Route & dates
25 days in Athens & Zurich Itinerary
Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly: 22h 45min
Athens, Greece— 15 nights
Fly: 5h 45min
Zurich, Switzerland— 6 nights
End: Melbourne, Australia
The Birthplace of Democracy
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.Visit Glyfada Beach and Voula Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore hidden gems such as Temple of Poseidon and Panathenaic Stadium. Venture out of the city with trips to Vouliagmeni (Spas & Wellness & Vouliagmeni Beach), Kifissia (Galerie Lefakis & Kouvoutsakis Art Institute) and Marathon Beach (in Nea Makri). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, wander the streets of Plaka, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ermou Street.
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Melbourne, Australia to Athens is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Melbourne to Athens due to the time zone difference. In August, Athens is warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.
Things to do in Athens
Kifissia, Sounio, Schinias Beach, Vouliagmeni Beach, Marathon Beach
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Big Small Town
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seebad Eich and Old Town (Altstadt). Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Aare Gorge and Grossmunster. Venture out of the city with trips to Lucerne (Hofkirche & Jesuitenkirche), Swiss Science Center Technorama (in Winterthur) and Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum (in Brienz). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Swiss National Museum, steep yourself in history at Zunfthaus Zur Meisen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.
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Fly from Athens to Zurich in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Athens in September; daily highs in Zurich reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
Things to do in Zurich
Lucerne, Seebad Eich, Swiss Science Center Technorama, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Fondation Beyeler
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