Grand Alpine

Experience the historical, cultural and culinary delights of Germany, Switzerland and Austria on a luxurious 16 day journey from Zurich to Vienna.
Itinerary also travels in reverse.

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Destination & Sightseeing

ITINERARY

Zurich
Welcome to Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city, where you’ll start your journey with an overnight stay.

Zurich > Bern
Repeatedly named the city with the best quality of life, Zurich is full of treasures and you’ll discover them first hand on a walking tour. This afternoon, transfer to the Swiss capital Bern and your centrally located hotel for your two night stay.

Lucerne
Journey today to charming Lucerne, and enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town including the ornate Chapel Bridge, followed by a picturesque cruise on Lucerne’s lake to the village of Vitznau. Join the oldest cog wheel train in Switzerland for a breathtaking ascent of Mount Rigi.

Bern > Montreux
Enroute to Montreux stop at the charming village of Gruyères, then be treated to a tasting of Swiss chocolate. Upon arrival in Montreux check into your opulent hotel.

Montreux > Zermatt
Cruise on Lake Geneva to Chillon Castle and enjoy a guided tour, then board a cogwheel train to the Swiss Alps village of Zermatt. Then check into for your two night stay.

Zermatt
Today ascend the Swiss Alps by rail to Gornergrat for magnificent views, including the Matterhorn.

Zermatt > Stresa
Today we cross the border and continue to the Italian city of Stresa. Upon arrival you will check in to your hotel where you’ll enjoy beautiful rooms overlooking the crystal blue waters of Lake Maggiore.

Stresa
Cruise Lake Maggiore, the stunning lake that straddles Switzerland and Italy. Pause along the way to visit the splendid Isola Bella, ‘the beautiful island’. Famous for its baroque palace and luscious gardens, explore the palace and its grounds before returning to Stresa.

Stresa > Lugano
Today journey to Lugano, where you will stay two nights. Although in Switzerland, the city offers a unique Italian flair with the culture and language influenced by its nearest neighbour.

Lugano
Located on the shores of Lake Lugano surrounded by impressive mountains, the city is a sight to behold. Freechoice: Take a cable car ride to the peak of Mount Brè for spectacular views across the Lake and the surrounding alps, or taste the flavours of Lugano during a guided tour, sampling the delicious delicacies of the region along the way.

Lugano > St. Moritz
This morning, drive to Andermatt where you will board the Glacier Express for a spectacular rail journey through the stunning Swiss Alps, before arriving in the resort town of St. Moritz. Enjoy an overnight stay.

St Moritz > Seefeld
Travel through towering peaks to Hohenschwangau to see the majestic spires of Neuschwanstein Castle, which you’ll also visit. Then continue to your hotel in Seefeld, located on a picturesque plateau in the heart of the Tyrolean Alps.

Seefeld > Salzburg
Delight in the spectacular scenery as you venture into the Salzkammergut district, made famous by the movie ‘The Sound of Music’. This afternoon arrive at your hotel in Salzburg.

Salzburg > Vienna
Continue your exploration of Austria and visit the lake side town of Hallstatt, before arriving in the grand capital, Vienna.

Vienna
Today your expert local guide will show you the city’s imperial glory during your guided city tour. Enrich Tonight, enjoy a concert of classical music at the Kursalon, a beautiful Italian Renaissance Palace, followed by dinner.

Vienna
Depart Vienna after breakfast, taking a lifetime of memories with you. This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.

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