11 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

11 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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11 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
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

3
days
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Next up on the itinerary: ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, make a trip to Pantheon, admire the masterpieces at Borghese Gallery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rome is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Rome is minus 3 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in May, with highs in Rome at 27°C and lows at 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Florence.

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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

3
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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Family-friendly places like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza della Signoria will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Uffizi Gallery, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, and take an in-depth tour of Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence.

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Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

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Uffizi Gallery ©
Uffizi Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, snap pictures at 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 take in the views from Ponte di Rialto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Squero di San Trovaso, then browse the exhibits of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally admire the striking features of St Mark's Campanile.

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Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Venice are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Zurich.

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Porta della Carta ©
Porta della Carta
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Square

2
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Zurich, Switzerland

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The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 20th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirche Enge and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town (Altstadt), admire the masterpieces at Kunsthaus, and then make a trip to Grossmunster.

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Getting from Venice to Zurich by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May, Zurich is little chillier than Venice - with highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

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Old Town (Altstadt)
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
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Kunsthaus

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