New Year in an Italian Castle Tour

7 Exhilarating Days

  • Enjoy a leisurely 3 night stay in an Italian castle
  • Stay in authentic, character style hotels
  • Genuinely inclusive, no additional on tour costs
  • Guaranteed 'My Time'
  • Designed for Australians & New Zealanders
  • Small group size - now capped at 28!

Tour Overview

Imagine staying in a glorious 900 year old Italian Castle set in the charming foothills of the Italian Dolomites and enjoying a sumptuous New Year’s Eve Gala dinner.
With visits to medieval Innsbruck, the chic ski resort town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, the canals of Venice and Lake Garda you will have a memorable experience!


  • Celebrate New Year over 3 nights in a stunning Italian Castle set in the foothills of the Italian Dolomites
  • Experience a New Year’s Eve Gala dinner with drinks in your centuries old castle hotel
  • Stay in medieval Innsbruck and visit Swarovski Crystal Worlds
  • Take the Brenner Pass across the Alps, and follow the dramatic Val Sugana through the majestic, snow covered Dolomites
  • In Bolzano, see Ötzi - the mummified mountain man 
  • Explore the canals and hump backed bridges of Venice
  • Relax in the chic ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo
  • Visit Lake Garda and picturesque Sirmione
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner in elegant, stylish Milan


The New Year in an Italian Castle Tour is just one of many you can enjoy in Austria, Italy and Switzerland. Visit each destination page for more information for our other amazing tours! 

New Year in an Italian Castle

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Munich

Your tour commences this evening in Munich. Dinner tonight is included, but first we enjoy a welcome drink. This is an ideal opportunity to meet and get to know your fellow travellers.

Maritim Hotel, Munich

Day 2: Swarovski Crystal Worlds and ‘My Time’ in Innsbruck

Our morning drive takes us to Wattens to visit Swarovski ‘Kristallwelten’ (Crystal Worlds)... a weird and wonderful crystal experience, before continuing to the winter resort of Innsbruck, in the spectacular Inn Valley. After checking into our centrally located hotel you will have plenty of time to explore the Old Town, which is on your doorstep. Make sure you see the picture perfect medieval square beneath the famous ‘Golden Roof’. 
Grauer Bäer, Innsbruck

Day 3: Bolzano, ‘Otzi the Ice Man’ and CastelBrando

Today we cross into Italy via the Brenner Pass and visit Bolzano, capital of Alto Adige region. Intricately carved gables, painted timber façades and an elegant arcaded main street illustrate the influence of both Tyrolean and Italian cultures. We have included a visit to the Museum of Archaeology where you can see the mummified remains of Ötzi – the famous Ice Man – along with a fascinating exhibition documenting the Ancient History of Italy’s South Tyrol. At Trento we cut across the scenic Valsugana and reach the foothills of the Dolomites and our superb CastelBrando. Located above the village of Cison di Valmarino this 2,000 year old Roman fortress was turned into a sumptuous Noble’s palace in the 13th century. On arrival we have included a guided tour of the castle – there is a lot to see – and this will be your home for the next three evocative nights.

Day 4: Venice sightseeing, ‘My Time’ and a Gala New Year’s Eve dinner

New Year’s Eve! Today we visit nearby Venice – arguably oneof the most romantic cities in the world. At Tronchetto we board a boat to take us to St Mark’s Square where we join our expert local guide for a walking tour. The rest of the day is at leisure to shop and explore the myriad of narrow, water lined streets and canals spanned by humped back bridges. Tonight we enjoy a Gala New Year’s Eve Dinner in ‘our’ castle. Sit back and enjoy fine Italian dining, numerous courses with Venetian fish specialities, and selected regional wines.  This will be a night to remember!

Day 5: ‘My Time’ in your Castle or chic Cortina d’Ampezzo

Your choice today… Enjoy a day at leisure in your wonderful castle or, join us to have some fun in the snow as we drive north into the spectacular Dolomites to visit the chic Italian ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo.  The rest of the day is free to shop and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the dramatic, snow laden peaks surrounding you. For lunch maybe take the cable car (not included) to one of the numerous mountain restaurants.

Day 6: Sirmione on Lake Garda and stylish Milan

Leaving our castle we head for the shores of Lake Garda where we take a morning break in the incredibly picturesque town of Sirmione with its tiny harbour surrounded by cobblestoned walkways and cafés. Later we continue to the stylish city of Milan for time at leisure before enjoying a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

Hilton Milan

Day 7: Milan

Your special New Year tour ends after breakfast. Italy is at your feet!

Incredible Value Inclusions

  • All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
  • Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
  • Travel in a first class air conditioned touring coach
  • 6 nights authentic, specially selected hotel accommodation
  • Hotel porterage (1 suitcase pp)
  • Welcome drink in Luzern
  • 12 Meals – Buffet breakfast daily (B) and 6 evening dinners (D)
  • A complimentary wine, beer or soft drink with all included dinners
  • Tea and coffee with all included dinners
  • Local guides as described
  • Personal audio system whilst on tour
  • Free WiFi at hotels
  • End of tour tips to Tour Manager and Driver, tips for local guides

Your Hotels

Maritim Hotel, Munich

Maritim Hotel, Munich - 1 Night

This 4 star hotel is in a superb location in the city centre near the central railway station, and just a few minutes’ walk from the main pedestrian shopping mall
Grauer Bäer, Innsbruck

Grauer Bäer, Innsbruck - 1 Night

This 4 star hotel is superbly located just 200 metres from the historic Old Town.
CastelBrando, Cison Di Valmarino

CastelBrando, Cison Di Valmarino - 3 Nights

A beautifully restored castle with sensitive modernisation has brought the original magnificence back to life. Guelph style decorative battlements, stone cellars, tapestries, swords and suits of armour set the scene for the elegant halls, dining rooms, manicured gardens and terraces overlooking the valley. Glorious for après dinner drinks on a summer evening!

Hilton Milan

Hilton Hotel, Milan – 1 Night

This modern 4 star hotel is located just a short walk from the central railway station.


Tour Reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed our 7 day trip, visiting three countries, seeing amazing places – the gracious old city of Innsbruck, the grand and imposing Castelbrando -  all the time following the majestic Dolomite Mountains and to top all that, a visit on New Year’s Eve to the “floating” city of Venice! Our tour guide made our time so interesting – he was caring of all travellers with special attention to the older people on board. He is empathetic and has a great sense of humour. Our driver was a good driver, we always felt safe and relaxed. Thanks to them we had a good holiday!

Robert and Chesne

Innsbruck - courtesy of Nathan Piesse

Overall the tour was excellent. The tour manager was very knowledgeable and helpful, and the coach driver had a great personality. I really enjoyed the excursions, particularly Cortina d'Ampezzo.


I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Our Tour Manager was an outstanding guide, very helpful and courteous throughout the tour. She was always on hand to advise and give advice when required. Loved the Castelbrando accommodation.


A wonderful tour, an experience of a lifetime - thanks to all involved in the organisation and planning of the tour.

Our higlights included:

  • New Year's Eve dinner and festivities
  • Castelbrando - great location and ambience
  • Competent, efficient and professional tour manager
  • Driving skill and friendly coach driver
  • Visit to Venice
  • Wine included with the meals
  • Dinner included every day
  • Location of the hotels - close to main attractions

Angela & Richard

Dates and Prices

Start Date End Date Price Per Person Availability
28 Dec 2022 3 Jan 2023 AUD $4,087 Space Available