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EuropeGermany, Italy and Switzerland

Germany, Italy and Switzerland

10 days, 4 cities302

From $2699 with flightsPayments as low as $62

Overview

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Why Go?

Turn your dreams (the good ones, not the weird ones) into reality with this 10-day, epic trip through Italy, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. Along the way, you’ll trade roads for canals, explore scenic countryside and castles, and behold the magnificent Swiss Alps—so picturesque you’ll feel like you’re literally part of a postcard.

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Top Highlights

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Float along a canal in Venice for a classic perspective of the city

What's Included

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Accommodations

You’ll stay at accommodations hand-picked by our team of local experts, in rooms only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. Each property is located in a safe, convenient area. You’ll receive your exact accommodations 30 days before your trip departs.

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Flights

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  • Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
  • Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
  • Flights are booked with major airlines
  • 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
  • One checked bag included on most flights
  • Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure

Booking with a friend? Let us know and we’ll do our best to make sure you’re on the same flight. Still want to book your own flights? That’s cool, simply select ‘No flights included’ instead of your departure city in the ‘Flights from’ dropdown.

Full trip itinerary

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Overnight Flight

    Pack your appetite for adventure (and pasta) and board your overnight flight to Italy. This is the time to rest up—new countries, cultures, and cuisines await.

  • Day 2: Venice Region

    Benvenuto (welcome) to the Venice Region, otherwise known as Veneto. Once one of the richest and largest maritime trade empires in the world, the sheer number of canals, bridges, and boats should come as no surprise. You’ll drop off your bags, stretch your legs, then venture over to an authentic neighborhood on the western side of Venice.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Land at the airport and meet a waiting EF representative.
    • Transfer to your hotel to check in and check out your room.
    • Get familiar with the area around your hotel with an introductory walk with your Tour Director.
    • Travel to and tour the Santa Margherita neighborhood of Venice.

    In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner of local cuisine and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!

  • Day 3: Sightseeing Tour of Venice

    On your first full day of adventure, you’ll arrive at the gorgeous St. Mark’s Square after a short boat ride into the city. You’ll be met by a local guide who’ll show you the famous sights of the city, including the intricate artwork of St. Mark’s Basilica. Just remember to observe the local custom of covering your shoulders and knees before entering—but covering your mouth in awe is completely up to you.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Arrive in true Venetian style at St. Mark’s square via the Giudecca Canal.
    • Skip the line and gawk at the golden ceiling of St. Mark’s Basilica.
    • Stand in the footprints of history on the Rialto Bridge, the oldest spanning the Grand Canal.
    • See for yourself why the 15th century Scala Contarini del Bovolo staircase literally means ‘of the snail’.
    • Watch a local artist in action during a glass blowing demonstration.

    Free Time Suggestions
    Gondola Ride on the Grand Canal: What better way to experience a city known for its bridges and canals than with a gondola ride down the grandest of them all? Your Tour Director will point you in the right direction if decide you want a ride but finding the gondoliers yourself won’t be hard either—just look for their traditional uniform of black pants and striped shirts.
    Libreria Acqua Alta: Calling itself the most beautiful bookstore in the world, this gem is absolutely worth the visit. Wander through charming rooms stacked wall-to-wall with books in this unique shop that battles the nearly constant flooding by placing some of its books in waterproof basins, bathtubs, and boats.

  • Day 4: Travel to Salzburg via Innsbruck

    Put the canals of Venice in the rearview and set your sights on the city known for Mozart and The Sound of Music. Along the way you’ll stop in the town of Innsbruck, Austria, a popular destination for winter sports featuring colorful architecture set against the jagged peaks of the Alps.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Travel by bus from Venice to Salzburg, gaining altitude and a newfound appreciation of the towering Alps as you go.
    • Take a deep breath of fresh mountain air while you explore the scenic town of Innsbruck with your Tour Director.
    • Arrive in Salzburg and enjoy a free evening to explore the city on your own.
  • Day 5: Explore Salzburg + Optional Suds & Slides

    Sitting on the northern boundary of the Alps, Salzburg is known for its well-preserved baroque architecture and stunning alpine setting. Its name literally means ‘salt castle’ but we suggest opting for a delicious local strudel instead.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Join a local guide for a tour of the city including Kapitelplatz, Residenzplatz, and Old Town.
    • Stand before Sphaera, a prominent piece of art featuring a large golden sphere with a man perched on top.
    • Browse Alter Markt, the oldest weekly market in the city known for its selection of dairy, cabbages, and herbs.

    Free Time Suggestions
    Hohensalzburg Fortress: Dominating the city’s skyline atop Festungsberg mountain, this fortress is the largest fully preserved castle in Central Europe. Built in 1077 and never once captured by foreign troops, it nonetheless provides an amazing vantage point for its visitors.
    Sound of Music Tour: Walk in the footsteps of the von Trapp family as you explore original shooting locations and pose for the camera—just remember to think about a few of your favorite things to make sure you’re in character.

    Suds & Slides (extra cost)

    Note: This excursion is seasonal and only runs from mid-May through mid-October. Availability is subject to your tour’s departure date and weather that day.

    Remember how much you loved the playground? Today will be like that, except the slide is nearly a mile and a half long and comes with magnificent panoramic views of the Alps—and a pit stop at a local brewery.

  • Day 6: Travel to Munich

    Make your way to a major center of German art, music, and innovation. Considered by many to be the greatest beer destination in the world, it’s no wonder that it was rated as the world’s most livable city. And even if you’re not there during Oktoberfest, the beer still flows freely. Prost!

    Today's Highlights:

    • Follow a local guide on a tour of Munich’s main attractions including Frauenkirche, Marienplatz, and Glockenspiel.
    • Tempt yourself with the delicious array of food and drink in the massive farmer’s market and beer garden of Viktualienmarkt.
    • Stop by Hofbräuhaus, the most famous beer hall in the world, and have a stein on your own dime.
  • Day 7: Free Day in Munich + Optional Trip to Dachau

    Let your heart, or your stomach, take the lead on a day that’s completely up to you. Explore, sample the local fare (hint: sausages are wildly popular), and keep your eyes and ears peeled for a live show from a traditional Oompah band. Lederhosen optional.

    Free Time Suggestions
    BMW Museum: Pick up a ticket and discover an impressive collection of over 120 of BMW’s most valuable and attractive automobiles and motorcycles. The past, present, and future are all on display at this monument to German innovation and engineering.
    Bike through Englischer Garten: One of the world’s largest urban parks at over 900 acres, this English style garden has a lot to explore. Pedal your way by the Japanese teahouse, a stream with a standing wave surfed by locals, and more.

    Dachau (extra cost)

    Once a typical German town, Dachau was the first Nazi concentration camp during World War II.

  • Day 8: Travel to the Lucerne Region via Neuschwanstein Castle

    Get ready to roll out of Germany—but not before stopping by a castle so picturesque it’s rumored to be the inspiration behind Cinderella’s castle. Then it’s off to Switzerland, home to some of the finest chocolate in the world.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Climb aboard the private bus for a scenic ride across the European countryside.
    • Take a guided tour of Neuschwanstein Castle before heading up to Mary’s Bridge for the best view of the day.
    • Check another country off your list as you arrive Switzerland.
  • Day 9: Tour Lucerne + Optional Trip Up the Swiss Alps

    Breathe in fresh lake air with hints of fresh chocolate (it might only be your imagination) as you explore a charming city ov