Style : Group tour
Germany, Italy & Switzerland tour

Germany, Italy & Switzerland

Travel Style: Array Mixed
Physical Level: All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. 3- Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
10 days
From: $ 2,009 $ 201 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Test your yodeling skills in the pristine Swiss Alps
  • Visit Neuschwanstein, the majestic hilltop castle that inspired a familiar Disney icon
  • Wash down hearty Bavarian food with a stein. Or three.
  • Raise your glass in Munich’s lively beer halls
  • Cover six cities and five countries in 10 days
  • Float through the Venetian canals aboard a traditional gondola

Short Description

Drift through the Venetian canals with a gondolier, explore the fairytale-like Neuschwanstein Castle, then wash it all down with a stein in Munich’s Hofbrauhaus. Whether an Alpine summit or a countryside drive, each breathtaking view is like nothing you’ve ever seen.

Style Group tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
Start City Venice
End City Heidelberg

Itinerary

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Board your overnight flight, bound for Europe.

Day 2: Arrive in Venice

Welcome to Venice! You’ll start by staying on the mainland, with easy access to venture into the island of Venice, the renowned former naval power of Italy. The one-of-a-kind canals have to be seen to be appreciated. Watch the gondolas, browse the shops and eat the gelato until you can't eat anymore. Then eat more.

Welcome Mixer

Get to know your fellow travelers at an authentic local spot over some drinks and light appetizers.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Venice (local guide)

A local guide will lead you on foot through the narrow streets and open piazzas of Venice. Start at St. Mark's Square and go inside the breathtaking Basilica. From there, you’ll see the top sites in Venice like the famous Grand Canal (and the Rialto bridge that crosses it), the spiraling Bovolo Staircase, and the 324-foot Campanile bell tower.

Day 4: Travel to Munich via Innsbruck

En route to Germany, stop in Innsbruck, a cool little city located at the intersection of several Alpine passes. Innsbruck has hosted the Winter Olympics twice, and it’s the capital of Austria’s scenic Tyrol province. Have time to explore the town square and grab a bite to eat, maybe an Austrian sausage (a local favorite).

Introduction to Munich

Your tour director will take you on a quick walk so you can get to know the area. Munich is the capital of Germany’s Bavaria region. It still has strong ties to its folkloric traditions, so you’ll definitely see some lederhosen. This is quintessential Germany, including beer halls, art, music, beer, and beer.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Munich (local guide)

Get an in-depth tour of Munich. You’ll see the Frauenkirche, a gothic-style church and one of Munich’s most identifiable landmarks. Wander through Marienplatz, Munich’s central square and transportation hub. No trip to Germany would be complete without a trip to Hofbrauhaus, the most famous beer hall in the world.

Excursion:

Dachau Extra Cost

Once a typical German town on the outskirts of Munich, Dachau served as the first Nazi concentration camp during World War II. Visit this somber site, which has since been transformed into a Holocaust memorial museum that serves as a testament to the strength of the human spirit. You’ll be accompanied by a private guide for a 90-minute tour. This excursion also includes transportation to and from the site.

Day 5: Neuschwanstein Castle

Visit Neuschwanstein Castle, which was the model for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle and also home to one of the weirdest kings in Europe’s history.

Day 6: Travel to Lucerne Region

Behold the majestic Swiss Alps, where it’s all about the scenery and the chocolate. With Lake Lucerne, the surrounding mountains and a famous covered bridge, this is classic Switzerland at its best.

Day 7:

Excursion:

Trip up the Swiss Alps (extra cost)

Take an amazing trip to the top of a mountain in the Swiss Alps, the majestic mountains dominating the Lucerne skyline. Travel to the foot of the mountain by boat across Lake Lucerne, and then ride a cable car to the top. Take in the incredible panoramic views—see the city of Lucerne, its pristine lake, and the snow-capped Alps.

Highlights of Lucerne

Explore Lucerne with your tour director. Walk the narrow streets and take in the incredible mountain scenery. See the one-of-a-kind Löwendenkmal, a surprisingly impressive rock carving of a dying lion. Walk across the Kapellbrücke—this mural-lined covered bridge was originally built back in medieval times.

Day 8: Travel to Frankfurt via Alsace, France

Board your coach to Frankfurt, where you’ll spend the rest of your trip. En route, stop in the Alsace Region of France for the chance to cross another country off your list and to catch more stunning views of the European countryside.

Introduction to Frankfurt

Your tour director will take you on a quick walk so you can get to know the area.

Day 9: Sightseeing Tour of Heidelberg (local guide)

Your tour director will show you the highlights of the town. See Heidelberg's 700-year-old castle, and take in the great views of the Neckar Valley. Walk the cobblestone streets to Marktplatz, where witches were burned at the stake back in the day. You’ll also see the castle’s 58,000-gallon wine cask (the world’s largest), which once kept the locals’ thirst very well-quenched.

