20 days in Switzerland, Greece & Italy Itinerary

20 days in Switzerland, Greece & Italy Itinerary

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Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 15 min
2
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
3
Taormina, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
5
Oia, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
7
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): wander the streets of Old Town, thenwander the streets of Niederdorf, and then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, thenget outside with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip planning website.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Zurich is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Zurich, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, Zurich is colder than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, thenpause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, and finally take a stroll through Anafiotika. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): take a stroll through Plaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Hephaestus, and then get into the urban bustle at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens trip planner.

Fly from Zurich to Athens in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Zurich to Athens, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in October; daily highs in Athens reach 28°C and lows reach 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Taormina.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka
Anafiotika ©
Anafiotika

3
nights
Taormina, Italy

Taormina ©
With its warm island weather and cliffside location overlooking the Ionion Sea, Taormina has been one of Sicily's most popular getaway destinations since the early 19th century.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Isola Bella and Piscina di Venere. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Duomo di Taormina and Chiesa del Varo. Change things up with a short trip to Etna Donkey Trekking in Linguaglossa (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Villa Comunale, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Castelmola, admire the local landmark of Quattro Fontane di Taormina, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Taormina tour planning app.

You can fly from Athens to Taormina in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Taormina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Etna Donkey Trekking, Piscina di Venere, Castillo de Castelmola
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:
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Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella
Piscina di Venere
Piscina di Venere
Etna Donkey Trekking ©
Etna Donkey Trekking

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): admire the striking features of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, thentake a stroll through Cannaregio, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Scuola Grande di San Rocco, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, thensee the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, and finally admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice trip website.

Fly from Taormina to Venice in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In October, Venice is slightly colder than Taormina - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Oia.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Cannaregio ©
Cannaregio

4
nights
Oia, Greece

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Amoudi Bay and Venetsanos Winery. Shop till you drop at Atlantis Books E.E. and Mnemossyne Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oia: Kamari Beach (in Kamari), Cultural Village (in Pyrgos) and Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos (in Vothonas). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Red Beach, learn about all things military at Naval Maritime Museum, choose your vessel at Alex Private Boat Rental, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Oia trip maker.

You can fly from Venice to Oia in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Venice to Oia is 1 hour. In November, Oia is somewhat warmer than Venice - with highs of 23°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Oia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fira, Megalochori, Kamari Beach, Cultural Village, Red Beach
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 6:
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Venetsanos Winery ©
Venetsanos Winery
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 6th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Castello di Verrazzano, thenmake a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, thenget great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Florence online travel planner.

You can fly from Oia to Florence in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Oia to Florence, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Oia in November, things will get slightly colder in Florence: highs are around 19°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Castello di Verrazzano
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte

2
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and Palatine Hill. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini and Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico. There's still lots to do: make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rome online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In November, daytime highs in Rome are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

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