27 days in The Alps Itinerary

27 days in The Alps Itinerary

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Salzburg, Austria
— 5 nights
Drive
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Heiligenblut, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive
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Braies, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Merano, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive
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Courmayeur, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Salzburg, Austria — 5 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Venture out of the city with trips to Eisriesenwelt (in Werfen), Lake Wolfgang (in St Gilgen) and Pfarrkirche St. Johannes der Taufer und St. Johannes der Evangelist (in Golling an der Salzach). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Fortress Hohensalzburg, examine the collection at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), admire the striking features of Mirabell Palace, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Salzburg trip site.

San Diego, USA to Salzburg is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Diego to Salzburg. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Diego in September: high temperatures in Salzburg hover around 67°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Heiligenblut.
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Heiligenblut, Austria — 4 nights

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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Heiligenblut: Kitzsteinhorn (in Kaprun), Erlebniswelt Tauerngold (in Rauris) and Kals am Grossglockner (Kalser Glocknerstrasse & Dorfertal). Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring nature at Großglockner National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Grossglockner High Alpine Road, pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of St Vincent, take in the awesome beauty at Grossglockner, and don't miss a visit to Edelweissspitze.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Heiligenblut day trip planning site.

Drive from Salzburg to Heiligenblut in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in September, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Innsbruck: Kaltwassersee (in Seefeld in Tirol) and Achensee (in Maurach). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), see the interesting displays at Swarovski Kristallwelten, steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Innsbruck, and fly down the slopes at Rosshutte.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Innsbruck online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Heiligenblut to Innsbruck by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in September, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Braies.
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Braies, Italy — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): explore the activities along Lago di Dobbiaco and then explore the activities along Lago di Braies.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Braies road trip website.

Drive from Innsbruck to Braies in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, Braies is a bit warmer than Innsbruck - with highs of 77°F and lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Merano.
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Merano, Italy — 4 nights

Merano or Meran is a town and comune in South Tyrol, northern Italy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Merano: Lago di Carezza (in Nova Levante), South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology (in Bolzano) and MUSE - Science Museum (in Trento). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff, relax and rejuvenate at Terme Merano, admire all the interesting features of Stelvio Pass, and get to know the fascinating history of Merano Centro Storico.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Merano trip planner.

Getting from Braies to Merano by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. September in Merano sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Courmayeur.
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Courmayeur, Italy — 2 nights

Courmayeur is a town and comune in northern Italy, in the autonomous region of Aosta Valley. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario di Notre-Dame de Guerison and then catch a ride on Skyway Monte Bianco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then indulge in some personalized pampering at QC Terme Pre Saint Didier.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Courmayeur online trip planner.

You can drive from Merano to Courmayeur in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 5 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: take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat, contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee, go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse, and make a trip to Mountaineers' Cemetery.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt vacation planner.

Getting from Courmayeur to Zermatt by car takes about 3 hours. On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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