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Solos Mix

This a real Alpine Adventure!

This tour celebrates the complete diversity offered by the French and Swiss Alps, discovering their breathtaking scenery. From standing above the clouds on the tip of the remarkable Aiguille du Midi, to being inside the Trummelbach mountain as the thundering waterfall roars down around you, shaking the ground you stand on. From delightful, lakeside Annecy and Chateau Chillon beside Montreux, to staying in a fantastic spa hotel in Grindelwald with views of the Eiger, or Zermatt beside the Matterhorn, and especially experiencing the incredible Glacier Express panoramic train ride that cuts through the glorious Alps. 

Lake Garda is a logical finale completing your grand Alpine mountain traverse by relaxing beside a glacier-carved, deep blue, beautiful Italian Lake.

Starting from Zurich, Switzerland your journey takes you across the Alps before ending in Italy, enjoying 2,3 and 4 night stays along the way. Revel in this pace that will give you a true insight into this magnificent region, all while enjoying the benefits of a small group, not more than 28 travellers.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    best suited 45 years+
  • Duration:
    17 Days
  • Status:
    Early bird offer
  • Region:
    Europe
  • Destinations:
    France, Switzerland, Italy
  • Travel Style:
    Tour
  • Accomodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices:
    @ early bird price from $9088 in your own room. Airfare additional. *EB saving applies ONLY if airfare is booked with us
  • Transport:
    Private coach,Train
  • Pace:
    3
  • Group Size:
    Maximum 28
  • Trip Code:
    alpine18-5
  • Terms:
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REVIEWS

'There were many highlights with some of the excursions sensational. Our tour director was very competent and his command of many languages made things very simple. He certainly enhanced our trip. 
I will be travelling with Albatross again soon!'

Robert, Australia

'What an adventure!!  A trip of contrasts – heat and cold, mountain and valleys, large cities and small mountainside towns. The tour was full of surprises and treats.
I loved the extended stays at each place, the small group sixe and the large coach. Our tour leader was organised and knowledgeable about the places we visited the local guides were excellent. The pace was easy and relaxed.'

Angela, Australia
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INCLUSIONS

  • 16 nights specially selected hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast daily 
  • 8 dinners including a welcome dinner, farewell dinner, local restaurant dinner in Grindelwald
  • 1 special lunch @ Lake Garda wine estate
  • Welcome drink in Zurich and Grindelwald
  • Lake Garda wine tasting
  • All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
  • Special Highlights - cable car excursion Aiguille du Midi, Glacier Express train
  • Local guides as described in the itinerary
  • Fully escorted by a tour manager
  • Travel in a first class air-conditioned touring coach
  • Tour tips to tour manager and driver, tips for local guides
  • Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
  • Travel App

Note: airport transfers on arrival and departure are not included

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Spend 3 nights in Chamonix in the fabulous French Haute Savoie, under the shadow of the Mont Blanc massif, visit Annecy and Megeve and experience the extraordinary cable car ride to the top of the stunning Aiguille du Midi - the ‘Needle of Midday’
  • Drive over the spectacular Forclaz Pass to Byron’s Chateau de Chillon in Montreux, explore hilltop Gruyères and Geneva on Lake Léman
  • Stay 3 nights in a spectacular spa hotel in Grindelwald, high in the Bernese Oberland, with views of the infamous Eiger, visit medieval Bern and the wooden bridges of Luzern, plus Lauterbrunnen’s thundering Trummelbach Falls in the scenic ‘Valley of the Waterfalls’
  • Experience the spectacular scenery of ‘Le Valais’, stay 2 relaxing nights in chic Zermatt, and see the magnificent Matterhorn
  • Ride in panoramic carriages on the amazing Glacier Express, passing over chasms and through the mighty Alps, to explore ancient Chur
  • Stay 2 nights in Klosters and visit world famous St Moritz
  • Relax over 4 nights beside Lake Garda, visit Romeo and Juliet’s Verona
  • Explore D’Annunzio’s extraordinary Villa and Gardens, and enjoy a wine tasting and dinner at the Redaelli de Zinis wine estate

Pre Tour Stay
Consider arriving a day before the tour starting date, or enjoy a stopover.  You can relax and refresh after a long flight.  The cost of the additional night of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs.

