An Alpine Christmas Adventure Tour
17 Astonishing Days
- Enjoy 3 nights in the Swiss Alps over Christmas
- Stay in authentic, character style hotels
- Genuinely inclusive, no additional on tour costs
- Guaranteed 'My Time'
- Designed for Australians & New Zealanders
- Personal group sizes up to 40
Experience the ultimate Christmas Adventure! How does spending Christmas in charming Swiss Alpine hotel in fabulous Klosters sound? Now add 2 and 3 night stays amidst the soaring French peaks of Chamonix, Montreux beside Lake Geneva, stunning Grindelwald, in the Bernese Oberland, and a gorgeous spa hotel perched high up the mountains near Zermatt. Enjoy a train ride to the ‘Sea of Ice’ and on the famous Glacier Express train, a visit to Ludwig’s Fairytale Castle in Bavaria, charming villages and towns, 8 famous Christmas markets, fabulous food, first-class hotels, festivities fun and even a horse drawn carriage ride…. What an adventure!
- Explore Chamonix and take the glacier train to the dramatic Mer du Glace
- Visit the Christmas markets of Aosta, Montreux, Bern, Luzern, Interlaken and Chur
- Stay 3 nights in the mountain village of Grindelwald
- See the stunning village of Zermatt with views of the Matterhorn
- Enjoy 'My Time' in the Swiss spa town of Leukerbad
- Ride on the Glacier Express through the Swiss countryside
- Relax on a horse drawn carriage ride on Christmas Eve
- Visit the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle
Day 1: Milan
Your tour commences this evening in Milan. Dinner tonight is included in a local restaurant but first enjoy a welcome drink. This is an ideal opportunity to meet your fellow travellers.
Day 2: Aosta and Chamonix in the French Alps
Driving west, our first stop is in the foothills of the Italian Alps in the historic town of Aosta. Capital of the Valle d’Aosta region, you will find cafes and shops sitting next to Christmas markets and Roman ruins. Passing Courmayeur, we take the Mont Blanc Tunnel under Europe’s highest mountains, to enter the mighty French Alps. This is the Haute Savoie region, filled with a dozen world class ski resorts, and the enormous mountains of the Mont Blanc massif. Chamonix with its designer boutiques, restaurants and après ski bars is the perfect base to stay the next 2 exciting nights.
Day 3: The historic Red Train and ‘My Time’
This morning we board the historic ‘Red Train’ which winds its way up through the forests and valleys to Montenvers station. From the café terrace you have spectacular views onto some of Chamonix’s highest and most dramatic peaks. At 1,913 metres you will also be able to look down onto the largest glacier in France, the spectacular Mer du Glace – the ‘Sea of Ice’. Your afternoon is at leisure in Chamonix town. Time to stroll amongst the cafés, shops and boutiques set under the shadow of the Mont Blanc massif.
Day 4: Geneva, Chaplin’s Vevey and the Swiss Riviera
This morning we visit Geneva where you have time at leisure to explore Switzerland’s second largest city. On the beautiful foreshore of Lake Leman (Lake Geneva) you will see the city’s symbolic 140 metre high Jet d’Eau fountain. Later we follow the spectacular stone-terraced, vineyard covered, Lavaux wine road to Charlie Chaplin’s hometown of Vevey. Make sure you have your photo taken next to the statue of the ‘little man with baggy pants’. We also visit Chaplin’s World, a museum dedicated to the legendary artist. We stay the next 2 nights in nearby Montreux, on the exclusive Swiss Riviera.
Day 5: Chateau Chillon and ‘My Time’ in Montreux
First stop will be a guided tour through the beautifully preserved Château 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 day is at leisure to explore Montreux. Make sure you explore the excellent Christmas markets that stretch all along the grand lakeside promenade and foreshore.
Day 6: Gruyères, Bern and the Bernese Oberland
This morning we visit the unique village of Gruyères! With its castle 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. Lunchtime will be at leisure in Bern. A UNESCO World Heritage landmark, this capital city is set on a spectacular bend above the River Aare. In addition to kilometres of sheltered arcaded shopping ways, an intriguing clock tower and the famous ‘Bärengraben’ bear pits, there are several sets of excellent Christmas markets scattered around the old town. Later we drive deep into the heart of the Bernese Oberland to Grindelwald where we stay the next 3 nights. Grindelwald is known the world over for its dramatic setting surrounded by massive snow-covered peaks and the views directly onto the north face of the Eiger are exceptional.
Day 7 : ‘My Time’ in Grindelwald
Your day is totally free to enjoy ‘My Time’. To relax and enjoy the stunning scenery which surrounds you or perhaps try your hand at a winter sport or take a trip up one of the mountains? One absolute ‘must do’ is to catch the train to Kleine Scheidegg and on up to the Jungfraujoch – the highest rail station in Europe. At 3,454 metres (11,332 ft) the views are magnificent. At the top there are several restaurants, an Ice Palace and the Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven.
Day 8: Luzern and Interlaken’s Christmas Markets
Following the shore of picturesque Lake Brienz we reach lake side Luzern, where we are joined by an expert local guide. After exploring the town with its covered wooden bridges and beautifully painted houses your time is at leisure amongst the shops, cafes and Christmas markets. Mid-afternoon we visit beautiful Interlaken. Timed perfectly, a highlight will be the fabulously decorated Christmas markets with their lights twinkling at dusk.
