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Jewels of Europe with Grand Alpine

Experience the beauty of Swiss Alps with a 26 day journey from Zurich to Amsterdam. Let the landscapes inspire you before enjoying a luxurious river cruise.

26 Day
From (AUD)
$ 17,885
  • 2018 Zurich > Amsterdam

    Landscapes that will take your breath away

    You’ll find that the magnificent Swiss Alps will inspire and astound, the perfect prelude to a life-changing luxury European River Cruise.

    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:

    SSAC

    Duration:

    26 Days

    Departure City:

    Zurich

    Return City:

    Amsterdam

  • 26 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

      Cruise across Lake Geneva to Chillon Castle, an architectural jewel in the most beautiful of settings, to enjoy an included tour. Board a cog-wheel 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
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      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, Dinner

    • 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

    • Day 8 - Bern > Innsbruck

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

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

      On arrival to Innsbruck, enjoy a tour of the city and visit the Bergisel Ski Jump tower for breathtaking views over Innsbruck before arriving at your hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Innsbruck > Munich

      Visit the incredible exhibit that is Swarovski World, then 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. 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 > Budapest

      This afternoon you’ll arrive in Budapest, via Vienna, to board your Scenic Space-Ship.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Budapest
      Highlights:
      Thermal Baths
      Freechoice

      Make the most of Budapest with a guided tour of this city of contradictory delights, or relax and unwind at the Thermal Baths and Spa. Alternatively, you can choose to experience the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock, a relic of WWII and the 1956 uprising.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Vienna
      Highlights:
      Enrich Private Viennese concert

      As you cruise the mighty Danube relax in one of the lounges and viewing areas, and enjoy the scenery as your Scenic Space-Ship sails towards the majestic city of Vienna.

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      Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private Viennese evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Vienna
      Highlights:
      Imperial treasures
      Freechoice

      Take a guided tour of Bratislava or Schönbrunn Palace. Alternatively, visit the world-renowned Spanish Riding School and either tour the stables or see the famous Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise program. Or you might wish to explore this majestic city on a guided cycling tour.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Dürnstein > Melk
      Highlights:
      Sundowners in Wachau Valley
      Freechoice

      Embark on an enjoyable guided bike ride along the river from Dürnstein to Melk or be guided through Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey. Alternatively, visit a local winery and sample some of its fine wines.

      Sundowners

      As the day ends, you’ll get to enjoy the fine view of the breathtakingly beautiful Wachau Valley – a wonderful ending to a magnificent day.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Passau > Salzburg
      Highlights:
      The Wonder of the Sound of Music
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      Let the ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’ transport you to another time and place. Based on the timeless movie of the same name, this exclusive production is performed in the rolling hills of Salzburg and will wow you with its stage sets. Enjoy an authentic Austrian lunch and then hum along to the show’s catchy classics.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Regensburg
      Highlights:
      Danube Gorge

      At the confluence of three rivers, Regensburg offers a rich tapestry of experiences, from its medieval Old Town to the Bavarian Forest on its border.

      Freechoice

      Enjoy a walking tour of the city or hop on board a local ferry and sail the Danube Gorge to view Weltenburg Abbey, sampling beer from one of the oldest monastic breweries in the world.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Nuremberg
      Highlights:
      WW2 history

      Welcome to this fascinating Bavarian city, dating back to the 11th century.

      Freechoice

      Visit moving WWII sites, or take a baking class.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 20 - Bamberg
      Highlights:
      Old town

      Immerse yourself in the World Heritage-listed old town of Bamberg, alive with history. With your knowledgeable local guide, walk the same cobbled streets as medieval traders once did.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 21 - Würzburg
      Highlights:
      Romantic Rothenburg
      Freechoice

      Visit the Bishop’s Residenz Palace and sample some exquisite local wine, or explore the famous Romantic Road – an important trade route during the Middle Ages. Then take in the beautiful walled town of Rothenburg, a medieval gem that overlooks the Tauber River.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 22 - Würzburg > Rüdesheim
      Highlights:
      Full day cruising

      Soak in the vistas of the Main River as you spend a full day relaxing on board your Scenic Space-Ship. Allow the passing scenery to mesmerise you from the comfort of your suite or the Sun Deck. Commentary from your Scenic Tailormade device will describe the captivating view unfolding before you in vivid detail. Or simply indulge in the on board amenities of your 5-star floating hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 23 - Rüdesheim > Rhine Gorge > Marksburg Castle
      Highlights:
      Castle Medieval Castle banquet

      Immerse yourself in charming Rüdesheim and board the Winzerexpress mini train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Then enjoy a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument for a spectacular bird’s eye view of the river.

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      Delight in the medieval ambience at Marksburg Castle, which has remained virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages. You’ll get the opportunity to partake in a magnificent medieval feast, with an abundance of fine fare and quantities of free flowing local red wine.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 24 - Cologne
      Highlights:
      Cologne cathedral
      Freechoice

      Stroll through Cologne and view the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral. Or enjoy a taste experience lecture on board your Scenic Space-Ship.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 25 - Amsterdam
      Highlights:
      Canal cruise
      Freechoice

      Experience an iconic canal cruise or enjoy a slice of quintessential Holland at Zaanse Schans, with its windmills and open-air conservation area.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 26 - Amsterdam
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Depart after breakfast. Amsterdam is the end of your cruise, but the beginning of a lifetime of wonderful memories.

      Meals included: Breakfast