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Cruise & Rail: Venice & the Swiss Alps (2021)

Duration 12 days

Destinations visited :
  • Switzerland
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  • Italy
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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.

Complement your journey 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 introduction 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.

Travel 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. Enjoy additional shopping time in “bountiful” Bologna and medieval Padua, once home to Galileo and Copernicus. Each of these enchanting locales is yours to discover on “Cruise & Rail: Venice & the Swiss Alps”.

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.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary or contact us on 0207 620 8952 to find out more.

DAY 1

Zurich
Arrive at the Zurich Airport. If your cruise/tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to your hotel.

DAY 2

Zurich (Embark), Vaduz and St. Anton
Board the Golden Eagle Danube Express and settle into your cabin as the train departs Zurich Hbf (Main Station) and runs along the Lake of Zurich and Walensee on the way to Sargans, where you’ll detrain for a visit to Liechtenstein and its capital city of Vaduz. Back onboard the train for lunch, you’ll pass into Austria and the Vorarlberg as you head to St. Anton for an afternoon in a year-round Alpine resort.

DAY 3

Innsbruck, Brenner Pass and Lienz
After breakfast, explore the Tyrolean city of Innsbruck before enjoying a scenic lunchtime train ride through the Italian South Tyrol, over the Brenner pass and onto Fortezza and San Candido. You’ll return to Austria for a late-afternoon visit to the medieval town of Lienz, where you can visit its 13th-century hilltop castle, Schloss Bruck. During dinner on the train, you’ll head to Slovenia and arrive in Jesenice in the Julian Alps.

DAY 4

Lake Bled, Ljubljana and Postojna
Today you’ll visit the picturesque Lake Bled, including a morning ride in a traditional pletna boat to Bled Island. Later your train will head to the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, where your afternoon tour will take you on a boat cruise along the Ljubljanica River. Dinner will be served early on the train tonight as you travel to Postojna for a private evening concert in the caves.

DAY 5

Trieste and Venice (Disembark), Transfer to ship (Embark)
Your train will cross into Italy early in the morning, where you’ll stop in the medieval port city of Trieste, once amongst the oldest and largest cities in the Habsburg Empire. Then return to the train and prepare to disembark at the Venice Santa Lucia Station on the Canal Grande, where you will be transferred to the ship. Unpack, relax and enjoy your first evening on the Venetian Lagoon.

DAY 6

Venice
With your early morning arrival at Doge’s Palace, you’ll be able to marvel at the estate in total peace. Wander through a Venetian neighborhood and experience daily life in an authentic Venetian residential quarter. Later in the evening, cap the day off with a private once-in-a-lifetime experience at an after-hours lighting ceremony inside St. Mark’s Basilica without the crowds.

DAY 7

Venice, Chioggia
Choose between a full-day in medieval Padua, home to Italy’s second oldest university, or a Venice walking tour and a choice of several exciting ways to see Chioggia: riding on a traditional bragozzo or biking through this authentic fishing town.

DAY 8

Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara)
Explore Italy’s culinary capital Bologna on a full-day tour packed with an exclusive pasta-making workshop and lunch or explore Ferrara on a half-day tour.

DAY 9

Porto Viro, Chioggia, Burano
Today, you’ll admire the greatest sites of charming and coastal Chioggia, including a stop at the local and lively market. Your ship will move to dock overnight in Burano, where you’ll enjoy a lovely evening stroll through this multicolored island.

DAY 10

Burano (Torcello, Mazzorbo, and Burano), Venice
Spend the day exploring the northern lagoon of Venice and three of its captivating islands. Explore a basilica with an art historian in Torcello before heading to the peaceful, agricultural island of Mazzorbo. End the tour with a stroll through Burano’s rainbow of colorful homes and visit a lace-making atelier.

DAY 11

Venice
As your water taxi glides past narrow side canals and the Canal Grande, you’ll arrive in style at the Rialto Bridge and Fondaco dei Tedeschi. The iconic stone arch bridge sits at the narrowest point of the Canal Grande and holds numerous shops and restaurants.

DAY 12

Venice (Disembark)
Disembark the ship. If your cruise/tour package includes a group departure transfer or if you purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Venice Marco Polo International Airport for your flight home.

