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Alpine Discovery

Explore the stunning European Alps on an adventure across Germany, Austria and Switzerland, taking in the leafy forests of Lake Bled and the beautiful Italian Dolomites. Experience the charm of Munich, the grandeur of Vienna, ride the famous Glacier Express through Switzerland and take in the views from the 'Top of Europe’ at the Jungfraujoch.Fairy Tale Scenery
Our tour starts in Munich, home to the famous Oktoberfest where we enjoy a walking tour of it's iconic buildings and famous food markets. We then head to the stunning Neuschwanstein Castle with its stunning forest backdrop that was the inspiration for Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom.Sounds of MusicAs we travel into Austria we stop at the infamous Eagle’s Nest, an architectural masterpiece before seeing the sights made famous by "The Sound of Music". In Vienna, stroll through the opulent Schönbrunn palace and its immaculate grounds then savour the tempting smells as we explore the famous Naschmarket.Alpine delightNext we journey to picturesque Lake Bled, before touring the beautiful mountain landscapes of The Dolomites in Italy. As we cross the Swiss border, it's on to stunning St Moritz and then Zermatt as we board the famous Glacier Express and then a cable car high up into the Alps. We finish this stunning Alpine tour travelling via the lake city of Lucerne to vibrant Zurich with time to explore this cosmopolitan city at leisure.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy class flights from Australia to Europe. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $210pp prepaid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 18 nights in good quality hotels (3-4star)
  • 18 breakfasts and group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour directors
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Sightseeing

A Bavarian welcome

  • Admire some of Munich’s most iconic buildings including the Frauenkirche and Marienplatz on a walking tour. Visit the Viktualienmarkt, Munich’s famous food market, and experience the Munich lifestyle at the English Garden.
  • Enjoy a traditional bavarian-style welcome dinner.
  • Visit Neuschwanstein Castle, the archetypal fairytale castle commissioned by King Ludwig II that was Walt Disney’s inspiration for Disney's Magic Kingdom.
  • Tour beautiful Schloss Linderhof, which was also commissioned by King Ludwig II.
  • Stop in the quaint German town of Oberammergau, where in the early 17th century the villagers began performing a 'Passion Play' each decade to keep a vow they made after begging to be spared from the ravages of the bubonic plague.
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery driving through the Alps and visit the infamous Eagle’s Nest, Hitler's mountain retreat.

The hills are alive...

  • In Salzburg discover the sights made famous by The Sound of Music - visit the Mirabell Gardens and Pegasus Fountain, the Benedictine Nonnberg Abbey, St. Gilgen and the Wolfgangsee, the rococo Leopoldskron Palace, the Hellbrunn Palace with its trick fountains, and St Michael’s Church in Mondsee.
  • Tour the oldest mine in the world, the Hallein Salt Mines.
  • Travel through the Danube Valley and see the baroque Benedictine monastery, Melk Abbey.
  • Drive along Vienna's famed Ringstrasse and see the Vienna State Opera, the Academy of Fine Arts, and the Rathaus.
  • Visit opulent Schönbrunn Palace and enjoy a walk through the perfectly manicured gardens.
  • Be tempted by the local specialties at the famous Naschmarkt.
  • Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore more of Vienna at your own pace.
  • Slovenia, the land of pristine landscapes and friendly faces
  • Taste the local wines in the Slovenian wine region of Maribor.
  • Be mesmerised by the mountain resort of Bled. With its emerald green lake, iconic fairy-tale church steeple perched atop the tiny rock at the middle of the lake and its medieval castle clinging to a cliff top, this is truly a magical place to behold.
  • Indulge in tasting of the locally produced cheeses at the Bohinj Shepherd Museum.

Italian Alps

  • Visit the village of Cibiana, famed for the colourful murals that adorn the houses - artists have painted the the village's history on the buildings.
  • Take a chairlift to enjoy a beautiful view of the Dolomites and explore the 5 Torri Open-Air War Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.

Scenery & Summits

  • See St Moritz's very own leaning tower, dating back to the 12th century.
  • Ride the funicular railway to Corviglia summit, on the eastern slopes of Piz Nair, for spectacular views over St Moritz and the surrounding region.
  • Take a trip aboard the famous Glacier Express, winding its way around mountains, across deep gorges, through beautiful valleys, tunnels and over hundreds of bridges.
  • Ride up the slopes to the highest cable car station in Europe, the Matterhorn glacier paradise.
  • Learn about the Alps’ most famous inhabitants - the beautiful St Bernard dogs of Martigny.
  • Stop to taste some delicious Swiss cheese at Maison de L’Etivaz.
  • Admire the beautiful traditional timber houses of Rougemont.
  • Board the train and travel through spectacular countryside, winding through the stunning valleys to Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest train station at 3,454 metres.
  • Visit Lindt's Swiss Chocolate Heaven at the top of the Jungfraujoch.
  • Wander through the picturesque town of Lucerne.
  • Enjoy an orientation tour of Zurich, Switzerland's largest city.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
21
Price From
AUD $11,645
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Rail, Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
ItineraryExpand
Alpine Discovery

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive in Munich

Welcome to Munich, capital of Bavaria! Meet your fellow travellers and tour director this evening for a welcome drink.

