Grand Tour

Eight days a longer tour of discovery

This journey spans from sea views to peak panoramas: culinary juxtapositions, scenic variety, and an experience youll never forget.

 

 

Day 1: Venice

Venice is a small international city with views of the Alps. This city of bridges and canals also offers plenty for art and culture lovers. The Venice Biennale wakens the Queen of the Adriatic once again from her sleep; the Carnival of Venice is always intriguing; and the Lido is still a milestone in cinema history. Venezia Santa Lucia Station, located directly on the Grand Canal, offers hourly connections to Padua, Vicenza and Verona. Those arriving from Munich or Innsbruck can take the Brenner Railway; from Switzerland, its the Gotthard or Simplon route. The train takes you through the Alps into the wide Po Valley Basin.

 

 

Day 2: Padua 

Padua is one of Italys oldest cities: it takes some time to explore but its still worth every minute. We recommend that anyone who has already seen the botanical garden and the Basilica of St. Anthony should take a church tour: frescoes from Giotto to Mantegna provide insights into the world of the Middle Ages.

 

 

Day 3: Vicenza 

Vicenza and the great architect Palladio belong together. A tour of the villas in the area surrounding the city is best accompanied by a culinary journey of Italian cuisine. In September, the Festa della Ceramica is well worth attending and gives intriguing overviews of classical and modern ceramic works.

 

 

Day 4: Verona 

Even if it werent for Romeo and Juliet, Verona would still be worth a visit. San Marco in Foro, Corte Sgarzarie, and the Vicolo del Guasto are only a few of the places recommended for anyone who wants to explore this ancient city off the beaten track.

 

 

Day 5: Bolzano/Bozen Dolomites 

South Tyrols province capital, known for its medieval Lauben covered arcades, is the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites. Views of the Rosengarten Massif awash in the light of sunset from the Talfer Bridge and the railway station will take your breath away. A ride on the cable car up to Soprabolzano/Oberbozen and continuing from there on the narrow gauge railway is also highly recommended.

 

 

Day 6: Merano/Meran 

This small former spa town is in constant flux. Art nouveau and K&K architecture dominate on the one hand; on the other, the thermal bath complex and the Merano Arte/Kunsthaus art gallery provide insights into a very modern world. The train station, which dates from the AustroHungarian Empire, is a good starting point to approach the Old Town, and no tour of Merano is complete without a stroll down the Promenade. The regional Venosta/Vinschgau Line takes travellers to Mals/Malles, where the Swiss PostBus awaits.

 

 

Day 7: Convent of St. John 

Rest and relaxation dominate both landscape and life. The Benedictine convent and nature are majestic. Architecturally speaking, the Mstair Valley is a prime example of good Alpine building.

 

 

Day 8: St. Moritz 

The Albula and Bernina Lines of the Rhaetian Railway wind their way through the Engadine Valley and are at least as famous as the hip Alpine town of St. Moritz. Nowhere else will you find mountain life and sophisticated luxury combined in such a delightful way.