22 days in Switzerland, Colmar & Tuscany Itinerary

22 days in Switzerland, Colmar & Tuscany Itinerary

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Fly to Zurich, Train to Colmar
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Colmar, France
— 2 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pisa, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Siena, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
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Colmar, France

— 2 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): do a tasting at Domaine Albert Seltz, then do a tasting at Domaine Hubert Meyer, then explore the historical opulence of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and finally do a tasting at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Old Town, then do a tasting at Cave de Turckheim, then learn about winemaking at Vins et Cremants D'Alsace Ginglinger - Fix, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Pantaleon de Gueberschwihr.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Colmar trip builder site.

Sydney, Australia to Colmar is an approximately 26.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Sydney in October, things will get slightly colder in Colmar: highs are around 19°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Colmar

Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Step out of Grindelwald to go to Wengen and see Alpia Sport + Mode, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Eiger, and admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village.

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

You can drive from Colmar to Grindelwald in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Geneva, Switzerland

— 3 nights

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.
When in Geneva, make a side trip to see Chateau de Chillon in Veytaux, approximately Veytaux away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall, and get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Geneva trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Grindelwald to Geneva in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the views from Hangebrucke, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and then see what you can catch with Fly Fish Zermatt. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Murmelweg Wanderung, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Castor Mountain, and then get great views at Gornergrat.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Zermatt itinerary planner.

You can drive from Geneva to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pisa.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Pisa, Italy

— 1 night
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Leaning Tower of Pisa, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then see the interesting displays at Museo Aviotruppe Esercito Italiano, and finally steep yourself in history at St Martin Cathedral.

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You can drive from Zermatt to Pisa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Pisa can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Siena.

Things to do in Pisa

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Siena, Italy

— 4 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Explore Siena's surroundings by going to Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona (in Castelnuovo dell'Abate) and Montalcino (Tenuta Fanti & Winery Solaria Patrizia Cencioni). And it doesn't end there: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, steep yourself in history at Centro Storico di Siena, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Francesco.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Siena trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pisa to Siena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Siena are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Siena

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Florence, Italy

— 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Dedicate the 21st (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and contemplate the long history of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Florence online day trip planner.

You can drive from Siena to Florence in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Florence

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums

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.

Tuscany travel guide

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Landmarks · Art Museums · Historic Walking Areas
Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.