DAY 1 - SUNDAY 27 MAY 2018
Welcome to Zurich 

Your tour commences this evening in Zurich. Join us tonight for a welcome drink before dinner. This is an ideal chance to meet, and get to know, your Tour Manager and fellow travellers. 

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2 – MONDAY 28 MAY 2018
Geneva to Chamonix in the French Alps 

We arrive in Geneva around lunch time. You will have time at leisure to explore Switzerland’s second largest city and once home of the Red Cross. Make sure you take a walk along the beautiful foreshore of Lake Léman (Lake Geneva) to see the city’s symbolic 140 metre high Jet d’Eau fountain which is set offshore in the lake. Crossing back into France we continue deep into the heart of the mighty French Alps and the Chamonix Valley in the Haute Savoie, to Chamonix, where we stay the next three nights. Set at an altitude of 1000 metres, and surrounded by a dozen world class ski resorts, Chamonix is the world capital of skiing and mountaineering. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 – TUESDAY 29 MAY 2018
Chamonix

Today we have included not one, but two incredible mountain rides. The first, arguably one of the world’s greatest mountain rides, is by cable car up to the very tip of the Aiguille du Midi - the ‘Needle of Midday’. At an altitude of 3842 metres (12,605ft) you are seemingly within reach of Mont Blanc and the views across the French, Italian and Swiss Alps are astounding. The second ride is on the famous ‘Little Red Train’ – a funicular railway that follows a scenic route through the forests of conifers up to Montenvers station. Soaring high above you is the spike of the Drus Mountain and the massive rock wall of the Grands Jorasse. Filling the valley below you is France’s largest Glacier, the ‘Mer du Glace’ or ‘Sea of Ice’. You can even take a cable car down to explore the hand carved ice caves, beautifully illuminated deep inside this glacier*. The less adventurous can of course relax in Montenvers panoramic restaurant or enjoy an afternoon at leisure exploring the shops and boutiques of lovely Chamonix.

* From the foot of the cable car you need to go down a large number of steps to access the ice caves entrance.

Hand Selected Experience - Mountains are meant to be conquered!

Fortunately, nowadays we can so easily capture that exhilarating mountain experience without any effort at all. Like our ride up the astounding Aiguille du Midi. To give you an idea of what a feat of engineering this is, the steel cable or hawser on just the second cable car stage is an unbelievable, continuous 7 kms long! On top, at an altitude of 3,842 metres (12,605ft), you will find observation platforms, a café, mountaineering and alpine exhibition, plus a glass bottom observation booth. Stand on that if you dare, and you will ‘feel’ the whole world dropping away beneath your feet! Far below you can see where the massive ‘Mer du Glace’ or ‘Sea of Ice’ is born and how it snakes its way down the valley. And ‘down there’ is where we go on our afternoon adventure on the Little Red Train. The Glacier moves 70 metres a year so each season they hop back inside the glacier and re-carve the cave labyrinth, lining it with blue carpets, beautiful lighting shows and adding ice sculptures and chairs. A fantastic experience!                    

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY 30 MAY 2018
From Chamonix; Chic Megeve and lakeside Annecy

First stop this morning will be in the exclusive, chic ski resort of Megeve. Running from the delightful cobbled central square, the main pedestrian street is lined with medieval buildings, al fresco cafés and some hideously expensive designer boutiques. The rest of the day will be in the delightful French lakeside town of Annecy. A local guide will show us around the cobbled stone streets, half-timbered and beautifully painted houses that sit beside picturesque canals which are criss-crossed with stone bridges. With a back drop of mountains and the turquoise lake, the Vieille Ville (Old Town) is incredibly pretty. 

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 – THURSDAY 31 MAY 2018
Chamonix to Grindelwald via Monteux and Gruyeres 

Driving over the spectacular Forclaz Pass into Switzerland we reach Montreux. Our first stop will be to enjoy a guided tour through Château de Chillon. Made famous in Byron’s poem ‘The Prisoner of Chillon’, this 13th century fortress juts out imposingly into Lake Geneva. The rest of the morning is at leisure on the grand lakeside promenade and foreshore of Montreux. In the afternoon we visit the fortified village of Gruyères, which rises out of the flat valley floor, perched on top of a steep rocky hill. The broad cobbled stone main street, flanked by centuries old houses, is an astounding time capsule and one of the great sights of Europe. Later we drive deep into the heart of the Bernese Oberland to Grindelwald where we stay the next three nights. Grindelwald is known the world over for its dramatic setting surrounded by massive snow covered peaks and meadows. The views of the north face of the Eiger are exceptional! The village is full of restaurants, cafés and shops. On arrival we will enjoy a welcome drink, followed by dinner in a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 – FRIDAY 01 JUNE 2018
From Grindelwald; 'My Time' in the Bernese Oberland

