A Grand Rail Adventure: Milan, The Alps & Vienna - Eastbound

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A Tauck Exclusive private train, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains’ Danube Express, takes you through Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Liechtenstein in search of art, castles, wine, and cuisines, along some of the most scenic mountain railways in Europe. For Tauck guests only – only 58 Tauck guests aboard, accompanied by two Tauck Directors for the utmost in personalized service; limited to 6 departures 

A Tauck Exclusive private train, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains’ Danube Express, transports you from Milan to Vienna aboard a private train, winding through Como, Innsbruck, Zurich, Vaduz, and breathtaking Alpine landscapes... with an after-hours visit to the Habsburgs' opulent Schönbrunn Palace... an organ concert at Como Cathedral... a hands-on cooking lesson at an Italian cascina... art masterpieces in Vienna...

For Tauck guests only – only 58 Tauck guests aboard, accompanied by two Tauck Directors for the utmost in personalized service; limited to 6 departures. A most remarkable rail journey through Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Lichtenstein in search of art, castles, wine, and cuisines, along some of the most scenic mountain railways in Europe. Begin with two nights in Milan at the prestigious Hotel Excelsior.... visit glorious Milan Cathedral, a 19th-century shopping arcade, and the bohemian Brera district... get a lesson in authentic Italian cooking at a farm outside the city... then board the Golden Eagle Danube Express for a rail odyssey through Central Europe... to Lake Como's pastel villages and promenades... the plunging granite valleys and soaring alpine peaks, twisting turns and tunnels of the St. Gotthard Pass... to shimmering Lake Lucerne, Zurich's Kunsthaus art museum, and the clifftop castle of Liechtenstein's royal family in Vaduz... explore Innsbruck's enchanting old town... cruise on a lofty mountain lake... spend two nights in Vienna at the premier Hotel Bristol, discover the palaces of Vienna, take a private after-hours tour of Schönbrunn Palace (with dinner), and immerse yourself in art at the storied Belvedere Museum, whose treasures include the world's largest collection of works by Gustav Klimt.

Highlights
A Tauck Exclusive private train, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains’ Danube Express, transports you from Milan to Vienna aboard a private train, winding through Como, Innsbruck, Zurich, Vaduz, and breathtaking Alpine landscapes... with an after-hours visit to the Habsburgs' opulent Schönbrunn Palace... an organ concert at Como Cathedral... a hands-on cooking lesson at an Italian cascina... art masterpieces in Vienna...

For Tauck guests only – only 58 Tauck guests aboard, accompanied by two Tauck Directors for the utmost in personalized service; limited to 6 departures. A most remarkable rail journey through Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Lichtenstein in search of art, castles, wine, and cuisines, along some of the most scenic mountain railways in Europe. Begin with two nights in Milan at the prestigious Hotel Excelsior.... visit glorious Milan Cathedral, a 19th-century shopping arcade, and the bohemian Brera district... get a lesson in authentic Italian cooking at a farm outside the city... then board the Golden Eagle Danube Express for a rail odyssey through Central Europe... to Lake Como's pastel villages and promenades... the plunging granite valleys and soaring alpine peaks, twisting turns and tunnels of the St. Gotthard Pass... to shimmering Lake Lucerne, Zurich's Kunsthaus art museum, and the clifftop castle of Liechtenstein's royal family in Vaduz... explore Innsbruck's enchanting old town... cruise on a lofty mountain lake... spend two nights in Vienna at the premier Hotel Bristol, discover the palaces of Vienna, take a private after-hours tour of Schönbrunn Palace (with dinner), and immerse yourself in art at the storied Belvedere Museum, whose treasures include the world's largest collection of works by Gustav Klimt.

Destinations
  • Milan
  • Italy
Tour Types
  • Luxury
Day 1: Arrive Milan

Tour begins: 6:00 PM. A transfer is included from Milan Malpensa Airport to the Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Milan in the heart of the city, opposite the Central Station and close to the fashion district. Join us this evening for a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel.



Overnight: Excelsior Hotel Gallia
Meals: D
Port of Call: Milan, Italy
Day 2: A Taste of Milan

Discover the historic center of this modern metropolis known for sophistication, cutting-edge fashion, and art. Begin the day with a visit to the awe-inspiring Milan Cathedral (the Duomo). Built with Candoglia marble shipped from quarries around Lake Maggiore, the immense Duomo took 600 years to build and is still a work in progress, adorned with thousands of gargoyles and sculpted figures, soaring columns, vaulted ceilings, stained glass, and flying buttresses, and a rooftop terrace with breathtaking views.  From the Duomo it's a short walk to a no-less impressive commercial cathedral, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a 19th-century shopping arcade under a monumental glass and ironwork ceiling, housing a busy warren of boutiques, restaurants, bars and cafes. Or take a walking tour of the Brera District, a romantic bohemian neighborhood of narrow cobbled streets, galleries, and artisans' shops known as the Milanese Montmartre. Drive outside the city for a visit to a working farm, or cascina, where you'll get a tour and a hands-on cooking lesson in local cuisine, followed by lunch. Return to the city for free time on your own, then join us for dinner this evening at a local restaurant.



