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Switzerland, Austria & Bavaria Lakes and Castles

20 Days  |  Departing Wednesday 26th May 2021 and returning Sunday 13th June 2021

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Progress Payment: $ 5100 6100 by 24 Jan 2021
Final Payment: $ 5799 6899 by 24 Feb 2021
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Highlights

Explore the beauty of Switzerland by guided rail
Panoramic city tour of Zurich
Walking tour of Lucerne
Golden Pass Panoramic Rail Journey Lucerne to Interlaken
Famous Jungfraujch Rail Excursion for amazing views of the Aletsch Glacier
Free day to explore the beautiful surrounds of Wengen
Golden Pass Panoramic Rail Journey from Interlaken to Montreux
Visit to the Lake Geneva region and full day sightseeing of the City of Geneva
Visit to Swiss Artisan Chocolate Shop
Visit to Gruyere Castle
Scenic Rail Journey from Montreux to Zermatt
Full day sightseeing of Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
Travel onboard the famous Glacier Express from Zermatt to Chur enjoying stunning views
Full day visit to Heidiland with a 4km walk (about 1.5 hours) through alpine meadows and forests (see Notice)
Travel through Liechtenstein from Chur to Bregenz in Austria
Full day visit to Lake Constance and visit 3 countries in one day!  Germany, Switzerland and Austria
Full day visit to Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria
Free day in Munich to explore at leisure

 

Inclusions

Fully Escorted by an Experienced Sisterhood Hostess who is on hand to assist with making your tour memorable
Return Economy Airfares from Melbourne to Zurich/Munich including taxes (other departure cities and classes of travel available upon request)
1st Class Rail Transportation as per detailed itinerary
All Sightseeing as per detailed itinerary
Meals as specified in itinerary - B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Quality Accommodation with Private Facilities
Services of Specialist Guides for Sightseeing
Willing to Share Option 
Meet and Greet Document Distribution Day (subject to minimum numbers attending)

Tipping - Local tipping is customary in Europe.   Sisterhood Womens Travel tipping system on all Group Tours involves passengers contributing to a kitty which is  paid to the tour hostess at the beginning of the tour who then distributes it daily to service providers on your behalf. This avoids the need for you to consider individual tipping situations daily throughout your trip. including any specialist guides and coach drivers. The estimated amount for your tour is EUR100 (being that most of our journey is by rail) and this will confirmed in your final documentation

Notice

Fitness Level Required
This tour requires a good level of fitness.   It is an on-the-go itinerary where you will encounter uneven surfaces, cobblestones, steep inclines and some walking. As the majority of our itinerary has us utilising a Swiss Rail Pass, there is the expectation that you will be able to walk from each station to each nearby hotel.  All luggage will be transferred separately so no need to be carrying luggage.

During our visit to Heidiland there is a 4.1km walk which should take around 1.5hrs to complete.  

Weather - May weather is a fickle thing. It could be summer with temperatures in the mid-20s but it could easily be the opposite with cold days and frosty nights, even in the lowlands. It can rain, hail, or be hot - you never know. And as higher up you go, the cooler it gets. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Wednesday 26 May 2021

Melbourne - Zurich (Meals inflight)

Welcome to Sisterhood Womens Travel.  Meet your Tour Hostess and fellow travellers at the designated meeting point at Melbourne airport for our flight to Switzerland.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight entertainment of our airline as we head towards Europe.

Day 2 - Thursday 27 May 2021

Zurich - Lucerne (B)

Welcome to Switzerland!  After clearing customs and immigration we will meet our guide and depart for the historic Swiss city of Lucerne enjoying a short panoramic city highlights tour of Zurich enroute.

Lucerne, a compact city in Switzerland known for its preserved medieval architecture, sits amid snowcapped mountains on Lake Lucerne. Its colorful Altstadt (Old Town) is bordered on the north by 870m Museggmauer (Musegg Wall), a 14-century rampart. The covered Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge), built in 1333, links the Aldstadt to the Reuss River's right bank.

