Grand Alpine Experience - 2014

5 out of 5 stars

15 days

"Most amazing holiday I ever had"

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.

Trip type:
Regional
Trip code:
EBOE

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    DEPART CANADA

    Overnight flight to Munich.

  • 2.

    ARRIVE MUNICH

    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

  • 3.

    MUNICH – SALZBURG – INNSBRUCK (2 NIGHTS)

    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

  • 4.

    INNSBRUCK SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    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

  • 5.

    INNSBRUCK – WATTENS - BOLZANO - CORTINA D'AMPEZZO (2 NIGHTS)

    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

  • 6.

    CORTINA D'AMPEZZO FREE TIME

    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

  • 7.

    CORTINA D'AMPEZZO – BOLZANO – BERNINA EXPRESS – ST. MORITZ (2 NIGHTS)

    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

  • 8.

    ST. MORITZ FREE TIME

    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

  • 9.

    ST. MORITZ – BELLINZONA – ZERMATT (2 NIGHTS)

    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

  • 10.

    ZERMATT FREE TIME

    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

  • 11.

    ZERMATT – CHILLON – MONTREUX - CHAMONIX (2 NIGHTS)

    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

  • 12.

    CHAMONIX FREE TIME

    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

  • 13.

    CHAMONIX – BERNE – ENGELBERG

    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

  • 14.

    ENGELBERG – LUCERNE – ZURICH

    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

  • 15.

    ZURICH - CANADA

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

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • 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.
  • Hidden Treasure

    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Expert

    in Salzburg.
  • Local Speciality

    Stop at Swarovski Kristallwelten for an included visit to the crystal museum and shop.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Salzburg.
  • Orientation of Munich, Innsbruck, Cortina d'Ampezzo, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Chamonix, Engelberg, Lucerne and Zurich.
  • 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.
  • Visit Chillon Castle and the Swarowkski Crystal Museum.

Dining

  • 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

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

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Innsbruck

  • Linderhof And Oberammergau

    Adult Price: €42.00

    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

    Adult Price: €42.00

    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.)

CORTINA

  • Grand Tour Of The Dolomites

    Adult Price: €62.00

    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)

St Moritz

  • Pontresina And Rosegg Valley

    Adult Price: Fr.55.00

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

Zermatt

  • Klein Matterhorn Excursion

    Adult Price: Fr.99.00

    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

    Adult Price: Fr.85.00

    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.

Chamonix

  • Traditional Local Dinner

    Adult Price: Fr.77.00

    Enjoy a meal of regional specialties, accompanied by local wines, in a relaxing atmosphere.

  • Geneva With Cruise To Yvoire

    Adult Price: Fr.54.00

    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.

Lucerne

  • Mount Stanserhorn And Lake Cruise

    Adult Price: Fr.112.00

    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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