21D20N Italy Austria and Germany
Day 01 – ROME FIUMICINO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – ROME
On arrival at Rome Fiumicino International Airport, your driver will meet you at the arrival hall and drive you to your hotel in Rome, the capital of Italy.
Day 02 – ROME: VATICAN CITY [B]
Birthplace of the Roman Empire and home to Vatican City
is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Steeped in history with rich offerings of historical monuments, Roman architecture and works of art, Rome also has lots to offer in terms of food and fashion. No visit to Rome would be complete without visiting Vatican City, an independent city-state and HQ of the Roman Catholic Church. Within Vatican City is one of the world’s greatest museum complexes with a huge collection of highly-acclaimed Renaissance art. Not to be missed would be Raphael’s Rooms
and the Sistine Chapel
– home to Michelangelo’s “The Last Judgement
” fresco. Enjoy Vatican City (admission ticket included) at your own pace or join an optional guided tour.
Day 03 – ROME: CENTRO STORICO [B]
Spend your morning on a guided tour of Rome’s “Centro Storico
“, its historical centre
and an UNESCO World Heritage Site
. By coach and on foot, visit iconic sites like the Piazza Navona
, Trevi Fountain
Spend the rest of the day soaking in the charm and ambience of Rome with its ubiquitous Baroque churches, fountains and palazzos. And, don’t forget to eat a gelato .. or two!
Day 04 – ROME – FLORENCE [B]
Train from Rome on one of Italy’s high speed trains to Florence
, the capital city of Tuscany and often regarded as the most beautiful city in Italy. In fact, the beauty of Florence places it among the most beautiful cities in the world. Its rich heritage is attested to by its accreditation as an UNESCO World Heritage Site
. Upon arrival, enjoy Florence at your own pace. One of Florence’s most iconic sights is the Duomo – Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral
, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome and a bell tower (“Campanile”) by Giotto
. The Galleria dell’Accademia
houses Michelangelo’s “David”
sculpture. The Uffizi Gallery
is one of the world’s top art museums exhibiting art by Leonardo da Vinci
and many other celebrated artists.
Day 05 – FLORENCE: PISA/SAN GIMIGNANO/SIENA [B]
Spend the day enjoying Tuscany’s beautiful sights, famous cities, medieval villages, and its wines and local produce as you visit historic Pisa
, San Gimignano
. San Gimignano and Siena will certainly leave you with lasting memories of Tuscany.
Day 06 – FLORENCE: CINQUE TERRE [B/L]
(“five lands”) consists of 5 uniquely and ingeniously constructed picturesque fishing villages that line the Italian Riviera
. Located at one of the most isolated and ruggedly beautiful stretch of the Italian coastline, it was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site
in 1997. The 5 towns from north to south are: Monterosso al Mare
. These tiny villages are perched on jagged cliffs with sweeping views of the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, defying not just gravity but time!
Day 07 – FLORENCE [B]
Continue with your exploration of Florence
at your own pace. In addition to sites mentioned earlier, other attractions include Santa Croce
, San Marco
, Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)
and Piazzale Michelangelo.
Day 08 – FLORENCE – VENICE [B]
Train from Florence to Venice
on one of Italy’s high speed trains. An UNESCO World Heritage Site
, Venice is a city unlike any other – it is built on 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges. Tops attractions include: Grand Canal, St Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace
and Bridge Of Sighs.
Enjoy Venice at your own pace.
Day 09 – VENICE [B]
Continue with your exploration of Venice
. You will certainly not be bored!
Day 10 – VENICE – CORTINA [B]
Head to Cortina d’Ampezzo
(Cortina). An alpine town, Cortina ranks among the top destinations in Europe for hikers in summer and skiers in winter. The awesome beauty of the very unique Dolomites draws visitors from all over the world and it is no wonder therefore that it has been accorded UNESCO World Heritage Site
status. Cable cars (additional expense) at and around Cortina will bring you to elevations and mountain summits that will afford you breathtaking and top-of-the-world views of the Dolomites.
Day 11 – CORTINA [B]
Enjoy the Dolomites at your own pace. Take in the stunning view of the Cinque Torri (5 Torri)
, visit the extensive Open Air Museums of the First World War
up on the mountain tops and ride the cable cars up to the Forcella Staunies
. A short ride away from Cortina are the picturesque Lake Misurina
and the iconic Tre Cime (3 Peaks)
of the Dolomites.
