12-Day Road Trip in Italy, Switzerland, and Austria from Rome to Bologna, Innsbruck, Zurich, Milan, and Florence

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12 days & 11 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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11 nights included
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Set off on an exciting multi-country adventure lasting 12 days. The journey covers Italy, Switzerland, and Austria, showcasing stunning scenery at every stop.

With this ultimate European tour package, you'll experience the essence of 3 incredible countries, each offering a tapestry of experiences that will leave you with lasting memories. You'll stay 7 nights in Italy, 2 nights in Switzerland, and 2 nights in Austria.

In the first leg of your journey, you'll find yourself in the heart of Italy, a land filled with treasures waiting to be discovered. You’ll collect your chosen rental car in the city of Rome and begin your adventure from there. Explore Rome, Bologna, Verona, Milan, Florence, and Pisa, where picturesque vistas and cultural gems await your exploration.

Next, prepare to be mesmerized by the diverse and vibrant landscapes of Switzerland. Immerse yourself in the allure of Zurich, Neuhausen, Lucerne, Porza, and Lugano, where every street tells a story.

Continuing your journey, you'll step into the captivating realm of Austria. This country's charm is boundless, and you'll be impressed by the wonders of Innsbruck, Salzburg, and Marktgemeinde Wattens.

Your multi-country road trip brings you close to some of Europe’s most iconic attractions and landmarks, such as Zurich’s Lindenhof and Innsbruck's iconic Golden Roof. From must-see attractions to breathtaking viewpoints, this meticulously crafted itinerary promises you a glimpse into the unique features of this region in Europe.

Throughout your tour, you’ll stay at some of the best accommodations along your route. Our recommendations always include options with varying levels of comfort, ranging from 3 to 5-star hotels that cater to various preferences and budgets.

Your ultimate multi-country road trip across Italy, Switzerland, and Austria will not be complete without indulging in some retail therapy! Embark on a quest for a rare souvenir in each destination. Beyond the thrill of buying unique goods, it’s also an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in local customs and interact with friendly locals at every stop.

By booking this holiday package, you can save yourself from the tedious task of researching and planning your road trip in Europe. We'll handle all the travel arrangements for your 12-day self-drive adventure in Italy, Switzerland, and Austria. With our expertise, you can enjoy a hassle-free experience and focus on immersing yourself in incredible destinations without the stress of organizing every detail. This holiday deal also comes with 24/7 travel support and a step-by-step guide accessible via our mobile app to assist you throughout your journey.

Discover breathtaking landscapes, diverse cultures, and iconic landmarks in multiple European countries on one epic road trip! Travel across borders and experience the freedom of the open road as you create lifelong memories in Italy, Switzerland, and Austria.

Choose your travel dates today and start planning your unforgettable multi-country road trip with Guide to Europe!

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Flights, economy included
Hotel, 11 nights
Rental car, 12 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Aerial panoramic cityscape of Rome, Italy, Europe. Roma is the capital of Italy. Cityscape of Rome in summer. Rome roofs view with ancient architecture in Italy. Rome / 3 nights
Lugano - city in SwitzerlandLugano
Florence Aerial View of Ponte Vecchio Bridge during Beautiful Sunny Day, ItalyFlorence / 2 nights
Wattens
Pisa - city in ItalyPisa
Photo of Italy Piazza Maggiore in Bologna old town tower of town hall with big clock and blue sky on background, antique buildings terracotta galleries.Bologna / 1 night
Neuhausen
High dynamic range (HDR) Aerial view of the city of Milan, Italy.Milan / 1 night
Panoramic view of historic Zurich city center with famous Fraumunster, Grossmunster and St. Peter and river Limmat at Lake Zurich on a sunny day with clouds in summer, Canton of Zurich, SwitzerlandZurich / 2 nights
Austria, Rainbow over Salzburg castleSalzburg
Lucerne - town in SwitzerlandLucerne
Innsbruck cityscape, Austria.Innsbruck / 2 nights
Photo of aerial view of Verona historical city centre, Ponte Pietra bridge across Adige river, Verona Cathedral, Duomo di Verona, red tiled roofs, Veneto Region, Italy.Verona
Porza

