20 days in Austria, Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

20 days in Austria, Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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St. Moritz, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, delve into the distant past at Colosseum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary builder tool.

New Delhi, India to Rome is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to Rome is minus 4.5 hours. Traveling from New Delhi in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Rome, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce, then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then examine the collection at Museo di San Marco, then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip planner.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in August, Florence is a bit cooler at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums

Venice, Italy

— 1 night

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 14th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, and then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and finally contemplate the long history of Squero di San Trovaso.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Venice trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 1 night
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 16th (Mon), tour along fresh powder with Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, look for gifts at Laderach, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, then pause for some serene contemplation at Parish Church of St. Mauritius, and finally see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Venice to Zermatt in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

St. Moritz, Switzerland

— 1 night
St.
On the 18th (Wed), make a trip to Chesa Futura, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Piz Nair, then take in the dramatic natural features at Morteratsch Glacier, and finally stroll through Muottas Muragl. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake St. Moritz, take in the awesome beauty at Piz Corvatsch, and then take some stellar pictures from Diavolezza.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our St. Moritz road trip planning website.

You can drive from Zermatt to St. Moritz in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or ride a tram. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Innsbruck.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Innsbruck, Austria

— 2 nights
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
On the 20th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Innsbruck, then take an in-depth tour of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), then meet the residents at Alpenzoo, and finally see the interesting displays at Swarovski Kristallwelten. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Schloss Ambras Innsbruck, then hit the slopes at Bergisel Ski Jump, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dom zu St. Jakob, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Maria-Theresien-Strasse.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Innsbruck trip website.

Traveling by car from St. Moritz to Innsbruck takes 3 hours. While traveling from St. Moritz, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Innsbruck, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Salzburg, Austria

— 3 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 22nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, explore the historical opulence of Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, steep yourself in history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, then contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mirabell Palace. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Untersberg, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, then pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Salzburg road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Innsbruck to Salzburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Salzburg are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Vienna, Austria

— 3 nights

City of Dreams

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace and then admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Vienna driving holiday planner.

Drive from Salzburg to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. August in Vienna sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
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.

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
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.