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Tailor Made The Alps: From Bavaria to Lake Como (2016)
Days: 9 | From: $13,245
Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.
Day 1: Arrive Munich, Germany
Upon arrival in Munich, you are met by your Guardian Angel and transferred to your hotel, where you are assisted with check-in.
Day 2: Munich | The “Village of a Million People”
Set out on a walking tour of historic Munich, seeing its multitude of shops, markets and bustling beer halls, among them the famous Hofbrauhaus. Arriving in the heart of the city, see the Marienplatz, a large open square where the Old and the neo-Gothic New Town Halls (Rathaus) are located. The latter features the famous Glockenspiel, a chiming clock that re-enacts two stories from Munich's history with life-sized characters. Nearby, discover emblematic Frauenkirche, Munich's Gothic cathedral, its twin towers topped with domes rather than spires.
The Charles Hotel | Meals: B
Days 3-4: Lucerne, Switzerland | Alpine Peaks
Depart Munich and drive to Switzerland, stopping en route for a walking tour in Lindau. There, see Peterskirche, one of the region’s oldest churches. Upon arrival in fairy tale-like Lucerne, check in to your hotel. The next day, embark on a walking tour, seeing Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), an excellent example of late-Renaissance architecture; Hofkirche; the famous Lion Monument; and Glacier Gardens, where you learn about the geological history of Lucerne and Switzerland as a whole. Then, take a public cruise on the lake, admiring the cityscape and surrounding mountains.
Palace Hotel Luzern | Meals: B
Days 5-6: Zermatt | Glacier & Mountain Vistas
Transfer to the train station, where you travel in first class to vehicle-free Zermatt, enjoying picturesque scenery en route. The following morning, make a cog rail trip up to Gornergrat, situated 10,170 feet above sea level. At the summit, absorb views of the Gorner glacier, Matterhorn and Monte Rosa.
Grand Hotel Zermatterhof | Meals: B
Days 7-8: Lake Como, Italy | Tranquil Waters
Spend the day driving to Bellagio, Italy, situated on the shores of Lake Como; pause en route at the picturesque village of Orta San Giulio, where you take a walking tour to see its fresco and terra cotta statue-adorned 17th century chapels that are devoted to St. Francis of Assisi. Upon checking in to your hotel, spend time at leisure. Situated just half an hour from the bustling city of Milan, Lake Como is an oasis of peace, with lush greenery and snowy alpine peaks. The next day, embark on a private cruise on Lake Como with your guide. Visit Villa Balbianello, one of the most striking villas in the world. It cascades down the mountains to the lake's shore. It was here that one of the recent Star Wars episodes was filmed. Then, slow your pace in the little-known lakeside village of Varenna, seeing its cluster of houses, small piazzas and 10th-century San Giovanni Battista Church, the oldest on the lake.
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni | Meals: B
Day 9: Depart Milan
Depart from Lake Como and transfer to the Milan airport, where you board your homebound flight.