EU IT-AT-DE 20D19N MXP-MUC-01

From S$3,460 per person
– Land package only.
– Typically 3-star accommodation.
– Meals as stated on itinerary.
– Includes travel passes & train tickets (if indicated).
– Includes entrance fees & tours (if indicated).
– Excludes optional activities.

ITINERARY
Day 01 – Milan Airport to Milan
Day 02 – Milan
Day 03 – Milan to Venice
Day 04 – Venice
Day 05 – Venice to Cortina
Day 06 – Cortina
Day 07 – Cortina
Day 08 – Cortina to Schladming
Day 09 – Schladming
Day 10 – Schladming
Day 11 – Schladming to Salzburg
Day 12 – Salzburg
Day 13 – Salzburg: Hallstatt / Eagle’s Nest
Day 14 – Salzburg to Oberstdorf
Day 15 – Oberstdorf
Day 16 – Oberstdorf
Day 17 – Oberstdorf to Munich
Day 18 – Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle
Day 19 – Munich
Day 20 – Munich to Munich Airport

20D19N Italian Austrian and German Alps

Day 01 – MILAN MALPENSA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – MILAN

On arrival at Milan Malpensa International Airport, your driver will meet you at the arrival hall and drive you to your hotel in Milan.


Day 02 – MILAN  [B]

 Milan, a city of fashion, design and finance, is a bustling metropolitan city with a rich history of art and culture, and several iconic attractions including the Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral, the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent (housing the “The Last Supper” mural by Leonardo da Vinci), the Castello Sforzesco (15th century defensive fortress with large courtyards and massive walls), the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (impressive building filled with shops), the Quadrilatero della Moda (Milan’s exclusive shopping district), the Teatro alla Scala (opera house), the Navigli Canals, and the beautiful Romanesque Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio.


Day 03 – MILAN – VENICE  [B]

Train from Milan to Venice on one of Italy’s high speed trains.  Upon arrival, enjoy Venice at your own pace.  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.


Day 04 – VENICE  [B]

Continue with your exploration of Venice.  You will certainly not be bored!


Day 05 – VENICE – CORTINA  [B]

Head to Cortina d’Ampezzo (Cortina).  An alpine town in the Italian Alps – better known as Dolomites – Cortina ranks among the top destinations for hikers in summer and skiers in winter.  In addition to breathtaking environs, cable cars will bring you to elevations and mountain peaks that will afford you top-of-the-world views of the Dolomites.


Day 06 – 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 (2,932m).  A short ride away from Cortina are the picturesque Lake Misurina and the iconic Tre Cime (3 Peaks) of the Dolomites.


Day 07 – CORTINA  [B]

Continue to enjoy the endless mountain views and walking trails of the amazing Dolomites region.


Day 08 – CORTINA – SCHLADMING  [B]

Travel from Cortina on a pre-arranged private transfer to the holiday alpine region of Schladming-Dachstein in Styria, Austria and experience the alpine highlights and natural beauty between the southern walls of the Dachstein (2,995m) and the Schladming Tauern (2,862m).  You will be based in the town of Schladming, a charming valley-town at the foot of the Planai (1,906m).  Schladming has a long skiing tradition having hosted numerous World Cup races and in 2013 it hosted the World Championships.  Enjoy the many mountain lifts in the region.  The lifts will bring you to the summits of the Planai, the Hochwurzen (1,805m and west of Schladming), the Hauser Kaibling (2,015m and east of Schladming) and the Dachstein (north of Schladming) where you can enjoy the awesome views of hundreds of mountain peaks including Austria’s highest peaks.  The ride up on the Dachstein Glacier Liftto 2,995m! – is a memorable experience on its own!  And that’s not all: at the summit there is a 100m long suspension bridgeAustria’s highest suspension bridge at a dizzying height of 2,700m! – featuring a unique “stairway to nothingness” leading to a glass platform which offers breathtaking views of not just Austria’s highest peaks but also the rugged face of the Dachstein Massif!  In addition to spectacular summit and alpine views and great walking trails, you can enjoy the nearby rustic villages of Rohrmoos (foot of Hochwurzen) and Haus (foot of Hauser Kaibling).


