Duration
11 Nights
Fitness
Moderate
Travel
Multiple dates in 2019
Destination
Europe
Whatever you want to call it – luxury, romance, Europe at its best – there is certainly something special about this 13 Day Northern Italy, Switzerland and Austria itinerary. Live it up at Lake Como, a holiday favourite of George Clooney’s, and enjoy a morning cruise, immaculate villas and street-corner cafes. Sashay into a Swiss blend of cuckoo clocks and chocolate in Lucerne, before a musical sojourn in Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and setting for Sound of Music. From Vienna, finish on a high with passion and pasta in Venice and Milan.
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Exclusive savings of up to $650 per person for MyDiscoveries customers only
  • Flights included between Australia and Europe
  • Guided walking tours included in Salzburg, Venice and MilanAwesome sightseeing opportunities at Lake Como, Swiss Alps, Venice and more.
  • 17 meals included

HOLIDAY INCLUDES
MyDiscoveries exclusive saving of AUD $650 per person
International return flights included Australia-Milan, Milan-Australia
17 meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
11 nights accommodations: 2 nights Lake Como, 2 nights Lucerne, 1 night Innsbruck, 1 night Salzburg, 2 nights Vienna, 2 nights Venice and 1 night Milan
Hotel taxes, fees, service charges and Italian city taxes
Hotel porterage
All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival and departure dates
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

TRAVEL DATE
  • Apr: 21
  • May: 05, 19
  • Jun: 23
  • Jul: 21
  • Aug: 18, 25
  • Sep: 01, 08, 15
  • Oct: 06, 20

ITINERARY 
  • Day 1 Depart for Italy
  • Day 2 Arrive in Milan, Lake Como / Meals: Dinner
  • Day 3 Cross Lake Como to the Village of Bellagio / Meals: Breakfast 
  • Day 4 Lake Lugano, St. Gotthard Tunnel, Lucerne’s Old City / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 Full Day in Lucerne / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 6 Travel to Innsbruck / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 Salzburg Tour, Mozart’s Home, Sound of Music Locations / Meals: Breakfast 
  • Day 8 Imperial Vienna / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 Tour Vienna / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 10 Scenic drive to Italy / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11 Boat Ride to Murano, Tour of Venice / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 12 Travel to Milan, Milan City Tour / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 13 Depart Italy / Meals: Breakfast
For full itinerary information CLICK HERE
MAP
HOTELS
  • Como: Albergo Terminus or similar
  • Lucerne: Hotel Monopol Luzern or similar
  • Innsbruck: Grauer Baer Hotel
  • Salzburg: ARCOTEL Castellani Salzburg
  • Vienna: Hilton Vienna or similar
  • Venice: Bellini Hotel or similar
  • Milan: Starhotels Ritz

WHY BOOK WITH MYDISCOVERIES?
At MyDiscoveries we want to help you make ‘one day’, today. Whether you’re into cruising or glamping, or if you’d prefer to holiday at home or abroad, we’re driven to make your holiday dreams come true. With over 20 years of travel experience, you can be sure we can create the right holiday for you. Can’t find what you’re looking for on our site? Call us on 1300 404 606 and one of our travel consultants can create an incredible package for you.
The MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back
Pay over 5 x monthly, interest-free instalments. Credit card holders can spread their payments over 5 months on all MyDiscoveries holidays

FINE PRINT 
  • Valid for travel: Multiple dates in 2019
  • Advertised Price based on a 18 Aug 2019 departure at time of publishing.
  • Subject to availability at time of booking for new bookings only.
  • All prices are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Valid for sales unless sold out prior.
  • If you need to cancel your trip after travel has been confirmed, the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee.
  • Travel insurance not included, customers are advised to purchase appropriate cover.
  • Once your MyDiscoveries Voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by the MyDiscoveries Reservations team will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates.
  • If for any reason we are unable to book you onto your preferred dates please refer to the MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee to understand our refund policy.
  • When booking in your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveler names and details of any special requirements (e.g. vegetarian etc)
  • The MyDiscoveries team will send an email to you confirming all of your booking information.
  • We recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed.
  • Excludes: visa, meals not mentioned, travel insurance, items of a personal nature

