Alpine Discovery

  • days: 23
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Countries Visited:

  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Slovenia
  • Italy
  • Switzerland

Description

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5 countries
16 cities

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7 UNESCO World 
Heritage-listed sites

Explore the stunning European Alps on an adventure across Germany, Austria and Switzerland, taking in the leafy forests of Lake Bled and the beautiful Italian Dolomites. Experience the charm of Munich, the grandeur of Vienna, ride the famous Glacier Express through Switzerland and take in the views from the ‘Top of Europe’ at the Jungfraujoch.

Fairy Tale Scenery

Our tour starts in Munich, home to the famous Oktoberfest where we enjoy a walking tour of it's iconic buildings and famous food markets. We then head to the stunning Neuschwanstein Castle with its stunning forest backdrop that was the inspiration for Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom.

Sounds of Music

As we travel into Austria we stop at the infamous Eagle’s Nest, an architectural masterpiece before seeing the sights made famous by "The Sound of Music". In Vienna, stroll through the opulent Schönbrunn palace and its immaculate grounds then savour the tempting smells as we explore the famous Naschmarket.

Alpine delight

Next we journey to picturesque Lake Bled, before touring the beautiful mountain landscapes of The Dolomites in Italy. As we cross the Swiss border, it's on to stunning St Moritz and then Zermatt as we board the famous Glacier Express and then a cable car high up into the Alps. We finish this stunning Alpine tour travelling via the lake city of Lucerne to vibrant Zurich with time to explore this cosmopolitan city at leisure.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Munich

Welcome to Munich, capital of Bavaria! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director this evening for a welcome drink.

Day 3. Munich

On our morning walking tour we admire some of Munich’s iconic attractions, including the Frauenkirche church and Marienplatz, the busy town square. We explore Munich’s famous Viktualienmarkt, an original farmers market which has developed into a gourmet and culinary paradise. The afternoon is free to relax or explore at your own pace before a typical Bavarian welcome dinner this evening. [B,D]

Day 4. Munich

A stunning day trip into the hills of Bavaria lies ahead. The imposing Neuschwanstein Castle, Walt Disney’s inspiration for the Magic Kingdom, perches high above the quaint village of Hohenschwangau. Today we’ll visit the castle, along with the beautiful Schloss Linderhof and the charming town of Oberammergau, famous for the ‘Passion Play’ that takes place there once every 10 years. [B]

Day 5. Munich - Salzburg

Enjoy the beautiful alpine scenery as we make our way into Austria. Before arriving in Salzburg, we visit the infamous Eagle’s Nest. A unique engineering feat, the structure was built as a teahouse for Adolf Hitler atop Kehlstein Mountain at an elevation of 1,843m. This afternoon we’ll see the sights made famous by ‘The Sound of Music’. [B]

Day 6. Salzburg

This morning we visit the Hallein Salt Mine on the Dürrnberg plateau. In operation for more than 2,500 years, the salt from the mine provided for and brought wealth to the locals, helping fund the beautiful city of Salzburg and ensuring it would become a powerful trading community. The afternoon is at leisure. [B]

Day 7. Salzburg - Vienna

Today we travel to Vienna, Europe’s bastion of imperial grandeur and culture. Along the way we’ll visit Melk to explore its remarkable abbey and take some time to stroll through the pretty streets of Dürnstein. [B]

Day 8. Vienna

Our sightseeing in Vienna today includes Belvedere Palace, Hofburg Palace and St Stephen’s Cathedral. 

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Special Experience: We visit the famous Naschmarkt. Be tempted by the smells and maybe try the local specialties - Palatschinken or Kaiserschmarrn!

We then visit the impressive baroque Imperial Palace complex of Schönbrunn where we stroll through the 18th century gardens and wonder at the sheer opulence of the rooms of the Residential Palace. [B]

Day 9. Vienna

Spend the day at leisure to enjoy this glorious city at your own pace. [B]

Day 10. Vienna - Lake Bled

Today we cross the border and make our way to the picturesque town of Bled, in the heart of the Slovenian Alps. We’ll stop in the Slovenian wine region of Maribor for a tasting and snack at one of the local wineries. [B]

Day 11. Lake Bled    

The region around Bled is one of the most beautiful in Europe, set amongst stunning mountain peaks and brimming with forests and greenery, waterfalls and streams. Here we enjoy a sightseeing tour including Bled Castle, before visiting the lake valley of Bohinj. [B]

Optional Walking Discovery: Opt to take a walk with your guide through Vintgar Gorge, a stunning turquoise oasis of rapids, waterfalls and crystal clear pools. Learn more

Day 12. Lake Bled - Dolomites

The Dolomites, in the northern Italian Alps, offer some of the most interesting mountain landscapes in the world. [B]

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Special Experience: We’ll make our way up the mountains to the open-air Museum of the 5 Torri, which bears the scars of WWI battles fought between the Italians and Austro-Hungarians.

