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Across the Alps

From Bavaria to the Venetian Lagoon
 
The Alps are your backdrop as you visit Munich, Innsbruck, Verona and Venice on this self-guided, scenic and cultural rail journey. Spend two nights in each city at a high-quality, centrally located hotel, giving you ample time to follow our self-guided walking tours (notes provided).
 

Holiday information

 

A touring holiday across the Alps

Before the advent of trains, a journey across the Alps was arduous and fraught with danger, as much from highwaymen as from the hazardous terrain. Nowadays it’s nothing but a pleasure, the only ‘risk’ being getting so caught up in the mountain scenery drifting past the window that you don’t hear your station being called. To do so would be to miss out on a wealth of culture, so consider yourself warned!
Just as the Alps transcend national borders, so too does this journey, taking in not one, but three countries – Germany, Austria and Italy – so as to reveal four very different cities. Munich, just to the north of the Alps, is an easy-going city, frequently named the most liveable in the world, thanks to its leafy public spaces, beautiful architecture and vibrant cultural scene. To the south of the mountains lie two of Italy’s greatest cities, Roman Verona and beguiling Venice, while in between, right in the heart of the Alps, nestles fairy-tale Innsbruck, its Baroque architecture splendidly offset by the jagged peaks beyond.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • Arrival in Munich
    Night 1: at Hotel Torbräu (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore Munich
    Our self-guided walking tour around Munich balances some popular sights with more epicurean pleasures. As well as taking in elegant squares, leafy parkland and key landmarks such as the old city gates, the twin-domed Frauenkirche and the magnificent Baroque palace of Nymphenburg, you can take a leisurely stroll around the Viktualienmarkt’s tempting food stalls, and sample one of the celebrated beer halls – or Biergärten in fine weather – to toast the Benedictine monks who gave the city its favourite tipple as well as its name.
  • Munich to Innsbruck
    Travel south by rail, passing the craggy peaks of the Bavarian Alps before crossing into the heart of the Austrian Tyrol on your way to Innsbruck, where you spend two nights at the centrally located Hotel Maximilian.
  • Explore Innsbruck
    As you explore this imperial city following our self-guided walking tour through the Baroque Old Town, you will discover reminders of an illustrious past, from the Goldenes Dachl (the ‘Golden Roof’ is a covered balcony clad in 2,657 gilded copper tiles from which Emperor Maximilian I’s courtiers could look over the square below) to the Hofburg Palace and the Cenotaph (an empty tomb surrounded by 28 impressive statues). But for a stunning, 360-degree, bird’s-eye view, ascend to the Tirol Panorama and just gaze.
  • Innsbruck to Verona
    The next stage in your journey is a particularly memorable one. The train ride through the Brenner Pass, linking Austria to Italy as you pass from northern to southern Europe, is replete with both stupendous scenery and historical significance. It follows the route of the old Austro-Hungarian Brenner Railway, the first train to traverse the Alps, winding up to an altitude of 1,371 metres at the pass itself before beginning a gentle descent into Italy, skirting Lake Garda en route to Verona. A two-night stay at the Grand Hotel gives you time to discover why Shakespeare chose Verona as the setting for ‘the greatest love story ever told’.
  • Explore Verona
    The numerous Roman monuments (only Rome boasts more) are the obvious draw. While the great arches of the Porta Borsari are impressive, the Arena, the immense amphitheatre, really takes the breath away, especially during the summer-long opera season. However, don’t overlook the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, one of the most important Romanesque churches in northern Italy, decorated with 12th-century reliefs and frescoes, nor the elaborate Gothic tombs of the Scaligeri family. Our self-guided walking tour reveals the undertones of this evocative city, leaving plenty of time for a Valpolicella or Amarone in an ancient osteria frequented by locals.
  • Verona to Venice
    You travel east today, again by train, to end your journey right in the heart of sumptuous Venice. Your hotel for the last two nights, the Ca’ Nigra, is just a short vaporetto ride away and right on the Grand Canal.
  • Explore Venice
    We love getting lost in Venice – amid the never-ending maze of canals, bridges, campi (squares) and calli (lanes) – but our walking notes are also there to guide you! Be sure to catch the morning fish and fruit markets by the Rialto Bridge, and consider taking a boat trip across the lagoon to learn about the famed glassblowers of Murano who produce exquisite rainbow millefiori (multi-coloured) glassware. Mercurial Venice – with its rising tides, atmospheric mist and mysterious masks – never fails to surprise, intrigue, and above all delight.
 

