12 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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12 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  9​h 45​min
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

3
days
Rome, Italy

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Bring the kids along to Colosseum and Trevi Fountain. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Louis of the French.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rome is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Rome, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in May, expect Rome to be much colder, temps between 27°C and 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums

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Vatican City
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Colosseum
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill

2
days
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then examine the collection at Uffizi Gallery, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence sightseeing planner.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. May in Florence sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Campanile di Giotto
The Boboli Gardens

2
days
Venice, Italy

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 17th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, admire the striking features of Doges' Palace, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Squero di San Trovaso, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St Mark's Campanile.

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Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Geneva.

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Porta della Carta
Canal Grande
St. Mark's Square

2
days
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Geneva. On your second day here, get curious at CERN Univers de particules, take advantage of the amenities at Bains des Paquis, and then ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Geneva trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Venice to Geneva in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Venice in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Geneva. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Zurich.

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Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake Geneva
Bains des Paquis
The Geneva Water Fountain

2
days
Zurich, Switzerland

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): appreciate the history behind Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Zoo Zürich and then see the interesting displays at Swiss Museum of Transport.

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Getting from Geneva to Zurich by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

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Lucerne
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Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus
Zoo Zurich

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