20 days in Austria, Tuscany & Switzerland Itinerary

20 days in Austria, Tuscany & Switzerland Itinerary

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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Siena, Italy
— 3 nights
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Lucca, Italy
— 2 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Montreux, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Salzburg, Austria

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Salzburg Cathedral and Red Bull Hangar-7. Step out of Salzburg with an excursion to Snow Space Salzburg - St. Johann in St Johann im Pongau--about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), admire the local landmark of Residenzbrunnen, and explore the striking landscape at Lammerklamm.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Salzburg online travel planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Salzburg is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Ottawa to Salzburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ottawa in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Salzburg: highs are around 12°C and lows about 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 15:

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Vienna, Austria

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 16th (Tue), make a trip to Stephansplatz, then admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, then browse the exhibits of Belvedere Palace, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, then examine the collection at The Hofburg, then admire the landmark architecture of State Hall of the Austrian National Library, and finally make a trip to Rathausplatz.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Vienna visit app.

You can drive from Salzburg to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. March in Vienna sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 17:

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Florence, Italy

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Step off the beaten path and head to Centro Storico and Walking tours. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, stroll through Giardino Bardini, and take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Vienna in March, things will get a bit warmer in Florence: highs are around 17°C and lows about 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Siena.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Museums
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Siena, Italy

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Step off the beaten path and head to Facciatone and Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala. The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siena, steep yourself in history at Palazzo Chigi Saracini, and look for gifts at Siena Tartufi (truffle hunting).

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Siena day trip planner.

You can drive from Florence to Siena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Siena are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lucca.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 24:

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Lucca, Italy

City of a Hundred Churches

Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Step off the beaten path and head to Basilica of San Frediano and Torre Guinigi. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Palazzo Pfanner, make a trip to Piazza Anfiteatro, contemplate the long history of Le mura di Lucca, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Lucca vacation planner.

You can drive from Siena to Lucca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Lucca sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lucca

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:

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Zermatt, Switzerland

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the activities along Stellisee, take in the views from Hangebrucke, then have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt, and finally get great views at Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then look for gifts at Laderach, and finally take a memorable drive along Gornergrat.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Zermatt online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Lucca to Zermatt takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Tours · Transportation · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 28:

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Montreux, Switzerland

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Vincent, go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Vladimir Nabokov, stroll around Promenade Sur Les Quais De Montreux, then admire the landmark architecture of Marche couvert de Montreux, and finally pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Montreux holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Zermatt to Montreux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 29:

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Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): admire the striking features of KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at Hofkirche, admire the masterpieces at The Rosengart Collection, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, then take in the views from Spreuer Bridge (Spreuerbrucke), and finally make a trip to The Nine Towers.

Start your trip to Lucerne by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Lucerne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums · Historic Sites
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Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
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.

Tuscany travel guide

4.4
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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.6
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.