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photo of trevi fountain at sunrise beautiful full view, Rome, Italy.Trevi Fountain
photo of Colosseum in Rome at sunrise, Italy, Europe.Colosseum
photo of view of Pantheon in the morning. Rome. Italy.Pantheon
photo of piazza navona in Rome, Italy. Rome navona square. Ancient stadium of Rome for athletic contests. Italy architecture and landmark. Piazza navona is one of the main attractions of Rome and Italy.Piazza navona
photo of night panoramic view of Duomo square in Milano,Italy.Duomo di Milano Museum
St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican CitySt Peter's Basilica
photo of verona, Italy. ancient amphitheater arena di verona in Italy like Rome coliseum with nighttime illumination and evening blue sky. verona's italian famous ancient landmark theatre. veneto region.Verona Arena
photo of golden sunset over ponte vecchio bridge with traditional boat on the arno river, Florence, Italy.Ponte Vecchio
photo of medieval leaning tower of pisa (Torre di pisa) at piazza dei miracoli (Piazza del duomo), Tuscany, Italy.Leaning Tower of Pisa
photo of panoramic view of ancient ruins of a roman forum or foro romano at sunrise in rome, Italy. view from capitoline hill.Roman Forum
photo of piazza di spagna in rome, italy. Spanish steps in rome, Italy in the morning. One of the most famous squares in Rome, Italy. Rome architecture and landmark.Piazza di Spagna
photo of panorama of piazza dei miracoli with leaning tower of pisa, Italy.Piazza del Duomo, Pisa
photo of one of the world's oldest shopping malls galleria vittorio emanuele II at night in milan, lombardia, Italy.Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
photo of piazza del popolo (People's square) named after the church of santa maria del popolo in Rome, Italy.Piazza del Popolo
photo of View of statue of david on Piazzale Michelangelo at morning  in Florence, Italy.Piazzale Michelangelo
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Quartiere 1, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Tuscany, ItalyCathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Sempione Park, Municipio 1, Milan, Lombardy, ItalySempione Park
photo of square of signoria in florence at sunrise, Italy.Piazza della Signoria
photo of Visit Italy, park Villa Borghese with boat and ducks.Villa Borghese
photo of holy angel castle, also known as hadrian mausoleum in the morning, Rome, Italy.Castel Sant'Angelo
Photo of Rhine Falls or Rheinfall, Switzerland panoramic aerial view.Rhine Falls
photo of Sunset view of Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) in Milan, Italy. Architecture and landmarks of Milan. Night cityscape of MilanSforzesco Castle Art Library
photo of bologna, Italy. Piazza maggiore with torre dell'orologio and torre dell’arengo, landmark in emilia-romagna historical province.Piazza Maggiore
photo of uffizi gallery in piazzale degli uffizi at night in florence Italy.Uffizi Gallery
photo of altare della patria, national monument to victor emmanuel II the first king of a unified Italy, located in Rome.Altare della Patria
Photo of beautiful view of Salzburg skyline with Festung Hohensalzburg and Salzach river in summer, Salzburg, Salzburger Land, Austria.Fortress Hohensalzburg
Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Luzern, SwitzerlandChapel Bridge
photo of Swarovski Crystal Worlds covered with snow in Innsbruck, Austria.Swarovski Crystal Worlds
photo of Bologna, Italy - Two Towers (Due Torri), Asinelli and Garisenda, symbols of medieval Bologna towers.Two Towers
Photo of Mirabell Palace and Gardens in Summer, Salzburg castle in background.Mirabell Palace
Photo of the landscape of the Zurich zoo, Switzerland.Zürich Zoo
Auditorium Parco della Musica
Photo of Hellbrunn Palace or Schloss Hellbrunn in Salzburg, Austria. Hellbrunn Palace is an early Baroque villa of palatial size in a southern district of the Salzburg city.Hellbrunn Palace
Photo of Lucerne dying lion monument, Switzerland.Lion Monument
photo of Golden Roof in Innsbruck Austria - architecture and nature background.Golden Roof
Photo of bridge at Limmatquai in the city center of Zurich, Switzerland. People on the background. Seen from Lindenhof hill.Lindenhof
Photo of Old wrought iron gate overlooking Lake Lugano in Ciani Park, Lugano, Switzerland.Parco Ciani
photo of Tower and cathedral, famous landmarks of Pisa, Italy .Cattedrale di Pisa
Innsbrucker Hofgarten
photo of morning view of Zurich, Switzerland. View of the historic city center with famous Fraumunster Church, on the Limmat river.Fraumünster
Cornèr ArenaCornèr Arena
photo of view of The Stadtturm and Cityscape of Innsbruck in Austria.Stadtturm

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Day 1

Day 1 – Rome - arrival day

  • Rome - Arrival day
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  • Trevi Fountain
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Your unforgettable multi-country road trip in Italy, Switzerland, and Austria begins the moment you arrive in the awe-inspiring city of Rome in Italy. You’ll check in at a top-rated hotel and stay in Rome for 2 nights.

Catch an early flight to Italy to enjoy as much time as possible exploring Rome before it’s time to hit the road and drive to your next destination. Discover the city’s rich history, breathtaking sights, and lively atmosphere with visits to the most popular attractions.

