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13 Day Northern Italy, Switzerland & Austria

13 Day Northern Italy, Switzerland & Austria


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13 Day Northern Italy, Switzerland & Austria

Departures 2018: April 23 to Oct.15 Twice per month/



    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 southern 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: Lecco, 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 amidst 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 town with its spectacular mountain views, wonderful restaurants, and shops

    Overnight: Lecco, 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 and cuisine. 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 - At Leisure 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 - Neuschwanstein Castle, Innsbruck

    Today visit the tiny storybook Principality of Liechtenstein and its capital Vaduz, a proud remnant of feudal Europe, sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria. Next, a drive through the glorious mountain scenery into Bavaria to visit "Mad" King Ludwig's fantasy castle of Neuschwanstein perched high above the valley below. This castle, one of the most visited in Germany, is a symbol of idealized romantic architecture. View the magnificent halls with extravagant decorations dazzling in gold and blue. After travel via the scenic Fern Pass in Austria's Tyrolean Alps with a lot of twists and turns to Innsbruck, "capital" of the Austrian Alps with its grand Hapsburg Palace, Golden Roof baroque Cathedral and famous Olympic ski jump. Tonight, a dinner at your hotel

    Overnight: Innsbruck

    Meals: Breakfast, DinnerDAY 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 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 Mirabel gardens. Linger on your own; there's so much to see!Overnight: Salzburg Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 8, Monday - Morning at Leisure in Salzburg, Arrive in ViennaTime for independent explorations in Salzburg this morning 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. Later, on to Vienna, the magnificent Austrian capital. 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 citizensOptional: Eagle's Nest Tour (AM) Optional: Mozart and Strauss Concert (PM) Overnight: Vienna Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 9, Tuesday - Tour ViennaThis 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 and Parliament. After a walk through the Hofburg courtyards to the State Opera House, the rest of the day is at leisure or, participate in the optional Imperial Highlights Tour with guided visits to the Vienna State Opera House and Imperial crypt.Tonight, dinner with your travel companions at a unique Viennese Tavern

    Optional: Vienna State Opera House & Imperial Crypt

    Overnight: Vienna

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    DAY 10, Wednesday - Arrive in Venice

    Gorgeous scenery awaits you at every turn in the lush Austrian countryside as you travel over the legendary Semmering Pass. 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 Padana plain. Dinner is included tonight at your hotel in Venice-Mestre

    Overnight: Venice-Mestre

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    DAY 11, Thursday - Boat Ride to Murano, Tour of Venice

    The day begins in Venice 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!

    Optional: Gondola Ride with Music (PM)

    Overnight: Venice-Mestre

    Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 12, Friday - Travel to Milan, Milan City Tour

    After breakfast, you set out for Milano, the Italian Capitol 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 new-found friends. Arrivederci!

    Overnight: Milan

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    DAY 13, Saturday - Depart Italy

    Transfer to the airport in Milan for your departure flight

    Meals: Breakfast



    Escorted Package Includes

    • Flights New York-Milan, Milan-New York

    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices

    • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
    • 11 nights First Class accommodations
      • 2 nights Lecco, Lake Como
      • 2 nights Lucerne
      • 1 night Innsbruck
      • 1 night Salzburg
      • 2 nights Vienna
      • 2 nights Venice-Mestre
      • 1 night Milan
    • Hotel porterage
    • All transfers
    • 17 meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 dinners
    • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
    • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
    • Services of local guides in all major cities
    • Entrance fees per itinerary
    • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

    Special Features

    • A scenic cruise on spectacular Lake Como takes you to the exquisite village of Bellagio
    • Visit the tiny storybook Principality of Liechtenstein nestled between Switzerland and Austria
    • Tour "Mad" King Ludwig's fantasy castle of Neuschwanstein, a symbol of idealized romance
    • Travel via the scenic and winding Fern Pass in Austria's Tyrolean Alps to pristine Innsbruck
    • Tour Salzburg, celebrated as Mozart's birthplace and setting of The Sound of Music
    • In Vienna, visit the impressive Schonbrunn Palace, summer residence of Hapsburg emperors
    • Walking tour in romantic Venice includes St. Mark's Square and the marble Doge's Palace
    • Visit Milan, the Italian Capitol of Fashion

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