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Exploring the Tyrol: The History and Culture of an Alpine Frontier 2021

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15 Sep – 1 Oct 2021

Overview

Exploring the Tyrol: The History and Culture of an Alpine Frontier 2021
Tour Highlights

  • Travel with Gregoria Manzin on this fascinating journey through the Tyrol, a region divided by a modern border in 1919, with South Tyrol given to Italy and the North Tyrol to Austria.
  • Trace the history of this beautiful, mountainous region. Long fought over by European powers, this is a unique region where local traditions, cuisine and language have prevailed.
  • Come face-to-face with ‘Ötzi the Iceman’, a prehistoric man who was naturally mummified in the icy conditions of the mountains. Discovered in 1995 on the Similaun Glacier, his body, clothing and artefacts have provided a wealth of information about the Copper Age, even after 5300 years!
  • Wander the ancient Roman streets of UNESCO World Heritage Listed Aquileia, and visit the Early Christian basilica with its beautiful and fascinating floor mosaics.
  • Towering over the Tyrolean valleys are magnificent medieval castles, many with well-preserved wall paintings and furnishings, testament to the centuries of power struggles to control the territory. We explore some of the best examples, including Hocheppan, Tirol, Buonconsilio and Roncolo.
  • The region formed part of the Habsburg empire. Follow their influence on the landscape and culture from Trieste to Innsbruck, illustrated through fortified castles, grand palaces and gardens, and important art collections. The tour culminates with a visit to the Tyrolean State Museum (the ‘Ferdinandeum’) that houses works by Cranach, Rembrandt and Brueghel.
  • Learn about the important place this region played during the First World War as the Alpine Front, where fierce battles were fought between the Austro-Hungarian and Italian armies. Visit the Museo dell’Aperzo in Lagazuoi to walk in their footsteps.
  • This prosperous region continues to evolve and embrace new elements. We visit MART (Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto), where we find an excellent collection of modern art, housed in a new museum designed by architect Mario Botta. We also visit the Science Museum in Bolzano, designed by Renzo Piano.
  • Journey through the spectacular scenery of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, with beautiful lush mountain meadows, towering peaks and gleaming lakes. Stand ‘on top of the world’ and enjoy the panoramic view from the Mesner Mountain Museum, designed by Zaha Hadid.
  • Indulge in the delicious cuisine and fine wines of the Dolomites and the Tyrol. From tiny cafes to grand restaurants, a feast of traditional and contemporary fare awaits!

17-day Cultural Tour of the Dolomites and the Tyrol

Overnight Udine (3 nights) • San Candido (2 nights) • Merano (2 nights) • Bolzano (5 nights) • Innsbruck (4 nights).

Itinerary

Itinerary

The detailed itinerary provides an outline of the proposed daily program. Participants should note that the daily activities described in this itinerary may be rotated and/or modified in order to accommodate changes in museum opening hours, flight schedules etc. The tour includes breakfast daily, and lunches and dinners as indicated in the itinerary where: B=breakfast, L=lunch, and D=evening meal.

Udine - 3 nights

Day 1: Wednesday 15 September, Arrive Venice – Transfer to Udine
  • Welcome Meeting
  • Orientation Walk (if time permits)
Day 2: Thursday 16 September, Udine – Aquileia – Cordovado – Udine
  • Aquileia: ancient port, archaeological site and basilica
  • Welcome lunch at Castello delle Rose di Cordovado and tour of castle
Day 3: Friday 17 September, Udine – Trieste – Udine
  • Trieste walking tour, including the Roman Theatre, Colle di San Giusti and Duomo
  • Castello di Miramare
Day 1: Wednesday 15 September, Arrive Venice – Transfer to Udine
  • Welcome Meeting
  • Orientation Walk (if time permits)

(Overnight Udine)

