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Tour of Alpine Lakes & Mountains

Places Covered: Munich, Neuschwanstein Castle, Innsbruck, Liechtenstein
Duration: 9 days
Tour Cost: £799

Be prepared to be blown away by the postcard-perfect landscapes that feature in our 9 day Alpine Lakes and Mountains Tour. From century-old castles to majestic mountains, this magical tour will transport you through some of the most stunning vistas in Europe.

The alpine bus tour starts in the wonderful city of Munich where our tour leader will brief you on the exciting itinerary ahead. From there you will be transported to Neuschwanstein Castle, an enormous nineteenth century Romanesque Revival Palace that sits on a rugged hill high above the pretty village of Hohenschwangau. You will make stops in the country of Liechtenstein, and at Lake Lucerne and Interlaken. Day 4 is a free day when you can explore Switzerland and take an optional train journey excursion on the Jungfraujoch up to the highest train station in Europe.

On day 6 you'll cross the border into Italy and head to the celebrity playground that is Lake Como, then on to Verona, the Italian city where Shakespeare based Romeo and Juliet.

With all coach transportation, overnight accommodation, breakfasts and some dinners, as well many exciting excursions included in the price of the tour, our alpine packages are the best value alpine tours Europe. The trip balances fun excursions with free time so you will get a chance to explore areas at your own pace. Extra savings can be had when you book your alpine coach tour in advance.

DAY 01

Visit Munich

Welcome to the tour! After arriving in Munich, make your way to our hotel, where your tour leader will assist you with check in. If you've got time, explore Munich, a city which combines a sense of age-old tradition, folklore and a certain cosines with sleek, modern aesthetics and high-powered industry. Tonight, join up with the rest of the group as we enjoy a traditional Bavarian beer hall dinner!

Dinner, overnight accommodation

DAY 02

Visit Neuschwanstein Castle & Innsbruck.

Let's hit the road! Our first stop today is Neuschwanstein Castle, a 19th Century hilltop castle built by Ludwig II of Bavaria. This incredible castle looks like it's straight out of a fairy-tale - which incidentally isn't far from the truth: Neuschwanstein Castle served as the inspiration for the famous Disneyland castle. After touring the interior of this amazing building, we'll head to Innsbruck, Austria where we'll enjoy some free time. And that's just as well - Innsbruck has so much to offer! Home to Austria's third-largest student population, there's no shortage of vibrant bars and beer gardens to enjoy. But there are also medieval lanes to wander down, Habsburg palaces to explore, and a certain architectural masterpiece by Zaha Hadid, who left her mark on Innsbruck with the famous Bergisel ski jump. This is where the modern urban environment meets the outdoors - why not take our optional cable car excursion to the peak of Nordkette for stunning Alpine views? Alternatively, you can visit the town square and its famous Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof) or, for something a little different, the Swarovski Crystal Museum!

Breakfast, overnight accommodation.

DAY 03

Visit Liechtenstein, Lucerne & Interlaken.

We hope you're ready for a day of incredible scenery! First up is is the alpine principality of Liechtenstein, the sixth-smallest country in the world, governed by a monarch who lives in a Gothic hilltop castle. Stopping in the capital Vaduz, we'll have some time to stroll around and enjoy the scenery. This tiny country is only the size of Manhattan, but it's skyscrapers of a different sort that dominate the skyline. Next up, we'll head into Switzerland, driving passed stunning mountain vistas and four beautiful lakes as we make our way to the city of Lucerne, a city with all the ingredients that make for a beautiful Swiss city: sparkling lakes, a towering alpine skyline and an incredibly well-preserved Aldstadt (or Old Town). With covered bridges - check out the stunning Chapel bridge lined with flowers - brightly-colored houses and delightful waterfront promenades, it'll be difficult not to fall head-over-heels for Lucerne. Continuing on to Interlaken, we'll spend the night in the Swiss Alps in preparation for a full day of adventure tomorrow!

Breakfast, dinner, overnight accommodation.

DAY 04

Free day in Switzerland.

Today you have the option of joining our excursion up to Jungfraujoch, the highest train station in Europe! The train journey itself is unforgettable, as you wind your way through some of the most picturesque mountain scenery in Switzerland. See quaint little villages nestled beneath the craggy peaks above, and look out for mountain streams cascading down the mountainside. The final stretch of the train-ride takes you literally through the mountain, and when you emerge, the view from the top is spectacular - provided it's a clear day of course! At this height, there's year-round snow, so you'll be able to have snow-ball fights and build snowmen even in the height of summer. This is one part of the journey that is definitely not to be missed!

