13 days in Switzerland, Milan & Venice Itinerary

13 days in Switzerland, Milan & Venice Itinerary

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13 days in Switzerland, Milan & Venice Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
St. Moritz, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Appenzell, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h
5
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church. On the next day, wander the streets of Old Town, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and then stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern (Fluntern Cemetery).

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Zurich tour itinerary website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Zurich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Johannesburg in April: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Museum Rietberg ©
Museum Rietberg

1
night
St. Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz ©
St.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Piz Bernina, then go for a walk through Schellen Ursli Path, then get great views at Diavolezza, and finally enjoy some diversion at Olympia Bobrun.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the St. Moritz trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zurich to St. Moritz in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Zurich in April: high temperatures in St. Moritz hover around 12°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Appenzell.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Nature Fun & Games
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Piz Bernina ©
Piz Bernina
Diavolezza ©
Diavolezza

1
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Appenzell, Switzerland

Appenzell ©
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, see the interesting displays at Appenzeller Brachtummuseum Urnaesch, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church, then hike along Eggen-Hohenweg, and finally contemplate the long history of Landsgemeindeplatz.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Appenzell online attractions planner .

You can drive from St. Moritz to Appenzell in 2.5 hours. Traveling from St. Moritz in April, things will get a bit warmer in Appenzell: highs are around 16°C and lows about 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Appenzell

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Urnaesch, Eggen-Hohenweg, Landsgemeindeplatz
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Eggen-Hohenweg ©
Eggen-Hohenweg
Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch ©
Appenzeller Brachtummuseum Urnaesch ©
Appenzeller Brachtummuseum Urnaesch

2
nights
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 28th (Tue): have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, then take in the views from Hangebrucke, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Oberrothorn. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hohbalmen, tour the pleasant surroundings at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, then take a memorable drive along Gornergrat, and finally trek along Murmelweg Wanderung.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt day trip website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Appenzell to Zermatt. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Nature
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Hohbalmen ©
Hohbalmen

2
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Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and finally admire the striking features of Castello Sforzesco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): hike along Sentee di Sort, explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, and then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Milan travel itinerary planner.

Take a train from Zermatt to Milan in 4 hours. In April, daytime highs in Milan are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Trails Museums

Side Trip

Sentee di Sort
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

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nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Canal Grande and Piazza San Marco. Go for a jaunt from Venice to Padua to see Scrovegni Chapel about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Correr.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Venice driving holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Milan to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. May in Venice sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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