The two week all-inclusive Northern Italy tour with Austria and Switzerland travels round trip from Milan. You’ll travel around the majestic Alps visiting Venice, Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Lichtenstein, Lucerne, Lake Como, Treviso, and Milan. Along the way you’ll visit glaciers, medieval towns, Northern Italy’s famous cities Milan, Venice and the lesser-known “Little Venice” Treviso. For the Northern Italy tour with Austria and Switzerland daily itinerary click here. For the price of the tour with airfare from your preferred airport and to book your all-inclusive Northern Italy Tour with Austria and Switzerland submit the form or call ItalianTourism.us 800.227.1577.
Northern Italy Tour with Austria and Switzerland Highlights
- Cruise across Lake Como to the lakeside town Bellagio
- Travel via the scenic Vorarlberg Mountains and Austria’s Tyrolean Alps to pristine Innsbruck
- Travel to Innsbruck through Austria’s Tyrolean Alps via the scenic and winding Fern Pass
- Tour Vienna’s beautiful and sophisticated Salzburg
- In Vienna, visit the impressive Schonbrunn Palace, summer residence of Hapsburg emperors
- Venice walking tour of the historic center includes St. Mark’s Square and the marble Doge’s Palace
- Visit Milan’s center where you’ll have time to stroll around the neighborhood that includes La Scala Opera House, The Galleria, and Milan’s Gothic Duomo.
Northern Italy Tour with Austria and Switzerland Inclusions
- Flights New York-Milan, Milan-New York. Other departure cities available. Submit form for air itinerary and tour price with airfare.
- Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
- Airport transfers included when tour is purchased with air.
- 11-nights first class accommodations
- 2 nights Lecco
- 2 nights Lucerne
- 1 night Innsbruck
- 1 night Salzburg
- 2 nights Vienna
- 2 nights Mestre
- 1 night Milan
- Hotel porterage
- 17 meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 dinners
- Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
- Services of local guides in all major cities
- Entrance fees per itinerary
- Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
Northern Italy, Austria and Switzerland Accommodations
NH Lecco Pontevecchio, Lecco
This first class hotel overlooks the River Arda, which is part of Lake Como.
Ameron Hotel Flora, Lucerne
This first class hotel is centrally located in Lucerne.
AC Hotel by Marriott, Innsbruck
This first class hotel is located in the heart of Innsbruck.
Grauer Baer Hotel, Innsbruck
This first class hotel is a short walk from Innsbruck’s historic Old Town.
Mercure Salzburg City, Salzburg
This first class hotel is located 10 minute walk the Mirabell Gardens.
Arcotel Castrellani, Salzburg
This first class hotel is located outside the city in picturesque garden setting.
Hilton Vienna, Vienna
This deluxe hotel is situated adjacent to Stadtpark, in the heart of Vienna.
Bellini Hotel or Hotel Gabrielli, Venice
Both first class hotels situated in Venice among the canals.
Starhotels Ritz, Milan
This first class hotel is located in downtown Milan, in the main shopping area
Northern Italy Tour with Austria and Switzerland Optional Tours
Day 5 Mount Pilatus Tour – $99 per person
Ascend the world’s steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, past sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces to Mt. Pilatus. After admiring splendid views of the Bernese Oberland and the snowcapped Swiss peaks from the summit at nearly 7000 feet, descend by aerial cableway and return to Lucerne.
Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
*From November through May and in the event of adverse weather, the cogwheel will be replaced by the cable car.
Day 7 Eagle’s Nest Tour – $67 per person
Excursion into the surrounding countryside of Salzburg to the ruins of Obersalzberg, once an important mountain retreat for senior Nazi SS officers and top party members. Transfer to special motor coaches adapted for the scenic mountain climb to Hitler’s notorious “Eagle’s Nest.” Ascending with the original elevator to the Kehlsteinhaus, you’ll see dramatic views of the snowcapped peaks
Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
This tour will not operate in April, May, October and November. In the event of inclement weather, the Eagle’s Nest will be closed and the optional will not operate.
Day 9 Mozart & Strauss Concert – $71 per person
Experience a delightful evening of Viennese culture in the “City of Music.” Attend a concert featuring the classical masterpieces of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss, two of Vienna’s most famous citizens. The musicians will bring to life the passionate strains of Mozart, a child prodigy who blossomed into one of history’s greatest composers and Strauss, the Waltz King, who composed the Blue Danube, the world’s most famous waltz.
Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.
Day 11 Gondola Ride with Music – $59 per person
One of the highlights of any Italian holiday! Enjoy a relaxing gondola ride with music along the famous Grand Canal, and experience a piece of Venetian history. Glide along the centuries old canals, past lavish palaces and under famous arched bridges (the Gondola holds a maximum of six passengers. Please note that this is not a private gondola ride. There will be one musician on board of one of the gondolas in your fleet).
Northern Italy Tour with Austria and Switzerland Itinerary
DAY 1 – Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy
DAY 2 – Arrive in Milan, Transfer to Lecco
Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Milan and transfer to your hotel in Lecco with views of Lake Como, one of the world’s most romantic destinations. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy the beautiful new surroundings. Tonight, a briefing with your Tour Manager about the delightful journey that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers.