Breakfast, overnight accommodation.

DAY 05

Visit The Italian Lakes.

Another incredible scenic drive is on the way, so keep those cameras at the ready. Today we leave the Swiss Alps and wind our way toward Italy's Lake District, stopping at famous Lake Como. An enormous expanse of water fringed by picturesque scattered villages, it's perhaps not surprising that one of the villages, Laglio, is where George Clooney has a luxurious villa. The afternoon is yours in the Italian Lake District. Enjoy local food, go for a stroll or just find a comfortable spot to enjoy the view. Surely, this is the epicenter of 'La Dolce Vita'!

Breakfast, dinner, overnight accommodation.

DAY 06

Visit Pisa and Florence.

Leaving the jet-set life behind, today we indulge in some serious sightseeing! First off, we'll stop at the famous leaning tower of Pisa. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the neighboring cathedral, cemetery and baptistery, this 56m, 840 year old Bell tower draws millions of visitors from all over the globe, namely for one thing...to have their picture taken pretending to push the tower back up! So get creative, get into position - these snaps are always the most memorable (make sure you share your favorites on our Facebook page!). It is then a short drive to Florence, where your local Italian guide can’t wait to show you around. The Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica all feature in this guided tour, as well as many other works of art - the street sculptures are amazing! With some free time after the tour, why not visit Michelangelo’s masterpiece sculpture ‘David’, at Galleria dell'Accademia, or wander along the river? Check out the world famous leather markets if you want some high-quality Italian fashion! It is then time to wind down and give yourself a break from the buzz and noise of the big cities - tonight you will head to your accommodation in the beautiful Tuscan hills, where the soft afternoon light which radiates across the land and everyone looks good in a ‘selfie’ at this time of day - is it any wonder this region attracts and inspires so many famous artists? After checking in to your accommodation in the ancient spa town of Montecatini Terme, you will enjoy a traditional Tuscan dinner - if you love Italian food (and who doesn't?!) you are in for a treat!

Breakfast, dinner, overnight accommodation.

DAY 7

Visit Verona & Venice.

We continue with more Italian attractions today, leaving the hills of Tuscany behind us and stopping first in Verona, the city where Shakespeare set his immortal tragedy Romeo & Juliet. You will get a glimpse of Juliet's balcony, where Romeo is said to have wooed his lover. Your tour leader will also show you Verona Arena - this incredibly well preserved Roman amphitheatre was built in the 1st Century and is still in use today. With some free time in Verona, you can choose to go into the Arena, visit the famous street markets for a spot of souvenir shopping, or visit the many historic sights, including the ornate Romanesque San Zeno Maggiore Church, or the Ponte Scaligero and Ponte Pietra bridges. Then we're off to Venice! This unique city straddles 118 islands, and is known for its canals, gondolas, Venetian masks, piazzas, art, traditional glass and lace making. On arrival, your tour leader will escort you on an orientation walking tour of the city, so you can use your free time in the early evening to explore properly. Get your cameras ready for the world famous St Marks Square, Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge, and more! The whole of Venice is marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which indicates the level historical significance this city carries. The evening is yours to enjoy authentic Italian delights, with hundreds of fantastic local restaurants and bars to choose from. After an espresso, don't miss the opportunity to explore Venice the traditional way - from the canals. Relax and glide on a gondola ride - if you are lucky, the gondolier may sing to you to make the trip even more special!

Breakfast, overnight accommodation.

DAY 08

Visit the Dolomit National Park, Andechs & return to Munich.

Leaving Italy in our wake, we'll wind our way back to Munich today, but not before some more epic sights! It won't be long before we're back in the mountains, driving through the Dolomit National Park. We'll also have a comfort stop here, giving you ample time to take in the spectacular views. Our next stop is the monastery town of Andechs, something of an undiscovered gem, and a totally unique feature of our Alpine Lakes and Mountains tour! Home to a huge monastery, Andechs is also the best place to stop for Eisbein (shoulder of pork) - that delicious German delicacy that goes perfectly with a frosty German beer! You will have the chance to eat a hearty lunch in Andechs, enjoying the Alpine countryside views before returning finally to Munich for our final night of the tour.

Breakfast, overnight accommodation.

