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.

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Terms & Conditions

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 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 en-suite 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 tomorrow morning 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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill - EUR16
  • Urban Adventures - Ancient Rome: Archaeological Discovery Tour - EUR110
  • Urban Adventures - Trastevere: Trends and Tradition - EUR56
  • Urban Adventures - Roman Dolce Vita - EUR65
  • Venezia Palace - EUR5
  • Pantheon - EUR2
  • Christian Catacombs - EUR8
  • Castel Sant'Angelo - EUR10
  • Galleria Borghese - EUR15
  • Keats-Shelley Memorial House - EUR5
  • St Peter's Dome Climb & Elevator - EUR8
  • Vatican Museum - EUR16
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Your Italian adventure will begin with a welcome meeting at 6pm tonight – check with reception to confirm the time and place. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand. If you're going to be late, please inform hotel reception. 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).

Our accommodation in Rome is centrally located only a short walk from Rome Termini railway station. Please note that the hotel is in a lively local neighbourhood. Rooms can be small, however 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 Bella Roma. 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 perhaps explore some of the culinary delicacies on offer from across Tuscany.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Check the Vatican website (vatican.va) 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 large crowds). Tickets for Galleria Borghese can also be booked online at galleriaborghese.it. The best day to visit will be Day 1 before the group meeting, or the morning of day 2 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, however, so take your time and enjoy it. The principal sights are easily discovered on foot – the Pitti Palace, the Ponte Vecchio, the Arno River front, the many statues and monuments of the Piazza della Signoria, the Palazzo Vecchio, the 13th-century Duomo (with its fiery depiction of the Last Judgement), the Baptistry and the Belltower, and the Santa Croce Church. Visit the Uffizi, one of the world's oldest art galleries and a work of art itself. See Michelangelo's famous statue of David in the Galleria dell'Accademia. In the evening, join your leader for a picnic and climb uphill to Piazzale Michelangelo for that most photographed of all sunset views across the rooftops of Florence. Then join the locals in taking a passeggiata, a leisurely socialising stroll, perhaps between piazza Beccaria and piazza della Repubblica.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Piazzale Michelangelo Evening Picnic Florence
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventures - Florence Foodies Walk - EUR67
  • Urban Adventures - Florence Markets & Delis - EUR58
  • Urban Adventures - Aperitivo Time! Florence Wine Tour - EUR77
  • Florence Baptistry, Museo Opera del Duomo, Giotto Bell Tower and Brunelleschi Dome - EUR15
  • Accademia - EUR16
  • Uffizi Gallery - EUR24
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
The individual Florentine State Museums have slightly different opening times and closing days between them but the website firenzemusei.it has everything you need to know about all of them, including the option to purchase tickets. We suggest that you pre-book your visit to the Uffizi, as this museum experiences enormous queues (up to 5 hours) all year round. Make your reservations for these museums for any time today.
No doubt there'll be more to see in Florence this morning, then this afternoon you’ll 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 the ancient city ramparts. You’ll be captivated by this medieval town, which simply radiates charm. In Lucca, you’ll stay in some unique accommodation – your own private apartments. Staying in the city centre allows easy access to all the sights, restaurants and bars, all an easy stroll from your front door. The kitchen is fully equipped and you can choose to buy your own beautiful local ingredients and supplies for meals. During their stay, some of our groups make Italian feasts with produce from around the area.
Accommodation
  • Private apartment (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
There are several separate apartments located near the city centre so you may be a short walk away from your other group members and your leader. Each apartment has 2-3 rooms with a shared bathroom. Please remember that our apartments are not hotels, so there's no reception, WiFi, room service or cleaning service every day, but plenty of charm and you just cannot beat the location.
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). There are cafes and plenty of spots for a Tuscan picnic along the route. 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 quirky world-famous Leaning Tower, as well as the Duomo (Piazza dei Miracoli, once the largest in Europe) and Pisa Baptistry (please note that it's not always possible to climb the tower). The 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 4 degrees (after restoration and stabilising work). Wander the shopping streets, from high-end boutiques to speciality book and antiques stores, and perhaps enjoy an aperitif. Back in Lucca, a 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, in the shadow of the Palazzo Pretorio.
Accommodation
  • Private apartment (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lucca Bicycle Tour
  • Pisa Half Day Trip
Optional Activities
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa - EUR18
  • Pisa 5 Monuments Combo Ticket - EUR10
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
The bike ride may take place today or on Day 4 or 5, depending on the weather forecast. Your leader will advise closer to the date.