Please note: Due to fluctuating weather conditions, our sightseeing today is subject to change.

Day 13. Dolomites

Optional Walking Discovery: Discover stunning Lake Misurina on a walking tour and enjoy the healing properties of the mountain air. Learn more

Or - simply spend the day at leisure. [B]

Day 14. Dolomites - St Moritz

Today we cross the Swiss border and make our way to the beautiful town of St Moritz, nestled amongst forests and steep mountains with a sparkling lake as its centrepiece. [B]

Day 15. St Moritz

Not to be outdone by Pisa, we visit St Moritz’s own leaning tower. We’ll also visit the Heidi Hut, used during the filming of the children’s story, and ride the funicular railway to Corviglia summit to take in the spectacular views. [B]

Day 16. St Moritz - Zermatt

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Special Experience: We board the famous Glacier Express to Andermatt. 

We cross the Landwasser Viaduct and enjoy the magical scenery before meeting our bus again in Andermatt. We drive deeper into the Alps to Tasch, where we board another train to reach Zermatt. [B]

Day 17. Zermatt

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Special Experience: Ride a cable car up the slopes of the imposing Matterhorn to Glacier Paradise, the highest cable car station in Europe, for breathtaking views over the Italian, French and Swiss Alps. [B]

Day 18. Zermatt - Interlaken

We travel to Martigny and visit some of the mountain’s most famous inhabitants - the St Bernard dogs. We venture off the beaten track to Maison de L’Etivaz, where we stop to try some classic alpine cheese. [B]

Day 19. Interlaken

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Special Experience: At 3,466 metres high and nestled between the famous mountains on Mönch and Jungfrau, it’s no surprise the Jungfraujoch is often described as the ‘Top of Europe’. Offering incredible 360-degree views, and Lindt’s Swiss Chocolate Heaven, it truly is an alpine wonderland. Today we’ll ride the cogwheel train to the Europe's highest train station at the top of the mountain. [B]

Day 20. Interlaken

Sit back and relax on a scenic cruise on Lake Brienzersee this morning. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the region’s beautiful scenery. [B]

Day 21. Interlaken - Zurich

Today we make our way to Switzerland's largest city, Zurich, via the picturesque town of Lucerne. You’ll have some free time to wander - perhaps see the famous Chapel Bridge or admire the gracious swans along the riverfront. Arriving in Zurich, we’ll take a short orientation tour. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure before tonight’s farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 22. Depart Zurich

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 23. Arrive Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Europe. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $240pp pre-paid 

Accommodation & Meals

  • 20 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 20 breakfasts and group welcome and farewell dinners 

Tour Guides 

  • English-speaking locally based tour directors 
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available 

Sightseeing

A Bavarian welcome

  • Admire some of Munich’s most iconic buildings including the Frauenkirche and Marienplatz on a walking tour. Visit the Viktualienmarkt, Munich’s famous food market, and experience the Munich lifestyle at the English Garden.
  • Enjoy a traditional bavarian-style welcome dinner.
  • Visit Neuschwanstein Castle, the archetypal fairytale castle commissioned by King Ludwig II that was Walt Disney’s inspiration for Disney's Magic Kingdom.
  • Tour beautiful Schloss Linderhof, which was also commissioned by King Ludwig II. 
  • Stop in the quaint German town of Oberammergau, where in the early 17th century the villagers began performing a 'Passion Play' each decade to keep a vow they made after begging to be spared from the ravages of the bubonic plague.
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery driving through the Alps and visit the infamous Eagle’s Nest, Hitler's mountain retreat.

The hills are alive...

  • In Salzburg discover the sights made famous by The Sound of Music - visit the Mirabell Gardens and Pegasus Fountain, the Benedictine Nonnberg Abbey, St. Gilgen and the Wolfgangsee, the rococo Leopoldskron Palace, view Hellbrunn Palace, and St Michael’s Church in Mondsee.
  • Tour the oldest mine in the world, the Hallein Salt Mines.
  • Travel through the Danube Valley and see the baroque Benedictine monastery, Melk Abbey.
  • Drive along Vienna's famed Ringstrasse and see the Vienna State Opera, the Academy of Fine Arts, and the Rathaus. 
  • Visit opulent Schönbrunn Palace and enjoy a walk through the perfectly manicured gardens.
  • Be tempted by the local specialties at the famous Naschmarkt.
  • Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore more of Vienna at your own pace.

