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New Year's in Munich: Germany, Italy & Switzerland

10 days, 4 cities41
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A bustling street in a city center with many people walking around and a grand castle in the background during sunset
A bustling street in a city center with many people walking around and a grand castle in the background during sunset
A building at night with a statue of a woman and a lion in front of it and fireworks behind it
A canal lined by colorful buildings with a gondola sailing through the middle
A row of brightly colored buildings with mountains in the background
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Why go?

What do you get when you combine picturesque Venetian canals, fairytale Bavarian castles, snow-capped Swiss mountain ranges, and bustling medieval cities? Some would say this trip and, sure, they’d be right. But what do you really get? A rockin’ New Year's Eve at the famous Tollwood Festival Munich.

Picture yourself

  • Riding in a gondola through the canals of Venice

  • Yodeling from atop the majestic Swiss Alps

  • Raising a toast inside one of Munich’s legendary beer halls

  • Saying, “Hasn’t everyone been to Liechtenstein?”

  • Living a fairytale on the balcony of a hilltop castle

  • Ringing in the new year at the magical Tollwood Festival

What you'll get

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers (or book 'em yourself)

  • 8 nights in handpicked accommodations

  • 8 breakfasts

  • 3 dinners

  • Expert Tour Director

  • 24/7 support from our travel gurus

  • Entry to Munich’s iconic New Year’s Eve Tollwood Festival

  • 3 insider city tours with local guides

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Full trip itinerary

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Overnight Flight

    Board your overnight flight, bound for Italy. Get ready to eat spaghetti on penne on linguine on fettuccine on gnocchi on ravioli on chocolate gelato (not literally, but maybe literally).

  • Day 2: Arrive in Venice + Welcome Dinner

    Welcome to Venice, the renowned former naval power of Italy. Grab your walking shoes, a good map (like a really good map) and hit the narrow, winding, organized, yet maddeningly confusing streets. The one-of-a-kind canals have to be seen to be appreciated. Watch the gondolas, browse the shops, and eat the gelato until you can't eat anymore. (Let’s be real, you can always have more gelato).

    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!

    Today's highlights:

    • Meet an EF representative at the airport.
    • Transfer to your accommodations and check in.
    • Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director.
    • Get oriented to the city with an introductory walk with your Tour Director.
    • In the evening, it’s time for our Welcome Dinner!
  • Day 3: Sightseeing Tour of Venice (Local Guide)

    Get ready to see Venice through the eyes of a local Italian. Your guide will show you canals, an extraordinary basilica, and a staircase shaped like a snail. Have you had enough pasta yet? No. The answer is no. Eat more pasta.

    Today's highlights:

    • Enter St. Mark’s Basilica and bask in the mosaics inlaid in the golden ceiling (Crowds and schedule permitting the group will enter the basilica. If not, you’ll have the option to enter in your free time)
    • Follow the winding Grand Canal through the heart of Venice.
    • Play Marco Polo from across the Rialto Bridge, the oldest bridge in the city that connects San Marco and San Polo.
    • See several historic churches and amble through picture-perfect piazzas.
    • Take a water taxi back to the island, and discover what Venice has to offer once the sun goes down.

    Free time suggestions

    300 Years Old: Opened in 1720, Caffè Florian is the oldest café in the world. And while the venue may be old, their beliefs have always been ahead of their time. They were the only café to serve women during the 18th century. Nicely done, Florian.
    Jazz it Up: Looking for an intimate, authentic music experience? Venice Jazz Club hosts talented, local musicians in a low-lit, artsy atmosphere. Grab dinner, drinks, and some smooth, sexy jazz at a club where you’ll feel as though you’ve stumbled upon a magical, hidden gem. That’s because you have.

  • Day 4: Travel to Salzburg via Innsbruck

    You’re off to Salzburg! This city is known for Mozart, The Sound of Music, and a big ‘ol fortress that sits high above. On your way, stop in Innsbruck, Austria, and gape at the colorful buildings juxtaposed with the jagged mountains that tower over the city below.

    Today's highlights:

    • Travel by bus from Venice to Salzburg, with a quick stop in Innsbruck.
    • Take in the fresh alpine air and mountain town hospitality Innsbruck has to offer.
    • Arrive in Salzburg and stretch your legs along the meandering Salzach River.
    • Give a salute to Hohensalzburg Castle, a must-see medieval fortress; there will be plenty of time to play knight tomorrow.
  • Day 5: Walking Tour of Salzburg

    A full day in Salzburg, and so much to look at. Castles and music, and restaurants for chitchat. These are a few of my favorite things. Now go back, and read it the way Julie Andrews would want you to read it.

