23 days in Switzerland, Germany & Italy Itinerary

23 days in Switzerland, Germany & Italy Itinerary

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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
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Heidelberg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tirano, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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St. Moritz, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train
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Rome, Italy
— 1 day
Train to Napoli Centrale, Bus to Matera
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Matera, Italy
— 1 night
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Gallipoli, Italy
— 2 nights
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Syracuse, Italy
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany — 2 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, then contemplate the long history of Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, then contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, and finally steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Berlin road trip planning app.

Perth, Australia to Berlin is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Perth to Berlin due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Heidelberg.
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Find places to stay Jun 18 — 20:

Heidelberg, Germany — 2 nights

City of Romanticism

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Elizabeth Gate, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Heidelberg, then examine the collection at Pharmacy Museum, then wander the streets of Altstadt (Old Town), and finally snap pictures at Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Auto & Technik Museum (Automobile and Technology Museum), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Speyer Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Technik Museum Speyer, then walk around Stadtpark, and finally stroll around Luisenpark.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Heidelberg holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Heidelberg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June in Heidelberg, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can fly to Zurich.
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Find places to stay Jun 20 — 22:

Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): wander the streets of Old Town, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. On the next day, get great views at Rhine Falls, then wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Zurich trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Heidelberg to Zurich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lucerne.
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Find places to stay Jun 22 — 24:

Lucerne, Switzerland — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Rigi, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, then admire the landmark architecture of Lucerne Station, and finally snap pictures at Chapel Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Titlis and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lucerne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tirano.
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Tirano, Italy — 2 nights

Tirano is a town in Valtellina, located in the province of Sondrio in northern Italy. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Porta Poschiavina, contemplate the long history of Palazzo Salis e Museo Senza Frontiere, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Martino, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario della Beata Vergine di Tirano, and finally learn about winemaking at Plozza Vini Tirano. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Parco Nazionale Dello Stelvio.

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Getting from Lucerne to Tirano by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Lucerne in June, expect Tirano to be slightly colder, temps between 21°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to St. Moritz.
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St. Moritz, Switzerland — 2 nights

St.
On the 29th (Thu), explore the activities along Lake of Staz (Lej da Staz), take some stellar pictures from Muottas Muragl, then take some stellar pictures from Diavolezza, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Moritz. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the verdant scenery at Engadine, then take some stellar pictures from Piz Nair, then take in the dramatic natural features at Morteratsch Glacier, and finally explore the striking landscape at Berninapass.

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You can drive from Tirano to St. Moritz in 1.5 hours. June in St. Moritz sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): tour along fresh powder with Sunnegga, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then don't miss a visit to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Gornergrat, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Castor Mountain, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Gorner Gorge.

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Drive from St. Moritz to Zermatt in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or ride a tram. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 1 day

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the ancient world of Pantheon, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, and then browse the exhibits of Vatican Museums.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome road trip site.

Do a combination of train and flight from Zermatt to Rome in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July in Rome, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can fly to Matera.
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Matera, Italy — 1 night

Subterranean City

Famous for its resemblance to the ancient settlements of Jerusalem and Cappadocia, Matera remains one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
On the 4th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Palombaro Lungo, examine the collection at Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina, then walk around Parco della Murgia Materana, then don't miss a visit to Casa Noha, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Matera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sassi di Matera, then explore the fascinating underground world of Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Matera road trip tool.

Getting from Rome to Matera by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rome in July since evenings lows in Matera dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gallipoli.
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Gallipoli, Italy — 2 nights

Ionian Pearl

Deriving its name from the Greek for "beautiful city," Gallipoli retains the charm of an old fishing port.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Agricole Negro Valiani, then look and learn at Sidereus, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally get outside with Maldive del Salento Pescoluse. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, then don't miss a visit to Centro Storico di Gallipoli, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lido Punta della Suina, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Baia Verde di Gallipoli.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Gallipoli online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Matera to Gallipoli in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Gallipoli are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Syracuse.
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Syracuse, Italy — 2 nights

Pearl of the Mediterranean

Philosopher Cicero once described Syracuse as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all." A powerful city-state of ancient Greece, Syracuse now is the capital of the eponymous Italian province on the eastern coast of Sicily.
On the 8th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, then identify plant and animal life at Ortigia Island Excursion, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siracusa. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio), steep yourself in history at Teatro Greco, then explore the ancient world of Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, and finally step off the mainland to explore Ortigia.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Syracuse trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Gallipoli to Syracuse in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.
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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.
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Italy travel guide

4.6
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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Engadin St. Moritz travel guide

4.3
Lookouts · Bodies of Water · Mountains
Known as the "festival hall of the Alps," the Engadin St. Moritz resort is nestled 1,800 m (5,906 ft) above sea level and famous for its sunny climate, outdoor sports, and panoramic landscapes. Access the resort via the Rhaetian Railway, a member of the World Heritage List, which brings visitors one-step closer to the immaculate blue skies. Beside a glittering lake and pine forests, the picturesque village features Engadin houses distinguished by their decorative facades and funnel-shaped windows. With over 350 km (217 mi) of trails, sports enthusiasts will rejoice in the limitless opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, and hiking.
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Puglia travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Churches
Situated at the southeastern tip of the country, Puglia forms the heel on the "boot" of Italy. First colonized by Mycenaean Greeks, the region flourished during Roman times as a major producer of grain and oil. Today, Puglia remains a predominantly agricultural part of the country, though its warm and sunny coastal weather makes it a favorite holiday destination with an ever-increasing number of tourists. The long coastline features attractions like sun-kissed beaches and lively resorts, many of which are overlooked by limestone cliffs. Deeper inland, Puglia is largely flat, a land of charming villages and world-class cuisine. Here, you'll find olive oil, grapes, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, and fresh seafood to give you sustenance as you continue sightseeing. Despite its reputation as a producer of some Italy's best food and wines, Puglia still has numerous rural corners that most tourists have yet to explore.
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Sicily travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Ruins · Churches
The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is a ruggedly attractive land. The island has a long history of foreign domination and has been controlled by the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Normans. The result is a distinct culture blending elements from all of those areas and featuring an intriguing dialect. This is a huge island with plenty of small villages to tour, each with its own treasures. Beyond the popular coastal areas, Sicily's inland attractions include an unspoiled landscape of mountains, hills, and villages that sometimes seem frozen in time. While the natural environment is its biggest draw, Sicily's greatest asset may be its people. They are proud of their traditions and incredibly hospitable to visitors.
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