Alpine Winter Departure

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Alpine Winter Departure
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Alpine Winter Departure
Snow globe settings await...
on a cable car ride to the top of Mount Pilatus and an adventure park for
tobogganing, sledding, air boarding and snowbiking... on a Lake Lucerne cruise and aboard the Glacier Express... while
skiing and snowshoeing in St. Moritz... during a snowball contest and a crossbow competition... in an Austrian village en
route to Innsbruck... while ice climbing in Ötztal... and at a gala five course Christmas dinner in the midst of the Alps!
1. ARRIVE ZURICH AND ON TO LUCERNE
Tour begins: 4:00 PM, Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern. A
transfer is included from Zurich International Airport to Hotel
Schweizerhof Luzern, nestled in the Alps. Meet your Tauck
Director and your fellow adventurers at your grand hotel in the
Old Quarter for a walking tour of Lucerne’s cobblestone streets
and colorful medieval architecture. Tonight, we’ll get together
again for a welcome reception and dinner in the hotel. Meals D
2. A CABLE CAR CLIMB & MT. PILATUS’ SLOPES
Take a look at Lucerne’s Lion Monument, dedicated to the
Swiss Guards who lost their lives in the French Revolution, en
route to your cable car ride to the top of Mount Pilatus – nearly
7,000 feet! – surrounded by more than 70 Alpine peaks and
five lakes, before descending to Fraekmuentegg for a choice
of wintertime activities including sledding*, toboggan rides*,
airboarding* and snowbiking*. Take a gondola down the
mountain to Kriens for a short drive to Lucerne, where your
family spends the rest of the day at leisure. Meals BL
GERMANY
Munich
Hohenschwangau
Castle
Zurich
SWITZERLAND
Längenfeld
Lucerne Lake
Lucerne
Mount Pilatus
Alpnachstad Stansstad
E
Glacier xpress
Andermatt
AUSTRIA
St. Moritz
Morteratsch
Glacier
Innsbruck
ITALY
Maximum Elevation: 9,500 ft.
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Traveling Well Includes…
• A cable car ride to the top of Mt. Pilatus for toboggan runs, sledding, snowbiking & more
• A Lake Lucerne cruise & a ride on the Glacier Express
• S kiing, snowshoeing, snowbiking & crossbow, snowball & airboard gliding fun in St. Moritz
• A 5-course gala Christmas dinner at the Aqua Dome
• I ce climbing, a frozen waterfall walk & cable car ride to the top of Gaislachkogl Peak
• A horse-and-carriage ride to Hohenschwangau Castle
• 1 7 meals, airport transfers as noted, all gratuities to Tauck Director, guides & drivers, service
charges, admission fees, taxes & porterage
3. A LAKE CRUISE & THE GLACIER EXPRESS
Poets love to write about the beautiful scenery of Lake Lucerne;
you’ll see why on this morning’s cruise across the lake to
Stansstad. Once ashore, drive to Andermatt to board the famous
Glacier Express for more jaw-dropping views as the train winds its
way through spectacular Alpine passes past lakes, forests, and
mountain villages. Your destination today is St. Moritz, one of the
most glamorous ski resorts in the world. Dine à la carte at leisure
tonight in your elegant hotel, at the foot of the Alps. Meals BLD
4. ENGADINE VALLEY: SKIS & COMPETITIONS
Outdoor enchantment continues in the snow-covered Swiss
mountains today where head-turning views combine with
ski-clad feet to make your day one you’ll fondly remember.
