25 days in Malta, Salzburg & Switzerland Itinerary

25 days in Malta, Salzburg & Switzerland Itinerary

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Xaghra, Malta
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Valletta, Malta
— 7 nights
Fly to Munich, Train to Salzburg
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Salzburg, Austria
— 8 nights
Drive
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Montreux, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Xaghra, Malta

— 2 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ramla Bay and Blue Hole. Popular historic sites such as Ta' Pinu National Shrine and St. George's Basilica are in your itinerary.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Xaghra tour itinerary planning tool.

Madrid, Spain to Xaghra is an approximately 33.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Madrid in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Xaghra, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Valletta.

Things to do in Xaghra

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

Valletta, Malta

— 7 nights

Most Proud

Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mosta Parish and Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Paul. Step out of the city life by going to Spinola Bay and Scuba & Snorkeling. Venture out of the city with trips to Malta Classic Car Collection Museum (in Qawra) and Mellieha (Mellieha Parish Church, Ghajn Tuffieha Bay, &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, appreciate the extensive heritage of Mdina Old City, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Co-Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of War HQ Tunnel.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Valletta vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can ride a ferry from Xaghra to Valletta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Valletta can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Valletta

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 26:

Salzburg, Austria

— 8 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Get outdoors at Untersberg and Gosauseen. Get a sense of the local culture at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and Salzburg Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Salzburg: Werfen (Eisriesenwelt & Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen), Pfarrkirche U. L. Frau Geburt in Altenmarkt im Pongau (in Altenmarkt im Pongau) and Obertraun (Obertraun Bathing Area/Lakeside Recreation Area, Dachstein Giant Ice Caves, &more). And it doesn't end there: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, explore the different monuments and memorials at Petersfriedhof, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Beinhaus, Karner, Ossuary.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Salzburg vacation builder tool.

Getting from Valletta to Salzburg by combination of flight and train takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Valletta in September, plan for little chillier days in Salzburg, with highs around 22°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 4:

Interlaken, Switzerland

— 4 nights
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Take a break from the city and head to Jungfraujoch and Harderkulm. Discover out-of-the-way places like Trümmelbachfälle and Aare Gorge. Venture out of the city with trips to Hofkirche (in Lucerne), Molitor (in Wengen) and Grindelwald-First (in Grindelwald). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Village, take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen, and admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Interlaken trip planner.

Drive from Salzburg to Interlaken in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. October in Interlaken sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 8:

Montreux, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Get some historical perspective at Gruyeres Castle and Cathedrale de Lausanne. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chaplin's World and Queen Studio Experience. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montreux: HR Giger Museum (in Gruyeres) and Fondation Pierre Gianadda (in Martigny). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye, go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside, appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue, and admire the striking features of Chateau de Chillon.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Montreux vacation planner.

You can drive from Interlaken to Montreux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:

Malta travel guide

3.9
Historic Walking Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Gardens
Land of Honey
Aside from the crystal azure waters and the soft sandy beaches in Malta, there is more ancient, medieval, and Baroque architecture here than most visitors have time for. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation spent people-watching and sun-bathing or a history lesson filled with fortified cities and catacombs, Malta lets you hop from island to island with a plethora of options. And with so much coastline wherever you are in Malta, opportunities for water sports abound, including snorkeling and diving. Despite the thriving tourism, many areas feel uncrowded due to lack of residency, leaving you space to enjoy the sun and sea at your own pace.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.