Savour the good life in Italy and see the best of Austria

See northern Italy’s iconic sights, quintessential landscapes and mouth-watering cuisine on this 24-day adventure. Beginning in Rome, enjoy a Renaissance revival in Florence, marvel at the Leaning Tower of Pisa and see Cinque Terre’s stunning coastline and pastel villages. Compare the world-class wine of the Piedmont region with that found along the famous South Tyrolean Wine Road. Admire the splendour of Lake Como and explore Venice’s maze of canals on a gondola ride. Then cross into Austria to discover the old-world charm of Salzburg and Vienna. With the perfect mix of scheduled activities and free time to explore on your own, this trip is a great way to experience all that Italy and Austria have to offer.


Start
Rome, Italy
Finish
Vienna, Austria
Destinations
Austria, Italy
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
ZLSVC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Wander around Rome's famous landmarks including the Colosseum, Vatican City, Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica and much more. This is a city that bucket lists were made for

  • Meet Michelangelo's David in Florence and discover the city beneath the centuries of Renaissance art. Then get pleasantly lost exploring the tangle of canals and alleyways that make Venice.

  • Contrast the pastel buildings and rocky coastal pathways of the Cinque Terre with the villages, estates and gardens dotted around Lake Como.

  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa may be Pisa's most iconic image, but the city offers so much more. The Piazza dei Miracoli and Pisa Baptistry are masterpieces in Medieval-Italian architecture

  • Compare the world-class wines of Italy’s Piedmont region with those found along the south Tyrolean Wine Road, ones of the oldest wine routes in the country.

  • More than just Mozart and the Sound of Music, Salzburg also boasts a blossoming arts scene, fantastic cuisine and some of the country’s prettiest landscapes and architecture. Enjoy a gorgeous view of the skyline from Hohensalzburg Castle at sunset.

  • This trip includes plenty of time in Vienna, the undisputed arts hub of Central Europe. Revel in the city's rich offerings of art, history and music and stroll along the eclectic Ringstrasse.

Is this trip right for you?

  • The primary means of transportation on this trip is by train. Train travel is a fast way to traverse long distances, allowing you to avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city centre. Trains are comfortable and all have toilets, however can often be quite busy.

  • Please note that we will store our bags at the railway station in Milan while exploring town. There is a limit of one bag per person for the lockers, so please make sure you pack accordingly. Please also note that you'll have to carry your own luggage on and off the trains, and up and down stairs at train stations and at hotels, so make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. You can find this information in the 'What to Take' section of the trip notes. You may want to consider taking a backpack rather than a wheelie bag, however this is up to your personal preference and what you feel more comfortable with.

  • Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Many hotel rooms in Europe are not equipped with air-conditioning. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

  • As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details, and please note that in some hotels a single supplement exclusion applies where single rooms are not available. Hotel rooms in Europe can seem rather small by American or Australian standards and often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together. Please also note that often hotels offer shared bathrooms rather than ensuite facilities.

