Grand Alpine Explorer
On this marvellous tour we discover the incredible attractions in three of the countries around the towering peaks - from the German city of Munich to the beautiful Austrian Lakes and Switzerland's superb mountain railways.
Stretching across much of mainland Europe, the wild and rugged Alps are home to some of the world's most magnificent landscapes. On this marvellous tour we discover the incredible attractions in three of the countries around the towering peaks - from the German city of Munich to the beautiful Austrian Lakes and Switzerland's superb mountain railways.
Highlights and Inclusions
- First & Standarad Class rail travel throughout
- 14 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast each day
- 1 lunch & 9 dinners
- Guided tour of Munich
- Excursion to Salzburg, including a guided tour
- Excursion on the Achenseebahn Railway, and cruise on Lake Achensee
- Journey on the scenic line through the Alps from Austria to Switzerland
- Return journey on the UNESCO-listed Bernina Express to Tirano in panoramic carriages
- Journey on the Glacier Express in panoramic carriages, with lunch on board
- Excursion on the Jungfrau Railway to the 'top of Europe'
- The services of a professional Tour Manager throughout
- All transfers
Days 1-3 - To Munich
Our adventure begins at St Pancras International, where we join the Eurostar to Brussels. Here we change trains and continue to Cologne, where we overnight. On Day 2 we travel southwards through Germany by rail to Munich. Located within sight of the Alps, lively Munich is the capital of Bavaria, as well as one of Germany's best-loved cities. We spend two nights here at the Pullman Munich Hotel. On Day 3 we discover more of lively Munich. With a rich culture and heritage, the city has a wonderful collection of museums, galleries and architectural treasures. We enjoy a guided walking tour to introduce the highlights of the city, before time to explore at leisure. Be sure to visit the Marienplatz in the heart of the Old Town. (Day 1 - L, D, Day 2 - B, D, Day 3 - B)
Day 4 - To Salzburg & the Austrian Lakes
Leaving Munich behind, today we take the train into Austria. We arrive in Salzburg, a city with a wealth of musical heritage, known the world over as the birthplace of Mozart, and the setting for Rogers & Hammerstein's 'The Sound of Music'. On arrival we enjoy a guided walking tour. Spread out below the grand Hohensalzburg Fortress, the churches, squares and alleyways of Salzburg's beautiful Old Town are incredibly well preserved, dominated by fabulous Baroque spires, and are recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After the tour, you are free to discover more of the city. Later we travel by coach to Lake Traunsee, a spectacular lake which resembles a fjord, for three nights in the lakeside village of Traunkirchen, at the Hotel Post. (B, D)
Days 5 & 6 - Traunkirchen & the Austrian Lakes
Today is free for you to relax in Traunkirchen. Perhaps take a stroll around the village's twisting cobbled lanes, and admire the authentic fishermen's cottages, or visit nearby Bad Ischl. On Day 6 we explore the stunning Austrian Lake District. We head first to St Wolfgang, a charming, historic town, before continuing to St Gilgen, full of Baroque and Rococo character and colourful streets lined with pavement cafés. We continue to pretty Mondsee, whose 15th century church featured in the wedding scene of 'The Sound of Music'. (Day 5 - B, Day 6 - B, D)
Days 7 & 8 - Innsbruck & Achenseebahn Railway
We transfer by coach to Salzburg, where we join the rail service for the journey into the Tyrol. The route takes us past the towering peaks of the rugged Austrian Alps, before arriving in Innsbruck. Our base for two nights is the Hotel Innsbruck. After settling in, your afternoon is free for you to explore the Tyrolean capital; perhaps visit the maze of cobbled alleyways in the Old Town, which reflect the city's historic and cultural past with its Renaissance and Baroque buildings. On Day 8 we take a trip on the superb Achenseebahn Railway. After journeying to Jenbach by mainline rail, we join the steam powered cogwheel railway for the ascent to Achensee, for a relaxing cruise across the crystal-clear emerald waters of the lake. We later return to Innsbruck. (Day 7 - B, Day 8 - B, D)
Day 9 - Through the Alps to Switzerland
Today's journey takes us into the spellbinding scenery of Switzerland. On leaving Innsbruck, the train cuts through the mighty Alps, which dominate the skyline. The journey continues through attractive Liechtenstein and into the Swiss town of Sargans. Here we change trains and travel alongside the Rhine and its dramatic scenes to Chur. We continue our ascent through the majestic mountain peaks, overlooking the lush meadows running down to the valley floor. The line uses a series of loops, spirals and switchbacks to gain altitude. We then arrive in the elegant lakeside resort of St Moritz for three nights at the Hotel Schweizerhof. (B, D)
Days 10 & 11 - Bernina Express & St Moritz