Explore multiple popular travel destinations in Rome today. Begin your sightseeing with a visit to the outstanding Trevi Fountain. This attraction boasts an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 343,494 visitors.

As afternoon approaches, head to your chosen hotel in Rome. Check-in typically starts around 2 to 4 PM at hotels in Italy. We recommend staying at a hotel in a central location for easy access to the best attractions, restaurants, and bars in the city.

Before this memorable day of your vacation comes to a close, treat your palate to a taste of Italy's delectable cuisine at one of Rome's best restaurants. After a nice meal, enhance your vacation experience by enjoying the local nightlife or unwinding with a drink or two in the city’s most recommended bars.

Get ready for an unforgettable culinary journey in Rome by reserving a table at La Pergola. Renowned as a 3-star Michelin restaurant, it offers an exceptional mediterranean, and contemporary menu. For a different taste experience, head to Il Pagliaccio, recognized for its delicious creative, and innovative dishes. This 2-star Michelin restaurant consistently impresses guests, ensuring a memorable addition to your holiday. Looking for another option? Make sure to visit Enoteca La Torre, a local favorite known for its delightful mediterranean, and creative cuisine in Rome. Nestled in the heart of the city, this restaurant with 2 Michelin star is an ideal choice for discerning mediterranean, and creative foodies seeking culinary excellence.

Let the evening flow smoothly from dinner to drinks at La Botticella of Poggi Giovanni, a top-rated bar in the area. For other recommendations, Sant' Eustachio Caffè provides a perfect setting for rounding out your night with style and great drinks. Likewise, Caffè Portofino offers a memorable night with diverse drink options and excellent service.

Your multi-country road trip in Italy, Switzerland, and Austria has only just begun. Brace yourself for more exciting days to come as you cross country borders in the comfort of your rental car and discover the most unique attractions, activities, and foods of each destination.

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Day 2

Day 2 – Rome

  • Rome
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Drive 9 km, 1 hour 11 min

  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Pantheon
  • Piazza navona
  • Castel Sant'Angelo
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Day 2 of your multi-country road trip promises a full day of discoveries in beautiful Rome. Enjoy time off the road as you’ll be staying in the city for 1 night more before hitting the road again.

One of today’s main highlights is the unforgettable Colosseum. This outstanding roman amphitheatre and travel destination inspires so many travelers each year, with over 7,400,000 people visiting it annually. Garnering an average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 from 328,821 travelers, a visit to the remarkable Colosseum is worth pages in your travel diary.

The fascinating Roman Forum is another of the city's top attractions that will stir your curiosity. This square and tourist destination boasts an average review score of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 114,450 travelers.

This day is also your chance to see the amazing roman temple, Pantheon, which hosts approximately 30,000,000 visitors per year. With an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 189,682 travelers, a trip to this wonderful site promises a memorable experience.

The top-rated Piazza Navona, an outstanding roman amphitheatre, is one place you should visit while in Rome considering its average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 158,771 travelers.

Explore the magnificent Castel Sant'Angelo and discover what makes this local museum and wonder one of the best attractions in Rome. This popular sightseeing destination receives over 918,591 visitors each year and enjoys a rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 from 72,431 travelers.

Before this memorable day of your vacation comes to a close, treat your palate to a taste of Italy's delectable cuisine at one of Rome's best restaurants. After a nice meal, enhance your vacation experience by enjoying the local nightlife or unwinding with a drink or two in the city’s most recommended bars.

Treat yourself to a delightful dinner at DEROMA - Farine Romane, highly recommended for tonight's dining. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, why not try La Taverna Italiana? It's another excellent option with a diverse menu. Consider reserving a table at Centro as well. Known for its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an ideal pick for tonight in Rome.

Continue your evening by exploring the vibrant nightlife scene at The Apartment Bar Roma, a prime destination for a thrilling night out. Also, don’t forget to check out Hotel Hassler Roma, a bar that offers unique local touches.

Relax, recharge, and look forward to what tomorrow holds. The opportunities are endless with a European self-drive tour!

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Day 3

Day 3 – Rome, and Bologna

  • Bologna
  • Rome
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Drive 380 km, 4 hours 46 min

  • Piazza di Spagna
  • Piazza del Popolo
  • Villa Borghese
  • Auditorium Parco della Musica
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Dive into day 3 of your remarkable multi-country road trip across Italy, Switzerland, and Austria. Today's main destinations are Rome in Italy, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Bologna. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

Complement your beautiful day with a visit to a top-rated square and attraction in Rome — Piazza di Spagna. About 113,658 visitors have rated this attraction an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

The popular piazza del Popolo is another top sight in Rome that locals and travelers often enjoy spending time at. This attraction is a well-loved square in the area, rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 89,807 visitors.

