Grand Alpine Adventure

14 days from £1,479 pp.


Lake Bled

Visit: Lake Bled, Slovenia

About the Tour

Join us on an amazing adventure as we delve through green passes and journey along the shores of beautiful lakes in Austria, Slovenia, Italy and Switzerland. With so much on offer, from the Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck, famous for the Golden Roof, and the ‘Sound of Music’ city of Salzburg, to the pearl of the Alpine region, Slovenia’s Lake Bled and the stunning Swiss towns of Geneva and St Moritz. Not to mention the opportunity to see some of Europe’s natural wonders, such as the Julierpass, the Dolomite mountain range of Italy and the spectacular Grossglockner Glacier, making this a tour perfect for anyone wanting spectacular scenery. This holiday is part of our GRAND EXPLORER range.

Tour Includes


  • 13 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 11 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service or upgrade to Luxuria
Dates & Prices

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

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Your Itinerary

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

    Boppard

    Boppard

    We leave our hotel and travel to the Moselle Valley and visit the tiny town of Alken where you have the chance to sample some of the local wine at the House of Anton Hammes on our optional winetasting. The Hammes family have been vintners here for some 300 years, and you will be given a tour through the old cellars, where you will see some fine vintages. We then enjoy a winetasting, with different varieties offered, before having the chance to purchase your favourites to bring home with you! This afternoon we travel to the Rhine Valley where we visit the riverside town of Boppard, surrounded by vineyards and castles. Why not join our optional cruise, which lasts for approximately 1 ¼ hours, and will take us through the Rhine gorge, famous for its ancient castles, picturesque villages and vine clad slopes. We see the Cat and Mouse castles and also the Loreley Rock, home to one of the most well-known legends of Germany, a place where centuries ago sailors would drown in the river after becoming entranced by the beauty of the Loreley maiden. Our cruise is a perfect way to view the splendour of the Rhine. This evening we stay overnight in the Rhine / Moselle Valley or Frankfurt area.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Rothenburg-Ob-Der-Tauber

    Rothenburg-Ob-Der-Tauber

    We depart the hotel and commence our journey south through Germany calling at Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber located on the Romantic Road. There will be free time for sightseeing and shopping, be sure to see the old town hall and its glockenspiel. We then continue to Austria and onto our hotel where we stay for the next three nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Salzburg

    Salzburg

    After breakfast we travel to Salzburg, the ‘Sound of Music City’ on our superb included excursion. One of the most beautiful cities in Austria, Salzburg has something to offer every visitor, from lovely squares and medieval lanes to Gothic churches and quaint cafés. To make the most of your time in the city why not join our optional guided walking tour with a local, English speaking guide? During our tour you will see many sights featured in the Sound of Music film along with many other attractions of this famous alpine city. Admire the baroque splendour of the churches and cathedral, the might of the Hohensalzburg fortress and also the quaint Getriedegasse, one of the most beautiful shopping streets of Austria. A visit to Salzburg would not be complete without the mention of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and before the tour is over we see his former birthhouse and also the square that is named after and dedicated to the famous composer. A truly memorable experience awaits you and all at a relaxed pace. This afternoon our included excursion takes us to the heart of the Salzkammergut area to visit Hallstatt on the shore of Hallstattersee, one of the most photogenic spots in Austria, as the village seems to cling to the lake shore in the shadow of towering pine clad mountains.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Grossglockner Glacier

    Grossglockner Glacier

    A fantastic optional excursion today as we leave our hotel and take one of the most spectacular roads in Austria as we ascend the country’s highest mountain along the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture this impressive icy world from the Franz-Josefs-Heights viewing platform. We continue to the charming town of Heiligenblut, nestled at the foot of the Grossglockner Mountain for free time before returning to our hotel.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Kranjska Gora

    Kranjska Gora

    We cross into Slovenia to the resort of Bled for two-nights arriving early afternoon. Why not join an optional excursion to the small town of Kranjska Gora. The town is most famous for its winter sports and in the summer it’s popular for walking and cycling due to its breath-taking surroundings.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Bled

    Bled

    We start the day with a visit to Lake Bled where there will be free time in the town for you to explore or perhaps simply relax in one of the cafes. Why not try the local specialty, Kremna Rezina, a delicious vanilla custard and cream cake. To make the most of your visit, why not join our optional sightseeing tour with an included visit to the Castle of Bled. Often referred to as the pearl of the Alpine Region, the lake is situated in a picturesque environment surrounded by mountains and forests. Our guide will show us the main sights before continuing to the cliff top castle, one of Slovenia’s oldest medieval fortresses (entrance included). Later in the sightseeing tour we take an included boat trip across the lake to the island, which houses the church of the Assumption of Mary. Entrance into the Church is also included in the sightseeing tour.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We depart our hotel and travel west towards the Dolomites, calling at the town of Cortina d’Ampezzo. After free time to explore this popular Italian resort we continue through the mountains to our overnight hotel in the Italian Sud Tirol.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Innsbruck

