Alpine Adventure, Bernina & Glacier Express (6060)

13 Day Tour from Munich to Zürich

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The breathtaking Alps span the borders of several European countries, and this vacation gives you the opportunity to see the best of the alpine region. Begin in Bavaria’s capital, Munich, and see how the landscape changes from flatland to gentle hills to magnificent mountains. Visit King Ludwig’s rococo Linderhof Castle and cross the border into Austria to overnight in Innsbruck. From Tyrol, travel via the Grossglockner Pass to the majestic Dolomites, now a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. See quaint villages, imposing peaks, and enchanting forests, and learn about the alpine culture. Journey through South Tyrol and to Engadine National Park, one of the most beautiful mountain areas in the world. Stay in St. Moritz and enjoy leisure time. Experience the scenic Bernina Express train, which returns you to Italy, and skirt the blue shores of Lake Como. Visit Turin (Torino), recent host of the Winter Olympics. Back in Switzerland, visit car-free Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn, then ride on the Glacier Express train to Andermatt. Rejoin your motorcoach and travel to Lake Lucerne for an overnight. Experience Interlaken and Berne (capital of Switzerland), and conclude your grand adventure in Zürich.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Individual headsets

Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Sightseeing:
Visits to Munich, Linderhof Castle, Innsbruck, Kitzbühel, Bolzano, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Lucerne, Interlaken

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Turin, Berne; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:
Ammergau Alps, Inn Valley, Grossglockner, Dolomites, Swiss Alps, Engadine National Park, Lake Como

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; Bernina Express train St. Moritz-Tirano; Alpine train Täsch-Zermatt-Täsch; Glacier Express train Zermatt-Andermatt

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily, 4 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Munich, Germany

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this delightful Bavarian capital. Why not spend some time at the Marienplatz to marvel at the world-famous Glockenspiel or join the locals at a traditional Biergarten? Later, meet up with your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2 Munich Area–Linderhof Castle–Innsbruck Area, Austria

A fascinating itinerary today. First, visit Munich, then, head south to visit LINDERHOF CASTLE, set deep in a forested valley in the Ammergau Alps. The smallest of the three 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. Next, journey into Austria through the scenic Inn Valley to Innsbruck to admire its fascinating town center and historic GOLDEN ROOF.

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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. Later, motor to Grossglockner Pass—the highest in Austria and featuring thrilling views of 12,460-foot-high Grossglockner Mountain, lush dairy pastures, and picturesque villages. On through the splendid Dolomites scenery to the celebrated winter resort Cortina d’Ampezzo for an overnight.

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Day 4 Cortina d’Ampezzo–Lake Carezza–Bolzano

This morning, travel west 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,” for an overnight.

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Day 5 Bolzano–Glorenza–St. Moritz, Switzerland

Enjoy a morning break in Glorenza, the smallest fortified city in Tyrol and ideally situated where Switzerland, Austria, and Italy meet. Via Tubre, 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.

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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 and superb shopping.

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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 and head via Chiavenna to the shores of Lake Como, Italy’s third-largest lake and one of the deepest in Europe.

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Day 8 Lake Como–Turin

Travel southwest today through the Po Valley to Turin, birthplace of Fiat automobiles and home to the intriguing Shroud of Turin. Upon arrival, sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the major sites. This evening, consider an optional dinner.

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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.

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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, strolling along the narrow, traffic-free streets lined with a variety of shops, cafés, and bars. Later, enjoy an optional ride on Europe’s highest rack railway to 10,272-foot Gornergrat for breathtaking views of the Alps.

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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 in 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.

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Day 12 Lucerne Area–Interlaken–Berne–Zürich

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 its stately capital of Berne, where sightseeing includes BEAR PARK and the Federal Palace. Then, an easy drive to Zürich for a final overnight.

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Day 13 Zürich

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

SIMONA CIOCANEL

Years of Experience: 9

In my country, there is a saying that "Romanians were born poets." It is a great pleasure to present my country as a descendant of Dracula (though today we switched from blood to wine). Even more, I live in a country with a tremendous landscape of diversity, great inventors, history, and culture.

