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Jewels of Alpine Europe Tour With Christy Hemenway

13 days

Journey from Switzerland’s mountain-lined Lake Lucerne to France’s inspiring Lake Annecy. Take in the picturesque Charmonix Valley and stroll Italy’s Lake Como. Then, cross Liechtenstein and hit the winter wonderland of Innsbruck before heading to Munich, the lively capital of Bavaria.

 

 

Your tour includes

  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

 


OVERNIGHT FLIGHT 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Zurich today.

LUCERNE 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Switzerland

 Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Switzerland! After arriving in Zurich, transfer to Lucerne to meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Lucerne

 Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the charming lakeside city.  

• Explore Lucerne’s Old Town

• View the sandstone lion statue commemorating the Swiss Guards

• Stroll over Chapel Bridge, a 17th-century covered footbridge, for views of Lake Lucerne and the Alps

Enjoy a free afternoon in Lucerne or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Mount Pilatus $109pp*Details

ANNECY 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Annecy via Bern

 Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Annecy, France today, stopping en route to discover the Swiss capital of Bern on a walking tour.

• Cross the Aare River, a tributary of the Rhine

• Walk through the city’s charming Old Town, passing the Gothic Bern Cathedral

• Pass by the United Nations building in Geneva as you drive to Annecy

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Annecy

 Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know Annecy today with your Tour Director leading the way.

• Walk through Annecy’s Old Town

• Take in sweeping views of the Alps

• Get a close-up look at the villas on Lake Annecy’s shores during a cruise (Please note: From November through February, the cruise may be substituted with a walking tour.)

LAKE COMO REGION 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Lake Como Region via Chamonix

 Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your way to Italy, stop to explore Chamonix, a picture-perfect village at the base of Mont Blanc. Then, continue through the scenic Aosta Valley en route to the Lake Como Region.

Day 7: Como & Villa Carlotta

 Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know the city of Como’s charming medieval quarter with your Tour Director.

• Pass by the 15th-century Gothic Duomo

• View the 12th-century Porta Vittoria, a defense tower overlooking the old city

• Stroll through the elegant gardens at Villa Carlotta, a palace completed in 1690 (Please note: From November to February you may alternatively take a funicular ride to Brunate.)

Enjoy a free evening in the Lake Como region or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Lake Como Cruise & Bellagio $79pp*Details

ST. MORITZ 1 night Hotel info

Day 8: Travel to St. Moritz

 Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Return to Switzerland today, making your way to St. Moritz, a prestigious resort town and scenic hub of wintertime sports.

INNSBRUCK 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Innsbruck

 Included meals: Breakfast

Travel into Liechtenstein, a tiny Alpine principality dating back to the Holy Roman Empire, and continue on toward the wintertime wonderland of Innsbruck, where you’ll enjoy a guided walking tour.

• Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz, and pass the royal family’s hilltop castle, still in use as a royal residence

• Arrive in Innsbruck, site of two winter Olympic Games

• See the famed Golden Roof and the City Tower in Innsbruck’s historic Old Town

• Pass the Hofburg, a former Hapsburg Imperial Palace, and walk into its cobblestoned courtyard

• Enter the Baroque Cathedral of St. James

Day 10: Free day in Innsbruck

 Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Innsbruck or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Neuschwanstein Castle $99pp*Details

MUNICH 2 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Munich

 Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Munich, then get to know the Bavarian capital on a guided tour. 

• Travel past the Olympic Stadium and fashionable Schwabing district 

• View the Residenz, once home to the Wittlesbach dukes of Bavaria

• Enter the Nymphenburg Palace, the Baroque home to past Bavarian royalty

• Explore Marienplatz, Munich’s medieval heart, and see the famed Glockenspiel

Day 12: Free day in Munich

 Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a full free day in Munich or add an excursion.

Say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Optional Excursion - Dachau $25pp*Details

Day 13: Departure

 Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to Salzburg.

Add Salzburg $299 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Dubbed the 'Rome of the North' because of its many churches, Salzburg is a beautiful city filled with museums, mansions, parks and churches. Spend two days soaking up the city’s celebrated musical history.

SALZBURG 2 nights

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Salzburg

 Included meals: Breakfast

Head to Salzburg, where a local guide leads you on a walking tour of the Old Town.

• View the University of Salzburg and the churchyard of St. Peter

• See the Kapitelplatz, Residenzplatz and Alter Markt, in the city’s Old Town

• Enter the 17th-century Salzburg Cathedral, built in the Baroque style

• Pass through scenery from the beloved film “The Sound of Music”

• Take the funicular to the hilltop Hohensalzburg Fortress, one of Europe’s largest medieval castles

Enjoy a free afternoon in Salzburg or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Mozart Concert & Dinner $109pp*Details

Day 14: Free day in Salzburg

 Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Salzburg or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Eagle's Nest & Salt Mines $105pp*Details

Day 15: Departure

 Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.