12 days in Austria & Northwest Italy Itinerary

12 days in Austria & Northwest Italy Itinerary

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12 days in Austria & Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Innsbruck, Austria
— Few hours
train:  2​h
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: London, United Kingdom

few
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Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
On the 22nd (Sun), fly down the slopes at Bergisel Ski Jump, then browse the exhibits of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), and then enjoy breathtaking views from Town Tower (Stadtturm).

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Innsbruck visit planner.

London, UK to Innsbruck is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Innsbruck is 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Innsbruck can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Bergisel Ski Jump ©
Bergisel Ski Jump
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)
Town Tower (Stadtturm) ©
Town Tower (Stadtturm)

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, then admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirabell Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum, then take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter).

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Salzburg day trip site .

Take a train from Innsbruck to Salzburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. September in Salzburg sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, then get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, and finally make a trip to Stephansplatz. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and then admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Vienna travel route site .

You can fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Vienna are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

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 27th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Doge's Palace, then steep yourself in history at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Venice trip builder tool .

Fly from Vienna to Venice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In September, Venice is somewhat warmer than Vienna - with highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 29th (Sun), snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally admire the striking features of Loggia dei Lanzi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and finally examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Florence trip app .

Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Florence, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

3
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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Rome trip planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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