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A Traverse of The Great Alps

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Fares
  • Accommodation

A journey overview

  • Munich
  • Innsbruck
  • St Moritz
  • Zermatt
  • Chamonix
  • Montreux
  • Interlaken
  • Lucerne
  • Zürich

21 Days Explorations
  • Departing:
  • 16 Jun 2019
  • 17 Jul 2019

Watch dramatic views unfold as you conquer the rugged Alps in a style unimaginable to early mountaineers.

A Traverse Of The Great Alps 2019 Map

Itinerary

Are you for an exploration of the great mountains of Europe? From our base for three nights, the Bayerischer Hof Hotel, we set out to explore the city with a local. An afternoon is set aside for the delights of Nymphenburg Palace, the summer residence of the Prince-Electors of Bavaria, and we experience dinner at a traditional German brewery.

By rail, we cross the border into Austria and spend the day discovering Salzburg’s charming streets and squares. Pay homage to its most famous resident, Mozart, and gaze upon the Golden Chamber within Hohensalzburg Castle. Back in Munich, we’ve selected a rustic restaurant for a taste of the local fare.

Two fairytale castles beckon our exploration en route to Innsbruck. Oberammergau first, then Neuschwanstein, one of the world’s most famous. We enjoy lunch in the grounds before arriving at Grand Hotel Europa, our residence for three nights. Your World experiences reveal the surrounding scenery and mountain villages either by boat or train.

A day in Italy is spent immersed in the landscapes of the Southern Alps. We take a cable car through the Dolomites to Soprabolzano, from where we board the Ritten Railway, chugging past storybook villages scattered across the Ritten Plateau. In Bolzano, Northern European and Mediterranean influences are apparent as we tour the city.

In St Moritz we make a home for ourselves at the Kulm Hotel, which has played host to well-heeled vacationers for 160 years, and spend time wandering the town’s streets, past wooden chalets and its lake. Pass the Bernina Glacier and crystalline lakes travelling over the Swiss Alps and into Italy via the Bernina Express. Lunch is in the quiet town of Tirano, with mountain views unfolding out around us.

The glass-roofed carriage of the Glacier Express whisks us from St Moritz to Zermatt. See forests of deep green and panoramic views of the Alps on one of the world’s greatest train journeys. Zermatt’s Chalet Hotel Schönegg welcomes us with views of the mighty Matterhorn from our room.

The Matterhorn, one of the highest peaks in the Alps, greets us with its imposing, unforgettable presence this morning. We set out to explore Zermatt on foot then make a day trip to Gornergrat. Its high altitude affords us vast views of the Monte Rosa massif, the Gorner Glacier, the Matterhorn and more.

The scenery of the French Alps dominates our next few days. In the town of Chamonix, we check-in at Hôtel Hameau Albert 1er and enjoy dinner in its two Michelin-starred restaurant. We set about to discover Mont Blanc aboard the Montenvers funicular. As we creep along the Mer de Glace on the northern slopes of the mountain, take in the peaks of Les Drus and Les Grandes Jorasses.

Back on Swiss soil, our eyes are drawn to the waters of Lake Geneva during a walking tour followed by lunch by the lake. In Lausanne, a grand Belle Époque paddle steamer leads us on a slow moving journey to Montreux where we check in to the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace Hotel. We reach Gruyères aboard the Chocolate Train and observe a cheese-making demonstration before heading to the Maison Cailler factory, Switzerland’s very first chocolate brand.

We board the GoldenPass Express from Montreux to Interlaken, winding past grassy meadows, mountains carpeted in pine trees and the snow-capped peak of Jungfrau. Disembark in Jungfrau and fall into the embrace of the Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa. Another exemplary Alpine train journey takes us to the peak of Jungfrau, the highest railway station in Europe.

Cruising the waters of Lake Brienz, pretty fishing villages, old castles and the ever-present mountains flood our view. A historic steam train then takes us to the very top of Mt Rothorn before returning to Interlaken where dinner is served at an Alpine farm run by a local family.

Aboard the GoldenPass Express once more, our train hugs the shores of Lake Brienz, Lake Sarnen and Wichelsee on the way to Lucerne. On foot we discover the hidden nooks of the city, then retire to our lake-view room at Palace Hotel Luzern.

At the summit of the Rigi massif, extraordinary panoramas of Lake Zug, Lake Lucerne and the rustic, green country extend before our eyes. With our feet on the ground level, we board a paddle steamer and relax as we drift back to Lucerne.

Our final stop is Zürich. A tour on foot illuminates the sights of Switzerland’s largest city before a Farewell Dinner is served at the Michelin-starred restaurant of our residence for the evening, Baur au Lac.

Farewell Switzerland and its alpine treasures today.

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