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The Best of Italy & Austria in 12 Days

This sample 12 day (11 nights) itinerary covers Rome, Venice, Salzburg & Vienna. The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, train tickets, transfers (airport & train station) and city tours. In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. There is also an option to travel between cities by private car or van transfers at an extra cost. This sample itinerary can serve as a starting point and of course can be adjusted to your interests, with a wide choice of activities, day trips and possible additional stops. Maybe some time in Florence, the wine hills of Tuscany or Bologna in between Rome and Venice for example. Our Destination Manager in the region provides assistance before and during your travels. They will be available to you leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will be provided with information on the best these destinations have to offer including things to see and do, restaurants, entertainment and other insider tips. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our Destination Manager throughout your trip. In all of our destinations we offer a variety of accommodation options including boutique style hotels, charming B&Bs and spacious apartments ranging from a three to five star level. From our first hand experience we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable and centrally located. We generally discourage chain hotels but provide accommodations with unique features or an authentic feel.
Italy
• Rome
• Venice
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Austria
• Salzburg
• Vienna

Itinerary


3 Nights in Rome

Day 1

After you land at Rome's Fiumicino airport you will be met in the arrivals hall by a driver holding a sign with your name on. The journey to your accommodation in the center of Rome should take around an hour.
Our representative will then meet with you to answer any questions you have and to get you settled for the rest of your trip.

Included : Rome Fiumicino Airport Transfer

Day 2

First Time in Rome
You'll be introduced to the layout and history of Rome today. Riding in a golf cart through the picturesque cobbled streets of the historical center of Rome flanked by beautifully built aristocratic palazzi, our eyes will be enchanted by the white travertino marble churches and they will feast on the famous variety of colours that make Rome unique. This tour is designed to get you oriented in the city and the main sights in the great center of Rome without duplicating the city's signature attractions such as the Colosseum and Roman Forum and the Vatican. On this tour you'll learn all about Villa Borghese, Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, Piazza Farnese and Piazza Navona as well as getting a little outside the obvious and crossing over the Tiber to the Trastevere neighborhood.

Rome By Golf Cart Private Tour
Rome By Golf Cart Private Tour
Maximum group size : 4
Duration : 3 Hours
Activity level : Easy
Included in your
vacation package
Included : Rome By Golf Cart Private Tour

Day 3

Optional: Focus on Ancient Rome with a group or private tour
Rome's origin story unfolds when you visit the Colosseum and the adjacent Roman Forum. Hear about life in ancient Rome and soak in the grandeur of these testaments to a lost civilisation. We can arrange for a private guide to explain how the Colosseum was built and what happened to it in the years since. Afterwards the tour proceeds to the Roman Forum, the center of political life of the city and ultimately the Empire, finding out the different purposes of the buildings whose columns and porticos still stand today. If you'd prefer the atmosphere of a group tour, which for parties of 4 or fewer can also save some money, we can instead arrange for spaces on a tour by a reputable group tour company.

Colosseum & Roman Forum Private Tour
Colosseum & Roman Forum Private Tour
Maximum group size : 12
Duration : 3 Hours
Activity level : Moderate
Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Group Tour
Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Group Tour
Duration : 3 Hours
Activity level : Moderate

Day 4

Today it's time to bid arriverderci to the Eternal City. Today you're headed to the magical maritime city of Venice. The high speed train service gets you there in a little under four hours. We've included standard class tickets in your package but can upgrade these to business class for an extra fee. We will arrange for a driver will take you to Roma Termini station in plenty of time for your train.
Included : Rome Train Station Transfer, Rome - Venice Standard Class Train Tickets
Rome

A little about Rome

The capital of Italy is a vibrant, energetic and stylish city. While thoroughly modern in sensibility, Rome is also home to some of the world’s most important works of classic art and architecture. This city has been an epicenter for culture, politics and religion for more than 2,500 years. From the Spanish Steps to the Vatican, there are more than enough sights to keep even the most active tourists busy and even somewhere as popular as Rome you can find places just off the tourist trail and bustling with locals. But it’s also nice to slow down and enjoy Rome’s famous cafes and restaurants, which can be just as beguiling as the buildings. Lounge with an espresso on the Campo de Fiori and watch the changing light on the fountains and the facades. Visit the Vatican and explore some of the world’s most beautiful churches. Rome really comes alive at night, when restaurants and wine bars bring a renewed vitality to the city. You’ll also have opportunities for day trips to local vineyards, olive groves, and other places producing regional delicacies. No matter what your interests, or what kind of holiday you’re looking for, Rome will be an enjoyable destination.

