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The Ultimate Alps & Dolomites 2019 tour

The Ultimate Alps & Dolomites 2019

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. 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. Premium - 4 star
13 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Climbing Mt. Titlis via cable car
  • an alpine evening with traditional food and music
  • a Swiss cheese-making demonstration
  • a schnapps tasting
  • tour and lunch at a 400-year-old farm
  • a wine reception in a castle
  • dinner in Berchtesgaden's salt mines
  • farewell dinner cruise on Lake Lucerne

Short Description

Our ultimate tour through the Bavarian, Austrian, Italian and Swiss Alps features Yellow Roads travel, wine and schnapps tastings, cheese-making, a cable-car journey to Mt. Titlis and more on a 13-day adventure through mountain landscapes of Bavaria, Switzerland, the South Tyrol and the Dolomites.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small 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 Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City Munich, Germany
End City Lucerne, Switzerland

Travel Theme

Cultural

Cities & Attractions

Bolzano Innsbruck Lucerne Munich Salzburg

Activities

Culture

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Trip Includes

  • TAUCK'S YELLOW ROADS! Unparalleled Alpine views when you scale the heights of Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland by cable car, mountain coach and more
  • Dinner and entertainment in the historic Salt Mines of Berchtesgaden
  • Visit to Oberammergau in the Bavarian Alps, site of the upcoming Passion Play in 2020
  • Lunch with a tour and schnapps tasting at a 400-year-old family farm
  • An Alpine evening featuring traditional food & music
  • Q&A with a noted Italian mountain climber during lunch in the Dolomites
  • Visit to Swiss national ski jump complex at Einsiedeln
  • Farewell dinner cruise on beautiful Lake Lucerne
  • Cable car trip and day of activities at summit of Mt. Titlis
  • A day of alphorn traditions, cheese making and beer
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as detailed
  • 26 meals (12 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 8 dinners), service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Munich

Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich. A transfer is included from Munich International Airport to the city-center Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich. Please join us for a welcome reception followed by dinner this evening.

MEALS : D

LODGING : Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich

PORTOFCALL : Munich, Germany

Day 2 Discover Munich & a poignant visit to Dachau

An introductory tour of Munich includes visits to the opulent 17th-century Nymphenburg Palace - a favorite summer residence of the Bavarian kings, the birthplace of the 19th-century Bavarian King Ludwig II, and today the home of Franz, Duke of Bavaria (head of the House of Wittelsbach, the former royal family of Bavaria) - as well as the Carriage Museum. You'll also have time to explore the heart of this cozy city on your own; at the pedestrian crossroads of Marienplatz (Mary's Square), you may catch the glockenspiel show and find many of Munich's must-see sights within walking distance. In the afternoon, join us if you wish for a poignant guided visit to the memorial complex at Dachau, site of the first and longest-operating Nazi concentration camp between 1933 and 1945. Return to your hotel in Munich for an evening to spend as you please.

MEALS : B

LODGING : Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich

PORTOFCALL : Munich, Germany

Day 3 Oberammergau to Seefeld in the Austrian Alps

Departing Munich this morning, make your way through Bavaria for a visit to the quaint village of Oberammergau - famed for its once-a-decade performances of the Passion Play (the next occurs in 2020), as well as for its tradition of skilled woodcarving and the charming lüftimalerei (frescoes) that decorate many homes, depicting scenes from Bavarian folktales. After lunch in Oberammergau, continue on into Austria to the Alpine winter ski resort village of Seefeld in the Austrian state of Tyrol, site of several Winter Olympic Games, for an overnight stay.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Astoria Relax & Spa Hotel

PORTOFCALL : Seefeld, Austria

Day 4 Imperial treasures in Innsbruck, Tratzberg & Salzburg

Green domes and red roofs welcome you to the Alpine city of Innsbruck along the Inn River - twice the host city for the Winter Olympics; it's also home to one of the most beautiful medieval city centers in Austria (Gothic Old Town), and impressive imperial architecture that dates back to its days as the capital of late 15th-century Habsburg Emperor Maximilian I. After a walking tour with a local guide, enjoy some free time on your own. Travel by rail to Schloss Tratzberg, on the slopes of the Karwendel Alps, where an entertaining private tour introduces the castle's five centuries of history, and medieval merriment reigns during a private wine reception featuring wines produced from the castle's own vineyards. Your final destination today is Salzburg, where you'll begin a three-night stay in the heart of the city.

