Alpine Escape with Jewels of Veneto
Back-Roads Touring Co
Majestic mountains, historic towns and tranquil waters await on this journey through three charming countries. We’ll feel the crisp mountain air, saunter among the locals in winding streets and uncover historic secrets at each unique stop. With our expert Tour Leader guiding us along the way, expect traditional tales and insider expertise as to what makes these parts of Germany, Austria and Italy so extraordinary.
This ultimate Venetian vacation is perfected by one unique quality: your stay onboard our floating boutique hotel. Not only will you benefit from an enviable location in Venice, you’ll also find that your hotel transports you to hidden gem towns nearby. Explore the waterfront shops, colorful facades and peaceful canals unique to Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. Farther south, discover Chioggia—a charming southern port loved by fishermen. And savor the spectacular wine and cuisines of this region every step of the way.
Your Fly, Stay & Cruise Package Includes:
- $2300 flight credit per person
- 9-night Alpine Escape: Germany, Austria & Italy guided tour, Munich to Venice
- 1-night Accommodation in Venice with breakfast
- 7-night Venice & The Jewels of Veneto cruise on board SS La Venezia
- Includes all meals & unlimited beverages onboard, excursions, WiFi, gratuities plus more
- A wide range of onboard activities & entertainment
- Private transfers throughout
- Port charges, fees & taxes onboard your cruise
Pricing is per person twin share and based on travel 25 July – 11 August 2024
Solo traveller pricing available. Please speak to one of our travel consultants for more details
DAY 1 - MUNICH (GERMANY)
We’ll begin our adventure in the glorious city of Munich. After meeting our expert local Tour Leader and like-minded individuals at the hotel, we’ll settle in for a delectable three-course dinner. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 2 - MUNICH – FRIEDRICHSHAFEN – MEERSBURG – LAKE CONSTANCE
This morning, our journey takes us to Friedrichshafen, a coastal city known for its importance in aviation history. Here, we’ll visit the Zeppelin Museum – the birthplace of Zeppelin, a large German airship used during WWI. Then, we’ll continue to the medieval city of Meersburg where we can relish some free time before a walking tour. Our local guide will lead us through quaint streets filled with colourful homes whilst sharing tales of its historic past. Our tour concludes at the magnificent Meersburg Castle, the oldest inhabited castle in Germany, where we’ll delight in breathtaking views over the town. Later, we'll traverse to Lake Constance, our picturesque home for the next two nights. Meals: Breakfast
DAY 3 - LAKE CONSTANCE
After breakfast, the glittering waters of Lake Constance await. We’ll embark on a boat tour of this resplendent area, making leisurely stops along the way. First: Mainau Island, also known as The Flower Island, with its lush blossoms, floral bouquets and fluttering butterflies. Here, we’ll explore a park filled with 150-year-old trees as well as the Baroque-style castle and church. Next, we’ll make our way to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Unteruhldingen. Lake dwellings from the Stone and Bronze Ages are dotted along the shore, lending us insight into the lives of those who inhabited this area between 4,000 and 850 BC. The evening is yours to enjoy a local dinner at your own pace. Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4 - LAKE CONSTANCE – LIECHTENSTEIN – INNSBRUCK (AUSTRIA)
Our day begins with a short but sweet scenic stop at Lindau where we’ll take in breathtaking views of the colourful city. Then, we'll continue to Liechtenstein, the fourth smallest country in all of Europe! Here our expert Tour Leader will take us on a guided tour of its greatest treasure: Liechtenstein Castle. Standing triumphant atop a hill, the majestic Gothic Revival castle could have been imagined from the pages of a fairy tale. The afternoon is yours to explore at leisure – amble through the capital of Vaduz and have lunch before we travel to our next destination! Meals: Breakfast
DAY 5 - INNSBRUCK
Welcome to Innsbruck, the capital of the Alps. Our morning begins with a walking tour with a local guide. During our stroll, we’ll spot the impressive Triumphal Arch, illustrious Imperial Palace and brilliant Golden Roof whilst learning about the rise and fall of the Habsburg dynasty. After our minds are satiated with newfound knowledge, we’ll take the cable car to a scenic lookout. Our awe-inspiring view: Nordkette mountains, the Jewel of the Alps. Back on lower ground, the afternoon is yours to discover Innsbruck at your own pace. Meals: Breakfast
DAY 6 - INNSBRUCK – BRUNECK (ITALY) – CORTINA D’AMPEZZO