DAY 3, Wednesday – Village of Bellagio
Begin the day in this paradise with a scenic morning cruise on Lake Como to the exquisite village of Bellagio, named “The Pearl” of Lake Como. Nestled amidst cypress groves, its earthy colored buildings climb up from the lakeside promenade. Wander along the narrow streets and alleyways, lined with craft shops, boutiques and cafés; or visit some of the gorgeous gardens with manicured lawns and fountains at Villa Melzi or Villa Serbelloni. Upon return to Lecco, you have time at leisure to experience your lakeside town with its spectacular mountain views.
DAY 4 – Lake Lugano, St. Gotthard Tunnel, Lucerne’s Old City
Travel this morning to Lugano in southern Switzerland’s Italian-speaking Ticino region on the northern shore of glacial Lake Lugano. Its Swiss-Mediterranean mix of cultures is similar to Italy’s northern Lombardy region and reflected in its architecture and cuisine. The palm trees give way to Alpine peaks and glaciers as you continue heading north traversing through the St. Gotthard Tunnel built under the Swiss Alps. On your journey to Lucerne, pass magnificent Alpine scenery, roaring waterfalls and running rivers. In the stunning lakeside Swiss city of Lucerne, get acquainted with the city on your walking tour to the sentimental Lion Monument, the 14th Century Chapel Bridge and the cobbled streets of the well-preserved medieval Altstadt (Old Town). Tonight, dinner together in Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 5 – At Leisure in Lucerne
The day is yours to independently discover this heart of central Switzerland. Wander through the lively streets, over bridges and along the picturesque lakeshore. Shop to your heart’s content for chocolates, watches, the famous Swiss and German cuckoo clocks, or sip coffee at an outdoor café and just “people-watch”. Perhaps, join the exciting optional tour to the summit of Mt. Pilatus. Ascend the world’s steepest cogwheel railway that winds up through lush meadows and sparkling mountain streams to nearly 7,000 feet. After time to admire the splendid panoramic views, descend by aerial cableway. Evening at leisure to discover some of Lucerne’s fine restaurants and cafes featuring endless selections of superb international cuisine.
Optional: Mount Pilatus Tour
DAY 6 – Travel to Innsbruck
Today travel to Innsbruck, “capital” of the Austrian Alps with its grand Hapsburg Palace, Golden Roof baroque Cathedral and famous Olympic ski jump. Tonight, a dinner at your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 7 – Salzburg Tour, Mozart’s Home, Sound of Music Locations
The picture-perfect city of Salzburg is nestled on the Salzach River, surrounded by graceful domes, sky reaching spires and the colossal 11th century Hohensalzburg Fortress. This baroque jewel is celebrated as the birthplace of Mozart and well-known as the setting for the singing Trapp family’s film, The Sound of Music. A guided walking tour takes you to the house where Mozart was born as well as to the city’s charming squares and bountiful Mirabel gardens.
DAY 8 – Morning to Vienna
This morning there is an optional tour to Obersalzberg, dubbed the Eagle’s Nest and once a mountain retreat for senior Nazi SS officers. Note the optional excursion is operated during summer months June, July, and August, and is always dependent on favorable weather conditions.
After the tour continues to Vienna, the magnificent Austrian capital. Upon arrival there is free time. Tonight, there is an included authentic Viennese dinner.
Optional: Eagle’s Nest Tour (AM)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9 – Tour Vienna
This sparkling city on the Danube has captivated travelers for years with its elegant shops, world-class museums, beautiful parks and gardens. Begin today’s tour at the impressive Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Hapsburg emperors. Visit the opulent baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured gardens. Continue with a drive along the Ringstrasse, Vienna’s main boulevard. View the Empress Maria Theresa Monument, Votive Church, City Hall and Parliament. After a walk through the Hofburg courtyards to the State Opera House, the rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, consider the optional Mozart and Strauss Concert.
Optional: Mozart & Strauss Concert
DAY 10 – Travel to Venice, Italy
Gorgeous scenery awaits you at every turn in the lush Austrian countryside as you travel over the legendary Semmering Pass. Enjoy breath-taking views of forests and tranquil meadows dotted with tiny villages huddled around baroque churches. After Udine, the lofty mountains give way to the flat and fertile Padana plain. Dinner is included tonight at your hotel in Mestre.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 11 – Boat Ride to Murano, Tour of Venice
The day begins in Venice with a boat ride to the Island of Murano, known for its artistic and colorful glassware. Afterwards, to St. Mark’s Square where the guided walking tour of this romantic city takes you to the Golden Basilica of San Marco, built over several centuries in a fusion of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture. Walk via the Bridge of Sighs, created at the beginning of the 17th century to serve as a link between prisons. Then, to the pink marble Doge’s Palace, the official residence of the Venetian ruler. Its facade is highlighted by a massive late-Gothic gate known as the Porta della Carta. The rest of the day is yours to explore Venice independently or, participate in the optional Gondola Ride with music – it’s definitely one of the highlights of any Italian holiday!
Optional: Gondola Ride with Music (PM)
DAY 12 – Travel to Milan, Milan City Tour
After breakfast, you set out for Milano, the Italian Capitol of Fashion. Upon arrival enjoy a panoramic tour starting at Sforza Castle, then proceed to Duomo Square and walk the Victor Emmanuel Galleria, a pedestrian mall build in the 1800s featuring a large arched glass ceiling. Bid a fond farewell to Italy at tonight’s Farewell Dinner with your new-found friends. Arrivederci!
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 13 – Depart Italy
Transfer to the airport in Milan for your departure flight