Alpine Adventure, Bernina & Glacier Express (6060)

13 Day Tour from Munich to Zürich

2020 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 ,car-free Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustics chalets beneath the Matterhorn, and much more.

But it is not all about alpine scenery; you will also get to know Turin, an Italian city set at the foot of the Alps, and on the included city tour, you’ll discover all the secret treasures this winter Olympic city has to offer. In Bavaria, you will also visit charming Linderhof Castle, the smallest but maybe the most elegant of the three King Ludwig fairy-tale castles.

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 snow-capped 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.

You will have many opportunities to practice your photographic skills on this amazing Alps tour designed for savvy travelers! It’s a dream vacation!
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 Tour Highlights

MUNICH
Visit
LINDERHOF
Castle visit
INNSBRUCK
Visit
KITZBÜHEL
Visit
LAKE CAREZZABOLZANO
Visit
GLORENZA
Visit
ST. MORITZ
Visit
BERNINA EXPRESS TRAIN
St. Moritz-Tirano
TURIN
Guided sightseeing
ZERMATT
Visit
GLACIER EXPRESS TRAIN
Täsch-Andermatt
LUCERNE & INTERLAKEN
Visit
BERNE
Guided sightseeing, visit Bear Park

Headsets throughout the tour.

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
  • The Dolomites
  • The Dolomites (See only)

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; 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, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN MUNICH AREA, 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 Munich’s most famous square 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. Continue into Austria through the scenic Inn Valley to Innsbruck to admire its fascinating town center and historic Golden Roof.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi/ 200 km

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 3 INNSBRUCK AREA–KITZBÜHEL–GROSSGLOCKNER–CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, ITALY

Travel through 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, UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the celebrated winter resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo for an overnight.
Today’s Distance: 217 mi/ 350 km

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. Search for the beautiful mermaid who, according to legend, hid here from the romantic pursuits of a powerful wizard. On to Bolzano, home to the famous “Ice Man” from the Bronze Age.
Today’s Distance: 81 mi/ 130 km

Breakfast Breakfast

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’s 66 square miles of unspoiled nature with 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. Continue to glamorous St. Moritz, the oldest and most famous winter resort in the world.
Today’s Distance: 112 mi/ 180 km

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

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, hiking opportunities, and superb shopping.

Breakfast Breakfast

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 7,000 feet. Later, rejoin your motorcoach and head to the shores of Lake Como, Italy’s third-largest lake and one of the deepest in Europe.
Today’s Distance: 130 mi/ 210 km

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 8 LAKE COMO–TURIN

Travel through the Po Valley to Turin, birthplace of Fiat automobiles and home to the legendary Holy Shroud. Upon arrival, visit all the major sites with a Local Guide. This evening, consider an optional dinner.
Today’s Distance: 168 mi/ 270 km

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, through one of the main Swiss wine-making regions, then head to charming Täsch in the Zermatt area.
Today’s Distance: 193 mi/ 310 km

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 10 TÄSCH–ZERMATT–TÄSCH

Take a short train ride to Zermatt, and spend the entire day in this well-known mountain resort, 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 TÄSCH–GLACIER EXPRESS TRAIN TO ANDERMATT–LUCERNE AREA

Today, another highlight of your tour: the world-renowned GLACIER EXPRESS. Board 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. Ride the Glacier Express from Zermatt to 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.
Today’s Distance: 137 mi/ 220 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 LUCERNE AREA–INTERLAKEN–BERNE–ZURICH

Cross Brünig Pass 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 the BEAR PARK and the Federal Palace. Then, continue to Zurich.
Today’s Distance: 162 mi/ 260 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13 ZURICH

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. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

SIMONA CIOCANEL

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

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
Munich Area
Innsbruck
Cortina D'Ampezzo
Bolzano
St.Moritz
Lake Como
Turin
Tasch
Lucerne
Zurich

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Innsbruck
Merano
Turin
Aosta
Zermatt
Lucerne

Innsbruck

Tyrolean Folklore Evening

Tyrolean Folklore Evening

Experience the very best of Tyrolean folk entertainment including yodeling, zither music, schuhplattln (traditional dancing), alp horn-blowing, and more at this fun and memorable show.

Price Range: $

Merano

Merano Castle Wine Experience

Merano Castle Wine Experience

Visit a castle in Merano, where you have the chance to see the vineyards, explore the wine museum and cellars, and taste three different types of wine

Price Range: $

Turin

Taste of Piedmont

Taste of Piedmont

Taste some of the local specialties in a typical area restaurant.

Price Range: $

Aosta

Discover Aosta, Pearl of Northern Italy

Discover Aosta, Pearl of Northern Italy

Pristine alpine scenery and fascinating ancient Roman and medieval ruins await your discovery on this guided sightseeing tour of remarkable Aosta, the pearl of Northern Italy!

Price Range: $

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.

Price Range: $$

Lucerne

Ascent up Mount Stanserhorn

Ascent up Mount Stanserhorn

Climb towering Mount Stanserhorn aboard the world¿s first double-decker, open-top aerial cable car!

Price Range: $$

Lake Lucerne Cruise

Lake Lucerne Cruise

Experience the hypnotic beauty of sparkling Lake Lucerne on this enjoyable 1-hour sightseeing cruise.

Price Range: $

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