Dinner tonight is at leisure.

Overnight - Hotel Waldstaetterhof (or similar)

Day 3 - Friday 28 May 2021

Lucerne (B,WD)

This morning after breakfast we enjoy a half day walking tour of the city of Lucerne. Highlights include, Chapel Bridge, Rathaus (Town Hall), the Dying Lyon of Lucerne, Glacier Garden, Bucherer (watch center), Church of St Leodegar, Musegg Wall and more.  Our afternoon is free to further enjoy 

This evening we meet in the hotel lobby and walk to a nearby restaurant for a “Welcome to Switzerland” dinner.

Overnight - Hotel Waldstaetterhof (or similar)

Day 4 - Saturday 29 May 2021

Lucerne - Interlaken - Wengen (B)

This morning after breakfast we begin our iconic Golden Pass panoramic rail journey travellig from Lucerne to Interlaken.  This near two hour journey takes us through some beautiful Swiss countryside through Sarnen, Meiringen and Brienz before arriving to Interlaken. We change trains and continue our mountain journey to Wengen and our mountain village in the Bernese Oberland for the next 3 nights.

Our luggage will be transfered separately to our hotel.

We will arrive in Wengen late afternoon.

Overnight - Hotel Silberhorn Wengen (or similar)

Day 5 - Sunday 30 May 2021

Jungfrau (B,L,D)

Today we enjoy an unforgettable railway experience on the Jungfrau Railway.  At 3454m this is the highest railway station in Europe. We'll experience amazing views of the Aletsch Glacier, the longest glacier in the Alps and much more. We'll have some free time at the summit to explore and enjoy the facilities offered by this mountain top complex. After lunch at one of the Jungfrau restaurants, we return to Wengen.

Dinner this evening will be at the hotel restaurant.

Overnight - Hotel Silberhorn Wengen (or similar)

Day 6 - Monday 31 May 2021

Wengen (B)

Today is free to relax and enjoy the beautiful surrounds, fresh mountain air and take it easy. Perhaps take a hike on one of the many routes for example, Eiger trail (relatively short route) Stechelberg – Oberhornsee and back or Griesalp – Sefinenfurgge – Murren just to name a few. For shoppers; there is an option to take the morning train to Interlaken Ost and spend the day in Interlaken, or for the more adventurous, connect to a train for a short journey to Brienz, the wood carving village of Switzerland, approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes each way.  Your Sisterhood hostess is on to assist with any plans.

Dinner tonight is at leisure.

Overnight - Hotel Silberhorn Wengen (or similar)

Day 7 - Tuesday 1 June 2021

Wengen - Montreaux (B,D)

Today we begin our second leg of the Goldden Pass train journey travelling to  Montreux on board The Golden Pass Panoramic.

Our luggage will be transfered to the hotel separately.

Montreux is a traditional resort town on Lake Geneva. Nestled between steep hills and the lakeside, it's known for its mild microclimate and the Montreux Jazz Festival, held in July. The town's promenade is lined with flowers, sculptures, Mediterranean trees and grand Belle Époque buildings. Offshore is a medieval island castle, Château de Chillon, with ramparts, formal halls and a chapel with 14th-century murals.

We arrive into Montreux late in the afternoon and take a short walk to our hotel from the rail station to check-in.

Dinner this evening is served at the hotel restaurant.

Overnight - Hotel Suisse Majestic Montreux (or similar)

Day 8 - Wednesday 2 June 2021

Montreaux (B,L)

Today we enjoy a full day’s excursion of the Lake Geneva (the French speaking part of Switzerland) region. Our first stop is the city of Geneva located on the southern tip of Lac Leman (Lake Geneva). Our qualified hop on city guide will join us in the city centre and introduce us the city's highlights including Jet d”Eau (Water Jet), Cathedral of St Pie, Jardin Anglais  (English garden), Parc de la Grange, Place du Bourg-de-Four (Geneva old town) and much more. Our tour also includes a visit to an artisan shop where chocolate is made the traditional way to sample the delicious treats on offer whilst sipping a nice coffee.