2 Nights in Venice

Day 1

You'll arrive in Venice at the city's main train station, Santa Lucia. Since Venice is a very unique city, transport options vary greatly based on the location of your hotel. Because the transport could vary, we won't include it in this package. You may find a vaporetto (water bus) to be the best option; there are stops right outside the train station and lines from here run to most points around the city.

Optional: Venetian Tapas and Wine Tour
You're in Italy so good food isn't too far away if you know where to look. One of our favorite ways to get to know a city is by taking a food tour. We can highly recommend taking part in this small group tour and getting your culinary bearings set with an afternoon sampling cicchetti, the Venetian version of tapas, accompanied by wine at Venice's best Bacari wine bars.

Cicchetti and Wine Group Tour of Venice
Cicchetti and Wine Group Tour of Venice
Duration : 3 hours
Activity level : Easy

Day 2

Introducing Venice: A Private Tour
Venice is a magical city, and today you’ll discover the best it has to offer, with a private three-hour tour with your own personal guide. You’ll get a feel for the layout of the city and appreciate some of its legendary landmarks. After being picked up at your accommodation, you’ll head toward the elegant Piazza San Marco, which is enclosed by buildings from the ancient republic. The shining gold of the Byzantine St. Mark church is sure to impress you. Later you’ll wind your way through the Castello district, including the large campo Santa Maria Formosa. Before reaching the famous Rialto bridge you’ll stop by the square of San Giovanni e Paolo and the Marco Polo House. From the top of the bridge you’ll be able to take in the wonders of the Grand Canal. At this point you’ll be right in the market, which is a lovely place to enjoy a glass of wine along with local recipes. Here you’ll conclude your tour in true Italian style.

First Time in Venice Private Tour
First Time in Venice Private Tour
Duration : 3 hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package
Included : First Time in Venice Private Tour

Day 3

Today you're saying Arrivederci to Italy as you head north to Austria. We will provide Standard Class Tickets for the Railjet train to Salzburg, with a change in Villach, Austria. First class tickets are available for an additional fee but the only benefit is a little more space. There's only one good connection per day, leaving Venice just before 10 AM. Because the cost of and need for a transfer to the train station varies depending on where you stay, we haven't included one but this can be arranged at an extra cost.
Included : Venice - Salzburg Train Ticket

A little about Venice

Venice is a legendary city with a charm and atmosphere all its own. The city was constructed on more than 100 islands connected by a series of canals, most of which are lined with gorgeous palaces, beautiful churches, and all sorts of impressive architecture. While the city isn’t huge, it is packed with pedestrian-only streets and quaint, winding alleys that will keep you exploring for days. The city is very popular with tourists year-round, so you certainly won’t be the only travelers walking through the streets with camera in hand. This being Italy, the cuisine in Venice is delicious, and we can especially recommend the Cicchetti of Venice tour. Cicchetti are Venetian tapas, and this tour will introduce you to some of the city’s most iconic eateries and its most delicious recipes. If it’s your first time in Venice, we can organize a tour to show you all the most important sites. And since no trip to the city of canals is complete without a boat ride, we offer a number of ways for you to get a new point of view of the city and its magnificent architecture. It’s easy to while away your time in Venice, discovering new secrets around every corner.

3 Nights in Salzburg

Day 1

Depending on where your accommodation is, we can have someone meet you at the train station and bring you to your accommodation.

Steigl Brewery Tour and Beer Hall Visit
Salzburg isn’t just the birthplace of Mozart, it’s also famous for its Steigl brewery. Today we’d recommend visiting the Steiglbrauerei to get a taste of the local brew along with some delicious traditional cuisine. You can tour the brewery and also stop at the beer hall for a lunch or dinner with plenty of authentic atmosphere.

Included : Salzburg Train Station Transfer

Day 2

Group City Tour, then Mirabell Palace and Gardens
Discover the beauty of Mozart's hometown as an experienced guide leads you on a walk through the UNESCO-listed city of Salzburg. Your walk includes all the sightseeing highlights, such Mozart's Birth House, Mozart's Residence, Getreidegasse, the Cathedral, Residenz Palace, and Mirabell Palace with its splendid gardens. If you come across anywhere you'd like to spend more time and and go inside, your expert local guide will tailor the tour to your interests. This is the best way to discover the city.

