View to Lugano city, Lugano lake and Monte San Salvatore from Monte Bre, Ticino, Switzerland.

Alpine Adventure to Italy & Austria

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Customizable Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited

Austria, Italy, Switzerland

Places Visited

Varenna, Bellagio, Como, Lugano...

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Suggested Duration

14 Days

From soaring peaks to sapphire waters, modern marvels and scenic splendor, the Alpine countries of Italy, Switzerland and Austria all have something special. City slickers will love the fine art and high culture of timeless metropolises like Innsbruck and Vienna, and rugged outdoorsmen will enjoy their journeys through Chur and Lugano. Be you a hill climber or art critic, friend of nature or fan of fashion, this unforgettable vacation is made just for you.

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Trip Highlights

  • Hit the highlights of Alpine Italy as you take three days to enjoy the charms of Lake Como, from the elegant towns that line its shores to the awe-inspiring sunsets that light the land and turns the lake to fire
  • Take a scenic train ride past the Italian border and into Switzerland, where you’ll explore the environs of Lake Lugano and its eponymous shore side town, the new Swiss hotspot for athletes and celebrities
  • Ride through the mountains in truly high fashion on board the Albula and Bernina lines of the Rhaetian Railway, taking you through the most picturesque parts of the Swiss Alps
  • Enter Austria at Innsbruck, one of the great cities in winter sports and site of some of the most impressive architecture and charming cultural traditions in the country
  • Visit Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart, the colossal Salzburg Cathedral, and the imposing ramparts of the Hohensalzburg Fortress
  • End your adventure in Vienna, the cosmopolitan capital of Austria and one of the great cities of Central Europe, home to the soaring spire of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Gothic towers of the Rathaus, and one of the best classical music scenes in the world

Detailed Description

The Alps are the literal highpoints of Europe, so majestic and memorable that they have become a byword for scenic mountain landscapes. This two week tour will show you the best of the Alps from three completely unique perspectives, as you’ll encounter these my peaks on Italian, Swiss and Austrian soil. If you’ve ever longed to discover the iconic backbone of Europe, this is the trip of your dreams.

Enjoy the more luxurious side of the mountains as you spend three days on the bucolic shores of Italy’s Lake Como, taking the spectacular scenery and the elegant lakeside villages like Bellagio and Varenna. Head north to Switzerland, where you’ll walk the streets of the country’s oldest city at Chur and revel in the untrammeled grandeur of nature that encircles the village of Lugano. And revel in the glories of the old Empire as you visit some of Austria’s greatest cities, from the Golden Roof of Innsbruck to the Town Hall of Vienna to the streets of Salzburg, filled with the tunes of Mozart, Austria’s favorite son. 

This is an adventure for mountain climbers and art enthusiasts, a tour designed for everyone from gourmands to grizzled nature-goers. It’s filled with arresting culture and singular scenery, replete with breathtaking buildings and charming cafes, characterized by an easy-going charm and engaging spirit. This is the Alps at their very best, and it’s time for you to make their acquaintance.

Starting Price

$4,545 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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