Villa Borghese is a spectacular urban zone of rome and highlight on travelers’ itineraries in Rome, earning an impressive average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 69,749 enchanted visitors.

As the day moves along, be sure to make time to drop by the magnificent Auditorium Parco della Musica. Because of its allure and charm, around 19,687 visitors have rated this attraction and point of interest an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

Take some time off from the road, it’s time to check in at a top-rated stay in Bologna. Choose a hotel where you can gently let go of the day’s excitement and enjoy some peace and relaxation.

After a day of exploration and awe-inspiring sights, it’s time to replenish your strength. Make the most of this stop on your multi-country road trip across Italy, Switzerland, and Austria by rewarding yourself with a taste of Bologna’s local cuisine. After dinner, head out to a bar to relax or mingle with the locals and raise a toast to your exciting road trip adventure.

Prepare for an extraordinary culinary adventure in Bologna by booking a table at Ahimè, a Bib Gourmand restaurant that boasts an exceptional country cooking menu. For a different flavor experience, head to I Portici, renowned for its delectable creative, and contemporary dishes. This 1-star Michelin restaurant consistently wows guests, making it a memorable stop during your holiday. Looking for another option? Visit Trattoria di Via Serra, a local gem known for its delightful emilian cuisine in Bologna. Nestled in the city's heart, this Bib Gourmand-awardee is a perfect choice for discerning restaurant-goers seeking a new experience.

Following your dinner, dive into the local bar culture at Bar Freud e Squisito. Alternatively, go to Osteria del Sole, the perfect place for those looking to experience the best of the nightlife. Similarly, Macondo - Cocktail Bar provides excellent drinks and a great atmosphere, ensuring a memorable night out.

Savor the moment and raise a toast to yet another amazing day of your vacation in Italy, Switzerland, and Austria! Enjoy your evening in Bologna to the fullest by mingling with the locals at a bar, taking a stroll around the city center, or simply just relaxing.

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Day 4

Day 4 – Bologna, Verona, and Innsbruck

  • Innsbruck
  • Bologna
  • Verona
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Drive 424 km, 5 hours 20 min

  • Piazza Maggiore
  • Two Towers
  • Verona Arena
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On day 4 of your multi-country road trip across Italy, Switzerland, and Austria, you will get a true taste of the freedom a self-drive vacation in Europe entails. Today’s travel plans include stops at the most scenic, wondrous, and interesting places to see in Bologna in Italy. In the evening, you’ll end up in Innsbruck, where you will stay for 2 nights.

A favorite among locals and travelers alike in Bologna is the fantastic Piazza Maggiore. As an appreciated square and local gem in the area, Piazza Maggiore has earned an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 64,523 reviews.

Next up on your agenda, you will find the extraordinary Two Towers. This attraction is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 25,975 visitors, so don't miss the opportunity to experience it for yourself!

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Bologna, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Verona. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 52 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

In Verona, the extraordinary Verona Arena awaits. This attraction is a valued opera house that boasts an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 123,818 travelers' reviews. Hosting around 195,540 visitors every year, the amazing Verona Arena is undoubtedly one of the top sights of the area.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Verona, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Set course for Austria! Under favorable conditions, your drive to Innsbruck may take around 3 hours 22 min. Upon your arrival in Innsbruck, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

This outstanding travel destination inspires so many travelers each year.

Relax your senses after a day of exhilarating activities and fun exploration. Retreat to one of the best accommodations in Innsbruck.

Before this memorable day of your vacation comes to a close, treat your palate to a taste of Austria's delectable cuisine at one of Innsbruck's best restaurants. After a nice meal, enhance your vacation experience by enjoying the local nightlife or unwinding with a drink or two in the city’s most recommended bars.

Savor the flavors at Stiftskeller, a top pick for dinner tonight. Alternatively, Thai-Li-Ba beckons with its unique menu offerings. Also, consider Breakfast Club. With its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an excellent option for dining in Innsbruck tonight.

After your delicious meal, get a taste of the vibrant nightlife with a visit to Café Bar Dinzler, known for its inviting atmosphere. Music-bar ZAPPA is another great option if you’re looking for a place to get the night started. Similarly, Cafe Katzung provides a great setting to enjoy the night away.

Spend the evening looking over your itinerary for tomorrow and reminisce about what you’ve seen and done so far on your European road trip adventure. New experiences await!