We have left this day entirely free for you to enjoy the spectacular Swiss scenery. Perhaps go for a walk in the hills or catch a train to explore nearby Interlaken. Alternatively, take the cog train which tunnels up inside the mountain to the snowbound Jungfraujoch. At 3454 metres (11,333 feet) high there is a large restaurant complex and the views are breathtaking. Here you will also find an ice cave, curling rink with ice bar and a fascinating mountain museum.  

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 – SATURDAY 02 JUNE 2018
From Grindelwald; lakeside Luzern and medieval Bern

Our morning will be spent at leisure exploring the lovely lakeside town of Luzern with its quaint old town and the famous Chapel and Mill wooden bridges which cross the river. In the afternoon we set off to explore the medieval cobbled stone streets of Bern. A UNESCO World Heritage Listed landmark, this capital city is set on a spectacular bend above the River Aare, and boasts kilometres of sheltered arcaded shopping ways, an intriguing clock tower and the famous ‘Bärengraben’ bear pits. 

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 – SUNDAY 03 JUNE 2018
From Grindelwald to Lauterbrunnen, Trummelbach Falls, to Zermatt

Our first stop of the day will be in the nearby delightful village of Lauterbrunnen. Set spectacularly with 1000 foot sheer cliffs rising either side, this valley is often called the ‘Valley of the Waterfalls’ – these are the cliffs that James Bond keeps leaping off when he is being chased by the baddies. Here we visit the unusual Trummelbach Falls. Taking a funicular up inside the cliff face we then walk through the mountain caverns that are still being carved by these ‘living waterfalls’ which thunder right beside us, down through the inside of the mountain. An extraordinary sight and sensation! Later we drive through spectacular scenery into ‘Le Valais’ and Taesch where we catch a cog railway train up to the world-famous alpine resort of Zermatt. Set at an altitude of 1620 metres (5315 feet), the village is surrounded by a dozen huge peaks and dominating all is the mighty Matterhorn. Petrol-driven vehicles are banned from the village and as such the peace and quiet enhances the beauty of the wooden chalets and small winding village streets. Stunning! 

Hand Selected Experience - The mighty Trummelbach falls!
Lauterbrunnen village is in a spectacular setting but the highlight of the day is actually a visit where sunlight never penetrates.Inside the sheer mountain walls, like a scene from ‘The Lord of the Rings’, a massive waterfall is channelled by nature to pummel down through the core of the mountain, vigorously carving and expanding the rock chambers. On carefully constructed walkways (yes, safe) you will be amongst it, right by it, feeling the sheer power and ferocity as the vibration and energy engulfs you. An extraordinary sight, feeling and sensation!

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 – MONDAY 04 JUNE 2018
Zermatt

Today has been left free for you to explore the town, walk on the well sign posted hiking trails to mountain restaurants and waterfalls, and relax in the crisp clean air. Alternatively pamper yourself in the hotel’s excellent indoor pool, spa and wellness centre. Looking for another classic mountain ride? The Sunnegga Paradise cable car is situated right beside the hotel, or maybe jump on the nearby funicular train which takes you up to the Gornergrat station and terraced restaurant with its massive views across to the Matterhorn. Alternatively if you want to spend a day skiing, maybe catch a cable car ride up the Kleine (little) Matterhorn, where there are twenty-five kilometres of pistes and eight ski lifts which remain open all summer long!   

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 – TUESDAY 05 JUNE 2018
Zermatt via Glacier Express to Klosters

This morning we board the famous Glacier Express train which takes us along the ‘Valais’ through Switzerland’s finest mountain scenery. Ranked as one of the world’s top train trips, you will be seated in panoramic carriages as we cross some of the 291 bridges, the 2033 metre Oberalp Pass and go through 91 tunnels. Early afternoon we arrive and have time to explore Switzerland’s oldest city, Chur. The traffic free zone in the old town has a wonderful atmosphere with its boutiques, shops, bars and restaurants. Later we continue to Klosters where we stay two nights. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11 – WEDNESDAY 06 JUNE 2018
Klosters 

Your day is free to relax and explore Klosters. 

