Alpine Countries Tour
Germany Austria Switzerland and Italy
5% early bird discount on booking
made by 30 Jan 2017
Only 6 departures 14 days from Frankfurt to Zurich
Dates: Apr 23, May 21, June 25, Jul 23, Aug 20, Sep
Through the Romantic Black Forest of medieval
villages and scenic routes and castle dotted Bavaria with pretty
villages full of Geranium windows, we travel to the mountain country of
Switzerland with its scenic Alpine views, glacier climbing cable cars and
majestic lakes adorned by charming villages and towns on high plateaus.
Day 1. Sunday Frankfurt
Individual arrival at Frankfurt airport from
where you will receive your transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free
to relax or for your own activities. Welcome dinner at 7 p.m. where
you will meet your guide and other group members. Overnight in Frankfurt.
For those interested, it is possible to add a 2 p.m. city tour of Frankfurt
to the program. Accommodation at the 4 star Hotel Mövenpick Frankfurt City.
Day 2 Monday Frankfurt - Heidelberg -
After breakfast departure to Heidelberg famous for its old university and
scenic location on the shores of the Neckar river. We will take the cable
car up to the castle for a walking tour of the old
town, then continue through scenic routes to the heart of the Black
Forest region. We will enjoy a typical Black Forest dinner in one of the
hotels in serene surroundings built in typical regional style with geranium
adorned windows. If you like, have a little walk to the beautiful
Gorge or see the region’s oldest chapel, both are next to the hotel.
Accommodation at the Best
Western Hotel Hofgut Sternen***+.
Day 3 Tuesday Freiburg -
Lake Titi - Lindau - Füssen
This morning we will have a short presentation on how the famous cuckoo
clocks of the region are made, then continue to visit a small farm in the
area where you will have the opportunity to taste some of the locally
produced cheeses. Drive the
heart of the Black Forest region to lake Titi nestled in dense forest, then
south and stop at the small island of Lindau with its many half timbered
houses at Lake Constance, from where we can admire fantastic views of the
nearby Alps. Depending on weather conditions we will take the Alpine road
from Lindau to Oberstaufen
and Immenstadt to our final destination Füssen,
the southernmost point on the Germany portion of our tour and a gateway town to world famous King Ludwig castles, among them the
picture perfect Neuschwanstein. Accommodation at the 4 star Hotel
Day 4 Wednesday Neuschwanstein – Wieskirche -
Oberammergau - Linderhof - Innsbruck
This morning we pay a
visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, built by Ludwig II, the tragically eccentric
king of Bavaria whose castles are today's main tourist attractions of the
country. In the afternoon we travel to Oberammergau, famous for its Passion
Play that takes place every 10 years. We will also admire the town's painted houses. We visit the Wieskirche Church,
then continue to nearby Ettal Benedictine Abbey with its lovely rococo church.
final destination is Innsbruck, Austria where we spend the night at the hotel Grauer Bar ****.
Innsbruck - Munich
morning we have a sightseeing tour of Innsbruck in Austria, a charming town from the Middle Ages at the foot of the Alps. it was an important seat of the Holy Roman Emperor in the 15th century and today a popular ski resort town., capital of the Alpine region of Tyrol. In the afternoon we travel to Munich, Bavaria's capital and one of Germany's most important cities. After arrival overnight at the Maritim Hotel Munich ****.
Day 6 Friday
Today we will see the city’s main attractions finishing at the Marienplatz square with its famous clock tower. The capital
of Bavaria state, Munich, is famous for its Oktoberfest, which is annually
celebrated in September. The afternoon is free to explore at your leisure.
In the evening we will treat you to a Bavarian dinner. Overnight in Munich
at the Maritim Hotel Munich ****.
Day 7 Saturday Munich - Zurich
at the hotel. Time at leisure, then noon transfer to the train station to
board our train from Munich to Zurich. Upon arrival in Zurich transfer to
your hotel. rest of the evening free for own activities. Overnight in Zurich at the Hotel Swissôtel Zürich****.
Day 8 Sunday
This morning we will embark on a sightseeing tour of Zurich and its main monuments. Take in
fabulous views of the Alps and Lake Zurich from the Höhenstrasse. We will
stop briefly in Rapperswil, the quaint City of Roses. For our return trip to
Zurich we will take a cruise on Lake Zurich. Arrival at Zürich-Bürkliplatz.
Walk on own way back to the hotel or discover the city on your own during
your free time. Accommodation at the Hotel Swissôtel Zürich****.
Day 9 Monday Zurich - Luzern -
Mount Titlis - Interlaken
Departure for Lucerne, a lovely lakeshore city surrounded by mountains on the shores of Lake Lucerne. Short sightseeing tour
and free time to explore on your own. At noon we continue to Engelberg, a ski ersort town with fantastic views in summer and winter alike. Take
the rotating Rotair cable car to the top of Mount Titlis and its spectacular
glacier. From an elevation of 3.020 m, you can enjoy spectacular views of
the Central Alps. In the afternoon we continue to the lakeside village of Brienz, again in fantastic setting and visit the local
wood carvers the village is famous for. Our next destination is Interlaken nestled near two beautiful
lakes at the foot of Mount
Jungfrau. Accommodation at the Hotel Hotel Interlaken****.