Today is a free day in Lucca to take in all the sights that this city has to offer. Wander to the former Roman amphitheatre found off Via Fillungo. The remains of the amphitheatre are gone, but the medieval houses now standing in its place follow the outline where the spectator stands once were. Here, in what’s now called Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, there are many outdoor cafes where you can sit down and see the world go by and do a spot of people watching. Also here, 2,000 years ago, Julius Caesar, Pompey and Crassus formed a coalition government to rule Rome. Make sure you also head to Foro Square to see the majestically constructed San Michele church, built over the ancient Roman forum and rich in artwork, and make a stop at the 14th century Duomo di San Martino, a splendid example of Romanesque architecture. Inside you’ll find the tomb of and monument to Ilaria del Carretto, carved by Jacopo della Quercia – it’s a masterpiece that dates back to the 15th century. Also, it might be 25 flights of stair to climb to the top of the Guinigi Tower, but the views are worth it. The tower also makes for a great sight in itself as it has trees growing on its roof!
Accommodation
  • Private apartment (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Palazzo Pfanner House and Gardens - EUR6
  • Barga Day Trip by Bus - EUR9
  • Cathedral Museum - EUR4
  • Puccini concert - EUR20
  • Guinigi Tower Climb - EUR4
  • Cathedral of San Martino (including Ilaria del Carretto Tomb) - EUR3
  • National Gallery Villa Guinigi - EUR4
  • Lucca Bike Hire - EUR15
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel by train to La Spezia (approximately 3 hours), an important naval base that’s now the gateway to the gorgeous Cinque Terre, or ‘Five lands’ in English. 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 (approximately 30 minutes by train). The name comes from the five tiny villages – Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore – whose position, wedged into a series of coves between sheer cliffs, makes it one of the highlights of 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. Or opt to take another ferry to Lerici, another small village across the Bay of Poets dominated by its castle, for dinner.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Portovenere Half Day Trip - EUR6
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning venture out on the footpaths of Cinque Terre (Five Lands), a region of Italy famed for its coastline and pastel villages on mountains that plunge into the sea. 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 the entire path (12 kilometres, approximately 5 hours) will give you the best taste of the villages and countryside, though will require a good level of fitness. You can also choose to walk just a few sections, which will still unveil a great amount of majestic scenery. Some sections of path can be difficult, as there are challenging uphill stretches, narrow paths, steep cliffs and foot bridges. Please remember to bring comfortable footwear such as trainers or light hiking shoes. It's also possible to take the train between any of the villages or back to the group's base in La Spezia whenever you want.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cinque Terre Day Trip
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.
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 at the glamorous resort of Portofino. Wander down the waterfront, past the small fishing and pleasure boats in the busy marina, and enjoy great views back over to the town. Continue along the road, passing the beach clubs, private villas and hotels that command stunning vistas over where the hills of the Italian Riviera meet the bays and inlets of the Bay of Tigullio. Spot the locals sunbathing in the coves and cross through a pretty forest with some gentle ups and downs. Descend down to the pretty port of Portofino, famed as the place where the rich and famous come to live La Dolce Vita. Continue up to the marvellous lookouts surrounding the town for unparalleled views, or join the glamorous for coffee and people-watching at the harbour. Then 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 quaff divine Italian wines celebrated the world over.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Portofino Peninsula Walk and Boat Ride
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you’ll 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 and learn about the grapes. 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. After the wine tasting there is 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. Signs of the city's former wealth can be seen in the remaining defensive towers, the impressive churches and fine squares, but 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’ (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
  • Village Winery Visit & Wine Tasting
Optional Activities
  • Archaeological Museum - EUR5
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel by train to Milan (approximately 3 hours), Italy's second largest city and the capital of Lombardy, Italy's wealthiest province. You’ll stop here for a few hours. In this most fashionable of cities, this is the place for stylish shopping and cafes – Milanese specialities! Explore the city's historic centre, visit the city's most famous building, the Gothic Duomo, and walk between its rooftop sculptures, admiring the views and the stunning Gothic terrace. Most will want to visit Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece, The Last Supper, if there's time – see below for details. After half a day in Milan, late 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 exclusivity and seclusion, and your accommodation sits right on the lake with incredible views.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Milan Duomo Roof Visit
  • Milan Half Day Trip
Optional Activities
  • Castello Sforzesco - Free
  • La Scala Museum - EUR7
  • Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' from - EUR29
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Many visitors to Milan will want to take a visit to Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece, The Last Supper. Tickets to The Last Supper are limited and generally sell out extremely quickly and up to six months in advance. If you expressly want to see the Last Supper you need to make arrangements in advance. Today between 1pm and 3pm 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 call +39 02 92 800 360. Online bookings may be available at this site: vivaticket.it. Some websites will only sell a ticket in conjunction with an additional product such as a guide book 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 a plethora of 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 such as Casino Royale or Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones. Villa Carlotta is another waterfront villa open to the public, a former marquis’s mansion dating from the late 17th century that today functions as a museum. It holds a wealth of artwork and is surrounded by acres of romantic Italian gardens. Just past Cadenabbia is Tremezzo, where you can find a place for food or an aperitif, sitting dockside, lakeside, or out on a veranda. Simply walking lakeside and admiring the beautiful views whichever way you turn is a wonderful way to spend the day. Be sure to fill up on fine Italian fare tonight.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lake Como Ferry Pass
Optional Activities
  • Villa Balbianello - Lenno - EUR17
  • Villa Carlotta - Tremezzo - EUR10
  • Villa Melzi Gardens - Bellagio - EUR6
  • Vezio Castle - Varenna - EUR4
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Leave the lakes behind and head for another watery wonderland, taking the train to Venice (approximately 6 hours). 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. Still rich with artistic masterpieces, modern Venice combines history with contemporary life through food, performance, art and architecture. There are plenty of things to keep you busy when you arrive. Take a walk around the maze of streets behind San Marco Square and begin to understand the complex canal system of Venice. 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.
After an orientation walk to familiarise you with the city, you are free to venture out and explore Venice. There are only two ways to get around this city – on foot or by boat. Some of the more popular sites include Doge's Palace, the Piazza and Basilica di San Marco, and the Bridge of Sighs. Take the vaporetto (water bus) over to the island of San Giorgio to climb the bell tower for the best view of Venice. No trip here would be complete without a journey down the Grand Canal in a Venetian gondola. In the evening, perhaps join your fellow travellers for a group dinner at a local restaurant. Venice is famous for its specialities of fresh lobster and squid ink spaghetti dishes, so make sure you give one a try.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • St Mark's Basilica Treasury - EUR3
  • Venezia Ca' d'Oro - EUR10
  • Accademia Gallery - EUR15
  • Guggenheim Museum - EUR15
  • St Mark's Campanile - EUR8
  • Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs - EUR19
  • Gondola Ride - EUR80
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is a free day to further explore this picturesque city. Perhaps while away the hours at a cafe in busy San Marco Square; maybe visit the Palazzo Ducale, to check out paintings by Italian masters, and contrast it with the modern Guggenheim; or simply get lost crossing the hundreds of bridges and uncovering your own slice of Venice. Whatever you choose, a slice of tiramisu and an Italian coffee is a great way to refuel midday.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
As this is a combination trip the composition of your group and your tour leader may change at this location. There will be another group meeting tonight to discuss the next stage of your itinerary. You're welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers.
Enjoy another free day to dig deeper into all Venice has to offer. Your tour leader can offer advice on how to make the most of your time here if you're short on ideas. San Marco Basilica is well-worth a visit and a gondola ride along Venice's canals is a must. Our sister company, Urban Adventures, also offers a couple of food-oriented day tours if you'd like a bit more structure and a lot more food on your free day.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • St Mark's Campanile - EUR8
  • Accademia Gallery - EUR15
  • St Mark's Basilica Treasury - EUR3
  • Guggenheim Museum - EUR15
  • Venezia Ca' d'Oro - EUR10
  • Gondola Ride - EUR80
  • Urban Adventures - Canal & Aperitivo Experience - EUR113
  • Urban Adventures - Sweet Taste of Venice - EUR36
  • 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 three-and-a-half-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 of green hills and sloping vineyards. Enjoy a free evening to soak up the town. 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
  • South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology - EUR9
  • Renon Cable Car - EUR10
  • Naturmuseum Sudtirol - EUR5
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 three hours, leaving the rest of the day free for you to enjoy this beautiful area.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Wine And Bike Tour Bolzano
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy a full day on Alpe de Siusi, the largest high-altitude alpine meadow in Europe. It's an area that conjured images of Julie Andrews spinning around in Sound of Music – softly rolling hills with patches of thick pines framed by jagged mountains. 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. Take a scenic walk with local witch Matha, an appropriate guide given the area was the setting for witch trials (and subsequent burnings) over 500 years ago. Enjoy an included lunch and contemplate the often dark history behind the beauty of Alpe de Siusi at the Rauchhutte, a well-situated restaurant.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Prosels Castle Visit
