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 24* 2017

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. 

Lucerne Germany Switzerland tour

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 - Black Forest
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
Ravenna 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 we continue 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 Hirsch. 

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. Today’s final destination is Innsbruck, Austria where we spend the night at the hotel Grauer Bar ****.

Day 5  Innsbruck - Munich
This 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 Munich
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
Breakfast 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 Zurich
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****.

Day 10  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****.

Day 12  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 Switzerland.

Day 13 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.

Day 14 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)

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Prices in 2017: 

All departures: Euro 3995 per person based on two people sharing the room ($ rate varies depending the exchange)  

 
24 Sep (Oktoberfest departure): add Euro  224 per person
Single Supplement: 1049

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:
Frankfurt: Moevenpick 4 star
Black Forest: Hotel Hofgut Sternen***+
Fussen: Hotel Hirsch 4 star
Innsbruck: Grauer Bar 4 star
Munich:
 City Centre 4 star
Zurich: Swissotel 4 star
Interlaken: Hotel Interlaken 4 star
Geneva: Hotel Ramada Encore 3 star
Zermatt: Hotel Alex 4 star
Lugano: Grand 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****)

TOUR INCLUDES

• 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 day 7
• English-/Spanish-speaking tour guide from day 9 - day 14 (driver guide for groups of 7 persons or less)
• Accommodation as specified in the itinerary.
• Daily buffet breakfast
• 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 guide)
• 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
• Visit 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.   

 

 

 

 

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