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Grand Alpine Explorer

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(Tour code: APG20)

An exciting adventure at the top of Europe

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 vacation we discover incredible attractions in 3 of the countries around these towering peaks - from the German city of Munich and the beautiful Austrian Lakes, to Switzerland's superb mountain railroads.

  • Munich
  • Jungfrau Express
  • UNESCO-listed Salzburg
  • Traunkirchen
  • Lake Traunsee
  • Seefeld
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Elegant St Moritz
  • Bernina Express
  • Glacier Express
What’s Included
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

Grand Alpine Explorer 2020Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Munich


Meet the rest of your group and Tour Manager at the Pullman Munich Hotel in Munich where we have a two night stay. Located within sight of the Alps, lively Munich is the capital of Bavaria, as well as one of Germany's best-loved cities.

On Day 2 we discover more of Munich. With a rich culture and heritage, the city has a wonderful collection of museums, galleries and architectural treasures. We enjoy a guided tour to introduce the highlights of the city, before time to explore.

  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast
Days 3-4 Salzburg

To Salzburg and 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 tour. Spread out below the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the churches, squares and alleyways of Salzburg's beautiful Old Town are incredibly well preserved, dominated by fabulous Baroque spires, and are recognized 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. Day 4 is at leisure.

  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast
Day 5 St Wolfgang
St Wolfgang

Austrian Lakes and the 'Sound of Music'

Today we explore the stunning Austrian Lake District. We head first to the remarkable Kaiservilla, a stately home of Emperor Franz Joseph I, before continuing to Lake Wolfgang where we enjoy a gentle cruise across the serene waters to St Wolfgang, a charming, historic town. We then travel to pretty Mondsee, made famous by the wedding scene of 'The Sound of Music'.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Herrenchiemsee Palace
Herrenchiemsee Palace

To Seefeld

We transfer by coach to Prien am Chiemsee, and cross by boat to the island of Herreninsel, sat proudly across the mirrored waters of Chiemsee. Here there is a chance to visit the remarkable Herrenchiemsee Palace, constructed by the fairytale king, Ludwig II of Bavaria. From here, you could also cross by ferry to another of the smaller islands, which offer some charming views of the mountains beyond. Later, we continue to our next hotel in the timeless surroundings of the famous town of Seefeld, nestled among the peaks.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle and Zugspitzbahn Railroad

Today we cross back into Germany, visiting Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. The wonderful castles of Bavaria are some of the most famous in the world thanks to their fairytale design, wonderland landscapes and cinematic heritage. Our day today is spent visiting 2 of the finest, beginning at glorious Neuschwanstein Castle. A magnificent structure built into the mountains, it stands proudly above the surrounding forests, its turrets and halls a resplendent white against a backdrop of green. Hohenschwangau is a more laid-back affair, with pretty interiors and wonderful gardens. We also embark on a journey on the cheerful Zugspitze Railroad (Standard Class), ascending to the summit of Zugspitze Mountain.

  • Breakfast
Day 8 St Moritz
St Moritz

Through the Alps to Switzerland

On leaving Seefeld today, our coach cuts through the mighty Alps, which dominate the skyline. We are taken to Innsbruck where we disembark for a guided tour. Afterwards, we board a train and travel alongside the Rhine and its dramatic scenery to Chur. We continue our ascent through the majestic mountain peaks, overlooking the lush meadows running down to the valley floor. We then arrive in the elegant lakeside resort of St Moritz.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 9-10 Bernina Express
Bernina Express

Bernina Express

Today we take a journey on the superb Bernina Express, which passes glaciers, rushing mountain streams and flower-filled Alpine meadows. The railroad 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 7,000 feet above sea level. Later we arrive in Tirano in Italy. You have some free time in Tirano before our return journey. Day 10 is at leisure.

  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast
Day 11 The Glacier Express
The Glacier Express

The Glacier Express and Interlaken

We take the famous Glacier Express along the iconic route from St Moritz to Brig, enjoying the incredible views through the panoramic windows of our First Class carriage. Our journey takes us through Switzerland's classic landscapes; from jagged mountain peaks to sprawling vineyards and over the famous Landwasser Viaduct. The train climbs steadily and steeply up and over the Oberalp Pass, the peak of the route, and spirals down past little villages before reaching Brig. Here we change trains and travel to Interlaken.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 The Jungfrau Express
The Jungfrau Express

The Jungfrau Railroad

Today we travel to Jungfraujoch (Standard Class) - Europe's highest railroad station. Our ascent takes us through ever-changing scenery to Kleine Scheidegg, where we join the Jungfrau Railroad for the final leg of the journey. During our time on board, 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'. We descend via charming Grindelwald.

  • Breakfast
Days 13-14 Interlaken

Interlaken and home

Your day is free to spend at leisure in Interlaken. On Day 14, you will take the train to Zurich airport, where your tour concludes and you are free to get your flight back home.

  • Day 13 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 14 - Breakfast

Please Note

Please note: One of the excursions on this tour is at high altitude. If you have any medical conditions or concerns that could impact this part of the tour, we recommend you seek medical advice and talk to us. We want to make sure that any vacation you book is right for you.

Airport waiting room

Recommended Airports

For this tour, we recommend arriving to Munich Airport (MUC). which is approximately from 20 miles your starting point in Munich. For this tour, we recommend departing from Zurich Airport (ZRH) where you will be transfered to from your hotel in Interlaken.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and travel during your tour

  • The services of a professional Tour Manager from start to finish
  • First Class rail travel unless otherwise described
  • All rail and coach transfers

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 13 nights' hotel accommodation including 2 nights at the 4-Star Pullman in Munich, 3 nights at the 4-Star Hotel Post in Traunkirchen, 2 nights at the 4-Star Hotel Residenz Hochland in Seefeld, 3 nights at the Hotel Schweizerhof in St Moritz, and 3 nights at the 4-Star Hotel Interlaken in Interlaken

Delicious meals included

  • 22 meals including 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 8 dinners, including a farewell dinner in Interlaken

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Guided tours of Munich and Salzburg
  • Journey on the Achenseebahn Railroad
  • Cruise on Lake Achensee
  • Journey on the scenic line through the Alps from Austria to Switzerland
  • Journey on the Bernina Express to Tirano
  • Journey on the Glacier Express in panoramic carriages
  • Excursion on the Jungfrau Railroad
  • Discover the castle of Neuschwanstein and journey on the Zugspitzbahn Railroad
  • Swiss Travel Card, permitting 50% discounted fares on free days for rail, boat and most mountain railroad journeys

Not Included

  • Flights


Vaugnel Fletcher
Yung-Mei Choi
Dimitri Zgonis
Grand Alpine Explorer

An exciting adventure at the top of Europe


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