Slovenia, the land of pristine landscape and friendly faces 

  • Taste the local wines in the Slovenian wine region of Maribor.
  • Be mesmerised by the mountain resort of Bled. With its emerald green lake, iconic fairy-tale church steeple perched atop the tiny rock at the middle of the lake and its medieval castle clinging to a cliff top, this is truly a magical place to behold. 
  • Indulge in a tasting of the locally produced cheeses at the Alpine Dairy Farming Museum. 
  • Enjoy a guided walk through Vintgar Gorge, a stunning turquoise oasis of rapids, waterfalls and crystal clear pools.

Italian Alps

  • Visit the gateway to the heart of the Belluno Dolotmites and hub of art, culture and nature, Pieve di Cadore.
  • Take a chairlift to enjoy a beautiful view of the Dolomites and explore the 5 Torri Open-Air War Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.
  • Discover stunning Lake Misurina on a walking tour and enjoy the healing properties of the mountain air.

Scenery & Summits

  • See St Moritz's very own leaning tower, dating back to the 12th century.
  • Ride the funicular railway to Corviglia summit, on the eastern slopes of Piz Nair, for spectacular views over St Moritz and the surrounding region.
  • Take a  trip aboard the famous Glacier Express, winding its way around mountains, across deep gorges, through beautiful valleys, tunnels and over hundreds of bridges.
  • Ride up the slopes to the highest cable car station in Europe, the Matterhorn glacier paradise.
  • Learn about the Alps’ most famous inhabitants – the beautiful St Bernard dogs of Martigny.
  • Stop to taste some delicious Swiss cheese at Maison de L’Etivaz.
  • Admire the beautiful traditional timber houses of Rougemont.
  • Board the train and travel through spectacular countryside, winding through the stunning valleys to Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest train station at 3,454 metres.
  • Visit Lindt's Swiss Chocolate Heaven at the top of the Jungfraujoch.
  • Sit back and relax on a scenic cruise of Lake Brienzersee.
  • Wander through the picturesque town of Lucerne.
  • Enjoy an orientation tour of Zurich, Switzerland's largest city.

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Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Optional Excursions

Austria

Mozart & Strauß Concert - 2hrs – from Euro €50pp
Described as one of the most experienced Mozart's interpreters of our time, the Vienna Mozart Orchestra is formed by 30 musicians from the best orchestras of Vienna, accompanied by opera vocalists and soloists on piano, violin and flute. The choice of works gives an impression of an authentic concert of the baroque era. In the style of "musical academies", as concerts were known in Mozart's time, the audience enjoys single movements from symphonies and solo concertos as well as opera overtures, arias and duets from especially popular and well-known works. New Year’s Eve concert's final pieces - The Blue Danube Walt and the Radetzky March by Johann Strauss are part of every concert program. The artists perform at the biggest and most famous concert halls of Vienna: The Golden Hall in the "Musikverein" from where every New Year’s Day Johann Strauss concert is broadcasted around the world, Brahms Hall in "Musikverein" and in Vienna State Opera.

Viennese Dinner – 2hrs - from Euro €45pp
As the capital city of a vast empire, Vienna adopted a range of culinary delights from the imperial regions and mixed them with local flavours to produce what we know as traditional Viennese cooking and baking. A true "bon vivant" will know that Viennese Cuisine is the only cuisine in the world to be named after city. Enjoy 3-course dinner with glass of the local Austrian wine in one of famous traditional taverns, where Viennese wine and food is served in a friendly local atmosphere.

Please Note: All tours are based on minimum numbers (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability. The length of tours and price are a guide only and are subject to change without notice. Optional tours should be booked directly with your Tour Director, cash only.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Maritim Hotel, Munich

The Maritim Hotel München is located in a tranquil inner courtyard in the immediate vicinity of the main railway station, the Stachus and the Theresienwiese. The attractive shopping areas and boulevards of the inner city can be explored comfortably on foot starting from here. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; fridge/minibar; free wifi; gym; rooftop indoor pool

Austria Trend Hotel Europa, Salzburg

Enjoy the dreamy views from the tallest building in Salzburg at the Hotel Europa. Rooms are carefully appointed with fittings and furniture to create the highest levels of comfort. Located just 100m from the central station and a few kilometres from the city's centre, this hotel is the ideal base for exploring the town and surrounds. The property boasts a panorama restaurant on its 15th floor that offers wonderful views of Salzburg, as well as a bar/lounge.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box

Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen, Vienna

Located within reach of all major attractions of Vienna and for those who are interested in the arts, the Hotel Savoyen is the ideal base for visits to the Viennese museums. A short walk takes you to some of Vienna's finest sights including the Belvedere Palace and Botanical Gardens. The hotel boasts a heritage protected facade but inside the facilities are modern. Two restaurants and a bar serve regional delicacies and offer stunning views over Vienna's rooftops.  

