14 days in Swiss Alps & West Greece Itinerary

14 days in Swiss Alps & West Greece Itinerary

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Fly to Zurich, Train to Zermatt
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sion, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Amaliada, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive
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Olympia, Greece
— 3 nights
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Fly to Milan Bergamo, Shuttle to Milano Centrale, Train to Lugano
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Lugano, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train to Zurich, Fly to Chicago

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Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 23rd (Thu), stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, get outside with Fly Fish Zermatt, and then get great views at Gornergrat. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along 5-Seenweg, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and then explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt online travel planner.

Chicago, USA to Zermatt is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sion.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:

Sion, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Sion is the capital of the Swiss canton of Valais and of the district of Sion. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Vigne a Farinet, get a dose of the wild on Maison de la Foret, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mont-Fort. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with Go-Diving, immerse yourself in nature at Parc naturel Pfyn-Finge, and then take in the pleasant sights at Vineyards Trail.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sion trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Sion takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Sion, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Amaliada.

Things to do in Sion

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:

Amaliada, Greece

— 3 nights
Amaliada is a town and a former municipality in northwestern Elis, West Greece, Greece. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Paralia Agia Marina and Palouki beach. Step out of the city life by going to Viotopos Dasous Strofilias and Glyfa Beach. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Kourouta Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Skafidia Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Amaliada trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Sion to Amaliada by car takes about 26 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, Amaliada is somewhat warmer than Sion - with highs of 83°F and lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Olympia.

Things to do in Amaliada

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:

Olympia, Greece

— 3 nights
Inhabited since prehistoric times, Olympia remains best known as the site of the original Olympic Games, held there for the first time in 776 BCE. Inscribed on the World Heritage List, the remains of Olympia's sanctuary allow visitors to admire the timeless mastery of ancient Greek builders.
Escape the urban bustle at Giannitsochori Beach and Kakovatos Beach. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Archaeological Site of Olympia, indulge your senses at Guide me in Greece tours, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Olympia, and learn about winemaking at Olympia Land Winery.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Olympia trip itinerary site.

Drive from Amaliada to Olympia in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Olympia are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lugano.

Things to do in Olympia

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:

Lugano, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
On the 4th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Percorso del Cemento, then explore the activities along Lake Lugano, and then explore and take pictures at Monte San Giorgio. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with Dedalus Divers Club and then identify plant and animal life at Naturreservat Bolle die Magadino.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lugano road trip planner.

Getting from Olympia to Lugano by combination of flight, shuttle, and train takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Olympia to Lugano. Traveling from Olympia in October, things will get a bit cooler in Lugano: highs are around 64°F and lows about 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:

Swiss Alps travel guide

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Mountains · Bodies of Water · Lookouts
The stunning Swiss Alps cover 65 percent of the Switzerland's surface area with dramatic mountain scenery. Its spectacular peaks and valleys are the result of tectonic thrusts, among them the Jungfrau-Aletsch region, the first World Heritage Site in the Alps. Connected by a network of trains and cable cars, this majestic vacation spot is accessible for all. The Swiss Alps are home to some of the highest mountains in the Alps, including the Monte Rosa, which stands at 4,634 m (15,203 ft). Pristine white snow and perfect blue skies await you, and ski sports and hiking trails aplenty top the list of things to do.

West Greece travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums · Churches
In contrast to the country's island destinations, West Greece boasts a blend of trendy resorts and pristine natural areas. The region includes the western section of the Greek mainland and the northwestern corner of the Peloponnese, a major tourist destination in and of itself. Culturally and geographically distinct from the rest of the country, West Greece contains valleys and dense forests, sheltering wildlife and native plants. In between these unspoiled natural ecosystems, you'll find tiny traditional settlements, seemingly immune to mass tourism. The pace of life continues slowly here, allowing West Greece to remain one of the last truly "Greek" parts of the country.