Day 2: Thursday 16 September, Udine – Aquileia – Cordovado – Udine
  • Aquileia: ancient port, archaeological site and basilica
  • Welcome lunch at Castello delle Rose di Cordovado and tour of castle

(Overnight Udine) BL

Day 3: Friday 17 September, Udine – Trieste – Udine
  • Trieste walking tour, including the Roman Theatre, Colle di San Giusti and Duomo
  • Castello di Miramare

(Overnight Udine) B

San Candido (Innichen) - 2 nights

Day 4: Saturday 18 September, Udine – Cividale del Friuli – San Candido
  • Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Cividale del Friuli
  • Tempietto Longobardo, Cividale del Friuli
  • Duomo di Cividale del Friuli
Day 5: Sunday 19 September, San Candido – Corones – Dobbiacho – San Candido
  • Mesner Mountain Museum (MMM), Corones
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Lake Toblach walk
Day 4: Saturday 18 September, Udine – Cividale del Friuli – San Candido
  • Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Cividale del Friuli
  • Tempietto Longobardo, Cividale del Friuli
  • Duomo di Cividale del Friuli

(Overnight San Candido) B

Day 5: Sunday 19 September, San Candido – Corones – Dobbiacho – San Candido
  • Mesner Mountain Museum (MMM), Corones
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Lake Toblach walk

(Overnight San Candido) BL

Merano - 2 nights

Day 6: Monday 20 September, San Candido – Lagazuoi – Great Dolomites Road – Merano
  • Museo all’Aperto, Lagazuoi
  • Drive along the Great Dolomites Road
Day 7: Tuesday 21 September, Merano
  • Castel Tirolo
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Afternoon at leisure
Day 6: Monday 20 September, San Candido – Lagazuoi – Great Dolomites Road – Merano
  • Museo all’Aperto, Lagazuoi
  • Drive along the Great Dolomites Road

(Overnight Merano) B

Day 7: Tuesday 21 September, Merano
  • Castel Tirolo
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Afternoon at leisure

(Overnight Merano) BL

Bolzano - 5 nights

Day 8: Wednesday 22 September, Merano – Naturno – Glorenza – Merano – Bolzano
  • San Procolo Church & Museum, Naturno
  • Lunchtime at leisure in Glorenza
  • Castel Trauttmansdorff Gardens
Day 9: Thursday 23 September, Bolzano
  • Walking tour of Bolzano, including the church of San Giovanni in Villa (subject to special permission) and cathedral
  • Museo Archeologico dell’Alto Adige
  • Castel Roncolo
Day 10: Friday 24 September, Bolzano – Rovereto – Trento – Bolzano
  • Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (MART), Rovereto
  • Castello dei Buonconsiglio, Trento
  • Cattedrale di San Viglio, Trento
Day 11: Saturday 25 September, Bolzano – Hocheppan – Alto Adige Wine Road – Kastelaz – Enga – Bolzano
  • Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (MART), Rovereto
  • Parco nell’Ombra del Paradeis
  • Church of San Jacobi in Kastelaz
  • Enga village
Day 12: Sunday 26 September, Bolzano
  • Museo scienze naturali Alto Adige
  • Afternoon at leisure
Day 8: Wednesday 22 September, Merano – Naturno – Glorenza – Merano – Bolzano
  • San Procolo Church & Museum, Naturno
  • Lunchtime at leisure in Glorenza
  • Castel Trauttmansdorff Gardens

(Overnight Bolzano) B

Day 9: Thursday 23 September, Bolzano
  • Walking tour of Bolzano, including the church of San Giovanni in Villa (subject to special permission) and cathedral
  • Museo Archeologico dell’Alto Adige
  • Castel Roncolo

(Overnight Bolzano) B

Day 10: Friday 24 September, Bolzano – Rovereto – Trento – Bolzano
  • Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (MART), Rovereto
  • Castello dei Buonconsiglio, Trento
  • Cattedrale di San Viglio, Trento