  • Alpe di Siusi Cable Car
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Journey into Austria, taking a 4.5 hour train ride to Salzburg, 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. You’ll get a fantastic view of the city while watching the late European sunset from lofty Hohensalzburg Castle. Later, the Old Town is the perfect place for an evening stroll or a nightcap, so perhaps take a walk to a cafe and enjoy a Almdudler spritz (white wine mixed with the popular herbal soft drink).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hohensalzburg Fortress visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you are free to see Salzburg at your own pace. History buffs may wish to explore one or more of the preserved historical buildings scattered throughout the city. The Salzburg Fortress (part of Hohensalzburg Castle) is one option. In addition to the restored towers and fortifications, the building features a museum filled with fascinating artefacts from the middle ages – from armour to chastity belts. Old Market Square is a great place to load up on pastries and perhaps shop for trinkets, though be aware the stalls pack up from about 2 pm. In the evening, maybe ask your leader where you can grab some Tafelspitz. This classic Austrian dish features meat boiled in a broth (stay with us), usually 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
  • Sound of Music Tour - EUR42
  • Mozart's Birthplace - EUR10
  • Salt Mine of Berchtesgaden - EUR16
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 set out on your own to explore this historic city. The public transport in the city is fantastic, which makes getting around easy. In the evening why not head out for the classic schnitzel, which 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
Special Information
Your base for your nights in Vienna is Magdas Hotel – an accommodation that is unlike any other hotel you are likely to come across on your travels. Magdas Hotel is a social project bringing refugees from all over the world to work together in one place. The hotel is staffed with refugees so expect to hear different languages and different stories from all over the world. Also the building’s history is interesting – it’s a former senior's home and homeless shelter which has been completely renovated. Most of the furniture is also recycled, renovated and re-purposed. The place is full of love, passion and unity. It’s full of colours and happy faces. Magdas Hotel ‘brings together what belongs together’.
Enjoy a free day in Vienna, the perfect opportunity to visit one of the city’s famous royal complexes. One option is Schoenbrunn Palace, an expansive estate designed by Empress Maria Theresa, with lawns perfect for lounging and multiple rooms preserved from different eras. The Gloriette Monument has incredible views of Vienna and the palace gardens are free to all visitors, but there's a charge for entrance and tours of the palace. Or perhaps check out the central Hofburg Imperial Palace, where bibliophiles can see one of the world’s most beautiful libraries, where towering shelves hold ancient volumes. Either of the palaces will take a whole day to explore in full, so you’ll have to choose one or the other. If you’re looking to unwind and avoid crowds, you could always spend the day in one of Vienna’s many coffee houses, nursing a brew and watching the world flow by. In the evening, you have the option of joining your fellow travellers and leader for a final farewell dinner.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Leopold Museum - EUR13
  • Prater Ferris Wheel - EUR10
  • Belvedere Lower Gallery - EUR13
  • Schoenbrunn Palace - EUR14
  • Urban Adventures - Vienna Food, Coffee and Market Tour - EUR78
  • Spanish Riding School Practice - EUR28
  • Hofburg Palace and Sisi Museum - EUR14
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Avoid long queues at Schoenbrunn Palace by pre-booking your tickets at: schoenbrunn.at. Also, the Spanish Riding School doesn't operate throughout the summer months. You will need to book tickets in advance to see the performance of the Lipizzaners. Phone: +43 (0)1 505 77 66 55 or e-mail info@viennaticketoffice.com to arrange tickets.
Your trip ends after breakfast today. There are no activities planned for this final day. As there is so much to do and see in Vienna you may want to consider to extend your stay here. We are happy to book additional accommodation for you, subject to availability.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
If you haven't had enough yet why not join our connecting Vienna to Budapest trip, taking in the best of Central Europe. Or, if you have some extra time in Vienna, you can take one of the day trips offered by Urban Adventures. Check out urbanadventures.com for more information.

Meals

14 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

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

Accommodation

Hotel & Guesthouse (20 nights), Private apartment (3 nights)

Included activities

  • Piazzale Michelangelo Evening Picnic Florence
  • Lucca Bicycle Tour
  • Pisa Half Day Trip
  • Cinque Terre Day Trip
  • Portofino Peninsula Walk and Boat Ride
  • Village Winery Visit & Wine Tasting
  • Milan Duomo Roof Visit
  • Milan Half Day Trip
  • Lake Como Ferry Pass
  • Venice Traghetto Boat Ride
  • Wine And Bike Tour Bolzano
  • Prosels Castle Visit
  • Alpe di Siusi Cable Car
  • 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 single 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 4-6 - Lucca
- Days 7-8 - La Spezia/Cinque Terre
Please also note that due to the small properties we use in Europe there is 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.

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