11 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

11 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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11 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

Start: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
4
Naples, Italy
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take a stroll through Old Town, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Titlis.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucerne trip builder site .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Lucerne is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Riyadh in August; daily highs in Lucerne reach 28°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Old Town, Titlis
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Titlis ©
Titlis
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

2
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.
On the 8th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant’Antonio, pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Dorsoduro, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, admire the striking features of Torre dell'Orologio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, and finally wander the streets of Cannaregio.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Venice day trip app .

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Venice takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Lucerne in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Venice: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Padua
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San Giorgio Maggiore ©
San Giorgio Maggiore
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco

2
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 10th (Sat): explore the galleries of Museo Nazionale del Bargello, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, then take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and finally admire the striking features of Loggia dei Lanzi. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Verrazzano, and then step into the grandiose world of Castello di Monteriggioni.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. August in Florence sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Castello di Monteriggioni, Castello di Verrazzano
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Museo Nazionale del Bargello ©
Museo Nazionale del Bargello
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte

4
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Escape the urban bustle at I Faraglioni and Vulcano Solfatara. Family-friendly places like Vesuvius National Park and Parco Acheologico di Ercolano will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naples: Giardini di Augusto (in Capri), Castello Aragonese d'Ischia (in Ischia) and Villa San Michele (in Anacapri). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Underground Naples, stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Gennaro, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gesu Nuovo Church, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Naples route tool .

Traveling by train from Florence to Naples takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Florence in August, Naples is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Capri, Vulcano Solfatara, Castello Aragonese d'Ischia, Villa San Michele, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
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Catacombe di San Gennaro ©
Catacombe di San Gennaro
Castello Aragonese d'Ischia ©
Castello Aragonese d'Ischia
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano ©
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano

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