Day 1: Arrival at Passau
During the day you will reach the old episcopal city of Passau, which has also made a name for itself as a university town. Passau is uniquely beautiful at the confluence of the Danube river with Inn and Ilz river, directly on the Austrian border. After getting your room, you can explore the surrounding area on a walk.
Day 2: Passau - Linz via Donau boat - Salzburg region - F
From Passau your journey continues by boat. Enjoy the beautiful ride on the Danube river to Linz. Embedded in the slightly undulating cultural landscape of the Traunviertel and not far from Linz at the Danube, the monastery of St. Florian invites you to pause for a while. The Augustinian monastery is a place of encounter and devotion, the cultural center of the region and a treasure of the Austrian Baroque. During a guided tour, you will learn a lot about the abbey.
Day 3: Grossglockner High Alpine Road - F
Today, your journey will take you through the Hohe Tauern National Park and passing by Austria's highest mountain - the Grossglockner. During the panoramic ride, enjoy the unique mountain scenery and natural landscape with fragrant meadows, green forests, clear mountain lakes and sublime giants. A special photo and adventure stop awaits you at the famous Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe. From here you have not only an overwhelming view of the Grossglockner and the Pasterze, the largest glacier in the Eastern Alps. If you're lucky, you'll even spot local marmots and ibex on a walk. In the modern visitor center you have the opportunity to experience the Grossglockner with all your senses.
Day 4: Lienz - Bozen area with light hiking tour - F
This day takes you first to the lovely Groedner valley. Here you take the cable car to the Seis Alp to enjoy pure nature on a smooth guided hike. You can choose between different routes that are suitable for every level of difficulty. After the hiking experience you continue to Bozen area .
Day 5: Bozen - Tirano - St. Moritz - Chur - F
The Bernina train is a train of superlatives. It is the only train that crosses the Alps from south to north openly, that means without a crest tunnel. The main route is the approximately 60 kms long Bernina line, which runs from Tirano to St. Moritz in the Upper Engadine. With a gradient of 7%, it is the steepest adhesion railway in the world. Also, the difference in altitude on the southern side of the Alps of 1,830 meters is record-breaking. By means of countless loops and bends, the route was artificially extended by many kilometers, as the pass and the terminus are just 20 kms linear distance apart. After your rail ride, your guide awaits you for a walk through the famous St. Moritz.
Day 6: Chur - Glacierstrecke - Luzern area - F
Today you ride on the routes of the legendary Glacierexpress (no panorama cars). We have planned the way from Chur to Disentis (depending on the availability of the train also in the opposite direction).
By regional train you can admire the Rhine gorge between Reichenau and Ilanz, one of the most fascinating river landscapes in Europe. Afterwards, continue towards Lake Lucerne and Cherry Route. Here you will visit a distillery that, in the midst of an idyllic landscape, unites ancient art of distilling with new technology. On a tour of about 1 1/2 hours you can taste selected kirsch with delicate, tasty nuances, which partially are awarded several times.
Day 7: Excursion Top of Europe - F
Grindelwald, at the foot of the mountain giants Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau, is the most important glacier village in the Bernese Oberland. From here you start by Jungfrau Railway from Grindelwald Grund to Kleine Scheidegg (about 1/2 hour). After the departure from Kleine Scheidegg, there is a unique view to the Jungfrau group. The train goes through the mountain and at the stations Eigerwand and Eismeer you have impressive views to the mountains through windows cut in the rock. At the top of the Jungfraujoch, the railway has past a difference in height of almost 1400 metres with a gradient of up to 25%. Up here you can expect a glacier restaurant, souvenir shops, cold showers in the Ice Palace and the exhibition of the Meteorological Research Institute. Leave the plateau and take the train via Kleine Scheidegg to Lauterbrunnen. The place is known for its impressive waterfalls. A landmark is the Staubach - water falls almost 300m deep. Even more impressive are the Truemmelbach Falls. The falls can be reached by a tunnel lift and numerous footbridges and are easily accessible.
Day 8: Luzern - Lake Geneva/Montreux - F
The appeal of the region around Lake Geneva is reflected in the different levels of landscape. From the gardens of the riverside landscape to the alpine meadows and forests around Caux or Les Avants to the high alpine peaks of the Rochers de Naye or the Pléades, where well-known skiing areas are ... Montreux is the most visited place at Lake Geneva due to its unusually mild climate. The town stretches from Clarens to Villeneuve for about 8km along the lakeshore of the Vaudois Riviera and includes numerous, formerly independent villages. The pageantry of the "Belle Epoche" has influenced the charming hotels of Montreux. The turn to the twentieth century seems to come to life again in Montreux, looking at the hotel palaces at the waterfront. Walk in the footsteps of Hemingway, Nabokov, Empress Sissi and Byron.
Day 9: Excursion Mer de Glace - F/M
With a length of 14km and a minimum altitude of 1700m, Mer de Glace is the most famous and therefore most popular among the tourists of the three large glaciers of the Mont Blanc massif. From the upper station of the Montenvers Railway you can see this unique place, which includes the glaciers, the obelisks of the Dru and the Verte and, in the background, the Grandes Jorasses.
Visiting the ice grotto is like a trip to the middle of a glacier. Rebuilt each year, the grotto describes the lives of the mountain people at the beginning of the 19th century. You can reach them via a footpath in about 20 minutes or with the mountain railway: Attention, between the cable car and the entrance of the grotto there are over 300 steps!
The entire visit (grotto, arrival and departure) takes about 2 to 3 hours. However, you should schedule twice as much time with strong visitor rush.
Day 10: Homeward journey - F
The memory card of the camera is bulging; You have experienced countless overwhelming moments and gained great impressions. With this fund you go back home today. There is a lot to talk about at home!