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Grand Alpine Experience 2014

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Matterhorn MountainChâteau de ChillonChillon Castle
Matterhorn Mountain
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.


On every itinerary, we offer a range of optional excursions that allow you to further enhance your experience should you so choose. These are purchased when you are on your trip, via your Trafalgar Travel Director. Depending on the region visited these can be paid with cash or credit card.

A reduction of 25% of the cost of the Optional Excursions is offered to all children under the age of 16 years at the time of travel. Please Note: This discount to does not apply to North America optionals, as they are already discounted.


    • + Linderhof And Oberammergau Above Innsbruck, we venture into the magnificence of the Bavarian Alps to the world-renowned passion-play village of Oberammergau. Admire the artistically decorated architecture of the homes, churches and of Ettal Monastery. Then on to mad King Ludwig's baroque fantasy - the rococco splendour of Linderhof castle - set in beautiful gardens and watered by delightful fountains.

    • + Tyrolean Evening Enjoy a lively evening of traditional entertainment. Singers, dancers, and musicians dressed in national costume provide a colourful show of folklore and fun. (N.B.:includes two drinks.)


    • + Grand Tour Of The Dolomites With an alpine guide, we enjoy a half-day excursion through the Dolomites - the most spectacular part of the Alps. Photo stops enable you to capture the unique rock formations, and superb panoramas. We will also visit an authentic WWI fort, and take a cable car ride to a nearby summit for breathtaking 360-degree vistas. Included is a slice of the local strudel and a drink. (N.B.: Certain early season departures will visit a 'Malga' or local mountain farm house, instead of taking the cable car ride. Euro 49)


    • + Pontresina And Rosegg Valley After a short drive to Pontresina, take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the picturesque Rosegg Valley for spectacular views.


    • + Klein Matterhorn Excursion A unique electric taxi service will drive us to the foot of Zermatt's highest and most spectacular mountain ride. Enjoy stunning views as we ascend to Furi and Trockener steg before boarding Europe's highest cable car to arrive on the snow-capped top of the world at 3779 m (12400 feet). A magnificent panorama of the highest peaks in Switzerland, Italy and France will make this an unforgettable experience.

    • + Fondue Dinner Experience We enjoy a walk through the delightful mountain resort of Zermatt with our Local Guide. Later try the local fondue specialties during dinner in a typical chalet style restaurant.


    • + Traditional Local Dinner Enjoy a meal of regional specialties, accompanied by local wines, in a relaxing atmosphere.

    • + Geneva With Cruise To Yvoire Our day begins with a visit to the cosmopolitan city of Geneva. You will see the Reformation Monument, the floral clock, and the 'Jet d'Eau', the symbol of the city. Later our steamer cruises past the palatial mansions of the rich and famous, stopping at picturesque villages before arriving at our enchanting French destination - Yvoire. We explore its winding streets, lined with the old stone houses of former fishermen and dominated by the ancient chateau of the Count and Countess. Then our motorcoach takes us through the rich fields of the Savoy back to our hotel.


    • + Mount Stanserhorn And Lake Cruise We begin with a scenic cruise across Lake Lucerne to the village of Stans, terminal of one of Switzerland's oldest mountain railways. We climb to the top by old-timer railway and exciting new Cabrio cable car to reach 1900 m (6300 feet), an excellent vantage from which to view the breathtaking scenery of Alpine Switzerland. Free time to take in the air and perhaps some refreshments before we descend to rejoin our coach. (On certain departures this optional may be operated in reverse, ending with the cruise.)

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  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
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