Day 09 – SCHLADMING  [B]

Continue to ride the mountain lifts and enjoy the amazing views and meadow-walks in and around Schladming.


Day 10 – SCHLADMING  [B]

Continue to ride the mountain lifts and enjoy the amazing views and meadow-walks in and around Schladming.


Day 11 – SCHLADMING – SALZBURG  [B]

Head to Salzburg, an Austrian city on the border of Germany, with views of the Eastern Alps.  Salzburg’s “Old Town(Altstadt) is internationally renowned for its baroque architecture and is one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps.  Its picturesque old town was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.  Salzburg is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his birthplace in the Altstadt is preserved as a museum displaying among others the musical instruments he played with and on during his childhood years.  In the mid‑20th century, the city was the setting for the musical play and film “The Sound of Music”.


Day 12 – SALZBURG  [B]

Enjoy Salzburg at your own pace.  Take time out to visit Mozart’s Geburtshaus, the place where the genial composer was born on January 27, 1756.  The house is located on Getreidegasse, Salzburg’s most attractive and most visited shopping street with its high and narrow houses and romantic courtyards.  Another highlight is Schloss Mirabell with its splendid gardens built by the baroque master builder Lukas von Hildebrandt.  The Trapp family and “The Sound of Music” is inseparably linked with Salzburg.  Take an optional tour and follow Maria’s footsteps and explore the many locations in the city of Salzburg and the surrounding countryside.


Day 13 – SALZBURG: HALLSTATT / EAGLE’S NEST  [B]

Choose either a visit to Hallstatt or the Eagle’s Nest.  Hallstatt is the most photographed village in the Salzkammergut region and consistently rated as among the top 5 attractions in all of Austria.  This picturesque town sits between the Hallstatter See (“see” meaning “lake”) and the Dachstein mountains, and is lined with colourful 16th century alpine houses and completed with a charming Gothic Catholic Church.  Hallstatt also offers tourists the opportunity to visit an ancient salt mine – with the reputation of being the oldest salt mine in the world dating back to 5,000 BC – with a subterranean salt lake.  For history buffs, visit the Eagle’s Nest, a chalet built for Adolf Hitler on the Kehlstein mountain at 1,834m above sea level with amazing views of the Alps in Germany and Austria.  Considering its position, the Eagle’s Nest is an engineering feat in and of itself where the final ascent is by way of a (brass!) elevator buried in the heart of the mountain.  Untouched during and after the war, the place has been left intact as it was in 1945 and is certainly well worth a visit. 


Day 14 – SALZBURG – OBERSTDORF  [B]

Head to Oberstdorf.  Oberstdorf, situated in the Allgau region of the Bavarian Alps, is connected to the Austrian alpine enclave of Kleinwalsertal by road.  Using Oberstdorf as a base, you can enjoy not only the Bavarian but also the Austrian Alps and visit the beautiful Austrian towns enroute.  The numerous lifts in the region will bring you up to summits on both sides of the border.  Oberstdorf is a beautiful alpine town and is a great hiking destination offering visitors boundless hiking opportunities amidst the alpine landscape.  From the cable car station in Oberstdorf, you can ascend the Nebelhorn (2,224m) and enjoy awesome views of the Alps.  You may even wish to venture on peak to peak hikes along mountain ridges dividing Germany and Austria!


Day 15 – OBERSTDORF  [B]

Continue to enjoy the numerous mountain lifts to different summits and panoramic walks and hikes in and around Oberstdorf.


Day 16 – OBERSTDORF  [B]

Continue to enjoy the numerous mountain lifts to different summits and panoramic walks and hikes in and around Oberstdorf.


Day 17 – OBERSTDORF – MUNICH  [B]

Head 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 Munich today at your own pace.  Beyond sights and shopping opportunities, do find some time to savour 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 – 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.

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