17 days in Switzerland, Italy & Greece Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland, Italy & Greece Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Taormina, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly to Santorini, Bus to Oia
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Oia, Greece
— 4 nights
Bus to Santorini, Fly to Florence
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 22nd (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town and then kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Zurich trip itinerary planning tool.

New Delhi, India to Zurich is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Delhi in September, things will get cooler in Zurich: highs are around 67°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to fly to Taormina.
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Taormina, Italy — 3 nights

With its warm island weather and cliffside location overlooking the Ionion Sea, Taormina has been one of Sicily's most popular getaway destinations since the early 19th century.
Escape the urban bustle at Etna Donkey Trekking and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step off the beaten path and head to Piscina di Venere and Castillo de Castelmola. Explore Taormina's surroundings by going to Spiaggia libera - Santa Teresa di Riva (in Santa Teresa di Riva) and Grotte Beach Mongiove (in Mongiove). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto and enjoy the sand and surf at Lido Playa Sole Luna.

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Traveling by flight from Zurich to Taormina takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Zurich in September, expect Taormina to be a bit warmer, temps between 82°F and 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Venice.
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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 27th (Tue): wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercati di Rialto, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, then contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Correr.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Venice trip planner.

You can fly from Taormina to Venice in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Taormina in September, with highs in Venice at 77°F and lows at 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Oia.
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Oia, Greece — 4 nights

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Get a sense of the local culture at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos and Domaine Sigalas. Explore hidden gems such as Red Beach and Alex Private Boat Rental. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oia: Venetsanos Winery (in Megalochori), Cultural Village (in Pyrgos) and Kamari Beach (in Kamari). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, stop by the White, Santorini, contemplate the long history of The Castle of St Nicholas, and view the masterpieces at Mnemossyne Gallery.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Oia trip site.

Getting from Venice to Oia by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Venice to Oia due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Oia when traveling from Venice in September, with lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Florence.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take a stroll around Comune Di Certaldo, look for gifts at Chianti Cashmere Goat Farm, and then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Easy Living and then step into the grandiose world of Castello di Verrazzano.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Florence trip itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Oia to Florence takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Oia to Florence is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Oia in October, expect little chillier with lows of 54°F in Florence. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train 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 5th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Colle del Gianicolo. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Sabbianera Super Beach, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and then look for gifts at Officine Creative Roma.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Rome day trip planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 55°F. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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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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Italy travel guide

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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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