36 days in Italy, Zurich & Bern Itinerary

36 days in Italy, Zurich & Bern Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 7 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 7 nights
Fly
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 7 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 7 nights
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Rome, Italy — 6 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Museo Civico Archeologico Villa di Traiano (in Altipiani di Arcinazzo), Grotte Dell'Arco (in Bellegra) and Tivoli (Parco Villa Gregoriana, Villa d'Este, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura, and take a stroll through Trastevere.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome driving holiday planner.

Phitsanulok, Thailand to Rome is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Phitsanulok in August since evenings lows in Rome dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 7 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: Cathedral of Como (Duomo) (in Como), Turin (Museo Egizio & Museo Nazionale del Cinema) and Tremezzina (Villa del Balbianello & Villa Carlotta). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, contemplate the long history of Castello Sforzesco, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca di Brera, and don't miss a visit to Faro voltiano.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Milan route app.

You can fly from Rome to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rome in August, expect nights in Milan to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 7 nights

City of Romance

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Padua (Piazza del Santo, Basilica of St. Anthony, &more), Verona (Casa di Giulietta, Torre dei Lamberti, &more) and Gardaland Park (in Castelnuovo del Garda). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Venice tour itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Milan to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 7 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Mt Pilatus (in Kriens), Lucerne (Lucerne Station, Chapel Bridge, &more) and Astrid-Kapelle (in Kuessnacht am Rigi). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Friedhof Fluntern.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Zurich travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Venice to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, Zurich is a bit cooler than Venice - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Bern.
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Bern, Switzerland — 7 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Explore Bern's surroundings by going to Lake Brienz (in Brienz), Trümmelbachfälle (in Lauterbrunnen) and Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Harderkulm). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, stroll through Grindelwald-First, take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Ghost.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bern online trip planner.

You can take a train from Zurich to Bern in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Bern are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
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.
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