Itinerary

Buongiorno! Welcome to Italy. Crowded with ancient ruins and religious monuments, Rome still pulses to the beat of modern life and is packed with designer shops, restaurants, cafes and exciting nightlife. If you arrive early, there are plenty of things to keep you busy. Maybe save the unmissable sights for later and today do as the Romans do – sip an espresso at one of the tiny streetside cafes and sample the many flavours of gelato that colour the city. For those captivated by the 'Eternal City', throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure a return visit to Rome. Keep in mind that there will be an important welcome meeting, usually at around 6pm, where you’ll meet your group leader and fellow travellers.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Rome - Pantheon - EUR2
  • Rome - Christian Catacombs - EUR8
  • Rome - Castel Sant'Angelo - EUR10
  • Rome - Galleria Borghese - EUR15
  • Rome - Keats-Shelley Memorial House - EUR5
  • Vatican City - St Peter's Dome Climb & Elevator - EUR8
  • Vatican City - Vatican Museum - EUR16
  • Rome - Pantheon One Hour Guided Tour Urban Adventure - EUR35
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask hotel reception where and when exactly the group meeting will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. Please note that our accommodation in Rome is centrally located only a short walk from Rome Termini railway station in a lively local neighbourhood. Rooms can be small; however, they all are clean and have ensuite facilities.
Enjoy some free time in Rome or, if you wish, your group leader will be available for an orientation walk, taking in some of the best-known sights of Rome like the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and the Roman Forum. No visit would be complete without a trip to Vatican City and St Peter's Basilica. Entry to the Basilica is free and there's a small charge to climb the dome for a breath-taking panorama over parts of the city. If there's time, visit the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. In the afternoon you'll travel by train from Rome to Florence – Italy's outdoor museum (approximately 2 hours). Florence, the cultural heart of Tuscany, bursts with religious treasures and Renaissance masterpieces. It's been said that during the second millennium, a third of Europe's most important artists lived in Florence. The minds and talents of the Medicis, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Brunelleschi, Machiavelli, Donatello and Michelangelo all flourished here. After checking in to your hotel, the rest of your evening is free to explore the city of the Renaissance. Food is also a major part of the city's identity, so why explore some of the Tuscan delicacies on offer with your travel pals.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Check the Vatican website for updated information on when you can visit. Tickets for the Vatican Museum can and should be booked online at biglietteriamusei.vatican.va. The Vatican Museum is closed on some days, including most Sundays. On the last Sunday of the month, it's open and free but expect huge crowds. Tickets for Galleria Borghese can also be booked online at galleriaborghese.it. The best day to visit will be your first day in Rome before the welcome meeting, or this morning before the departure to Florence. In order to allow enough time in the museum and to avoid the crowds, it is recommended to start the museum visit as doors open. Please note that pre-booked tickets are not required if you just want to visit St Peter's Basilica and its dome.
Today is a free day for you to explore all that Florence has to offer. It's impossible to see everything in this Renaissance wonderland, so take your time to work out a plan. The principal sights are easily discovered on foot – the Pitti Palace, Ponte Vecchio, Arno riverside, the many statues and monuments of the Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, 13th-century, the Baptistry and the Belltower, and the Santa Croce Church. Otherwise, take a visit to the Uffizi – one of the world's oldest art galleries and a work of art in itself. If you’re wanting to see Michelangelo's iconic statue of David, head to the Galleria dell'Accademia. In the evening, perhaps climb the steep stairs uphill to Piazzale Michelangelo a renowned sunset view across the rooftops of Florence. Afterwards, join the locals in taking a passeggiata – a leisurely socialising stroll – perhaps between Piazza Beccaria and Piazza della Repubblica. That is, if you aren’t enjoying a Tuscan meal instead.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Florence - Foodies Walk Urban Adventure - EUR67
  • Florence - Aperitivo Time! Urban Adventure - EUR77
  • Florence - Baptistry, Museo Opera del Duomo, Giotto Bell Tower and Brunelleschi Dome - EUR15
  • Florence - Accademia - EUR16
  • Florence - Uffizi Gallery - EUR24
  • Florence - Bargello Museum - EUR12
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
The individual Florentine State Museums have slightly different opening times and closing days between them. Check firenzemusei.it for everything you need to know about all of them, including the option to purchase tickets. It is highly recommended that you pre-book your visit to the Uffizi, as this museum experiences enormous queues – upwards of five hours – all year round. With your free day, you can make your reservations for any time.