MEALS : B, D

LODGING : Hotel Sacher Salzburg

PORTOFCALL : Innsbruck, Austria

Day 5 Salzburg sightseeing, the Eagle's Nest & Berchtesgaden's Salt Mines

A guided walking tour this morning introduces Salzburg, a city of intensive cultural traditions that took off with the career of its most famous resident, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. You'll see his birthplace and other local attractions, followed by lunch on your own and free time to explore the sights as you wish. This afternoon, depart for the Kehlsteinhaus (Eagle's Nest), a 6,000-ft. mountaintop tea house built in the 1930s. A special mountain coach takes us high up the Kehlstein road; blasted out of solid rock in just 13 months, it is considered a feat of engineering. This evening brings fascinating travel into mountain depths on a memorable visit to the Berchtesgaden Salt Mines. You'll don protective overalls (and perhaps a sweater) for an optional slide* down into this centuries-old miners' world, including an illuminated lake and an interactive chamber where you'll learn about the long history of salt mining in the Alps. A private dinner with entertainment follows in the salt mine, today converted into a gasthaus - for Tauck guests only!

MEALS : B, D

LODGING : Hotel Sacher Salzburg

PORTOFCALL : Salzburg, Austria

Day 6 Salzburg at leisure, then a trip to the beautiful Salzkammergut

Enjoy a morning at leisure in Salzburg, a city divided into two halves by the Salzach River. This afternoon, travel to St. Gilgen in the Salzkammergut, a region of peaceful lakes and craggy peaks that you might well recognize from film locations used in Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music, for a visit to a local farm. Back in Salzburg, your evening is free.

MEALS : B

LODGING : Hotel Sacher Salzburg

PORTOFCALL : Salzburg, Austria

Day 7 Through Grossglockner Pass to the Dolomites & a schnapps tasting

Leaving Salzburg, and weather and visibility permitting, find yourself on one of the most scenic roads in the world today as you travel through famed Grossglockner Pass. This is what you've come to the Alps to experience - a seemingly endless panorama of towering alpine peaks and mighty glaciers. Opened in 1935, Austria's Grossglockner-Hochalpenstrasse (High Alpine Road) paved the way to one of the most impressive and incomparable natural experiences on Earth. The road takes you up into the most spectacular Alpine scenery you could possibly imagine; from the highest point, you'll be able to see more than 30 mountains higher than 8,000 feet! Enjoy a lunch of East Tyrolean fare - along with a memorable schnapps tasting - at a 400-year-old family farm in Kuenz. Continue on to Cortina d'Ampezzo, a Dolomites resort town in northern Italy, famed in winter for skiing and in summer for mountain climbing, for a two-night stay; the town is both chic - and considered chic to be seen in.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf

PORTOFCALL : Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

Day 8 A day in the Dolomites

From Cortina d'Ampezzo, head out with experienced mountain guides to spend a full day in the Dolomites, their sheer rock walls standing like silent stone sentinels against the sky. You'll have an opportunity this morning for in-depth exploration of this starkly beautiful region, which a century ago was the scene of harsh, bitter fighting between Italian and Austrian troops during World War I; the front line passed through the area you'll visit today. Your choices include a hike with a mountain guide around the Refuggio; a rock climbing session with an experienced climber; or time spent relaxing and taking in the spectacular views at the Refuggio. Lunch includess a Q&A session with a noted Italian mountain climber; return to your hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo for an afternoon and evening spent as you wish.

MEALS : B, L

LODGING : Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf

PORTOFCALL : Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

Day 9 Via the South Tyrol to the Swiss Alps

Drive through the Dolomites this morning and into the South Tyrol (also known as the Alto Adige) in the Italian Alps, to its capital, Bolzano - a small, well-preserved city of mountain landscapes, medieval architecture and a fusion of Italian and Austrian cultural influences. After time to check out the town and have lunch on your own, our Swiss Alps tour travels this afternoon across the Italo-Swiss border and by train through the Flüela Pass (conditions permitting) and on to Davos, Switzerland for a two-night stay. Tonight, join us for a quintessential Swiss dinner with fondue and wine at your hotel.

MEALS : B, D

LODGING : Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère Davos

PORTOFCALL : Bolzano, Italy

Day 10 Alpine cheese, Monstein brews & more on your Swiss Alps tour

Like the Swiss farmers who bring their cows from the valleys up to Alpine pastures each summer, you'll find yourself in the mountains surrounding Davos this morning on the Clavadeler Alp for a cheese-making demonstration. From the locals, learn why Swiss cheeses, like gruyère, raclette and emmanthaler, are enriched when cows graze on summer's high grasslands, hear the resonating tones of an alphorn, once used by lone herdsmen to gather and calm their charges. In the village of Monstein, visit the highest brewery in Europe where beers are crafted with water sourced from mountain streams; enjoy a demonstration and tasting at the brewery, and a guided visit to the village. Return to your hotel in Davos to spend the rest of the day and evening as you please.