Day 12 – CORTINA [B]
Continue to enjoy the endless mountain views and walking trails of the amazing Dolomites region.
Day 13 – CORTINA – INNSBRUCK [B]
Choose Time permitting, enjoy further rides on the numerous cable cars at and around Cortina before making your way to Innsbruck
, an alpine town in Austria
Day 14 – INNSBRUCK [B]
At your own pace, enjoy Innsbruck
and see its medieval Old Town
with its narrow, twisting streets and tall houses in Late Gothic style. From numerous points within the city, you will be able to see the beautiful ring of mountains surrounding Innsbruck – to the north are the jagged peaks of the Nordkette
(the Karwendel mountain range); to the south, the 2,403m Saile and the Serles Group
; and to the southeast, the 2,247m Patscherkofel
. The sports facilities built for the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympic Games
still draw crowds of skiers and tourists alike year after year.
Day 15 – INNSBRUCK – MITTENWALD [B]
Train from Innsbruck to Mittenwald
, an alpine town in the Bavarian Alps of Germany. Upper Bavaria offers access to some of Germany’s most beautiful sceneries including spectacular mountain ranges and rolling hills. In Bavaria, many centuries-old and well-preserved buildings attest to its history and rich heritage. One such quaint and absolutely charming town is Mittenwald. Apart from being renowned for being the birthplace of the violin-making industry
, Mittenwald is also well known for its beautiful old houses with delightfully painted frescoed walls.
The violin-making heritage can still be seen in the numerous workshops all over Mittenwald. At your own pace, enjoy Mittenwald.
Day 16 – MITTENWALD [B]
Spend the day enjoying Mittenwald
and if you wish, ascend the Karwendel Range on the Karwendelbahn
and soak in the breathtaking views at the top.
Day 17 – MITTENWALD – MUNICH [B]
Train from Mittenwald to Munich
– the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria
and home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. Munich is known for its annual Oktoberfest
celebration and its beer halls
, including the famed Hofbräuhaus
, founded in 1589. In the Altstadt (Old Town) is Marienplatz
, a central square with landmarks such as the neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus
(town hall). At the Rathaus is the Rathaus Glockenspiel
, reputed to be the most extravagant clock in the world – and quite justifiably so! Here’s why – the Glockenspiel features a clock face, 43 bells and more than 30 full-sized mechanical figures; the figures act out scenes lasting about 15 minutes from German history and mythology on several tiers below the clock face; built in the early 20th century, the Glockenspiel’s main purpose has been more about entertaining people than to tell time! No wonder therefore its well-earned reputation! The “show” starts at 11am and 12pm every day, with additional show at 5pm between March and October.
Day 18 – MUNICH: NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE [B]
Take a day-trip to Fussen
to visit Neuschwanstein Castle
(remember Sleeping Beauty?), the fairytale castle of “Mad” King Ludwig. Fussen is at the southern end of the Romantic Road
– Germany’s best known and most popular holiday route (stretching from Fussen in the south to Wurzburg in the north). You can either join an optional 30-minute guided tour within the castle or enjoy the splendid views around this alluring castle at your own pace. Within walking distance is the Marienbrucke (Marien Bridge)
from which you can view Neuschwanstein Castle from a vantage point second to none.
Day 19 – MUNICH [B]
Enjoy today and the next day in Munich
at your own pace. Beyond sights and shopping opportunities, do find some time to enjoy the gourmet F&B that Munich has to offer. Head to Hofbräuhaus
– a quintessential Bavarian beer hall
– when you are hungry and thirsty – the ambience, the atmosphere and most importantly the food and beers served by Hofbräuhaus will almost certainly be a delightful gastronomic experience.
Day 20 – MUNICH [B]
Continue to enjoy Munich
at your own pace.
Day 21 – MUNICH – MUNICH FRANZ JOSEF STRAUSS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT [B]
Transfer by private vehicle from your hotel to Munich Franz Josef Strauss International Airport for your flight home.
Whether you prefer the above itinerary “as-is” or have it customised, if you will indicate the start/end dates of your intended travel and provide your contact details, we will get in touch with you to discuss the itinerary on a no-obligations basis on your part.