18 days in Switzerland, Slovenia & Turkey Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland, Slovenia & Turkey Itinerary

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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 4 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
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Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Geneva is known for sightseeing, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Geneva trip planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Geneva is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Riyadh to Geneva, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Riyadh in May, things will get cooler in Geneva: highs are around 22°C and lows about 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Interlaken.
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 3 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.
Explore Interlaken's surroundings by going to Bern (Clock Tower - Zytglogge, Aare River, &more) and Lucerne (Rigi, Lake Lucerne, &more). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Brienz, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Interlaken trip builder site.

Drive from Geneva to Interlaken in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can fly to Ljubljana.
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Ljubljana, Slovenia — 4 nights

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ljubljana: Bled (Wine Tasting Bled, Bled Castle, &more) and Postojna Cave (in Postojna). There's much more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, wander the streets of Metelkova, contemplate the waterfront views at Ljubljanica River, and visit Ljubljana Old Town.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ljubljana online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Interlaken to Ljubljana takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Ljubljana can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Istanbul.
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Istanbul, Turkey — 4 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary app.

Fly from Ljubljana to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Ljubljana in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can fly to Pamukkale.
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Pamukkale, Turkey — 2 nights

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
On the 15th (Mon), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Pamukkale trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Goreme.
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Goreme, Turkey — 2 nights

Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
On the 17th (Wed), stop by Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

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Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Goreme takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Goreme, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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.
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Slovenia travel guide

4.2
Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.
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Turkey travel guide

4.4
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
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