18 Nights: Monday 12 August - Friday 30 August 2024
Majestic alpine scenery, quaint villages, mountain forests and idyllic pastoral scenes. This walking tour in the European Alps takes in three countries and their different cultures, and transports you into spectacular
alpine landscapes with minimum effort thanks to gondolas, funiculars and cog railways. By staying in small mountain towns for three or four nights each, unpacking and travel time are kept to a minimum and you
will return each day to a picturesque setting.
Start in the Swiss alpine village of Wengen in the Bernese Oberland region, known for its timber chalets and belle époque hotels. From here explore the famous Jungfrau with its spectacular views of the Bernese
Alps, take panoramic walks, enjoy picnic lunches and visit an underground waterfall. Engelberg in central Switzerland is your next base; a chance to ascend Mount Titlis, explore alpine meadows, and also take an
easy journey to the beautiful town of Lucerne on market day. Your third stop in Switzerland is the village of Appenzell, set in a remarkable landscape of rolling hills at the foot of the Alpstein mountains and a
stepping-off point for walks in the mountains. From here you will visit nearby St Gallen, whose old town hosts one of the most spectacular ancient libraries in Europe.
Then to Austria and the alpine town of Seefeld in Tyrol, gateway to spectacular mountain walks as well as a day trip to Innsbruck's medieval old town. Next over the Brenner Pass to Castelrotto in Italy, base for
exploring the Dolomite mountains and the largest alpine plateau in Europe.
On this tour the walking is easy, and there is a good balance between walking and visits to fascinating towns and villages. Throughout the trip are chances to experience local customs, such as watching very
traditional farming or seeing a cheesemaker at work, and delving into some of the rich history of this part of Europe.
Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place.
GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18
Moderate | 3-5 hr/day | 12-20 km/day | 300-500m ascent/descent | Walking up to 5 hours a day on sometimes undulating walking trails. Possibly some walking at moderate altitude.