Overnight: Excelsior Hotel Gallia
Meals: B, L, D
Port of Call: Milan, Italy
Day 3: A Rail Journey to Remember

Depart for Milan Central Station and settle in aboard the Danube Express, your hotel on wheels for the next three nights.  An hour later, you'll arrive in Como for a walking tour of its charming narrow streets and pastel houses beside enchanting Lake Como, lined with stately villas, terraces and promenades, against a dramatic backdrop of snow-capped mountains.  Visit the 14th-century marble Duomo, decorated with tapestries, frescoes, and paintings, for an exclusive organ concert. Then lunch aboard the train as you head for the St. Gotthard Pass en route to Zurich. A spectacular landscape of rugged granite mountains, plunging valleys, and mountain lakes, the St. Gotthard Pass links northern and southern Switzerland, making it historically and culturally significant as well as a breathtaking scenic journey. You'll also glide past stunning Lake Lucerne, where alpine mountains, meadows and forests roll down to meet its wandering shores. Dine aboard the Danube Express tonight.



Overnight: Golden Eagle Danube Express
Meals: B, L, D
Port of Call: Milan, Italy
Day 4: Zurich & Vaduz

Today a walking tour of Zurich begins with a visit to the Kunsthaus Museum of Art, whose collections of 4,000 paintings, sculptures, and installations include works by Monet, Munch, Picasso, and Van Gogh, as well as works dating back to the Middle Ages, with an emphasis on Swiss masters. Then explore Zurich's captivating Old Town with a local guide.  Lunch on the train as you ride through scenic landscapes of mountains, farms, and villages to Vaduz in Liechtenstein. Nestled beside the Rhine, Vaduz, the nation's capital, is a fascinating city of art, eclectic architecture, and vantage points for panoramic views. A walking tour of the town's historic center is followed by an opportunity to view the clifftop medieval castle that is still the residence of the royal family; trails and overlooks on the grounds offer stunning, princely views of the valley, the imposing mountain range, and the entire city. Dine on board the train this evening.



Overnight: Golden Eagle Danube Express
Meals: B, L, D
Port of Call:
Day 5: Innsbruck & Lake Achen

Beside the striking Nordkette mountain range, Innsbruck is known as the Capital of the Alps, once a favorite retreat of the Habsburgs, who kept a lavish imperial residence here.  Take a walking tour of Innsbruck's medieval old town with a local guide; after lunch the Danube Express travels the Semmering Pass through some of the most scenic landscapes in central Austria to Jenbach, where you'll board a steam rack railway train for the steep ride up 1400 feet to fjord-like Lake Achen – so large it's sometimes called an inland sea – a popular destination for Austrians on summer holiday. Cruise the lake to a spit of land that can only be reached by boat or on foot; here you'll find a traditional Austrian tavern, beaches, a forest with hiking trails, and an alpine pasture – feel like a local and enjoy the natural surroundings. Return to the Danube Express for a farewell dinner and depart for Vienna.



Overnight: Golden Eagle Danube Express
Meals: B, L, D
Port of Call: Innsbruck, Austria
Day 6: A Grand Day in Vienna

Begin your day in Vienna with an exclusive concert with sparkling wine (or soft drinks) in an intimate setting, then return to the train for lunch. This afternoon you'll check into your premier hotel in the heart of the city, an Art Deco gem built in 1892, directly opposite the Vienna State Opera House.  Later, join us for a private, after-hours tour of Schönbrunn Palace, the opulent Habsburg summer residence inspired by Versailles; your guided tour starts at the Gloriette, a hilltop Roman-style pavilion with a viewing platform overlooking the vast landscaped gardens, then continues on to the magnificent Imperial apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth. Dinner tonight is at the Cafe Residenz, a classic Viennese cafe in the eastern wing of the palace.



Overnight: Hotel Bristol
Meals: B, L, D
Port of Call: Vienna, Austria
Day 7: The Hofburg & Belvedere Palace
Get a tour of city sights today, featuring views of the Hofburg, the former Imperial Palace. Now the official home of the Austrian President and government offices, the Hofburg was a royal residence for over 600 years, begun as a medieval castle and expanded by each emperor to its imposing layout today, with 18 wings, 19 courtyards, and 2,600 rooms; your tour includes the lavishly restored apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth. Late this morning, visit the Belvedere Palace, former residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy, now a museum housing collections of Austrian art from the Middle Ages to the present, masterpieces by Impressionists including Monet and Van Gogh, and the world's largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings. Enjoy free time to explore Vienna on your own, then join us for a farewell reception and dinner at your hotel.


Overnight: Hotel Bristol
Meals: B, D
Port of Call: Vienna, Austria
Day 8: Journey Home
Tour ends: Vienna. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from the Hotel Bristol to Vienna International Airport. Allow at least three hours for flight check-in.   


Overnight:
Meals: B
Port of Call: Vienna, Austria
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Private train, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains’ Danube Express, for Tauck guests only; only 58 Tauck guests aboard, accompanied by two Tauck Directors for the utmost in personalized service; limited to 6 departures
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Private Imperial Reception, after-hours tour at Schönbrunn Palace with dinner at Café Residenz
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Hands-on cooking lesson at a cascina outside Milan
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Private concert with wine in an historic Vienna venue
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Private organ concert at Como Cathedral
  • Three nights aboard Golden Eagle Luxury Trains’ Danube Express
  • Two nights at the stylish Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Milan

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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