15 days in The Alps, France & Zimbabwe Itinerary

15 days in The Alps, France & Zimbabwe Itinerary

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15 days in The Alps, France & Zimbabwe Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf, Germany
Train + Fly:  3 h 30 min
1
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
2
Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Canazei, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Andalo, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
5
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  8 h
6
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  16 h 15 min
7
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Dusseldorf, Germany

1
night
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): shop like a local with Getreidegasse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg, then examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Untersberg, and finally explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Salzburg trip planning website .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Salzburg is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Dusseldorf in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Salzburg, with lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Untersberg
Untersberg

2
nights
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): meet the residents at Alpenzoo and then fly down the slopes at Christlum. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Serlesbahnen and then glide through natural beauty at Skischule Pertisau.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Innsbruck travel planner .

Getting from Salzburg to Innsbruck by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Innsbruck can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Canazei.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Serlesbahnen, Skischule Pertisau, Christlum
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Christlum ©
Christlum
Skischule Pertisau ©
Skischule Pertisau
Alpenzoo ©
Alpenzoo

1
night
Canazei, Italy

Canazei ©
Canazei is a comune (municipality) in Trentino in the northern Italian region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, located in the upper part of the Val di Fassa, about 110km northeast of Trento. On the 23rd (Mon), get outside with La Terrazza delle Dolomiti, then hike along Sass Pordoi, then explore by horseback at Charlotte Horse Riding, and finally hit the slopes at Ston8 Snowpark Ciampac.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Canazei trip planner .

Getting from Innsbruck to Canazei by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Andalo.

Things to do in Canazei

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Charlotte Horse Riding
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La Terrazza delle Dolomiti ©
La Terrazza delle Dolomiti
Sass Pordoi ©
Sass Pordoi
Charlotte Horse Riding ©
Charlotte Horse Riding

1
night
Andalo, Italy

Andalo
Andalo is a comune in Trentino in north Italy, with some 1,050 inhabitants in 2010. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): glide through natural beauty at Scuola Italiana Sci Dolomiti di Brenta, then fly down the slopes at Prati di Gaggia, and then pick up some new knowledge with Scuola Italiana di Sci & Snowboard Kristal.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Andalo trip planner .

You can drive from Canazei to Andalo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Andalo, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Andalo

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
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2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and then snap pictures at Hangebrucke. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Murmelweg Wanderung, then hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, then take a memorable drive along Gornergrat, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie".

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Andalo to Zermatt. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Nature
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Clay Shoot Zermatt ©
Clay Shoot Zermatt

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Paris and The Paris Catacombs will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, get your game on at Flight in Paris, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Paris day trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Paris takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. In December, daytime highs in Paris are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Paris
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then explore the striking landscape of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, then meet the residents at Victoria Falls Snake Park, and finally view the masterpieces at Prime Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Victoria Falls attractions planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Paris to Victoria Falls takes 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Victoria Falls is 1 hour. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Paris in December, with highs in Victoria Falls at 36°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Parks Nature Tours
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Zipline
Scuba & Snorkeling

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