Accommodation

Our four city hotels are all superbly located and as such make great bases from which to explore.

Please note: most beds in Austrian and German hotels are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. We refer to these as 'Austrian Twins' and they are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you.
 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 8 nights: 25 April 2020 - 31 October 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    25 - 30 Apr 2020 £1345 £795
    1 - 31 May 2020 # £1395 £825
    1 - 8 Jun 2020 £1460 £875
    9 - 30 Jun 2020 # £1595 £1025
    1 - 31 Jul 2020 £1495 £925
    1 - 22 Aug 2020 £1445 £860
    23 Aug - 1 Sep 2020 £1545 £960
    2 - 15 Sep 2020 £1460 £875
    16 Sep - 10 Oct 2020 not available not available
    11 - 23 Oct 2020 £1395 £825
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals, travel between hotels and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus a detailed information pack, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    # ADD £50pp/n (£70pn in a single room) for stays in Munich 4-8 May & 16-19 Jun 2020

    Included travel: Munich–Innsbruck–Verona–Venice by rail
    Add £97pp to upgrade to first class rail travel

    Pay locally for taxis between airports and railway stations.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Torbräu, Munich
    Deluxe: 25 Apr - 31 Oct 2020 £35
    Hotel Ca' Nigra, Venice
    Deluxe: 25 Apr - 31 Oct 2020 £50
    Superior: 25 Apr - 31 Oct 2020 £22

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Torbräu, Munich (B&B) Double room Single room
    25 Apr - 30 May 2020 # £145 £210
    31 May - 31 Jul 2020 # £172 £262
    01 Aug - 30 Aug 2020 £145 £210
    31 Aug - 17 Sep 2020 £172 £262
    18 Sep - 10 Oct 2020 not available not available
    11 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £172 £262
    # ADD £50pp/n (£70pn for single room) for stays in Munich 4-8 May & 16-19 Jun 2020
    Hotel Ca' Nigra, Venice (B&B) Double room Single room
    25 Apr - 04 Jul 2020 £122 £240
    05 Jul - 27 Aug 2020 £82 £158
    28 Aug - 31 Oct 2020 § £122 £240
    § Add £28pp/n (£56pn for single room) for stays Fri & Sat 10 Apr-4 Jul & 28 Aug-11 Nov 2020
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Munich (return from Venice)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Munich or Venice. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Munich Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Return route Airline
    Venice - Birmingham (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Munich Flybe 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - Cardiff Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Munich easyJet,  Eurowings,  Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - Edinburgh easyJet,  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Munich Lufthansa 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - Glasgow easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Munich British Airways 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - London City British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Munich easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - Gatwick British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Munich British Airways,  Lufthansa 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - Heathrow British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Munich easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - Luton easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Munich easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - Stansted Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Munich easyJet,  Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - Manchester easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Munich (via Düsseldorf) Lufthansa 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - Newcastle (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Munich Flybe 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Munich or Venice. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India & Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

What is included
  • 8 nights
  • 8 breakfasts
  • city maps and notes for walking tours
  • detailed cultural information
  • rail travel Munich-Innsbruck-Verona-Venice
 
Reviews

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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help.
  • The information that we send to you 2-3 weeks before your holiday includes practical information about each stage of your journey so that you can travel confidently from one hotel to another, recommendations for places to visit and eat out in each place, plus cultural information about the area. Where applicable, we also provide notes for a self-guided walking tour of most cities, and some large towns. Sample travel pack >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Germany, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official language is German. The currency is the Euro. German time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Austria, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • (Austrian) German is the most commonly spoken language. The currency is the Euro. Austrian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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