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Grand Alpine

Experience the historical, cultural and culinary delights of Germany, Switzerland and Austria on a luxurious 14 day journey from Zurich to Vienna.

14 Day
From (AUD)
$ 9,695
  • 2018 Zurich > Vienna

    Landscapes that will take your breath away

    You’ll find that the magnificent Swiss Alps will inspire and astound, discover the majestic Alpine region of Europe on your luxury escorted journey.

    There’s something hauntingly beautiful about Europe’s snow-scattered mountains, whether you’re venturing through picture perfect Switzerland, or traversing wild and wonderful Austria. From the gigantic and jagged Matterhorn to the arresting landscapes and plunging gorges that you’ll witness first-hand whilst travelling on Switzerland’s world-famous Glacier Express, you’ll find every aspect of your alpine adventure exhilarating. After exploring Europe’s great urban centres, there’s nothing quite as wonderful as breathing in fresh alpine air, and while there may be bigger mountains elsewhere in the world, they don’t come any more beautiful, or any more dramatic than the peaks you’ll witness here.

    Tour Code:

    SSAL

    Duration:

    14 Days

    Departure City:

    Zurich

    Return City:

    Vienna

  • 14 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Zurich

      Welcome to Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich, where you’ll start your journey with an overnight stay.

    • Day 2 - Zurich > Montreux

      This morning, visit the elegant Bahnhofstrasse and see the Romanesque Cathedral. Then, leave Zurich behind and journey to Gruyères en route to Montreux, where you’ll enjoy your overnight Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Montreux > Zermatt

      Transfer by boat to Chillon Castle, an architectural jewel in the most beautiful of settings, to enjoy an included tour. Board a shuttle train to the Swiss Alps village of Zermatt, a car-free village with views of one of the tallest mountains in the Alps, the famous Matterhorn, and then check in to your hotel for your two night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Zermatt
      Freechoice

      Ascend the Swiss Alps by rail to Switzerland’s highest open-air rail station, Gornergrat, for magnificent views of the Gornergrat Ridge, including the Matterhorn. Alternatively take a guided hike through majestic mountain scenery.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 5 - Zermatt > St. Moritz

      Enjoy a spectacular rail journey aboard the Glacier Express through the stunning Swiss Alps, before arriving in St. Moritz in the heart of the Upper Engadin lakes district. This alpine village has also hosted the Winter Olympics on two occasions. Check in to your hotel this evening.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 6 - St. Moritz > Bern
      Enrich

      Enjoy conversation and cheese tasting with wine or home-made apple juice on your visit to a rural Swiss farm. It’s a fabulous opportunity to experience the local lifestyle.

      End the day with a two night stay in Bern. 

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 7 - Bern > Lucerne > Bern

      Journey to Lucerne, and enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town including the Chapel Bridge, followed by a picturesque cruise on Lucerne’s lake to the village of Vitznau. Join the oldest cogwheel train in Switzerland for a breathtaking ascent of Mount Rigi.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Bern > Innsbruck

      Leave Switzerland bound for Austria, travelling via the tiny tax haven of Liechtenstein.

      On arrival to Innsbruck, enjoy a tour of the city and visit the Bergisel Ski Jump tower for breathtaking views over Innsbruck, then visit the incredible exhibit that is Swarovski World, before arriving at your hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Innsbruck > Munich
      Enrich

      Visit the Austrian town of Seefeld and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride, and treat yourself to the famous Austrian dessert, apple strudel.

      Travel through towering peaks to Hohenschwangau to see the majestic spires of Neuschwanstein Castle, which you’ll also visit. Later follow the Romantic Road to Munich where you’ll enjoy a two night stay.       

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 10 - Munich

      Explore the streets of Munich on a walking tour featuring the Marienplatz, Glockenspiel and Viktualienmarkt.

      Freechoice

      Motor enthusiasts can visit BMW World and Museum, showcasing its wide collections of cars (seasonal option, will be replaced with the Transport Museum when unavailable). Alternatively, discover the haunting history of the Dachau Concentration Camp on a guided tour.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Munich > Salzburg

      Visit the Eagle’s Nest, located in the Bavarian Alps, then continue to Salzburg in Austria where you’ll visit locations used during the filming of ‘The Sound of Music’, as well as Mozart’s birthplace and residence. Enjoy an overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Salzburg > Vienna

      Today delight in the spectacular scenery as you venture into the Salzkammergut district, made famous by ‘The Sound of Music’. With high lush meadows, snow covered mountains and crystal-clear lakes, you will be impressed by the sheer beauty of the region. Upon arrival to Vienna check in to your hotel, your base for the next two nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Vienna

      This morning your expert local guide will show you the cities outstanding monuments to imperial glory. Drive along the Ringstrasse and absorb such sights as the Votive Church, the City Hall, the Stadtpark, the Opera House and the elegant Baroque church of St. Charles Borromeo. You will then have the opportunity to visit the Silver Collection in the Hofburg Museum where you will be spellbound by the opulence and splendour of imperial life. See the silverware once owned by the Habsburg dynasty before visiting the former residence of Empress Maria Theresa – the entrancing Schönbrunn Palace.

      Enrich

      Tonight, enjoy a fitting conclusion to your tour; a concert of Classical music at the Kursalon, a beautiful Italian Renaissance Palace, followed by dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Vienna

      Depart after breakfast. Vienna may be the end of your journey but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.

      Meals included: Breakfast