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Peaks of Europe: The Alps to The Dolomites featuring France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, and Italy - 2023

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Travel Style: Array Mixed
Physical Level: All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
13 days
From: $ 4,599 $ 354 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Toast to the end of your scenic journey during a farewell dinner in a Venetian villa.
  • Taste the fruits of Italy’s Prosecco region, with a vineyard visit and tasting.
  • Savor the flavors of Switzerland during a raclette brunch at a dairy farm.
  • Inhale fresh alpine air with 4 unique mountaintop experiences.
  • Discover the local flora and fauna during a nature walk with a local alpinist.
  • Meet the pups of Barryland, a foundation that protects the heritage of Switzerland’s national dog – the St. Bernard.
  • Stand at the “Top of Europe,” the perennial winter wonderland of Jungfraujoch.
  • Step into the 3 storybook towns of Lucerne, Innsbruck, and Cortina.
  • Stay 2 nights in the French town of Chamonix, nestled at the foot of Mont Blanc.
  • Gaze upon the vibrant Swiss countryside on the panoramic GoldenPass train.

Short Description

Embark on an invigorating journey through Europe’s towering Alps and idyllic towns.

Style Group tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions N/A
Start City Chamonix
End City Mogliano Veneto

Theme

Cultural

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Attractions & Cities Visited

Grindelwald Innsbruck Lucerne Venice

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Culture Historic sightseeing History

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Itinerary

Day 1 Overnight Flight

Postcard-perfect vistas and storybook villages. Rolling hills and the crisp scent of fresh mountain air. There is nothing in this world quite like the Alps. You’re on your way to explore Europe’s iconic peaks and valleys on an invigorating journey through France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria and Italy.

Day 2 Chamonix, France - Tour Begins

Say bonjour to Chamonix – the perennial ski-hub nestled at the foot of Mont Blanc. Take the afternoon to wander the pedestrian-friendly streets of this quaint town steeped in hundreds of years of history. Tonight, join with new friends and toast to the beginning of your alpine adventure.

Day 3 Chamonix

Today, decide how to explore the legendary Mont Blanc – the birthplace of mountaineering – because it’s your choice! Ascend the Aiguille du Midi by cable car to an elevation of over 12,600 feet (3,842 meters).* This is the closest you can get to the summit of Europe’s tallest peak -OR- relax aboard the Tramway du Mont Blanc rack-railway taking in its vintage charm and the impressive views from the Eagle’s Nest, located 7,782 feet above sea level (2,372 meters). This afternoon, enjoy a stroll through the woods in the bottom of the valley.

Day 4 Chamonix - GoldenPass Train - Gstaad, Switzerland

Bid Chamonix and France adieu and set out for Switzerland. During today’s Impact Moment, get to know the pups of Barryland, a local foundation that promotes and protects the heritage of the St. Bernard, the official dog of Switzerland. An afternoon train ride on the GoldenPass whisks you through the pastoral Swiss landscape en route to Gtsaad. Check in to your home for the next 2 nights before relaxing over dinner at a local restaurant located in a traditional chalet.

Day 5 Gstaad

Venture into Gstaad this morning and explore this car-free town dotted with iconic ski chalets immersed in the surrounding countryside. The rest of the day is yours. Perhaps you’ll join an optional tour to Glacier 3000,** ascending via cable car to its 9,700-foot summit (2,965 meters). Take in the views over the Bernese Oberland while dining at a mountaintop restaurant. Scan the horizon for famous peaks such as the Grand Combin, or even the legendary Matterhorn, before taking the exciting walk across a suspension footbridge spanning two summits.

Day 6 Gstaad - Trümmelbach Waterfalls - Grindelwald

Travel through the alpine meadows of the Bernese Oberland, an area renowned for its cheese production. Visit an artisanal creamery producing raclette cheese and taste the local produce during a brunch on the farm. Continue on to Trümmelbach, a complex of waterfalls located inside a cavern in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. This afternoon, head on to Grindelwald, nestled at the base of legendary Mount Eiger. Settle in for a 2-night stay in this charming alpine village.

Day 7 Grindelwald - Jungfraujoch - Grindelwald

A short cogwheel train ride brings you to Jungfraujoch (UNESCO), known as the “Top of Europe.” Take your time to explore this eternal winter wonderland with impressive views of the imposing triple peaks of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Wander the frosty halls of the Ice Palace to see works of icy art carved by local artists or stand next to the Swiss flag to capture your time above it all. Tonight is yours to do as you please.

Day 8 Grindelwald - Lucerne - Seefeld, Austria

Before departing Switzerland, spend some time to learn for yourself why the lakeside city of Lucerne is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland. Make your way through Liechtenstein, the only country to lie entirely within the Alps on your way to Austria. This evening is yours to relax and to get to know your home in Seefeld for the next 2 nights.

Day 9 Seefeld

This morning explore the idyllic town of Seefeld in a horse-drawn carriage, pausing to take in the unspoiled beauty of the Tyrolean mountains and forests. This afternoon cross into Germany on an optional tour of Oberammergau, the world-renowned home of the Passion Play. This Bavarian village of traditionally painted houses comes together every 10 years*** to perform a marathon 10-hour folk theatre rendition of the Passion in thanksgiving for escaping the plague of 1633. After visiting the theatre site and town, indulge in homemade Tyrolean cuisine at a local restaurant before returning to Seefeld.

Day 10 Seefeld - Innsbruck - Cortina, Italy

Take in the scenery of the spectacular Bavarian Alps en route to enchanting Innsbruck. Walk the charming streets, discover the historic old town, and take in landmarks such as the Golden Roof. Depart Austria for Italy to witness the unique jagged limestone peaks of the Dolomites. Arrive in Cortina, the Queen of the Dolomites (UNESCO), and your home for the next 2 nights.

Day 11 Cortina

The day is yours. Bask in the charm of Cortina, strolling along its main street and taking in the views of the surrounding Dolomite peaks. Perhaps you’ll join a full-day optional excursion taking you further into this legendary mountain range to discover natural beauty and local traditions. During this excursion, take a walk in the Badia valley, learn about the centuries old Ladin culture before stopping at a nearby maso – an alpine farm – for a taste of local Ladin fare. After, a cable car ride**** brings you to Rifugio Lagazuoi for a feast of stunning views of the sky-skimming peaks. The evening continues to be yours to explore Cortina as you wish.

Day 12 Cortina - Prosecco Winery - Mogliano Veneto

Journey south this morning and into the rolling hills of Italy’s Prosecco region. Visit a local vineyard where you’ll taste the region’s sparkling specialty combined with assorted local cheeses and cold cuts during a light lunch. This evening, explore the frescoed halls and grounds of your historic countryside villa before you gather for dinner and toast to new friends, fond memories, and unforgettable scenery.

Day 13 Mogliano Veneto - Tour Ends

Your alpine adventure comes to a close today.

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