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Day 5

Day 5 – Innsbruck, and Salzburg

  • Innsbruck
  • Salzburg
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Drive 379 km, 4 hours 44 min

  • Hellbrunn Palace
  • Fortress Hohensalzburg
  • Mirabell Palace
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Wake up to day 5 of your extraordinary road trip through Italy, Switzerland, and Austria. On this day, you’ll embark on an exciting expedition discovering the enchanting sights and activities of Salzburg in Austria. With 1 night left in Innsbruck, we encourage you to seize the day and discover the unexplored beauty of the city’s surroundings!

After soaking in Innsbruck’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Salzburg. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 2 hours 4 min. When you arrive in Salzburg, it's time to take a break from the road.

One of today’s main highlights is the unforgettable Hellbrunn Palace. This outstanding château and travel destination inspires so many travelers each year. Garnering an average rating of 4.6 stars out of 5 from 19,177 travelers, a visit to the remarkable Hellbrunn Palace is worth pages in your travel diary.

The fascinating Fortress Hohensalzburg is another of the city's top attractions that will stir your curiosity. This museum and tourist destination boasts an average review score of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 43,742 travelers.

This day is also your chance to see the amazing château, Mirabell Palace. With an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 26,975 travelers, a trip to this wonderful site promises a memorable experience.

As the sun sets on day 5 of your multi-country road trip in Europe, prepare for a culinary journey. Navigate through Innsbruck's top restaurants and eateries, each offering a local taste of Austria to remember your trip by. After a fulfilling dinner, dive into the city’s local nightlife. Whether you prefer the bustling energy of popular pubs or want to take in the ambiance of a quiet bar, Innsbruck has them.

As a top-rated it is an ideal choice in the city. Enjoy a lovely meal at Gasthof Goldener Adler, a top-rated place to have dinner tonight. Alternatively, if your taste buds call for something different, Sixty Twenty Bar und Cafe is another top choice with a popular menu. You could also check for a table at Café Central. As an establishment that gains consistently high praises from customers, it’s an ideal choice in Innsbruck tonight.

If you’re not ready to end the night just yet, Montagu Bed & Beers offers a perfect venue to relax and savor a drink. Similarly, Dom Cafe-Bar is well-suited for those looking to unwind in a social setting. Plansch Bar is another excellent spot to enjoy a nightcap after a delightful meal.

Relax, recharge, and look forward to what tomorrow holds. The opportunities are endless with a European self-drive tour!

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Day 6

Day 6 – Innsbruck, Marktgemeinde Wattens, and Zurich

  • Zurich
  • Innsbruck
  • Wattens
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Drive 327 km, 4 hours 6 min

  • Stadtturm
  • Golden Roof
  • Innsbrucker Hofgarten
  • Swarovski Crystal Worlds
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 6 of your multi-country road trip in Europe, where you’ll be making 1 stop. The highlights of today include the wonderful destinations of Innsbruck in Austria. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Zurich, your home for 2 nights.

A tour of Innsbruck is not complete without a visit to the famous Stadtturm. This incredible tower and attraction has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 583 travelers.

Make the most of your Innsbruck travel adventure by seeing another popular site, the wonderful Golden Roof. This building and unique destination is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 18,922 travelers.

You can then move on to the incredible Innsbrucker Hofgarten for an experience worth remembering. This local park and standout destination has received an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 5,897 visitors.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Marktgemeinde Wattens. This drive usually takes around 23 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

Explore multiple popular travel destinations in Marktgemeinde Wattens today. Begin your sightseeing with a visit to the outstanding Swarovski Kristallwelten. This attraction boasts an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 30,185 visitors.

After a long day of discovery, it's time to settle in at a top-rated hotel in Zurich. Indulge in well-deserved rest and rejuvenation, preparing for the continued adventure that lies ahead.

If you're eager to sample culinary delights during your multi-country road trip in Italy, Switzerland, and Austria, you'll be excited to head out for dinner and get a taste of the local cuisine in Zurich. After dinner, head out to a bar to reminisce about your day and raise a toast to this stop on your road trip.

Begin your culinary exploration in Zurich by securing a reservation at Widder Restaurant. This renowned restaurant holds 2 Michelin star and offers an exceptional menu of modern french, and contemporary cuisine. For another dining delight, visit IGNIV Zürich by Andreas Caminada, celebrated for its delectable sharing, and modern menu. This acclaimed 2-star Michelin-recipient consistently leaves guests satisfied, making it a must-visit during your holiday. Looking for a different experience? Discover The Restaurant, a top local spot known for its tantalizing creative, and modern menu. With a 2-star Michelin recognition, it guarantees an exceptional dining adventure.

Cap off your culinary experience with a visit to some of the most celebrated bars in the area. For instance, Widder Bar stands out as an excellent choice for a post-dinner cocktail. Alternatively, Rio Bar offers an ideal atmosphere to enjoy the pleasures of the night. CP First - Cocktailbar & Lounge is also a great option that provides a perfect setting for a relaxing evening.