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12 – THURSDAY 07 JUNE 2018
Klosters via Bolzano to Bardolino

Today we go to Italy! Passing through the Alps, we enjoy lunchtime in the centuries old town of Bolzano. Influenced by both Tyrolean and Italian cultures, you will find intricately carved gables, painted timber façades and an elegant arcaded main street. Later we continue to the charming lakeside town of Bardolino, where we stay the next four nights. Dinner tonight will be in our hotel restaurant. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13 – FRIDAY 08 JUNE 2018
Lake Garda, Bardolino

We have left today entirely free. Do as little or as much as you want.

Lake Garda is Italy’s largest and perhaps most beautiful lake, and its shores are lined with quaint villages and colourful ports. The shopping is excellent and the cafés, lakeshore restaurants and shady gardens, all have that distinctly Mediterranean feel. Perhaps catch a ferry across the lake and wander around Gardone Riviera with its botanical gardens on the hill, or explore the characterful ‘picture postcard’ ports of Lazise or Sirmione.  

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14 – SATURDAY 09 JUNE 2018
Lake Garda, Bardolino 

Skirting the lake we will visit Romeo and Juliet’s Verona. A local guide will bring to life this beautiful city, where these tragic lovers avowed a love that spanned the centuries. After free time to explore and find a restaurant for lunch, we return to glorious Lake Garda and enjoy an afternoon visit to the delightful lakeside town of Garda, after which the lake is named. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15 – SUNDAY 10 JUNE 2018
Lakeside Salo & Bardolino 

This morning we visit the delightful lakeside town of Salo to explore its historical centre filled with lanes and little squares with noble houses, elegant shops and the longest promenade on Lake Garda. Later we continue to Redaelli de Zinis in Calvagese della Riviera. This is a famous local winery and restaurant. Here we enjoy a wine tasting and sample some of the locally sourced produce before lunch. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

DAY 16 – MONDAY 11 JUNE 2018
Bardolino to Milan

We soon reach the stylish city of Milan where we enjoy a guided panoramic tour followed by time at leisure. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 17 – TUEDAY 12 JUNE 2018
Milan 

Your tour ends today after breakfast in Milan at your hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast 

 

Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. IF there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

 

Swissotel, Zurich

Swissotel Zurich

Charmonnix, France

Mercure Chamonix Centre

3

Grindewald, Switzerland

Sunstar Hotel

3

Zermatt, Switzerland

Hotel National

2

Klosters, Switzerland

Alpina Hotel

2

Bardolino

Hotel Casius Thermae & Spa Resort

4

Milan

Michelangelo Hotel

1

Hotels are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

SWISSOTEL, ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Zurich’s tallest international 4 star hotel, Swissotel Zurich, conveniently located opposite Oerlikon train station, is ideally close to Zurich’s business, culture, shopping and entertainment and just 5km from both Zurich Airport and the city centre. The 347 contemporary rooms and suites reflect an elegant & modern style, featuring panoramic views of Zurich and the Swiss Alps.

MERCURE CHARMONIX CENTRE - CHARMONNIX, FRANCE
The Mercure Charmonix Centre hotel welcomes you to a contemporary Savoy setting. It is ideally located in the heart of Chamonix, the mountain climbing capital and home to the Freeride World Tour. After a day of skiing or hiking, relax with a drink at the Le 4810 bar, which offers an extensive cocktails and spirits menu, and enjoy a typical regional meal on the terrace of the La Cordée restaurant overlooking Mont Blanc.

Located at the foot of Mont Blanc and of the Guille du Midi, this Mercure hotel is the perfect address for making the most of the mountain’s and the attractions in the Savoie region during a business trip or amongst friends.

SUNSTAR HOTEL – GRINDEWALD, SWITZERLAND
This holiday and wellness hotel is in a quiet yet central location with beautiful unspoilt panoramic views of the famous North Face of the Eiger, the Wetterhorn and First.

The spacious and stylish lobby area with an open fireplace creates a lovely cosy atmosphere.

