlaken are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Sightseeing

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Lauterbrunnen
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Harderkulm
Bumblebee-Hanggliding
Parasailing & Paragliding

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