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DAY 1 : UK - Munich area.

Fly to Munich where you will be met by our representative and transfer to your hotel in the Munich area for one night.

DAY 2 : Munich area - Linderhof Castle - Innsbruck area.

This morning visit the city of Munich before journeying deep into a forested valley of the Ammergau Alps for a visit to Linderhof Castle - one of the fairy tale-like former residences of the Habsburg family. Built by Ludwig II, Linderhof was inspired by Paris' Palace of Versailles and houses an extraordinarily opulent interior of gilded furnishings, rich fabrics and awesome chandeliers as well as acres of Italianate terraced gardens. Later, cross the border into Austria and pass idyllic meadows and steep mountain ridges on your way to Innsbruck, one of Austria's prettiest cities and capital of the Tyrol. Here, delve into the beautiful old quarter to view the Golden Roof - a 15th century gold-tiled balcony once used as a royal box for viewing tournaments in the main square below. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 : Innsbruck area - Kitzbühel - Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Admire glorious alpine landscapes on your way to the classic Tyrolean town of Kitzbühel. All pretty chalets and cobbled lanes, this picturebook place dates back to the 9th century. Next, journey along the epic Grossglockner high Alpine road, Austria's highest mountain pass and arguably Europe's most spectacular. Snake amongst lush dairy pastures, pretty villages and dramatic peaks for thrilling views over Grossglockner Mountain and watch the scenery change into the jagged peaks of the Italian Dolomites as you continue to the ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo. Includes Breakfast

DAY 4 : Cortina - Lake Carezza - Bolzano.

This morning, drive to the Veneto and Trentino area of the Dolomites, stopping at the mountain-ringed crystal clear Lake Carezza before heading to Bolzano. Surrounded by Alpine hills, this charming Italian town boasts arcaded squares and medieval churches. Its must-see attraction though, is the Ötzi Museum, home to the 'Ice Man' - the mummified body of a mountain hunter who lived around 3,500 BC. Includes Breakfast

DAY 5 : Bolzano - Glorenza - St Moritz.

First stop today is in Glorenza, South Tyrol's smallest walled town. After admiring its fortifications, follow the Tubre pass into Switzerland's Engadine Valley, one of the world's most stunning mountain regions. Marvel at its shimmering lakes, pristine forests and quaint, Grison-style villages en-route to St Moritz. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 : St Moritz.

Today your time is free to experience the glamour and gorgeous setting of this stylish Swiss resort. Overlooking St Moritz Lake and a sweep of towering mountains, this chic mountain retreat has plenty to attract visitors, from a delightful promenade to plush boutiques and top-notch restaurants. Includes Breakfast

DAY 7 : St Moritz - Bernina Express - Tirano - Lake Como.

This morning brings a treat as you ride the Bernina Express railway train from St Moritz to Tirano. Revel in the views over snow-tipped peaks, Alpine meadows and rushing streams as you climb the breathtaking Bernina Pass to up to 7,000 feet before crossing into Italy. Later, drive through the town of Chiavenna to Lake Como. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 : Lake Como - Turin.

Travel through the Po Valley today to Turin, the capital of Piedmont, for a guided tour that showcases the town's wonderful Baroque architecture, porticoed streets and glorious 15th century cathedral - home to the hallowed Shroud of Turin. Includes Breakfast

DAY 9 : Turin - Aosta - Martigny - Sion - Täsch.

Sit back and relax as you journey through Italy's pleasant Aosta Valley and enter Switzerland via ancient Martigny and Sion, heading for the quaint village of Täsch. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 : Täsch - Zermatt - Täsch

Take a short train ride to car-free Zermatt set at the foot of the mighty Matterhorn. The day is yours to discover everything Zermatt has to offer, perhaps admiring its wondrous Alpine surroundings or exploring the lovely, pedestrianised town centre. Don't miss our optional excursion on Europe's highest rack railway, trundling up the 10,272-foot Gornergrat for epic views over the Matterhorn. Includes Breakfast

DAY 11 : Zermatt area - Glacier Express - Lucerne area.

Prepare for more scenic wonders as you ride the legendary Glacier Express train, Switzerland's most celebrated mountain railway. Feast your eyes as you glide over bridges, through tunnels and past flower-filled fields, gurgling streams and postcard-perfect villages before descending to Andermatt in the St Gotthard massif. Rejoin your coach and drive to the gentler landscapes around Lake Lucerne. Includes Breakfast

DAY 12 : Lucerne Area - Interlaken - Berne - Zurich.

This morning, journey along the dramatic Brünig pass to Interlaken, marvelling at the views over the Jungfrau massif, with its three snow-capped peaks of the Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger, on the way. Next, continue through pretty farmland to the Swiss capital, Berne, for a guided tour of its main sights, including Bear Park and the fountain-fronted Federal Palace. Later, continue to Zurich. Includes Breakfast

DAY 13 : Zurich - UK.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast

What's Included

Flights
Accommodation on tour
Meals on tour - 12 breakfasts and 4 dinners
Services of a tour director
Porterage (for one suitcase per person)
Individual Audio System You will be given headphones and a receiver so you can clearly hear the tour director/local guide during your visits.
Transfers
All local and airport taxes/service charges
Single share option - see page 13


Holiday Highlights

Munich Sightseeing
Innsbruck Visit to the Golden Roof
Bernina Express Alpine rail journey
Turin Guided tour
Glacier Express Alpine rail journey
Engadin National Park
Bernina Express Train ride
Turin City sightseeing with local guide
Zermatt visit
Berne City sightseeing with local guide