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
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 - 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 - 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'.
Day 6 - 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
Day 7 - 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
Day 8 - 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.
Days 9-10 - 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 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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 - 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
Days 13-14 - 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The hotels were of variable standard. We felt the hotel in Traunkirchen was not of 4 star standard with regard to facilities, room, and the hotel was not particularly well situated. The dinners served in St Moritz were of poor quality and appeared to have been prepared on an extremely tight budget. However the hotel in Innsbruck was excellent and we would have preferred more time there than in Traunkirchen. The total porterage worked excellently which is why we give the vacation 4 and not 3.
Mr P Kindley
Submitted Oct 18, 2017
Some of the trains were changed from 1st class after the tour was paid for. The itinerary could be changed, parts of the trip had two very long days back to back, then the third day would be free time. With a long day, free time day and a second long day would provide a rest day in between. I did not like that the trip ended in interlaken Switzerland with the recommended departure airport was in Zurich. I had to ask the agent how I was supposed to get to the airport and have hotel reservations made in Zurich. The hotel room was very small and in a not so desirable section of town. The company should have transportation options. The tour had to many people, this made it hard to change trains
Mr A Parker
Submitted Oct 07, 2017
A very good experience, from start to finish
Submitted Oct 07, 2017
Everything worked out well, it did what it said on the packet
Mr R Millman
Submitted Jul 17, 2017
Every thing we encountered was first rate. Hotel Accommodations: excellent, Rail travel: excellent (mostly first class accommodations). Plenty of time in each city we visited. But most of all our tour manager, Alex Green, was the most helpful in every way. He gave us many options on free days. Guided us to rail platforms and cars. I know this is his job but he appeared to sincerely enjoy his job. Thanks Alex.