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Alpine Explorer

Join Margaret and Ian on this Alpine adventure. Alpine vistas await on the Glacier Express Train with Oberammergau Passion Play.

Book by Apr 02, 2020

Travel through the glorious scenery of the Swiss Alps on the legendary Glacier Express, the most charming express train in the world. As you journey between Zermatt and St. Moritz you will see spectacular views of snowcapped peaks, glittering lakes, and historic castles that could have been pulled from the pages of a storybook. What makes the Glacier Express special isn’t its speed. On the contrary, it’s actually known as the slowest train in the world. This is a blessing; you’ll want as much time as possible to sit back, relax and gaze out the windows at this once-in-a-lifetime panoramic view.

August 14 - 25, 2020 | 12 Days

Book now and save $200 Per Person. 

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COLLETTE EXPERIENCES

  Spend two nights in lovely Stresa, located on the banks of picturesque Lago Maggiore. 

  Experience the most legendary of Alpine railway journeys: the Glacier Express. 

  Explore Salzburg’s historic and charming Old Town – the Altstadt. 

 

MUST-SEE INCLUSIONS

 Witness a performance of the Oberammergau Passion Play.

 Soak up the mountain air with two nights in the village of Zermatt.

 Visit Linderhof Palace, one of the most artistic and stylistically complex ensembles of the 19th century.

 

CULINARY INCLUSIONS

 Relish Italian cuisine on Isola del Pescatori in Italy’s Lago Maggiore.

 Enjoy a wine and cheese pairing at an Italian family farm.

 Delight in dinner and a Mozart concert at the 1,200-year-old St. Peter's Restaurant, central Europe’s oldest.

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PRICE

Book now and save $200 per person.

 

Land and Air Rates

$8,899 $8,699* CDN PP

Based on double occupancy.

 

$11,149 $10,949* CDN PP

Single supplement.

 

Land Rates

$6,699 CDN PP - Based on double occupancy

$8,949 CDN PP - Single supplement

 

For bookings made after March 6, 2019 call for rates.

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For more information contact Ian Biddlecombe 

(604) 657-1365 | ian.biddlecombe@visiontravel.ca

 

Day 1 | August 14, 2020

Overnight Flight
Breathtaking Alpine vistas await as you travel through Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. From amazing railways to the thrilling Passion Play, experience the wonders only found in the heart of Europe.

Day 2 | August 15

Stresa, Italy (Lago Maggiore*)
Arrive in Stresa (Lago Maggiore) and take some free time to explore this beautiful lakeside town on your own. Your evening begins with a cocktail party in a wine shop before we cruise to our welcome dinner on Isola dei Pescatori, the most beautiful of the Borromean Islands. (D)

Day 3 | August 16

Stresa, Italy
Today we make our way to an ancient village nestled in the mountains. Stop at a family farm to learn about the artisan cheeses they produce. Sample delicious creations and discover how to pair them with local wines. Return to Stresa for an afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 4 | August 17

Stresa - Zermatt, Switzerland
Depart Lago Maggiore for a scenic drive into the heart of the mountains. The incredible views of the Italian and Swiss Alps are sure to leave a lasting impression. Upon arrival in Tasch, board a local train for a ride to the spectacular pedestrian village of Zermatt in the Swiss Alps. (B, D)

Day 5 | August 18

Zermatt
Today, Zermatt is at your fingertips. It’s your choice! Tour Zermatt’s best-known landmarks by foot with a local expert; or, enjoy a visit to the Matterhorn Museum where you’ll learn more about the triumph and tragedy behind the first ascent of this imposing peak. The remainder of your day is at leisure. (B)

Day 6 | August 19

Zermatt - Glacier Express Train - St. Moritz
Traverse bridges and tunnels while aboard the world-renowned narrow gauge Glacier Express, the most charming express train in the world. Enjoy the natural beauty of this route through the heart of the Swiss Alps. Filled with forests, fragrant meadows, streams and deep valleys, it’s a mountain dream come to life. Relax and enjoy a three-course lunch while onboard. Arrive in St. Moritz, playground of the rich and famous. (B, L)

Day 7 | August 20

St. Moritz - Innsbruck, Austria
Drive through the picturesque Engadine Valley to Innsbruck, Austria, capital of the Austrian Tyrol. Join a local expert and explore the city’s medieval pedestrian streets including Maria Theresian Strasse, the Hofburg and the Golden Roof. (B)

