Alpine Adventure, Bernina & Glacier Express

  • 13 Days

  • Central and Eastern Europe

  • Steady pace

Witness the preserved body of a mountain hunter from 3,500 BC, experience the famous Glacier and Bernia Express train journeys, and enjoy an ever-changing Alpine landscape on this epic mountain adventure.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Excursions
Porterage
All airport taxes
Single share option
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

of 13 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 5th June 2018

Meals included: 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners

Overview

Witness the preserved body of a mountain hunter from 3,500 BC, experience the famous Glacier and Bernia Express train journeys, and enjoy an ever-changing Alpine landscape on this epic mountain adventure.

At a glance

  • Linderhof Castle Visit the opulent former home of the Habsburg family.
  • Innsbruck See the 15th-century Golden Roof balcony once used as a viewing box for royals.
  • St Moritz Relax for a day in this stylish Swiss mountain resort overlooking the lake.
  • Bernina Express Enjoy snow-tipped mountain vistas on a railway journey across the Alps.
  • Glacier Express Experience Switzerland's most celebrated train journey.
  • The Dolomites Take in the breathtaking snow-capped Dolomites as you drive through ever changing landscapes. 

Day 1

UK - Munich area

Fly to Munich where you will be met by our representative and transfer to your hotel in the Munich area.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Munich area - Linderhof Castle - Innsbruck area

This morning visit the city of Munich before journeying deep into a forested valley of the Ammergau Alps for a visit to Linderhof Castle - one of the fairy tale-like former residences of the Habsburg family. Built by Ludwig II, Linderhof was inspired by Paris' Palace of Versailles and houses an extraordinarily opulent interior of gilded furnishings, rich fabrics and awesome chandeliers as well as acres of Italianate terraced gardens. Later, cross the border into Austria and pass idyllic meadows and steep mountain ridges on your way to Innsbruck, one of Austria's prettiest cities and capital of the Tyrol. Here, delve into the beautiful old quarter to view the Golden Roof - a 15th century gold-tiled balcony once used as a royal box for viewing tournaments in the main square below.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Innsbruck area - Kitzbühel - Cortina d'Ampezzo

Admire glorious alpine landscapes on your way to the classic Tyrolean town of Kitzbühel. All pretty chalets and cobbled lanes, this picturebook place dates back to the 9th century. Next, journey along the epic Grossglockner high Alpine road, Austria's highest mountain pass and arguably Europe's most spectacular. Snake amongst lush dairy pastures, pretty villages and dramatic peaks for thrilling views over Grossglockner Mountain and watch the scenery change into the jagged peaks of the enchanting Italian Dolomites as you continue to the ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Cortina - Lake Carezza - Bolzano

This morning, drive to the Veneto and Trentino area of the Dolomites, stopping at the mountain-ringed crystal clear Lake Carezza before heading to Bolzano. Surrounded by Alpine hills, this charming Italian town boasts arcaded squares and medieval churches. Its must-see attraction though, is the Ötzi Museum, home to the 'Ice Man' - the mummified body of a mountain hunter who lived around 3,500 BC.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Bolzano - Glorenza - St Moritz

First stop today is in Glorenza, South Tyrol's smallest walled town. After admiring its fortifications, follow the Tubre pass into Switzerland's Engadine Valley, one of the world's most stunning mountain regions. Marvel at its shimmering lakes, pristine forests and quaint, Grison-style villages en-route to St Moritz.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

St Moritz

Today your time is free to experience the glamour and gorgeous setting of this stylish Swiss resort. Overlooking St Moritz Lake and a sweep of towering mountains, this chic mountain retreat has plenty to attract visitors, from a delightful promenade to plush boutiques and top-notch restaurants.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

St Moritz - Bernina Express - Tirano - Lake Como

This morning brings a treat as you ride the Bernina Express railway train from St Moritz to Tirano. Revel in the views over snow-tipped peaks, Alpine meadows and rushing streams as you climb the breathtaking Bernina Pass to up to 7,000 feet before crossing into Italy. Later, drive through the town of Chiavenna to Lake Como.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Lake Como - Turin

Travel through the Po Valley today to Turin, the capital of Piedmont, for a guided tour that showcases the town's wonderful Baroque architecture, porticoed streets and glorious 15th century cathedral - home to the hallowed Shroud of Turin.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Turin - Aosta - Martigny - Sion - Täsch

Sit back and relax as you journey through Italy's pleasant Aosta Valley and enter Switzerland via ancient Martigny and Sion, heading for the quaint village of Täsch.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Täsch - Zermatt - Täsch

Take a short train ride to car-free Zermatt set at the foot of the mighty Matterhorn. The day is yours to discover everything Zermatt has to offer, perhaps admiring its wondrous Alpine surroundings or exploring the lovely, pedestrianised town centre. Don't miss our optional excursion on Europe's highest rack railway, trundling up the 10,272-foot Gornergrat for epic views over the Matterhorn.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Täsch - Glacier Express to Andermatt - Lucerne area

Prepare for more scenic wonders as you ride the legendary Glacier Express train, Switzerland's most celebrated mountain railway. Feast your eyes as you glide over bridges, through tunnels and past flower-filled fields, gurgling streams and postcard-perfect villages before descending to Andermatt in the St Gotthard massif. Rejoin your coach and drive to the gentler landscapes around Lake Lucerne.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Lucerne Area - Interlaken - Berne - Zurich

Journey along the dramatic Brünig pass to Interlaken, marvelling at the views over the Jungfrau massif, with its three snow-capped peaks of the Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger, on the way. Next, continue through pretty farmland to the Swiss capital, Berne, for a guided tour of its main sights, including Bear Park and the fountain-fronted Federal Palace. Later, continue to Zurich.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Zurich - UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Munich area: Achat Premium Munchen 
  • Innsbruck: Bonalpina Igls
  • Cortina: Villa Argentina 
  • Bolzano: Chrys
  • St Moritz: Hotel Baren 
  • Lake Como: Lario at Mezzegra 
  • Torino: NH Lingotto or NH Tech
  • Zermatt area: Matterhorn Resort at Taesch
  • Lake Lucerne: Drei Koenige at Lucerne 
  • Zurich: Novotel West 

Notes

Maximum elevation on this tour is 12,457 ft.

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard

Latest customer reviews

29th September 2017

Poor evening meals, very disappointing

7th July 2017

Bernina very good, Alpine express an anticlimax

28th June 2017

Good variety as it comprised travel by coach, train, cable car and an optional boat trip.

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