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The breathtaking Alps span the borders of several European countries, and this vacation gives you the opportunity to see the best of the alpine region. This scenic Alps tour includes overnights in Munich, the Innsbruck area, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Bolzano, St. Moritz, Lake Como, Turin, Täsch, the Lucerne area, and Zurich.
Every day you’ll marvel at stunning scenery: lush dairy pastures, picturesque quaint villages, imposing peaks and enchanting forests. You will drive along Grossglockner Pass, Austria’s highest pass with inspiring views of 12,460-foot-high Grossglockner Mountain; visit Cortina d'Ampezzo, home of the 1956 Olympics in the spectacular Italian Dolomites, the Italian "Rocky Mountains,"; take in views of Italy’s Lake Carezza, a small, emerald-green mountain lake; see the Austrian and Italian Tyrolean Alps; discover Switzerland’s Engadine National Park, considered by some to be the world’s most beautiful mountain area with deep-blue lakes and mountain peaks exceeding 12,000 feet,; experience beautiful Lake Como, one of Europe’s deepest lakes; get to know Kitzbühel, with its classic Tyrolean chalets and striking cobblestone center ,car-free Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustics chalets beneath the Matterhorn, and much more.
But it is not all about alpine scenery; you will also get to know Turin, an Italian city set at the foot of the Alps, and on the included city tour, you’ll discover all the secret treasures this winter Olympic city has to offer. In Bavaria, you will also visit charming Linderhof Castle, the smallest but maybe the most elegant of the three King Ludwig fairy-tale castles.
One of the highlights of this Alps tour is a memorable trip aboard the Glacier Express from Zermatt to glitzy St. Moritz. From your train windows, marvel at the thundering waterfalls, impressive snow-capped peaks, glacial ice fields, forests, lush meadows, and picture-perfect villages. Passing over hundreds of bridges and through dozens of tunnels, this is Switzerland’s most famous mountain railway along with the journey aboard the Bernina Express from St Moritz to Tirano, Italy. Traveling on the highest railway across the Alps, witness glistening glaciers, stunning mountain streams, and alpine scenery.
You will have many opportunities to practice your photographic skills on this amazing Alps tour designed for savvy travelers! It’s a dream vacation!
Please note: 2021 itinerary is based on 2020 and is subject to change, but by booking today you will lock in your price. Full details will be confirmed in September 2020.
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Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this delightful Bavarian capital. This evening, meet up with your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
A fascinating itinerary today. First, see Munich’s most famous square Marienplatz, then head south to visit LINDERHOF CASTLE—the smallest of the three Bavarian fairytale palaces commissioned by King Ludwig II and inspired by Louis XIV’s Versailles. The rococo-style Linderhof is surrounded by splendid Italian Renaissance gardens. Continue into Austria through the scenic Inn Valley to Innsbruck to admire its fascinating town center and historic Golden Roof.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi/ 200 km
Travel through glorious alpine landscapes as you head to medieval Kitzbühel with its classic Tyrolean chalets and striking cobblestone center dating back to the 9th century. On to Grossglockner Pass—the highest in Austria and featuring thrilling views of 12,460-foot-high Grossglockner Mountain, lush dairy pastures, and picturesque villages. Cross the border into Italy through the splendid Dolomites, UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the celebrated winter resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo for an overnight.
Today’s Distance: 217 mi/ 350 km
This morning, travel through the spectacular Dolomites, then over Falzarego and Pordoi Passes. Stop at enchanting Lake Carezza to admire its brilliant rainbow colors. Search for the beautiful mermaid who, according to legend, hid here from the romantic pursuits of a powerful wizard. On to Bolzano, home to the famous “Ice Man” from the Bronze Age.
Today’s Distance: 81 mi/ 130 km
Enjoy the visit to Glorenza, the smallest fortified city in Tyrol and ideally situated where Switzerland, Austria, and Italy meet. Via Tubre Pass, descend into Engadine National Park’s 66 square miles of unspoiled nature with deep blue lakes, airy larch forests that turn golden in the fall, 12,000-foot-high peaks, and quaint villages with characteristic Grisons-style homes. Continue to glamorous St. Moritz, the oldest and most famous winter resort in the world.
Today’s Distance: 112 mi/ 180 km
A whole day to do as you please in this stylish Swiss spa resort, known for its stunning mountain scenery, hiking opportunities, and superb shopping.
Today, experience a memorable trip aboard the BERNINA EXPRESS. Crossing the Alps to Tirano in Italy, this spectacular rail journey takes you to altitudes greater than 7,000 feet. Later, rejoin your motorcoach and head to the shores of Lake Como, Italy’s third-largest lake and one of the deepest in Europe.
Today’s Distance: 130 mi/ 210 km
Travel through the Po Valley to Turin, birthplace of Fiat automobiles and home to the legendary Holy Shroud. Upon arrival, visit all the major sites with a Local Guide. This evening, consider an optional dinner.