From the Sunstar Hotel’s light and airy "Ambiance“ restaurant, you can enjoy beautiful mountain views even at breakfast, while in the evening the atmosphere is suitably romantic. Gourmets can sample delicacies from the hotel kitchen and wine cellar in the elegant surroundings of the à la carte restaurant, the "Adlerstube“. The large and comfortable bedrooms, furnished with light wood furniture, create a cosy feeling of well-being.

The Wellness Oasis, with its large swimming pool, log cabin sauna, Roman baths with 4 climate zones and massage showers, is the perfect place to relax and feel great. There is a particularly wide range of sports available at the Sunstar Hotel Grindelwald, ranging from the fitness centre to aqua-gymnastics and aerobics.

HOTEL NATIONAL - ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND
Zermatt is classified as the jewel of all ski resorts of the Alps - car free, it is a paradise for winter sports enthusiasts. Three large ski areas, adding up to 360m2 of runway kilometers and a variety of winter sports adventures for young and old lure into the resort. At all moment you have the hypnotic Matterhorn in front of your eyes and are surrounded by 39 four-thousands mountain peaks. National Zermatt welcomes you in this paradise of inside cosyness and outdoor adventures.

ALPINA HOTEL – KLOSTERS, SWITZERLAND
Set in the centre of town, this chalet style hotel offers Alpine style ambience, an indoor pool and spa centre and large well furnished rooms with balconies, complete with window boxes bursting with geraniums.

HOTEL CAESIUS THERMAE & SPA RESORT, BARDOLINO, ITALY
Situated on the shores of Lake Garda and a leisurely twenty minute lakeside stroll from Bardolino town centre, this 4-star resort & spa hotel offers spacious and comfortable air conditioned rooms.

MICHELANGELO HOTEL – MILAN, ITALY
At Piazza Luigi di Savoia, just down the block from the gorgeous central rail station, Hotel Michelangelo Milan is one of the most convenient 4 star hotels in the city. Business traveler's won't need to worry about navigating the city just to reach their hotel as this hotel is near the metro in Milan, and tourists have a perfect jumping off point. Milan's world class shopping, world famous artwork and world renowned architecture are all just a few stops away by metro or bus. Getting around Milan is easy as can be. In fact, just take hop on the MM1 subway line from nearby central station and you can find yourself at some of Italy’s most acclaimed attractions.

 

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page. 

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PRICES

 ** EARLY BIRD OFFER **

SAVING #2: Book & pay the tour deposit between 1 November and 22 December 2017
SAVE $200 on your tour package

*EB saving applies ONLY if airfare is booked with us

THE ‘SOLO TRAVELLER SAVING’

SAVE an additional $75 with our ‘Solo Traveller Saving’ (STS)

In addition to any other savings, when you book this tour with your own room and also the airfare with us, we include a $75 saving on your total package price.  Offer is not available when you book to share a room. 

Prices per person

Your  Own Room

Early Bird #2: Tour package

$9088

Standard

$9288


PRE AND POST ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS:

Prices per person

Your  Own Room

PRE TOUR: Swiss Zurich
including breakfast 26 May 2018

$269

POST TOUR:  Hotel Michelangelo
including breakfast 12 June 2018

On request

OTHER PRICE INFORMATION:

SHARE & SAVE
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save $1289 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing).

TOUR ONLY PACKAGE:
The airfare is not included with the price. Quotes are provided on request, and are indicative only. Prices are subject to variation until tickets are issued. Tickets are issued once the tour is a guaranteed departure, you have paid the airfare in full and accepted the airfare booking terms in writing. Once the ticket is issued penalties are incurred for changes, and in some cases airfares may be non-refundable. Reservation are made in the name you provide to us with your booking form – this name must match your passport. Failure to provide your name as per your passport may result in an invalid ticket.

DAY/DATE VARIATIONS:
Due to airline flight schedules and availability, day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure. If additional nights of stay are required, the cost of any additional night/s of stay applies.

EARLY BIRD, TERMS & CONDITIONS:
To be eligible for the early bird savings you need to book and pay the deposit to secure your booking, and make any progress payment by the nominated date, as per the booking terms.

UPGRADING ECONOMY FARE TO BUSINESS CLASS FARE WITH POINTS
The airfare included in a package, or otherwise purchased separately may not allow the use of flyer points to upgrade. However, there is the option of paying a surcharge where we would book the airfare which does allow you to upgrade. The surcharge can be quoted at time of requesting quote and is subject to availability.