    Innsbruck

    After breakfast we leave the hotel and travel to Innsbruck on our included excursion. The capital of the Tyrol, on the River Inn and at the foot of the Karwendel Alps, Innsbruck is the fifth largest city in Austria. This beautiful city is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery and steeped in history. Be sure to see the famous Golden Roof or perhaps stroll along the Maria Theresien Strasse with its bustling shops. We continue our journey into Switzerland where we pause at St. Moritz for free time. Sporting life has always been an important part of St. Moritz, 100 years ago the first British visitors use to stage Toboggan races in the streets. The city has also been the host of two winter Olympic Games and today has a multitude of winter sports taking place including alpine and cross country skiing, figure skating, hockey, curling and bobsledding. We continue to our hotel for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Julierpass

    Julierpass

    En route to our next hotel we see some of Europe’s grandest passes. We negotiate the heights of the Julierpass and the Paseo del San Bernadino. We then follow the shores of Lake Maggiore before climbing the Simplon Pass where we can enjoy dramatic views and spectacular sights. We continue to our hotel where we stay for the next two nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Täsch

    Täsch

    A day at leisure or alternatively, join our optional excursion to the traffic free town of Zermatt. We arrive in the town of Täsch by coach and then travel by train to Zermatt. You will have free time in this internationally renowned resort village set spectacularly below the Matterhorn. During the day we offer you the opportunity to join a further optional excursion with a ride on the Gornergrat Rack Railway. Gornergrat, above Zermatt, is Switzerland's highest open-air train station. The Gornergrat railway has been running since 1898. Discover a top-class natural paradise: the Gornergrat Bahn takes you from Zermatt up the 3089 m high Gornergrat, from where, weather permitting, there are superb views of the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa, the ‘pink mountain’.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Geneva

    Geneva

    We leave our hotel today and descend to the shores of Lake Geneva where we visit the Birthplace of the Natural Mineral Water, Evian. We continue to the city of Geneva where you can explore some of the sights including the Jet d’Eau Fountain and the Reformation Monument. After time at leisure we continue to our overnight hotel in the Bex / Villars area.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We say goodbye to Switzerland as we commence our journey north through France and onto our overnight hotel. (Suitable refreshment stops will be made en-route).

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Rhine Valley - Medieval castles
    • Rothenburg ob der Tauber - On the Romantic Road
    • Salzburg & Hallstatt - Beautiful 'Sound of Music' city
    • Lake Bled - Pearl of Slovenia
    • Cortina d'Ampezzo - Dolomites mountain resort
    • Innsbruck & St. Moritz - Capital of the Tyrol and chic Swiss Resort
    • Mountain Pass Tour - Breathtaking views
    • Evian & Geneva - Pretty Lake Geneva resorts

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Rhine Cruise - Leisurely sightseeing
    • Salzburg Guided Walking Tour - See the highlights
    • Grossglockner Glacier - Austria's longest glacier
    • Kranjska Gora - Charming Slovenian resort
    • Bled Castle Sightseeing - Focal point of the lake
    • Zermatt & Gornergrat Mountain Railway - Stunning Alpine rail journey

    Notes


    Travel Insurance from £38.00 (14 days). Single Room Supplement from £359.00 (14 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for one night at a 3-star standard hotel in the Frankfurt area; three nights at the 3-star Hotel Ferienwelt Kristall in Rauris, or similar, in the Austrian Salzburgerland; two nights at the 3-star Hotel Ribno, or similar, in Bled; one night at a 3-star hotel in the Italian Süd Tirol; one night at the 4-star Engadina Hotel in Zuoz, or similar; two nights at the 3-star Superior Hotel Touring in Naters, or similar; and one night at the 4-star Eurotel Victoria in Villars, or similar, near Lake Geneva.

    Overnight stays in Belgium and northern France are in city-style hotels.

    Germany

    Ramada Micador

    H+ Hotel Wiesbaden Niedernhausen

    Austria

    Ferienwelt Kristall

    Ferienwelt Kristall

    Slovenia

    Ribno Hotel

    Ribno Hotel

    H+ Hotel Wiesbaden Niedernhausen


    The H+ Hotel Wiesbaden Niedernhausen (formerly Ramada Hotel Micador Wiesbaden Niedernhausen is located in the west of Rhein-Taunus Nature park. This is a quiet location on the edge of the forest and however conveniently close to the highway and only 20 minutes away from Frankfurt Airport and 30 minutes from the city centre. The hotel offers fitness room with terrace, room service (payable), dry cleaning services (payable), concierge, whirlpool, sauna and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All bedrooms feature a desk, flat screen T.V, safe, hairdryer, Wi-Fi/Internet access and en-suite bathroom.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Ferienwelt Kristall


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Telephone

    Ribno Hotel


    The Ribno Hotel is located close to Lake Bled, in the scenic village of Ribno. It is surrounded by a pine forest and is an excellent base for walking and cycling. The hotel offers a restaurant serving local and international cuisine, an outdoor terrace, 5 tennis courts and a wellness centre with sauna and hot tub. It has 58 rooms and three suites. All rooms are equipped with cable TV, telephone, mini bar and bathroom. The hotel also has free Wi-Fi and a 24 hour reception.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Telephone

    Switzerland

    Eurotel Victoria Villars

    Eurotel Victoria Villars

    Austria

    Hotel Touring

    Hotel Touring

    Eurotel Victoria Villars


    • Swimming Pool
    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Hotel Touring


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Travel Information

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days' duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and £25pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

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