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23 Day Alpine Discovery (2018)

Bunnik Small Group Tour starting in Munich and finishing in Zurich

Read reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Bunnik's 23 Day Alpine Discovery (2018). 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...read more

Overview

Operator: Bunnik
Type: Small Group Tour (Premium)
Max Group Size: 20
Duration: 23 Days
From: Munich to Zurich
Tour Code: BUN59567
Visits: Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland
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Day By Day

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Depart Australia

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Arrive Munich

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

A stunning day trip into the hills of Bavaria lies ahead. The imposing Neuschwanstein Castle, also 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 palace of Schloss Linderhof and the charming town of Oberammergau, famous for the 'Passion Play' that takes place there once every 10 years. (B)
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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)
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Salzburg

This morning we visit the Hallein Salt Mine in 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)
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Salzburg - Vienna

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

Our sightseeing in Vienna begins with the impressive baroque Imperial Palace complex of Schönbrunn. We'll stroll through the 18th century gardens and wonder at the sheer opulence of the rooms of the Residential Palace. We will also see Belvedere Palace, Hofburg Palace and St Stephen's Cathedral. Special Experience: We visit the famous Naschmarkt. Be tempted by the smells and maybe try the local specialties - Palatschinken or Kaiserschmarrn!Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. (B)
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Vienna

Spend the day at leisure to enjoy this glorious city at your own pace. (B)
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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) 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.
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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)
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Lake Bled - Dolomites

The Dolomites, in the northern Italian Alps, offer some of the most interesting mountain landscapes in the world. Along the way we'll stop at the Cibiana murals, where artists have painted the town's history on the buildings. (B) 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.
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Dolomites

Optional Walking Discovery: Discover stunning Lake Misurina on a walking tour and enjoy the healing properties of the mountain air. Or - simply spend the day at leisure. (B)
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Dolomites - St Moritz

Today we cross the Swiss border and make our way to the beautiful town of St Moritz, nestled amongst forest and steep mountains with a sparkling lake as its centrepiece. (B)
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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 to Corviglia summit to take in the spectacular views. (B)
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St Moritz - Zermatt

Special Experience: We board the famous Glacier Express to Andermatt. We cross the Landwasser Viaduct and enjoy the magical scenery before meeting our coach again in Andermatt. We drive deeper into the Alps to Tasch, where we board another train to reach Zermatt. (B)
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Zermatt

Special Experience: Ride a cable car up the slopes of the imposing Matterhorn to Glacier Paradise, for breathtaking views over the Italian, French and Swiss Alps. (B)
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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)
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Interlaken

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 top. (B)
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Interlaken

Sit back and relax on a scenic cruise on Lake Thun this morning. It's the perfect way to enjoy the region's beautiful scenery. (B)
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Interlaken - Zurich

Today we make our way to 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 before tonight's farewell dinner. (B/D)
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Depart Zurich

Today we begin our journey home. (B)
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Arrive Australia

Trip Inclusions

Travel Inclusions

  • 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, $230pp prepaid 

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

Tour Highlights

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, the Hellbrunn Palace with its trick fountains, 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 Bohinj Shepherd Museum. 
Italian Alps
  • Visit the village of Cibiana, famed for the colourful murals that adorn the houses - artists have painted the the village's history on the buildings.
  • 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.
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.
  • Wander through the picturesque town of Lucerne.
  • Enjoy an orientation tour of Zurich, Switzerland's largest city.

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur.

Operator Details

Bunnik Reviews: (41)
Tours on Sale: 99
Accommodation: 3.5-4 Star
Average Age: 50+ years
Types: Small Group Tours (Flights Included)
Max Group Size(s): 20
Budget: Premium
Destinations: Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, South & Central America

Reviews (1)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Alpine Discovery (2018) with Bunnik.
NSW, Australia
Jul 2016
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I think the spectacular and breathtaking scenery through Bavaria, Austria, beautiful Slovenia (which I had previously known little about) the Dolomites in Italy then the Swiss Alps, was really the key to my enjoyment of this tour.Our Slovenian guide Ales, was a mine of information and passionate about his subject and he looked after the fifteen of us really really well. Being a small group we were more like a family;this was fun and reassuring for those of us who were sole travellers. The summer weather was fantastic, our drivers were skilled and really, I couldn't recommend this tour highly enough. A couple of hotels might be changed(we were the first group to do this tour) and I won't be eating sauerkraut again for at least a year(!) but these are minor details. An extra day in Interlaken would be good. A Mozart concert is Vienna could be an option;I would have preferred that to the Sound of Music tour, but that is only a personal thing. I will never forget the thrill of being up The Matterhorn.
2018 SEASON
Jun 2018 - Aug 2018

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