17 Day An Alpine Adventure

Albatross Small Group Tour starting in Zurich and finishing in Milan

Read 4 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Albatross's 17 Day An Alpine Adventure. Discover the breathtaking scenery of the French and Swiss Alps from the remarkable Aiguille du Midi, to the meadows of the Bernese Oberland, see Zermatt and the mighty Matterhorn, ride...read more
Overview
Operator: Albatross
Type: Small Group Tour (Premium)
Style: Summer Trips
Max Group Size: 28
Duration: 17 Days
From: Zurich to Milan
Tour Code: AAA
Visits: Switzerland, France, Italy
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1
Zurich Welcome
Your tour commences this evening in Zurich. Join us tonight for a welcome drink before dinner. This is an ideal chance to meet, and get to know, your Tour Manager and fellow travellers. (D) Stay: Swissotel, Zurich
2
Geneva and Chamonix
We arrive in Geneva around lunch time. You will have time at leisure to explore Switzerland’s second largest city and once home of the Red Cross. Make sure you take a walk along the beautiful foreshore of Lake Léman (Lake Geneva) to see the city’s symbolic 140 metre high Jet d’Eau fountain which is set offshore in the lake. Crossing back into France we continue deep into the heart of the mighty French Alps and the Chamonix Valley in the Haute Savoie, to Chamonix, where we stay the next three nights. Set at an altitude of 1000 metres, and surrounded by a dozen world class ski resorts, Chamonix is the world capital of skiing and mountaineering. (B/D) Stay: Le Refuge des Aiglons
3
Aiguille du Midi and the 'Sea of Ice'
Today we have included not one, but two incredible mountain rides. The first, arguably one of the world’s greatest mountain rides, is by cable car up to the very tip of the Aiguille du Midi - the ‘Needle of Midday’. At an altitude of 3842 metres (12,605ft) you are seemingly within reach of Mont Blanc and the views across the French, Italian and Swiss Alps are astounding. The second ride is on the famous ‘Little Red Train’ – a funicular railway that follows a scenic route through the forests of conifers up to Montenvers station. Soaring high above you is the spike of the Drus Mountain and the massive rock wall of the Grands Jorasse. Filling the valley below you is France’s largest Glacier, the ‘Mer du Glace’ or ‘Sea of Ice’. You can even take a cable car (subject to opening) down to explore the hand carved ice caves, beautifully illuminated deep inside this glacier. The less adventurous can of course relax in Montenvers panoramic restaurant or enjoy an afternoon at leisure exploring the shops and boutiques of lovely Chamonix. Note: From the foot of the cable car you need to go down a large number of steps to access the ice caves entrance. (B)
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Chic Megeve and lakeside Annecy
First stop this morning will be in the exclusive, chic ski resort of Megeve. Running from the delightful cobblestoned central square, the main pedestrian street is lined with medieval buildings, al fresco cafés and some hideously expensive designer boutiques. The rest of the day will be in the delightful French lakeside town of Annecy. A local guide will show us around the cobblestoned streets, half-timbered and beautifully painted houses that sit beside picturesque canals which are criss-crossed with stone bridges. With a back drop of mountains and the turquoise lake, the Vieille Ville (Old Town) is incredibly pretty. (B)
5
Chateau de Chillon, Monteux and Gruyeres
Driving over the spectacular Forclaz Pass into Switzerland we reach Montreux. Our first stop will be to enjoy a guided tour through Château de Chillon. Made famous in Byron’s poem ‘The Prisoner of Chillon’, this 13th century fortress juts out imposingly into Lake Geneva. The rest of the morning is at leisure on the grand lakeside promenade and foreshore of Montreux. In the afternoon we visit the fortified village of Gruyères, which rises out of the flat valley floor, perched on top of a steep rocky hill. The broad cobblestoned main street, flanked by centuries old houses, is an astounding time capsule and one of the great sights of Europe. Later we drive deep into the heart of the Bernese Oberland to Grindelwald where we stay the next three nights. Grindelwald is known the world over for its dramatic setting surrounded by massive snow covered peaks and meadows. The views of the north face of the Eiger are exceptional! The village is full of restaurants, cafés and shops. Tonight we will enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. (B/D) Stay: The Sunstar Hotel
6
'My Time' in the Bernese Oberland
We have left this day entirely free for you to enjoy the spectacular Swiss scenery. Perhaps go for a walk in the hills or catch a train to explore nearby Interlaken. Alternatively, take the cog train which tunnels up inside the mountain to the snowbound Jungfraujoch. At 3454 metres (11,333 feet) high there is a large restaurant complex and the views are breathtaking. Here you will also find an ice cave, curling rink with ice bar and a fascinating mountain museum. (B)
7
Lakeside Luzern and medieval Bern
