24 days in Switzerland & Northwest Italy Itinerary

24 days in Switzerland & Northwest Italy Itinerary

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24 days in Switzerland & Northwest Italy Itinerary

Brisbane, Australia
Fly + train:  28​h
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 10 nights
train + tram:  4​h 15​min
Jungfraujoch, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Como, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  27​h
Brisbane, Australia

9
days
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Explore hidden gems such as Gornergrat and Swiss Ski School Saas Fee. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like VerticAlp Emosson and Premier Alpine Centre SA. Get out of town with these interesting Zermatt side-trips: Lac Souterrain, St-Leonard- Day Tours (in St-Leonard), Labyrinthe Aventure (in Evionnaz) and Fondation Pierre Gianadda (in Martigny). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, don't miss a visit to Simplon Pass, take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse, and explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Zermatt online vacation planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Zermatt is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Jungfraujoch.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Aletsch Glacier, Zoo Et Piscine des Marecottes, Simplon Pass, Premier Alpine Centre SA, Swiss Ski School Saas Fee
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VerticAlp Emosson ©
VerticAlp Emosson
Labyrinthe Aventure ©
Labyrinthe Aventure
Zoo Et Piscine des Marecottes ©
Zoo Et Piscine des Marecottes

2
days
Jungfraujoch, Switzerland

Jungfraujoch ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): trek along Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Lauterbrunnen Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Top of Europe, enjoy breathtaking views from Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory, and then snap pictures at Hangebrucke Furgangen-Muhlebach.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Jungfraujoch trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and tram from Zermatt to Jungfraujoch takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Jungfraujoch

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli, Hangebrucke Furgangen-Muhlebach
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Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory ©
Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory
Top of Europe ©
Top of Europe

2
days
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 7th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Aare Gorge, then admire the sheer force of Reichenbach Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Fall. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Seilpark Interlaken and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Interlaken trip planner .

Traveling by train from Jungfraujoch to Interlaken takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Como.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Meiringen, Staubbach Fall
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Staubbach Fall ©
Staubbach Fall
Seilpark Interlaken
Seilpark Interlaken
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
days
Como, Italy

Como
Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
On the 9th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Villa Olmo and then enjoy the sand and surf at Le Serenelle. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Carlotta, then choose your vessel at Turati Centro Nautico Lario, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Como.

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Traveling by car from Interlaken to Como takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Como

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Le Serenelle, Turati Centro Nautico Lario, Villa Carlotta
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Le Serenelle
Le Serenelle
Turati Centro Nautico Lario
Turati Centro Nautico Lario
Villa Carlotta
Villa Carlotta

2
days
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Certosa di Pavia, snap pictures at Ponte Coperto, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Michele Maggiore, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, examine the collection at Tour delle Merlate - Castello Sforzesco, and then admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Milan driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Como to Milan in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Pavia, Certosa di Pavia
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Tour delle Merlate - Castello Sforzesco ©

4
days
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 hidden gems such as Parco Zoo Punta Verde and Lido Beach. Kids will enjoy Canal Grande and Porta della Carta. Take a break from Venice with a short trip to Lido di Jesolo Sea Life Aquarium in Jesolo, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and snap pictures at Ponte dell'Accademia.

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Take a train from Milan to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In September, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Lido Beach, Lido di Jesolo Sea Life Aquarium, Parco Zoo Punta Verde
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Square
Porta della Carta ©
Porta della Carta

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