AUSTRIA WITH ITALY
Austria officially the Republic of Austria , is a landlocked country of roughly 8.47 million people in Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The territory of Austria covers 83,855 square kilometres (32,377 sq mi) and has a temperate and alpine climate. Austria’s terrain is highly mountainous due to the presence of the Alps; only 32% of the country is below 500 metres (1,640 ft), and its highest point is 3,798 metres (12,461 ft). The majority of the population speak local Austro-Bavarian dialects of German as their native language,and German in its standard form is the country’s official language.Other local official languages are Hungarian, Burgenland Croatian, and Slovene.
The origins of modern-day Austria date back to the time of the Habsburg dynasty when the vast majority of the country was a part of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Austria became one of the great powers of Europeand, in response to the coronation of Napoleon I as the Emperor of the French, the Austrian Empire was officially proclaimed in 1804. In 1867, the empire was reformed into Austria-Hungary.
After the collapse of the Habsburg (Austro-Hungarian) Empire in 1918 at the end of World War I, Austria adopted and used the name the Republic of German-Austria (“Deutschösterreich”, later “Österreich”) in an attempt for union with Germany, but was forbidden due to the Treaty of Saint Germain. The First Austrian Republic was established in 1919. In the 1938 Anschluss, Austria was occupied and annexed by Nazi Germany. This lasted until the end of World War II in 1945, after which Germany was occupied by the Allies and Austria’s former democratic constitution was restored. In 1955, the Austrian State Treaty re-established Austria as a sovereign state, ending the occupation. In the same year, the Austrian Parliament created the Declaration of Neutrality which declared that the Second Austrian Republic would become permanently neutral.
Today, Austria is a parliamentary representative democracy comprising nine federal states. The capital and largest city, with a population exceeding 1.7 million, is Vienna. Austria is one of the richest countries in the world, with a nominal per capita GDP of $46,330 (2012 est.). The country has developed a high standard of living and in 2011 was ranked 19th in the world for its Human Development Index. Austria has been a member of the United Nations since 1955, joined the European Union in 1995, and is a founder of the OECD.Austria also signed the Schengen Agreement in 1995, and adopted the European currency, the euro, in 1999.Climate:
The greater part of Austria lies in the cool/temperate climate zone in which humid westerly winds predominate. With nearly three-fourths of the country dominated by the Alps, the alpine climate is predominant. In the east—in the Pannonian Plain and along the Danube valley—the climate shows continental features with less rain than the alpine areas. Although Austria is cold in the winter (−10 – 0 °C), summer temperatures can be relatively warm, with average temperatures in the mid-20s and a highest temperature of 39.7 °C (103.5 °F)
Italy, officially the Italian Republic, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Southern Europe. To the north, it borders France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia along the Alps. To the south, it consists of the entirety of the Italian Peninsula, Sicily, Sardinia–the two largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea–and many other smaller islands. The independent states of San Marino and the Vatican City are enclaves within Italy, while Campione d’Italia is an Italian exclave in Switzerland. The territory of Italy covers some 301,338 km2 (116,347 sq mi) and is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. With 60.8 million inhabitants, it is the fifth most populous country in Europe, and the 23rd most populous in the world.
Rome, the capital of Italy, has for centuries been a political and religious centre of Western civilisation as the capital of the Roman Empire and site of the Holy See. After the decline of the Roman Empire, Italy endured numerous invasions by foreign peoples, from Germanic tribes such as the Lombards and Ostrogoths, to the Byzantines and later, the Normans, among others. Centuries later, Italy became the birthplace of Maritime republics and the Renaissance. Through much of its post-Roman history, Italy was fragmented into numerous city and regional states (such as the Republic of Venice and the Church State), but was unified in 1861. In the late 19th century, through World War I, and to World War II, Italy possessed a colonial empire.
Modern Italy is a democratic republic. It has been ranked as the world’s 24th most-developed country and its Quality-of-life Index has been ranked in the world’s top ten in 2005. Italy enjoys a very high standard of living, and has a high GDP per capita.It is a founding member of what is now the European Union and part of the Eurozone. Italy is also a member of the G8, G20 and NATO. It has the world’s third-largest gold reserves, eighth-largest nominal GDP, tenth highest GDP (PPP) and the sixth highest government budget in the world.It is also a member state of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Trade Organization, the Council of Europe, the Western European Union and the United Nations. Italy has the world’s ninth-largest defence budget and shares NATO’s nuclear weapons.