ACCRUING FREQUENT FLYER POINTS
The airfare offered may not permit frequent flyer points to be accrued. If you wish to accrue frequent flyers points please check with us at the time of booking. We will advise the status and if any airfare supplement applies to book an airfare class that permits the accrual of frequent flyer points.

PRICE INFORMATION
Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change.

Not included:  

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications 
ROOMMATE MATCH OPTION

Share and save with our roommate match option. On your request and subject to availability, we will match you with another group member (same gender) so that you can share a room and take advantage of the twin share price.

Reduced Single Supplement:
If we are not able to offer you a roommate match, a 'Reduced Single Supplement' price will be offered. This represents a $300 saving on the standard single supplement price. Alternatively, you have the option to decline and receive a full refund of your tour deposit.

If you are not prepared to pay for a Reduced Single Supplement we recommend you should not pay for the airfare until you have a guaranteed roommate match and this is advised by us in writing.

This supplement becomes due after we finalise the group and before departure.  The Reduced Single Supplement offer only applies to bookings secured with a deposit by Tuesday 27 February 2018.

Please note: if a roommate becomes available after receiving advice of a Reduce Single Supplement rate, your booking automatically reverts to the twin share price and any monies paid for the Reduced Single Supplement will be refunded.

GETTING THERE

Arrive to:  Zurich, Switzerland
Depart from:  Milan, Italy

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.

Early Check In
If your flight arrives well in advance of the hotel check in time, then we recommend travellers consider booking an additional night at the hotel the evening prior to guarantee a morning check-in. Early check in without payment can be requested, and is at the discretion of the hotel, but cannot be guaranteed.

Late Check Out
If your flight departs after the hotel check out time we recommend that you make an enquiry with us about securing a late check out with payment.  Some hotels will require payment in full of the next night of stay while others may have a rate for a late check out such as a payment to extend check out until 6pm as an example.

Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

TRANSFERS
Transfers are not included with the tour package.  Please make your way from the airport to your hotel.

By Train ‘Malpensa Express’
Malpensa Airport - Milano Centrale
View the Malpensa Express website for ticket information and timetables.

Some information from this page has been sourced from other websites, including the Airport information. Content is provided as a guide only.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience.

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum group size of 28 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single-solo travellers.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
Overall, it’s an easy to moderate pace. There are some days which are full days of travel and touring.  There are 1, 2 and 3 nights of stay while touring by land.  Refer to the tour map on the itinerary page for details. 

Minimum Mobility Requirements - The Need To Walk
A number of tours visit a variety of medieval hilltop towns which may have some steep, uneven cobbled stone streets or castles, and attractions with steep staircases and no lifts. Additionally some larger cities only provide coach passenger drop off points 15 minutes or so walk from the old town centres. Please note: this need to walk from coach drop off points in some European towns and cities is common to ALL Tour Operators. A reasonable amount of walking will be involved, and our tours do require a certain level of fitness and mobility. These tours are not suitable for people with walking difficulties or limitations. If unsure please call our office for further clarification.

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures. 

TOUR MANAGER
This is a group tour with a coach driver and Tour Manager. Your Tour Manager is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services.

TRANSPORT
You will be travelling in a first class air conditioned coach. There is also train travel and cable car rides.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
Hotel porterage for one suitcase per person is included at each stay during your group touring programme. It is not included on the first or last days of your tour when arriving or departing your hotel independently.

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET  (INTERNATIONAL TRIPS)
Free WiFi is readily available at most hotels and on most of the coaches.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'There were many highlights with some of the excursions sensational. Our tour director was very competent and his command of many languages made things very simple. He certainly enhanced our trip. 
I will be travelling with Albatross again soon!'

Robert, Australia

'What an adventure!!  A trip of contrasts – heat and cold, mountain and valleys, large cities and small mountainside towns. The tour was full of surprises and treats.
I loved the extended stays at each place, the small group sixe and the large coach. Our tour leader was organised and knowledgeable about the places we visited the local guides were excellent. The pace was easy and relaxed.'

Angela, Australia

'This was a magic trip.... beyond expectations! Value for money 100%. 
Everything hs been just perfect, weather, tour leader, the group. I have seen so much an loved every second.'

Helen, Australia
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