Our day excursion continues to the wine district of Lake Geneva to Lavaux region for lunch and to sample some Swiss wine, in the afternoon visit Gruyere Castle (Swiss heritage site of national significance) before we return to our hotel in Montreux in the evening.

Overnight - Hotel Suisse Majestic Montreux (or similar)

Day 9 - Thursday 3 June 2021

Monteaux - Zermatt (B,D)

After a leisurely breakfast enjoy we have free time in Montreux before taking the train to Zermatt.  Zermatt  is located in southern Switzerland’s Valais canton. The town, at an elevation of around 1,600m, lies below the iconic, pyramid-shaped Matterhorn peak. Its main street, Bahnhofstrasse is lined with boutique shops, hotels and restaurants.

We arrive Zermatt mid to late afternoon and from the station its a short walk to our hotel .

Our luggage will be transported to our hotel separately.

Dinner this evening is served at a nearby Village restaurant.

Overnight - Hotel Alex Zermatt (or similar)

Day 10 - Friday 4 June 2021

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise (B)

This morning we enjoy an excursion to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, Europe’s highest mountain lift and glacial palace.  We will have free time to explore this  world famous mountain resort which at 3883m is renowned for it's winter sports, climbing and hiking.  Return to our hotel at leisure.

Overnight - Hotel Alex Zermatt (or similar)

Day 11 - Saturday 5 June 2021

Zermatt - Chur (B,D)

Following breakfast we meet in the hotel lobby and walk to the rail station to board the renowned Glacier Express train and travel to Chur. This spectacular day journey takes us first to Brig across 291 bridges, 91 tunnels, over the Furka pass, Andermatt and the Oberalp Pass and onto Chur. This will be a spectacular day for sightseeing. 

On arrival a short walk to our hotel from the station.  

Our luggage will be transfered to our hotel separately.

Dinner this evening is served at the historic Hotel Restaurant, Romantic Stern.

Overnight - Hotel Romantik Stern Chur (or similar)

Day 12 - Sunday 6 June 2021

Heidiland Excursion - Maienfeld (B,L)

We have all read the world famous story of Heidi. This story now can be lived and experienced on a hiking/walking tour in and around Maienfeld. From Heidi House in Heidi Village to Heidi Cake, everything is geared to the heroine of the novel. The Heidi Trail winds its way from the railway station in Maienfeld through the narrow lanes of the historic town of Maienfeld to Rofels and the small Heidi Village. The trail is well marked and can be easily walked. The Heidi House in Heidi Village is today a museum that depicts life as it was lived in Heidi’s time, over 100 years ago.

We will meet with our guide mid-morning and walk to the rail station to board the train to Maienfeld town. After a short 12 minute ride on the train we arrive to our destination and walk to the Heidi information center for an introductory briefing and instructions on how to experience the trail. An early lunch is served at a nearby restaurant. We meet our hiking guide at the restaurant before we start our walk to Heidi Village. This 4.1 km trail weaves through alpine meadows and forests, with fantastic views the whole way. The trail takes about 1hr. 30min. to walk but we are likely to spend much more time if we decide to stop at all the stations. We return to our hotel in the evening.

Overnight - Hotel Romantik Stern Chur (or similar)

Day 13 - Monday 7 June 2021

Chur – Bregenz (Austria) (B,D)

This morning after a leisurely breakfast, we check out and board the train to Bregenz, Austria travelling through the municipality of Liechtenstein.  Upon arrival we'll check in to our hotel with the rest of the day free to explore.

Located at the eastern end of Lake Constance (Bodensee). It is the capital of the state of Vorarlberg. The annual Bregenz Festival is a major event, with opera and music performances at the lakeside floating stage known as the Seebühne and the glass-front Festspielhaus. The baroque St. Martin’s Tower is topped by a huge wooden dome. It houses a history museum and offers sweeping views.

