21 days in The Alps Itinerary

21 days in The Alps Itinerary

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Fly to Zurich, Train to Zermatt
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Aosta, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Merano, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive
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Braies, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Heiligenblut, Austria
— 1 night
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Salzburg, Austria
— 5 nights
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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.
Zermatt is known for sightseeing, nature, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Gornergrat, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and deepen your understanding of the past and present with Hinterdorfstrasse.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Zermatt is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 9 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Aosta.
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Aosta, Italy — 3 nights

Rome of the Alps

In the Aosta Valley bordering Switzerland and France, the medieval city of Aosta is famous for its prime skiing conditions and rich cultural history.
Explore Aosta's surroundings by going to Forte di Bard (in Bard), Castello di Verres (in Verres) and QC Terme Pre Saint Didier (in Pre-Saint-Didier). There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentieri della Valnontey, admire the sheer force of Lillaz Waterfalls, and don't miss a visit to Porta Praetoria.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Aosta tour itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Aosta takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Merano.
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Merano, Italy — 2 nights

Merano or Meran is a town and comune in South Tyrol, northern Italy. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): stroll around Passeggiata Gilf, admire the natural beauty at I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff, relax and rejuvenate at Terme Merano, then stroll through Tappeiner Promenade, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Merano Centro Storico. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at BZ '18-'45: Un monumento, una citta, due dittature, get engrossed in the history at South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, then look for gifts at Il Maso dello Speck, and finally explore the activities along Lago di Carezza.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Merano trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aosta to Merano takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Merano are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Innsbruck.
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Innsbruck, Austria — 4 nights

Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
When in Innsbruck, make a side trip to see Achensee in Maurach, approximately Maurach away. There's much more to do: explore the galleries of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), appreciate the extensive heritage of Maria-Theresien-Strasse, admire the masterpieces at Schloss Ambras Innsbruck, and get to know the resident critters at Alpenzoo.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Innsbruck trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Merano to Innsbruck by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Merano in September; daily highs in Innsbruck reach 23°C and lows reach 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Braies.
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Braies, Italy — 1 night

On the 17th (Sun), stop by Alpe Pragas Srl, explore the activities along Lago di Braies, get great views at Belvedere sulle Pareti Nord delle Tre Cime, then contemplate the long history of Cimitero Di Guerra Sorgenti, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Dobbiaco.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Braies trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Innsbruck to Braies takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, Braies is somewhat warmer than Innsbruck - with highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Heiligenblut.
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Heiligenblut, Austria — 1 night

Heiligenblut am Großglockner is a municipality in the district of Spittal an der Drau in Carinthia, Austria.GeographyAt the northwestern edge of Carinthia and bordering East Tyrol and the state of Salzburg state, Heiligenblut is located in a high valley of the High Tauern range within the Central Eastern Alps. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bergbahn Schareck von Heiligenblut, then take a memorable drive along Grossglockner High Alpine Road, and then make a trip to Edelweissspitze.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Heiligenblut trip planner.

Getting from Braies to Heiligenblut by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Braies in September, expect Heiligenblut to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.
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Salzburg, Austria — 5 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Step out of Salzburg to go to Werfen and see Eisriesenwelt, which is approximately 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Fortress Hohensalzburg, admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Salzburg road trip planning site.

Getting from Heiligenblut to Salzburg by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train. September in Salzburg sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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