12 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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12 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

Start: Bangkok, Thailand
Fly:  11​h
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
2
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
4
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  7​h
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Bangkok, Thailand


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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Rhine Falls and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Zurich online trip builder .

Bangkok, Thailand to Zurich is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bangkok to Zurich. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Bangkok in October; daily highs in Zurich reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Rhine Falls
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You've now added Mount Titlis to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rigi. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Mount Titlis and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. October in Lucerne sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trip

Titlis
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Rigi ©
Rigi

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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.
On the 20th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm and then take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Interlaken route planning website .

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Interlaken takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. October in Interlaken sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trip

Jungfraujoch
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

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Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 21st (Mon), wander the streets of Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and then explore the galleries of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt route planner .

Traveling by train from Interlaken to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Old Town
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Old Town ©
Old Town
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga

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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 24th (Thu), enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and then make a trip to St. Mark's Square.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Venice attractions tool .

Getting from Zermatt to Venice by train takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, make a trip to Piazza Navona, then don't miss a visit to Pantheon, then admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and finally explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Rome takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Venice in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rome: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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