44 days in Italy, Annecy & Switzerland Itinerary

44 days in Italy, Annecy & Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva, Bus to Annecy
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Annecy, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive
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La Spezia, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Verona, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive
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Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tremezzina, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Stresa, Italy
— 1 night
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Train
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Murren, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Les Genevez, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Annecy, France

— 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Change things up with these side-trips from Annecy: Chamonix (Glacier des Bossons & Brevent Cable Car) and Reve d'Eau (in Bellentre). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Annecy, take in the awesome beauty at La Tournette, make a trip to La Vieille Ville, and partake in some friendly competition at Mysteres du Lac.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Annecy online itinerary planner.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Annecy is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Reykjavik to Annecy, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Reykjavik in June, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Annecy: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Annecy

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 18:

Cinque Terre, Italy

— 4 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Change things up with a short trip to Aquarium of Genoa in Genoa (about 1h 35 min away). Spend the 21st (Fri) exploring nature at Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre. There's lots more to do: trek along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Storico di Manarola, do a tasting at Terra di Bargon, and pause for some serene contemplation at Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cinque Terre road trip planner.

Getting from Annecy to Cinque Terre by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In June in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to La Spezia.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 18 — 23:

La Spezia, Italy

— 3 nights
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza (in Monterosso al Mare), Lucca (Torre Guinigi, Le mura di Lucca, &more) and Borgo Storico di Corniglia (in Corniglia). There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Leaning Tower of Pisa, stroll around Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere, and make a trip to Piazza dei Miracoli.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our La Spezia travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to La Spezia takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or ride a ferry. In June in La Spezia, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Verona.

Things to do in La Spezia

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 26:

Verona, Italy

— 5 nights

City of Romeo and Juliet

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Verona: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel, Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site, &more). There's lots more to do: experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona, snap pictures at Ponte Pietra, make a trip to Torre dei Lamberti, and see the interesting displays at Casa di Giulietta.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Verona trip planner.

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. In June, daytime highs in Verona are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Castelnuovo del Garda.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 26 — Jul 1:

Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy

— 2 nights
Castelnuovo del Garda is an Italian comune (municipality), in the Province of Verona, in Veneto, on a couple of morainic hills few kilometers south-east from Garda lake. On the 2nd (Tue), get in on the family fun at Gardaland Park. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Borghetto sul Mincio, then admire the natural beauty at Parco Giardino Sigurta, then make a trip to Skyline di Mantova, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Castelnuovo del Garda trip website.

Castelnuovo del Garda is just a short distance from Verona. In July, daytime highs in Castelnuovo del Garda are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. 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

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 3:

Tremezzina, Italy

— 2 nights
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, take a stroll through Menaggio, and then admire the striking features of Villa del Balbianello. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Sentiero dei Forti, then admire the natural beauty at I Giardini di Villa Melzi, and then admire the natural beauty at Villa Carlotta.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Tremezzina online holiday maker.

Getting from Castelnuovo del Garda to Tremezzina by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Tremezzina are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Stresa.

Things to do in Tremezzina

Parks · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 5:

Stresa, Italy

— 1 night
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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto, view the masterpieces at Palazzo Borromeo, and then head off the coast to Isola Bella.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Stresa online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Tremezzina to Stresa takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Stresa are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Stresa

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 6:

Interlaken, Switzerland

— 4 nights
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: Aare Gorge (in Meiringen) and Bern (Aare River & Egelsee). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Schlosskirche, admire the natural beauty at Alpenrose Landscape Gardens, and stroll around Hohematte Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Interlaken sightseeing planning site.

Getting from Stresa to Interlaken by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Stresa in July: high temperatures in Interlaken hover around 28°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Murren.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 10:

Murren, Switzerland

— 3 nights
With a population of just 450 people, Murren brings to life an authentic Swiss mountain village.
Murren is known for trails, nature, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, trek along Via Ferrata, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, and admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Murren trip planner.

Traveling by train from Interlaken to Murren takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Murren

Nature · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 13:

Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 4 nights

Glacier Village

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). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First, look for gifts at Vogts Corner, stroll through Lieselotte Trail, and have fun at Indoor Rope Park.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Grindelwald route planner.

Take a train from Murren to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Les Genevez.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 17:

Les Genevez, Switzerland

— 1 night
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. For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Les Genevez online day trip planner.

Drive from Grindelwald to Les Genevez in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 18th (Thu), you'll travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Les Genevez

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 18:

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 5 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Change things up with a short trip to Titlis in Engelberg (about 46 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and head outdoors with Sonnenberg.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne trip planner.

Drive from Les Genevez to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. In July, Lucerne is a bit warmer than Les Genevez - with highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 23:

Zurich, Switzerland

— 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
When in Zurich, make a side trip to see Rhine Falls in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, approximately Neuhausen am Rheinfall away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, and cool off at Swimming Pools Unter Letten.

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Traveling by car from Lucerne to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 28:

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Lake Como travel guide

4.2
Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.