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Grand Alpine Experience 2014

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Château de Chillon
Chillon Castle
  • Duration: 14 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: The Alps may bring France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Germany together in geography and scenery – but this trip shows their customs, food, culture and local characters remain unique. It's Insider moments like… being welcomed into the Heis family's charming farm and guesthouse in the mountains outside Innsbruck. Magdalene, or one of her five children, takes you to meet the family and their horses, pigs, cows and chickens, while her husband, Andre, is taking the helm in his kitchen. Heading into the cosy wood-clad dining area or beautiful conservatory with its Alpine views, Andre presents his organic feast created from the farm's own produce – from Tyrolean 'Schutzkrapfen' ravioli to roasted veal.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to Munich and your Grand Alpine Experience! After check-in, relax and unwind before enjoying an orientation of the city with your Travel Director. Your orientation includes views such as the Glockenspiel and Marienplatz. Later, meet your Travel Director and get to know your fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Sheraton Arabellapark

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Arrive in Salzburg and with your Local Expert see Salzburg Cathedral, the Getreidegasse and Mozart's birthplace as well as many locations used in the film The Sound of Music. Later arrive in Innsbruck where you will enjoy a Be My Guest dining experience.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Hotel: Grauer Bär

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    On your orientation tour, see St Jakobs Cathedral, the Hofburg and the Golden Roof. Travel to the impressive location of the Olympic Ski Jump which was redesigned and completed in 2002 by world renowned architect Zaha Hadid. Enjoy free time to explore this charming city and sample traditional food and drink such as Strudel or Schnapps.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4


    Visit the Swarovski Kristallwelten a Local Speciality, to see the world famous crystal transformed to sculptures, jewellery and even a forest! Your drive this morning is over the Brenner Pass, a historic route that connects the mountainous regions of Austria and Italy. Travel via Bolzano into the Dolomite mountain range, a dedicated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo which was host to the 1956 Winter Olympics.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Hotel Ancora

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Today is dedicated to this beautiful unspoilt area of Italy. Green pastures, snow-capped mountains, wooden chalets and picture perfect alpine scenery will ensure a relaxing day to do as you please.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 6


    Head through valleys and over mountain passes as you make your way through the Italian Tyrol to Bolzano. Stroll through the town's squares or shop in the arcades. Continue your journey across the Swiss border and enter the Upper Engadin valley. Stop in the town of Tirano where you will board the Bernina Express. The Bernina line is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of the stunning beauty and incredible engineering that this century-old line displays. Soak in the breath-taking scenery en route to the resort town of St. Moritz, your home for the next two nights.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Laudinella

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    Deep in the Engadin valley, the lakeside town of St Moritz has a vibrant lifestyle that attracts the rich and famous throughout the year. Explore the town at leisure with your complimentary Mountain Pass.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 8


    Visit the town of Bellinzona and see the impressive city fortifications, which include three medieval castles. Pass the wine growing town of Visp and arrive in Zermatt, located in the shadow of the Matterhorn. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Alpen Resort

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Spend your day relaxing in the beautiful town of Zermatt or take in panoramic views of the Swiss Alps from one of the many mountains that are easily accessible by chair lift, gondola or even train.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 10


    Visit Chillon Castle on the shore of Lake Geneva. With over 1000 years of history, the castle has inspired many artists and writers including Victor Hugo and Lord Byron. Travel via Montreux, famed for its annual Jazz Festival and then cross the border into France and arrive at your hotel in Chamonix.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Alpina

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 11


    Nestled in the heart of the French Alps, Chamonix is dominated by the massive White Mountain – more famously known as Mont Blanc. Explore the town or enjoy a leisurely walk along the many trails.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

  • Day 12


    Travel to Berne, the Federal Capital of Switzerland. View the city and see the bear park, a modern park dedicated to the welfare of the bears which are the symbol of the city and who once existed in the wild around this area. Arrive later in the town of Engelberg at the foot of Mount Titlis.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Ramada Regina Titlis

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 13


    This morning visit the breath-taking town of Lucerne. Visit the Lion Monument, commemorating the Swiss Guards who died defending Louis XVI. View the wooden Chapel Bridge and explore the medieval Old Town. This afternoon arrival in the financial capital, Zurich. Your orientation will include views of the Grossmünster and Fraumünster – famous for the stained glass windows by Marc Chagall. Tonight, celebrate with your travelling companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: Radisson Blu Airport

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 14


    Say goodbye to your newfound friends at the end of this memorable holiday. The Radisson Blu is located at the airport for your convenience to access your onward flight.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Enjoy a drive through the oldest part of Innsbruck before you arrive at a charming farm and guest house. Experience a warm welcome from an Austrian family who have lived here for generations. All the food they have prepared for you is produced on the farm and is 100% organic.
  • Local Expert in Salzburg.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Stop at Swarovski Kristallwelten for an included visit to the crystal museum and shop.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Salzburg.
  • Orientation of Munich, Innsbruck, Cortina d'Ampezzo, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Chamonix, Engelberg, Lucerne and Zurich.
  • Visit Chillon Castle and the Swarowkski Crystal Museum.
  • View the Bavarian Alps, Italian Dolomites, Swiss and French Alps, the Golden Roof and Wilten Basilica in Innsbruck, the fortifications in Bellinzona, the Matterhorn and Mt. Blanc (weather permitting), Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne, the lakeside town of Montreux and the Federal capital of Berne.


  • 13 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 6 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 2 three course dinner with wine, three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Tickets on the UNESCO World Heritage Bernina Express from Tirano to St. Moritz.

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