The Ultimate Alps & Dolomites
2016 Prices From $5,890 for 13 Days - Tauck World Discovery

NEW FOR 2016! On our 13-day Austrian, Italian, Bavarian and Swiss Alps tour – with Liechtenstein added for good measure – journey along Yellow Roads like the Grossglockner-Hochalpenstrasse through some of the most inspiring scenery on earth; and climb to the summit of Germany's highest mountain via cogwheel train and aerial cable car for a sweeping panorama of alpine splendor. Explore the exciting cities of Munich, Vaduz, Innsbruck and Salzburg, and colorful Alpine villages and towns like Oberammergau, Bolzano and Cortina d'Ampezzo. Savor a real taste of the Alps at a Swiss cheese-making demonstration, a Tyrolean evening in a mountain hut, lunch with a tour and schnapps tasting at a 400-year-old farm, a wine reception in a castle, dinner in Berchtesgaden's salt mines, lunch in the Dolomites with a Q&A with a noted Italian mountain climber – and enjoy an exclusive private tour of Liechtenstein's Parliament. Your spirits will soar as high as the mountains as you discover the Alps with Tauck!

ITINERARY:

Day
1
Arrive in Munich for Tauck's ultimate Alps tour Meals:
D

Day
2

Munich & oberammergau in Bavaria, then a Tyrolean night in Seefield Meals:
B, D
Day
3
High adventure from Zugspitze to Linderhof in the Bavarian Alps Meals:
B,L,D
Day
4
Imperial Treasures in Innsbruck, Tratzberg & Salzburg Meals:
B,D
Day
5
Explore Salzburg, Eagle's Nest and the salt mines of Berchtesgaden Meals:
B,D
Day
6
Salzburg at leisure, then a trip to the beautiful Salzkammergut Meals:
B
Day
7
Through Grossglockner Pass to the Dolomites and a schnapps tasting Meals:
B,L,D
Day
8
A day in the Dolomites Meals:
B,L
Day
9
From Bolzano in the South Tyrol to Davos in the Swiss Alps Meals:
B,D
Day
10
Alpine cheese, Monstein brews and more on your Swiss Alps Tour Meals:
B,L
Day
11
Vaduz in the little Liechtenstein and back to Germany Meals:
B,L,D
Day
12
Neuschwanstein Castle and Kneipp water therapy in Bavaria Meals:
B,L,D
Day
13
Journey Home Meals:
B

 

Day 1:
Tauck's Bavarian, Austrian, Italian and Swiss Alps 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.

Lodging

Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Jempinski Munich:

Day 2:
Following an introductory tour of Munich, you’ll 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. Early afternoon marks time to depart for  Austria, with a stop en route in the quaint Bavarian 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. Your final destination is Seefeld, Austria, where a festive Tyrolean evening, set in a traditional mountain hut, welcomes with food, music and warmth.

Lodging
Astoria Relax & Spa Hotel

Day 3:
High atop Germany’s highest mountain, Zugspitze, is this morning’s destination, traveling first by cogwheel railroad to the Zugspitzplatt (the glacier plateau), then by aerial cable car to the summit ridge. You can expect spectacular views of the Alps while enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. The ride back down by cable car, descending some 6,500 feet in about 10 minutes to picture-perfect Eibsee Lake below, will continue to impress. From Eibsee, you’re off to Linderhof Castle in the Bavarian Alps. In 1869, King Ludwig began transforming his father’s royal hunting lodge into a mini-Versailles, complete with a Hall of Mirrors, an extravagant bedchamber for the king, fountains and gardens; see them on a private tour.

Lodging
Astoria Relax & Spa Hotel

Day 4:

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 and lunch 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 half-century 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 at an authentic Austrian country inn – in the very heart of the city.

Lodging
Hotel Goldener Hirsch

Day 5:

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. 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.

Lodging
Hotel Goldener Hirsch

Day 6:

Spend the morning as you please in Salzburg, a city divided into two halves by the Salzach River. The older half (on the left bank) consists of narrow streets, many pedestrian-only, lined with historic architecture that dates as far back as the Middle Ages, splendid squares and elegant burghers’ houses. This afternoon, travel to 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. Dinner is on your own back in Salzburg this evening.