No doubt there'll be more to see in Florence this morning, then this afternoon, take a train to Lucca (approximately 2 hours). Lucca is one of Tuscany's real hidden gems, with centuries-old buildings, beautiful churches, charming piazzas and narrow streets within its ancient city ramparts. You’ll be captivated by this charming and medieval town. You’ll be staying in the city centre which allows easy access to all the sights, restaurants and bars – all an easy stroll from the hotel's front door. Make sure you join the traditional evening pastime of many locals and take a stroll along the top of the famous city walls that surround the perimeter of the old city.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Set off on a cycling tour following the scenic Serchio River through the Tuscan countryside (4 kilometres round the walls that are now a tree-lined avenue, and 14 kilometres by the river, approximately 3-4 hours). Your base in Lucca provides you with the perfect opportunity for a later outing to the nearby city of Pisa (approximately 30 minutes by local train). Here there'll be ample time for you to visit the world-famous Leaning Tower, as well as the nearby Duomo in Piazza dei Miracoli and the Pisa Baptistry. The Leaning Tower was built in the 12th century, but its foundation was on shifting sand and clay, meaning that it now leans at an angle of four degrees, after restoration and stabilising work. Continue to wander the streets past high-end boutiques and speciality book and antiques stores, perhaps stopping to enjoy an aperitif. Afterwards, head back to Lucca. An ideal way to end the day is to head to a local bar for a refreshing Prosecco and a delicious focaccia with finocchiona salami and pecorino cheese, best enjoyed in the shadow of the Palazzo Pretorio.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lucca - Bicycle Tour
  • Pisa - Half Day Trip to Pisa
Optional Activities
  • Pisa - Leaning Tower of Pisa - EUR18
  • Pisa - 5 Monuments Combo Ticket - EUR10
  • Lucca - Cathedral of San Martino & Ilaria del Carretto Tomb - EUR3
  • Lucca - Guinigi Tower Climb - EUR4
  • Lucca - National Gallery Villa Guinigi - EUR4
  • Lucca - Day Trip to Barga (by public bus) - EUR9
  • Lucca - Palazzo Pfanner House & Gardens - EUR6
  • Lucca - Cathedral Museum - EUR4
  • Lucca - Puccini concert - EUR20
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
The bike ride may take place today or the previous day, depending on the weather forecast. Your leader will advise closer to the date. Please note that it’s not always possible to climb the tower of the Pisa Baptistry.
Travel by train to La Spezia (approximately 3 hours) – the gateway to the gorgeous Italian Riviera. A medieval port town whose name is derived from its historic importance in the spice trade, La Spezia is your base for exploring the nearby stunning stretch of coast known as the Cinque Terre. The name comes from the five tiny villages – Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore – whose position, wedged into a series of coves between cliffs makes it one of the highlights in the whole of Italy. After lunch, explore the city or perhaps head out by ferry or bus to the pretty seaside town of Portovenere, known for its colourful houses straddling the waterfront. Return to La Spezia and walk around the pedestrian zone on Via del Prione to the gardens along the harbour. Otherwise, opt to take another ferry to Lerici – another small village across the Bay of Poets dominated by its castle – for a waterside dinner.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Portovenere - Evening Boat Trip - EUR6
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Please note that depending on yesterday's activities our visit to Pisa may take place today on our way to La Spezia.
This morning, venture out to visit the enchanted Cinque Terre. The footpaths that run between the villages were once the only way to travel in the region, and take you through olive groves, vineyards and on to idyllic, breath-taking vistas. If you're feeling energetic, walking parts of the path (up to 12 kilometres, approximately 5 hours) will give you the best taste of the villages and countryside, though will require a good level of fitness. Some sections of path can be difficult, as there are challenging uphill stretches, narrow paths, steep cliffs and foot bridges. It's also possible to take the train between any of the villages or back to your base in La Spezia whenever you want. Stop off for lunch at one of the towns and relax in the vibrant atmosphere.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cinque Terre - Day Trip, including Cinque Terre Pass
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Due to recent landslides in the area, it is currently not possible to walk the Via dell'Amore and the coastal section between Manarola and Corniglia. There are alternative inland routes, however these are of a higher physical rating and involve steep ups and downs. It is possible to take the train or a bus for these sections. Due to safety reasons some sections of any path can be closed at short notice. Please remember to bring comfortable footwear such as trainers or light hiking shoes.
