CRUISE & RAIL: MILAN, VENICE & THE SWISS ALPS
Experience the varied wonders of Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein and Slovenia from every angle with a one-of-a-kind adventure by land, cruise and train.
Begin your journey in Milan and move on to romantic Venice. These two legendary cities (Milan—home to Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, and Venice—the “Queen of the Adriatic”) will bookend unforgettable experiences set along Northern Italy’s exquisite coastline.
Travel from dynamic Milan to romantic Venice and treat yourself to a private evening opening and lighting ceremony at St. Mark’s Basilica. Depart the enchanting “City of Water” to 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, artists and anyone looking for unique gifts or souvenirs. Head inland to enjoy a multicourse lunch, complete with decadent wine pairings, at a historic wine estate in the vineyards of Valpolicella. Enjoy additional shopping time in “bountiful” Bologna and medieval Padua, once home to Galileo and Copernicus. Your trip to Italy wouldn't be complete without a visit to UNESCO-designated Ferrara and Verona, the famed city of Romeo and Juliet.
Cap off your voyage with a 4-day train trip to Zurich. You’ll sleep on the luxury Golden Eagle Danube Express with ever-changing views at your window – the perfect follow-up to a river cruise. Along the way, visit the glittering lakes of Zurich and Bled, explore medieval towns and capital cities, enjoy a private concert in the caves of Postojna and more.
Who will enjoy this cruise/tour:
This itinerary is ideal for experienced travelers who are looking for a unique way to travel. Many of these experiences are best discovered on foot. Romantics, connoisseurs of food & wine, and lovers of art & architecture will love this adventure.