16 days in Italy, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Italy, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

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16 days in Italy, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

Washington DC, United States
subway + bus + Fly:  18​h 15​min
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
Washington DC, United States

3
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, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, and contemplate the long history of Roman Forum.

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Washington DC, USA to Rome is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Rome is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in June, plan for little chillier nights in Rome, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Florence.

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Vatican City
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Basilica di San Pietro
Colosseum
Pantheon

3
days
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for sightseeing, museums, historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Uffizi Gallery, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John, and explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace.

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You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In June in Florence, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

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Uffizi Gallery
Galleria dell'Accademia

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire the striking features of Doges' Palace, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and finally take in the views from Ponte di Rialto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): explore the galleries of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, then admire the striking features of St Mark's Campanile, then contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Venice travel planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Florence in July, plan for slightly colder days in Venice, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Berlin.

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Basilica di San Marco
Canal Grande
Porta della Carta

3
days
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for sightseeing, museums, historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Reichstag Building, meet the residents at Zoo Berlin, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and appreciate the history behind Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

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Traveling by flight from Venice to Berlin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Venice in July, expect Berlin to be a bit cooler, temps between 76°F and 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Zurich.

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Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors Museums
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Zoo Berlin
Reichstag Building
Brandenburg Gate

3
days
Zurich, Switzerland

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument & Mt Pilatus). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, explore the world behind art at Kunsthaus, and wander the streets of Old Town (Altstadt).

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Traveling by flight from Berlin to Zurich takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

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Lucerne
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Lake Zurich
Kunsthaus
Mt Pilatus

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