Lodging
Hotel Goldener Hirsch

Day 7:

Departing 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.

Lodging
Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf

Day 8:

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 in-depth exploration of this starkly beautiful region, which was the scene of harsh, bitter fighting between Italian and Austrian troops during World War I; the frontline passed through the area you'll visit today. Enjoy a Q&A with a noted Italian mountain climber during lunch today; return to your hotel for an evening spent as you wish, and dinner on your own.

Lodging
Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf

Day 9:
Your next destination is the South Tyrol (also known as the Alto Adige) in the Italian Alps, as you head 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 across the border to Davos, Switzerland this afternoon – and takes a twist you may not expect when your entire coach boards a train to go through the Flüeli Pass (conditions permitting). Tonight, join us for a quintessential Swiss dinner with fondue and wine at your hotel.

Lodging
InterContinental Davos Resort & Spa

Day 10:
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 after a pretty perfect day on your Swiss Alps tour.

Lodging
InterContinental Davos Resort & Spa

Day 11:

Make your way out of the Swiss Alps and head for little Liechtenstein this morning. Although the principality is diminutive in size, its capital, Vaduz, is known today as an international center of  finance and banking. After a guided introduction to the town’s historic center, you’ll be treated to an exclusive visit to the modern Parliament building; a wine tasting at the Hofkellerei, the Prince’s private cellars; and lunch at a local restaurant. Spend some time exploring Vaduz on your own before continuing from Liechtenstein and crossing back into Germany; arrive in the Bavarian spa town of Bad Wörishofen, where an à la carte dinner awaits at your hotel this evening.

Lodging
Steigenberger Hotel Der Sonnenhof Bad Wörishofen

Day 12:
A fairy-tale-like castle visit begins with a horse-drawn carriage ride to Neuschwanstein Castle, built in the style of a German knight’s castle for King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Perched atop a hill of sheer rock, the castle is said to have inspired Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle. After lunch, you’ll return to your hotel for a presentation on the history and concepts behind the Kneipp approach to wellness. Tour the spa facilities and herb garden and then enjoy your very own relaxing, individual water treatment. Join us this evening for a Bavarian farewell reception and dinner... a perfect ending to your German, Austrian, Italian and Swiss Alps tour.

Lodging
Steigenberger Hotel Der Sonnenhof Bad Wörishofen

Day 13:
Tauck's  Austrian, Bavarian, Italian and Swiss Alps tour ends: Munich. A transfer is included from Steigenberger Hotel der Sonnehof, Bad Wörishofen to Munich International Airport (approximately 71 miles). Allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in.

 

Note: For activities marked with an asterisk (*), participation is at your own risk and a signed liability waiver will be required.

 

Double Occupancy Pricing:

Date: Price:
May 26, 2016 $5,890
June 9, 2016 $5,890
June 16, 2016 $6,790
June 23, 2016 $6,790
June 30, 2016 $5,890
July 7, 2016 $5,890
July 28, 2016 $5,890
August 4, 2016 $6,790
August 18, 2016 $6,790
August 25, 2016 $5,890
September 1, 2016 $5,890
September 8, 2016 $5,890
September 15, 2016 $6,790
September 22, 2016 $6,790
September 29, 2016 $5,890

Tauck Value Includes

  • TAUCK’S YELLOW ROADS! Unparalleled Alpine views when you scale the heights of Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland by cogwheel train, cable car and mountain coach
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE! A private tour of the modern Liechtenstein Parliament building
  • Wine reception in Tratzberg Castle 
  • Wine tasting in the Prince of Liechtenstein’s private cellars
  • Dinner and entertainment in the historic Salt Mines of Berchtesgaden
  • Lunch with a tour and schnapps tasting at the Schnappsbrennnerei Kuenz in Lienz
  • A Tyrolean evening in a mountain hut
  • Q&A with a noted Italian mountain climber during lunch in the Dolomites
  • A day of alphorn traditions, cheese making and beer
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as detailed
  • 27 meals (12 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 9 dinners), service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage

Air Travel & Services

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