Tuesday Interlaken - Bern - Gruyeres - Geneva
From Interlaken we drive
along the majestic glacier lake, Lake Thun to Bern. After a sightseeing tour of the
capital city famous fort its high culture and sophistication, we continue
to Gruyeres, capital of Swiss cheese production and a picturesque village with its impressive medieval castle.
Overnight in Geneva at the Hotel Ramada Encore***.
Day 11 Wednesday
Geneva - Montreux - Zermatt
Morning tour of lovely Geneva and visit
the beautiful parks along the lake, the cathedral and the European
headquarters of the UN. Then we travel to Lausanne and Montreux, passing the
magnificent Chillon Castle. Arrival in Montreux. In the afternoon
we travel up the Rodano river valley as far as Täsch, the gateway to Zermatt with its typical Swiss Alpine houses and flower covered balconies.. From here you continue
by narrow gauge train to Zermatt, a popular alpine ski resort nestled at the foot of mighty Mount
Matterhorn. Dinner and accommodation at the Hotel Alex in Zermatt****.
Thursday Zermatt - Nufenen Pass – Lugano
In the morning you are free to
explore at your leisure or undertake an optional excursion to the top of
Mount Gornegrat of an elevation of over 10 thousand feet 3146 metres.(not included). In the afternoon we return to Täsch where
we board the bus for a spectacular drive over the high Nufenen mountain
pass to Lugano situated in the canton of Ticino near the Italian border. Accommodation at lovely Lugano, the warmest part of
Friday Lugano - Lake Como - St. Moritz
In the morning we cross the border to Italy
to visit magnificent Lake Como, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world
with many quaint villages, elegant villas and beautiful gardens along its
shores. Travel along the shore of Lake Lugano to Menaggio at Lake Como with its plam-tree dotted promenade. Continue along the spectacular lake to Chiavenna in the Beggaglia valley. In Castasegna we cross back
into Switzerland and complete today‘s tour in the elegant ski resort
town of St. Moritz, a popular resort town and meeting place of the rich and famous.
Dinner and accommodation at the Hotel Schweizerhof in St Moritz.
Saturday St. Moritz - Vaduz - Zurich
In the morning we travel via Fluela
and Davos to Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein. Free time to explore this
bustling city. In the afternoon we continue to Zurich via the Toggenburg
region, famous for its picturesque houses. Arrival at Zurich central station or the Swissopte around 5 p.m. End of tour program.
Extra nights in Zurich can be booked or check out our
Switzerland to Amsterdam Rhine river cruises.
The Switzerland part of the tour will be bilingual (English, Spanish)
check out our
Swiss independent rail tours with Glacier Express
Prices in 2017:
Euro 3995 per person
based on two people sharing the room ($ rate varies depending the
Sep (Oktoberfest departure): add Euro 224 per person
Third person reduction in triple room: Euro 100
Dates in 2017:
Apr 23, May 21, June 25, July 23, August 20, September 24*
Private version of this tour is also available inquire about prices
Hotels used on the tour:
Moevenpick 4 star
Black Forest: Hotel Hofgut Sternen***+
Hirsch 4 star
Innsbruck: Grauer Bar 4 star
Centre 4 star
Zurich: Swissotel 4 star
Interlaken: Hotel Interlaken 4 star
Geneva: Hotel Ramada Encore 3 star
Zermatt: Hotel Alex 4 star
Eden 4 star
St Moritz: Schweizerhof 4 star
Extra nights Accommodation: Prenight in Frankfurt
€75 in double room, €145 in single room (Hotel Mövenpick Frankfurt City****)
Postnight in Zurich
€165 in double room, €285 in single room (Hotel Swissôtel Zürich****)
• Transfer in from Frankfurt airport to your hotel
(only on day 1 of the tour)
• Transportation by car, minivan or bus
during the entire tour (depending on number of participants)
English speaking tour guide from day 1 - day 6 (driver-guide for groups
of 7 persons or less). Tour is guaranteed with minimum 2 people.
• Private transfer out Munich and in Zurich on
tour guide from day 9 - day 14 (driver guide for groups of 7 persons or
• Accommodation as specified in the itinerary.
• Visits and excursions as listed in the program
• Regular city tour of Zurich with local English-/Spanish-speaking guide on day 8
• Train ticket Munich - Zurich incl. Reserved seating in 2nd class (no
• Welcome dinner in Frankfurt, traditional Black Forest Dinner, typical regional farewell-dinner in Munich and dinner in Zermatt and St. Moritz
Admission to Heidelberg, Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles
to a Black Forest farm with cheese tasting
• Visit to a cuckoo
clock visitor center
• Cable car ticket to Mount Titlis
Boat ride ticket on Lake Zurich (no guide)
• Train ride Täsch -
Zermatt – Täsch
Tour can be booked as a
private tour as well for higher cost departing on any day of the year,
inquire about prices based on the number of people in your party.