(Overnight Bolzano) B

Day 11: Saturday 25 September, Bolzano – Hocheppan – Alto Adige Wine Road – Kastelaz – Enga – Bolzano
  • Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (MART), Rovereto
  • Parco nell’Ombra del Paradeis
  • Church of San Jacobi in Kastelaz
  • Enga village

(Overnight Bolzano) BL

Day 12: Sunday 26 September, Bolzano
  • Museo scienze naturali Alto Adige
  • Afternoon at leisure

(Overnight Bolzano) B

Innsbruck - 4 nights

Day 13: Monday 27 September, Bolzano – Bressanone – Vipiteno – Innsbruck
  • Abazzia di Novacella
  • Lunchtime at leisure in Bressanone
  • Vipiteno village
Day 14: Tuesday 28 September, Innsbruck
  • Walking tour of Innsbruck Old Town, including Cathedral of St Jakob and the Golden Roof
  • Museum Ferdinandeum
  • Schloss Ambras
Day 15: Wednesday 29 September, Innsbruck – Hall in Tirol –Lake Achen – Innsbruck
  • Walking tour of Hall in Tirol
  • Lunch at Pertisau on the shore of Lake Achen (Achensee)
  • Cruise on Achensee from Pertisau to Scholastika
Day 16: Thursday 30 September, Innsbruck
  • Hofburg Imperial Palace
  • Hungerburger Funicular with stations designed by Zaha Hadid
  • Farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Day 13: Monday 27 September, Bolzano – Bressanone – Vipiteno – Innsbruck
  • Abazzia di Novacella
  • Lunchtime at leisure in Bressanone
  • Vipiteno village

(Overnight Innsbruck) BD

Day 14: Tuesday 28 September, Innsbruck
  • Walking tour of Innsbruck Old Town, including Cathedral of St Jakob and the Golden Roof
  • Museum Ferdinandeum
  • Schloss Ambras

(Overnight Innsbruck) B

Day 15: Wednesday 29 September, Innsbruck – Hall in Tirol –Lake Achen – Innsbruck
  • Walking tour of Hall in Tirol
  • Lunch at Pertisau on the shore of Lake Achen (Achensee)
  • Cruise on Achensee from Pertisau to Scholastika

(Overnight Innsbruck) BL

Day 16: Thursday 30 September, Innsbruck
  • Hofburg Imperial Palace
  • Hungerburger Funicular with stations designed by Zaha Hadid
  • Farewell dinner at a local restaurant

(Overnight Innsbruck) BD

Depart Munich

Day 17: Friday 1 October, Innsbruck – Munich
  • Transfer from Innsbruck to Munich Airport
Day 17: Friday 1 October, Innsbruck – Munich
  • Transfer from Innsbruck to Munich Airport
Accommodation

Accommodation

17 days in the Dolomites and Tyrol

All hotels are rated 4-star locally and conveniently situated. All rooms have en suite bathroom.

  • Udine (3 nights): 4-star Hotel Astoria Udine – an elegant hotel housed in a historic building, located in the town centre. www.hotelastoria.udine.it
  • San Candido (2 nights): 4-star Post Hotel – a boutique hotel located in the town centre, close to the pedestrian zone with terrace offering panoramic views of the Dolomites. www.posthotel.it/en/
  • Merano (2 nights): 4-star Hotel Aurora – a family-fun recently refurbished hotel located on the Kurpromenade. www.hotel-aurora-meran.com
  • Bolzano (5 nights): 4-star Hotel Greif – a boutique design hotel located in the heart of historic Bolzano, close to museums restaurants. www.greif.it/en/hotel-bolzano/
  • Innsbruck (4 nights): 4-star Hotel Grauer Baer – located in the city centre, close to the Imperial Hofburg and an easy 2-minute walk to the old town. www.grauer-baer.at/en/

Note: Hotels are subject to change, in which case a hotel of similar standard will be provided.