Our morning will be spent at leisure exploring the lovely lakeside town of Luzern with its quaint old town and the famous Chapel and Mill wooden bridges which cross the river. In the afternoon we set off to explore the medieval cobblestoned streets of Bern. A UNESCO World Heritage Listed landmark, this capital city is set on a spectacular bend above the River Aare, and boasts kilometres of sheltered arcaded shopping ways, an intriguing clock tower and the famous ‘Bärengraben’ bear pits. (B)
8
Lauterbrunnen, Trummelbach Falls and Zermatt
Our first stop of the day will be in the nearby delightful village of Lauterbrunnen. Set spectacularly with 1000 foot sheer cliffs rising either side, this valley is often called the ‘Valley of the Waterfalls’ – these are the cliffs that James Bond keeps leaping off when he is being chased by the baddies. Here we visit the unusual Trummelbach Falls. Taking a funicular up inside the cliff face we then walk through the mountain caverns that are still being carved by these ‘living waterfalls’ which thunder right beside us, down through the inside of the mountain. An extraordinary sight and sensation! Later we drive through spectacular scenery into ‘Le Valais’ and Taesch where we catch a cog railway train up to the world-famous alpine resort of Zermatt. Set at an altitude of 1620 metres (5315 feet), the village is surrounded by a dozen huge peaks and dominating all is the mighty Matterhorn. Petrol-driven vehicles are banned from the village and as such the peace and quiet enhances the beauty of the wooden chalets and small winding village streets. Stunning! (B/D) Stay: Hotel National
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'My Time' in Zermatt
Today has been left free for you to explore the town, walk on the well sign posted hiking trails to mountain restaurants and waterfalls, and relax in the crisp clean air. Alternatively pamper yourself in the hotel’s excellent indoor pool, spa and wellness centre. Looking for another classic mountain ride? The Sunnegga Paradise cable car is situated right beside the hotel, or maybe jump on the nearby funicular train which takes you up to the Gornergrat station and terraced restaurant with its massive views across to the Matterhorn. Alternatively if you want to spend a day skiing, maybe catch a cable car ride up the Kleine (little) Matterhorn, where there are twenty-five kilometres of pistes and eight ski lifts which remain open all summer long! (B)
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Glacier Express, Chur & Klosters
This morning we board the famous Glacier Express train which takes us along the ‘Valais’ through Switzerland’s finest mountain scenery. Ranked as one of the world’s top train trips, you will be seated in panoramic carriages as we cross some of the 291 bridges, the 2033 metre Oberalp Pass and go through 91 tunnels. Early afternoon we arrive and have time to explore Switzerland’s oldest city, Chur. The traffic free zone in the old town has a wonderful atmosphere with its boutiques, shops, bars and restaurants. Later we continue to Klosters where we stay two nights. (B/D) Stay: Hotel Alpina
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‘My Time’ in Klosters
Your day is free to relax and explore Klosters. (B)
12
Bolzano and lakeside Bardolino
Today we go to Italy! Passing through the Alps, we enjoy lunchtime in the centuries old town of Bolzano. Influenced by both Tyrolean and Italian cultures, you will find intricately carved gables, painted timber façades and an elegant arcaded main street. Later we continue to the charming lakeside town of Bardolino, where we stay the next four nights. Dinner tonight will be in our hotel restaurant. (B/D) Stay: Caesius Thermae & Spa Resort, Bardolino
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'My Time' in Lake Garda
We have left today entirely free. Do as little or as much as you want. Lake Garda is Italy’s largest and perhaps most beautiful lake, and its shores are lined with quaint villages and colourful ports. The shopping is excellent and the cafés, lakeshore restaurants and shady gardens, all have that distinctly Mediterranean feel. Perhaps catch a ferry across the lake and wander around Gardone Riviera with its botanical gardens on the hill, or explore the characterful ‘picture postcard’ ports of Lazise or Sirmione. (B)
14
Verona and lakeside town of Garda
Skirting the lake we will visit Romeo and Juliet’s Verona. A local guide will bring to life this beautiful city, where these tragic lovers avowed a love that spanned the centuries. After free time to explore and find a restaurant for lunch, we return to glorious Lake Garda and enjoy an afternoon visit to the delightful lakeside town of Garda, after which the lake is named. (B/D)
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Lakeside Salo and Redaelli de Zinis
This morning we visit the delightful lakeside town of Salo to explore its historical centre filled with lanes and little squares with noble houses, elegant shops and the longest promenade on Lake Garda. Later we continue to Redaelli de Zinis in Calvagese della Riviera. This is a famous local winery and restaurant. Here we enjoy a wine tasting and sample some of the locally sourced produce before lunch. (B/L)
16
Stylish Milan
We soon reach the stylish city of Milan where we enjoy a guided panoramic tour followed by time at leisure. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant. (B/D) Stay:Michelangelo Hotel
