Alpine Escape: Germany, Austria and Italy 2024

Alpine Escape: Germany, Austria and Italy 2024

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Alpine Escape: Germany, Austria and Italy 2024

10 Days Starting in Munich and ending in Venice

Visiting: Munich, Friedrichshafen, Meersburg, Lake Constance, Liechtenstein, Innsbruck, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Marmolada, Autonomous Province of Trento, Province of Verona, Verona, Venice

Tour operator:

Back-Roads Touring

Tour code:

BAEMV4

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

10 - 18

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-99

Special diets catered:

Please advise requests

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Small Group

Activities:

Boat/Cruise Excursion

This tour is no longer available

Tour Overview

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. Worth Noting… The Marmolada cable car and WWI museum located in Cortina d’Ampezzo are closed during May and October departures. Instead, we will bask in the tranquil waters of Lake Masuria on a half-day tour.

Highlights

  • Cruise the tranquil waters of Lake Constance, visiting UNESCO site Unteruhldingen along the way

  • Wander the colourful, picturesque streets of Innsbruck, nestled in the Austrian Alps

  • Stay in the magnificent Cortina d’Ampezzo, proudly known as the Queen of the Dolomites

  • Explore the quaint streets of Verona during a guided tour

Places You'll See

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Munich (Germany)

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Location: Munich

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Drei Löwen (or similar)

Meals Included: Dinner

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.

Day 2 : Munich – Friedrichshafen – Meersburg – Lake Constance

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Location: Munich, Friedrichshafen, Meersburg, Lake Constance

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Constantia (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 3 : Lake Constance

Location: Lake Constance

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Constantia (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 4 : Lake Constance – Liechtenstein – Innsbruck (Austria)

Location: Liechtenstein, Innsbruck

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grauer Bär (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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!

Day 5 : Innsbruck

Location: Innsbruck

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grauer Bär (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 6 : Innsbruck – Bruneck (Italy) – Cortina D’Ampezzo

Location: Innsbruck

Accommodation: B&B

Accommodation Name: B&B Passo Tre Croci (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 7 : Cortina D’Ampezzo – Marmolada – Cortina D’Ampezzo

Location: Cortina d'Ampezzo, Marmolada, Cortina d'Ampezzo

Accommodation: B&B

Accommodation Name: B&B Passo Tre Croci (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 8 : Cortina D’Ampezzo – Trento – Verona

Location: Cortina d'Ampezzo, Autonomous Province of Trento, Province of Verona

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 9 : Verona

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Location: Verona

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 10 : Verona – Venice

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Location: Province of Verona, Venice

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

What's Included

  • Transport

    Premium mini-coach transportation

  • Guide

    Experienced Tour Leader and Driver

  • Accommodation

    9 nights in hand-picked accommodation

  • Meals

    9 breakfasts, 3 dinners

What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

Mode of Transport

We travel in premium mini-coaches equipped with comfortable seats, air conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view. With far more flexibility than a standard-size coach, we’re able to take the scenic route – winding through beautiful countryside to the heart of tiny villages and coastal towns.

Check out our Q&As

  • Do I need insurance?

    Before travelling with Back-Roads Touring, it is compulsory for all guests to take out comprehensive travel insurance. Please ensure your insurance covers medical expenses (including repatriation), cancellation cover, loss or damage to baggage and personal effects, money and personal liability. We recommend you carry your insurance details with you at all times. You may be asked to provide details of your medical insurance or a payment guarantee in some countries before medical assistance can be provided.

  • Medication and mobility

    Whilst on your tour, we want you to have the smoothest journey possible which requires some mobility conditions: 1) You must be fit enough to get on and off the vehicle on a regular basis, and to walk around towns and villages or to attractions. 2) You must be able to walk up and down stairs and use a shower over the bath. Please note that, unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate mobility scooter or wheelchair users as we frequently stay in traditional-style hotels and the majority do not have lifts or ground-floor rooms. If you take medicine for certain conditions, such as diabetes or heart problems, please carry it with you at all times. Please declare any medical conditions you may have in advance of your tour. If you are in any doubt as to whether our tours are suitable for you, please contact us.

  • Passports & Visas

    Please ensure your passport is valid for at least six months after the last day of your tour. Some countries will refuse entry if you do not have at least six months validity remaining on your passport after your departure date. Depending on your nationality, you may require a visa to enter certain countries. It is your responsibility to obtain visas prior to your tour’s departure. To determine which visas you’ll need, you can consult either your own government’s website or the government websites of the countries in which you will be travelling. PLEASE NOTE: Some visas can take up to six weeks to acquire, so don’t leave it until the last minute. Also, bear in mind that the validity of a visa often runs from its date of issue rather than the date of entry into the country. Please check with the appropriate embassy/embassies prior to departure as requirements do change periodically. We advise you to either carry a photocopy of your passport (and visa, if applicable) with you while abroad, or to ensure that you leave a copy with relatives back at home. This will enable the local embassy or high commission to arrange a replacement if the original should be lost or stolen. If you do take copies with you on your tour, please ensure that you keep these separate from your original documents.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Tipping is entirely at your discretion. If you feel you have received exceptional service, it is recommended that you tip £1-2/€ per day for Drivers and £4- 5/€ per day for Tour Leaders.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    We have solo capacity, however no single share.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Upon final payments, we will distribute E-Documentation to all of our guests. Dont forget we also have our App to download as an added feature.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like-minded travellers awaiting the opportunity to explore the less explored regions. Interests in food, wine, history, art as well as wartimes there will be a great mix of people to connect with on tour.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have our COVID Assurance Policy, Book now and relax knowing you are covered under our new COVID-19 Assurance Policy. At no additional cost to you, new bookings are now 100% refundable in the unfortunate event you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or unable to travel due to government-enforced lock downs prior to your scheduled departure date.

