Day 1 ARRIVE IN MUNICH, GERMANY.
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this delightful Bavarian capital. This evening, meet up with your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day 2 MUNICH AREA–LINDERHOF CASTLE–INNSBRUCK AREA, AUSTRIA.
A fascinating itinerary today. First, see Munich’s most famous square Marienplatz, then head south to visit LINDERHOF CASTLE, the smallest of the three Bavarian fairytale palaces commissioned by King Ludwig II and inspired by Louis XIV’s Versailles. The rococo-style Linderhof is surrounded by splendid Italian Renaissance gardens with landscaped sections similar to an English garden. Continue into Austria through the scenic Inn Valley to Innsbruck to admire its fascinating town center and historic Golden Roof.
Day 3 INNSBRUCK AREA–KITZBÜHEL–GROSSGLOCKNER–CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, ITALY.
More glorious alpine landscapes as you head to medieval Kitzbühel with its classic Tyrolean chalets and striking cobblestone center dating back to the 9th century. On to Grossglockner Pass—the highest in Austria and featuring thrilling views of 12,460-foot-high Grossglockner Mountain, lush dairy pastures, and picturesque villages. Cross the border into Italy through the splendid Dolomites to the celebrated winter resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo for an overnight.
Day 4 CORTINA D’AMPEZZO–LAKE CAREZZA–BOLZANO.
This morning, travel through the spectacular Dolomites, then over Falzarego and Pordoi Passes. Stop at enchanting Lake Carezza to admire its brilliant rainbow colors and to search for the beautiful mermaid who, according to legend, hid here from the romantic pursuits of a powerful wizard. On to Bolzano, “Gateway to the Dolomites.”
Day 5 BOLZANO–GLORENZA–ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND.
Enjoy the visit to Glorenza, the smallest fortified city in Tyrol and ideally situated where Switzerland, Austria, and Italy meet. Via Tubre Pass, descend into Engadine National Park, one of the most beautiful mountain areas in the world. Deep blue lakes, airy larch forests that turn golden in the fall, 12,000-foot-high peaks, and quaint villages with characteristic Grisons-style homes usher you on to glamorous St. Moritz, the oldest and most famous winter resort in the world.
Day 6 AT LEISURE IN ST. MORITZ.
A whole day to do as you please in this stylish Swiss spa resort, known for its stunning mountain scenery, hiking opportunities, and superb shopping.
Day 7 ST. MORITZ–BERNINA EXPRESS TO TIRANO, ITALY–LAKE COMO.
Today, experience a memorable trip aboard the BERNINA EXPRESS. Crossing the Alps to Tirano in Italy, this spectacular rail journey takes you to altitudes greater than 6,560 feet. Later, rejoin your motorcoach head to the shores of Lake Como, Italy’s third-largest lake and one of the deepest in Europe.
Day 8 LAKE COMO–TURIN.
Travel through the Po Valley to Turin, birthplace of Fiat automobiles and home to the intriguing Holy Shroud of Turin. Upon arrival, visit all the major sites with a Local Guide. This evening, consider an optional dinner.
Day 9 TURIN–AOSTA–MARTIGNY, SWITZERLAND–SION–TÄSCH.
A pleasant drive through the Aosta Valley, known as the smallest region in Italy and a favorite winter sports area. Enter Switzerland via ancient Martigny and Sion, one of the country’s largest wine-making regions, then head to charming Täsch in the Zermatt area.
Day 10 TÄSCH–AT LEISURE IN THE ZERMATT AREA.
Spend the entire day in Zermatt, one of Switzerland’s best-known resorts, situated in the shadow of the legendary Matterhorn. Stroll along the narrow, traffic-free streets lined with a variety of shops, cafés, and bars. Enjoy an optional ride on Europe’s highest rack railway to 10,272-foot Gornergrat for breathtaking views of the Alps.
Day 11 TÄSCH–GLACIER EXPRESS TRAIN TO ANDERMATT–LUCERNE AREA.
Today, another highlight of your tour: the world-renowned GLACIER EXPRESS. This is Switzerland’s most famous mountain railway, which passes over hundreds of bridges and through dozens of tunnels to give unique panoramic views of the Swiss Alps and surrounding valleys, forests, alpine meadows, rushing streams, and picture-perfect villages. Board the Glacier Express in Zermatt and leave it in Andermatt at the St. Gotthard massif, 4,711 feet above sea level. Rejoin your motorcoach for the descent into the dramatically different landscape of the lovely Lucerne area.
Day 12 LUCERNE AREA–INTERLAKEN–BERNE–ZURICH.
Cross Brünig Pass this morning and continue to Interlaken. Along the way, take photos of the Jungfrau massif with its three legendary peaks: Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger. Travel through some of the country’s best farmland to the Swiss capital, Berne, where sightseeing includes BEAR PARK and the Federal Palace. Then, continue to Zurich.
Day 13 ZURICH.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.