Italy plays a prominent role in European and global military, cultural and diplomatic affairs. The country’s European political, social and economic influence make it a major regional power.The country has a high public education level and is a highly globalised nation.Climate
Thanks to the great longitudinal extension of the peninsula and the mostly mountainous internal conformation, the climate of Italy is highly diverse. In most of the inland northern and central regions, the climate ranges from humid subtropical to humid continental and oceanic. In particular, the climate of the Po valley geographical region is mostly continental, with harsh winters and hot summers.The coastal areas of Liguria, Tuscany and most of the South generally fit the Mediterranean climate stereotype (Köppen climate classification Csa). Conditions on peninsular coastal areas can be very different from the interior’s higher ground and valleys, particularly during the winter months when the higher altitudes tend to be cold, wet, and often snowy. The coastal regions have mild winters and warm and generally dry summers, although lowland valleys can be quite hot in summer. Average winter temperatures vary from 0 °C (32 °F) on the Alps to 12 °C (54 °F) in Sicily, like so the average summer temperatures range from 20 °C (68 °F) to over 30 °C (86 °F).
1N Vienna – 1N Salzburg – 2N Innsbruck – 2N Venice – 1N Florence – 2N Rome
Meet and greet upon arrival and transfer to your hotel. Check in Hotel (1400hrs). Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
VIENNA – SALZBURG
Breakfast at Hotel. Morning City Tour & Schönbrunn . This tour will give you an overall impression of the most significant historical sights of ienna. Along the Ringstrasse we show you numerous grand buildings, such as the MAK, the tate Opera House, the magnificent Museum of Fine Arts with its world famous art treasures of the Habsburgs and the Natural History Museum, the cultural district the Museums Quartier, the ofburg (the former Habsburg winter residence), the Parliament, the City Hall and the Burgtheater. The highlight of this tour will be a visit of the showrooms of Schönbrunn Palace, once the summer residence of the Habsburg family and home of Maria Theresia. On the way back to the opera we pass by the Belvedere Palace, the former summer residence of Prince Eugen, which houses the largest and the most precious Gustav Klimt collection in the world. Later return to your hotel. In the afternoon we will depart to Salzburg (Standard Train Travel Included). Meet upon arrival in Salzburg and transfer to yourhotel. Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast
SALZBURG – INNSBRUCK
Breakfast at Hotel, Morning Half Day Salzburg City Tour of Sound – (SIC Basis) You have to make your own way to the starting point of this tour at Mirabellplatz, directly in front of St. Andrä Church. This wonderful ride with breathtaking views of the landscape where the opening scenes were filmed. Relax and listen to the original Sound of Music soundtrack. Our English-speaking guide not only shows you the highlights of the film ‘Sound of Music’ but also the historical and architectural landmarks in the city, as well as a part of the picturesque lake district. Tour will be for around 4hours. Later return to your hotel on your own. In the afternoon departure transfer to train station to connect to your Train to Innsbruck. (Standard Train Travel Included). Arrive in Innsbruck and transfer to your hotel.Check in hotel . Overnight at the hotel. Breakfast
Breakfast at Hotel, today is free to just explore this breathtaking town in the Alps or choose to visit the Crystal Factory Showroom or just relax. Overnight at the hotel.
INNSBRUCK – VENICE
Breakfast at Hotel, departure transfer to train station to connect your Train to Venice. (Standard Train Travel Included). Meet upon arrival in Venice St Lucia Station and transfer to your hotel.Check in Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.Breakfast
Breakfast at Hotel, in the morning make your own way to the Tourist Office – Plaza San Marcos by 0900hrs. Guided Walking Tour of Venice. This interesting tour centered around the history of St.Mark’s Square and its main monuments. Visiting the St. Mark’s Basilica wirth its marble and mosaics and the Ducal Palace where the old Republic of Venice exercised their political and commercial powers in the Doge Palace. Crossing the Bridge of Sighs ariving at the famous Venice Jail. Finishing off the tour and with the opportunity to visit the glass factory on the island of Murano (The visit to Murano is optional and not included in the Walking Tour). The rest of the afternoon free to explore Venice. Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast
VENICE – FLORENCE
Breakfast at Hotel, Check out of Hotel, Departure Transfer to train station to connect Train to Florence (Standard Train Travel Included). Arrive and transfer to your hotel by afternoon. Check in Hotel. Rest of the day free to explore this city. Overnight at the hotel.
