Spend two nights in lovely Stresa, Italy, located on the banks of picturesque Lago Maggiore. Experience the most legendary of Alpine railway journeys: the Glacier Express! Explore Salzburg’s historic and charming Old Town—the Altstadt. Witness a performance of the Oberammergau Passion Play. Soak up the mountain air with two nights in the village of Zermatt. Visit Linderhof Palace, one of the most artistic and stylistically complex ensembles of the 19th century. Relish Italian cuisine on Isola del Pescatori in Italy’s Lago Maggiore. Enjoy a wine and cheese pairing at an Italian family farm. Delight in dinner and a Mozart concert at the 1,200 – year-old St. Peter’s Restaurant, central Europe’s oldest.
Today we begin our memorable tour with our overnight flight. Breathtaking Alpine vistas await as we travel through Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. From amazing railways to the thrilling Passion Play, experience the wonders only found in the heart of Europe.
We arrive in Stresa (Lago Maggiore), Italy, and take some free time to explore this beautiful lakeside town on your own. The evening begins with a cocktail party in a wine shop before we cruise to our welcome dinner on Isola dei Pes-catori, the most beautiful of the Borromean Islands. (D)
Today we make our way to an ancient village nestled in the mountains. Stop at a family farm to learn about the artisan cheeses they produce. Sample delicious creations and discover how to pair them with local wines. Return to Stresa for an afternoon at leisure. (B)
Depart Lago Maggiore for a scenic drive into the heart of the mountains. The incredible views of the Italian and Swiss Alps are sure to leave a lasting impression. Upon arrival in Tasch, we board a local train for a ride to the spectacular pedestrian village of Zermatt in the Swiss Alps. (B, D)
Today, Zermatt is at your fingertips. It’s your choice! Tour Zermatt’s best-known landmarks by foot with a local expert or enjoy a visit to the Matterhorn Museum where you’ll learn more about the triumph and tragedy behind the first ascent of this imposing peak. The remainder of your day
is at leisure. (B)
Traverse bridges and tunnels while aboard the world-renowned narrow gauge Glacier Express, the most charming express train in the world. Enjoy the natural beauty of this route through the heart of the Swiss Alps. Filled with forests, fragrant meadows, streams and deep valleys, it’s a mountain dream come to life. Arrive in St. Moritz, playground of the rich and famous. (B)
Drive through the picturesque Engadine Valley to Innsbruck, Austria, capital of the Austrian Tyrol. Join a local expert and explore the city’s medieval pedestrian streets including Maria Theresian Strasse, the Hofburg and the Golden Roof. (B)
Travel the Austrian countryside to historic Salzburg, Austria, one of Europe’s most beautiful and romantic spots. Enjoy a leisurely walking tour of
Salzburg’s historic Old Town—the Altstadt. See highlights such as the Cathedral, Mozart’s birthplace and Mirabell Gardens. Film buffs will be able to pick out locations from The Sound of Music. This evening, enjoy a delightful Mozart dinner concert at the centuries-old St. Peter’s Restaurant, central Europe’s oldest restaurant. (B,D)
Today we head to the frontier of Germany, crossing the border into Bavaria. Arrive in the Bavarian capital of Munich for a walking tour featuring the Marienplatz, the Glockenspiel and Olympic Park. Next, depart for the quaint village of Oberammergau, Germany, nestled in the Bavarian Alps. (B, D)
This afternoon, witness a performance of the epic Passion Play. The original performance dates back to
1634. During the Thirty Year War, Oberammergau was spared the Black Plague and for this reason, the citizens vowed that every ten years they would give a play to honor the last days of the life of Christ. The performers of this once-in-a-decade event are
all native to the village. To lend authenticity to the performance, the cast start to grow their hair and beards more than a year in advance. Also, the intricate costumes are made locally by the villagers. During a break in the performance, join your fellow travelers for dinner before returning for the remainder of your Passion Play performance. (B, L, D)
Travel to nearby Linderhof Palace, one of the most artistic and stylistically complex ensembles of the 19th century. It is the only palace King Ludwig II of Bavaria was able to complete. Behind the Baroque façade is a Rococo world, rich in abundant ornamentation. Next, enjoy free time exploring medieval Fussen, the romantic town in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. Make a special picture stop at Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany’s most famous castle and the inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of an unforgettable journey. (B, D)
Your tour comes to a close today an we begin our journey home.
- Round-trip group transportation to St. Louis
- Cancellation Waiver and Insurance
- Round Trip Air from Lambert St. Louis Intl.
- Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges
- Hotel Transfers
- Gratuities for the Collette Tour Manager and Driver
- Fully Escorted by Jane’s Journeys
TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL: 1 2 3 4 5
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. There are walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs, or on uneven and irregular surfaces.
There will be a presentation on this tour by the Collette Representative at the Tour Show on Dec. 10, 2017.
COST PER PERSON THROUGH 01/03/18:
A deposit of $1,000 per person (which includes cancellation waiver and insurance) is due upon reservation. A second deposit is required one year
prior to departure, in the amount of $1,500. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. Reservations made after the deposit due date of December 27, 2017, are based upon availability.
Final payment due by February 06, 2020. Deposits are refundable up until January 3, 2018.