Day 3. Munich

On our morning walking tour we admire some of Munich’s iconic attractions, including the Frauenkirche church and Marienplatz, the busy town square. We explore Munich’s famous Viktualienmarkt, an original farmers market which has developed into a gourmet and culinary paradise. The afternoon is free to relax or explore at your own pace before a typical Bavarian-style welcome dinner this evening. [B,D]

Day 4. Munich

A stunning day trip into the hills of Bavaria lies ahead. The imposing Neuschwanstein Castle, commissioned by King Ludwig II and also Walt Disney’s inspiration for the Magic Kingdom, perches high above the quaint village of Hohenschwangau. We’ll visit the castle this morning, along with the beautiful palace of Schloss Linderhof, also commissioned by Ludwig II, and the charming town of Oberammergau. The quintessential German town is famous for the 'Passion Play’ that takes place there once every 10 years to keep a vow the villagers made after begging to be spared from the ravages of the bubonic plague. [B]

Day 5. Munich - Salzburg

Enjoy the beautiful alpine scenery as we make our way into Austria. Before arriving in Salzburg, we visit the infamous Eagle’s Nest. A unique engineering feat, the structure was built as a teahouse for Adolf Hitler atop Kehlstein Mountain at an elevation of 1,843m. This afternoon we’ll see the sights made famous by 'The Sound of Music’. [B]

Day 6. Salzburg

This morning we visit the Hallein Salt Mine in the Dürrnberg plateau. In operation for more than 2,500 years, the salt from the mine provided for and brought wealth to the locals, and built the beautiful city of Salzburg, ensuring it would become a powerful trading community. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy at leisure. [B]

Day 7. Salzburg - Vienna

Today we travel to Vienna, Europe’s bastion of imperial grandeur and culture. Along the way we’ll take some time to stroll through the pretty streets of Dürnstein and visit Melk to explore its remarkable Benedictine abbey. [B]

Day 8. Vienna

Our sightseeing in Vienna begins with the impressive baroque Imperial Palace complex of Schönbrunn. We’ll stroll through the perfectly manicured 18th century gardens and wonder at the sheer opulence of the rooms of the Residential Palace. Today we will also drive along the famous Ringstrasse to see Belvedere Palace and Hofburg Palace and then visit St Stephan’s Cathedral.

Special Experience: We visit the famous Naschmarkt. Be tempted by the smells and maybe try the local specialties - Palatschinken or Kaiserschmarrn!

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. [B]

Day 9. Vienna

Spend the day at leisure to enjoy this glorious city at your own pace. Why not stroll through the Stadtpark, home to one of the world’s most photographed monuments - the Johann Strauss memorial, or visit the Burggarten to see the statue dedicated to the musical genius, Mozart? [B]

Day 10. Vienna - Lake Bled

Today we cross the border and make our way to the picturesque town of Bled, in the heart of the Slovenian Alps. We’ll stop in the Slovenian wine region of Maribor for a tasting and snack at one of the local wineries. [B]

Day 11. Lake Bled

The region around Bled is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Set amongst stunning mountain peaks and brimming with forests and greenery, waterfalls and streams, it is characterised by the iconic church steeple that perches atop a tiny island in the middle of the lake. Here we enjoy a wonderful sightseeing tour including a visit to Bled Castle, before we visit the lake valley of Bohinj. [B]

Day 12. Lake Bled - Dolomites

The Dolomites, in the northern Italian Alps, offer some of the most interesting mountain landscapes in the world. Along the way we’ll stop at the colourful Cibiana murals, where artists have painted the village’s history on the buildings. [B]

Special Experience:We’ll travel up the mountains by chairlift to the open-air Museum of the 5 Torri, which bears the scars of WWI battles fought between the Italians and Austro-Hungarians.

Day 13. Dolomites - St Moritz

Today we cross the Swiss border and make our way to the beautiful town of St Moritz, nestled amongst forest and steep mountains with a sparkling lake as its centrepiece. [B]

Day 14. St Moritz

Not to be outdone by Pisa, we visit St Moritz’s very own leaning tower that dates back to the 12th century. We’ll also visit the Heidi Hut, used during the filming of the famous children’s story, and ride the funicular railway to Corviglia summit, on the eastern slopes of Piz Nair, to take in the spectacular views. [B]

Day 15. St Moritz - Zermatt

Special Experience:We board the famous Glacier Express and wind our way around mountains, across deep gorges, through beautiful valleys, tunnels and over many bridges to Andermatt.

We cross the Landwasser Viaduct and enjoy the magical scenery before meeting our coach again in Andermatt. We’ll then drive deeper into the Alps to Tasch, where we board another train to reach Zermatt. [B]

Day 16. Zermatt

Special Experience:Ride a cable car up the slopes of the imposing Matterhorn to Glacier Paradise, the highest cable car station in Europe, for breathtaking views over the Italian, French and Swiss Alps. [B]

Day 17. Zermatt - Interlaken

We travel to Martigny and visit some of the mountain’s most famous inhabitants - the St Bernard dogs. We’ll then venture off the beaten track to Maison de L’Etivaz, where we’ll stop to try some classic Alpine Swiss cheese. We’ll also stop in the traditional Swiss village of Rougemont to admire the traditional timber architecture. [B]

Day 18. Interlaken

Special Experience:At 3,466 metres high and nestled between the famous mountains on Mönch and Jungfrau, it’s no surprise the Jungfraujoch is often described as the 'Top of Europe’. Offering incredible 360 degree views, and Lindt’s Swiss Chocolate Heaven, it truly is an alpine wonderland. Today we’ll ride the cogwheel train to Europe’s highest train station at the top of the mountain. [B]

Day 19. Interlaken - Zurich

Today we make our way to Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich, via the picturesque town of Lucerne. You’ll have some free time to wander - perhaps see the famous Chapel Bridge or admire the gracious swans along the riverfront. Arriving in Zurich, we’ll take a short orientation tour. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure, before tonight’s farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 20. Depart Zurich

Today we bid farewell to Zurich and begin our journey home. [B]

Day 21. Arrive in Australia