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Swiss Trains, Italian Lakes & German Castles

Swiss Trains, Italian Lakes & German Castles

2 - 27 July 2024

23-day tour which includes four countries: Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Germany with stays in iconic hotels, Verona (4 nights), Como (3 nights), Pontresina (2 nights) (located 10 minutes’ drive from Lake Moritz), Zermatt (3 nights), Lucerne (3 nights), Bregenz (3 nights), Munich (4 nights).

$22,770 NZD Single Room Supplement Add $5995
per person
twin share
Initial Deposit On Booking
$2,000 NZD
Second Deposit Due 20 December 2023
$4,000 NZD
Final Balance Due 14 March 2024

Swiss Trains, Italian Lakes & German Castles

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  • Four musical festivals: Verona, seeing Carmen and The Barber of Seville at Verona Arena, the LacMus Music Festival, an annual music festival on Lake Como, Bregenz Opera Festival on the shores of Lake Constance and Tosca at the Munich Summer Opera Festival, plus concerts, operas and shows as available and private dinner concerts. 

  • • Two of the world’s most famous train journeys with first class tickets: Bernina Express, which takes us through incredible alpine landscapes and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Glacier Express, a legendary eight-hour ride slowly weaves more than 150 miles across 291 bridges and through 92 tunnels in the picturesque Swiss Alps from the foot of the Matterhorn in Zermatt to St. Moritz.

    •  Travel on cable cars, chair lifts and cog trains to witness some of the most magnificent scenery, mountains and lakes in the world, plus cruises on Lake Como, Lake Constance, Lake Lucerne and tours to see Mount Rigi, Matterhorn, Glacier Paradise, Gornergrat, Rhine Gorge and the Oberalp Pass.

    •  Numerous other special flavours including visits to Neuschwanstein Castle, Residenz, La Scala Opera Museum, visit Italian villas and gardens, tour of ice palace, horse and carriage ride around St Moritz, high tea at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, Nymphenburg Palace and Gardens, cooking class and foodies’ experiences.

    • Tours to many cities, small towns and villages including Verona, Como, Lake Como, Tirano, Pontresina, St Moritz, Zermatt, Lucerne, Zurich, Meersberg, Bregenz, Fussen and Munich.

    • Travel of Note trips limited to 20 travellers or less.

     

  • Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista, Verona (4 nights) is a 5-star hotel and a living art gallery housed in a 16th-century villa. It has a delightful garden, swimming pool, fountains, amazing Baroque interiors and incredible art.

    Promessi Sposi Hotel, Lake Como (3 nights) is located right on the lake with beautiful views of the mountains this historic hotel has recently enjoyed a complete renovation. Admire the views from the hotel terrace with an evening aperitif and breathe in the fresh air.

    Hotel Walther - Relais & Châteaux, Pontresina (2 nights) (located 10 minutes’ drive from Lake Moritz) Family-run for 3 generations, this 4-star Belle-Époque hotel offers a 700 m² Aqua Viva spa area with an indoor pool, a hot tub, and various saunas. 

    Matthiol Boutique Hotel, Zermatt (3 nights) has the feel of a traditional Swiss chalet, located at the foot of the Matterhorn. It combines old and new with its timber and stone chalets and its full renovation in 2021 and its fabulous spa!

    Hotel Wilden Mann in Lucerne (3 nights) occupies what were once seven separate houses in the picturesque medieval town centre of Lucerne. This historic hotel, within a 10-minute walk of a Franciscan Church, Chapel Bridge and Lucerne Town Hall, traces its history back to 1517!

    Hotel am See, Hard, Bregenz (3 nights) Hotel am See is located on the south-east bank of Lake Constance, just 10-min drive from Bregenz Lake Opera Stage. It offers rooms with balconies and free access to an impressive 200m² wellness area. This hotel is a true oasis surrounded by unspoilt, natural shores of Lake Constance. It is also an ideal starting point for a unique cultural experience during summer in Bregenz.

    Bayerischer Hof, Munich (4 nights) Originally conceived by King Ludwig I, Bayerischer Hof is one of Munich’s most legendary, historic hotels. It is within easy walking distance of the Opera House, great shopping streets and the Residenz, one of the most spectacular palaces in Europe built by King Ludwig 1. 

  • Hosted by Operatunity owners Susan Boland and John Cameron

This trip includes

  • • This is one of our Travel of Note boutique tours, limited to 20 travellers and hosted by Susan Boland and John Cameron.

    • Return economy airfares on Emirates Airline Auckland - Dubai – Milan // Munich - Dubai - Auckland including all taxes. 

    • A musical feast, Carmen and The Barber of Seville an Opera at Verona Arena, the LacMus Music Festival, an annual music festival on Lake Como, Bregenz Opera Festival on the shores of Lake Constance, Munich Summer Opera Festival with Tosca Opera plus concerts, operas and shows as available and private dinner concerts. (Allperformances are subject to final confirmation at time of printing). 

