Switzerland, Italy & Austria


We will fly as a group from Washington, D.C. to Europe. We will travel by train and bus in Europe. During the program we will visit the following cities.


  • Riva San Vitale
  • Zurich
  • Lucerne
  • Lugano
  • Belinzona


  • Como
  • Venice
  • Milan
  • Florence
  • Sienna
  • Bolzano


  • Innsbruck
  • Salzburg
  • Vienna

Personal Travel

You will plan a group trip as part of the program. You can also stay in Europe after the program for further travels on your own.

You should read a good travel guidebook such as Europe Through the Backdoor, Let's Go Europe or Lonely Planet. These are available online or in local bookstores later in the spring.

You should look into purchasing a railpass as well as using low-cost European airlines to travel to more distant cities. Railpass information is available from several sources such as Rick Steves and Railpass Express. We can make a group purchase of railpasses if many of you want to get them. We can do this in the spring.

Railroad time schedules are available online. The Swiss website is the easiest to use but the French and German websites are also helpful. You can get train times for all countries in Europe from any of these sites.

Some airlines to consider are Ryan Air , Europe By Air, Air Berlin, Easy Jet. There is extensive low-cost carrier service from Milano, Italy (Malpensa and Linate). Milano is only one hour from the VT center in Riva San Vitale.

Inexpensive lodging can be found at the Backpackers Ultimate Guide to Europe. They have hostel reviews of youth hostels for most European cities. They also have some background information on countries and cities.

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