Dinner this evening is served at the hotel restaurant

Overnight - Hotel Messmer Bregenz (or similar)

Day 14 - Tuesday 8 June 2021

Bregenz (B,L)

Today we will enjoy a full day discovery tour around Lake Constance. Driving in and out of three countries; Switzerland, Germany and Austria as we explore the lake towns and villages around the lake. With a water surface area of 563 km2 and a circumference of 273 km, Lake Constance is the third largest lake in Central Europe. The journey takes us back to Switzerland (Rohrschach and Arbon) to Germany (Constance, Stein am Rhein the island of Reichenau, Meersburg and Friedrichschafen) before we return to Bregenz, Austria. Lunch is served at a lake town during our tour.

Overnight - Hotel Messmer Bregenz (or similar)

Day 15 - Wednesday 9 June 2021

Bregenz to Munich (Germany) (B)

Todays rail journey takes us to Munich.  On arrival we are met by our city guide and transferred to our hotel.

Munich is the capital and most populous city of Bavaria, the second most populous German federal state. The city is a global centre of art, science, technology, finance, publishing, culture, innovation, education, business, and tourism and enjoys a very high standard and quality of living. The city is a major international centre of engineering, science, innovation, and research, exemplified by the presence of two research universities, a multitude of scientific institutions in the city and its surroundings, and world class technology and science museums like the Deutsches Museum and BMW Museum.

Overnight - Hotel Eden Wolff Munich (or similar)

Day 16 - Thursday 10 June 2021

Neushwanstein Castle (B,L)

This morning after breakfast we board the coach and drive to the pretty Bavarian town of Fussen. Located just north of the Austrian border Fussen is well known for Its Gothic castle, Hohes Schloss, which houses a regional art museum. The museum of St. Mang's abbey showcases Füssen's violin- and flute-making industry. The well-known Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castle lie southeast of the town. We'll enjoy lunch in Fussen before our visit to Neuschwanstein Castle.  

Neuschwanstein Castle was commissioned by King Ludwig II. Seven weeks after the death of the King in 1886, Neuschwanstein was opened to the public. The shy King had built the castle in order to withdraw from public life – now vast numbers of people came to view his private refuge. Today Neuschwanstein is one of the most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe. Every year 1.4 million people visit “the castle of the fairy-tale king”. In the summer around 6,000 visitors a day stream through rooms that were intended for a single inhabitant.

We return to our hotel in Munich in the evening with dinner at leisure

Overnight - Hotel Eden Wolff Munich (or similar)

Day 17 - Friday 11 June 2021

Free Day in Munich (B,FD)

Today we have a free day in Munich. So much on offer today.  Apart from enjoying more of typical Bavarian delights such as pretzels, Leberkäs (a traditional Bavarian meat speciality) and beer, in the traditional Munich beer gardens, you may choose to visit and tour the English Garden or indulge in some last minute shopping in the best Shopping Streets of Munich. The Maximilianstrasse is a key retail destination in Munich thanks to its plethora of international designer stores. Another primary spot for luxury shopping in the city is Theatinerstrasse. Pedestrianised Kaufingerstrasse is a prime shopping area and Sendlinger Strasse is an important shopping street in Munich's city centre. It extends into the Munich old town in the south-east-northeast direction from the Sendlinger Tor in the west to the point where Fürstenfelder Strasse and the Rindermarkt meet in the east. A great day to explore.

Tonight, we'll regroup for a Farewell dinner at a nearby restaurant to celebrate great times shared with new friends.

Overnight - Hotel Eden Wolff Munich (or similar)

Day 18 - Saturday 12 June 2021

Munich - Home (B)

It's time to farewell Europe!  After a leisurely breakfast we'll transfer to the Munich airport to begin our flight home.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the airline inflight entertainment as we head towards Melbourne.

Day 19 - Sunday 13 June 2021

Arrive Melbourne

Welcome Home!  Thank you for joining us for your latest adventure and we look forward to welcoming you back.

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