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Select Cosmos 2021 Europe tours are limited to an average of just 24 guests per tour. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos European tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery Europe vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.
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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
As you cross from the Austrian to the Italian Tyrol, witness glorious alpine landscapes as you head to visit Novacella Abbey, a Baroque masterpiece still inhabited by Augustinian monks. Also stop in Brunico, a picturesque town combining international flair with alpine traditions. Feast on breathtaking views as you travel through the splendid Dolomites, UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the celebrated winter resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo.
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.
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.
A 130-room modern hotel with spacious common areas. There is a 24-hour mini-gym on site, an airy restaurant and a lobby bar. The old city center is a short ride away from the metro station located opposite the property and there is easy access to the main motorway. Turin Sandro Pertini Airport is only 25 km away.
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.
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.
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