14 days in Swiss Alps & West Greece Itinerary

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


Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, get interesting insight from Fly Fish Zermatt, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gornergrat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along 5 Lakes Walk, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and then admire the sheer force of Gorner Gorge.

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Chicago, USA to Zermatt is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sion.
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Sion, Switzerland — 3 nights

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 Pfyn-Finges Nature Park, and then take in the pleasant sights at Vineyards Trail.

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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 go by car to Amaliada.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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Amaliada, Greece — 3 nights

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 Kourouta Beach. Take a break from Amaliada with a short trip to Glyfa Beach in Glyfa, about 34 minutes away.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Sion to Amaliada. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. In September, Amaliada is a bit warmer than Sion - with highs of 83°F and lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Olympia.
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Olympia, Greece — 3 nights

Escape the urban bustle at Giannitsochori Beach and Kakovatos Beach. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world 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.

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Drive from Amaliada to Olympia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. 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.
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Lugano, Switzerland — 2 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

On the 4th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Percorso del Cemento, then explore the activities along Lake Lugano, and then tour the pleasant surroundings 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.

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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.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Swiss Alps travel guide

Mountains · Bodies of Water · Observation Decks
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

Ruins · 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.