Take in the ambiance of Zurich as this vacation day slowly comes to an end. Whether you’re going bar hopping or you decide on a quiet night at your hotel, you have another exciting day of your road trip to look forward to!

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Day 7

Day 7 – Zurich, and Neuhausen

  • Zurich
  • Neuhausen
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Drive 106 km, 1 hour 57 min

  • Rhine Falls
  • Zürich Zoo
  • Lindenhof
  • Fraumünster
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Greet day 7 of your multi-country road trip across Italy, Switzerland, and Austria with a smile and start your day with a hearty breakfast. You will return to Zurich for your remaining 1 night in the city later today, but first, it’s time for some exploring! On the agenda for this day, you’ll find only the best things to see and do in Neuhausen in Switzerland.

One of today’s main highlights is the unforgettable Zürich Zoo. This outstanding zoo and travel destination inspires so many travelers each year. Garnering an average rating of 4.6 stars out of 5 from 26,599 travelers, a visit to the remarkable Zürich Zoo is worth pages in your travel diary.

The fascinating Lindenhof is another of the town's top attractions that will stir your curiosity. This square and tourist destination boasts an average review score of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 11,519 travelers.

This day is also your chance to see the amazing church building, Fraumünster. With an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 3,482 travelers, a trip to this wonderful site promises a memorable experience.

Set your GPS to Neuhausen and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 41 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Neuhausen beckons with new experiences!

Complement your beautiful day with a visit to a top-rated waterfall and attraction in Neuhausen — Rhine Falls. About 71,797 visitors have rated this attraction an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

As the day slows down and turns into evening, we encourage you to indulge your taste buds at one of the top-rated restaurants in Zurich. After a delicious dinner, experience the local nightlife or unwind at one of the city’s most popular bars.

Have a fantastic dining experience at Cantinetta Antinori, a highly recommended choice for tonight's dinner. If you're looking to mix things up, El Lokal offers an enticing alternative with its varied menu. Additionally, Aurora is worth considering. Renowned for satisfying diners, it’s an ideal option for tonight in Zurich.

Cap off your dinner by heading to Eldorado, ideal for a leisurely evening with a drink in hand. Gotthard Bar is another bar that offers an enjoyable setting. Similarly, La Stanza is also a popular place to go on a night out, perfect for relaxing and socializing.

Go to bed happy and look forward to a good night’s sleep as soon as your head hits the pillow. Your European tour continues tomorrow!

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Day 8

Day 8 – Zurich, Lucerne, Porza, Lugano, and Milan

  • Milan
  • Lucerne
  • Porza
  • Lugano
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Drive 300 km, 4 hours 29 min

  • Lion Monument
  • Chapel Bridge
  • Cornèr Arena
  • Parco Ciani
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On day 8 of your exciting European self-drive vacation in Italy, Switzerland, and Austria, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 1 destination, Lucerne in Switzerland. When you’re not exploring the city and its surrounding areas, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Milan, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

This outstanding travel destination inspires so many travelers each year.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Lucerne. This car ride takes around 45 min.

Lion Monument Lucerne is a travelers’ favorite in Lucerne, and today you’ll have the opportunity to discover it too! This one-of-a-kind attraction is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 20,757 visitors.

In Lucerne, don’t miss Chapel Bridge, a great point of interest and place to see in the town. This outstanding attraction has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 30,595 reviews.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Lucerne, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Porza may take around 1 hour 58 min. Upon your arrival in Porza, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

Something that makes Porza the perfect holiday destination is that the town offers easy access to many popular places of interest, like the outstanding sports venue, Cornèr Arena. This local gem has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 1,187 visitors.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Lugano. This drive usually takes around 7 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

You'll enjoy easy access to the most remarkable sights in Lugano, including the outstanding Parco Ciani. Having an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 10,419 reviews, this fascinating urban park and attraction is one of the top travel destinations in the town.

After a long day of driving and exploring, you’ll check in at a top-recommended hotel in Milan of your choice.

As the day slows down and turns into evening, we encourage you to indulge your taste buds at one of the top-rated restaurants in Milan. After a delicious dinner, experience the local nightlife or unwind at one of the city’s most popular bars.

Set out on a gastronomic journey in Milan by reserving a table at Enrico Bartolini al Mudec. Known for its 3-star Michelin reputation, Enrico Bartolini al Mudec captivates its guests with its exceptional variety of meals showcasing delicious creative cuisine. For a different taste, head over to Seta by Antonio Guida, renowned for its delectable international, and contemporary dishes. This distinguished 2-star Michelin-recipient is a favorite among guests, making it a worthy addition to your holiday plans. Craving more culinary excitement? Explore Il Luogo Aimo e Nadia, a highly rated local gem known for its exquisite italian contemporary, and modern menu. With a 1-star Michelin acclaim, it promises a dining experience you won't want to miss. With its reputation for pleasing customers, it’s a fantastic choice for tonight in Milan.

