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"Alpine Splendors" Escorted Tour
13 days from $ 1,775 pp

Day 1, Depart USA Overnight flight to Zurich.

Day 2, Zurich at Leisure Welcome to Switzerland! Upon arrival at Zurich Airport you may take the complimentary shuttle service to your hotel. Later, we take an orientation tour of Switzerland's largest city, showing us the Bahnhofstrasse, the River Limmat and the Frauenmunster, famous for its stained glass windows by Marc Chagall. We also see the Grossmünster, founded by Charlemagne more than one thousand years ago. This evening enjoy a Welcome Drink with your Tour Director and fellow passengers.

Day 3, Zurich - Mucich Our first stop is at the thundering Rhine Falls, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. We cross the border into Germany and follow the shores of lovely Lake Constance, overlooked by orchards and vineyards. We stop in the fortified island town of Lindau for a stroll through its historic streets. Later, we depart for Munich, 'fun-loving' capital of Bavaria. (Buffet breakfast)

Day 4, Munich Sightseeing Our Munich sightseeing takes us part the Olympic Stadium, university and Victory Arch into the heart of the city. We see the Frauenkirche, and visit the Marienplatz with its Gothic Town Hall and Glockenspiel. Around the corner lies a colorful food market, which we explore next. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, why not enjoy dinner at a world famous 'Bier Keller'? (Buffet breakfast)

Day 5, Munich - Innsbruck Today we travel into the Bavarian Alps for a guided visit of King Ludwig's fairytale Newschwanstein Castle, perched on a spectacular Alpine mountainside. This was Ludwig's favorite castle, through he spent little time here before his death. We visit exuberantly decorated apartments including the Throne Room and Lohengrin Grotto. Now we continue to pretty Oberammergau, setting of the Passion Play, performed every 10 years since 1633. Finally we cross the Austrian border to Innsbruck, where we view the Golden Roof and Imperial Palace in the Old Town and admire the rococo interior of the Wilten Basilica. (Buffet breakfast/ Dinner)

Day 6, Innsbruck - Vienna This morning we depart for the beautiful baroque city of Salzburg, and today, the venue for one of the world's most important music festivals. With a local guide, we visit the Mirabell Gardens and the great cathedral. We also see Mozart's birthplace and several locations associated with 'The Sound of Music'. We then drive past picturesque Mondsee Lake and along the Danube Valley, seeing the impressive Melk Abbey en route to imperial Vienna for our two night stay. Tonight we have the chance to enjoy some Viennese specialties at our highlight dinner in a local restaurant. (Buffet breakfast/ Dinner)

Day 7, Vienna Sightseeing A local guide takes us into the glorious State Apartments of Schönbrunn Palace, although not into all of its 1400 rooms! The furniture, fixtures and fittings impressively reflect the lifestyle of the Palace residents and are of major significance in terms of cultural history. We now see its elegant formal gardens before going on to view the great St Charles' Church, the imperial Hofburg Palace, the Parliament and the great State Opera House. Later, if you feel hungry, perhaps pop into one of the celebrated Viennese cafes for a coffee and pastries? (Buffet breakfast)

Day 8, Today we take a delightful drive through 'undiscovered' Austria – the pine forests and sleepy towns and villages of Styria and Carinthia. We climb the dramatic Semmering Pass to stop in picturesque Kindberg with its colorful maypole. We continue alongside streams and through farmlands to the Austrian Lake District, passing Klagenfurt and Lake Worth. Finally we arrive in Villach, a spa town surrounded by magnificent country, for our overnight stay. (Buffet breakfast/ Dinner)

Day 9, Villach - Bolzano Spectacular scenery all the way today as we cross the Italian border to see the distinctive formations of the Dolomites, where rugged peaks take the form of towers, belfries, or domes. We stop in the ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo which hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics. As the mountain colors change to soft pinks, we reach Bolzano, capital of the Alto Adige region. (Buffet breakfast/ Dinner)

Day 10, Bolzano - St Moritz We drive through the Swiss National Park today, and along the beautiful Engadine Valley, considered by some at the most beautiful area in the world; deep blue lakes, mountain peaks exceeding 12,000 ft and larch forests. Now we approach the fashionable ski resort of St. Moritz for our overnight stay. Later , there's time to browse in the elegant boutiques or perhaps take a ride on the famous Bernina Express? (Buffet breakfast/ Dinner)

Day 11, St Moritz - Lucerne Today we follow part of the same route as the Glacier Express. Sit spellbound as white stone houses, lush meadows, and snow capped mountains slip past. Our journey then takes us to the Principality of Liechtenstein. We pause in Vaduz below the 700 year old castle, then on to one of Europe's most popular cities, Lucerne. This afternoon we embark on a spectacular highlight – ascending Mount Pilatus by cog-wheel train and cable car! From the summit of this majestic mountain you can enjoy some of the best views in the Swiss Alps! (Buffet Breakfast/ Dinner)

Day 12, Lucerne Sightseeing Our day begins with the sorrowful sculpture of the dying lion, commemorating those Swiss Guards who died at the Battle of the Tuileries. Then a stroll across the Chapel Bridge brings us to the Jesuit Church, before free time to shop for chocolate or Swiss watches? (Buffet breakfast)

Day 13, Lucerne - Return to USA Our tour ends at Zurich Airport with two transfers leaving from the hotel at 07.30 and 11.30 hours. Transfers are only included in the Air & Land package. (Buffet breakfast)


Rates in US$ per person

Departures

Rate

April: 23-30
May: 07-14-21-28

June: 04-11-18-25

July: 02-09-16-23-30
August: 06-13-20

$ 1,975

August: 27

September: 03-10-17-24

$ 2,090

October: 01-08-15-22

$ 1,975

Supplements & Reductions

Single Room Supplement

$ 250

Triple Room Reduction

$ 40

Young Traveler Reduction (05-17 years)

10%

Extensions Available on Request!


The Tour Includes

  • Deluxe motorcoach with air conditioning

  • 4 Star Hotels in all cities

  • Meals as indicated in the program*

  • Multilingual tour escort during tour

  • Sightseeing and excursions mentioned in the program with local guide

  • Arrival and departure transfers

Not Included

  • Air fare

  • Tips, beverages and extra services

  • Entrance fees (unless specified)

  • Everything not mentioned in the program.

First Class Hotels

  • Zurich: Movenpick Airport

  • Munich: Hilton Park

  • Innsbruck: Hilton

  • Vienna: Vienna Hilton

  • Villach: Romantic Hotel Post

  • Bolzano: Alpi

  • St.Moritz: Monopol

  • Lucerne: Astoria


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