13 days in Venice & Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in Venice & Switzerland Itinerary

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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
2
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
3
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
4
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 4 nights
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights

2
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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 7th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, admire the landmark architecture of Torre dell'Orologio, then contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, then wander the streets of Dorsoduro, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Segni nel Tempo antiquarian bookshop. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, hunt for treasures at Mercati di Rialto, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Pantalon, and finally wander the streets of Cannaregio.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice journey planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Venice is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in January, you will find days in Venice are somewhat warmer (9°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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San Giorgio Maggiore ©
San Giorgio Maggiore
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari ©
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bains des Paquis and Portes du Soleil. Appreciate the collections at Musee Ariana and Musee d'ethnographie de Geneve. Take a break from Geneva with a short trip to Lavaux Vineyard Terraces in Lutry, about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Vieux-Carouge, see the interesting displays at Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde, shop like a local with MB&F M.A.D.Gallery, and ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva itinerary planner.

You can fly from Venice to Geneva in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Venice in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Geneva: temperatures range from 6°C by day to 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Vieux-Carouge, Portes du Soleil, Lavaux Vineyard Terraces
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Portes du Soleil ©
Portes du Soleil
Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde ©
Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde
Musee Ariana ©
Musee Ariana

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then stop by Laderach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and finally hike along 5-Seenweg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Breithorn, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish Church of St. Mauritius.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Zermatt holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Geneva to Zermatt takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can take a train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise
5-Seenweg ©
5-Seenweg

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Interlaken, Switzerland

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.
Visit Gruyeres Castle and Kirche Scherzligen for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and HR Giger Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Interlaken: Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center) (in Bern) and Grindelwald-First (in Grindelwald). There's lots more to do: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, and admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Interlaken vacation tool.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Interlaken takes 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Interlaken are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Bern, Gruyeres, Grindelwald-First, Kirche Scherzligen
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Gruyeres Castle ©
Gruyeres Castle
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls

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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 18th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, wander the streets of Niederdorf, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kloster Einsiedeln, and finally steep yourself in history at Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich travel planner.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Zurich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. January in Zurich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden, Kloster Einsiedeln
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Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Niederdorf
Niederdorf
Uetliberg Mountain ©
Uetliberg Mountain

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