MEALS : B, L

LODGING : Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère Davos

PORTOFCALL : Davos, Switzerland

Day 11 Einsiedeln, ski jumping & William Tell

Travel from Davos to the Alpine town of Einsiedeln, known both for its Benedictine abbey dating to the 10th century (featuring some of the finest 18th century Baroque buildings in Switzerland) and its state-of-the-art ski jumping complex, Schanzen Einsiedeln, whose first facilities were built in 2001. You'll learn the history of ski jumping and much more on a tour of the Einsideln jump complex - now Switzerland's national ski jumping venue, comprising four ultra-modern hills - which includes a chairlift ride and breathtaking views of Einsiedeln and environs. Later, meet "William Tell" himself, who recounts a story or two. Continue on to Lucerne for a two-night stay; upon arrival this afternoon, have lunch at a local restaurant, then join us for a guided walking tour of this beautiful Swiss city on Lake Lucerne. Have dinner at your leisure this evening at your hotel in the historic Bürgenstock Resort complex high above the lake.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne

PORTOFCALL : Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 12 Up to Mt. Titlis, Lucerne & a dinner cruise on the lake

Join us this morning for a drive from Lucerne to the vicinity of Mt. Titlis in the Uri Alps, site of the world's first rotating cable car in the 1960s. Today, your Mt. Titlis experience includes passage on the cable car system from Engelberg to Mt. Titlis, the Ice Flyer chairlift, and activities on the summit - including Glacier Park, the illuminated Glacier Cave, and the incredible Titlis Cliff Walk, Europe's highest suspension bridge, which opened in 2012. After lunch at Mt. Titlis, return to Lucerne for an afternoon spent exploring on your own. While a thoroughly modern, culturally rich city, lakeside Lucerne retains much of its old-world charm and a strong sense of its history, with its medieval covered wooden bridges and the many Renaissance and Baroque fountains that dot its landscape - along with many wonderful galleries, shops and cafés. This evening, join us for a farewell reception at your Bürgenstock Resort hotel, followed by a farewell dinner cruise on shimmering Lake Lucerne.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne

PORTOFCALL : Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 13 Journey home

Tour ends: Lucerne. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne to Zurich Airport (approximately 41 miles). Allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in.

MEALS : B

PORTOFCALL : Lucerne, Switzerland

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The tour director was well-organized and managed the local guides really well. My only disappointment was that only 1.5 hours was allocated for the Great Wall of China, even though I could have spent all day hiking it. The dinners provided thorough samples of Chinese cuisine but were sometimes very long and tiring, exceeding 2 hours.

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The Hutong ride in Beijing and the balmy sunny weather during the transfer to my international flight home made me contemplate the charms of possibly living in Asia.
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Totally enjoyed our tour. Had an amazing guide and co-guide which makes all the difference in a good experience. Definitely will be back.

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What a fantastic trip! Tauck definitely knows how to treat a traveler. From the tour director to the food, hotels, chartered flights, boat harbor cruises, jet boat and helicopter rides, private parties and movie viewings---I could go on and on. Both countries are beautiful, but New Zealand is breath taking!

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This is a tough question. We did so many memorable things, but my number 1 was the balloon ride followed closely by the jet boat and helicopter rides. I met so many wonderful people and hope to meet up with a few of them in the future! Our tour director made this entire trip one of a kind!
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This was an excellent tour which my wife and I truly enjoyed. This is a great country to visit on a Tauck tour because we were able to see so much but on a comfortable, safe journey due to the excellent organization, experienced and knowledgable guides and director, and choice of the best hotels. Good balance of tour and free time.

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Varanasi with the evening boat ride and the early morning walk through the streets for another viewing of the River Ganges by boat. The Amber fort and the Taj Mahal were spectacular to see along with everything else on the tour. The Tuck tuck rides and walks through the streets and food markets were excellent as well.
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This trip offered a fabulous learning experience. This is a complex country with a complex culture emanating from a complex and diverse history - from the Mughals to the English to their ultimate independence. If you are a tourist, their focus is to to make you feel like you are the most important person anywhere. They did that. India is a must see

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Absolutely LOVED this trip!! Tauck really outdid themselves on the hotels!! The most amazing accommodations possible. The tour guide did an wonderful job and took great care of all of us. India is like nowhere else and the Taj Mahal was INCREDIBLE!! Even with all the poverty, everyone was very friendly and wanted pictures taken with us!

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The palatial hotel accommodations and of course seeing the BEAUTIFUL Taj Mahal was worth the trip!
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