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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take a stroll through Old Town and then enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Zurich trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Zurich is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to Zurich is minus 4.5 hours. While traveling from New Delhi, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Zurich, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Etna Donkey Trekking and Grotte Beach Mongiove. Get outdoors at Piscina di Venere and Scuba & Snorkeling. Go for a jaunt from Taormina to Santa Teresa di Riva to see Spiaggia libera - Santa Teresa di Riva about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Lido Playa Sole Luna, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Castelmola, and make a trip to Corso Umberto.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Taormina trip maker site.

Fly from Zurich to Taormina in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Zurich in August, expect Taormina to be somewhat warmer, temps between 89°F and 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to fly 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 4th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Campo del Ghetto, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercati di Rialto, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and finally make a trip to Piazza San Marco. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, then steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Correr.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer 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. In September, Venice is slightly colder than Taormina - with highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Oia.
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Oia, Greece — 4 nights

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
We've included these beaches for you: Kamari Beach and Red Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Amoudi Bay and Venetsanos Winery. Explore Oia's surroundings by going to Cultural Village (in Pyrgos) and Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos (in Vothonas). And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Domaine Sigalas, get outside with Alex Private Boat Rental, view the masterpieces at Mnemossyne Gallery, and stop by the White, Santorini.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Oia trip itinerary maker site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Venice to Oia in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Venice to Oia, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Venice in September, Oia is a bit warmer at night with lows of 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get into the urban bustle at Comune Di Certaldo, look for gifts at Chianti Cashmere Goat Farm, and then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Easy Living and then step into the grandiose world of Castello di Verrazzano.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary maker site.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Oia to Florence in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Oia to Florence due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Oia in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Florence, with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Colle del Gianicolo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): get outside with Sabbianera Super Beach, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and then look for gifts at Officine Creative Roma.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rome road trip planner.

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 60°F. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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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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