After savoring a delicious meal, step into the vibrant nightlife at Nottingham Forest, where the evening is just getting started. In the same way, Armani/Bamboo Bar offers a unique charm perfect for experiencing the local bar scene in Milan. Mag Cafe is another top-recommended bar that is sure to get you into the mood for some dancing and celebrating.

As the night falls in Milan, take a moment to savor the experiences of the day. Wash away your fatigue with a drink, or lay back and relax at your hotel, and look forward to another thrilling day of your multi-country journey across Europe.

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Day 9

Day 9 – Milan, and Florence

  • Florence
  • Milan
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Drive 319 km, 4 hours 4 min

  • Duomo di Milano Museum
  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
  • Sforzesco Castle Art Library
  • Sempione Park
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 9 of your multi-country journey across Italy, Switzerland, and Austria. This exciting part of your road trip invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 1 vibrant destinations - Milan in Italy. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to Florence where you'll spend 2 nights of well-deserved relaxation.

Explore multiple popular travel destinations in Milan today. Begin your sightseeing with a visit to the outstanding Duomo di Milano Museum. This attraction boasts an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 138,554 visitors and attracts around 341,609 curious travelers annually.

Next, discover the charms of the popular Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. This incredible attraction and commercial gallery holds an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, thanks to 91,394 visitors.

According to travelers in Milan, the extraordinary Sforzesco Castle Art Library is a must-see attraction. This crowd-favorite destination and library is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 68,714 visitors.

As the day moves along, don’t miss out the incredible park, Parco Sempione. Up to 72,914 visitors have rated it an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

When you’ve had your share of Milan, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Florence. Your travel time is around 3 hours 35 min.

This outstanding travel destination inspires so many travelers each year.

An exhilarating day of exploring and driving will have you longing for a comfortable bed at the end of the day. Fortunately, Florence’s top hotels offer a lovely retreat at day’s end. Choose from options ranging from budget to luxury.

As the sun sets on day 9 of your multi-country road trip in Europe, prepare for a culinary journey. Navigate through Florence's top restaurants and eateries, each offering a local taste of Italy to remember your trip by. After a fulfilling dinner, dive into the city’s local nightlife. Whether you prefer the bustling energy of popular pubs or want to take in the ambiance of a quiet bar, Florence has them.

Experience a taste of Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence by booking a reservation in advance. Renowned for its 3-star Michelin distinction, Enoteca Pinchiorri delights its guests with its exceptional variety of meals showcasing delicious italian contemporary cuisine. For another culinary dining option, venture to Santa Elisabetta, celebrated for its delectable creative, and mediterranean menu. This acclaimed 2-star Michelin-recipient consistently leaves guests satisfied, ensuring an essential addition to your holiday itinerary. Seeking an alternative? Discover Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura, a top local restaurant known for its tantalizing italian contemporary, and international menu. With a 1-star Michelin recognition, it promises an exceptional dining experience not to be missed.

To truly maximize your evening out, consider visiting Manifattura after dinner. This bar is known for offering some of the best drinks and vibes in the city. Alternatively, head to SE·STO on Arno Rooftop Bar, another bar with an inviting ambiance. Similarly, Archea Brewery also offers a great atmosphere, ensuring a night filled with enjoyment and relaxation.

Go to bed happy and look forward to a good night’s sleep as soon as your head hits the pillow. Your European tour continues tomorrow!

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Day 10

Day 10 – Florence, and Pisa

  • Florence
  • Pisa
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Drive 186 km, 3 hours 17 min

  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Piazza del Duomo, Pisa
  • Cattedrale di Pisa
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
  • Piazzale Michelangelo
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On day 10 of your European tour in Italy, Switzerland, and Austria, you’ll start and end your day in Pisa, but spend the day exploring what’s beyond the city. Since you will return to Florence for 1 night more, there’s no need to rush. Experience Pisa in Italy to the fullest today with this curated day itinerary!

A tour of Florence is not complete without a visit to the famous Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. This incredible church and attraction has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 76,359 travelers.

Make the most of your Florence travel adventure by seeing another popular site, the wonderful piazzale Michelangelo. This square and unique destination is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 77,744 travelers.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Pisa. This car ride takes around 1 hour 18 min.