We’ll head south towards Italy today, making a stop at Bruneck: an amalgamation of classic architecture within a vibrant atmosphere. Unearth its secrets at your leisure, taking in the colourful buildings, picturesque churches and local lifestyle. After finding delectable dishes to taste at lunchtime, we’ll make our way to Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy’s most exclusive ski resort. This chapter of our journey begins with a visit to the Observatory of Helmut Ullrich which will open our eyes to the galaxy above us during a guided sun observation. Tonight, we’ll share our favourite moments of the adventure so far over our included group dinner. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 7 - CORTINA D’AMPEZZO – MARMOLADA – CORTINA D’AMPEZZO
The Queen of the Dolomites awaits. We’ll take a series of cable cars to the top of Marmolada where we’ll enjoy sweeping 360-degree views of ice-capped mountains, deep valleys and never-ending skies. Then, we’ll swap nature for history with a visit to the Museum of the Great War in Serauta, before returning to Cortina d’Ampezzo where the rest of the day is yours to unwind in this splendid setting. Meals: Breakfast
DAY 8 - CORTINA D’AMPEZZO – TRENTO – VERONA
Wave farewell to Cortina d’Ampezzo. The small town of Trento awaits. Here, we’ll embark on a walking tour with a local guide, discovering an array of churches, palaces and museums bathed in architectural beauty. Then, we’ll venture to Verona, our home for the next two nights. Meals: Breakfast
DAY 9 - VERONA
Today we’ll embrace fair Verona, the city famed for its setting to the unrequited love story between Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. After exploring its quaint streets, visiting the well-known balcony and Verona Arena on a guided tour, we’ll savour a tasting of notable wines alongside local cheeses and meats. Tonight, our farewell dinner awaits where we can clink glasses to an unforgettable journey. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 10 - VERONA – VENICE
All good things must come to an end, including our mesmerising escape through three beautiful countries. After breakfast, we’ll travel to Venice – a city filled with glamour, gondolas and gelato – where we’ll say our goodbyes. Meals: Breakfast
DAY 1: VENICE (EMBARK)
Unpack, relax and enjoy your first evening on the Venetian Lagoon.
DAY 2: VENICE
With your early morning arrival at Doge’s Palace, you’ll be able to marvel at the estate in total peace. Wander through a Venetian neighbourhood and experience daily life in an authentic Venetian residential quarter. Later in the evening, cap the day off with a private once-in-a-lifetime experience at an after-hours lighting ceremony inside St. Mark’s Basilica without the crowds
DAY 3: VENICE, MAZZORBO (BURANO)
Start your morning in one of two of the Veneto region’s UNESCO World Heritage cities, Vicenza or Padua. In the afternoon, you'll reboard the ship for scenic sailing across the lagoon as we head towards Mazzorbo and Burano. A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
DAY 4: MAZZORBO, BURANO, CHIOGGIA
Spend the day exploring the northern lagoon of Venice and its captivating islands. Start with a visit to Torcello's famous basilica with an art historian, then stroll through the agricultural island of Mazzorbo and the rainbow-hued island of Burano during your free time after lunch. Alternatively, you can take the afternoon to see the renowned glassblowing artisans of Murano at work.
DAY 5: CHIOGGIA
Today, you’ll admire the greatest sites of charming and coastal Chioggia, including a stop at the local and lively market.
DAY 6: CHIOGGIA, VENICE
This morning, join a sailing excursion where you’ll explore the Po Delta where the Po River and the Adriatic Sea meet. Later, during lunch, we sail back to Venice.
DAY 7: VENICE
As your water taxi glides past narrow side canals and the Canal Grande, you’ll arrive in style at the Rialto Bridge. The iconic stone arch bridge sits at the narrowest point of the Canal Grande and holds numerous shops and restaurants. A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
DAY 8: VENICE (DISEMBARK)
Disembark the ship.
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Prices listed are per person in Australian/New Zealand Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking and shown *on the lowest classic category available at the time. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 11 September 2023 and can be withdrawn without notice. Cabin categories include prepaid government fees and port taxes unless otherwise stated. Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Visas are not included. Flight credit is applicable on airline of choice, subject to availability and subject to the carriers’ flight schedules and conditions. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.