Vienna to Venice: the crossroads of history

Sep 8 - 24, 2019
$8,230per person, twin share (land content only). $1,830 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Dr Nick Gordon
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Explore Europe’s extraordinary history and archaeology at one of its great cultural crossroads. This new 17-day tour begins in Vienna, the heart of the Habsburg Empire, and takes you through the Austrian Alps to Slovenia – whose beauty and archaeology reveal a different side of Europe’s deep history – and onwards to the Adriatic coast: Trieste, Istria and Venice. The extraordinary history and diverse cultures of the region are everywhere apparent, from the great art and architecture of imperial capitals, to exceptional archaeology collections, the fusion of Roman and barbarian cultures, and the tragedy of World War I.


  • Europe’s great crossroads: from Romans and barbarians, to the fusion of Austrian, Italian and Slavic cultures
  • Archaeology from the Neanderthals to Celts, Romans and Lombards
  • Age of Empires: the Habsburgs, Venetian Empire, and tragedy of World War I on the Austro-Italian frontier
  • Stunning scenery, from the Austrian Alps to the forests and caves of Slovenia and the Adriatic coast
  • Exceptional art and architecture: the imperial collections of Vienna, Art Nouveau Ljubljana, and romance of Venetian Gothic


  • Ljubljana: a delightful European capital, with a relaxed cafe society, Art Nouveau architecture and fine art collections
  • The world’s oldest musical instrument: the Neanderthal flute in Slovenia’s National Museum, now 60,000 years old!
  • Fascinating and little-visited Friuli, from Roman Aquileia to the Lombards’ bestpreserved art and architecture in Cividale
  • Fairytale Lake Bled and Postojna Cave, the stunning natural beauty of Slovenia
  • Trieste and Istria, a meeting place for Slavic, Venetian and Austrian cultures
  • Private after-hours visit to St Mark’s Basilica in Venice

A detailed itinerary for this tour is available. Click on the link above to view or download.

Your Tour Leader

Dr Nick Gordon holds a University Medal and a PhD in history from the University of Sydney. Nick designs and leads history, art and culture tours for Academy Travel.


Days 1–3: Explore Vienna, from the Habsburgs’ grand palaces to their exceptional collections at the Kunsthistorisches and Royal Treasury.

Days 4–5: Explore southern Austria, including Graz’ UNESCO-listed Eggenberg Palace, Styria’s vineyards and the Austrian Alps.

Days 6–9: Discover Slovenia, from delightful Ljubljana to Lake Bled and the Postojna Caves.

Days 10–13: Explore cosmopolitan Trieste, the Istrian coast from Piran to Poreč, and Friuli, including Cividale and the dramatic alpine border between Kobarid and Gorizia.

Days 14–17: Visit Aquileia and Grado; enjoy Venice, including a private visit to St Mark’s Basilica.

A detailed itinerary for this tour is available. Click on the link above to view or download.

Getting There

For this tour we recommend Emirates or Qatar which offer flights into Vienna and out of Venice from most Australian cities. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Tour Inclusions

What is included in the tour price? 
Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:

  • Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
  • Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Where appropriate public transport is also used for short distance travel on some tours
  • All accommodation in hotels or apartments as stated in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners specifically stated as included in the itinerary
  • Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
  • Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
  • Services of tour leader throughout tour
  • All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local guides at some sites
  • Tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals

Airport Transfers

Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.

What is not included in the tour price?
Open-age tours do not include the following:

  • Return international/domestic air travel unless those flights take place during the tour
  • Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
  • Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required
  • Travel insurance. We require all participants to have comprehensive travel insurance. A typical policy for one of our tours will cost from $160 upwards, depending on your age, pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the overall length of your trip
  • Lunches and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity

Booking conditions

You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of these conditions when you book a place on a tour.


A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your booking on a tour. Final payment of the tour fee, insurance and any additional travel will be due 60 days before departure.

Cancellation Fees

If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:

  • More than 60 days before departure: $500*
  • 60-45 days before tour start: 25% of total amount due
  • 44-15 days before tour start: 75% of total amount due
  • 14 days or less before departure: 100% of total amount due

*This amount may be credited to another ADFAS Travel tour within 12 months of the original tour you booked.

Unused Portions of the tour

We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.

Travel Insurance

ADFAS Travel requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. We offer a comprehensive policy with a reputable insurer if required.

Passport and Visa

A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you do not hold an Australian passport you may require a re-entry permit. Some countries require a visa to be issued before you depart Australia. We will advise you of all passport and visa requirements, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet passport and visa requirements before you depart.

Will the tour price change?

If the number of participants in a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates ADFAS Travel reserves the right to amend the advertised price. If this occurs you will be given the option of cancelling your booking and obtaining a full refund. If an ADFAS Travel tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all monies paid.

Will the itinerary change?

Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of ADFAS Travel make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make slight amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes as soon as they occur.

Final Payment

Full and final payment for the tour, airfare travel, insurance and any additional travel you book is due 60 days before departure. Payment may be made by bank deposit, cheque, cash or credit card. Please note there is a surcharge for payments made by credit card.

ADFAS Travel reserves the right to decline the booking or terminate the holiday of any traveller.

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Vienna to Venice: the crossroads of history Sep 8 - 24, 2019

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Sep 8 - 24, 2019
$8,230per person, twin share (land content only). $1,830 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Dr Nick Gordon


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Tour Consultant

For further information or to secure a place on this tour please contact:

Rebecca Fussell 02 9235 0023
or 1800 639 699 (Outside Sydney)
(outside Sydney)