Alpine Adventure

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Higher, faster, farther, the Alpine way… Glistening glaciers... snowy peaks... idyllic meadows... summer fun! Few places on Earth offer as much breathtaking beauty, outdoor adventure and colorful culture as the Alps... and there’s no end to the possibilities when you experience them with your family.

During your eight-day adventure, family fun awaits you at every stop… from Lake Lucerne and Mount Pilatus in Switzerland... across the mountains aboard the Glacier Express to famous St. Moritz... into the Austrian Alps and Innsbruck... and on to the Bavarian magic of Munich! Go whitewater rafting, mountain bicycling, rock and rope climbing... enjoy a look at Neolithic life and traditional Tyrolean fun and games... ride cable cars and the world's steepest cog railway at Mount Pilatus, more than 125 years in operation (summer only)... watch an exciting ski-jump demonstration and more!

Highlights
  • Climb Mount Pilatus aboard the world’s steepest cogwheel train – more than 125 years in operation
  • Traditional Tyrolean evening featuring food, fun and games
  • Visit to Otzi Dorf, an archaeological open-air park interpreting life in the time of "Otzi," the Neolithic "iceman" found mummified in the Otztal Alps in 1991
  • Mountain bicycling, suspension rope climbing, rock climbing, summer tobogganing & whitewater rafting
  • Cruise Lake Lucerne & travel to St. Moritz aboard the Glacier Express
  • All gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides, and drivers
Destinations
  • Europe
  • Zurich
  • Switzerland
Tour Types
  • Rail
  • Luxury

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland

<strong><strong>Tour Begins: 4:00 PM, Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern.&nbsp;</strong></strong>Welcome to the Swiss Alps! A transfer is included from Zurich International Airport to Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern. Meet your Tauck Director and your fellow adventurers in the lobby of your grand hotel in the Old Quarter for a walking tour of Lucerne&rsquo;s cobblestone streets, discovering the city's spires, covered bridges, fountains and more. Tonight, join us for a private Tauck Bridges welcome reception and dinner at the award-winning Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern.&nbsp;Under the project titled "Wo Luzern Geschichte(n) schreibt" (Where Lucerne writes history/stories), every guest room has been allocated a guest with a unique story. They include great personalities such as thinkers, artists, politicians, athletes, musicians and crowned heads as well as unknown guests, whose stories are part of the hotel's history.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern

Meals: Dinner

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne's famous L&ouml;wendenkmal (Lion Memorial) pays tribute to the Swiss Guards who gave their lives in defense of the French king centuries ago; after visiting this Swiss national monument, head out to Alpnachstad to ride the world's steepest cogwheel train up to the summit of Mount Pilatus. The mountain is a place of myth and legend; some say there be dragons living in the caves here... as well as the ghost of Roman governor Pontius Pilate! Later, descend via aerial cableway to Fraekmuentegg, where major fun awaits you at Switzerland's biggest rope park*, the country's longest summer toboggan run*, or a thrilling (but safe) giant tubing slide!* After riding a gondola to Kriens, head back to Lucerne to spend the evening as you please.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Location: St. Moritz, Switzerland

Feast your eyes on some of the world's greatest scenery today... first on a cruise across lovely Lake Lucerne, and then aboard the famous <em>Glacier Express</em> for what many call the most scenic rail trip in Europe &ndash; winding its way through lush Alpine valleys dotted with little villages... the real Switzerland! Arrive in the popular resort town of St. Moritz for a two-night stay in the Engadine Valley.

Accommodation Name: Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains St. Moritz

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: St. Moritz, Switzerland

Start another exciting day in the Alps by climbing up Piz Diavolezza via cable car; you won't believe the views of the Engadine Valley and its many lakes stretching out below you... plus, you'll have a chance to try the highest virtual reality experience in the world! Then it's off to the Morteratsch Glacier for guided mountain hiking*, rock climbing* and abseiling* (descending via ropes)... a visit to an Alpine cheesery for lunch in a meadow and a look at cheesemaking... and a few surprises!* If you wish, hop aboard a mountain bicycle* for a ride back through the Engadine Valley to St. Moritz, where your evening is free to enjoy as you please.

Accommodation Name: Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains St. Moritz

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Location: Innsbruck, Austria

After crossing the border from Switzerland to Austria this morning, get wet and wild in Austria's &Ouml;tztal Valley today on a trip to Area 47, one of the largest adventure parks in the Alps, and Europe's ultimate outdoor playground. Jump into a neoprene suit and helmet, and head out on a whitewater-rafting adventure*; then do some swimming or try out the slides and other attractions of one of the newest and biggest water parks on the Continent, and enjoy lunch at the park. Arrive late afternoon at your Alpine spa hotel in L&auml;ngenfeld &ndash; the AQUA DOME &ndash; offering more aquatic fun for the whole family with a pool, waterslides, spa, sauna, thermal baths and fitness center.

