Lauterbrunnen Valley in the Swiss Alps

A Majestic Alpine Tour: Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland & France

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Countries Visited

Switzerland

Places Visited

Salzburg, Hallstatt, Alpe di Siusi, Fussen...

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Suggested Duration

12 Days

The Alps conjure images of mountain climbers and chalets, high altitude meadows and mountain peaks that pierce the sky. Your custom tailored tour leads you through the range of it all to travel beneath the snowcapped summits.  Venture into the mountains as a cave moves deeply to follow a tunnel carved out of glacial ice. A waterfall streams like a ribbon down the rock face on the outskirts of a secluded village as fairytale castles rise above emerald trees and the scent of fresh pastries...

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Trip Highlights

  • Delight in the highlights of Salzburg intermixed with a secret tour of the city to find the history beneath the beauty of the Baroque architecture
  • Venture into the mountaintops for unparalleled views of the staggering Alps as they sweep across Switzerland, France, and Italy
  • Stroll through the quiet streets of Hallstatt, an Austrian Alpine town, to see the unique display of painted skeletons in the Bone House
  • Explore the Italian town of Bolzano to traverse the avenues of Castel Roncolo and see the celebrated Alpine mummy of Otzi
  • Discover the imaginative frescoes and fairytale architecture of Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria
  • Relish the great landscape in Switzerland’s Lauterbrunnen Valley, home to the unforgettable Valley of 72 Waterfalls
  • Enjoy the charms of the traditional architecture of Swiss villages accentuated by grazing cows and goats along the lush alpine meadow
  • Ascend to one of Europe’s highest points for a view of Mont Blanc in the French Alps
  • Follow a glacial cave in the heart of the mountain where the walls radiate bright blue hues

Detailed Description

The Alps provide endless opportunity for crisp, clean air with stunning meadows blanketed in blossoming wildflowers, and a compelling history with castles, music, and charm. Your 12-day tour of the Alps takes you through Austria, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and France to visit quiet villages with chic boutiques and secluded towns with unparalleled views of the surrounding scenery. Your luxurious journey will begin with your arrival at the Salzburg airport where your private transfer will meet you at the baggage claim to escort you into the heart of the old town and the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Next morning, your guide will meet you in the lobby to lead you through a secret tour of Salzburg’s highlights of Baroque architecture and its opulent past, along with the lesser-known buildings and the stories they tell. The rest of the day is yours to indulge in the city life to relax at a café and partake in a Sound of Music Tour to see where the Von Trapp family lived, sung, and visited when they lived in the city. Move on to the town of Hallstatt, located in the mountains outside of Salzburg. Tour the small market town on the lakeshore, or venture deep into the mountain on a tour of the salt mine, considered to be the world’s oldest. For the next day, relish a scenic drive through the mountains as you pass into the Italian Dolomites to visit the city of Bolzano.

Stroll through Castel Roncolo to see the exhibits in the Museum of Archeology before settling in at a chalet in the heart of the Alpe di Siusi. The next day takes you around the fabulous pastures and stunning peaks around the Alpe di Siusi at your leisure, from the small town of Castelrotto to the bountiful scenic chairlifts.  Continue on to enjoy a gondola ride to the peak of Zugspitze, Germany’s tallest mountain. Travel to the charming medieval town of Fussen, in Bavaria, and enjoy some leisure time to explore the historic streets.

You will then have the entire day ahead to discover the beauty around Fussen. You can hike, bike, or stroll around the landscape and find the fairytale castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. Travel into Switzerland with a scenic drive through Berner Oberland to arrive in the spectacular waterfall-laced cliffs of Lauterbrunnen Valley. You will then have a chance to see the breathtaking scenery at your own pace, whether you follow the trails through the Valley of 72 Waterfalls and venture to the top station at Schilthorn for a 360-degree view of the Jungfrau massif.

Your journey takes you next into France and the remarkable alpine village of Chamonix, once a host to the Winter Olympics as you enjoy a scenic gondola ride to the station at Le Brevent. Wake up the next day, and the Alps are once again yours for thrills and scenery with a hike to the soaring figure of Mont Blanc, or you can take in one last gondola ride to along Europe’s longest route to Aiguille du Midi viewpoint. Your private transfer then meets you at the hotel and escorts you from Chamonix into Switzerland for your flight at Geneva Airport.

Starting Price

$4,795 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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