VISA INFORMATION A visa gives a non-citizen permission to enter and stay in a certain country. Family Travel cannot issue visas for your trip. You will need to research Visa requirements and contact the nearest embassy or consulate. Australian Government’s travel advice service smartraveller.gov.au is a good place to start. Read more Visa information here.
Book your holiday in Italy, Switzerland and Austria now, online at www.mydiscoveries.com.au or on the phone 1300 404 606
1

Depart for Italy

2

Arrive in Milan, Lake Como

Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Milan and transfer to your hotel in the town of Como, on the exquisite Lago di Como, one of Italy’s most romantic destinations. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy the beautiful new surroundings. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting at approximately 6 PM with your Tour Manager about the delightful journey that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 PM on Day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible. MEALS: Dinner
3

Cross Lake Como to the 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 amid 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, time at leisure to experience the delights of this lakeside town with its spectacular mountain views, restaurants, and boutiques. MEALS: Breakfast
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. 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, enjoy dinner together in Lucerne. MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
5

Full Day in Lucerne

The day is yours to independently discover Lucerne, in the 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 is at leisure to discover some of Lucerne’s fine restaurants and cafes featuring endless selections of superb international cuisine. Optional: Mount Pilatus Tour MEALS: Breakfast
6

Travel to Innsbruck

Today on your way to Innsbruck view the tiny storybook Principality of Liechtenstein and its capital Vaduz, a proud remnant of feudal Europe, sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria. After travel to Innsbruck, capital of the Austrian Alps with its grand Imperial Palace, Golden Roof, and famous Olympic ski jump. Tonight, dinner is at your hotel. MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
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 von 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 Mirabell gardens. This afternoon is free for independent explorations in Salzburg, or join the optional excursion into the surrounding countryside to Obersalzberg, once a mountain retreat for senior Nazi SS officers. In motor coaches specially adapted for the mountain climb, ascend to Hitler’s notorious “Eagle’s Nest” hideaway. Afterward, return to Salzburg for an evening at leisure. Optional: Eagle’s Nest Tour
MEALS: Breakfast
8

Imperial Vienna

Today on to Vienna, the magnificent Austrian capital. This sparkling city on the Danube has captivated travelers for years with its elegant shops, world-class museums, beautiful parks and gardens.Upon arrival enjoy free time for lunch and spend the afternoon at leisure in the heart of the city where you can view St. Stephen’s Cathedral and explore the Graben, the pedestrian city center of Vienna. Tonight, dinner with your travel companions at a unique Viennese Tavern. MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
9

Tour Vienna

Begin today’s tour at the impressive Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Habsburg 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, Parliament, Hofburg Palace and the State Opera House. Balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight, experience a not to be missed optional Classical Viennese Concert performance of the masterpieces of Mozart and Strauss, two of Vienna’s most famous citizens. Optional: Mozart and Strauss Concert MEALS: Breakfast
10

Scenic drive to Italy

A long drive today. Depart Vienna in the morning, enjoying spectacular scenery as you drive through the lush Austrian countryside. After Udine, the lofty mountains give way to the flat and fertile plain. Arrive in Venice in the late afternoon. MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
11

Boat Ride to Murano, Tour of Venice

The discovery of Venice begins with a boat ride to the Island of Murano, known for its artistic and colorful Murano glassware. While here enjoy a visit to one of the factories to witness the art of glass blowing. Then onto 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, proceed 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 MEALS: Breakfast
12

Travel to Milan, Milan City Tour

After breakfast, set out for Milan, the Italian capital of fashion and design. 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 Tour Manager and newfound friends. Arrivederci! MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
13

Depart Italy

Transfer to the airport in Milan for your departure flight. MEALS: Breakfast
DESTINATION
Want a holiday where you can breathe the mountain air in the Swiss Alps, then shop til you drop in Milan? Cruise across Lake Como, then bring on the baroque in Salzburg? This 13-day itinerary shows off the best bits of Italy, Switzerland and Austria, including delightful immersions in cultural hubs such as Lucerne, Vienna and Venice.
From Lake Como, take a boat to Bellagio’s manicured villa gardens and narrow streets. On a walking tour in Lucerne, cross a 14th century Chapel Bridge and in Venice, pass under numerous bridges by gondola if you choose. Even traverse the fairy tale principality of Leichtenstein!