Salzburg Private Walking Tour
Salzburg Private Walking Tour
Duration : 2 Hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package
Included : Salzburg Private Walking Tour

Day 3

Cycle on the River Salzach
How about a little activity? You can see the city from a new point of view while getting some exercise by taking a bike ride on the banks of the River Salzach. The bike paths stretch uninterrupted for kilometers, so you’ll be in for a leisurely cruise through the city center and into the hills on the outskirts.

Day 4

You are saying goodbye to the alpine coziness of Salzburg today and heading to the grand city of Vienna. The train journey takes about 3 hours and trains run frequently throughout the day. We'll arrange tickets based on your preferred departure time as well as a driver to bring you from your accommodation to the train station.
Included : Salzburg Train Station Transfer , Salzburg - Vienna Train
Salzburg

A little about Salzburg

With its perfectly preserved UNESCO-listed Old Town, Salzburg is renowned internationally for its baroque architecture. Add the backdrop of the Alps and you’ve got a city that makes for an unforgettable holiday. The imposing Salzburg Cathedral and the Hohensalzburg Fortress dominate the skyline, and in the center you’ll find plenty of grand cafes and fine restaurants. Salzburg’s two biggest claims to fame are that it was the birthplace of Mozart and the stage for the timeless musical The Sound of Music. But there’s more than just history here. Today the city is a vibrant destination for travelers looking for a mix of classic culture and modern flair. Strolling through Salzburg is one of the great pleasures of Europe. The local cuisine is hearty and there are more than enough restaurants, bars and cafes to keep you busy. Beer lovers shouldn’t miss sampling a stein or two of delicious local brew at the Augustiner brewery. But there is so much to see in the surrounding region that no visit to the city is complete without a day trip or two. You could tour through the pristine countryside to visit the stunning Hellbrunn Palace. History buffs will want to venture farther afield to visit Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest perched high in the Alps in Berchtesgaden.

3 Nights in Vienna

Day 1

A driver will greet you at the Vienna train station and take you to your accommodation.

A World-class Evening of Opera
To get a real feel for the cultural high life of Vienna, there’s only one place to go. The Vienna State Opera, dating back to the mid-19th century, has been the cultural epicenter of the city virtually since it opened. The building itself is breathtaking and the performances are always sublime. Tickets are available in a range of prices, depending on your seats.

Included : Vienna Main Train Station Transfer (HBF)

Day 2

Get to Know Vienna on a Walking Tour
Vienna, the capital of Austria, is known for its rich history, from the classical music era to the Habsburg reign. Recently voted one of the most livable cities, Vienna is a city where you take your time and enjoy the breathtaking 18th-19th century architecture. Great for first-timers, our walking tour will take you through the pedestrian-friendly streets and parks of the old town. Leave the tourist path and join us for the perfect introduction to Vienna by our licensed tour guides.

Vienna Group Walking Tour

Included in your
vacation package
A Cultural Day in the Museumsquartier
If you want to get a taste of art and culture in Vienna, the Museumquartier should be your destination of choice. With more than a dozen museums ranging from the old and dusty to the young and avant-garde, this is the neighborhood that packs a lifetime of local culture into a few compact streets. It’s worth heading over to wander and window shop. You’re certain to find a museum or specific exhibition that suits you.

Included : Vienna Group Walking Tour

Day 3

Forest Hiking and Lunch in a Local Village Tavern
Just outside the city limits, there are plenty of hills and forests to explore, if you feel like stretching your legs a bit. Today we recommend putting on your walking shoes and having a look at what the surroundings of Vienna can offer. Climb along the rolling hills and enjoy pretty views of the city, then stop into a local village tavern for lunch or a cold drink. Your local contact can provide details about specific trails, if you’d like to learn more.

Day 4

Based on your flight departure time, we'll have someone pick you up at your accommodation and take you to the airport. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.
Included : Vienna Airport Transfer
Vienna

A little about Vienna

Vienna is a timeless city of high culture, grand cafes, breathtaking architecture and more, all set on the banks of the majestic Danube River. The moment you set foot in the city you’ll see why Vienna’s center is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Often regarded as the world capital of music, Vienna is the place where Beethoven and Mozart made history. Even today a visit to the opera or a classical music performance at one of the city’s sublime concert halls is an unforgettable experience. The center of Vienna, St. Stephen’s Square, is dominated by the impressive gothic cathedral of the same name. Inside you’ll find a rich collection of artistic treasures, and the view from the tower is well worth the climb, offering amazing views over the city. But the cathedral is only one of the most visible attractions in Vienna. You won’t want to miss the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace and the imperial Hofburg. Explore the city on foot, in a car, or by bike: the choice is yours. If you’d like to go farther afield you can even take a river cruise to nearby Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, or a bike trip to local wineries. But you don’t have to leave Vienna to have a wonderful time. Simply strolling through the pedestrian zones in the city center and stopping for a coffee and a slice of cake make for a truly enjoyable holiday.