Day 9: Historic Thun and Lake Cruise to Spiez
First, we explore the historic town of Thun, before boarding a boat for a relaxing cruise down Lake Thunersee to Spiez. Later we drive onto a train which takes us through the 14 km long Lötschberg Tunnel into the Valais. Next we climb high up into the mountains to the Alpine Spa town of Leukerbad, where we stay 3 nights.
Day 10: Zermatt and the Matterhorn
Driving into the mountains we reach Taesch, where we catch a cog railway train up to world-famous Zermatt. At an altitude of 1,620 metres (5,315 ft), the village is surrounded by 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 wooden chalets and small winding village streets. Stunning! We have included the Gornergrat funicular train to the highest open air railway station in Europe. On the restaurant terrace we will enjoy a mug of mulled wine taking in the astounding views across 29 peaks all over 4,000 metres high!
Day 11: ‘My Time’ sampling the Spas in Leukerbad
Enjoy a totally free day. Maybe relax and enjoy the hotel’s excellent spa and pampering treatment programme, explore the wonderful village, go on winter walks or play on the slopes high above town.
Day 12: The Glacier Express to Chur
At Brig we board the famous Glacier Express train which takes us along the ‘Valais’ through Switzerland’s finest mountain scenery to Chur. Ranked as one of the world’s top train trips you will cross some of the 291 bridges, the 2,033 metre Oberalp Pass and 91 tunnels. We have reserved seats in the panoramic carriages. After free time to explore Chur, Switzerland’s oldest city, we continue to Klosters to enjoy 3 nights over Christmas.
Day 13: Christmas Eve – ‘My Time’ and a horse drawn carriage ride
Your morning is at leisure to explore Klosters’ old town centre. Filled with cafés and boutiques this is a perfect place for that last-minute shopping. In continental Europe Christmas Eve is the most important festive day. To begin the celebrations, we have included a romantic horse drawn carriage ride through the local countryside. Tonight, our Christmas celebrations continue with a 4 course dinner at our hotel. Later you might like to join the locals for carols, music, stories and mulled wine in the nearby forest.
Day 14: Christmas Day – ‘My Time’ in Klosters
What a magnificent location to relax over Christmas! A day to enjoy the stunning scenery which surrounds you, and do as much, or as little, as you want! Whether you are a ‘super active snow sports’ person or a ‘take it easy and relax’ person there are numerous activities you can enjoy, and your Tour Manager will be at hand to assist and advise you. The skiing is of course fantastic! Non-skiers can easily access all the main peaks by funicular trains, cable cars and chair lifts. At all ‘drop off’ points there are restaurants, cafés and restroom facilities – usually with extraordinary panoramic views. Maybe hire snow shoes, try your hand at Nordic skiing or simply stroll along winter footpaths. Alternatively enjoy your hotel’s indoor pool and spa facilities.
Day 15: Boxing Day – Liechtenstein and ‘My Time’ in Innsbruck
After a brief morning stop in Vaduz, capital of Liechtenstein, we drive through the Arlberg Tunnel, and into the Tyrol region of Austria. Following the spectacular Inn Valley past St Anton, we reach the Winter Olympic resort of Innsbruck.
Day 16: Neuschwanstein ‘Fairytale’ Castle and Munich
Driving up over the beautiful Fern Pass we enter Southern Bavaria and visit the tiny village of Hohenschwangau. After a brisk walk uphill you will enjoy a guided tour of one of the most inspiring and famous castles in the world – ‘Mad’ King Ludwig’s romantic Neuschwanstein Castle. The staterooms, halls and throne room are all reminiscent of a Wagner operatic saga. Lunchtime will be enjoyed in the nearby picturesque town of Füssen. Arriving into Munich mid-afternoon we enjoy a brief orientation tour, before some free time for exploring and shopping. Tonight we enjoy a farewell meal
Day 17: Munich
This morning it is time to say farewell as your tour ends.
Incredible Value Inclusions
- Over $1,700 value of extras already 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 authentic, specially selected hotel accommodation
- Hotel porterage (1 suitcase pp)
- Welcome drink in Milan
- 27 Meals – Buffet breakfast daily (B) and 11 evening dinners (D)
- A complimentary wine, beer or soft drink with all included dinners
- Tea and coffee with all included dinners
- Local guides as described
- Free WiFi on most coaches and at hotels
- End of tour tips to Tour Manager and Driver, tips for local guides
- Albatross Tours travel App
Le Refuge des Aiglons, Chamonix - 2 nights
This 4 star hotel is only a short walk from the pedestrianised centre & offers magnificent mountain views.
Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic, Montreux - 2 nights
This impressive 4 star hotel is located on the shore of Lake Geneva, just a short stroll along the lakeside promenade to the heart of Montreux.
Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof, Grindelwald - 3 nights
This 5 star Spa hotel, featuring traditional Swiss wooden décor, is a three minute walk from the centre of Grindelwald and has an imposing backdrop of the worldfamous Eiger and Lauberhorn Mountains.
Le Bristol Hotel, Leukerbad - 3 nights
This 4 star hotel is ideally located near the cable cars & mountain restaurants and boasts the largest private Wellness & Spa centre in the region, with indoor and outdoor thermal baths.
Hotel Alpina, Klosters - 3 nights
Set in the centre of town, this family run, chalet style hotel offers traditional Alpine ambience.
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