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Three Countries Alpine Discovery

  • Swarovski Crystal World, Wattens

    Tirol Swarovski Crystal World, Wattens (BVE-NCN)
  • Bernina Express ©Switzerland Tourism

    Switzerland, Alps, Bernina Pass, Bernina Express ©Switzerland Tourism
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rhaetian Railway. At Alp Gruem south of the Bernina Hospiz; view of Piz Palue and glacier © Switzerland Tourism - BAFU By-Line: swiss-image.ch / Renato Bagattini

    UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rhaetian Railway. At Alp Gruem south of the Bernina Hospiz; view of Piz Palue and glacier © Switzerland Tourism - BAFU By-Line: swiss-image.ch / Renato Bagattini
  • Swarovski Crystal World, Austria

    Swarovski Crystal World, Austria
10 day tour
From £649 per person - minimum 25 passengers

INCLUDING THE BERNINA EXPRESS

Austria

Based in the delightful Austrian village of Pfunds, this tour explores a charming corner of the Alps where three countries converge. Visit Innsbruck, the capital of the Tirol, and stroll past the pretty pastel buildings lining the river.  The streets are full of beautiful buildings from the ornate Hofburg Palace and the iconic 16th-century Goldenes Dachl, the gold-clad roof and balcony, from where the nobility would address the townspeople. Should you wish to view Innsbruck from above, take the funicular to Hungerburg.  At the top, take in the splendid panorama of this beautiful city surrounded by the Alps.  Having hosted the Winter Olympics in 1976, Innsbruck is watching over by the Bergisel Ski Jump which is a prominent landmark in the city’s skyline.  Visitors can access a viewing platform – look out and imagine you are a ski jumper about to jump!

A short excursion to the nearby town of Wattens takes you to the magical cave world of Swarovski.  Here, local and international artists have designed a dazzling array of creations inspired by crystals.  Explore the crystal forest, ‘Eden’, designed to celebrate the magnificence of nature.

During this tour, you will be surrounded by spectacular nature.  Chugging through scenic landscape aboard the Ziller Valley Steam Railway en route to Mayrhofen is a particular highlight.

Italy & Switzerland

Visit the beautiful spa town of Merano, nestled on the southern side of the Alps in Italy.  Explore the quaint town before heading to a stunning vineyard to sip delicious Italian wines.  While there, perhaps also enjoy a ride on the ‘Vinschger Bahn’ wine train.  Furthermore, in Switzerland you can board another train: the Bernina Express.  This truly delightful excursion allows you to relax while surveying the breathtaking Bernina Pass.  Gaze through panoramic windows as you wind and snake through the Pass.  For even more intoxicating natural beauty, visit the Kaunertal Glacier and ascend mountains to overlook the majestic Alps.

 


Dates

Dates throughout 2021


Suggested Itinerary

Day 1-2

Travel to Austria

Take a short sea crossing to Calais and travel south through France for an overnight stop before arriving in Austria on Day 2.

Day 3

Austria – Innsbruck and Swarovski Crystal World

Today we visit the beautiful alpine city of Innsbruck, the capital of the Tyrol. With a spectacular backdrop of snow-capped mountains, Innsbruck offers a picture-book old town full of historical buildings. There’s an optional walking tour that includes the Imperial Palace and the famous Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof), the symbol of the city. There’s also an opportunity to visit the impressive Bergisel Ski Jump, built on the site of the ski jump used in the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics. We visit the nearby market town of Wattens, home to the world famous Swarovski Crystal World, for a captivating and glittering experience. Enter into the heart of this crystal empire to be awed by sparkling art.

Day 4

Day at Leisure

Explore the local area – perhaps taking a walking tour of village to unearth its gems. Enjoy some time to relax at the hotel or at the charming cafés where delicious apple strudel is sure to be served. Take some time to enjoy your hotel’s facilities and relax.

Day 5

Shopping and Scenery

This morning we cross the border to indulge in a little duty free retail therapy in the nearby Swiss resort of Samnaun. There’s also an opportunity to take a ride in the world’s first double-deck cable car. Admire stunning views from the peak as you relax with a refreshing drink or perhaps enjoy lunch in the mountain-top restaurant.

Day 6

Switzerland – Bernina Express and St Moritz

We cross the border into Switzerland and follow the Lower Engadine Valley to the world-famous resort town of St Moritz. After some free time to explore the town we continue on to Pontresina where we board the Bernina Express. The train, with its panoramic carriages, takes between one and a half and two hours to thread its way carefully through the Bernina Pass. At Poschiavo we rejoin our coach to return by road to Pfunds.

Day 7

Italy – Merano, Wine Tasting and Wine Train

Today we travel into Italy over the spectacular Reschen Pass and along the Etsch Valley with its vineyards, orchards and ruined castles. We stop in the lovely spa town of Merano where there’s free time to explore the quaint centre and enjoy its markets before we head for a nearby vineyard for a well-deserved wine tasting. Perhaps also take a ride on the ‘Vinschger Bahn’ wine train.

Day 8

Kaunertal Glacier Panoramic Road

Today we take a trip along the scenic Kaunertal Glacier Panoramic Road. Winding roads lead through this stunning landscape alongside perpetual ice. Viewing platforms and historic sites dot the route. Keep your eyes peeled for little marmots and perhaps spot ibex. We will make a photo stop at the Gepatsch Reservoir, the largest in Western Austria.

Day 9-10

Return to the UK

It’s time to leave the Alps, make an overnight stop en route before continuing to Calais the following morning to return to the UK.


Suggested hotels – Inspected by Greatdays’ staff in August 2017

Hotel Tyrol, Pfunds ****

Superb family-run hotel in the heart of the village. Standard and superior rooms available. Spacious and comfortable public areas, and excellent swimming pool and wellness facilities. Coach parking nearby.

Posthotel, Pfunds ****

A highly recommended traditional and family-run hotel with indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam bath (free to guests). Restaurant with rustic, cosy dining room and terrace. Coach parking nearby.


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Hotel Half Twin Single Supplement
2021 dates Hotel Tyrol, Pfunds From £649.00 per person From £129.00 per person
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