Accommodation Name: AQUA DOME – Tirol Therme Längenfeld

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Innsbruck, Austria

This morning, head to Innsbruck &ndash; the 15th-century capital of Emperor Maximilian I's Habsburg Empire, and more recently the host of two Winter Olympic Games in the 20th century &ndash; and visit the high-tech Bergisel ski-jump complex, designed by star architect Zaha Hadid, for a demonstration of the difficult and daring art of ski jumping. Later, join your local guide in old Innsbruck for a walking tour of this idyllic Alpine city, during which you just might "meet" old Emperor Max and his wives. Following a free afternoon, enjoy an after-hours private visit to &Ouml;tzi-Dorf, an open-air museum and archaeological site in the Oetzi Valley, interpreting village life during the time of "Oetzi" &ndash; the Neolithic Age of about 5,000 years ago. Dinner tonight in a rustic restaurant includes a memorable evening of Tyrolean fun, games and activities!

Accommodation Name: AQUA DOME – Tirol Therme Längenfeld

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Location: Munich, Germany

Depart Austria, cross the German border into Bavaria, and continue on to Munich, Bavaria's capital city for a city tour followed by time to explore as you please. Cap your memorable family Alpine vacation with tonight's farewell dinner in the historic Palais Keller &ndash; once a 15th-century salt store &ndash; beneath your landmark hotel in the heart of the city, the Bayerischer Hof.

Accommodation Name: Bayerischer Hof

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Munich, Germany

<strong>Trip ends: Munich.</strong> Fly home anytime; a transfer is included from the Bayerischer Hof to Munich Airport. You should allow a minimum of 3 hours for your flight check-in.

Meals: Breakfast

  • Visit to Otzi Dorf, an archaeological open-air park interpreting life in the time of "Otzi," the Neolithic "iceman" found mummified in the Otztal Alps in 1991
  • All gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides, and drivers
  • Mountain bicycling, suspension rope climbing, rock climbing, summer tobogganing & whitewater rafting
  • Climb Mount Pilatus aboard the world’s steepest cogwheel train – more than 125 years in operation
  • Cruise Lake Lucerne & travel to St. Moritz aboard the Glacier Express
  • Traditional Tyrolean evening featuring food, fun and games
5* Alpine Adventure
Best trip ever. Highly recommend this trip for any family with older kids. Everyone had an incredible time. Our tour guide was wonderful and helped to make it a truly memorable trip! Walking on a glacier and the enthusiasm and kindness of our tour guide!
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Date: 12-Aug-2015

3* Alpine Adventure
First trip with Tauck. Our trip had some poor weather and felt there could have been some better back up plans to deal with weather issues. Many things were good, but when problems arose, optional plans were not given. Felt like we wasted time and money. Thought the guide could offer more "time on your own" options, especially at St. Moritz. The kids enjoyed the exciting summer toboggan run. We were able to to it only twice; it took 45-60 minutes per run (waiting in line).
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Date: 30-Aug-2017

5* Family Anniversary Trip
We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary by taking our son and his family on the Alpine Adventure. Tauck did a fantastic job of planning this trip with something for everyone, especially the young ones ages 9-13. This was their first experience traveling in Europe and it couldn't have been a better introduction. Superb tour director for kids! The cog railway up Mt Pilatus was memorable for all, but there were so many memorable moments it is difficult to name just one. The cog railroad ride gave the kids a very up close look at the majesty of the Alps. The cable car ride up Piz Diavolezza and walking on the glacier was also very memorable for all.
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Date: 26-Jun-2018

3* Alpine Adventure Aug. 2015
Too much ground to cover in such a short amount of time. Would have enjoyed staying longer in each location to see more of the local area! Hotels were all very nice, tour director was GREAT, bus driver was GREAT, food was typical European, nice to experience, but choices were usually limited for the children - weather was very rainy! White water rafting - the day was beautiful, the guide was knowledgeable, and it was a wonderful family experience!
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Date: 31-Aug-2015

5* Best trip ever
My husband and I took our 13 year old grandson on the Alpine Adventure Tour. Some of the activities were a little difficult for us but we pushed out of our comfort zone and participated in 98% of them. We met wonderful people and so did he. By the end of the week he had made several new friends because everyone was so warm and welcoming. White water rafting!
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Date: 30-Jul-2018

