17 days in Switzerland, Austria & Tuscany Itinerary

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Volterra, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 1 night
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Hallstatt, Austria
— 1 night
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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
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Volterra, Italy — 3 nights

Volterra is a walled mountaintop town in the Tuscany region of Italy of which its history dates to before the 7th century BC and has substantial structures from the Etruscan, Roman, and Medieval periods.HistoryVolterra, known to the ancient Etruscans as Velathri or Vlathri and to the Romans as Volaterrae, is a town and comune in the Tuscany region of Italy. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Rossi Alabastri Volterra, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca e Museo Civico, then take in the dramatic natural features at Balze, and finally look for gifts at Boutique del Tartufo. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Azienda Agricola Pietralta, do a tasting at Corbucci, explore the historical opulence of Palazzo dei Priori, then get a taste of the local shopping with Kalpa Art Living, and finally explore the ancient world of Porta all'Arco.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Volterra online itinerary planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Volterra is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Volterra, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in April; daily highs in Volterra reach 22°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Florence.
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Basilica San Miniato al Monte and Wine & Cheese shop. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Poggio Amorelli (in Castellina In Chianti) and Montefioralle Winery (in Greve in Chianti). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, pause for some photo ops at Perseus Statue, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Florence travel route builder site.

Drive from Volterra to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 3 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Take a break from the city and head to Gornergrat and Trockener Steg. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Matterhorn and Swiss Ski School Saas Fee. Change things up with a short trip to Simplonpass in Simplon (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, look for gifts at Laderach, admire the sheer force of Gorner Gorge, and stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Zermatt online travel route planner.

You can drive from Florence to Zermatt in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 1 night

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch and then visit Alpiglen.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald road trip planning website.

You can drive from Zermatt to Grindelwald in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 4th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Uferpromenade Weggis, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Navamon Wellness, then look for gifts at Aeschbach Chocolatier, and finally make a trip to The Nine Towers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lucerne trip planner.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Innsbruck.
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Innsbruck, Austria — 1 night

Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Innsbruck journey planning site.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Innsbruck takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You will leave for Hallstatt on the 6th (Sat).
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Hallstatt, Austria — 1 night

Pearl of Austria

Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
On the 6th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Badestrand Hallstatt and then explore the striking landscape at Dachstein Giant Ice Caves.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hallstatt online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Innsbruck to Hallstatt takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 2 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.
On the 7th (Sun), make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral, admire the striking features of KUNST HAUS WIEN. Museum Hundertwasser, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Jesuits, then admire the landmark architecture of Kirche am Steinhof, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kaisergruft. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at Museum of Military History, stroll the grounds of Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof), then stop by SCS Shopping Center Sued, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Graben and Kohlmarkt.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Vienna road trip website.

You can drive from Hallstatt to Vienna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Vienna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Tuscany travel guide

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Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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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Austria travel guide

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Castles · Art Museums · Architectural Buildings
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.
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