Day 8 | August 21

Innsbruck - Salzburg - Innsbruck
Travel the Austrian countryside to historic Salzburg, one of Europe's most beautiful and romantic spots. Enjoy a leisurely walking tour of Salzburg’s historic Old Town - the Altstadt. See highlights such as the Cathedral, Mozart's birthplace and Mirabell Gardens. Film buffs will be able to pick out locations from The Sound of Music. This evening, enjoy a delightful Mozart dinner concert at the centuries-old St. Peter’s Restaurant, central Europe’s oldest restaurant. (B, D)

Day 9 | August 22

Innsbruck - Munich, Germany - Oberammergau
Today we head to the frontier of Germany, crossing the border into Bavaria. Arrive in the Bavarian capital of Munich for a walking tour featuring the Marienplatz, the Glockenspiel and Olympic Park. Next, depart for the quaint village of Oberammergau, nestled in the Bavarian Alps. (B, D)

Day 10 | August 23

Oberammergau - Passion Play
This afternoon, witness a performance of the epic Passion Play. The original performance dates back to 1634. During the Thirty Year War, Oberammergau was spared the Black Plague and for this reason, the citizens vowed that every ten years they would give a play to honour the last days of the life of Christ. The performers of this once-in-a-decade event are all native to the village. To lend authenticity to the performance, the cast start to grow their hair and beards more than a year in advance. Also, the intricate costumes are made locally by the villagers. During a break in the performance, join your fellow travellers for dinner before returning for the remainder of your Passion Play performance. (B, L, D)

Day 11 | August 24

Oberammergau - Linderhof Palace - Füssen - Munich
Travel to nearby Linderhof Palace, one of the most artistic and stylistically complex ensembles of the 19th century. It is the only palace King Ludwig II of Bavaria was able to complete. Behind the Baroque façade is a Rococo world, rich in abundant ornamentation. Next, enjoy free time exploring medieval Füssen, the romantic town in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. Make a special picture stop at Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany’s most famous castle and the inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty. This evening, gather with your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of an unforgettable journey. (B, D)

Day 12 | August 25

Munich - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today. (B)

Every moment matters to Collette because they know it matters to you. Collette hires people who are passionate about sharing their own love of travel and uncovering mysteries. Choosing Collette comes with benefits that take your guided travel experience to another level. Their inclusive tours provide you more value for your money and more of what makes travel special.

Terms & Conditions

Please Note: PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP: PASSPORTS AND VISAS Documentation is required by foreign governments for all trips outside Canada. You should visit Global Affairs Canada at www.international.gc.ca for general information about passports and visa requirements. Some countries require a visa in addition to a valid passport for entry, so it is important that you cheque with the appropriate foreign consulate or embassy for specific entry requirements and details you need to know regarding how and when to obtain the visa. Please remember the possession of valid passports and necessary visas are the responsibility of each client/passenger. If you would like assistance in ensuring you have the proper visa(s) for your trip outside of Canada, we would be happy to refer you to a company that can assist you. We strongly recommend that you have a valid passport (with seven-month validity) for all travel outside Canada. Please be advised transit visas may be required if connecting through a country on route to your final destination. INSURANCE When travelling outside Canada, health insurance is required. Contact your booking agent for more details. TRAVEL CONDITIONS There may be different living standards and practices and different standards and conditions with respect to the provision of services and accommodations outside of Canada. The days and order of sightseeing may change to best utilize your time on tour. *Zacchera Hotels is a hotel chain in Lago Maggiore. The exact hotel to be used will be available prior to tour departure date. To complete your tour, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing our airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times. Single accommodations are extremely limited. Triple and child accommodations are not available. The included lunch in Oberammergau will be a light lunch. **On select September departures, you'll have the opportunity to experience Oktoberfest while in Munich. Tickets are not included, however transportation will be provided to and from Theresienwiese/Oktoberfest. Tickets must be arranged on your own and advance reservations are recommended. For more information, please visit www.oktoberfest.info. This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces, should be expected. Air passengers will arrive into Milan, Italy airport and transfer to Stresa. All transfers will depart from this airport. Travel time from Milan airport to Stresa is approximately 1 hour. Due to tour scheduling, arrival flights must arrive prior to 3:00 p.m. Economy air rate and schedule are applicable for groups of 10 or more travelling on the same flights and dates. A deposit of $750 per person is due upon reservation. A second deposit is required 1 year prior to departure, in the amount of $1,500 per person. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. Final payment due by April 16, 2020. Deposits are refundable up until March 06, 2019. BC Reg. #23337; Travel Industry Council of Ontario Reg. # 3206405

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