DAY 09

Tour ends in Munich

Today our tour ends after breakfast. We hope you've had an unforgettable time exploring some of Europe's most beautiful sights. We've certainly enjoyed sharing these amazing sights with you! Don't forget to exchange details with your fellow travellers before you make your onward journey.

Breakfast.

What's Included:

  • 8 nights' accommodation in twin rooms. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room
  • 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners.
  • 10 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences).
  • Free Wi-Fi in all hotels
  • Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet.
  • Services of tour leader, who will be on hand with advice and tips to ensure that you get the most from your trip. You can also book any of the optional excursions available during your tour with your tour leader.
  • All taxes and fees
  • Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
  • Free tour souvenir – a memorable gift of your once in a lifetime trip.

REMEMBER ALL TOURS ARE GUARANTEED DEPARTURES AND WILL OPERATE.

Many other companies that operate tours of Europe cancel tours if minimum numbers are not achieved or will only guarantee some departure dates. All Comfort tours operated by us are guaranteed departures and will operate ∗

Tour Experiences



Munich

1 Included Experiences

Included:

German Beer Hall: On your first night we’ll take you to a traditional German Beer Hall. Grab a stein and sample German beer, along with traditional German cuisine. Prost!



Neuschwanstein Castle

1 Included Experience

Included:

You'll be able to enter the famous Neuschwanstein Castle and enjoy a tour!



Interlaken, Switzerland

1 Included Experience

4 Optional Experiences

Included:

Scenic mountain drive of Switzerland.

Spectacular views as we drive through this amazing country alongside lakes, breath-taking mountain vistas and scenic views of quaint Swiss towns.



Optional Excursions:

  • Train to Jungfrau ‘Top of Europe’ (see Optional Excursions tab for more details)
  • White-water River Rafting
  • Sky-diving
  • Paragliding

Other places of interest you could visit in your free time:

  • Interlaken – situated between two lakes in the heart of the Jungfrau mountain region. Amazing views and a great place to enjoy a traditional Swiss fondue in one of the many restaurants. Along with the restaurants and bars you can shop for some great souvenirs – of course including the famous Swiss chocolate, the choice of flavours and combinations is truly astounding.


Lake Como

1 Included Experience

Included:

Comfort stop in Lake Como, one of the most beautiful and glamorous destinations we'll visit on the tour. This afternoon you'll have time to yourself in the Italian Lakes region to explore the area.



Pisa

1 Included Experience

Included:

We stop in Pisa for a chance to see the famous Leaning Tower, an enduring symbol of Italy and something of an architectural marvel.



Florence

1 Included Experience

Included:

Walking Tour of Florence

The capital city of the Tuscan region of Italy and considered to be the birthplace of the Renaissance. We will take you on a walking tour with a professional local guide where you will see Florence's Baptistery, Bell Tower, Gates of Paradise, Brunelleschi's Dome, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio.



Verona

1 Included Experience

Included:

We'll have a comfort stop in Verona, during which time you'll be able to explore a little bit of the town. If there's time, try to get to Juliet's balcony, the very balcony where Romeo is said to have wooed his lover in the famous Shakespearean tragedy Romeo and Juliet.



Venice

1 Included Experience

Included:

Orientation tour of Venice

Your tour leader will take you into the heart of this unique floating city for an orientation to help you explore and see St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, St. Mark’s Museum, Campanile (Elevator to the top), Doge’s Palace, Rialto Market and Scuola Grande di San Rocco.

Other places of interest you could visit in your free time:

  • Grand Canal tour
  • Glass-Blowing / Murano Island
  • St. Mary of the Friars
  • Santi Giovanni e Paolo
  • San Giorgio Maggiore
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection


Venice to Munich

2 Included Experience

Included:

Drive through the Dolomit National Park (and comfort stop):

During this magnificent drive through one of Europe's most beautiful alpine landscapes, we'll stop for a chance to really appreciate the surrounding countryside - and take a few photos!

Andechs Monastery: This beautiful old monastery is also the ideal place to stop for lunch - here you'll be able to sample pork knuckle (eisbein) par excellence!

Tour Dates & Rates

Dates

Tour Price

EarlyBird

Status

Description

24 Jun to 02 Jul 2015

£ 799

£539

Guaranteed to depart

Less than 28 seats left

22 Jul to 30 Jul 2015

£849

£559

Guaranteed to depart

Less than 24 seats left

19 Aug to 27 Aug 2015

£ 899

£579

Guaranteed to depart

Less than 25 seats left

16 Sep to 24 Sep 2015

£ 849

£589

Guaranteed to depart

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