31 days in Italy, Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

31 days in Italy, Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

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31 days in Italy, Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

Start: Buraidah, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Innsbruck, Austria
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h
5
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
9
Positano, Italy
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h 30 min
10
Vietri sul Mare, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Buraidah, Saudi Arabia

4
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Hohematte Park (in Interlaken), Lake Brienz (in Brienz) and Lucerne (Mt Pilatus, Lake Lucerne, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), cool off at Swimming Pools Unter Letten, and don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Zurich trip planning app .

Buraidah, Saudi Arabia to Zurich is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Buraidah to Zurich. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Buraidah in August, with highs in Zurich at 28°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lucerne, Lake Brienz, Hohematte Park
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

4
nights
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Innsbruck: Achensee (in Maurach), Grawa Wasserfall (in Neustift im Stubaital) and Krimml Falls (Krimmler Wasserfalle) (in Krimml). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Schloss Ambras Innsbruck (Ambras Castle), examine the collection at Swarovski Kristallwelten, take in panoramic vistas at Town Tower (Stadtturm), and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alpenzoo.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Innsbruck trip maker.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Innsbruck takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Innsbruck can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Swarovski Kristallwelten, Grawa Wasserfall, Krimml Falls (Krimmler Wasserfalle), Achensee
Highlights from your plan
Alpenzoo ©
Alpenzoo
Achensee ©
Achensee

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Salzburg is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nonnberg Convent.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Salzburg travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Innsbruck to Salzburg in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Salzburg are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Basilika St. Michael
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace

5
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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, see the interesting displays at MuseumsQuartier Wien, admire the striking features of Rathaus, and get in on the family fun at Prater.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Salzburg to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg

1
night
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.
On the 18th (Tue), examine the collection at Doge's Palace, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, make a trip to Piazza San Marco, then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally appreciate the history behind Punta della Dogana.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Venice trip planner.

Fly from Vienna to Venice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Venice when traveling from Vienna in August, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

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

2
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
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.
On the 20th (Thu), shop like a local with Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, then make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, and finally steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, then steep yourself in history at Il Cenacolo, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Milan trip planner.

Getting from Venice to Milan by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 22nd (Sat), snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, explore the world behind art at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the landmark architecture of Campanile di Giotto, then contemplate the long history of The Baptistery of St. John, and finally see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Florence online visit planner .

Traveling by train from Milan to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Spanish Steps, then admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, then contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, and finally contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rome itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. August in Rome sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Positano.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

2
nights
Positano, Italy

Positano ©
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
On the 26th (Wed), get great views at Il Sentiero Degli Dei, kick back and relax at Fornillo, then look for gifts at Emporio della Ceramica di murano crescenzo, and finally view the masterpieces at Miniaci Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Ravello, admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo, admire the natural beauty at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, see the interesting displays at Museo della Carta, then make a trip to Fontana sant'Andrea, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Positano sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Rome to Positano in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Vietri sul Mare.

Things to do in Positano

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Amalfi, Ravello
Highlights from your plan
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Il Sentiero Degli Dei ©
Il Sentiero Degli Dei

3
nights
Vietri sul Mare, Italy

Vietri sul Mare ©
Vietri sul Mare is a town and comune in the province of Salerno, in the Campania region of southern Italy. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Lannio, then hike along Sentiero dei Limoni, then steep yourself in history at Villa Romana e Antiquarium, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello di San Nicola de Thoro-Plano. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Villa Guariglia, take an in-depth tour of Museo provinciale della Ceramica, take in the exciting artwork at Sol’Art Ceramiche, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Marina d'Albori, and finally don't miss a visit to Spiaggia della Crestarella.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Vietri sul Mare trip website .

You can ride a ferry from Positano to Vietri sul Mare in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Vietri sul Mare can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Vietri sul Mare

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Maiori, Cava De' Tirreni, Villa Romana e Antiquarium, Pontificio Santuario della Beata Maria Vergine del Santo Rosario di Pompei, Spiaggia Lannio
Highlights from your plan

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