13 Day Northern Italy, Switzerland & Austria

$2639
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$3139*
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2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
Aug 21  (Sold Out) $3309* $2739
Sep 04  (Sold Out) $3359* $2739
Sep 11  (Sold Out) $3259* $2739
Sep 25  (Sold Out) $3139* $2639

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Milan Linate Airport to Como transfers available at an additional cost.


Accommodation Details:
Apr 24 departure will be accommodated at the Astoria Lucerne in Lucerne

Sep 25 departure will be accommodated at the Radisson Blue Hotel Lucerne in Lucerne.

Jun 26 , Jul 10 , Aug 21 & Sep 4 departures will be accommodated at the Grauer Baer in Innsbruck

Aug 21, Sep 4, Sep 11, Sep 25 & Oct 2 departures will be accommodated at Maggior Consiglio Treviso in Treviso

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Milan, Lake Como
Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Milan and transfer to your hotel on the western shore of spectacular Lake Como, one of the world's most romantic destinations. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy the beautiful new surroundings. Tonight, a briefing with your Tour Manager about the delightful journey that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Cadenabbia, Lake Como
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Village of Bellagio
Begin the day in this paradise with a scenic morning cruise on Lake Como to the exquisite village of Bellagio, named "The Pearl" of Lake Como. Nestled amid cypress groves, its earthy colored buildings climb up from the lakeside promenade. Wander along the narrow streets and alleyways, lined with craft shops, boutiques and cafés; or visit some of the gorgeous gardens with manicured lawns and fountains at Villa Melzi or Villa Serbelloni. Upon return, time at leisure to experience your lakeside village with its spectacular mountain views, restaurants, and shops
Overnight: Cadenabbia, Lake Como
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday - Lake Lugano, St. Gotthard Tunnel, Lucerne's Old City
Travel this morning to Lugano in southern Switzerland's Italian-speaking Ticino region on the northern shore of glacial Lake Lugano. Its Swiss-Mediterranean mix of cultures is similar to Italy's northern Lombardy region and reflected in its architecture. The palm trees give way to Alpine peaks and glaciers as you continue heading north traversing through the St. Gotthard Tunnel built under the Swiss Alps. On your journey to Lucerne, pass magnificent Alpine scenery, roaring waterfalls and running rivers. In the stunning lakeside Swiss city of Lucerne, get acquainted with the city on your walking tour to the sentimental Lion Monument, the 14th Century Chapel Bridge and the cobbled streets of the well-preserved medieval Altstadt (Old Town). Tonight, dinner together in Lucerne
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Full Day in Lucerne
The day is yours to independently discover this heart of central Switzerland. Wander through the lively streets, over bridges and along the picturesque lakeshore. Shop to your heart's content for chocolates, watches, the famous Swiss and German cuckoo clocks, or sip coffee at an outdoor café and just "people-watch". Perhaps, join the exciting optional tour to the summit of Mt. Pilatus. Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway that winds up through lush meadows and sparkling mountain streams to nearly 7,000 feet. After time to admire the splendid panoramic views, descend by aerial cableway. Evening at leisure to discover some of Lucerne's fine restaurants and cafes featuring endless selections of superb international cuisine
Optional: Mount Pilatus Tour
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Saturday - Vaduz, Innsbruck
Today visit the tiny storybook Principality of Liechtenstein and its capital Vaduz, a proud remnant of feudal Europe, sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria. After travel to Innsbruck, capital of the Austrian Alps with its grand Hapsburg Palace, Golden Roof, Baroque Cathedral and famous Olympic ski jump. Tonight, dinner at your hotel
Overnight: Innsbruck
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Salzburg Tour, Mozart's Home, Sound of Music Locations
The picture-perfect city of Salzburg is nestled on the Salzach River, surrounded by graceful domes, sky reaching spires and the colossal 11th century Hohensalzburg Fortress. This baroque jewel is celebrated as the birthplace of Mozart and well-known as the setting for the singing von Trapp family's film, The Sound of Music. A guided walking tour takes you to the house where Mozart was born as well as to the city's charming squares and bountiful Mirabell gardens. Afternoon is at leisure in beautiful Salzburg or, join the optional excursion into the surrounding countryside to Obersalzberg, once a mountain retreat for senior Nazi SS officers. In motor coaches specially adapted for the mountain climb, ascend to Hitler's notorious "Eagle's Nest" hideaway
Optional: Eagle's Nest Tour (PM)
Overnight: Salzburg
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - Morning at Leisure in Salzburg, Arrive in Vienna
Time for independent explorations in Salzburg this morning. Later, travel to Vienna, the magnificent Austrian capital. Tonight, dinner with your travel companions at a unique Viennese Tavern
Overnight: Vienna
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - Tour Vienna
This sparkling city on the Danube has captivated travelers for years with its elegant shops, world-class museums, beautiful parks and gardens. Begin today's tour at the impressive Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Hapsburg emperors. Visit the opulent baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured gardens. Continue with a drive along the Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard. View the Empress Maria Theresa Monument, Votive Church, City Hall, Parliament, Hofburg Palace and the State Opera House. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure or, participate in the optional Imperial Highlights Tour with guided visits to the Vienna State Opera House and Imperial Crypt. Tonight, experience a not to be missed optional Classical Viennese Concert performance of the masterpieces of Mozart and Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens
Optional: Vienna State Opera House & Imperial Crypt (PM)
Optional: Mozart and Strauss Concert (PM)
Overnight: Vienna
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Wednesday - Arrive in Treviso
Gorgeous scenery awaits you at every turn in the lush Austrian countryside. Enjoy breath-taking views of forests and tranquil meadows dotted with tiny villages huddled around baroque churches. After Udine, the lofty mountains give way to the flat and fertile plain to the charming town of Treviso. Upon arrival enjoy a walk through its porticos and piazzas with beautiful palaces. Enjoy dinner together tonight
Overnight: Treviso, Veneto
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday - Full Day Tour of Venice
Today travel to Venice. Begin with a boat ride to the Island of Murano, known for its artistic and colorful glassware. Afterwards, to St. Mark's Square where the guided walking tour of this romantic city takes you to the Golden Basilica of San Marco, built over several centuries in a fusion of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture. Walk via the Bridge of Sighs, created at the beginning of the 17th century to serve as a link between prisons. Then, to the pink marble Doge's Palace, the official residence of the Venetian ruler. Its facade is highlighted by a massive late Gothic gate known as the Porta della Carta. The rest of the day is yours to explore Venice independently or, participate in the optional Gondola Ride with music - it's definitely one of the highlights of any Italian holiday! Then, return to your hotel for dinner tonight
Optional: Gondola Ride with Music (PM)
Overnight: Treviso, Veneto
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Friday - Travel to Milan, Milan City Tour
After breakfast, you set out for Milan, the Italian Capital of Fashion. Upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic tour starting at Sforza Castle, then proceed to Duomo Square and walk the Victor Emmanuel Galleria, a pedestrian mall build in the 1800s featuring a large arched glass ceiling. Bid a fond farewell to Italy at tonight's Farewell Dinner with your Tour Manager and newfound friends. Arrivederci!
Overnight: Milan
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Saturday - Depart Italy
Transfer to the airport in Milan for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, past sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces to Mt. Pilatus. After admiring splendid views of the Bernese Oberland and the snowcapped Swiss peaks from the summit at nearly 7000 feet, descend by aerial cableway and return to Lucerne.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