Today we take a journey on the superb Bernina Line, which passes glaciers, rushing mountain streams and flower-filled Alpine meadows. The railway has been rewarded with UNESCO World Heritage Status - as a testament to the incredible engineering that was required to create the line, as well as for the scenery through which it passes. During our journey we travel across the spiralling viaduct at Brusio. The track clings to the mountainside as we wind our way above deep ravines and past waterfalls to more than 7,000ft above sea level. Later we arrive in Tirano in Italy. You have some free time in Tirano before our return journey. Day 11 is at leisure. (Day 10, B, D, Day 11 - B)
Day 12 - The Glacier Express &Interlaken
We take the famous Glacier Express along the iconic route from St Moritz to Brig, enjoying the incredible view through the panoramic windows of our First Class carriage. Our journey takes us through Switzerland's classic landscapes; from the jagged mountain peaks to the sprawling vineyards and over the famous Landwasser Viaduct. On leaving St Moritz we travel into the upper Rhine Valley, enjoying a two-course lunch at our seats during the journey, whilst watching stunning scenery pass slowly by. The train climbs steadily and steeply up and over the Oberalp Pass, the peak of the route, and spirals downwards past little villages, before reaching Brig. Here we change trains and travel to Interlaken, for a three-night stay at the Hotel Interlaken. (B, L)
Day 13 - The Jungfrau Railway
Today we travel to the Jungfraujoch (Standard Class) - Europe's highest railway station. The train begins by trundling from Interlaken through the foothills of the Alps to Lauterbrunnen, where we join the Wengeralp Railway. Our ascent continues through ever changing scenery to Kleine Scheidegg, where we join the Jungfrau Railway for the final leg of the journey. During the journey the train pauses at two observation stops; windows hewn out of solid Alpine rock between the tunnel and the infamous north face of the Eiger, with spectacular views down the valley. Finally, the train arrives at Jungfraujoch, the 'Top of Europe', 11,333ft above sea level. With free time at the summit station, you can explore the Ice Palace and its many ice sculptures. We descend via the charming mountain resort of Grindelwald. (B, D)
Days 14 & 15 - Interlaken & Return to London
Your day is free to spend at leisure in Interlaken. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner here. On Day 15 we take the train to Basel, where we join the high-speed TGV service to Paris. Here we connect with the Eurostar to London. (Day 14 - B, D, Day 15 - B, L)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotel Innsbruck, Innsbruck
The 4-Star Hotel Innsbruck is situated in the heart of the old town, within walking distance of many of the sights and attractions of Innsbruck. The hotel has a restaurant and a bar as well as a wellness centre with a swimming pool, steam bath and a sauna. Beauty treatments and therapies are available (pay locally). The comfortable, spacious rooms feature a television, a safe and a hairdryer.
Hotel Interlaken, Interlaken
The 4-Star Hotel Interlaken is situated on the city's Höheweg, within walking distance of the centre and Interlaken Ost railway station. The hotel has been welcoming guests for over 600 years, some of the most notable including the 19th century poet, Lord Byron, and composer Felix Mendelssohn. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, lounge, a sun terrace and a Japanese garden. The comfortable rooms feature a telephone, television and a hairdryer.
Pullman Munich Hotel, Munich
The 4-Star Munich Pullman Hotel, is our base in Munich. Located close to the Englischer Garden, and near some excellent public transport links to easily transport you into the centre of this lively city, this is the perfect hotel for our time here. This hotel offers some wonderful facilities, including a restaurant that offers delicious seasonal food, and a bar, perfect for relaxing in after a full day. The rooms are decorated in a pleasant monochrome style, with amenities such as air-conditioning, a television, tea & coffee-making facilities, an en-suite bathroom, and complimentary Wi-Fi, making your stay that much more comfortable.
Hotel Schweizerhof, St Moritz
The 4-Star Hotel Schweizerhof is situated in the centre of St Moritz with superb views over the lake from the front of the hotel and within walking distance from the Chantarella funicular station. The original Belle Epoque surroundings and modern comforts include the Acla restaurant famous for its boiled beef, piano bar and spa. Rooms are comfortably furnished with a television, telephone and minibar. All rooms have a queen size bed and rooms with a view of the lake are available at a supplement.
Hotel Post, Traunkirchen
The 4-Star Hotel Post in Traunkirchen is set in a central location close to the shores of Lake Traunsee. The building was originally a tavern and occasional guesthouse for the nearby monastery, and its reputation as a hotel has grown ever since. Family-run for the last three generations, the hotel boasts an a la carte restaurant as well as a sun terrace and a garden. The hotel also offers free bike hire to its guests. Rooms are equipped with a telephone, television, radio, minibar, safe and a hairdryer.
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