32 days in The Alps Itinerary

32 days in The Alps Itinerary

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Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Innsbruck, Austria
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
St Johann in Tirol, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Matrei in Osttirol, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
San Candido, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Trento, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
7
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
8
Moustiers Sainte-Marie, France
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

4
nights
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tyrolean Folk Art Museum and Hofgarten. Step out of Innsbruck with an excursion to Skigebiet Nauders Bergkastel in Nauders--about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alpenzoo, examine the collection at Tirol Panorama, and steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Innsbruck.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Innsbruck trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Innsbruck is an approximately 17- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Cape Town to Innsbruck, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in December, things will get much colder in Innsbruck: highs are around 6°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Kaltwassersee, Skigebiet Nauders Bergkastel
Highlights from your plan
Ski & Snowboardschule Innsbruck ©
Ski & Snowboardschule Innsbruck
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)
Tyrolean Folk Art Museum ©
Tyrolean Folk Art Museum

4
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Explore hidden gems such as Kapuzinerberg and DomQuartier Salzburg. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Mirabell Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Old City Hall (Altes Rathaus).

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Salzburg trip itinerary builder site.

You can take a train from Innsbruck to Salzburg in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. December in Salzburg sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to St Johann in Tirol.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral

4
nights
St Johann in Tirol, Austria

St Johann in Tirol ©
Explore hidden gems such as Wallfahrtskirche Maria Alm and Eifersbacher Waterfall Wanderweg. Change things up with these side-trips from St Johann in Tirol: Skigebiet Maria Alm - Hochkoenig (in Maria Alm), Ritzensee (in Saalfelden am Steinernen Meer) and Jakobskreuz (in St. Ulrich am Pillersee).

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the St Johann in Tirol trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to St Johann in Tirol in 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Salzburg in December, with highs in St Johann in Tirol at 1°C and lows at -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Matrei in Osttirol.

Things to do in St Johann in Tirol

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Maria Alm, Westendorf, St. Ulrich am Pillersee, Kitzbuhel, Westendorf
Highlights from your plan
Westendorf ©
Westendorf
Wallfahrtskirche Maria Alm ©
Wallfahrtskirche Maria Alm
Museum St Johann in Tirol ©
Museum St Johann in Tirol

4
nights
Matrei in Osttirol, Austria

Matrei in Osttirol ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nationalpark Hohe Tauern and Edelweissspitze. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matrei in Osttirol: Mythos Gold Tauerngoldausstellung (in Grosskirchheim), Heiligenblut (Grossglockner High Alpine Road & The Church of St Vincent) and Kitzsteinhorn (in Kaprun).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Matrei in Osttirol vacation planner.

Traveling by car from St Johann in Tirol to Matrei in Osttirol takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Candido.

Things to do in Matrei in Osttirol

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Heiligenblut, Virgen, Mythos Gold Tauerngoldausstellung, Nationalpark Hohe Tauern, Grossglockner
Highlights from your plan
Kitzsteinhorn ©
Kitzsteinhorn
Chiesetta di San Nicolo a Matrei ©
Chiesetta di San Nicolo a Matrei
Nationalparkhaus Matrei ©
Nationalparkhaus Matrei

2
nights
San Candido, Italy

San Candido ©
Innichen is a market town and comune (municipality) in South Tyrol in northern Italy.It is located in the Puster Valley on the Drava River, about 80km northeast of Bolzano, on Italy's border with Austria. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Michele, walk around Parco Naturale Tre Cime (Dolomiti Patrimonio dell’Umanita - UNESCO), and then don't miss a visit to Saint Michael's Church. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimitero della Parrocchia di San Candido, don't miss a visit to Cappella di Altotting e del Santo Sepolcro, take in the awesome beauty at Monte Baranci, then contemplate the long history of Bagni Wildbad di San Candido, and finally make a trip to Duomo di San Candido ''La Collegiata''.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Candido day trip planning app.

You can drive from Matrei in Osttirol to San Candido in 1.5 hours. December in San Candido sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Trento.

Things to do in San Candido

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bagni Wildbad di San Candido ©
Bagni Wildbad di San Candido
Saint Michael's Church ©
Saint Michael's Church
Cappella di Altotting e del Santo Sepolcro ©
Cappella di Altotting e del Santo Sepolcro

4
nights
Trento, Italy

Trento ©
Tyrol's capital and one of the nation's wealthiest cities, Trento serves as the commercial and cultural center of the region.
Explore hidden gems such as Palazzo Pretorio and Museo dell'Aeronautica Gianni Caproni. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Doss Trento, don't miss a visit to Via Belenzani, take in the awesome beauty at Gruppo Dolomitico Sciliar-Catinaccio, Latemar - UNESCO, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria Maggiore.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Trento tour builder website.

Drive from San Candido to Trento in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from San Candido in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Trento, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Trento

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
MUSE - Science Museum ©
MUSE - Science Museum
Palazzo Pretorio ©
Palazzo Pretorio
Museo dell'Aeronautica Gianni Caproni ©
Museo dell'Aeronautica Gianni Caproni

4
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parasailing & Paragliding and Hinterdorfstrasse. When in Zermatt, make a side trip to see Oeschinen Lake in Kandersteg, approximately Kandersteg away. The adventure continues: cruise along Gornergrat, stop by Laderach, don't miss a visit to Walk of Climb, and examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Zermatt trip maker.

Traveling by car from Trento to Zermatt takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Moustiers Sainte-Marie.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Oeschinen Lake
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Parasailing & Paragliding
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat

3
nights
Moustiers Sainte-Marie, France

Moustiers Sainte-Marie ©
Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, or simply Moustiers, is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France, a part of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region and considered one of the "most beautiful villages of France".It lies at the western entrance to the Gorges du Verdon. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Faience, take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame de Beauvoir, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, then don't miss a visit to Centre Ville, and finally walk around Parc Naturel Regional du Verdon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Verdon and then stop by Faience Bondil.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Moustiers Sainte-Marie trip itinerary planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zermatt to Moustiers Sainte-Marie. In December, daily temperatures in Moustiers Sainte-Marie can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Moustiers Sainte-Marie

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Maison Alexandra David-Neel, Les Gorges du Verdon
Highlights from your plan
Parc Naturel Regional du Verdon ©
Parc Naturel Regional du Verdon
Notre Dame de Beauvoir ©
Notre Dame de Beauvoir
Maison Alexandra David-Neel ©
Maison Alexandra David-Neel

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