18 days in Switzerland & Rome Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland & Rome Itinerary

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18 days in Switzerland & Rome Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati, United States
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Lausanne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
3
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Murren, Switzerland
— 2 nights
5
Wengen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
cable car:  30​min
6
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
7
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
train + Fly:  7​h
8
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Cincinnati, United States

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get in touch with nature at Mt Pilatus and Rhine Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Lion Monument, & more) and Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Old Town (Altstadt), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Zurich day trip tool .

Cincinnati, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Cincinnati to Zurich, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cincinnati in July, expect Zurich to be slightly colder, temps between 78°F and 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can take a train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Rhine Falls
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Step out of the city life by going to Creux du Van and Glacier 3000. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux), Charlie Chaplin Statue (in Vevey) and Freddie Mercury Memorial (in Montreux). There's lots more to do: explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Romane de Rougemont, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Lausanne, and explore the historical opulence of Castle of Gruyeres.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lausanne trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Zurich to Lausanne by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lausanne

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Chaplin's World, Eglise Romane de Rougemont, Castle of Gruyeres, Charlie Chaplin Statue, Glacier 3000
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Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van
Glacier 3000 ©
Glacier 3000
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon

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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and then browse the exhibits of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, then get great views at Gornergrat, and then stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Zermatt journey planner .

Traveling by train from Lausanne to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to take a train to Murren.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise

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Murren, Switzerland

Murren ©
With a population of just 450 people, Murren brings to life an authentic Swiss mountain village.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): hike along Via Ferrata, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg, and then take in the awesome beauty at Allmendhubel.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Murren tour planner.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Murren takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Wengen.

Things to do in Murren

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Trümmelbachfälle, Jungfraujoch
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
Via Ferrata ©
Via Ferrata

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Wengen, Switzerland

Wengen ©
Wengen is a mountain village in the Bernese Oberland of central Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway and then admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Fall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, then gear up at Central Sport, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Wengen trip itinerary planner .

Wengen is very close to Murren. In July, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to take a combination of to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Wengen

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Kleine Scheidegg
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Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway ©
Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway
Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls

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nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the activities along Bachalpsee Lake, then stop by Vogts Corner, and then fly down the slopes at First. Keep things going the next day: hike along The Eiger Trail and then take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Grindelwald trip planner .

Grindelwald is just a stone's throw from Wengen. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail
Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First

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night
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Schlosskirche, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Interlaken route builder tool .

Interlaken is just a short distance from Grindelwald. In July, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Tours
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Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Parasailing & Paragliding
Schlosskirche ©
Schlosskirche

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nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 29th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, and finally steep yourself in history at Colosseum. On your second day here, make a trip to Trevi Fountain, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, then admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, then don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, and finally explore the striking landscape at Colle del Gianicolo.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rome planning tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Interlaken to Rome takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Interlaken in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Rome: highs are around 89°F and lows about 70°F. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Colle del Gianicolo ©
Colle del Gianicolo
Scuba & Snorkeling

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