Travel by train to Santa Margherita on the Peninsula of Portofino (approximately 1 hour). Store your luggage and set off on an energetic 5-7 kilometre walk, finishing in Portofino. Start by wandering down to the Santa Margherita waterfront, past small fishing boats in the marina, enjoying the views back to town. Continue along the road, passing beach clubs, private villas and hotels that command the skyline, where the hills of the Italian Riviera meet the Bay of Tigullio. Spot locals sunbaking in the coves, then cross through some undulating forested terrain. Descend down to the picturesque port of Portofino – the place where the rich and famous come to play. Continue up to the viewpoints surrounding the town, join the glamorous for coffee and people-watching along the harbour, or perhaps stop at a focacceria to try this typical Ligurian bread. Afterwards, enjoy the fabulous coastal scenery with a boat ride back to Santa Margherita (weather permitting). Continue by train to Asti (approximately 2.5 hours) in the Piedmont region, where mouth-watering culinary delights await. Be sure to try a dish flavoured with truffle and indulge in a tipple of Italian wine.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Portofino Peninsula - Walk and Boat Ride
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning, take a bus to the green hills of the nearby rural village of Castagnole Monferrato, where you’ll visit the home of a local winemaking family to sample their vintages. The Ruche grape variety is unique to this region of Italy – it's grown in just seven small villages in the province of Asti and produces a ruby-red, intense and aromatic wine. You may even like the option to enjoy a home-cooked lunch in the village, before returning by bus back to Asti. The town of Asti, located in the Piedmont region, was one of the most important towns in medieval times, sitting on trade routes between Turin, Milan, and Genoa. Today, it’s best known as the home of some of the finest and most sought after wines in Europe – excellent reds and the sparkling white ‘spumante’. It's also the best place to find ‘tartufo’, or truffles – a distinctive regional delicacy. You may be lucky enough to be here on a market day, when the Piazza del Palio hosts the region’s largest open-air market.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Asti - Village Winery Visit & Wine Tasting
Optional Activities
  • Asti - Bike Hire - EUR3
  • Asti - Archaeological Museum - EUR5
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel by train to Milan (approximately 3 hours) – Italy's second largest city and the capital of Lombardy – for a few hours to explore. In this most fashionable of cities, this is the place for stylish shopping and cafes! Explore the city's historic centre, visit the Gothic Duomo and walk between its rooftop sculptures, admiring the views and the stunning Gothic terrace. You may like to visit Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece – The Last Supper – if there's time, so be sure to book tickets well in advance. Alternatively, head to the park of Castello Sforzesco; the perfect destination on a hot day. Later in the afternoon, continue by train and bus to Lake Como (approximately 2 hours) – an area of stunning beauty full of unique and evocative landscapes. Arrive in Como and head up to your base in the small town of Cadenabbia. This small town has a feeling of tranquility, and your accommodation sits right on the lake with incredible views.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Milan - Duomo Rooftop Visit
  • Milan - Half Day Trip
Optional Activities
  • Milan - Castello Sforzesco - Free
  • Milan - La Scala Museum - EUR9
  • Milan - Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' - from - EUR29
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please note that your bags will be stored at the railway station in Milan while exploring the city. There is a limit of one bag per person for the lockers, so please make sure you pack accordingly. Many visitors to Milan will want to take a visit to Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece, The Last Supper. Tickets are limited, generally selling out extremely quickly – up to six months in advance. If you want to see the Last Supper, you must make arrangements in advance. Today between 1 pm and 3 pm is the most suitable time. The viewing is 15 minutes and, in order not to lose the reservation, visitors must arrive 15 minutes before the time allocated for the visit. For information and reservations visit vivaticket.it and search by its Italian name 'Cenacolo Vinciano'. Other websites will only sell a ticket in conjunction with an additional product such as a guidebook, tour or another museum entry.
This morning, board a ferry to travel across the blue waters of Lake Como to the pretty village of Bellagio. Here you can enjoy a walk through the countryside and discover the estate of the Villa Melzi. This grand white villa sits just back from the water and its surrounding estate is filled with rare and exotic plant life. The rest of the day is free to take the ferry between the various parts of this area of Lake Como, like Varenna, Cadenabbia, or the beautiful Villa Balbianello, which film fans may recognise from films franchises like James Bond and Star Wars. Villa Carlotta is another waterfront villa open to the public. It holds a range of artwork and is surrounded by acres of manicured Italian gardens. Just past Cadenabbia is Tremezzo, where you can find delicious food or an aperitif – sitting dockside, lakeside, or out on a veranda. Simply strolling and admiring the beautiful views whichever way you turn is an ideal way to spend the day. With some fine Italian food tonight, of course.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lake Como - Ferry Pass
Optional Activities
  • Lake Como - Villa Balbianello - EUR17
  • Lake Como - Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo - EUR10
  • Lake Como - Villa Melzi Gardens in Bellagio - EUR6
  • Lake Como - Vezio Castle in Varenna - EUR4
