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LAND OF THE ALPS

 
  • Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland
  • 11 days/10 nights
  • best from April-October
 

Day 1: LJUBLJANA or BLED (Slovenia)

  • Welcome of the group at Ljubljana airport in SLOVENIA and visit of Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital;


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  • We go to the number 1 Slovenian attraction, the wonderful glacial lake Bled with the tiny and romantic island in the middle;
  • First we drive up to the top of the cliff, to medieval castle with amazing view over Bled lake and there we can treat ourselves with famous Bled’s cream cake, called "kremšnita";
  • We take the traditional "pletna" boat ride to Bled island and ring the wishing bell in St. Mary church;
  • In Bled’s vicinity we take a walk in a beautiful Bled’s Vintgar gorge;
  • Hotel HB or BB & Restaurant dinner.


Day 2: BLED – AUSTRIA – SALZKAMMERGUT - HALLSTATT – DACHSTEIN – BAD ISCHL –ST. WOLFGANG – SALZBURG

  • We start the tour towards AUSTRIA in the direction of the high peaks of the Eastern Alps;
  • We arrive to the most beautiful Austrian Alpine lake region Salzkammergut (Unesco);
  • First stop is in a cute little town of Hallstatt, known for its production of salt, and where they found the remains of the primitive people from the Early Iron Age;
  • One of the highlights of today’s visit is cable car drive high up to the Dachstein mountains to visit the fascinating ice caves and enjoy the wonderful view of the vast mountain area;
  • We continue to the spa town Bad Ischl, which kept it’s imperial appearance from the past century, when repeatedly came for a visit the Emperor Franc Joseph with his beautiful wife Elizabeth or Sisi;
  • Further we make a short stop in the lovely town St. Wolfgang and then we continue to Salzburg;
  • Hotel HB or BB & Restaurant dinner.


Day 3: SALZBURG – GERMANY – HALLEIN – HERRENCHIEMSEE – MÜNCHEN

  • A morning visit of Salzburg (Unesco), which is internationally renowned for its baroque architecture and is one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps. It’s also known as the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and setting for the film “The Sound of Music.”;
  • We continue to GERMANY and arrive to Hallein, where we visit the oldest salt mine in the world open to visitors;
  • We continue to the Bavaria’s largest lake Chiemsee, were we take a boat to Herreninsel island and we visit Herrenchiemsee, a big complex of mostly finished royal buildings, built by the King Ludwig II of Bavaria;
  • In the evening we arrive to München, the capital of Bavaria, and enjoy the dinner in one of the famous Beer halls;
  • Hotel BB.


Day 4: MUNCHEN – OBERAMMERGAU – LINDERHOFF – GARMISCH PARTENKIRCHEN

  • Visit of München, which is home to centuries-old buildings, numerous museums and is known also for its annual Oktoberfest beer fest. We visit the Old Town, Marienplatz and see the Gothic Neues Rathaus (town hall), with a popular glockenspiel show;
  • We continue to the town Oberammergau, famous for its production of a Passion Play, its woodcarvers, painted houses and the NATO School;
  • Our next visit is the Linderhof castle, the smallest of the three castles built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one, which he lived to see completed;
  • Our last stop is in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the Bavarian ski resort;
  • Hotel HB or BB & Restaurant dinner.


Day 5: GARMISCH PARTENKIRCHEN – ZUGSPITZE – NEUSCHWANSTEIN – AUSTRIA – INNSBRUCK – SWAROVSKI – ITALY – BRUNICO

  • A morning visit to Zugspitze, the highest peak  in Germany, with a 2,962 m summit, accessed by the cogwheel train and the cable car where we can enjoy the extensive views over the 400 mountain peaks in four countries;
  • We continue to Neuschwanstein, to visit one of the most popular of all castles in Europe. Every year 1.4 million people visit "the castle of the fairy-tale king" King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who found the most idyllic setting for his castle;
  • We return to AUSTRIA and take the 1,216 m high Fern pass to descent to Innsbruck, the capital city of Tyrol in western Austria;
  • Innsbruck has the imperial and modern architecture but mostly is known, as the winter ski resort;
  • Only few km out of the city we visit the famous Swarovski crystal center and then we continue to Brenner high pass and Brunico in ITALY;
  • Hotel HB or BB & Restaurant dinner.

