Switzerland Austria, Italy & Germany Tour - Cosmos® Travel

Alpine Adventure, Bernina & Glacier Express (6060)

13 Day Tour from Munich to Zürich

2017 Tour Details

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. This scenic Alps tour includes overnights in Munich, the Innsbruck area, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Bolzano, St. Moritz, Lake Como, Turin, Täsch, the Lucerne area, and Zurich.

Every day you’ll marvel at stunning scenery: lush dairy pastures, picturesque quaint villages, imposing peaks and enchanting forests. You will drive along Grossglockner Pass, Austria’s highest pass with inspiring views of 12,460-foot-high Grossglockner Mountain; visit Cortina d'Ampezzo, home of the 1956 Olympics in the spectacular Italian Dolomites, the Italian "Rocky Mountains,"; take in views of Italy’s Lake Carezza, a small, emerald-green mountain lake; see the Austrian and Italian Tyrolean Alps; discover Switzerland’s Engadine National Park, considered by some to be the world’s most beautiful mountain area with deep-blue lakes and mountain peaks exceeding 12,000 feet,; experience beautiful Lake Como, one of Europe’s deepest lakes; get to know Kitzbühel, with its classic Tyrolean chalets and striking cobblestone center and car-free Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustics chalets beneath the Matterhorn, and much more.

One of the highlights of this Alps tour is a memorable trip aboard the Glacier Express from Zermatt to glitzy St. Moritz. From your train windows, marvel at the thundering waterfalls, impressive snowcapped peaks, glacial ice fields, forests, lush meadows, and picture-perfect villages. Passing over hundreds of bridges and through dozens of tunnels, this is Switzerland’s most famous mountain railway along with the journey aboard the Bernina Express from St Moritz to Tirano, Italy. Traveling on the highest railway across the Alps, witness glistening glaciers, stunning mountain streams, and alpine scenery. Another highlight is the visit of charming Linderhof Castle, the smallest but maybe most elegant of the three Bavarian fairytale castles built by King Ludwig II.

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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Individual headsets

Sightseeing:
Visits to Munich, Linderhof Castle, Innsbruck, Kitzbühel, Bolzano, St. Moritz, Bernina Express train, Zermatt, Glacier Express train, Lucerne, Interlaken. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

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

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

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Old City of Berne
  • Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes

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. This evening, meet up with your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

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

A fascinating itinerary today. First, see some of Munich’s highlights such as the Nymphenburg and MARIENPLATZ, then head south to visit LINDERHOF CASTLE, the smallest of the three Bavarian 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. Continue 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. On to Grossglockner Pass—the highest in Austria and featuring thrilling views of 12,460-foot-high Grossglockner Mountain, lush dairy pastures, and picturesque villages. Cross the border into Italy through the splendid Dolomites to the celebrated winter resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo for an overnight.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Cortina d’Ampezzo–Lake Carezza–Bolzano

This morning, travel 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.”

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Day 5 Bolzano–Glorenza–St. Moritz, Switzerland

Enjoy the visit to Glorenza, the smallest fortified city in Tyrol and ideally situated where Switzerland, Austria, and Italy meet. Via Tubre Pass, 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 through the Po Valley to Turin, birthplace of Fiat automobiles and home to the intriguing Holy Shroud of Turin. Upon arrival, visit all the major sites with a Local Guide. This evening, consider an optional dinner.

Breakfast Breakfast

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. Stroll along the narrow, traffic-free streets lined with a variety of shops, cafés, and bars. 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 at 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 the Swiss capital, Berne, where sightseeing includes BEAR PARK and the Federal Palace. Then, continue to Zurich.

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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 Achat Premium South (ST) or Super 8 West (ST) or NH Messe (F)
INNSBRUCK AREA Bon Alpina (ST) at Igls or Alpinpark (F) or Alphotel (F)
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO Villa Argentina (ST) or Concordia Parc (ST)
BOLZANO Chrys (ST)
ST. MORITZ Hotel Bären (F)
LAKE COMO Lario (ST) at Mezzegra
TURIN NH Lingotto Congress (F)
TÄSCH Matterhorn Resort (ST)
LUCERNE AREA Drei Könige (ST) or Ibis Styles (ST)
ZÜRICH Novotel City West (F)

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