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13 Day Northern Italy, Switzerland & Austria

13 Day Northern Italy, Switzerland & Austria


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Austria , Italy , Switzerland

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy

DAY 2, Monday - Arrive in Milan, Transfer to Lecco
Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Milan and transfer to your hotel in the town of Lecco, with views over the exquisite Lake Como, one of Italy's most romantic destinations. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting at approximately 6 PM (exact time will be advised on tour arrival day) with your Tour Manager to discuss the upcoming journey that awaits you, followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Lecco
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Tuesday - Cross Lake Como to the Village of Bellagio
Today embark on a scenic morning cruise on the lake to the charming village of Bellagio, termed one of the most beautiful towns in Italy and "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. Sail back to Lecco with time to experience the delights of this lakeside town with its spectacular mountain views
Overnight: Lecco
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Wednesday - 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, enjoy dinner together in Lucerne
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Thursday - Full Day in Lucerne
The day is yours to independently discover Lucerne, in the 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 is 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, Friday - Travel to Innsbruck
Today on your way to Innsbruck view 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 Imperial Palace, Golden Roof, and famous Olympic ski jump. Tonight, dinner is at your hotel
Overnight: Innsbruck
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday - 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. The remainder of the day is free for independent explorations in Salzburg
Overnight: Salzburg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Sunday - Imperial Vienna
This morning, 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. Afterward continue to Vienna, the magnificent Austrian capital. This sparkling city on the Danube has captivated travelers for years with its elegant shops, world-class museums, beautiful parks and gardens. Arrive in Vienna in the afternoon. Tonight, savor dinner with your travel companions at a unique Viennese Tavern
Optional: Eagle's Nest Tour (AM)
Overnight: Vienna
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Monday - Tour Vienna
Begin today's tour at the impressive Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Habsburg 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. Balance of the day is at leisure in the heart of the city where you can view St. Stephen's Cathedral and explore the Graben, the pedestrian city center of Vienna. 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: Mozart and Strauss Concert (PM)
Overnight: Vienna
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Tuesday - Scenic Drive to Italy
A long drive today. Depart Vienna in the morning, enjoying spectacular scenery as you travel through the lush Austrian countryside. After Udine, the lofty mountains give way to the flat and fertile plain. Arrive in Venice in the late afternoon in time for dinner
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Wednesday - Boat Ride to Murano, Tour of Venice
The discovery of Venice begins with a boat ride to the Island of Murano, known for its artistic and colorful glassware. While here, visit a local factory to witness the art of glassblowing. Afterward, continue to the main Venice Island and take a walking tour with your local guide through the maze of narrow alleyways and bridges before reaching St. Mark's Square. Upon reaching the square, stop to view its most prominent monuments, the pink marble Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs, and golden Basilica of San Marco. The Doge's Palace was the official residence of the Venetian ruler. The Bridge of Sighs offers one of the most notable scenes of this Romantic city. Marvel at the golden Basilica of San Marco, that is one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. It was built over several centuries in a fusion of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture. The rest of the day is yours to explore Venice independently, or participate in this afternoon's optional Gondola Ride, offering a different perspective of this unique city built on water
Optional: Gondola Ride (PM)
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Thursday - Travel to Milan, Milan City Tour
After breakfast, set out for Milan, the Italian capital of fashion and design. Upon arrival, take a panoramic tour starting at Sforza Castle. Then proceed to Duomo Square and walk the Victor Emmanuel Galleria, a pedestrian mall built in the 1800s featuring a large arched glass ceiling. Bid arrivederci to Italy at tonight's Farewell Dinner with your Tour Manager and newfound friends
Overnight: Milan
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Milan, Milan-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 11 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Lecco
  • 2 nights Lucerne
  • 1 night Innsbruck
  • 1 night Salzburg
  • 2 nights Vienna
  • 2 nights Venice
  • 1 night Milan
  • Hotel taxes, fees, service charges and Italian city taxes
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 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
  • Travel via the scenic Vorarlberg Mountains and 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 the Hapsburg emperors
  • Walking tour of St. Mark's Square in Venice, with its extraordinary treasures and architectural wonders
  • Visit Milan, the Italian capital of fashion and design
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


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

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

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    Accommodations

    NH Lecco Pontevecchio
    This first class hotel overlooks the River Adda, part of the famous Lake Como.

    Ameron Hotel Flora
    This first class hotel is centrally located in Lucerne.

    Grauer Baer Hotel
    This first class hotel is a short walk from Innsbruck's historic Old Town.

    Grauer Baer Hotel
    This first class hotel is a short walk from Innsbruck's historic Old Town.

    AC Hotel by Marriott Innsbruck
    This superior first class hotel is located in the heart of the city near to many attractions.

    ARCOTEL Castellani Salzburg
    This first class hotel is located just outside the city center in a picturesque garden setting.

    ARCOTEL Castellani Salzburg
    This first class hotel is located just outside the city center in a picturesque garden setting.

    ARCOTEL Castellani Salzburg
    This first class hotel is located just outside the city center in a picturesque garden setting.

    ARCOTEL Castellani Salzburg
    This first class hotel is located just outside the city center in a picturesque garden setting.

    ARCOTEL Castellani Salzburg
    This first class hotel is located just outside the city center in a picturesque garden setting.

    Mercure Salzburg City
    This first class hotel is a ten minute walk from the Mirabell Palace.

    Mercure Salzburg City
    This first class hotel is a ten minute walk from the Mirabell Palace.

    Mercure Salzburg City
    This first class hotel is a ten minute walk from the Mirabell Palace.

    Mercure Salzburg City
    This first class hotel is a ten minute walk from the Mirabell Palace.

    Hilton Vienna
    This deluxe hotel is situated adjacent to the popular Stadtpark in the heart of Vienna.

    Bellini Hotel
    This first class hotel is located at the foot of the Scalzi Bridge directly on the Grand Canal in the heart of Venice.

    Bellini Hotel
    This first class hotel is located at the foot of the Scalzi Bridge directly on the Grand Canal in the heart of Venice.

    Bellini Hotel
    This first class hotel is located at the foot of the Scalzi Bridge directly on the Grand Canal in the heart of Venice.

    Hotel Gabrielli
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Venice on the largest sea promenade, a few minutes from St Mark's Square.

    Hotel Gabrielli
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Venice on the largest sea promenade, a few minutes from St Mark's Square.

    Starhotels Ritz
    This first class hotel is located in downtown Milan, in the main shopping area.

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    Itinerary
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