Discover Italy and Austria, from the sinking walkways of Venice to the lofty alpine meadows of the Alpe de Siusi.

From the melancholy beauty of Venice, the sinking city, to the city of Vienna, this 10-day trip takes you on a historical journey through Italy and Austria. Take in breathtaking alpine meadows in Alpe di Siusi and beautifully preserved medieval buildings in Salzburg, indulging in flaky pastries and rich coffee along the way. With a mix of scheduled activities and free time to explore on your own, this trip is the perfect introduction to the charm of central Europe.


Start
Venice, Italy
Finish
Vienna, Austria
Destinations
Austria, Italy
Style
Original
Code
ZLSP
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Pedal past villas and vineyards on a bike tour of the South Tyrolean Wine Road, stopping to try some famous local drops along the way

  • Get (pleasantly) lost in Venice, exploring the tangle of canals and alleyways that make up this sinking city

  • Stroll through the picturesque alpine meadows of Alpe de Siusi with a local storyteller as your guide. Learn about the dark history of this stunning location, which includes farmer uprisings and witch burning

  • Watch the sun set over the domes and spires of Salzburg from Hohensalzburg Castle

  • Soak up the heady mix of Italian, German and Austrian cultural influences in Bolzano

  • So much of what's great about Europe can be found in Vienna. 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 Essential Trip Information. 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

Welcome to Venice. This watery wonderland of bridges, towers, piazzas, canals, churches and gondolas – practically unchanged for 600 years – is literally sinking under the weight of its iconic sights. After tonight's group meeting, why not enjoy dinner with your fellow travel companions at a local restaurant. 
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
There are no activities planned before a group meeting at your hotel tonight at 6 pm, but if you arrive early there are plenty of things to keep you busy. 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 let hotel reception know. 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).
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 sights 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. It's a common way for visitors to see the major canal routes from an immersive perspective. Perhaps while away the hours in busy San Marco square and be sure to try the local tiramisu and Italian coffee that's on offer. There’s creativity everywhere, even overflowing into the canals; you can see it in the venetian glass in Dorsoduro or down the streets spreading out from Campo Santo Stefano, which are lined with unique galleries and small boutiques. Maybe visit the Palazzo Ducale, full of paintings by Italian masters, and contrast it with the modern Guggenheim. Or, enjoy getting lost crossing the hundreds of bridges and uncovering your own slice of Venice. 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 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 in the Alpe di 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 a local storyteller. 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 di Siusi at the Rauchhutte, a well-situated restaurant with stunning views and tasty local dishes.
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. 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, the perfect opportunity to visit one of the cities famous royal complexes. One option 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, 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 farewell dinner.
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
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. 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

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Train, Public bus, Private vehicle, Metro, Bicycle, Cable car

Accommodation

Hotel & Guesthouse (9 nights)

Included activities

  • 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. Please 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.

Essential trip information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.