15 days in Switzerland, Italy & Greece Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland, Italy & Greece Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to Rome
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly to Santorini, Bus to Oia
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Oia, Greece
— 2 nights
Bus to Santorini, Fly to Athens
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Athens, Greece
— 1 day
Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, Train to Groningen

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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): look for gifts at Confiserie Sprungli, then take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, and then get great views at Rhine Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Zurich route planner.

Groningen, The Netherlands to Zurich is an approximately 14-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive; or take a train. In July in Zurich, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lucerne.
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Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 1 night

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): snap pictures at Spreuer Bridge (Spreuerbrucke).

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lucerne online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lauterbrunnen.
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Nature · Parks · Museums

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland — 1 night

A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): appreciate the views at Lotschental Valley, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, and then look for gifts at Swiss Made Shop Wengen. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along North face Trail.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lauterbrunnen journey planning tool.

You can drive from Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Rome.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trips

Rome, Italy — 2 nights

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 15th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Colosseum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clement Basilica, and then trek along Lagustelli di Percile. Keep things going the next day: admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and then kick your exploration up a notch at Villaggio Bushi Adventure.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip maker site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lauterbrunnen to Rome. In July, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Florence.
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Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife · Adventure
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, and finally ride a horse along Maneggio Guelfi Neri - Passeggiate a cavallo nel chianti. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then steep yourself in history at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, then head outdoors with Tuscany MTB Guide, and finally steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence day trip site.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Rome in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Florence, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.
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Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Classes
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Venice, Italy — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, and finally admire the striking features of Doge's Palace.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Venice route maker website.

Getting from Florence to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Oia.
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Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods · Museums

Oia, Greece — 2 nights

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Mnemossyne Gallery, stroll through Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Oia journey builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Venice to Oia in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Venice to Oia. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Venice in July since evenings lows in Oia dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 1 day

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): see where the action happens at Panathenaic Stadium, then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, and finally appreciate the history behind Erechtheion.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Athens vacation maker app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Oia to Athens in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Athens are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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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.
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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.
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Greece travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.
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