Black Forest & the Swiss Alps

With Ambassadair President, Michael Grueninger

  • Date

    September 9-20, 2019 | Mon / Fri – 12 Days

  • Location

    Titisee | Mainau | Triberg | Freiburg | Lucerne | Grindelwald | Zermatt | Zurich

Overview

Explore this land of fairy tales, cuckoo clocks, magic forests, and fascinating cultural traditions with Michael Grueninger, Ambassadair President.

Stay near Lake Titisee, located in the heart of the scenic Black Forest where you’ll visit a 200-year-old brewery, the Triberg Waterfall, the lovely town of Freiburg, and the Island of Mainau in Lake Constance. Experience German culture through a cuckoo clock making demonstration and taste traditional cuisine such as local beer and sausages, and that famous dessert — the decadent Black Forest cake! In the heart of the breathtaking Swiss Alps, enjoy clean mountain air and opportunities to take a yodeling lesson, snap scenic photos, or shop in the quaint stores and sample chocolates. Take an optional cog train ride to the top of Europe and stay at the foot of the Matterhorn. Fondue, fun, and fantastic adventures are just waiting to be had!

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Scenic drives through the Black Forest & Swiss Alps
  • See Germany’s highest waterfall
  • Visit Lake Constance and the gardens on the Island of Mainau
  • Tour a 200-year-old brewery with beer tasting
  • Learn about the art of cuckoo clock making
  • Enjoy authentic German and Swiss cuisine, wine, and beer
  • Ride up to the Gornergrat for up close views of the world-famous Matterhorn
  • Optional Jungfrau Railway ride to the “Top of Europe”

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Zurich, Switzerland
  • Escorted
  • 10 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 8 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling

NOTE:

This itinerary covers areas of higher altitudes and includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain, is required.

A passport is required to travel to this destination and must be valid for at least six months after your return.

Itinerary

Mon, Sep 9: Depart on an overnight flight to Zurich, Switzerland.

Tue, Sep 10: Arrive into Zurich in the morning and head for the Black Forest. First stop, Rothaus Brewery, meaningful for Michael as his great-great-grandfather was the singing brewmeister here for 50 years. It is now a large, modern operation. Sample its famous Tannenzaepfle beer and a pretzel or two! Continue to Titisee, Germany, where you’ll stay for three nights. Explore this tiny resort town on the lake and enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the hotel. (Meal: Dinner)

Wed, Sep 11: Travel a short distance to the Bodensee (also known as Lake Constance), the largest lake in Germany. Visit the Island of Mainau and its award-winning botanical garden with an outstanding garden of dahlias in bloom. Back in Titisee, enjoy a boat ride across Lake Titisee, enjoy a slice of Black Forest cake, and see a cuckoo clock making demonstration. The evening is at leisure. (B)

Thu, Sep 12: Today’s excursion takes you first to Triberg, where Germany’s highest waterfalls cascade down the mountains into the heart of a quaint storybook town widely known for cuckoo clock making. Walk along the falls into town, and have lunch and time to shop on your own before continuing to Freiburg for a walking tour of the cathedral and city. Sit down to a delightful dinner with the group before returning to the hotel. (B,D)

Fri, Sep 13: After a leisurely buffet breakfast, pack up and travel to Switzerland with a stop to view the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen. Drive into the Alps, and stop in Lucerne, Switzerland for free time and lunch. Pass the sparkling lake of Brienz before ascending to Grindelwald, beautifully situated with the awesome Bernese Alps circling your hotel, the Hotel Kirchbuehl. Check in for three nights. Enjoy dinner with the group. (B,D)

Sat, Sep 14: Today there is an optional tour to the top of the famed Jungfrau. The tour departs in the morning and two hours later arrives at the “Top of Europe” — the Jungfraujoch, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ascend via elevator to the top of the weather station — and hope for sunshine to see the whole of Switzerland and even the Black Forest far away. Enjoy a Swiss fondue dinner. (B,D)

Sun, Sep 15: This is your last full day in Grindelwald. Choose to enjoy a short excursion by cable car for stupendous views. You’ll have the option to walk back down or return by gondola to explore or finish your shopping. The day is yours! (B,D)

Mon, Sep 16: In the morning, drive through impressive alpine scenery to the mountaineering and ski resort town of Zermatt. It’s an exciting ride from Visp up to Taesch, where the bus is left and the last seven miles to Zermatt are by train. The only cars or trucks allowed in town are ambulances and fire trucks — everyone else walks or goes by electric cars to the hotel. Look up — you will never forget that view — to see the Matterhorn, one of the highest, and most deadly, peaks in the Alps. Anywhere you are, from downtown, from pub to pub, or store to store, always look up because the famous mountain is in your sight. It is powerful, most likely covered with snow, and almost just in reach. This incredible view will be with you for many years! Stay three nights at the lovely Hotel Europe in Zermatt. (B,D)

Tue, Sep 17: Take a mountain funicular to the Gornergrat, which brings you even closer to the “THE” mountain — the Matterhorn. You will be surrounded by 29 peaks that are higher than 11,000 feet. Hike with Michael down to the first rail station or choose to return by train. The evening is free for entertainment and local music in Zermatt. (B,D)

Wed, Sep 18: Today is free for you to enjoy. It is a day for shopping, picture taking, going up the other side of the mountain, or even taking an optional full-day train gondola to the saddle of the Mountain. Have a gluhwein (German mulled wine) and take in the dazzling scenery. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner in Zermatt. (B,D)

Thu, Sep 19: Depart Zermatt late morning, allowing for one more hike in the mountains or last-minute shopping. Overnight near the Zurich Airport. (B)

Fri, Sep 20: Fly back to Indianapolis, arriving in the evening. (B)

Hotel

Bruggers Hotelpark, Titisee, Germany

Bruggers Hotelpark, Titisee, Germany
Located on the banks of Lake Titisee, this resort hotel offers views of the lake or surrounding forest. Highlights: comfortable, modern guestrooms • complimentary Internet and WiFi access • restaurant •bar • beer garden • ice-cream parlor • pizzeria • room service • fitness center • indoor pool • sauna • spa • tennis court • sun deck • playground • hair/beauty salon • gift shop.

Hotel Kirchbuehl, Grindelwald, Switzerland

Hotel Kirchbuehl, Grindelwald, Switzerland
Situated on a slope at the edge of town and surrounded by the impressive Bernese Alps and the Eiger North Face, this lovely hotel has been run by the same family for four generations and is noted for its fine cuisine. Highlights: comfortable guestrooms in traditional Swiss rustic style with views of the mountain or glacier • TV • restaurant • bar/lounge • sauna and whirlpool.

Europe Hotel & Spa, Zermatt

Europe Hotel & Spa, Zermatt
Located in a quiet spot in the center of town, this attractive 4-star hotel has a view of the Matterhorn. Friendly staff and owner make your stay even more enjoyable. Highlights: cozy guestrooms • restaurant • bar • spa with whirlpool, sauna & steam bath.

PRICING

  • Package with Air
  • Double P/P – $4,799
  • Single – $5,499
  • Land Only
  • Double P/P – $3,479
  • Single – $4,179

Documents Required: Valid Passport

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