FLIGHT 
  • Flights are included in this deal.
For more information, call 1300 404 606
TRANSFER
  • All transfers are included in this deal.

MYDISCOVERIES VIP PACK
  • Start your holiday before you’ve even stepped on the plane with this MyDiscoveries exclusive VIP package.
  • Arrive at Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane airport in the comfort and style of a privately chauffeured luxury SUV or sedan, complete with complimentary water and WiFi.
  • Relax and unwind away from the usual airport hustle and bustle with premium lounge access complete with an array of amazing facilities at your disposal.
Read more CLICK HERE

WEATHER
  • Summer in Europe is from Jun – Aug during the regions peak travel time with many Europeans heading to the coastlines.
  • Sep – Nov offers mild temperatures with a taste of cooler conditions. this makes autumn is a fantastic time to visit Europe.
  • Winter can be very cold in Europe and lasts from Dec – Feb. If you would like to have a white christmas Europe is an amazing place to visit to experience that with temperatures getting low enough to snow is some areas
  • Mar – May is free of crowds and full of natural beauty with moderate temperatures making travel comfortable.

VISA Visas for Australians travelling overseas A visa is a form of permission for a non-citizen to enter, transit or remain in a particular country. We do not issue visas for overseas travel and cannot provide definitive information on visas. Only the countries you plan to visit can provide up-to-date information about their visa requirements. For all countries, contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the country you intend to visit well in advance of travel. Not all countries have representation in Australia. For a list of all countries visa requirements Click Here
TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you.
  • Call us on 1300 404 606 and quote Discovery10 for a 10% discount.
What is included in The Deal? Please refer to the ‘Includes’ section in The Deal for details of what’s included. If you are unclear, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 404 606 for more information.
Are there any health precautions or vaccinations that I need? We recommend you see your doctor at least six weeks prior to travel to get their advice and to allow time for any necessary vaccinations.
Can I arrange my flights with MyDiscoveries? MyDiscoveries is a full-service travel agency and we can arrange flights to any destination. Call us on 1300 404 606 to get a personalised quote.
Do I need travel insurance? We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you – call us on 1300 404 606
Can MyDiscoveries organise my travel insurance? We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote at competitive rates for you – call us on 1300 404 606
When will my booking be confirmed? Once your MyDiscoveries holiday voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by a member of the MyDiscoveries Reservations team. MyDiscoveries will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates and will send you an email to confirm your booking information. If for any reason we are unable to book you onto your preferred dates please refer to the MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee to understand our refund policy. When booking in to your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements.
What is the cancellation procedure? / Can I cancel or make changes to my booking? If for any reason you need to cancel your booking, contact the MyDiscoveries Reservations team on 1300 404 606. Once we have received your verbal request for cancellation we will ask you to confirm the request in writing (email or post is fine) so that we can accurately start processing the cancellation. Make sure you include your travel voucher number and traveller names when requesting and confirming the cancellation. Please be aware that the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee for cancellations outside our 30 Day Booking Guarantee period.
When will I receive my tour documentation? This one depends on the tour operator.
What type of clothes should I bring? Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather coat.
I haven’t received my MyDiscoveries voucher yet. What do I do? If you have not received your voucher contact MyDiscoveries on 1300 404 606 and we will resend your voucher by email or post.
How fit do I need to be? We have graded all MyDiscoveries products with a fitness level. Relaxed, Moderate & Active. For more information on the MyDiscoveries Fitness Levels CLICK HERE
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