Single Supplement

Payment of this supplement will ensure accommodation in a single-occupancy room throughout the tour. In most hotels, this will be a double/twin room for single occupancy. The number of rooms available for single occupancy is extremely limited. People wishing to take this supplement are therefore advised to book well in advance.

How to book

How to Book

Making a Tentative Reservation before the tour price has been published

ASA INTENTION TO TRAVEL APPLICATION FORM

Some ASA tours fill almost immediately. Don’t miss out! You can register your ‘Intention to Travel’ by completing this application and returning this to ASA with a AUD $100.00 per person deposit. Once the tour price has been published, the itinerary and ASA Reservation Application Form will be sent to you. From the time you receive the itinerary you will have two weeks to either:

  • Send us a completed ASA Reservation Application Form together with an additional deposit of AUD $400.00 per person. On receipt of this Reservation Application and deposit, ASA will process your booking and if approved, send you a tour confirmation. At this time your deposit of AUD $500.00 is subject to the tour’s Booking Conditions.

Or

  • CANCEL your Intention to Travel in writing. ASA will refund your AUD $100.00 per person deposit, less a $33.00 service fee (including GST).

Participation Criteria

To participate in an ASA tour, you must be reasonably fit, in good health and able to participate in all activities without assistance from Tour Leaders or other tour members. If you require assistance, a fit and able travel companion must undertake to accompany and assist you with all tasks for the duration of the whole tour. ASA’s ability to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate your specific needs, your health and safety and the health and safety of other tour members, is of paramount importance to us. For this reason the ASA Reservation Application includes a Medical Information section. As a general guideline, you must be able to accomplish each of these activities without assistance or support:-

  • walk and stand unassisted for at least 2-3 hours a day in hot, humid conditions
  • walk confidently on and over uneven surfaces
  • climb at least 3 flights of stairs
  • embark and disembark from ferries, buses and trains
  • walk up and down steep slopes
  • walk at a steady pace and no less than 1km every 15-20 minutes
  • organise, manage and carry your own luggage
  • follow and remember tour instructions
  • meet punctually at designated times and places
  • administer your own medication

Single Supplement

Payment of this supplement will ensure accommodation in a double room for single occupancy throughout the tour. The number of rooms available for single use is extremely limited. People wishing to take this supplement are therefore advised to book well in advance.

Practical Information

Practical Information

The number of flags is a guide to the degree of difficulty of ASA tours relative to each other (not to those of other tour companies). It is neither absolute nor literal. One flag is given to the least taxing tours, seven to the most. Flags are allocated, above all, according to the amount of walking and standing each tour involves. Nevertheless, all ASA tours require that participants have a good degree of fitness enabling 2-3 hours walking or 1-1.5 hours standing still on any given site visit or excursion. Many sites are accessed by climbing slopes or steps and have uneven terrain.

This 17-day Cultural Tour of the Dolomites and the Tyrol involves:

  • Moderate walking and standing during site visits; walking tours may include steep slopes, flights of stairs, cobbled streets, visits to hilltop towns and uneven ground at archaeological sites.
  • Some days involve long stretches on winding mountain roads and there are several days of long-distance coach journeys.
  • Visiting a range of towns and villages on foot, involving walks uphill from bus parks to historic town centres and other sites.
  • Using stairs in museums (lifts are not always available).
  • The use of audio headsets, which amplify the voice of your guide (despite noisy surroundings). This technology also allows you to move freely during site visits without missing any information.

Other considerations:

  • 4-star hotels with four hotel changes.
  • You must be able to carry your own hand luggage. Hotel porterage includes 1 piece of luggage per person.
  • Funicular access to several mountainous sites.

It is important to remember that ASA programs are group tours, and slow walkers affect everyone in the group. As the group must move at the speed of the slowest member, the amount of time spent at a site may be reduced if group members cannot maintain a moderate walking pace. ASA tours should not present any problem for active people who can manage day-to-day walking and stair-climbing. However, if you have any doubts about your ability to manage on a program, please ask your ASA travel consultant whether this is a suitable tour for you.