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Leave the lakes district behind and head for another watery wonderland, taking the train to Venice (approximately 4-6 hours - depending on the train connections available). This grand city of bridges, towers, piazzas, canals, churches and gondolas – practically unchanged for 600 years. Venice is built over a hundred small islands connected by 400 bridges. There are plenty of things to keep you busy when you arrive. Join your leader and take a walk around the maze of streets behind Piazza San Marco and begin to understand the complex canal system of Venice. Your leader will introduce you to the local way of crossing the canal, by traghetto. It only takes a minute or so, but it is a quintessential experience to have in Venice. The rest of the day is free for you to explore. The Grand Canal is a great place to start, as you can stroll over the Rialto Bridge and browse the endless amounts of boutique shops that sell Venetian masks and handmade Murano glassware. For dinner, perhaps seek out Venice's distinctive culinary heritage, which goes back to ancient times and features rich risottos, saline baccala (salted cod) and creamy polenta.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Venice - Traghetto Boat Ride
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Venture out and explore Venice today. There are only two ways to get around this city – on foot or by boat. Take in the famous sights – the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge, Doge's Palace (the ruler of Venice), the Piazza San Marco with its golden Basilica, and of course, the evocative Bridge of Sighs. No trip here would be complete without a journey down the Grand Canal in a Venetian gondola. There’s creativity everywhere, overflowing into the canals; see it in the Venetian glass in Dorsoduro or down the streets spreading out from the Campo Santo Stefano. Visit the Palazzo Ducale, overflowing with paintings by Italian masters, and contrast it with the modern Guggenheim. Simply enjoy getting lost and uncovering your own slice of Venice.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Venice - St Mark's Basilica Treasury - EUR5
  • Venice - Venezia Ca' d'Oro - EUR14
  • Venice - Accademia Gallery - EUR16
  • Venice - Guggenheim Museum - EUR15
  • Venice - St Mark's Campanile - EUR8
  • Venice - Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs - EUR25
  • Venice - Gondola Ride - EUR80
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is a free day for you to explore Venice. There are no activities planned until tonight's group meeting for the next part of your trip, so head out as there are plenty of things to keep you busy. After the meeting, maybe gather your fellow travellers for a dinner of Venetian specialities like fresh lobster and squid ink spaghetti dishes.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
As this is a combination trip, the travellers in your group and your group leader are likely to change today. Please note that today you will be required to move to a different hotel for the next section of your trip. The new hotel is a 3 minute walk away, and you can leave your luggage there until check-in time. Your leader will let you know details. There will be another group meeting tonight and you are welcome to attend to get to know your new fellow travellers.
Today is another free day for you to take in the multitude of sights in this extraordinary city. Take the vaporetto (water bus) over to the island of San Giorgio to climb the bell tower for the best view of Venice. Or head over to the islands of Murano and Burano. The former is known for its glass, the latter for its lace work. Both islands are quieter than the main islands of Venice, and provide an insight into local life. Alternatively you can simply while away your day in the busy San Marco square. Be sure to try the local tiramisu and Italian coffee that's on offer. Simply enjoy getting lost and uncovering your own slice of Venice.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Venice - St Mark's Campanile - EUR8
  • Venice - Accademia Gallery - EUR16
  • Venice - St Mark's Basilica Treasury - EUR5
  • Venice - Guggenheim Museum - EUR15
  • Venice - Venezia Ca' d'Oro - EUR14
  • Venice - Gondola Ride - EUR80
  • Venice - The Sweet Taste of Venice Urban Adventure - EUR94
  • Venice - Ca' Rezzonico Museum of Eighteenth Century Art - EUR10
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Bolzano is as curious as it is beautiful, and it is very, very beautiful. A mixture of German and Italian heritage makes for an interesting cultural mix in this valley town, from European-style epoque buildings to the Mediterranean-flavoured porticoes of the main square. The 3.5-hour train journey to Bolzano is made enjoyable by glimpses of gorgeous countryside from the window. Arrive and enjoy an orientation walk through this picturesque town then enjoy a free evening to it up at your leisure. The Piazza Walther (central square) is beautifully lit up in the evening and makes a great place to begin.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Bolzano - South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology - EUR9
  • Bolzano - Renon Cable Car - EUR10
  • Bolzano - Nature Museum South Tyrol - EUR7
