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European Alpine Discovery
Commences Zurich 25 June and ends Zurich 16 July 2017

  • Jungfrau, Switzerland
    Jungfrau, Switzerland
  • Glacier Express, Switzerland
    Glacier Express, Switzerland
  • Stein am Rhein, Switzerland
    Stein am Rhein, Switzerland
  • Oberammergau, Germany
    Oberammergau, Germany
  • St Wolfgang, Austria
    St Wolfgang, Austria
  • Program Status Guaranteed Departure
  • Price $14,340
  • Program Code GCTALP17
  • Single Supplement $ 882
  • Activity Rating Easy
  • Program Leader Robyn Laing

Tour Itinerary

  • 21 Nights
    • 3 - Stein am Rhein
    • 2 - Oberammergau
    • 4 - Salzkammergut
    • 3 - Tyrol
    • 3 - Dolomites
    • 2 - Davos
    • 3 - Wengen
    • 1 - Zurich

Commences Zurich 26 June and ends Zurich 17 July 2016

Tour Highlights

  • 3 of Europe's most incredibly scenic rail journeys onboard the Bernina and Glacier Express, as well as the train journey to Europe's highest station close to the peak of the Jungfrau
  • The magical Austrian regions of picturesque Lakeland Salzkammergut and dramatically mountainous Tyrol 
  • The gorgeously painted Bavarian village of Oberammergau of Passion Play fame 
  • The gloriously peaked Alpine scenery of Italy's Dolomites 
  • The quintessentially Swiss villages of Davos, Wengen and Stein am Rhein

Tour Overview

The Alps form both a great barrier and a link between the flat lowlands of the Northern European Plain and the coastal regions of the Mediterranean. In this stunning mountain range, we find a rich mix of peoples, cultures and heritages, reflecting the isolation of this Alpine region. Almost every village has its own traditions, dialect and customs.

Our program compares and contrasts the peoples and traditions of the Alpine countries of Switzerland, Austria, Bavaria, and Italy. We explore the differing regions of Switzerland, from the wooden mountain villages of the Jungfrau to the sophisticated Alpine resort of Davos and to the mediaeval towns of the Rhine Valley. We discover the differing regions of Austria, from the cosmopolitan city of Salzburg to the fiercely independent province of the Tyrol. We also experience the Dolomites, the former Hapsburg domain now an autonomous region of Italy, as well as the former Kingdom of Bavaria. 

Our varied transport includes the awe inspiring Glacier Express and the Alpine Bernina (also known as the Heidi) Express Trains.

Tour Inclusions

  • Including return economy class international airfare 
  • 21 nights en-suite hotel accommodation
  • Typical local breakfast and dinner daily
  • Touring by comfortable and modern coach
  • Transport, lectures and field trips as indicated Applicable entry fees and services of local guides Services of a Program Leader
  • Gratuities and necessary tips
  • Detailed Program Information Booklet

To be advised

Robyn Laing

Robyn Laing's first contact with Japan came 40 years ago when she was selected to take part in the Japanese Youth Goodwill Cruise programme organized by the Japanese government. This experience proved a major influence for the young Massey University science graduate. Four OE years were spent in Japan, studying in Kyoto. 

Returning to NZ as a fluent speaker of Japanese her skills were sought to teach Japanese in a high school, then by the Embassy of Japan, Wellington where she worked for four years and then by the NZ Dairy Board. During her time with the Board Robyn was seconded to Tokyo, working for six years with a joint venture operation on the market development of specialized dairy products. Next she was asked to work with TV crew from NHK, Japan's public broadcasting organization. Ten exhilarating years were spent on TV documentary projects across the globe.

After her return to NZ, when approached to take on the role of tour leader, Robyn was very reluctant having enjoyed extensive independent serendipitous travel world wide. Having agreed to co-lead a tour to Japan with the marvellous Ann Matheson, she was delighted to learn what a pleasure it is to accompany mature travellers interested in their destination, to facilitate their discovery by sharing knowledge acquired over decades. After that wonderful experience, she happily took on the role. Clients on tours to Japan have found her to be a thoughtful, knowledgeable program leader who has gone out of her way to ensure their interests and needs are fulfilled.

Robyn has also spent considerable periods of time travelling through the European Alps in both Austria and Switzerland.


Most of the cities and towns visited on this program can be explored by coach, where walking tours are relatively short and generally on the flat and all hotels have lifts with easily accessible rooms.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover better the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.

If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining and make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD14).
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompasstours.co.nz. If you prefer you can fax your form to +44 (0) 1494 431 144, or post it to our New Zealand postal address at:

  Golden Compass, P O Box 3452 Shortland St. Auckland 1140, New Zealand.

Please note we require a deposit of NZD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 70 days prior to the start of your program or programs in the UK, Europe, North Africa or Asia. 

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 70 days prior to the start of your tour. 

If you need any assistance please call our Freephone number on 0800 132 385.