    Today's highlights:

    • Harness your inner Ron Weasley as you move giant chess pieces around in Kapitelplatz (Chapter Square).
    • Dip your head into the fountain at Resedenzplatz Square to find out if it's a fountain of youth. Never hurts to check, right?
    • Head to the Alter Markt, but not too fast, or you may miss Salzburg's smallest house, barely over 4 feet wide.

    Free time suggestions

    Medieval Times: Hohensalzburg Castle, which stands high on a cliff, is Central Europe’s biggest fully preserved castle and one of Salzburg’s finest attractions. It’s enormous, beautiful inside and out, and packed with history that dates back to the 11th century. Hike up or take the funicular, and immerse yourself in pure castleness.
    Compose Yourself: Salzburg is the birthplace of one of history’s most influential classical composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Visit the Mozart Residence and discover what made this guy the Elvis Presley of his time (and beyond).

  • Day 6: Travel to Munich + sightseeing + New Year’s Eve at Tollwood

    Head to the charming Bavarian city of Munich, a hub of German art, music, innovation, and one big New Year’s Eve bash. The Tollwood Festival is a whirlwind of food and drink tents, DJ sets, and live music—it’s a celebration you’ll never forget.

    Today's highlights:

    • Follow a local guide on a tour of Munich’s main attractions including Frauenkirche and Marienplatz.
    • Stop by one of Munich's famous beer halls for a stein*.*
    • Party the night away at the Tollwood Festival, counting down to the new year with food, drinks, and entertainment.
  • Day 7: Free Day in Munich + Dachau (Optional)

    Pull out your lederhosen and get ready for a free day in Munich. The city is yours to explore, and the pretzels are yours to devour.

    Free time suggestions

    BMW FTW: Stop at the BMW Museum for a look into BMW's past. See iconic cars, motorcycles, and other modes of transportation. The building itself is as cool as the stuff inside.
    Smell the Hops: Roam the English Garden. As you walk the 900-acre greenway (the first of its kind) grab a drink and sit in the second-largest beer garden in Munich.

    Dachau Memorial Site (extra cost)

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

  • Day 8: Travel to Lucerne via Neuschwanstein Castle

    All aboard for a scenic bus ride through the European countryside! Watch as rolling hills give way to majestic, snow-capped Alps. You're headed to Switzerland. On the way, make a photo stop outside Neuschwanstein Castle (AKA Sleeping Beauty’s Castle).

    Today's highlights:

    • Jump on the bus to Switzerland.
    • Visit Neuschwanstein Castle and snap some epic photos.
    • Grab lunch, breathe in the fresh German countryside air, and pretend this castle is yours (everything’s for sale, right?).
  • Day 9: Tour Lucerne + Optional Trip up the Swiss Alps

    Today you’ll experience why people are flocking to Switzerland (and it’s not just for the chocolate and cheese). Walk the streets of historic Lucerne, and marvel at the snow-capped Swiss Alps in the distance.

    Farewell Dinner
    Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.

    Today's highlights:

    • Walk the narrow streets and take in the incredible mountain scenery with your Tour Director.
    • See the one-of-a-kind Löwendenkmal, a surprisingly impressive and massive rock carving of a dying lion, carved to commemorate the Swiss Guards who were killed during the French Revolution.
    • Walk across the Kapellbrücke—this mural-lined covered bridge was originally built back in medieval times.
    • Wander the maze-like, cobblestone streets of Old Town Lucerne.

    Trip up the Swiss Alps (extra cost)

    Take an amazing trip to the top of a mountain in the Swiss Alps and soak in the incredible panoramic views.

    Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

  • Day 10: Fly Home

    Auf Wiedersehen, Freunde!
    Translation: Goodbye, friends. Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. Grab that final drink. (Fine, maybe a couple of drinks.) But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?

    –OR–

    EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS

    1. Double the fun
    A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.

    2. Go ahead or stay behind
    Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.

    Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.

Reviews


Overall rating: 4.8 out of 5
Based on 41 authentic traveler reviews
  • BOOK IT!

      Abigail, traveled Dec. 2023

    This was such a fun trip. Georgia was so knowledgable and fun. We had such a great group dynamic and the best time. If you're considering booking this trip, DO IT!

  • Best Experiences of My Life

      Kobe, traveled Dec. 2023

    For years I've never traveled through EF because I didn't know how legit it was. I'm really excited to say that after taking my first trip, I look forward to many more. This trip was the best trip/experiences of my entire life! (At one point I even got emotional as I stood watching fireworks to ring in 2024 just because of how cool the entire experience was.... See more

  • 10/10 recommend

      Anonymous, traveled Dec. 2023

    Such an amazing trip 

  • Book the trip!!

      Elyse, traveled Dec. 2023

    This was the best week of my life. I am exhausted and sick now but it was so worth it. Georgia was the best tour director and everything went so smoothly. The group I was with was the best I could’ve asked for and I genuinely have made friends for life :)

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