Today’s Distance: 168 mi/ 270 km
A pleasant drive through the Aosta Valley, known as the smallest region in Italy and a favorite winter sports area. Enter Switzerland via ancient Martigny and Sion, through one of the main Swiss wine-making regions, then head to charming Täsch in the Zermatt area.
Today’s Distance: 193 mi/ 310 km
Take a short train ride to Zermatt, and spend the entire day in this well-known mountain resort, situated in the shadow of the legendary Matterhorn. Stroll along the narrow, traffic-free streets lined with a variety of shops, cafés, and bars. Enjoy an optional ride on Europe’s highest rack railway to 10,272-foot Gornergrat for breathtaking views of the Alps.
Today, another highlight of your tour: the world-renowned GLACIER EXPRESS. Board Switzerland’s most famous mountain railway, which passes over hundreds of bridges and through dozens of tunnels to give unique panoramic views of the Swiss Alps and surrounding valleys, forests, alpine meadows, rushing streams, and picture-perfect villages. Ride the Glacier Express from Zermatt to Andermatt at the St. Gotthard massif, 4,711 feet above sea level. Rejoin your motorcoach for the descent into the dramatically different landscape of the lovely Lucerne area.
Today’s Distance: 137 mi/ 220 km
Cross Brünig Pass and continue to Interlaken. Along the way, take photos of the Jungfrau massif with its three legendary peaks: Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger. Travel through some of the country’s best farmland to the Swiss capital, Berne, where sightseeing includes the BEAR PARK and the Federal Palace. Then, continue to Zurich.
Today’s Distance: 162 mi/ 260 km
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
Despite its quiet location in southern Munich-Obersendling, the 4-star ACHAT Premium offers easy access to the A95, A96 and A99. And it's just a few minutes on the metro to the city center and central station.
n a modern building with a striking mirrored entrance, this modest hotel off the A94 Bundesautobahn is 1.2 km from the München-Berg am Laim S-Bahn station, and 4 km from the International Congress Center.
Central location; 10-15 minute walk to the central railway station & the historic old town of Innsbruck. We offer restaurant with Austrian and international cuisine, bar, conference-room, sauna, steam-bath, hot-whirl-pool on during winter season, sun terrace and hotel own garage.
The Bon Alpina hotel is located in the middle of the village Igls, only a few walking minutes from the ski lifts of the Olympic ski area Patscherkofel and only 6 kilometers from the city of Innsbruck.
Villa Argentina Hotel is a place of long-standing tradition thanks to its excellent service.
Featuring a free wellness centre and a garden, Hotel Chrys offers a terrace and is situated in the green outskirts of Bolzano, a 20-minute walk from the centre. With free Wi-Fi and free private parking, it features Alpine-style rooms.
The Bären Hotel is a 3-star hotel in St. Moritz with 60 rooms.
Hotel Lario is an excellent three star hotel, situated in the so called "Tremezzina", an international place famous for its historical villas and gardens and for the traditional hotel hospitality, facing Lake Como. TV room,elegant restaurant with the new and bright veranda.
The NH Torino Lingotto Congress hotel, formerly known as NH Lingotto, is part of the old Fiat factory in the Lingotto area of Turin. It's connected to both a conference center and shopping and cinema complex and is just steps away from a range of Italian restaurants.
Hotel Walliserhof is located at the edge of Täsch with free view on the Breithorn and the little Matterhorn. You can reach Zermatt with a special train, 5 minutes away by walking.
The Garni Hotel Drei Koenige is situated in the heart of Lucerne and offers comfortable and spacious rooms with all the amenities of a three star hotel. The quiet location as well as the uniqueness of the art nouveau building makes your stay to a special experience. Many sightseeing places, the train station and the old town are close by. Besides, for the best start into the day a rich breakfast buffet is expecting you.
Best Western Hotel Rothaus is centrally situated at a quiet side street at the rim of the old part of Lucerne. We are located for every nice sightseeing from old town with only 5 min. walk. Mount Pilatus only 15 min. Laketrips 5 min. Bus and trainstation also 5 min. walk. We have a nice non smoking dinning room, smoking restaurant and in summer a nice outside restaurant, Lobby, Internet PC. Our Hotel is a older but traditionel Hotel.
Hotel Züri was completely reconstructed in 2017 by the famous architects Gigon & Guyer who shaped the skyline of the new Züri West district. All 167 rooms offer a modern design with a unique "Zurich touch" and there is a restaurant, a bar and fitness centre with a sauna. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel and a business corner with a printer is featured in the lobby.
Our expert Tour Directors help you get the most out of every place you visit - and have a 96% customer satisfaction rating.
We’re delighted to have achieved the Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended endorsement for customer experience.
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