  • What level of mobility do I need?

    You need to be fit enough to get on and off the vehicle on a regular basis, and to walk both to attractions and around towns and villages. You also need to be able to walk up and down stairs in the hotels and use a shower over the bath. We frequently use traditional style hotels and the majority will not have lifts or ground floor rooms.

  • Who goes on Back-Roads tours?

    The majority of our guests come from Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. All tour commentaries are in English. Our tours appeal to those looking for a more relaxing style of travel, and who enjoy culture, good food, meeting like-minded people and exploring destinations in depth.

  • What is the minimum age for any Back-Roads Touring trip?

    The minimum age on all of our trips is 18 years.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    All Hotels in line with protocols following the World Health Organisation meet and exceed requirements for all Touring with us.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Back-Roads Touring has been operating from the UK for over 30 years.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    Inline with our booking flexibility policy, you are able to make as many changes as required up to 60 days from departue - with 1 last included up until 30 days out.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Generally no, but in extraordinary circumstances it can be looked at.

Reviews of this operator

Elspeth Chalmers (Google Reviewer)  

Wow what an incredible trip!...

22-Jun-2023

Wow what an incredible trip! Backroads thought of everything and the staff were incredible. We had an unbelievable experience.

Cindy Black  

13 trips and still amazed!

04-May-2018

This was my 13th trip with Backroads and it definitely exceeded my expectations, which is harder and harder to do!

Lori Harmon (Google Reviewer)  

Backroads is a premium travel/adventure...

12-Oct-2023

Backroads is a premium travel/adventure company. They provide structure but also promote making the journey your own. Guides highly trained and totally focused on making each person’s experience safe, fun and memorable. They seek out the best opportunities to play hard and rest well. Hands down the best tour company I have experienced.

Roger van den Boogaard (Google Reviewer)  

I had a wonderful experience...

02-Aug-2023

I had a wonderful experience touring Italy, this July 2023, with Backroads. Our tour leader was exceptional in her knowledge of all things around us. Our driver did an amazing job under VERY difficult circumstances. Bravo Luciano. The accommodations were fantastic. The provided meals were delicious.(not to mention the wine tasting🍷 or the ‘two a day’ gelato rule🍦, so we won’t)😁 The scenery as we passed through was astounding, particularly Tuscany and then up into the northern mountains. Breathtaking. Thoroughly enjoyable. Roger.

Debbie Waltermine  

First Experience?

12-Jul-2019

This was our first experience with Backroads and it was wonderful!! Your staff at the office and your group leaders are wonderful—you made it so easy to organize and plan all we needed. Truly a 5 star experience!

julie walton (Google Reviewer)  

We have just come off...

28-May-2023

We have just come off a Back Roads Highlights of Britain Tour 2023! Our tour guide and bus driver were amazing! Shabby our guide absolutely created magic for the whole bus! Magnificent itinerary, incredible commentary from young Shabby with music included to pay homage to the districts we were in! 🎶genius! Talk about an experience of a lifetime! A small group means going to the places the big buses can’t and time to get to know your fellow adventurers! Loved this tour and Back Roads if you’re reading this you have struck gold with your guide Shabby! Highly recommended 👍

Stephanie Breedlove  

Commitment to travellers is brilliant!

26-Sep-2019

The Backroads commitment to a personal level of service is apparent and so very appreciated. The genuine interest and execution of so many detailed extras made a significant difference in the experience. Backroads is truly a Small Giant.

Fiona Balsillie (Google Reviewer)  

Currently on a Portugal tour,...

08-May-2023

Currently on a Portugal tour, at this moment on the Douro river cruise. Sad to say but truely don’t bother. Small little boat we are stuck inside no ventilation limited views and you can’t take pictures due to the closed dirty windows

SUSAN Mills (Google Reviewer)  

Norway Fjords & Glaciers was...

12-Jul-2024

Norway Fjords & Glaciers was a terrible experience from start to finish. Driver & guide were definitely not local & neither were knowledgeable about the destination. Driver was erratic & too fast for such treacherous mountain roads. Guide was disorganised & unable to answer basic questions about Norwegian history. Dietary needs were not met and even accessing somewhere to eat was problematic. Accommodation was clean but basic & often very remote. Avoid this tour, Norway is far better experienced from the water.

Book with Confidence

  • Free Date Changes

    Back-Roads Touring allows you to make 10 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 60 days before the start of the tour.

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Back-Roads Touring allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform back-roads touring, 60 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Back-Roads Touring requires a minimum deposit of 150 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of back-roads touring charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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