FLORENCE – ROME
Breakfast at Hotel, Proceed for makeing your own way to the starting point of this tour at Piazza della Repubblica at the “Caffè Le Giubbe Rosse”. Tour starts at 1000hrs daily except Mondays.(If you are in Florence on Monday then it will be replaced with a One Day Open Bus Ticket.) Guided Florence Walking Tour- (SIC Basis). This itinerary allows you to discover the origins of Florence and the reasons that made her the birthplace of the Renaissance. The tour, which lasts about 2 hours, is dedicated to all those who wish to learn more about the facts and secrets of over 2,000 years of Florentine history, city of Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and other important figures. We leave from Piazza della Republica where we discuss the city’s Roman origins and then walk towards nearby Palazzo Davanzati whose interior we shall visit. Afterwards we amble through some of the less crowded streets towards Ponte Vecchio and finally enter Piazza Signoria through the Uffizi courtyard. From this main piazza and civic centre our tour takes us past the 47 Oratory of the Bonomini next to the house of Dante until we reach the city’s religious centre. The tour finishes with the Cathedral and the Baptistery of St. John. Make your own way back to your hotel. Later departure transfer to Florence Railway Station to connect your Train to Rome. Arrive in Rome and you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Breakfast at Hotel, Morning Rome Eternal Tour – (SIC Basis) (Pick up from Some Hotels). You will start your tour and then pass by Republica Square and its Nymph Fountain, constructed by Mario Rutelli. We continue by Veneto Ave. to the “Piazza di Spagna”, the most famous square in Rome, with its impressive 138 steps stair and the Barcaccia fountain, (built by Bernini) (tour). Later on, we visit the “Fontana di Trevi”, made by Nicola Salvi, and the Pantheon, an enormous building constructed by the Ancient Rome, admired and studied by Michelangelo. We end up our tour with a visit in the Navone Square, a typical baroque square where Cesare Domiciano had built an Stadium in 92 B.C. Nowadays, it is considered as the square of artists where the “Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi” (Fountain of Four Rivers) stands out, which hold and original Egyptian obelisk built by Bernini in the 17th century. The tour will last for around 3 hours. Later return to your hotel on your own. Rest of the afternoon free at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
ROME – DEPARTURE FLIGHT
Breakfast at Hotel. Day free at leisure until departure transfer to Rome Airport for your onward journey.
Price / Inclusion
|PRICE FROM||EURO STANDARD||EURO FIRST|
|Adult (Sharing 2)||€ 985||€ 1381|
|Child with Bed||€ 739||€ 1035|
|Infants 0-23 Months||€ 443||€ 621|
|Single Traveler||€ 1280||€ 1795|
|CITY NAME||HOTEL NAME||HOTEL NAME|
|Vienna||Hotel Alexander or similar||Hotel Ananas or similar|
|Salzburg||Hotel Lasserhof or similar||NH Carlton or similar|
|Innsbruck||Goldene Krone or similar||Hotel Sailer or similar|
|Venice||Universo & Nord Hotel or similar||Amadeus Hotel or similar|
|Florence||Hotel Ascor or similar B & H||Ambasciatori or similar|
|Rome||Hotel Fiamma (Leonardi) or similar||Starhotel Michelangelo or similar|
- 09 Nights Hotel Accommodation on twin sharing basis
- To and Fro Airport/Train Transfers by Coach
- Daily Breakfast
- Train travel between Innsbruck to Venice
- Sightseeing’s inclusive of entrance fees by coach as stated in the itinerary
- Visa & Insurance fees.
- Airfare and Taxes (Internal airfare wherever applicable)
- Any meals other than specified above
- Any sightseeing other than mentioned above.
- Any item of personal nature like mini-bar, portage, tips, laundry, telephone calls etc.
- All entrance fees and excursions not mentioned above.
- 1 EURO = INR 70..
- High Season surcharge applicable.
- The prevailing Rate of Exchange of the day of payment will be applicable
- The passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure.
- Kindly note that drivers are not guides
- We are not holding any air seats and hotel bookings at this point Confirmation of Hotels and other services is subject to availability.
- You can upgrade to an alternate room category, hotels and air bookings by paying an extra cost
- International hotel check in is 1400hrs and checkout would be 1200hrs.
- Early check in and late check out subject to availability
- Itineraries are subject to change
- Book early to ensure best rates & services and hassle-free Visa processing You may extend your hotel stay or upgrade any service at an extra cost.
- Contact us to tailor-make this itinerary to suit you best
Itenary : BEST OF AUSTRIA & ITALY 10 DAYS / 09 NIGHTS