Downhill and cross-country skiers will join their expert ski
instructors on runs and trails in the winter wonderland. Those
opting for snowshoe hiking will explore with like-minded
enthusiasts. All equipment and lift tickets are included for Tauck
Bridges families. Alpine horn blowers will welcome everyone
back together for lunch at the top of the mountain, followed
by some friendly competitive games for all. They include a five
person ski competition*, crossbow shooting*, a snowball contest*,
and airboard gliding*. Return to your hotel after an afternoon
enjoying snow shoeing, cross country or downhill skiing. Meals BL
5. A HABSBURG EMPEROR & HIS WIVES
Follow the Inn River today to the university town of Innsbruck,
Austria, and discover the labyrinthine heart of Old Town. History
comes alive, literally, when, on a walking tour, you meet up with
some old timers, such as the 15th-century German Emperor
Maximilian I and his two lovely wives. The locals continue to
make your day exciting on a visit to the world-class Bergisel Ski
Jump and sports facility, designed by the renowned architect
Zaha Hadid. Austrian delights are on the menu this evening at a
traditional mountain “hut” where local Tyrolean food, music, and
entertainment offer an authentic taste of daily life. Meals BD
Call your travel agent or Tauck Bridges at 800-468-2825
“
When we went up to the top of Mt. Pilatus
and I looked out and saw the amazing views,
I was awestruck. It really inspired me to
explore, travel, and discover this amazing
world we live in.
– Emma, age 15
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valley and return to your resort hotel. Dinner tonight is a gala
affair when we celebrate Christmas with a festive five course
dinner. Meals BLD
7. A FAIRY TALE CASTLE & ON TO MUNICH
En route to Munich, stop for a horse-drawn carriage ride and a
guided visit inside fairy tale Hohenschwangau Castle. Arrive at
your Munich hotel late afternoon and join us for a farewell dinner
with accordion music at the hotel’s Palais Keller, located in
15th-century vaults that once served as a salt store. Meals BLD
8. AUF WIEDERSEHEN – JOURNEY HOME
Tour ends: Munich. Fly home anytime. Transfers are included
from the Bayerischer Hof to Munich Airport; allow a minimum of
three hours for your flight check-in. Meals B
8 DAYS from $4,913 plus airfare
(7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners)
BEGINS ZURICH
Dec 19
Go to tauckbridges.com for up-to-the-minute space availability. Quadruples will be
accommodated in two separate rooms.
PRICE PER PERSON
Double $4990
Triple $4913
Single $5340
Children 11 and under Discount $100
Children under 18 must be booked in a room with at least one adult.
Gratuities to Tauck Director, drivers and local guides are included.
Alpine highs await in Switzerland’s winter wonderland, from cable car
rides to outdoor sports, amidst picture-perfect snow globe settings
International Airfare is additional. Call Tauck for special rates on international air
for travel originating in the U.S. (subject to availability).
6. ICE CLIMBING IN ÖTZTAL VALLEY
Recommended age: 8+. Children must be 8 or older to participate in activities
requiring a waiver & must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please ask
when booking about additional hotel nights before or after your tour and about our
comprehensive Guest Protection Product.
Visions of the popular Disney movie Frozen come to mind
today as you venture outside in the icy wilderness for a choice
of activities. Bundle up for a walk to the frozen waterfall in the
village of Längenfeld where an ice climbing instructor will show
you the ropes and special equipment needed for this wintertime
sport. Learn expert tips and basic ice climbing techniques as
you try your hand at scaling the frigid terrain. As an alternative
option, join us for a guided winter walk to the village of Burgstein
crossing over a spectacular suspension bridge for breathtaking
views. The entire group meets up for a cable car ride up to the
Gaislachkogl Peak where lunch is served at the state-of-the-art
gourmet restaurant, Ice Q. Ride a cable car back down to the
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Note: For activities marked with an asterisk (*), participation is at your own risk and a
signed liability waiver will be required.
FINE HOTELS / GREAT LOCATIONS
Night 1,2
HOTEL SCHWEIZERHOF LUZERN Lucerne, Switzerland
Night 3,4
HOTEL SCHWEIZERHOF
ST. MORITZ
St. Moritz, Switzerland
Night 5,6
AQUA DOME TIROL THERME
LANGENFELD
Längenfeld, Austria
Night 7
BAYERISCHER HOF
Munich, Germany
#1 IN GUIDED FAMILY TRAVEL