16 days in Switzerland, Italy & Greece Itinerary

16 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
— 3 nights
Fly to Santorini, Bus to Oia
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Oia, Greece
— 2 nights
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Taxi to Santorini, Ferry to Heraklion, Foot to Néa Alikarnassós, Bus to Heraklion, Fly to Kolimbia
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Kolimbia, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 1 night
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.
On the 21st (Sun), look for gifts at Confiserie Sprungli, then take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, and then admire the sheer force of Rhine Falls. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Zurich day trip planning app.

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. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 1 night

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the views from Spreuer Bridge (Spreuerbrucke).

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lucerne online road trip planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Lauterbrunnen.
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland — 1 night

A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): admire the verdant scenery at Lotschental Valley, then take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, and then look for gifts at Swiss Made Shop Wengen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along North face Trail.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lauterbrunnen tour planner.

Getting from Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rome.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clement Basilica, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lagustelli di Percile. On your second day here, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and then get outside with Villaggio Bushi Adventure.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome itinerary planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lauterbrunnen to Rome. In August, daytime highs in Rome are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 3 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, engage your brain at Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Florence journey planner.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rome in August since evenings lows in Florence dip to 20°C. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Oia.
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Oia, Greece — 2 nights

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take a tour by water with Santorini Sailing, then trek along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Oia travel route planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Florence to Oia in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Florence to Oia. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Florence in August since evenings lows in Oia dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kolimbia.
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Kolimbia, Greece — 2 nights

Best known for its award-winning beach, over the last few decades Kolimbia has managed to turn itself into a modern resort without losing its small-town look and feel.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): kick back and relax at Ladiko Beach, look for gifts at Artistic Village Contemporary Art - Art gallery & Museum of Ceramic Art, then have fun and explore at Rhodes Toy Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Valley of the Butterflies, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Agios Nikolaos Fountoukli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): explore the engaging exhibits at Rodos Nature - Folklore Museum, head outdoors with Eucalyptus Alley, then pause for some serene contemplation at Agios Nikolaos Church, and finally explore the activities along Epta Piges.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kolimbia trip itinerary website.

Getting from Oia to Kolimbia by combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 1 night

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 3rd (Sat), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Athens journey app.

Traveling by flight from Kolimbia to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.
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Highlights from your trip

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

4.2
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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Rhodes travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Island of the Knights
An island of green hills, fertile valleys, and golden beaches, Rhodes blends cosmopolitan and traditional cultures, exemplified by its traditional taverns, upscale hotels, and archaeological sites. Nicknamed the "Island of Roses," this island offers visitors a chance to discover lively tourist resorts in the north and tranquil rural areas in the south. The island's slow pace seems utterly unaffected by the challenges of mass tourism, its permanent residents stubbornly clinging to their age-old traditions and relaxed lifestyle. As you explore the areas farther away from the busy coastline, take time to meet the garrulous locals in their natural environment, the village tavern.
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