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On arrival at Zurich Airport, there is a transfer to Chur. This is your home for 3 nights. Meet your fellow travellers at our Welcome Dinner. [D]
Every day on the Great Trains of Europe Tours begins with a full buffet breakfast [B]. Commence your love affair with the great trains of Europe today on a rail journey to Switzerland’s highest town Davos, famous from the nineteenth century as a “Wellness” centre, and now a venue for international economic conferences. It is a very trendy ski resort in Winter, favoured by the British Royals. Watch out for the corgis.
Chur - Bernina Express[B]
One of the world’s great rail journeys today on the Bernina Express across the Alps to Tirano in Italy. We cross the stunning Landwasser Viaduct, and later “loop the loop” as the Bernina Express descends to the Italian border. So stunning is the scenery that one section of the route has been classed a UNESCO World Heritage site. We retrace our steps back up into the Alps and our home in Chur.
Glacier Express to Interlaken [B] [D]
Our luggage is taken on ahead today as we join the world’s favourite little red Swiss mountain train, the Glacier Express. Enjoy breathtaking views from your panorama car as you cross the Alps through the Oberalpass at 7,000 feet. Lunch is served at your seat with million dollar views. We then pass under the Alps through the world’s longest land tunnel, to arrive in our waterfront hotel in Interlaken, our home for 3 nights.
Today the Golden Pass Panoramic train takes you from the Bernese Oberland to Lake Geneva. There is time in Montreux for lunch on the lakefront esplanade or on a steamer on the lake. Home to Interlaken.
A quiet day to take a steamer on the lake, or to pay a visit to the beautiful Alpine village of Grindelwald. It is possible to take an optional excursion to the top of the Jungfrau at 11,330 feet or simply to take a train into Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city and financial capital, nestled on Lake Zurich.
To Lucerne [B] [D]
Skirting the lake this morning, we ascend the Brienzer Rothorn (steam train) for magnificent views to the Eiger. We arrive in lakeside Lucerne for some shopping time in the cobble stone medieval quarter, before our included dinner.
Lucerne - Pilatus [B]
Trains and boats and cable car - to the top of Mount Pilatus for unsurpassed views to Lake Lucerne below. Legend says that Pontius Pilate (Pilatus in German) fled to Switzerland and became a hermit on this mountain after washing his hands of Jesus.
Lucerne - Rigi Kulm [B]
Our last day in the Swiss Alps today, and perhaps the best mountain train ride saved till last. Using Europe’s first ever cog-wheel railway, we climb to the top of the “Queen of the Mountains” for 360 degree Alpine views.
To Igls, Austria [B] [D]
Our luggage is collected to be taken on to Igls, as we make an early start to cross the Swiss – Austrian border and the principality of Lichtenstein, then we pass through the Aarlberg Pass into Austria and our hotel in the village of Igls, overlooking Innsbruck.
Oberammergau [B] [L] [D]
Pack an overnight bag, for our transfer to the village of Oberammergau where we arrive in time for lunch and settle into our overnight accommodation, returning to the theatre in the village for the first half of the performance this afternoon. Prepare for an inspirational experience as we re-live the last week of the earthly life of Jesus. There is a break for our provided dinner and, then we return for the climax of the performance. We are transferred to our overnight accommodation, emotionally drained, but inspired.
Igls, Austria [B]
Today we return to our hotel in the village of Igls, for a relaxing afternoon in the pool or the spa.
Igls, Austria [B] [D]
We ride a tram down the mountain today for our exploration of the city of Innsbruck, the Winter Capital of the Hapsburg dynasty, and a ride to the top of the Alps for a breathtaking view from 7,000 feet. Our Farewell Dinner is tonight.
The tour ends after breakfast today. There is a transfer to Munich Airport for those flying home today.
$AUD 9,900 per person Twin Share.
Land Content only (i.e. join Zurich, leave in Munich).
Single supplement $AUD 1,400
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$1,000 per person initial deposit is required immediately to confirm your seat. A further $2,500pp deposit is required 12 months before departure. Balance will be payable 4 months before departure.