Alpine Discovery

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 charm of Munich, the grandeur of Vienna, ride the famous Glacier Express through Switzerland and take in the views from the ‘Top of Europe’ at the Jungfraujoch.

Fairy Tale Scenery

Our tour starts in Munich, home to the famous Oktoberfest where we enjoy a walking tour of it’s iconic buildings and famous food markets. We then head to the stunning Neuschwanstein Castle with its stunning forest backdrop that was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

Sounds of Music

As we travel into Austria we stop at the infamous Eagle’s Nest, an architectural masterpiece before seeing the sights made famous by “The Sound of Music”. In Vienna, stroll through the opulent Schönbrunn palace and its immaculate grounds then savour the tempting smells as we explore the famous Naschmarket.

Alpine delight

Next we journey to picturesque Lake Bled, before touring the beautiful mountain landscapes of The Dolomites in Italy. As we cross the Swiss border, it’s on to stunning St Moritz and then Zermatt as we board the famous Glacier Express and then a cable car high up into the Alps. We finish this stunning Alpine tour travelling via the lake city of Lucerne to vibrant Zurich with time to explore this cosmopolitan city at leisure.

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Munich

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

Day 3. 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-style welcome dinner this evening. [B,D]

Day 4. Munich

Enjoy a stunning day trip into the hills of Bavaria. The imposing Neuschwanstein Castle, commissioned by King Ludwig II and 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, also commissioned by Ludwig II, and the charming town of Oberammergau. The quintessential German town is famous for the ‘Passion Play’ that takes place there once every 10 years to keep a vow the villagers made after begging to be spared from the ravages of the bubonic plague. [B]

Day 5. 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]

Day 6. 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 free for you to enjoy at leisure. [B]

Day 7. 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 Benedictine abbey. [B]

Day 8. 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 drive along the famous Ringstrasse to see Belvedere Palace and Hofburg Palace, then visit St Stephen’s Cathedral.

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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]

Day 9. Vienna

Spend the day at leisure to enjoy this glorious city at your own pace. Why not stroll through the Stadtpark, home to one of the world’s most photographed monuments – the Johann Strauss memorial, or visit the Burggarten to see the statue dedicated to the musical genius, Mozart? [B]

Day 10. 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. Learn more

Day 11. 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, it is characterised by the iconic church steeple that perches atop a tiny island in the middle of the lake. Here we enjoy a sightseeing tour including a visit to Bled Castle, before visiting the lake valley of Bohinj. [B]

Day 12. 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 natural gateway to the heart of the Belluno Dolotmites and a hub of art and culture, Pieve di Cadore. [B]

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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.

Please note: Due to fluctuating weather conditions, our sightseeing today is subject to change.

Day 13. Dolomites

Optional Walking Discovery: Discover stunning Lake Misurina on a walking tour and enjoy the healing properties of the mountain air. Learn more

Or – simply spend the day at leisure. [B]

Day 14. 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] 

Day 15. St Moritz

Not to be outdone by Pisa, we visit St Moritz’s own leaning tower that dates back to the 12th century. We’ll also visit the Heidi Hut, used during the filming of the famous children’s story, and ride the funicular to Corviglia summit, on the eastern slopes of Piz Nair, to take in the spectacular views. [B]

Day 16. St Moritz – Zermatt

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Special Experience: We board the famous Glacier Express to Andermatt and wind our way around mountains, across deep gorges, through beautiful valleys, tunnels and over many bridges to Zermatt.

We cross the Landwasser Viaduct and enjoy the magical scenery before meeting our coach again in Andermatt. We’ll then drive deeper into the Alps to Tasch, where we board another train to reach Zermatt. [B]

Day 17. Zermatt

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Special Experience: Ride a cable car up the slopes of the imposing Matterhorn to Glacier Paradise, the highest cable car station in Europe, for breathtaking views over the Italian, French and Swiss Alps. [B]

Day 18. Zermatt – Interlaken

We travel to Martigny and visit some of the mountain’s most famous inhabitants – the St Bernard dogs. We’ll then venture off the beaten track to Maison de L’Etivaz, where we’ll stop to try some classic alpine cheese. We’ll also stop in the traditional Swiss village of Rougemont to admire the traditional timber architecture. [B]

Day 19. Interlaken

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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 Europe’s highest train station at the top of the mountain. [B]

Day 20. Interlaken

Sit back and relax on a scenic cruise on Lake Brienzersee this morning. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the region’s beautiful scenery. [B]

Day 21. Interlaken – Zurich

Today we make our way to Switzerland’s largest city, 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. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure before tonight’s farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 22. Depart Zurich

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 23. Arrive Australia

Travel

  • 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

Sightseeing

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, view Hellbrunn Palace, 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 Alpine Dairy Farming Museum. 

Italian Alps

  • Visit the gateway to the heart of the Belluno Dolotmites and hub of art, culture and nature, Pieve di Cadore.
  • 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.