Please note: it is a condition of travel that all participants agree to accept ASA’s directions in relation to their suitability to participate in activities undertaken on the tour, and that ASA retains the sole discretion to direct a tour participant to refrain from a particular activity on part of the tour. For further information please refer to the ASA Reservation Application Form.

Practical Information

Prior to departure, tour members will receive practical notes which include information on visa requirements, health, photography, weather, clothing and what to pack, custom regulations, bank hours, currency regulations, electrical appliances and food. The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade website has advice for travellers: www.smartraveller.gov.au

Tour Price & Inclusions

Tour Price & Inclusions

AUD $TBA Land Content Only – Early-Bird Special: Book before 30 September 2020

AUD $TBA Land Content Only

AUD $TBA Single Supplement

For competitive Economy, Business or First Class airfares and/or group airfares please contact ASA for further information.

Tour Price (Land Content Only) includes:
  • Accommodation in twin-share rooms with private facilities in 4-star hotels
  • Breakfast daily, lunches & evening meals indicated in the itinerary where: B=breakfast, L=Lunch & D=evening meal
  • Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach
  • Airport-hotel transfers if travelling on the ASA ‘designated’ flights
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage per person at hotels (not at airports)
  • Lecture and site-visit program
  • Entrance fees to museums
  • Use of audio headsets during site visits
  • Tips for the coach driver, local guides and restaurants for included meals
Tour Price (Land Content Only) does not include:
  • Airfare: Australia-Udine, Innsbruck-Australia
  • Personal spending money
  • Luggage in excess of 20kg (44lbs)
  • Travel insurance
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Terms & Conditions
Deposits

A deposit of $500.00 AUD per person is required to reserve a place on an ASA tour.

Cancellation Fees

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

  • More than 75 days before departure: $500.00**
  • 75-46 days prior 25% of total amount due
  • 45-31 days prior 50% of total amount due
  • 30-15 days prior 75% of total amount due
  • 14-0 days prior 100% of total amount due

**This amount may be credited to another ASA tour departing within 12 months of the original tour you booked. We regret, in this case early-bird discounts will not apply. We take the day on which you cancel as being that on which we recieve written confirmation of cancellation.

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.

Will the Tour Price or Itinerary Change?

If the number of participants on a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates ASA reserves the right to amend the advertised price. We shall, however, do all in our power to maintain the published price. If an ASA tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all tour monies paid. Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of ASA make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes in due course.

Travel Insurance

ASA requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. A copy of your travel insurance certificate and the reverse charge emergency contact phone number must be received by ASA no later than 75 days prior to the commencement of the tour.

Final Payment

The balance of the tour price will be due 75 days prior to the tour commencement date.

Limitation of Liability

ASA is not a carrier, event or tourist attraction host, accommodation or dining service provider. All bookings made and tickets or coupons issued by ASA for transport, event, accommodation, dining and the like are issued as an agent for various service providers and are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by each service provider. ASA is not responsible for their products or services. If a service provider does not deliver the product or service for which you have contracted, your remedy lies with the service provider, not ASA. ASA will not be liable for any claim (eg. sickness, injury, death, damage or loss) arising from any change, delay, detention, breakdown, cancellation, failure, accident, act, omission or negligence of any such service provider however caused (contingencies). You must take out adequate travel insurance against such contingencies. ASA’s liability in respect of any tour will be limited to the refund of amounts received from you less all non-refundable costs and charges and the costs of any substituted event or alternate services provided. The terms and conditions of the relevant service provider from time to time comprise the sole agreement between you and that service provider. ASA reserves the sole discretion to cancel any tour or to modify itineraries in any way it considers appropriate. Tour costs may be revised, subject to unexpected price increases or exchange rate fluctuations.

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