4* Great trip
It was wonderful...i took my 14 and 9 year old grandchildren and we all had a blast... My only negative comment is that rooms are too small when 3 are sharing room. I am fine paying upgrade, however, feel that it should be something offer as I pay for 3 the same that a traveler pays for 2 and same room type. We had many...the river rafting was high in my list... Not related to this trip, however, i travel with my grandkids and two other families. We are running out of Tauck Bridges tours...wanted to do Spain, and it was eliminated...wanted to do Tanzania and south Africa and also eliminated...are you planning on adding any new adventures?
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Date: 31-Jul-2017

4* A rewarding experience
This was a "Tauck Bridges" intergenerational tour and we enjoyed the time with our grandson. It was a good itinerary, smoothly executed. Serving all the kids from the "children's menu" did not suit our 15-year old grandson. It was always taken care of, but with some delay in service. Last day (in Munich) was Sunday and everything was closed. Lunch at IceQs mountain top restaurant - spectacular views.
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Date: 16-Oct-2017

4* Idea
You may want to cancel the walk with bad actors in Innsbruck The rest of the tour is excellent The tour guide is a gem and great driver My grandson loved the aqua dome
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Date: 02-Jul-2018

2* Well, I WAS warned.
We knew that this was a "Bridges" tour and that there would be families and that there would be kids on the trip. We didn't expect that the trip's emphasis would be on activities FOR the children. Attractions for mature adults were rare which resulted in a lot wasted, idle time. The tour Director became a babysitter to keep the kids in control. The cog-wheel train up Mt. Pilatus, the time (not enough) at the top and the cable car and gondola trip down the other side. The most unpleasant memorable event: When the Tour director gave the bus microphone to the extremely loud children.
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Date: 22-Jul-2015

4* Alpine good times!!
A wonderful outdoors nature experience with my extended family! The staff was SUPER and the sights lovely. A bit too much time on the bus one day (I think they will change this next year) but otherwise a really nice trip We loved the day at the glacier! The hike was scenic and our fondue lunch and cheese making was great
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Date: 29-Aug-2016

4* Swiss Alps trip
We had a really nice time on our trip. However, I did not feel we had enough down town to be with our own family. We also thought the trip should be reversed. We felt it should start in Munich, with at least a 1/2 day tour of Munich. Also, we had a week of incredible heat, and the Austrian Hotel's did not have air condition. That was tough. We had lots of fun moments.
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Date: 17-Jul-2015

4* Great Guide + Bad Weather = Good Trip
The guide and excursions gave a great overview of the area, but the scenery of these areas is what can never be described prior to the trip. Our weather may not have been great, but she made sure we had an unbelievable time. As always my daughter made great friends and memories. All the kids having a snowball fight in Switzerland
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Date: 18-Apr-2018

3* Good, But Not Up to Tauck Standards
Hot! Hot! Hot! Most days in the mid 80s to over 90 and only one air conditioned night! We were ready for lots of sun and heat during the day and the typical inadequate European hotel A/C, but we didn't anticipate the misery & lack of sleep from hot non-A/C rooms at night. All were surprised & disappointed that Tauck didn't warn us. The view of the Alps from Mt. Pilatus was amazing, the walk to the Morteratsch Glacier was fantastic, and the tour of the Innsbruck Bergisel ski jump, even to the very top where only the jumpers go, was great. All hotels except the Bayeriscer Hof had lovely staff. It's unfortunate that the nighttime heat marred the whole experience for so many.
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Date: 17-Aug-2015

5* Great trip with our 13 year old grandson
Having done 3 other Tauck trips we knew what to expect, and this trip did not dissapoint us. We had our personal opinions while on tour about several activities, but now that we are home and looking back, it was great. Our grandson had a ball and that was the goal of our trip. We lucked out with great weather and a great tour director. Mount Pilatus, Area 47, Aqua Dome Pools, Glacier Express was a snore, but probably necessary to get to St. Moritz. White Water Rafting was a blast, especially for our 13 year old.
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Date: 09-Aug-2018

5* The Incredible Alpine Adventure
Our amazing family adventure to Lucerne, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, and Munich exceeded all expectations! We enjoyed the incredible alpine sights and activities. Our tour leader is without equal--affable, engaging, informed, humorous, efficient and organized to military precision. The hotels and meals were spectacular! Ready to go again. Impossible to say--cog train to Mt Pilatus, Glacier Express, Morteratsch glacier, or white-water rafting in Area 47. Might even have been the fabulous breakfast buffets or Kaiserschmarrn in Munich! OMG The BEST was reading my 17 yr old grandson's review on Instagram: "countless unforgettable memories, wonderful new friends, a glimpse of paradise."
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Date: 30-Jul-2018

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15-Aug-2021
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Start: Lucerne, Switzerland
Finish: Munich, Germany
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