    • 23-day tour which includes four countries: Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Germany with stays in iconic hotels, Verona (4 nights), Como (3 nights), Pontresina (2 nights) (located 10 minutes’ drive from Lake Moritz), Zermatt (3 nights), Lucerne (3 nights), Bregenz (3 nights), Munich (4 nights).

    • Many special train and boat journeys including Bernina Express, Glacier Express, plus cable cars, chair lifts and cog trains to witness some of the most magnificent scenery, mountains and lakes in the world, including cruises on Lake Como, Lake Constance, Lake Lucerne and tours to see Mount Rigi, Matterhorn, Glacier Paradise, Gornergrat, Rhine Gorge and the Oberalp Pass. 

    • Numerous special flavours including visits to Neuschwanstein Castle, Residenz, La Scala Opera Museum, Italian villas and gardens, tour of an ice palace, horse and carriage ride around St Moritz, High tea at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, Nymphenburg Palace and Gardens, cooking class and local foodies’ experiences.

    • Tours to many cities, small towns and villages including Verona, Como, Lake Como, Tirano, Pontresina, St Moritz, Zermatt, Lucerne, Zurich, Meersburg, Bregenz, Fussen and Munich.

    • All entrances as per our itinerary, all museums and houses/castles/palaces as listed.

    • All transfers, tours, cruises, train journeys, cable car and cog railways as listed in itinerary. 

    • All breakfasts, 10 dinners, 9 lunches, 1 high tea, all tips, all taxes and all porterage are included. 

    • Hosted by Susan Boland and John Cameron

MODERATE TOUR

All our trips are specifically designed for our core market but this trip does contain travel challenges, either because of the region visited or the walking distances or uneven surfaces that arise at some sites. We do advise that you and your doctor evaluate your level of fitness before you consider booking this tour.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION 

  • All itinerary details are subject to change, but changes will be replaced with a comparable or better option.
  • Initial & Second deposits are fully refundable up until final balance due date, minus an administration fee of up to $500 plus any non-recoverable costs.  
  • All monies are non-refundable at final balance due date. This becomes an insurance claim.
  • Payment by direct credit incurs no surcharge. Credit card payments will incur a surcharge of 1.5%.
  • Travellers need to be independently mobile and fit to travel.
  • Bookings will only be accepted with initial deposit.
  • All travellers must obtain comprehensive travel insurance for international travel and insurance for domestic travel is recommended.
  • Please refer to our terms and conditions on booking form.

 

Travel Insurance

Every customer is required to take out insurance for all international travel when taking a trip with Operatunity Ltd. 

DOMESTIC INSURANCE
Insurance for Domestic travel is currently available from many companies. Insurance for New Zealand trips is entirely at your discretion. Please email our office for our current recommendation if you wish our advice.


INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE
Insurance for International travel is currently available from many companies. For our trips overseas it is a requirement that proof of cover be sent to our office some time before departure from NZ. We can not accept travellers who hold no cover for international travel as per our term and conditions.
Please email our office for our current recommendation if you wish our advice. Email travelbookings@operatunity.co.nz Phone 0508 886 489

 

MOBILITY

Operatunity provides group senior travel and with this in mind we plan trips to suit our target market. But not every trip is created equal in terms of mobility. We want to give you the best possible experience but that will only be achieved if you are able to enjoy everything that our trips have to offer.
Most of our long haul trips require a better level of mobility. We will look after everyone as well as we possibly can, but we cannot look after one at the expense of the rest of the group. We also cannot have one person slowing the rest of group to the point where the group is not able to enjoy every experience we are able to provide.
With this in mind we have put a mobility clause into every trip. Under each explanation here I have popped a statement. Ask yourself if this is ‘you’, when booking on a trip.

None of the following mobility clauses preclude you from ordering a wheelchair at the airport if required.

1. GENTLE TOUR This tour will suit most people, even with a stick or a walker, but sorry not someone in a wheelchair. The activity level is gently paced, but you still need to be able to get on and off buses easily. There will be walking, but not a lot. “I love travelling, but at a gentle pace. I like to avoid stairs or too much activity, but I am able to get on and off buses easily.” 

2. EASY TOUR This tour will suit people with a stick, but not a walker. You will be required to walk to get from place to place and stand in museums, but it is designed to be an easy tour with lots of times to rest, travel on a coach and walk easy leisurely distances.  ”Walking is fine. I can get on and off a coach. I am happy to stand for an hour or two in museums and galleries and gently stroll through places of interest. I am happy to climb the odd set of stairs.” 

3. MODERATE WALKING TOUR This tour requires a better level of fitness with no wheelchairs or walkers. Generally, there may be times when we can’t get the coach close. In some of our Pacific Island tours we will need you to transfer onto a tender and walk on soft sand. We also will have much longer flights and long walks through airports. “I like walking at a moderate pace. I love to keep my days full and experience everything the tour has to  offer. Stairs, tender transfers and cobblestones don’t bother me.” 