Farewell Dinner

Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.

Day 10: Fly Home

It's time to say your goodbyes. Head to the airport for your flight back home. 

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Price Per Day: $ 201 per day
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  • Deposit Price: $ 150

68 EF College Break (EF Ultimate Break) Travel Reviews & Ratings

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Germany, Italy & Switzerland

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My trip was late March and was cancelled a few weeks prior by EF Ultimate Break. They won't give me ANY refund even when I begged for a partial refund! The travel insurance didn't cover a pandemic. So disappointing and frustrating!
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BEST TRIP EVER

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I booked this sort of last minute and wasn't sure what to expect. It was absolutely amazing! The hotels were nicer than I thought they were going to be and that was the biggest concern I had! Our Tour Director guy was incredible too and was always around to help out and grab a beer once in a while. Even though Innsbruck wasn't heavily advertised it was probably my favorite city! It was so gorgeous and we got some real good food. Definitely don't miss the chance to check out 4 great countries!
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Do NOT book with this company. Took advantage of the global pandemic to steal money from travelers. Disgusting!

Do not use this travel agency

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My trip to Italy has been a nightmare. I've been stuck in a tiny town outside of Florence since December 15th and still can't get home. Ive been stuck in covid testing hell!! I've been tested at least 5 times and all of my tests are negative and still can't get a flight out of Italy. The travel agency has washed their hands and will not help us get out of Italy. My mom has contacted s Congressman from Texas and they are also working on getting me out of here.

HELP!!! Do not use EF Ultimate Break. Everyone is incompetent and don't have a clue what the hell is going on.
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Don’t book with EF until they change their cancellation policy

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This trip was canceled and if you didn’t want a voucher they charged a penalty. They shouldn’t be allowed to keep money for services they didn’t provide. You can also have as good of an experience traveling with less expensive tour groups. If you must use EF, definitely wait until this policy changes
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Trip is a good time however don’t trust their deals and money back offers

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Trip is a good time , worth the money , however after giving a referral to a friend and then being told we would get our group discount back after the trip EF has failed to follow through and seems to not wanna give the money we were owed for the deals that they had and they have avoided paying us. Watch out for this as we were told we would get the money back after our trip and my friend I referred to as told I would receive the offer for referrals but they have completely avoided us and continues to put it off. Our trip was in July / august and we are still trying to get this money from them.
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Optional Activities

Extend Your Trip 2 Ways

Add on another trip

A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call and we can help you add on another trip.

Stay ahead or stay behind

Extending your trip for a few extra days before or after your tour is really easy. You can add anywhere from between one and 90 days. It's simple to do and all of your choices and prices are readily visible during the checkout process for this trip. We will book your flights per your specifications and you will handle the hotels, local activities and ground transportation during the extra portion of your stay.

Flight & Transport Inclusions

Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport

Group Size

Standard Group - 25 + people

Cancellation policy

You have 48 hours to cancel and receive a full refund. You can also switch trips up to 99 days before you leave.

The full amount paid upon enrollment is refundable if you cancel in writing within 48 hours of booking the tour. After 48 hours, the deposit is non-refundable and the following standard cancellation fees apply.

If you are booking 30 days or less prior to the scheduled departure date for your trip, you are required to pay in full at the time of booking and standard cancellation fees then apply; you are not eligible for the 48 hour risk-free period.

Based on the date EF receives written notification of your cancellation, you will be refunded for monies paid minus the cancellation fee and any non-refundable fees. (See refund and non-refundable Fee description above for more details.) In addition to notifying us of your cancellation in writing, we also recommend you call so that we can best review your options.

Days Prior to Departure and Cancellation Fee

30 days or less is all monies paid

30-60 days will be $2000

61-99 will be $1000

100-364 days is  $450

365+ days will be $150

Age Notes :

Min. Age: 18

Max Age: 28

Additional Information

  • Perfected stress-free travel
  • Full-time Tour Director
  • Round-trip flights
  • Handpicked Lodging
  • Guided Sightseeing
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Transportation Between Cities

Trip ID#:

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What's excluded

  • Rooming upgrades
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Protection
  • Beverages, lunch, and dinner (except where specified in the itinerary)
  • Transportation to free-time activities
  • Customary gratuities (for your Tour Director, bus drivers and local guides)
  • Porterage
  • Any applicable baggage-handling fees imposed by the airlines
  • Expenses caused by airline rescheduling, cancellations or delays caused by the airlines, bad weather or events beyond EF’s control (see Flight Information section for details)
  • Passport, visa and reciprocity fees
  • Fees associated with Special Travel Arrangements (See Special Travel Arrangements section)

Meals Included

Breakfast Daily

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