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today you’ll get to sample some of the wines this region is famous for while enjoying the fresh air and stunning surrounds with a bike tour of the South Tyrolean Wine Road. Peddle along the river and through orchards, taking in the delightful sight of villas and vineyards nestled in the hills. Stop and sip along the way, perhaps trying a glass of fragrant gewurztraminer or lightly spiced cabernet – both varieties are particularly popular here. The ride will take less than 3 hours, leaving the rest of the day free for you to enjoy this beautiful area.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • South Tyrol - Wine & Bike Tour South Tyrolean Wineroad
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy a full day in the Alpe di Siusi, the largest high-altitude alpine meadow in Europe. See the incredible vistas from above in a cable car ride over the area. Explore Prosels Castle, a building with a fascinating history. Constructed in the 13th century, the castle was rebuilt in the Gothic style in the 15th century and was briefly occupied by farmers as a form of protest in the 16th century. Then, take a scenic walk with a local storyteller to learn more about the area’s history, which (spoiler alert) involves witch trials. Enjoy an included lunch and contemplate the often dark history behind the beauty of Alpe di Siusi at the Rauchhutte, a well-situated alpine chalet restaurant at 1850 metres above sea level.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • South Tyrol - Alpe di Siusi Cable Car
  • South Tyrol - Rauchhütte Lunch
  • South Tyrol - Scenic Walk with Local Storyteller
  • South Tyrol - Prösels Castle Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Journey into Austria, taking a train ride to Innsbruck (approx. 2 hours), the provincial capital of North Tyrol. You'll store your luggage at the train station and head into town for some exploration. Make sure you spend some time in the beautiful old town and visit the famous Golden Roof. Perhaps check out the lavish interior of the 16th century Imperial Palace (Hofburg). Next up is another train ride to Salzburg (approx. 2 hours), the birthplace of Mozart and a World Heritage-listed city. Enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival and get acquainted with the streets around your hotel. The skyline of Salzburg is filled with the domes and spires that typify baroque architecture. Later, enjoy a fantastic view of the city while watching the late European sunset from lofty Hohensalzburg Castle. After that, your evening is free. Maybe grab an Almdudler spritz (white wine mixed with the popular herbal soft drink).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Salzburg - Hohensalzburg Fortress Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you are free to see Salzburg at your own pace or choose one or more optional activities to partake in. Maybe head to the birthplace of Mozart or relax in the gardens of Mirabell Palace. In the evening, maybe ask your leader where you can grab some Tafelspitz. This classic Austrian dish features meat boiled in a broth, served with minced apples and horseradish. The description may not sound particularly special, but this hearty meal combines salty, sweet and sharp flavours in a way that is incredibly satisfying.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Salzburg - Sound of Music Tour - EUR45
  • Salzburg - Mirabell Palace and Gardens - Free
  • Salzburg - Mozart's Birthplace - EUR12
  • Berchtesgaden - Salt Mine Visit - EUR17
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
The capital of Austria and the undisputed legacy arts hub of central Europe, Vienna awaits after a 2.5-hour train journey. Get started with an orientation walk, then you’re free to do whatever you want. The public transport in the city is fantastic, which makes getting around easy. The geometric tiling on the roof of St Stephan’s Cathedral is worth a look, and you can climb 136 metres to the top of the south tower for amazing views of the city. In the evening why not head out for a meal? Of course, the classic schnitzel is abundant (and delicious) but if you’d like to try something a little different ask your leader where to find a traditional beuschel (a ragout made with calf lung and heart).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy a free day in Vienna, with a choice of optional activities. One choice is Schonbrunn Palace, an expansive estate with lawns perfect for lounging and multiple rooms preserved from different eras. Or perhaps check out the central Hofburg Imperial Palace, where bibliophiles can see one of the world’s most beautiful libraries. Prefer to learn about a city through its culinary tradition? Consider a Food, Coffee and Market Urban Adventure. In the evening, you have the option of joining your fellow travellers and leader for dinner.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Vienna - Leopold Museum - EUR14
  • Vienna - Prater Ferris Wheel - EUR12
  • Vienna - Belvedere Gallery (Lower Gallery) - EUR14
  • Vienna - Schoenbrunn Palace - EUR18
  • Vienna - Food, Coffee and Market Tour Urban Adventure - EUR98
  • Vienna - Spanish Riding School Practice - EUR28
  • Vienna - Hofburg Palace and Sisi Museum - EUR15
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time following check-out. As there is so much to do and see in Vienna you may want to consider extending your stay here. We are happy to book additional accommodation for you, subject to availability. Speak to an Intrepid representative for more information.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Just can’t get enough? Why not join our connecting 'Best of Central Europe' trip (AMSB), travelling from Vienna to Dubrovnik via the Czech Republic and Poland. Contact an Intrepid representative for more information.