4.  EXPLORING TOUR This is still a moderately paced tour, but you will be required to walk longer distances, walk on cobblestones and stand in museums. To really get the best out of this tour you need to be able to stand or walk for a couple  of hours comfortably, be it at a leisurely pace.  “I like to spend most of the day exploring. Whether walking historic neighbourhoods on cobblestones at a moderate pace or out and about on a coach, I want my days full. Stairs don’t bother me and I am keen to see and do as much as I can with the odd day off to recuperate.” 

  • Operatunity is a company specialising in music lovers tours to the senior market. Each trip has been especially planned to include music and arts experiences and has a level of friendliness and care which cannot be found anywhere else! Our trips are packed with features not found anywhere else

  • Yes we have lots of people who travel on their own. We endeavour to match you up with someone who lives close to you or is close in age to you. Often you will get a chance to meet with your matchup or ring them before you leave on your trip. You also may prefer to travel solo and pay the single supplement price. We travel as a happy band so there will be lots of chances to meet people. You will find fellow music lovers and those with other similar interests. In fact those like the nicer things of life so you will travel with like-minded people. It is also important to remember that our singers are our escorts so you will see at least a couple of familiar faces as you leave.

  • If you live outside of Auckland, we can arrange travel and accommodation on your way to meet up with our group. We have access and can book domestic airfares in conjunction with Air New Zealand international airfares. Plus we can book your pre and post tour accommodation if required.

  • It is compulsory for our international trips and highly recommended for our domestic tours. 

  • No as most airlines offer various special meals and any restaurants we visit are happy to accommodate special dietary requirements.

  • We seek to accommodate the needs of guests with disabilities whenever possible. However in most cases we are unable to take customers with walkers, wheelchairs or other mobility issues. Certain trips may be unsuitable due to walking or limited availability of accommodation with disabled facilities. We cannot be responsible for the care of customers suffering from significant cognitive illness (such as dementia). We ask such customers to consult with your doctor to obtain medical clearance. Guests needing assistance mustbe accompanied by an able companion who will be available to assist them and assume full responsibility for their wellbeing.

  • We ask that you can walk at least 100 metres unaided and be able to get on and off buses with little or no assistance. We cater for a senior market but it is important that you do not jeopardise the enjoyment of others by requiring more care and holding up the rest of the group. Talk to our office or staff at concerts and any advisory notes for individual trips to get a better idea of your suitability for each trip.

  • We stay at 4 and 5 star character hotels, avoiding package, tourist or big hotel chains. We choose  hotels with a more personal feel often with historic content or hotels of beauty and character, centrally located or in parks, by the water, or with beautiful gardens.

  • Breakfast is included daily, and many dinners and lunches are also included as per our itinerary.

  • There are no hidden costs. Included in the trip are tips, taxes, porterage, breakfast, meals where specified, inclusions listed in the itinerary, entry fees where listed in the itinerary, concert/show tickets where listed in the itinerary, tour escorts and local specialised guides. 

  • Some of our trips sell out very quickly and we recommend you make your booking as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. 

  • We will ask you to pay an initial deposit when making your booking. We will then follow up for a second deposit and then a final balance payment prior to travel.

  • All deposits up until final payment are refundable minus an administration fee of up to $500 plus any non-recoverable costs the company may incur.

    After final deposit refunds are unlikely and the refund becomes an insurance claim.

  • Our numbers vary from destination to destination, please contact our office for further information.  We have a minimum number required to operate a tour. Should minimum numbers not be met, a full refund will be made. 

  • For international trips, all guests must have a valid passport that does not expire earlier than at least 6 months beyond their intended stay. 

  • Music is a key element in making our experiences special. There are special experiences and events every day, such as themed dinners, impromptu concerts, music, art tours with art experts and garden tours with garden experts.

  • Most hotels now have internet connection and all hotels have telephones in the room or at reception. If using your mobile telephone check calling and text rates, and disable data roaming before leaving New Zealand. Consider purchasing a prepaid SIM card. And you can keep in touch using social media such as Facebook. We have a copy of your next of kin details in case of emergency and we are also happy to help out with texts, phone calls and emails if you can’t get in touch with your family and need to while away. We are also happy to help out with getting your phones, ipads and cameras to work if needed while away.

  • We spend less time travelling between regions, allowing more time to enjoy experiences when you arrive. We avoid one night stops and “conveyor belt” travel, so you really can capture the local colour and vitality of the region. Our trips are planned so that there is a balance of included activities and free time for you to relax or do some exploring on your own.

  • Contact Operatunity Travel 

    Phone toll free: 0508 886 489
    Mail your booking form to PO BOX 132 150, Sylvia Park, Auckland 1644
    Email: travel@operatunity.co.nz

  • Phone toll free: 0508 886 489
    Email: travelbookings@operatunity.co.nz

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