20 days in Italy, Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Zell am See, Austria
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Salzburg, Austria — 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Fortress Hohensalzburg, then admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, and then make a trip to Stiegl Brauwelt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, then take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally don't miss a visit to Mirabell Palace.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Salzburg is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Riyadh to Salzburg. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Riyadh in June, with highs in Salzburg at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Zell am See.
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Zell am See, Austria — 3 nights

Despite its small size, Zell am See is a well-visited tourist destination known mostly as a ski resort town, and it serves as an important transportation hub for the region.
Get in touch with nature at Lake Zell and Zell Am See. Attractions like Natural High Adventure Tours Ltd and Schmittenhohe make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zell am See: Krimml Falls (Krimmler Wasserfalle) (in Krimml), SportRudi (in Kirchberg) and Brennerei Durzbauer (in Bad Hofgastein). The adventure continues: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, relax and rejuvenate at Tauern Spa, and go for a walk through Zell am See Esplanade.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Zell am See online holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Zell am See takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Thu) before leaving for Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 3 nights

City of Romance

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.
On the 29th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Cannaregio, wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then examine the collection at Doge's Palace, and finally steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Venice journey builder app.

Getting from Zell am See to Venice by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Zell am See in June, expect Venice to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Attractions like Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Ponte Vecchio make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Accademia del Buon Gusto (in Panzano in Chianti), Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida) and Siena (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Duomo di Siena). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, and contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence journey builder.

Getting from Venice to Florence by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 3 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Duomo di Milano and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milan: Tremezzina (Villa del Balbianello & Villa Carlotta). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with 4Sub Scuola Sub PADI Milano, test your team's savvy at La Casa Maledetta, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Milan trip itinerary planning tool.

Take a train from Florence to Milan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Milan sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 1 night

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
On the 8th (Sat), stroll through Maennlichen Romantic Trail, hike along Maennlichen Royal Walk, and then take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First, take in the awesome beauty at Luftseilbahn Wengen-Mannlichen, and then take in the awesome beauty at The Eiger.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Grindelwald road trip website.

You can drive from Milan to Grindelwald in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Tierpark Bern. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Harderkulm, appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Interlaken trip maker tool.

Interlaken is just a short distance from Grindelwald. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 1 night

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Palais des Nations, Genève and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Geneva route planner.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Geneva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Interlaken, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Geneva, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Austria travel guide

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Castles · Art Museums · Architectural Buildings
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.
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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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