A Bavarian welcome
The hills are alive...
Scenery & Summits
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
1 to 20
Rail, Slow paced
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Welcome to Munich, capital of Bavaria! Meet your fellow travellers and tour director this evening for a welcome drink.
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]
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]
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]
This morning we visit the Hallein Salt Mine in the DÃ¼rrnberg 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]
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 DÃ¼rnstein and visit Melk to explore its remarkable Benedictine abbey. [B]
Our sightseeing in Vienna begins with the impressive baroque Imperial Palace complex of SchÃ¶nbrunn. 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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Special Experience:At 3,466 metres high and nestled between the famous mountains on MÃ¶nch 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]
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]
Today we bid farewell to Zurich and begin our journey home. [B]