Alp yourself to the mountains in the heights of Switzerland, maze through the canals of Venice, and roam through Rome’s pizza-perfect sites.
Which are more magnificent - cities or mountains? It’s a tricky question, but if you’re going to answer it, this tour provides you with the best samples of both. You alp yourself to the greatest mountains in the heights of Switzerland, maze through the canals and culture of Venice, and roam through Rome’s pizza-perfect piazzas and sites. The best thing is in winter, all the sights are just a little sprinkling more magical!
We spend 10 days exploring France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland. We visit Paris, Munich, Venice, Rome, Florence, Lauterbrunnen.
What Is Included...
Your fantastic Busabout crew
9 nights’ accommodation
All coach transport
Orientation walk in Munich
Trip starts at 8:00am at Wombats City Hostel, Munich
Trip ends at 10:00am at St Christopher's Inn Canal, Paris
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10 Day Itinerary
Day 1: Munich to Venice
We depart Munich and begin our journey to “The Floating City”, Venice. Resting across the backs of 118 islands, this ancient architectural marvel is a UNESCO-listed monument teeming with rich history and beautiful sights. Upon arrival we check into our accommodation and the rest of the night is yours to relax after a tiring day of travel. Head out into the town and immerse yourself in the vibrant Italian nightlife, or join us for dinner and drinks at the home base.
Day 2: Venice
Venice is a magical city in winter and today you can explore this historic location. See the beautiful canals up close on an intimate gondola ride and if you’re lucky you may even be serenaded by your gondolier! Wander through St. Mark’s Square and enjoy some of the world's tastiest gelato, or do as lovers have done for centuries and marvel at the Bridge of Sighs. For the foodies, grab a pizza at a canal-side restaurant overlooking the Rialto Bridge before strolling among the boutique fashion stores that line the twisting alleys of the city. For the best Instagram shots, take a trip on a vaporetto to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello and witness the incredible artistry of the traditional glass blowing!
Day 3: Venice to Rome
All roads lead to Rome, as this morning we depart Venice for a trip through the rolling Italian countryside. This ancient capital, home to empires and emperors, dates back more than 2,500 years and is one of the most historically significant cities still standing today! We arrive in the afternoon and check in before heading out to explore this city overflowing with history, art, and monuments. This evening we offer a delicious optional dinner, so relax with some incredible Italian food and rub shoulders with your fellow passengers over a few glasses of vino.
Day 4: Rome
This morning, head out to lose yourself to the glory of Rome! Join us on an optional walking tour of the city and see such sights as the world famous film location the Spanish Steps, make a wish at the picturesque Trevi Fountain, visit the Pantheon and see the ancient battleground of the gladiators in the Colosseum. Alternatively, travel to the world’s smallest state of Vatican City and see the majesty of St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the various Vatican Museums and the incredible artefacts they house. Tonight, a trip to hipster Trastevere is a great way to sample some traditional Italian food, side by side with intimate wine bars and craft beer houses.
Day 5: Rome to Florence
After breakfast we say ‘arrivederci’ to Rome and board the coach headed into wine country! Our destination is the Tuscan capital of Florence. Upon arrival you have the day to explore the birthplace of the Renaissance at your leisure or join us for a fantastic optional walking tour. See such sights as the Piazza Signoria, Duomo, Dante’s House, Uffizi Galleria, and the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze among others. Then we have an informative leather demonstration followed by a traditional Florentine dinner, before we head out for a lively night of karaoke.
Day 6: Florence
Florence has been home to artists for centuries and today is your opportunity to explore this Renaissance-inspired city. See the largest brick dome ever constructed at the Florence Cathedral, visit the towering town hall of Palazzo Vecchio and the numerous sights located in its immediate surroundings, explore the Arno river and see the beauty of the old bridge, or spend the day relaxing with some great wine on your quest to find the perfect Florentine steak. Today we offer optionals such as horse riding, day trips into the heart of Tuscany, or a visit to San Gimignano to explore the vineyards and cellars and sample some delicious wine pairings.
Day 7: Florence to Lauterbrunnen
Today, we head for the Swiss border and the Alpine paradise of Lauterbrunnen. Sit back and relax with your camera at the ready, as we spend the day making our way through the pristine mountain wilderness before arriving in our picturesque home for two nights. This valley is nestled between the high mountains and dotted with 72 waterfalls! Get checked in this evening and join us for a delicious optional dinner, a traditional cheese fondue, and crispy potato rosti or spend the evening relaxing in the fresh mountain breeze.
Day 8: Lauterbrunnen
Today we will be spending the whole day in awe of Lauterbrunnen’s numerous majestic sights and crashing falls. For the adrenaline junkies why not get a bird's eye view of the region while paragliding or skydiving? Head to the slopes of the Jungfrau region and carve up some powder while snowboarding or skiing. Venture via the funicular to Jungfraujoch to experience life at nearly 4,000m. For the James Bond fans, a trip to the top of Schilthorn and the Piz Gloria, featured in 007’s “On Her Majesty's Secret Service” also boats spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. For the evening, join your group for night sledding at the Swiss mountains!
Day 9: Lauterbrunnen to Paris
This morning after breakfast we wave goodbye to the gorgeous Swiss Alps and make our way through the rolling countryside and back to our starting point, the glamorous French capital of Paris. We arrive in the late afternoon and get checked in before having one last group dinner and enjoying some drinks. Alternatively, head to Montmartre and witness the sexy spectacle of the Moulin Rouge or spend the night lost in the vibrant Parisian nightlife.
Day 10: Paris
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Frequently Asked Questions about the Southern Winter Adventure
Tour starts from:
Wombats City Hostel, Munich at 8:00am
Tour ends in:
St Christopher's Inn Canal, Paris at 10:00am
Accommodation is included for this trip. You will stay in Dorm Share (max. 8 bed dorm).
You can upgrade to a private twin/double room (min. 2 people) from MyTrip once you have made a booking.
* All upgrades are subject to availability.
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Here is the list of available optional activities, excursions and freetime avaiable on this trip:
- Skiing and snowboarding in the Swiss Alps
- Visit the “Top of Europe” at Jungfraujoch
- Winter extreme sports and activities
- Take a gondola ride along the canals of Venice
- Visit the world's smallest country, the Vatican, right in the centre of Rome
- St. Peter's Square and Cathedral
- Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel
- Rome Ultimate Walking Tour
- Day trip full of wine and snacks in the Tuscan region of Italy
- Walking tour ticking off all the main sights of Florence
- Go night sledding in the Swiss Alps
All optional extras and excursions will be available to book through your Busabout Guide on the trip.
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