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Switzerland, Germany & Italy

10 days |  12 days with Italian Lakes extension
10 days |  12 days with Italian Lakes extension
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Take the scenic route and weave your way across Europe’s most legendary landscapes.

Want to make the most of a European vacation? Whether it’s your first or fifth time crossing the pond, this trip fits the bill. As you pass through five countries, you’ll marvel at storybook vistas, like the sky-scraping peaks of the Swiss Alps and Venice’s serpentine network of gondola-laden canals, and plenty more in between. But don’t let your jaw drop just yet: Fairytale German castles, residences fit for Liechtensteiner royalty, and one of the oldest wineries in the world dot your route, too. Get your fill of unforgettable moments and meals—and if you aren’t quite ready to say goodbye (we wouldn’t blame you), extend your trip to the scenic shores of the Italian Lakes.

Your tour package includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 wine tasting
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Included highlights

  • Kapellbrücke in Lucerne
  • Liechtenstein
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Nymphenburg Palace in Munich
  • Novacella Abbey & South Tyrol wine tasting
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Zurich today.

Swiss Alps2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Zurich & transfer to the Swiss Alps
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Switzerland! Transfer to your hotel in the Swiss Alps. Later, get to know your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner, served with beer or wine.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Lucerne
Included meal: Breakfast

Set out into lakeside Lucerne (one of Switzerland’s most populated cities) for a guided sightseeing tour and enjoy a taste of Alpine life—complete with unbelievable views of Pilatus, Rigi, and other neighboring mountains.

  • View the Lion Monument, a tribute to the Swiss Guards who sacrificed their lives in Paris during the French Revolution.
  • Pass the hand-painted facades that line the cobbled streets of the Old Town—the traditional core of the city that dates back to medieval times.
  • Cross the famous Kapellbrücke, a covered wooden footbridge spanning the Reuss River, and view the Water Tower—a 13th-century work that’s one of the oldest structures in all of Lucerne.
  • See the Jesuit Church, the first large Baroque building of its kind to be built north of the Alps in Switzerland.

Enjoy a free afternoon in the Swiss Alps or add an excursion.

Mount Pilatus

From $135 per person

Munich3 nights
Day 4: Munich via Liechtenstein & Neuschwanstein
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your way to Munich, cross through Liechtenstein, a tiny Alpine principality that dates back to the Holy Roman Empire.

  • Visit the Liechtensteiner capital, Vaduz, and pass the royal family’s namesake castle. Perched atop a hill, Vaduz Castle has watched over the region since the 12th century, and serves as the royal residence to this day.
  • Enjoy free time in the town (and be sure to get your passport stamped!)

After, pass through the Bavarian Alps, making stops along the way.

  • Pause for photos of Neuschwanstein Castle’s unique mix of Gothic, Romanesque, and Byzantine architecture, and marvel at the fairytale retreat of “Mad” King Ludwig II.
  • Revel in scenic views of the Alps as you relax and explore during free time, or grab lunch in Schwangau, the town below Neuschwanstein.

Then, continue on to Munich and sit down for an included dinner, served with beer or wine.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Munich
Included meal: Breakfast

Today, embark on a guided tour of Munich and experience daily life like one of its nearly 1.5 million inhabitants. Founded in the 12th century and boasting traditional and cosmopolitan appeal, the capital of Bavaria is the third-largest city in all of Germany. It’s also home to the original Oktoberfest—a massive Volksfest that, to this day, remains the largest beer festival in the world.

  • Travel past the 18th-century Englischer Garten—one of the largest urban parks in the world—and the fashionable Schwabing district, formerly home to Munich’s bohemian residents.
  • Enter Nymphenburg Palace, the Baroque home to past Bavarian royalty.
  • Walk from Odeonsplatz—Munich’s large central square, named after an adjacent former concert hall—through the well-manicured grounds of the Hofgarten to view the Residenz, once home to the Wittelsbach dukes of Bavaria.
  • Explore Marienplatz, Munich’s medieval heart, and see the famed Glockenspiel clock before heading to the Frauenkirche—a Gothic cathedral and the seat of the local archdiocese.
  • Take some free time to explore the Viktualienmarkt, where you’ll find fresh food, flowers, and other delicacies.

Spend a free afternoon in Munich or add an excursion.

Dachau

From $55 per person

Day 6: Free day in Munich
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Munich or add an excursion.

A Day in Salzburg

From $99 per person

The Dolomites1 night
Day 7: Dolomite Alps via Novacella Abbey & wine tasting
Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch, Wine tasting

Bid Bavaria ade (that means “farewell”) as you travel through the Austrian Alps en route to Italy’s mountainous Dolomites, also known as South Tyrol.

  • Visit Novacella Abbey, a prestigious Augustinian monastery and an important cultural landmark that has existed for almost 900 years.
  • Explore the abbey alongside a guide and stroll through its cloisters, museum, and famous library hall.
  • Learn about the monastery’s history as one of the world’s oldest active wineries.
  • Sit down for a light lunch of South Tyrol specialties, along with a wine tasting.

Continue to your hotel in The Dolomites and enjoy a free evening.

