Alpine Adventure
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Higher, faster, farther, the Alpine way… Glistening glaciers... snowy peaks... idyllic meadows... summer fun! Few places on Earth offer as much breathtaking beauty, outdoor adventure and colorful culture as the Alps... and there’s no end to the possibilities when you experience them with your family.

During your eight-day adventure, family fun awaits you at every stop… from Lake Lucerne and Mount Pilatus in Switzerland... across the mountains aboard the Glacier Express to famous St. Moritz... into the Austrian Alps and Innsbruck... and on to the Bavarian magic of Munich! Go whitewater rafting, mountain bicycling, rock and rope climbing... enjoy a look at Neolithic life and traditional Tyrolean fun and games... ride cable cars and the world's steepest cog railway at Mount Pilatus, more than 125 years in operation (summer only)... watch an exciting ski-jump demonstration and more!

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Higher, faster, farther, the Alpine way… Glistening glaciers... snowy peaks... idyllic meadows... summer fun! Few places on Earth offer as much breathtaking beauty, outdoor adventure and colorful culture as the Alps... and there’s no end to the possibilities when you experience them with your family.

During your eight-day adventure, family fun awaits you at every stop… from Lake Lucerne and Mount Pilatus in Switzerland... across the mountains aboard the Glacier Express to famous St. Moritz... into the Austrian Alps and Innsbruck... and on to the Bavarian magic of Munich! Go whitewater rafting, mountain bicycling, rock and rope climbing... enjoy a look at Neolithic life and traditional Tyrolean fun and games... ride cable cars and the world's steepest cog railway at Mount Pilatus, more than 125 years in operation (summer only)... watch an exciting ski-jump demonstration and more!



Highlights
Visit to Ötzi Dorf, an archaeological open-air park interpreting life in the time of "Ötzi," the Neolithic "iceman" found mummified in the Ötztal Alps in 1991
All gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides, and drivers
Mountain bicycling, suspension rope climbing, rock climbing, summer tobogganing & whitewater rafting
Climb Mount Pilatus aboard the world’s steepest cogwheel train – more than 125 years in operation
Cruise Lake Lucerne & travel to St. Moritz aboard the Glacier Express
Traditional Tyrolean evening featuring food, fun and games

ITINERARY

Arrive Zurich and on to Lucerne
Tour Begins: 4:00 PM, Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern. Welcome to the Swiss Alps! A transfer is included from Zurich International Airport to Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern. Meet your Tauck Director and your fellow adventurers in the lobby of your grand hotel in the Old Quarter for a walking tour of Lucerne’s cobblestone streets, discovering the city's spires, covered bridges, fountains and more. Tonight, join us for a private Tauck Bridges welcome reception and dinner at the award-winning Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern. Under the project titled "Wo Luzern Geschichte(n) schreibt" (Where Lucerne writes history/stories), every guest room has been allocated a guest with a unique story. They include great personalities such as thinkers, artists, politicians, athletes, musicians and crowned heads as well as unknown guests, whose stories are part of the hotel's history.

A COGWHEEL CLIMB & MT. PILATUS’ SLOPES A Cogwheel Climb & Mt. Pilatus' Slopes
Lucerne's famous Löwendenkmal (Lion Memorial) pays tribute to the Swiss Guards who gave their lives in defense of the French king centuries ago; after visiting this Swiss national monument, head out to Alpnachstad to ride the world's steepest cogwheel train up to the summit of Mount Pilatus. The mountain is a place of myth and legend; some say there be dragons living in the caves here... as well as the ghost of Roman governor Pontius Pilate! Later, descend via aerial cableway to Fraekmuentegg, where major fun awaits you at Switzerland's biggest rope park*, the country's longest summer toboggan run*, or a thrilling (but safe) giant tubing slide!* After riding a gondola to Kriens, head back to Lucerne to spend the evening as you please.

A Lake Cruise & The Glacier Express
Feast your eyes on some of the world's greatest scenery today... first on a cruise across lovely Lake Lucerne, and then aboard the famous Glacier Express for what many call the most scenic rail trip in Europe – winding its way through lush Alpine valleys dotted with little villages... the real Switzerland! Arrive in the popular resort town of St. Moritz for a two-night stay in the Engadine Valley.

Engadine Valley: Cable Car & Ropes
Start another exciting day in the Alps by climbing up Piz Diavolezza via cable car; you won't believe the views of the Engadine Valley and its many lakes stretching out below you... plus, you'll have a chance to try the highest virtual reality experience in the world! Then it's off to the Morteratsch Glacier for guided mountain hiking*, rock climbing* and abseiling* (descending via ropes)... a visit to an Alpine cheesery for lunch in a meadow and a look at cheesemaking... and a few surprises!* If you wish, hop aboard a mountain bicycle* for a ride back through the Engadine Valley to St. Moritz, where your evening is free to enjoy as you please.

Water Wows & An Aqua Dome
After crossing the border from Switzerland to Austria this morning, get wet and wild in Austria's Ötztal Valley today on a trip to Area 47, one of the largest adventure parks in the Alps, and Europe's ultimate outdoor playground. Jump into a neoprene suit and helmet, and head out on a whitewater-rafting adventure*; then do some swimming or try out the slides and other attractions of one of the newest and biggest water parks on the Continent, and enjoy lunch at the park. Arrive late afternoon at your Alpine spa hotel in Längenfeld – the AQUA DOME – offering more aquatic fun for the whole family with a pool, waterslides, spa, sauna, thermal baths and fitness center.

An Emperor & Ski Jumpers
This morning, head to Innsbruck – the 15th-century capital of Emperor Maximilian I's Habsburg Empire, and more recently the host of two Winter Olympic Games in the 20th century – and visit the high-tech Bergisel ski-jump complex, designed by star architect Zaha Hadid, for a demonstration of the difficult and daring art of ski jumping. Later, join your local guide in old Innsbruck for a walking tour of this idyllic Alpine city, during which you just might "meet" old Emperor Max and his wives. Following a free afternoon, enjoy an after-hours private visit to Ötzi-Dorf, an open-air museum and archaeological site in the Oetzi Valley, interpreting village life during the time of "Oetzi" – the Neolithic Age of about 5,000 years ago. Dinner tonight in a rustic restaurant includes a memorable evening of Tyrolean fun, games and activities!

Bavarian fun in Munich
Depart Austria, cross the German border into Bavaria, and continue on to Munich, Bavaria's capital city for a city tour followed by time to explore as you please. Cap your memorable family Alpine vacation with tonight's farewell dinner in the historic Palais Keller – once a 15th-century salt store – beneath your landmark hotel in the heart of the city, the Bayerischer Hof.

Auf Wiedersehen – Journey Home
Trip ends: Munich. Fly home anytime; a transfer is included from the Bayerischer Hof to Munich Airport. You should allow a minimum of 3 hours for your flight check-in.

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