*In the event of adverse weather, the cogwheel will be replaced by the cable car.

Day #5 01 Dec 2016 - 31 Oct 2017 $95.00
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Excursion into the surrounding countryside of Salzburg to the ruins of Obersalzberg, once an important mountain retreat for senior Nazi SS officers and top party members. Transfer to special motor coaches adapted for the scenic mountain climb to Hitler’s notorious "Eagle's Nest." Ascending with the original elevator to the Kehlsteinhaus, you’ll see dramatic views of the snowcapped peaks

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
This tour will not operate in April, May, October and November. In the event of inclement weather, the Eagle's Nest will be closed and the optional will not operate.

Day #7 15 May 2017 - 30 Sep 2017 $64.00
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Enjoy a guided tour of the grand interior of the Vienna State Opera House including a crystal chandelier weighing over 3 tons. Then the local expert takes you into the unique Imperial Crypt where love, shame and scandal of the Hapsburg dynasty come alive.

Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #9 31 May 2017 - 30 Nov 2017 $55.00
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Experience a delightful evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music." Attend a concert featuring the classical masterpieces of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens. The musicians will bring to life the passionate strains of Mozart, a child prodigy who blossomed into one of history's greatest composers and Strauss, the Waltz King, who composed the Blue Danube, the world's most famous waltz.

Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #9 01 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2018 $68.00
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One of the highlights of any Italian holiday! Enjoy a relaxing gondola ride with music along the famous Grand Canal, and experience a piece of Venetian history. Glide along the centuries old canals, past lavish palaces and under famous arched bridges (the Gondola holds a maximum of six passengers. Please note that this is not a private gondola ride. There will be one musician on board of one of the gondolas in your fleet).

Pick-up details to be advised locally.

Day #11 01 May 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $56.00
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