Tour Director - SIMONA CIOCANEL

 Accommodations

MUNICH AREA Holiday Inn Express Airport (ST) or Achat South (ST)
INNSBRUCK AREA Bon Alpina (ST) at Igls or Alpinpark (F) or Alphotel (F) or Ramada Tivoli (ST)
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO Villa Argentina (ST) or Concordia Parc (ST)
BOLZANO Four Points by Sheraton (F)
ST. MORITZ Hotel Bären (F)
LAKE COMO Lario (ST) at Mezzegra
TURIN NH Ambasciatori (F)
TÄSCH Matterhorn Resort (ST)
LUCERNE AREA Drei Könige (ST) or Ibis Styles (ST) or Ibis (ST) at Kriens
ZÜRICH Novotel City West (F)

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Innsbruck
Merano
Turin
Aosta
Zermatt
Lucerne

Innsbruck

Tyrolean Folklore Evening

Tyrolean Folklore Evening

A highlight during your stay in the Tyrol is a typical Tyrolean evening at a family run venue. Enjoy an evening of folk dancing, shoeplatteln, Tyrolean folk songs and yodeling with traditional instruments and brass band music. One drink per person is included - either beer, wine or soft drink.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person

Merano

Wine Tasting in A Castle

Wine Tasting in A Castle

A 360° experience of the history and production of wine in the Merano area. Your Tour Director will escort you to a castle where you will have the chance to see the vineyards, explore the wine museum and the cellars in addition to tasting three different types of wine. At the end of the tour you will receive a special gift.

Approximate value: €25 EUR per person

Turin

Flavours of Piemonte

Flavours of Piemonte

The restaurant we have chosen for you is situated in a small village just outside Turin. It is a very beautiful spot in the hillside and from the central square one has a lovely view over the valley. The cozy restaurant was opened in 2002 as a "lifetime dream" for the owner as she wanted to create a kitchen offering genuine homemade local dishes in an atmosphere like welcoming people into one's home. The cozy restaurant has conserved the original structure with wooden rafters, stone walls and floors in old Piemonte style. The menu we offer you varies according to the time of year, so one has the possibility to try really fresh locally cooked Tuscan dishes. There is a choice of desserts and a choice of local wines or beer plus mineral water and coffee or herb tea. At the end of the evening return back to the center of Turin with memories of having tasted genuine Piemonte specialties.

Approximate value: €40 EUR per person

Aosta

Discover Aosta

Discover Aosta

Discover one of the pearls of Northern Italy in this complete city sightseeing tour with a professional local guide. Aosta is situated in the Aosta Valley, one of the bilingual regions in the beautiful Italian Alps.

Approximate value: €20 EUR per person

Zermatt

Gornergrat

Gornergrat

Europe's highest mountain railway takes you to the Gornergrat (10,132 feet) in 40 minutes. The incomparable panoramic views embrace some of Switzerland's loftiest peaks, including the world-famous Matterhorn. Once the Gornergrat is reached you can have an incomparable panoramic view set against a forest of larches and firs.

Approximate value: €80 EUR per person

Lucerne

Dinner & Swiss Folklore

Dinner & Swiss Folklore

Contrary to belief, not all Swiss can yodel or blow the alp horn, but those you will see are real experts. At the Stadtkeller Restaurant, located in the old town of Lucerne, they will entertain you with merry melodies on the accordion and traditional dances whilst you enjoy a delicious meal and sample the Swiss Cheese Fondue.

Approximate value: €75 EUR per person

Mount Stanserhorn

Mount Stanserhorn

Unforgettable is a ride with the worlds first CabriO® - a double-decker cable car with an open top. The journey is a combination of an old-time funicular, which has romantic 100-year-old carriages (1893) and the modern cable car. Once on the summit you will have an enchanting view of 100 kilometers of the Alpine chain and a view of 10 Swiss lakes. There is a sun terrace with a fabulous panorama and a relaxation area. Get captured by the friendliness and Swissness of your hosts at Mount Stanserhorn, they're looking forward to welcome you.

Approximate value: €70 EUR per person

Scenic Lake Cruise

Scenic Lake Cruise

An hour's guided cruise on the most beautiful lake in Switzerland gives you an introduction to this lovely city from a completely different aspect. With its many bays, it offers superb panoramas of the surrounding landscape. The cruise is operated on a comfortable private covered boat and a commentary will be given by one of the crew staff who will explain the history of all the enchanting villages and you will learn some interesting stories of the Swiss History.

Approximate value: €30 EUR per person

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