One place travelers keep coming back to in Pisa is the magnificent Leaning Tower of Pisa. Each year, this popular place of interest welcomes over 3,200,000 travelers from across the world. Around 116,882 visitors have rated this excellent bell tower and travel destination an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

We also recommend you explore the amazing Piazza del Duomo, Pisa on this leg of your adventure in Italy. This attraction is a well-known square that has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from around 104,550 travelers.

The remarkable Pisa Cathedral is known to be one of the best places to visit in Pisa, and its average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 8,361 traveler reviews is proof.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Pisa, home to many well-known sights in the region, is a lovely destination on today’s itinerary. Keep in mind that your travel time from Florence to Pisa may take around 1 hour 18 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival in Pisa, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

This outstanding travel destination inspires so many travelers each year.

In the evening, prepare to be amazed by Florence’s regional flavors and culminate your day with a toast. We’ve curated a guide to the city’s culinary and nightlife hotspots to enhance your experience during your multi-country vacation in Italy, Switzerland, and Austria.

Savor the flavors at Trattoria Da Burde, a top pick for dinner tonight. Alternatively, Ristorante Buca Mario beckons with its unique menu offerings. Also, consider Eataly Firenze. With its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an excellent option for dining in Florence tonight.

Spend the evening looking over your itinerary for tomorrow and reminisce about what you’ve seen and done so far on your European road trip adventure. New experiences await!

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Day 11

Day 11 – Florence, Vatican City, and Rome

  • Rome
  • Florence
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Drive 288 km, 3 hours 34 min

  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • St Peter's Basilica
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Dive into day 11 of your remarkable multi-country road trip across Italy, Switzerland, and Austria. Today's main destinations are Florence in Italy, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Rome. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

Something that makes Florence the perfect holiday destination is that the city offers easy access to many popular places of interest, like the outstanding square, piazza della Signoria. This local gem has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 66,956 visitors.

The famous Uffizi Gallery is another remarkable sightseeing hotspot in the area, with up to 2,011,219 people visiting it every year. As one of Florence's most remarkable sights, there's no wonder why around 61,794 travelers have rated this incredible national museum and travel destination an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in reviews.

Florence is also home to the extraordinary Ponte Vecchio, which boasts a 4.7 out of 5 star rating in 118,099 traveler reviews.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Vatican City, home to many well-known sights in the region, is a lovely destination on today’s itinerary. Upon arrival in Vatican City, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

Complement your beautiful day with a visit to a top-rated major basilica and attraction in Vatican City — St. Peter's Basilica. About 131,043 visitors have rated this attraction an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars.

After an exciting day of sightseeing, it’s time to check in at your accommodation in Rome. This is not only a place to sleep but your home away from home, offering a warm welcome after a long day on the road.

In the evening, prepare to be amazed by Rome’s regional flavors and culminate your day with a toast. We’ve curated a guide to the city’s culinary and nightlife hotspots to enhance your experience during your multi-country vacation in Italy, Switzerland, and Austria.

Make sure to reserve a table at Ristorante Tema, an iconic dining spot in Rome. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Maccheroni, a popular restaurant in Rome. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Experience the culinary magic of RoYaL Art Cafè Roma, a hidden gem nestled in Rome. Known for its exquisite cuisine and inviting atmosphere, it's a dining experience you won't soon forget.

Relax, recharge, and look forward to what tomorrow holds. The opportunities are endless with a European self-drive tour!

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Day 12

Day 12 – Rome - departure day

  • Rome - Departure day
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  • Altare della Patria
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On day 12 you have reached the last destination of your European road trip. Catch one last glimpse of Rome before it’s time to leave.

Depending on how much time you have before your departure, you may want to engage in some last-minute shopping or souvenir hunting. Get some unique items to remind you of your great European road trip across Italy, Switzerland, and Austria. If shopping isn’t your thing, visit some of the lesser-known attractions you have yet to discover.

As your final day in Italy unfolds, enjoy a last-minute shopping spree in Rome's best shopping area. Enjoy finding the perfect gift or keepsake to remind you of your wonderful trip to Italy.

Explore multiple popular travel destinations in Rome today. Begin your sightseeing with a visit to the outstanding Altare della Patria. This attraction boasts an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 49,843 visitors and attracts around 1,683,070 curious travelers annually.

Get a last taste of Italy’s tasty traditional food. Choose from a curated list of the best local food and drink spots in Rome and enjoy what may be your last vacation meal of this trip. Look forward to recreating these distinct culinary experiences in your own kitchen later to remind you of your unforgettable road trip across Italy, Switzerland, and Austria.

If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Ristorante Amedeo, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu.

The time has come to say farewell to Rome for now. You will realize that you’re traveling home with more than you came with as you look back at your 12-day European road trip in Italy, Switzerland, and Austria with fond memories. Safe travels!

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