12 days in The Alps Itinerary

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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Merano, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Salzburg, Austria — 3 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Salzburg is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Fortress Hohensalzburg, contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt, take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg, and make a trip to Mirabell Palace.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Salzburg trip itinerary planner.

Chennai, India to Salzburg is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Chennai to Salzburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chennai in October, things will get cooler in Salzburg: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Innsbruck.
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Innsbruck, Austria — 3 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. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Swarovski Kristallwelten, take in panoramic vistas at Town Tower (Stadtturm), contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Innsbruck, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dom zu St. Jakob.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Innsbruck trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Salzburg to Innsbruck in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Merano.
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Merano, Italy — 1 night

Merano or Meran is a town and comune in South Tyrol, northern Italy. On the 8th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Merano Centro Storico and then admire the natural beauty at I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Merano trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Innsbruck to Merano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Innsbruck in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Merano, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 4 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, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, admire the sheer force of Gorner Gorge, and contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Zermatt holiday app.

Traveling by car from Merano to Zermatt takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
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