44 days in Italy, Annecy & Switzerland Itinerary

44 days in Italy, Annecy & Switzerland Itinerary

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44 days in Italy, Annecy & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Reykjavik, Iceland
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h 30​min
1
Annecy, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
3
La Spezia, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Verona, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  15​min
5
Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Tremezzina, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Stresa, Italy
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
9
Murren, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
10
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Les Genevez, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
12
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive:  45​min
13
Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Reykjavik, Iceland

2
nights
Annecy, France

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Change things up with a short trip to Reve d'Eau in Bellentre (about 1h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lac d'Annecy, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, make a trip to La Vieille Ville, and test your team's savvy at Mysteres du Lac.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Annecy road trip planning website .

Reykjavik, Iceland to Annecy is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, tram, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Reykjavik to Annecy. Traveling from Reykjavik in June, expect nights in Annecy to be a bit warmer, around 15°C, while days are much warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Annecy

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Chamonix, Reve d'Eau
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Lac d'Annecy ©
Lac d'Annecy
Glacier des Bossons ©
Glacier des Bossons
Brevent Cable Car ©
Brevent Cable Car

4
nights
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Step out of Cinque Terre with an excursion to Aquarium of Genoa in Genoa--about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 21st (Fri) exploring nature at Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre. The adventure continues: stroll through Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, hike along Cinque Terre footpaths, take a stroll around Vernazza, and get outside with Cinque Terre Trails.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cinque Terre trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Annecy to Cinque Terre in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or take a train. June in Cinque Terre sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to La Spezia.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Aquarium of Genoa
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Aquarium of Genoa ©
Aquarium of Genoa
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Cinque Terre footpaths ©
Cinque Terre footpaths

3
nights
La Spezia, Italy

La Spezia ©
La Spezia, at the head of the Gulf of La Spezia in the Liguria region of Northern Italy, is the capital city of the province of La Spezia.In terms of population, La Spezia is the second city in the Liguria region, preceded just by Genoa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Spezia: Pisa (Leaning Tower of Pisa & Piazza dei Miracoli), Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza (in Monterosso al Mare) and Lucca (Guinigi Tower, Le mura di Lucca, & more). It doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo Storico di Corniglia and tour the pleasant surroundings at Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our La Spezia trip planner.

La Spezia is just a short distance from Cinque Terre. In June in La Spezia, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Verona.

Things to do in La Spezia

Parks Trails Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucca, Pisa, Cinque Terre
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Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza

5
nights
Verona, Italy

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Get out of town with these interesting Verona side-trips: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel, Chiesa degli Eremitani, & more). And it doesn't end there: listen to music at Arena di Verona, steep yourself in history at Museo di Castelvecchio, wander the streets of Piazza delle Erbe, and snap pictures at Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio).

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Verona online vacation maker .

Traveling by car from La Spezia to Verona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. June in Verona sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Castelnuovo del Garda.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Padua
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Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel
Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe

2
nights
Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy

Castelnuovo del Garda ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): get in on the family fun at Gardaland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Borghetto sul Mincio, then walk around Parco Giardino Sigurta, then make a trip to Skyline di Mantova, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Castelnuovo del Garda driving holiday planning app .

Castelnuovo del Garda is very close to Verona. July in Castelnuovo del Garda sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Tremezzina.

Things to do in Castelnuovo del Garda

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Valeggio Sul Mincio, Mantua
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Gardaland Park ©
Gardaland Park
Parco Giardino Sigurta ©
Parco Giardino Sigurta
Borghetto sul Mincio ©
Borghetto sul Mincio

2
nights
Tremezzina, Italy

Tremezzina ©
The majestic Villa Carlotta is among the most popular places to visit in Tremezzina, its neoclassical architecture complimenting the lush, neatly maintained gardens and charming walkways.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then contemplate the long history of Menaggio, and then admire the striking features of Villa del Balbianello. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Sentiero dei Forti, take in nature's colorful creations at i Giardini di Villa Melzi, and then admire the natural beauty at Villa Carlotta.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Tremezzina using our trip planner.

You can drive from Castelnuovo del Garda to Tremezzina in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Stresa.

Things to do in Tremezzina

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Menaggio, Sentiero dei Forti, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, i Giardini di Villa Melzi
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Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello
i Giardini di Villa Melzi ©
i Giardini di Villa Melzi

1
night
Stresa, Italy

Stresa ©
Stresa is a town and comune of about 5,000 residents on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, about 90km northwest of Milan. On the 6th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto, take in the exciting artwork at Palazzo Borromeo, and then explore the historical opulence of Isola Bella.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Stresa trip planner .

You can drive from Tremezzina to Stresa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Stresa, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Interlaken.

Things to do in Stresa

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Isola Bella, Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto
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Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto ©
Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Interlaken side-trips: Bern (Aare River & Egelsee) and Aare Gorge (in Meiringen). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, tee off at Golf Club Interlaken-Unterseen, take in nature's colorful creations at Alpenrose Landscape Gardens, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Interlaken trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by train from Stresa to Interlaken takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Stresa in July, expect Interlaken to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Murren.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bern, Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, Lake Brienz, Aare Gorge
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Lake Brienz ©
Lake Brienz
Parasailing & Paragliding
Seilpark Interlaken ©
Seilpark Interlaken

3
nights
Murren, Switzerland

Murren ©
With a population of just 450 people, Murren brings to life an authentic Swiss mountain village.
Murren is known for trails, nature, spas, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, and admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall.

To see photos and tourist information, go to the Murren journey planner.

Murren is just a stone's throw from Interlaken. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Murren

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

4
nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Get out of town with these interesting Grindelwald side-trips: Zermatt (Hinterdorfstrasse & The Matterhorn) and Giessbachfälle (in Brienz). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Eiger Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen, hike along Lieselotte Trail, and explore the activities along Bachalpsee Lake.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald planner .

Drive from Murren to Grindelwald in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Les Genevez.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Zermatt, Giessbachfälle
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail
Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First

1
night
Les Genevez, Switzerland

Les Genevez
Les Genevez is a municipality in the district of Franches-Montagnes in the canton of Jura in Switzerland.HistoryLes Genevez is first mentioned in 1381 as Les Geneveys.GeographyLes Genevez has an area of. To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Les Genevez online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Les Genevez takes 2 hours. In July in Les Genevez, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 18th (Thu), you're off toLucerne.

Things to do in Les Genevez

Wildlife Parks Nature
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5
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
When in Lucerne, make a side trip to see Mount Titlis in Engelberg, approximately 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and kick back and relax at Ufschotti Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lucerne online holiday planner .

You can drive from Les Genevez to Lucerne in 2 hours. Traveling from Les Genevez in July, expect Lucerne to be somewhat warmer, temps between 29°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

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

5
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Step out of Zurich to go to Neuhausen am Rheinfall and see Rhine Falls, which is approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, and stroll through Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Zurich trip maker website .

You can drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Another option is to take a train. July in Zurich sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Rhine Falls
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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