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2018-07-19

2018-08-10

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2018-08-30

2018-09-21

12545

Fully Booked

Maritim Hotel, Munich

Austria Trend Hotel Europa, Salzburg

Enjoy the dreamy views from the tallest building in Salzburg at the Hotel Europa. Rooms are carefully appointed with fittings and furniture to create the highest levels of comfort. Located just 100m from the central station and a few kilometres from the city’s centre, this hotel is the ideal base for exploring the town and surrounds. The property boasts a panorama restaurant on its 15th floor that offers wonderful views of Salzburg, as well as a bar/lounge.

Facilities: air conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box

Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen, Vienna

Hotel Kompas, Bled

Hotel Villa Argentina, Pocol

Situated in the heart of the Dolomites in the resort village of Pocol in Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Hotel Villa Argentina boasts a stunning location surrounded by meadows and conifer forests. The property features a fames room, restaurant, bar and relaxation area with hydro massage and sauna/Turkish bath. Rooms are cosy and comfortable and overlook the surrounding mountains.

Facilities: free wifi; safe deposit box

Hotel San Gian, St Moritz

The Hotel San Gian is centrally located in St. Moritz and only a 5 minute walk from the bus stops. The district St. Moritz Dorf can be reached by bus in just 10 minutes. It is situated only 150m from the cable car in St. Moritz. Guests are also offered free access to the Ovaverva Water & Sports Centre which is located next door to the hotel.

Facilities: underfloor heating; fridge/minibar; free wifi; safe

Hotel Antika, Zermatt

Offering stunning views of the Matterhorn, the charming Hotel Antika maintains a true alpine ambience and is ideally located just 100 metres from the town’s restaurants and shops. The swiss-chalet style property features a bar/lounge, a jacuzzi and a steam room.

Facilities: free wifi; safe deposit box (at reception)

Hotel Krebs, Interlaken

Crowne Plaza, Zurich

The Crowne Plaza Zurich is only a 15-minute direct tram ride away from Zurich’s city centre and offers 2 restaurants with local and international cuisine, a bar, and a garden lounge. Guests also enjoy free access to the state-of-the-art health club and indoor pool.

Facilities: air-conditioner; minibar/fridge; free wifi; tea and coffee making facilities

Munich

Munich has a humid continental climate with warm summers and no dry season.

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Lake Bled

Bled, in northwest Slovenia in the Julian Alps, has a mild, sub-alpine climate. It enjoys warm summers and cool to cold winters with moderate rainfall year round. The climate of Bled can be attributed to its altitude at 500m above sea level, which keeps it mild, and also to the surrounding mountains that protect it from cold northern winds and stop it from getting any colder.

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Being positioned at over 5,000 feet, Zermatt experiences a cold climate year round with substantial snow during the winter months. The winter season in Zermatt is from October until April when temperatures can drop as low as -8°C.

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Germany, Austria, Italy & Slovenia

The official currency is the Euro (EUR; symbol €)

  • 1 Euro = 100 cents
  • Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5
  • Coins are in denominations of €2, 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents

Switzerland

The official currency is the Swiss Franc (CHF; symbol CHF)

  • 1 Swiss Franc = 100 Rappen / centime / centesimo, rap
  • Notes are in denominations of CHF1000, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10
  • Coins are in denominations of CHF5, 2, 1, and 50Rp, 20Rp, 10Rp

Austria

Sound of Vienna, Strauß & Mozart concert – 3hrs – from Euro €85pp (min 10 Pax)
In the very place where Johann Strauss himself used to direct his orchestra from the position of first violin, the Salonorchester Alt Wien, one of the best-known interpreters of classical Viennese music, presents an evening full of Viennese charm with the lilting sound of waltzes, polkas, arias and duets, as well as operetta and piano concerto melodies. Accompanied by excellent opera vocalists and our enchanting ballet soloists, Vienna’s classical music reveals itself as a living firework display for all the senses.

Upgrade to VIP tickets available
The category VIP contains one reserved VIP seat, 1 glass of prosecco in the interval, a Johann Strauss CD and a programme booklet

Viennese Heurige Dinner – 3hrs – Euro €45pp (min 10 Pax)
They are as famous as the Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna Boys Choir or the Lipizzaner. Heurige are the real Viennese wine taverns. Viennese wine and food is served in a friendly atmosphere. We take the Vienna tram to an outer suburb of Vienna and enjoy a 3 course dinner and a glass of the Heuriger wine.

Please Note: All tours are based on minimum numbers (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability. The length of tours and price are a guide only and are subject to change without notice. Optional tours should be booked directly with your Tour Director, cash only.

Levels of Fitness

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To get the most from your Bunnik tour, you will need a good level of fitness and mobility and an open mind. Many of the best sights can only be accessed on foot. You should be able to walk at least 3.5km or for 2-3 hours on uneven ground with no walking aids and climb several flights of stairs.

You should also be able to carry your own bags – porterage may not be included in our tipping costs and extra services may not always be available.

Passengers who are 70 and over will be required to obtain a doctor’s clearance before travelling.

  • Day/Date Variations: Tour dates and length subject to change depending on airline schedules and your city of departure
  • Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies shown as a guide only
  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.