Trip 16: 0a. An Alpine Adventure …. September 2018


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On the 2nd September Harriet and I flew to Hong Kong to fly on the next day to Zurich in Switzerland for a three week tour with Albatross Tours:

  • Switzerland for two weeks
  • A week in northern Italy

We flew from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia to Hong Kong, stayed a night at the Regal  Hotel which adjoins the airport. We then flew on to Zurich in  Switzerland the next day.

It is our 18th trip which includes big portions of Australia where we live.

See:  Ken and Harriet’s Travel posts from 2003 to 2017.

I have given you details of where we are going ….. see below. We do the following with Albatross Tours (taken from the advertising magazine ….. plus added hyperlinks for myself and a few friends …  to see where we are actually going):

  • Zurich …. 1 night  =  day 1
  • The French Alps  …. days 2, 3, 4
  1. Stay three nights in Chamonix under the shadow of  the Mont Balanc massif
  2. Explore  the Swiss city of Geneva and see the Jet d’Eau  fountain
  3. Experience two incredible  mountain rides  – a cable car to the top of the stunning Aiguille du Midi (3,842 metres high !) & the famous ‘Little Red Train’up to Montenvers station
  4. Visit the exclusive,  chic sky resort town of Megeve
  5. Enjoy a guided tour of the delightful lakeside town of Annecy
  • The Bernese Oberland …. days 5, 6, 7 in a superb spa hotel in Grindelwald 

Drive over  the spectacular Forclaz Pass
Enjoy a guided tour of Byron’s de Chillon in Montreux
Explore hilltop Gruyeres, one of the great sights of Europe
Relax in Grindelwald with a day at leisure to explore the spectacular Jungfrau Mountain  region
Visit the lovely lakeside Luzern
Wander the medieval cobbled stone streets of of Bern

  • Zermatt  …. days 8 & 9
  1. Stay 2 nights in the stunning village of Zermatt with of the mighty Matterhorn
  2.  Visit  Lauterbrunnen in the magnificent ‘Valley of the Waterfalls’
  3. See the thundering Trummelbach Falls  inside a mountainside
  4. Experience the spectacular scenery of ‘Le Valais
  5. Enjoy a day to explore the chic mountain resort of Zermatt and surrounding areas
  • Klosters …. days 10 & 11    
      1. Stay two nights in a chalet style hotel in the mountain resort of  Klosters
      2. Ride in panoramic carriages on the amazing Glacier Express, passing over chasms  and through the mighty Alps
      3. Explore Chur, Switzerland’s oldest village
  • Lake Garda …. days 12, 13, 14 & 15
      1. Stay two nights beside stunning Lake Garda
      2. Enjoy lunchtime in centuries old Bolzano
      3. Spend a day at leisure exploring  the lakeside port and villages of  Lake Garda
      4. Enjoyed a guided tour of  Romeo and Juliet’s Verona
      5. Enjoy an early morning visit to historic Salo
      6. Enjoy a wine tasting and lunch at the Redaeli de Zinis wine estate
      • Milan …. days 16 & 17 
      1. Spend your final night stylish Milan
      2. Discover Milan  on a guided tour
      3. Enjoy  a farewell dinner in a local restaurant