Meals

14 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Train, Public bus, Private vehicle, Metro, Bicycle, Boat

Accommodation

Hotel (23 nights)

Included activities

  • Lucca - Bicycle Tour
  • Pisa - Half Day Trip to Pisa
  • Cinque Terre - Day Trip, including Cinque Terre Pass
  • Portofino Peninsula - Walk and Boat Ride
  • Asti - Village Winery Visit & Wine Tasting
  • Milan - Duomo Rooftop Visit
  • Milan - Half Day Trip
  • Lake Como - Ferry Pass
  • Venice - Traghetto Boat Ride
  • South Tyrol - Wine & Bike Tour South Tyrolean Wineroad
  • South Tyrol - Alpe di Siusi Cable Car
  • South Tyrol - Rauchhütte Lunch
  • South Tyrol - Scenic Walk with Local Storyteller
  • South Tyrol - Prösels Castle Visit
  • Salzburg - Hohensalzburg Fortress Visit

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. The price of the supplement does not include the following nights, where a single room does not form part of the package. In this case you will be matched up with another traveller of the same gender. If a single room becomes available at check-in for these nights, there may be the option for you to upgrade to a single room and pay the surcharge locally for that night:
- Days 6–7 La Spezia/Cinque Terre
Please also note that due to the small properties we stay in through Europe there are only a limited amount of single supplements available per trip departure. If you would like to book a single supplement and enquire about availability please speak to your booking agent.

COMBINATION TRIP
As this is a combination of two trips, your leader and the composition of your group may change in Venice.

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