From the Alpine lakes of Switzerland and Northern Italy to the rolling Tuscan Hills and the bustling and historic cities like Rome and Zurich, an Italy and Switzerland trip will pack a lot in. Combine your choice of destinations into a customized Switzerland & Italy itinerary and we’ll make sure the whole trip goes like Swiss clockwork.
Popular Itineraries for Italy & Switzerland Tours
Although every single vacation package we create is unique, based on your exact dates, accommodation and activity preferences, we have a number of itineraries that combine these three cities, based on different themes. Our suggested itineraries provide some ideas for you to consider as a basis for your own private tour combining Italy and Switzerland, and not just the capitals and most famous cities. For each of these itineraries you can get a rough idea of the price using the Price Guide function. We cover many more destinations in these two countries than those listed here, and our expert trip planners will work with you to incorporate any other places in the Central Europe region or other nearby countries you want to see.
Switzerland and Italy, a Vertiginous Delicious Duo
Switzerland’s picturesque lakeside towns, Alpine slopes, and precision-engineering of all kinds are the ideal foil to Italy’s more laidback regions and its bustling cities. Whether your interests lie in the culinary or visual arts, or perhaps more active pursuits, a custom tour of Switzerland and Italy can be tailored to your exact requirements.
Imagine a vacation that has you strolling along covered bridges and exploring medieval castles one day, admiring snow capped peaks and glaciers from the comfort of the Bernina Express the next, and then looking down on St Mark’s Square from the campanile in Venice the day after that.
Mix-and-Match To Make Your Ideal Switzerland & Italy Vacation
Our expertise and experience in these two countries means you can create the dream multi-country vacation, Combine time in Swiss classics Zurich, Lucerene, and Geneva with Stresa on Italy’s Lake Maggiore, Bellagio on Lake Como, or the Cinque Terre – Italy’s northern riviera – by taking spectacular train journeys. Short-hop flights can have you in Sicily or Puglia in no time flat.
You’re in the best hands
Our expert Italy and Switzerland travel advisors and trip planners will work with you to create your dream vacation itinerary. You’ll stay at the very best hotels, apartments or villas. You choose how you want to spend your days, either enjoying day trips and city tours with our trusted partners or taking a day off to wander on your own. Before you arrive and during your trip our on-the-ground staff throughout the region are on hand by phone or email for any help you need. With our years of experience in arranging trips in this part of Europe we’re perfectly placed to create the most memorable trip you’ve ever experienced.
Why Travel with JayWay?
Planning an amazing trip takes time. Our friendly travel advisors and experienced trip planners will listen to your needs and craft your personal dream itinerary. We will maximize your vacation time and enjoyment – we know the best way to get around and how to spend your hard-earned time off.
Peace of Mind
You’re in safe hands from the very beginning. Even before you arrive your dedicated tour manager in Europe will be in touch to help you prepare. When you arrive they’ll meet you and be available by phone, email and IM for the rest of your journey with us, for anything you need.
Travel can create memories that last a lifetime. You’ll return home with indelible recollections of beautiful sunsets, magical vistas, fascinating stories, and meals so delicious you’ll want to fly back every time you think of them. This is why we do what we do.
Want to know a secret? Your next trip with us will be even better! Based on what we’ve learned from working together, your second, third and tenth trip will get better every time. We treat our dedicated and hard-working staff like family and that’s how they look after our guests. We keep expanding our family, and our map, with 30 countries and counting, because once you’ve traveled the JayWay, anything else just isn’t good enough.
Frequently Asked Questions about Travel to Italy and Switzerland
Most of our guests travel to Italy & Switzerland from the US by air, unless they are already traveling in a neighboring country. There are direct flights from the US to many of the large cities in Italy and Switzerland, such as Geneva, Zurich, Milan, Rome, Venice, and Naples. We usually recommend getting an “open jaw” ticket which has you flying in to the first city on your trip and out of the last. This will save time and usually cost less when you factor in the cost of returning to the first city on your itinerary. The exception is if you opt for a self-drive itinerary, in which case a round trip route will make more sense due to one-way fees. Although we don’t sell airfare, our travel advisors will help you pick out the best fare and routing.
It’s usually best to start with a city that has direct flights from the US if possible, or with the least changes.
Much depends on what you want to do on your vacation. If you are interested in hiking when in Switzerland then May to September is ideal. If winter sports are your thing then December through mid April usually guarantees good snow conditions. Northern Italy’s lakes and mountains have similar weather to Switzerland but further south temperatures are usually warmer. Unless you like very hot weather, or are planning a beach and seaside vacation, we suggest avoiding southern Italy from mid July to the end of August.
All our tours are custom, based on your preferences for accommodation, excursions and transport method. All our suggested Italy and Switzerland itineraries have a price guide function so you can get an instant price estimate. In general Switzerland is much more expensive than Italy, so reducing the number of nights spent in Switzerland can result in big savings.
Just visiting all the highlights of Switzerland could take a couple of weeks. To see all of Italy could take several years. At a minimum we suggest a ten night itinerary, to give a taste of each country, which can be adjusted to include your choice of destinations and activities. Our travel advisors will help you pinpoint the places and kinds of experiences to concentrate on.
In Switzerland, a combination of train and private transfer will get you everywhere you need to go. In Italy the major cities are very well connected by train, but for certain segments of your trip, particularly in regions like Tuscany, or Puglia, you might prefer to self-drive. We can include a car rental in your package if you require.
Italy uses the Euro while Switzerland has the Swiss Franc. Although part of the Schengen Agreements (which covers trade, and border controls) Switzerland is not a member of the EU.
All our tours of Italy & Switzerland are private tours. You will work with our travel advisors to create your perfect itinerary, based on your dates, interests, and budget. You get to choose how busy or relaxed your schedule is. We like to call this semi-independent travel. We make all the arrangements, from airport transfers, accommodation, excursions, and transport between cities. You can opt for private or group excursions and activities as part of your package. Or you can choose to leave some days free for exploring on your own. Unlike an escorted tour, you aren’t paying to have a guide, driver or tour director the whole time, just when needed, so our packages are more affordable too.
A lot depends on your destinations. There are good high speed rail links from many Swiss cities to Northern Italian destinations such as Milan and Venice, and in some cases local trains between close-by destinations like Lugano and Como. Private transfers are another option, and allow you to make a sightseeing stop on the way. At certain times of year traveling by road isn’t the best idea as routes like the Gotthard Tunnel can involve a several-hour wait. If you are combining Switzerland with southern Italy, an intra-European short flight might be quicker and more economical. Renting a car for both countries is only practical if picking up and dropping off in the same country. If you rent a car in Italy and want to take it to Switzerland, you will need a Swiss Highway sticker, which is only available in an annual version.