17
Milan
Your tour ends today after breakfast (B)
Albatross Inclusions
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Journey Highlights
  • Stay 3 nights in Chamonix under the shadow of the Mont Blanc massif
  • Experience two incredible mountain rides – a cable car to the top of the stunning Aiguille du Midi (3,842 metres high!) & the famous ‘Little Red Train’ up to Montenvers station
  • Stay 3 nights in a superb spa hotel in Grindelwald
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Byron’s Château de Chillon in Montreux
  • Explore hilltop Gruyères, one of the great sights of Europe
  • Relax in Grindelwald with a day at leisure to explore the spectacular Jungfrau Mountain region
  • Stay 2 nights in the stunning village of Zermatt with views of the mighty Matterhorn
  • See the thundering Trummelbach Falls
  • Ride in panoramic carriages on the amazing Glacier Express, passing over chasms and through the mighty Alps
  • Stay 4 nights beside stunning Lake Garda
  • Spend a day at leisure exploring the lakeside port and villages of Lake Garda
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Romeo and Juliet’s Verona
  • Enjoy a wine tasting & lunch at the Redaelli de Zinis wine estate
Trip Inclusions
Over $1,700 value of extras included
  • ALL excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
  • Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
  • Travel in a first class air-conditioned touring coach
  • 16 nights specially selected hotel accommodation
  • Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
  • 25 Meals – including breakfast daily (B), Lake Garda wine estate lunch (L) and 8 dinners (D)
  • Tea, coffee and a complimentary beverage with all included dinners
  • Welcome drink in Zurich
  • Hand Selected Albatross Experiences - Lake Garda wine tasting, cable car excursion to Aiguille du Midi, Glacier Express train
  • Local guides as described in the itinerary
  • ALL tips to your Tour Manager, Driver and Local Guides
  • Free WiFi on most coaches and at hotels
  • Albatross Travel App and ‘On Tour’ Travel Map
  • Albatross Memories Photobook
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.
  • 18 August departure stays at Chalet Hotel Le Prieuré on Day 2.
  • 26 May departure only includes a visit to nearby St Moritz and dinner in the hotel on Day 11.
Albatross
Albatross Reviews: (111)
Tours on Sale: 25
Accommodation: 3.5-4 Star
Average Age: 45-60+ years
Types: Coach Tours & Small Group Tours
Max Group Size(s): 40 & 28
Budget: Premium
Destinations: Europe, UK & Ireland
Reviews (4)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on An Alpine Adventure with Albatross.
VIC, Australia
Sep 2017
3 Helpful Votes
3 Trips
“Delights of Switzerland”
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A very enjoyable trip through the beautiful alpine countryside of Switzerland. Longer stays and 4 star accommodation throughout the journey was comfortable. Some excursions into the larger cities were not a match to the greenery and mountain alps. The stay at the Lake Garda hotel was excellent. Reinhart, our tour leader was also excellent in his management of the overall tour, his presentations and sound knowledge of all the places that we visited. Overall a worthwhile trip if you wish to experience the various delights of the Swiss countryside.
Reply from Albatross:
Thank you for the great feedback Joe. We are thrilled you enjoyed this lovely itinerary and are constantly looking at how we can improve, so your comments are appreciated. We hope to see you on board again soon.


NSW, Australia
Sep 2016
3 Helpful Votes
2 Trips
“Magnificent scenery and experiences”
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Excellent tour covering magnificent alpine country. Very difficult to surpass the beautiful landscapes and scenery we experienced during this tour. Lots of walking in historic villages to absorb the wonderful atmosphere, combined with character-filled accommodation and gourmet dinners. Unfortunately all lunch stops coincided with shop closures in the towns for their lunch breaks so no chance for any shopping in the lovely European villages.
NSW, Australia
Sep 2016
1 Helpful Vote
“What a wonderful adventure”
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We had train rides that were unbelievable, hotels that were for the 'Rich and Famous', the food was top notch restaurant class, a great tour guide named Reinhard, of which nothing was any trouble, a fabulous tour itinerary with something special every day. Thank you Global Journeys and a big thank you to Albatross Tours, this is our third trip with you and they just keep getting better.
VIC, Australia
Sep 2015
1 Trip
“Scenery was amazing and lived up to our expectations”
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I thought this tour was professionally managed by our very likable and competent tour director (Rinehart). The group size was ideal at 26 persons and the coach easily accommodated this group in very comfortable surroundings. We thought that the scenery was amazing and lived up to our expectations, with the accommodation provided also living up to expectations. The whole tour ran like Swiss clockwork, and the tour we went on I would recommend.
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