Reviews from past guests

Overall rating:
(4.9/5 based on 28 reviews)

Reviews from guests who have traveled with us to at least half the destinations in this itinerary


JayWay Travel turns the intimidating prospect of traveling in a foreign country for the first time into an amazing experience, with as many options available to choose from as you could possibly want. Trepidation and worry melt away as all the details of traveling within the country and seeing all the sights are taken care of by people who know what they are doing!

- Traveled to Venice, Florence, Positano, Rome in May 2018 - rating:
(5/5)

"Great staff to work with. Everything went perfectly, drivers on time, hotels were just what we were looking for with great locations. Guides were fantastic. Everything went smoothly and it was nice to talk to someone rather than just email. Our driver in Budapest was wonderful. He took us to the train and showed us where the platform was and how to read the board. He went above and beyond when he saw my husband was nervous about it and actually showed us our car and seats. That is such special service."

- Traveled to Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg & Prague in May 2017 - rating:
(5/5)

"Jayway people really listen to their clients' needs and respond effectively. Personal service backed up by deep knowledge of Central Europe. Kevin Axe effectively listened to me and created the perfect trip for us. Friendly face to face service especially Marek and Nataly were outstanding. Each hotel was high quality and perfectly located. Right in the heart of each old city. Wonderful choices! On time, excellent English, clean vehicles, friendly drivers."

- Traveled to Prague, Salzburg, Vienna & Budapest in May 2017 - rating:
(5/5)

"Everything worked beautifully and everything was completely and efficiently handled from start to finish. All we had to do is show up and have fun."

- Traveled to Prague, Munich, Salzburg, Ljubljana, Vienna, Krakow, Budapest, Sibiu, Brasov, Bucharest in April 2016 - rating:
(4.8/5)

"JayWay Travel was exactly what we needed in planning our vacation. Other travel agencies offered tours that included most of the places that we wanted to see, but we were not able to fit into their fixed time schedules and routes. JayWay offered us the flexibility that we needed. We had the secure feeling of being on an organized tour, and JayWay's scheduling allowed us plenty of free time to explore the cities as we liked."

- Traveled to Bucharest, Sighisoara, Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov, Prague in January 2015 - rating:
(5/5)

"Jay and the team responded promptly to my requests, with complete information. Their in-depth local knowledge, unique hotel choices, recommendations on things to do, tours, scheduling all added up to a great vacation."

- Traveled to Prague, Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow in June 2013 - rating:
(5/5)

What's Included

Below you will find all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package.

Should you wish to add any optional tours and excursions listed on the Itinerary tab, please let us know.


  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Rome
  • Rome Fiumicino Airport Transfer
  • Rome By Golf Cart Private Tour
    Duration : 3 Hours
    Includes : Private English-speaking guide, Golf cart and driver
    Excludes : Tip for a guide
  • Rome Train Station Transfer
  • Rome - Venice Standard Class Train Tickets
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in Venice
  • First Time in Venice Private Tour
    Duration : 3 hours
    Includes : Guide
    Excludes : Tip for the guide
  • Venice - Salzburg Train Ticket
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Salzburg
  • Salzburg Train Station Transfer
  • Salzburg Private Walking Tour
    Duration : 2 Hours
    Includes : English-speaking guide, Complimentary pick-up from hotel
    Excludes : Entrance fees, Meals, Tip for the guide
  • Salzburg Train Station Transfer
  • Salzburg - Vienna Train
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Vienna
  • Vienna Main Train Station Transfer (HBF)
  • Vienna Group Walking Tour
  • Vienna Airport Transfer
  • Pre-trip assistance of the JayWay Destination Manager.
  • On-trip assistance from local JayWay Representatives.
  • A pre-paid local cell phone for all destinations.
  • Excursion booking advice and assistance.
  • Access to your personalized Guest Page, containing detailed destination information and tips on the best that these cities can offer.


- Flights to and from Europe.
- Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
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Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
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Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
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