 
Day 6: BRUNICO – TRE CIME – LAKE MISURINA – CORTINA D’AMPEZZO – SASS PORDOI – BOLZANO

  • We dedicate the full day for the Dolomites (Unesco), which are some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes anywhere, with vertical walls, sheer cliffs and a high density of narrow, deep and long valleys;
  • We drive over the high pass Tre Croci towards the Tre Cime peaks. There we have an easy walk on a nice mountain path to reach the most picturesque part of Tre Cime;
  • After return to the bus we continue our trip to Lake Misurina for a short photo stop;
  • We continue to the world famous ski centre and the mountain city Cortina D'ampezzo (1.224 m), where the Winter Olympic games were organised in 1956;
  • After some free time for lunch we continue on the Dolomiti road and arrive to the highest pass Pordoi, where we take the cable car to the mountain SELLA and enjoy the splendid view to the Alps and the famous Marmolada mountain;
  • We finish the day in Bolzano;
  • Hotel HB or BB & Restaurant dinner.


Day 7: BOLZANO – RIVA DEL GARDA – SIRMIONE – VERONA

  • A morning visit of Bolzano including the museum in which is the famous Ötzi, human mummy from 34 century BC;
  • We continue to the largest Italian lake Garda, where we make the first stop in Riva del Garda;
  • We continue the tour on the western coast, which offers us the nicest views over the lake and the Alps in the background;
  • We arrive to the picturesque peninsula and town Sirmione, where we take lunch break;
  • In late afternoon, we visit Verona, which is famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet";
  • Hotel HB or BB & Restaurant dinner.


Day 8: VERONA – MILANO – LAKE MAGGIORE – BOROMEO ISLANDS – STRESA

  • A drive to Milano, a metropolis in Italy's northern Lombardy region, a global capital of fashion and design;
  • A half day of sightseeing in Milano and visit of the Gothic Milano cathedral and the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, which houses Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco “The Last Supper”;
  • We continue to the long and thin Lake Maggiore, noted for its picturesque setting amid greenery-covered mountains. Within it are the 3 tiny Borromean Islands, which we visit and see the terraced gardens and aristocratic villas;
  • We return to the lake shore and stay overnight in Stresa;
  • Hotel HB or BB & Restaurant dinner.


Day 9: STRESA – SWITZERLAND – ST. GOTHARD PASS – GRINDELWALD –JUNGFRAUJOCH – INTERLAKEN

  • A drive to the Western Alps and SWITZERLAND;
  • We take the panoramic road over the pass St. Gotthard (2.106 m) to the Bernese Alps, over 4,000 m high;
  • We continue to Grindelwald, for the best view on Jungfrau (4,158 m), the highest mountain in the Bernese Alps;
  • In the afternoon, we take the unforgettable ascent to the Jungfraujoch. We take the cogwheel train to the highest mountain railway station in Europe (3,454 m), surrounded by snow and ice of the Aletsch Glacier;
  • After descent we drive to Interlaken;
  • Hotel HB or BB & Restaurant dinner.


Day 10:  INTERLACKEN – LUZEN – RHINE WATERFALLS – STEIN AM RHEIN – MAINAU – ZÜRICH

  • A morning drive to Luzern and visit of colorful Altstadt (Old Town) and 14th century Museggmauer city walls, covered bridges including the iconic Kapellbrücke and spired, turreted buildings;
  • We continue to Neuhausen to see the biggest waterfalls in Europe, The Rhine waterfalls;
  • We continue to the little and charming town Stein am Rhein, which is famous for its well-preserved Old Town featuring painted facades and half-timbered houses, for which it received the very first Wakker Prize;
  • We continue to the Mainau Island in Germany and we visit the over 150 year old colorful Arboretum and the Baroque Teutonic castle;
  • In the evening we arrive to Zurich;
  • Hotel HB or BB & Restaurant dinner.


Day 11: ZÜRICH – a return to home

  •  A visit of Zürich, the largest city in Switzerland: National Museum, Bahnhofstrasse, historic Limmatquai, Zurich’s Opera House, St. Peter’s Church, and the Old city center;
  • An afternoon flight back home.


The price includes:

  •  A modern A/C coach service;
  •  Airport transfer on the first and last day;
  •  Road tolls, parking, driver costs;
  •  English speaking guide throughout the tour;
  • 1 FOC for tour leader in a single room;
  • 10 x BB in hotel 4*: double or twin rooms;
  • 10 x dinners in local restaurants or hotels;
  • All taxes and fees.


Not included in price:

  • International or/and domestic flight tickets;
  • Entrances to museums, monuments;
  • Mountain train tickets;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Any meals, drinks other than specified;
  • Tips to drivers and guides;
  • Everything not listed in ʺIncludedʺ.