This escorted European holiday takes you through the Veneto wine region of Italy, through the Austrian Alps, and the Danube Valley. Find countless ways to explore these fabulous destinations of Italy and Austria with help from your CosmosGO app, and your Tour Director is happy to share expertise on each destination’s highlights and out-of-the-way local spots. With the independent touring approach, Cosmos Lite lets you spend each day, your way.
Begin with an overnight stay in the charming Italian town of Treviso, with its medieval walls and canals. The following day is yours to choose—a complimentary round-trip train ride to Venice, or more time in Treviso’s Prosecco wine region to soak in the authentic Italian countryside. Cross the Alps into the Austrian mountain town of Villach—a sight to see with picturesque shimmering lakes. The options are yours for the choosing—from bike rides to an exhibition in falconry at the lofty Landskron Castle. Then, it’s off to Salzburg. You might recognize the settings where The Sound of Music was filmed in the city of Mozart’s birth. Optional activities and excursions are easy to find on MyCosmos to make the day your own. Join a guided walk from Krems to Mautern a.d. Donau to experience a bit of the Wachau World Heritage Trail along the Danube River. Next, travel to the City of Music, Vienna, where you’ll find a wealth of sights, sounds, and tastes by taking in the many museums, contemporary art galleries, and traditional cafes to sample Sachertorte. Your Tour Director can share lots of suggestions to truly enjoy beautiful Vienna, so you can forget about rigid itinerary schedules. We share wonderful optional excursions to suit every interest and budget on MyAccount for the ease of having the best experiences without the hassle. Enjoy the expertise of escorted touring of Italy and Austria—your way, every day.
Your adventure begins in Treviso, a charming, off-the-beaten-path town. If you arrive early, take a walk in the old town centre, with its canals, medieval walls, and arcades. Tap on your CosmosGO app for local spots to dine, and rely on your Tour Director for free time suggestions.
Your tour now takes you to the heart of the Prosecco wine region in Treviso, that typifies the small north Italian town with its traditions and beauty. With Venice just a 45-minute train trip away, your round-trip train ticket is complimentary to and from Venice Santa Lucia Station. You can choose to spend as much time as you wish in Venice exploring or enjoy a romantic evening before returning to Treviso for the night. (B)
Before crossing the border into Austria, we’ll stop in San Daniele del Friuli, where you may opt to taste the delicious San Daniele ham and see how this local specialty is produced. You’ll have time to explore with a stroll to soak up the charm of the village, including the Renaissance art in the Sant’Antonio Abate church. You’ll see why its frescoed chapel is called the “Sistine Chapel of Friuli.” Later, we cross the Alps into Carinthia and arrive in Villach, a picturesque Austrian mountain town surrounded by shimmering lakes. (B)
The Drava River and Birds of Prey This morning is a perfect chance to explore Villach’s Drava River trail with a jog, walk, or bike rental. Or take a more laid-back approach on an optional visit to lofty Landskron Castle to see a fascinating falconry exhibition. Later, we depart for Salzburg. Your Tour Director is sure to have helpful tips for exploring Mozart’s birthplace! (B)
Salzburg’s storybook city centre is full of surprises. Its baroque churches, palaces and castles, narrow streets and hidden courtyards are all protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of course, music plays a big role in the city’s fame, not only as the birthplace of Mozart, but also as the film setting of the beloved The Sound of Music. As you explore the town centre, don’t forget to stop at a Konditorei (pastry shop) to sample Salzburg’s famous marzipan pralines. Optional excursions are easy to schedule with MyACCOUNT. (B)
On the way to waltzing Vienna, stretch your legs with a scenic walk along the banks of the Danube from Mautern an der Donau to Krems. It’s just a fraction of the 112-mile-long Wachau World Heritage Trail that links the 13 municipalities of the Wachau Valley. Later, take time to relax as we head to the captivating capital city of Austria. (B)
Vienna is a fascinating city. Under the grandeur of its baroque beauty hides the buzzing life of a capital and university city. Discover the blend of old and new Vienna by taking in many museums, contemporary art galleries, or a traditional coffee shop to sample a Sachertorte. Your Tour Director can share lots of suggestions, but you’re free to decide how to enjoy your time in Vienna your way! (B)
Your adventure ends in Vienna this morning. (B)