DAY 1

Venice (Embark)
Arrive at Venice Marco Polo International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship. Unpack, relax and enjoy your first evening on the Venetian Lagoon.

DAY 2

Venice
With your early morning arrival at Doge’s Palace, you’ll be able to marvel at the estate in total peace. Wander through a Venetian neighborhood and experience daily life in an authentic Venetian residential quarter. Later in the evening, cap the day off with a private once-in-a-lifetime experience at an after-hours lighting ceremony inside St. Mark’s Basilica without the crowds.

DAY 3

Venice, Chioggia
Choose between a full-day in medieval Padua, home to Italy’s second oldest university, or a Venice walking tour and a choice of several exciting ways to see Chioggia: riding on a traditional bragozzo or biking through this authentic fishing town.

DAY 4

Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara)
Explore Italy’s culinary capital Bologna on a full-day tour packed with an exclusive pasta-making workshop and lunch or explore Ferrara on a half-day tour.

DAY 5

Porto Viro, Chioggia, Burano
Today, you’ll admire the greatest sites of charming and coastal Chioggia, including a stop at the local and lively market. Your ship will move to dock overnight in Burano, where you’ll enjoy a lovely evening stroll through this multicolored island.

DAY 6

Burano (Torcello, Mazzorbo, and Burano), Venice
Spend the day exploring the northern lagoon of Venice and three of its captivating islands. Explore a basilica with an art historian in Torcello before heading to the peaceful, agricultural island of Mazzorbo. End the tour with a stroll through Burano’s rainbow of colorful homes and visit a lace-making atelier.

DAY 7

Venice
As your water taxi glides past narrow side canals and the Canal Grande, you’ll arrive in style at the Rialto Bridge and Fondaco dei Tedeschi. The iconic stone arch bridge sits at the narrowest point of the Canal Grande and holds numerous shops and restaurants.

DAY 8

Venice (Disembark), Transfer to Train (Embark), Trieste
Disembark the ship. You will be transferred to the Venice Santa Lucia Station, where you will board the Golden Eagle Danube Express. You’ll have time to settle into your new cabins as the train slowly threads its way out of Venice towards Trieste, a medieval port city that was once amongst the oldest and largest cities in the Habsburg Empire. After a tour of the city, re-join the train for dinner as you head over the border into Slovenia and stop at Postojna, where you can enjoy a private evening tour of the caves.

DAY 9

Ljubljana, Lake Bled and Lienz
After breakfast, arrive in the Slovenian Capital Ljubljana, where your morning tour of this lovely city includes a boat cruise on the Ljubljanica River. During lunch we travel up to Lake Bled, picturesquely situated in the Julian Alps. Following a traditional pletna boat ride to Bled Island, your train will take you to the medieval Austrian town of Lienz, where you can visit the 13th-century, hilltop castle of Schloss Bruck. During dinner, the train will take you back to Italy to spend the night in San Candido.

DAY 10

Brenner Pass, Innsbruck and St. Anton
In the early morning, your train leaves San Candido on a scenic line through Fortezza and over the Brenner pass to Innsbruck, Austria. Tour this charming town before lunch on the train, during which you will travel through the Arlberg to St. Anton for an afternoon in a year-round Alpine resort.

DAY 11

Vaduz and Zurich (Disembark)
Your train leaves St. Anton at breakfast time to travel through the Vorarlberg to Buchs, where you will visit Liechtenstein and its capital, Vaduz. Join the train for a scenic lunchtime ride along Walensee and the Lake of Zurich on the way to your final stop. Disembark at Zurich Hbf (Main Station), where you will be taken to your hotel to enjoy a leisurely evening.

DAY 12

Zurich
Check out of your hotel and head to Zurich Airport for your flight home.

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Cruise & Rail: Venice & the Swiss Alps (2021)

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.

Complement your journey 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 introduction 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.

Travel 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. Enjoy additional shopping time in “bountiful” Bologna and medieval Padua, once home to Galileo and Copernicus. Each of these enchanting locales is yours to discover on “Cruise & Rail: Venice & the Swiss Alps”.

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.

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