Germany, Italy & Switzerland | EF Ultimate Break

Germany, Italy and Switzerland

10 Days  •  4 Cities //@ts-ignore//@ts-ignore 85

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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What are the top highlights?

  • Float along a canal in Venice for a classic perspective of the city
  • Marvel at the ornate artwork in St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Keep your eyes peeled for beer gardens and halls as you tour Munich’s city center
  • Visit Neuschwanstein, the majestic hilltop castle that inspired a familiar Disney icon
  • Take in the majestic beauty that is the Swiss Alps
  • Visit six cities and four countries in 10 days

Your trip includes

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers
  • Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motorcoach
  • 8 nights in hand-picked accommodations
  • Daily breakfast, Welcome Dinner & Farewell Dinner
  • Metro pass in Munich
  • Entrance to St. Mark's Basilica, Neuschwanstein Castle & other select attractions

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.


Click here for examples of where you'll stay.

Flights

Admit it, booking flights is the worst. Here's why you should let us do it for you:


  • 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.

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, it’s time for your Welcome Dinner. Enjoy pizza and gelato over drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Then it’s on to wherever your new friends and the party takes you.

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 May through October. Availability is subject to your tour’s departure date.


Remember being a kid and spending the day at the park, going down the slide over and over again until your mom said it was time to go home and eat chicken nuggets for dinner? Today will be like that, except this slide is nearly a mile and a half long and comes with magnificent panoramic views of the surrounding Alps. And once you’ve worked up an appetite, your guide (not your mom) will take you to a local brewery for a tour and tasting (of beer, not nuggets).

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 on the outskirts of Munich, Dachau served as the first Nazi concentration camp during World War II. Visit this somber site, which has since been transformed into a Holocaust memorial museum that serves as a testament to the strength of the human spirit. You’ll be accompanied by a private guide for a 90-minute tour. This excursion also includes transportation to and from the site.


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

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 overlooked by the snow-capped peaks of the Alps. It won’t take long to see why so many people flock to Switzerland—and seemingly never want to leave.

Today's Highlights:


  • Get introduced to the city with a guided tour from your Tour Director.
  • Stand in wonder before Löwendenkmal, an impressive sculpture of a wounded lion carved into a sheer rock cliff.
  • Stroll across the Kapellbrücke, a covered wooden footbridge featuring a series of paintings dating back to the 17th century.

Farewell Dinner
Share some laughs and any stories you may have missed along the way at this included farewell dinner with the group.

Trip up the Swiss Alps(extra cost)

Take an amazing trip to the top of a mountain in the Swiss Alps, the majestic mountains dominating the Lucerne skyline. Travel to the foot of the mountain by boat across Lake Lucerne, and then ride a cable car to the top. Take in the incredible panoramic views—see the city of Lucerne, its pristine lake, and the snow-capped Alps.


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

Day 10: Fly Home

Auf Wiedersehen, Freunde!
Translation: Goodbye, friends. Before you head to the airport, make sure to take one more group photo and grab that final drink. But this isn’t goodbye because you can always get the gang back together for another trip soon. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, we have a couple ways to keep your vacation going.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS

1. Double the fun
Many of our trips line up back to back. Give us a call and we’ll help you add another destination—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 a $30 fee. We’ll adjust your flights accordingly, but you’ll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside the tour.

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

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Date: June 21, 2020
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