Venice2 nights
Day 8: Venice via Verona
Included meal: Breakfast

En route to Venice, stop in Verona with your Tour Director for a walk along its historic streets. Situated on the shores of the Adige River, this UNESCO-recognized city traces its origins back over two millennia and still shows well-preserved vestiges of its Roman heritage.

  • Stroll through the city’s Old Town and explore a rich heritage tracing back to the first century B.C.
  • Admire the 2,000-year-old Roman arena; the Piazza delle Erbe, which functioned as the town’s forum during Roman times; and the Gothic villa (complete with a balcony) that inspired William Shakespeare’s timeless Romeo and Juliet.

Enjoy free time in Verona before continuing on to Venice, where you’ll have free time for the rest of the evening.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Venice
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Today, meet up with your local guide and explore the heart of Venice on foot and by vaporetto, or water taxi. Admire historic churches, winding waterways, and storied piazzas on a tour of this UNESCO World Heritage site of a city, which was established in the fifth century and is known as the Queen of the Adriatic.

  • Step onto iconic St. Mark’s Square and view the St. Mark’s Basilica—an opulent, domed church built in the 11th century to house the body of St. Mark the Apostle.
  • View the stately Doge’s Palace, a masterpiece of Venetian Gothic style that was built in 1340 and served as both the residence of the Doge (the supreme authority of the Republic of Venice) and the seat of the Venetian government.
  • Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs (or Ponte dei Sospiri in Italian), now a famous Venetian landmark that was built in 1600 to connect the Doge’s Palace to a prison situated just across the canal.
  • See a Murano glassblowing demonstration and learn about Venice’s most celebrated art form, whose roots in the city date back to the 10th century.

Then, enjoy a free afternoon in Venice or add an excursion.

Please note: Travelers should feel comfortable getting into and out of the water taxi.

Later, celebrate your trip at tonight’s farewell dinner, served with beer or wine.

Gondola Ride: Venice Canal Cruise

From $89 per person

Private Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two

From $165 per person

Flight Home
Day 10: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to explore the Italian Lakes.

Extension to Italian Lakes
Ringed by rugged mountains and defined by pristine blue waters, the Italian Lakes typify the country’s natural beauty. On this two-night extension, you and your group will visit a pair of the region’s most famous lakes: Como and Maggiore. From their shores, you’ll explore cities and castles, cruise between picturesque islands, take in Northern Italy’s unparalleled vistas, and cap it all off with one final toast with your fellow travelers.
Italian Lakes2 nights
Day 10: Lake Como & Rocca di Angera
Included meal: Breakfast

Head north to beautiful Lake Como, located in the foothills of the Alps, where your Tour Director will introduce you to the waterfront city of Como.

  • Take in Como’s eclectic Rationalist architecture, along with its glittering lakefront and staggering mountain scenery.
  • View Como Cathedral, one of the last Gothic cathedrals built in Italy.

Later, head through the Italian countryside to Lake Maggiore, Italy’s second-largest lake.

  • Climb to Rocca di Angera, a massive castle that towers over Lake Maggiore from a commanding perch atop limestone cliffs.
  • Trace the stories illustrated by the 14th-century frescoes that adorn its historic rooms—some of the most important examples of Lombard Late Gothic painting in existence.
  • Wander through the medieval garden, where you’ll find beautiful flowers and medicinal herbs.

Continue to your hotel in the Italian Lakes and enjoy a free evening.

Day 11: Free day on the Italian Lakes
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in the Italian Lakes region or add an excursion.

This evening, sip a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Lake Maggiore Cruise & the Borromean Islands

From $125 per person

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Milan airport for your flight home.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.9 out of 5

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    Switzerland, Germany, and Italy May 2024
    5/17/24 by 2nd-time traveler Tami

    Had a nice time but I bought this trip especially for switzerland and we had the minimum time there and it fell on a Switzerland holiday. I was hoping to visit inside of a castle but we run out of time. Offering more meals provided with the package would be nice.

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    5/17/24 by 1st-time traveler Donna

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    5/17/24 by 6th-time traveler Charmaine
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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Hotel Schweizerhof
    Hotel Schweizerhof

    This charming hotel is located in the town of Engelberg within the Swiss Alps. Guests enjoy the sauna, fitness rooms, and stunning views of the surrou...

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    Holiday Inn Munich City Centre
    Holiday Inn Munich City Centre

    This centrally-located hotel is located in the heart of Munich. Guests enjoy the fitness center, Finnish style sauna, and an on-site restaurant. Nearb...

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    Stadt Hotel Città
    Stadt Hotel Città

    This beautiful hotel is located within Bolzano's main square in the Dolomites region. Guests enjoy the fitness center, spa, and spacious rooms. Nearby...

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    Hotel Splendid
    Hotel Splendid

    This classic hotel is located in Baveno on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Guests enjoy the private beach area, stunning views, and on-site restaurant. N...

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    Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal
    Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal

    This elegant hotel is located on the banks of the Grand Canal. Guests enjoy Venetian-style rooms complete with Murano glass work, the rooftop bar, and...

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    Flights

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