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; safe deposit box; fridge/minibar; flat screen television

Best Western Premier Lovec, Bled

The boutique Best Western Premier Hotel Lovec is situated in the very heart of Bled. The hotel architecture is inspired by the local milieu and enables guests to fully enjoy the hotel’s surrounding area, offering wonderful views across the lake and the nearby mountains. The rooms of the Best Western Premier Hotel Lovec are well-appointed and provide comfortable accommodation. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; kettle

Hotel Villa Argentina, Pocol

Situated in the heart of the Dolomites in the resort village of Pocol in Cortina d'Ampezzo, the Hotel Villa Argentina boasts a stunning location surrounded by meadows and conifer forests. The property features a fames room, restaurant, bar and relaxation area with hydro massage and sauna/Turkish bath. Rooms are cosy and comfortable and overlook the surrounding mountains.

Facilities: free wifi; safe deposit box

Hotel San Gian, St Moritz

The Hotel San Gian is centrally located in St. Moritz and only a 5 minute walk from the bus stops. The district St. Moritz Dorf can be reached by bus in just 10 minutes. It is situated only 150m from the cable car in St. Moritz. Guests are also offered free access to the Ovaverva Water & Sports Centre which is located next door to the hotel.

Facilities: underfloor heating; fridge/minibar; free wifi; safe deposit box

Hotel Antika, Zermatt

Offering stunning views of the Matterhorn, the charming Hotel Antika maintains a true alpine ambience and is ideally located just 100 metres from the town's restaurants and shops. The swiss-chalet style property features a bar/lounge, a jacuzzi and a steam room.

Facilities: free wifi; safe deposit box (at reception)

Hotel Krebs, Interlaken

Centrally located, just a short walk from the train station Interlaken West, the Hotel Krebs is conveniently located. 

Facilities: free wifi; fridge/minibar

H+ Hotel, Zurich

Situated in the district of Zurich-West and offering easy connection by public transport, H+ Hotel Zurich is directly opposite the Letzigrund Stadium. Guests can unwind in a lobby bar offering cocktails, a selection of wine and tapas.

Facilities: free wifi; a free bottle of water; flat-screen satellite TV; hairdryer.

Weather

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Currency

Currency

Euro

The official currency of Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain is the Euro (EUR; €).

  • 1 Euro = 100 cents
  • Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5
  • Coins are in denominations of €2, 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents

Swiss Franc

The official currency of Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF).

  • 1 Swiss Franc = 100 Rappen / centime / centesimo, rap
  • Notes are in denominations of CHF1000, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10
  • Coins are in denominations of CHF5, 2, 1, and 50Rp, 20Rp, 10Rp

Reviews for Alpine Discovery

This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 2 reviews.

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Alpine Discovery Wow! All the sights and scenes, and much more!!! 5
Wow! This tour ultimately provided everything I wanted and, in fact, needed not only discovery but escape from myself - such variety of sights, visits, history and nature, of collegia ("joined together") travellers and meeting friends along the way, and outstandingly of our tour director, Ales, and coach driver, Danny, with the weather complimenting us too! Dino Mancini - August 2018
Alpine Discovery Loved everything - small group, scenery, history, great guide & driver 5
So many memories & highlights - Eagles Nest, Dolomites, Matterhorn to name just a few - the diverse scenery, culture and history on this tour was amazing. Our wonderful tour guide Aleš and also Primoz - our driver, whose skill delivered us safely through some amazing mountain passes!! Lynne Mullens - June 2017

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Special Experiences!

  • Visit the famous Naschmarkt and try the local specialties!
  • Journey up the mountains to the open-air Museum of the 5 Torri which bears the scars of WWI battles fought between the Italians and Austro-Hungarians.
  • Board the famous Glacier Express to Andermatt.
  • Ride a cable car up the slopes of the imposing Matterhorn to the highest station in Europe to experience breathtaking views of the Italian, French and Swiss Alps.
  • Ride the train to Jungfraujoch which at 3466 metres above sea level is Europe’s highest train station, and reward yourself with a visit to Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven!

Trip Info

Group Size

Max: 20

Transportation

Bus, boat, chairlift, funicular railway, train, cogwheel train & cable car

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $240pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Visit the fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein • Discover the sights of Salzburg • Explore the elegant palaces of Vienna • Admire the lush, natural beauty of Lake Bled • Visit the sparkling ski resorts of the Alps • Take in the views from the slopes of the Matterhorn

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This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 2 reviews.