Welcome to Alpine
Packed tight with hotels and eateries, plus residents who are pretty darn friendly, Alpine works well as a basecamp for regional exploring. Centrally located between Fort Davis, Marfa and Marathon, Alpine is about a half-hour drive from any of them. And it's not just a geographical hub: it's the seat of Brewster County and the biggest of the four towns, offering services and amenities the others don't.As the only... Read More
Top experiences in Alpine
Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Day Trip from Lucerne
Meet your guide and hop aboard your air-conditioned coach in central Lucerne in the morning, and head out of the city on a scenic tour into the magnificent mountain world of the Bernese Oberland. Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks in picturesque Lauterbrunnen, board the cogwheel train with your guide and enjoy a breathtakingly beautiful trip up to Kleine Scheidegg at the foot of the famous Eiger North Face. Soak up spectacular valley views, then travel onward to majestic Jungfraujoch at an impressive altitude of 11,333 feet (3454 meters) above sea level. This high-altitude Alpine wilderness sits in Switzerland’s Bernese Alps and takes pride of place on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Visit the Alpine Sensation — a round-tour subway opened to mark the centenary of the Jungfrau Railway. Wander through the Ice Palace and take in panoramic views over the Aletsch Glacier (Europe's longest glacier) from your vantage point on the Sphinx Observation Terrace. On a clear day, you can see as far as the snow-capped peaks of neighboring countries! Travel back down the mountainside to the Alpine town of Grindelwald, then hop aboard your coach for the return journey to central Lucerne where your tour will come to an end.
Neuschwanstein Castle Day Trip from Munich
Leave Munich in the early morning and travel by coach to Hohenschwangau, a scenic Alpine area that’s home to two world-famous Bavarian castles: Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein.As you travel, listen to your guide explain the day’s itinerary in more detail, then watch a video that gives you the background of Neuschwanstein’s eccentric creator, Ludwig II. Ludwig II was the mastermind behind a serious of extravagant and majestic fairytale castles that dot the Bavarian landscape. These passion projects left him in debt and he was later dethroned after being declared unfit to rule. Hear more about Ludwig II and about his mysterious death, which happened just days after being deposed.Upon arrival in Hohenschwangau, you have the choice to either take part in an optional bike tour or to explore independently. If you choose to cycle, cruise along Hohenschwangau's bike paths, through lush meadows and forests. Stop for a refreshing swim in a crisp, clear Alpine lake. If you choose to explore independently, hike or take a cable car up Mt Tegelberg, or pay a visit to Hohenschwangau Castle, a dramatic Gothic fortress that was the childhood home of Ludwig II. Enjoy time at your leisure to eat lunch (own expense) before regrouping with the rest of the tourgoers at the entrance to Neuschwanstein Castle. If you’ve taken the bike tour, you’ll hike up the hill as a group and meet the others at the entrance. Alternatively, you can take a horse and carriage or a bus part of the way up (own expense). Pause at St Mary’s bridge for photos against the backdrop of the surrounding hills and castle.Take a guided tour through the interior and look out for the murals on the walls, which depict scenes and legends from Wagner’s operas. The castle also features an artificial grotto and a frescoed throne room.In late afternoon, board the coach for the return journey to Munich, where your tour concludes.
Swiss Alps Small Group Day Tour from Zurich
Set off from Zurich’s Sihlquai Bus Terminal by motor coach with your guide in the morning and head out over the Brünig Pass to the highlands of the Bernese Oberland — the heart of the magnificent Swiss Alps. Stop first at the impressive Aare Gorge and take a walk along the secure footbridge to enjoy spectacular views out over the valleys and peaks beyond. After a little free time for lunch, hop back aboard your coach and descend through wild Alpine terrain to the Grimsel Pass. From your vantage point at a lofty 7,103 feet (2,165 meters) above sea level, admire the serene Lake Toten. Continue on to the Rhône Glacier at 7,545 feet (2,300 meters) and explore the fascinating blue-ice tunnel leading to the Ice Room. Warm back up with a hot coffee (optional) then follow your guide through the Furka Pass for stunning views over the Gotthard Massif. Travel deep into the Urseren Valley to the Alpine resort of Andermatt — where the Schöllenen Gorge, the legendary Devil's Bridge and the mighty peaks of the St Gotthard Pass await. There, pause a while and appreciate the majesty of the Swiss Alps to the full. After a full day exploring the peaks and valleys of the Swiss Alps, travel back to Zurich where your small-group day trip will come to an end.
Super Saver: Neuschwanstein Castle and Rothenburg
Neuschwanstein Castle Tour: (7 hours)Board your coach in central Frankfurt in the morning and travel roughly 262 miles (422 km) south to the enchanting Bavarian town of Füssen, located at the southernmost tip of Germany’s Romantic Road.Füssen is home to one of Germany’s star attractions: Neuschwanstein Castle. Perched on a rocky hill, this fairy tale palace rises steeply above the village of Hohenschwangau, dominating the surrounding plains and Alpine foothills. You’ll understand immediately why Walt Disney used this royal castle as his inspiration for Sleeping Beauty.Bypass the entrance lines and follow your guide on a narrated tour of the castle’s interior. Learn about Neuschwanstein’s creator, the shy and troubled King Ludwig II, who used the palace as his personal refuge during his turbulent reign. Neuschwanstein is by far the most distinctive of the king’s three Bavarian castles, built in classic Neo-Gothic Revival style. Its grandeur is simply breathtaking.After your tour, make the most of some free time to stroll around the gardens, shop for souvenirs, grab lunch (own expense) and take photos against the stunning backdrop of the Bavarian mountains. Then, relax on your coach journey to your next destination: Rothenburg ob der Tauber.Rothenburg ob der Tauber Tour: (7 hours)Situated high above the Tauber River Valley on the Romantic Road is Rothenburg, widely considered as the best-preserved medieval town in Germany. Take a walking tour along the cobbled lanes lined with picturesque half-timbered houses. See the imposing city gates, Renaissance-era Town Hall and the marketplace while learning about Rothenburg’s history and architecture. Encircling the whole town is a walled fortification, still intact from hundreds of years ago. At the end of the day, reconvene with your guide for your relaxing 2-hour journey back to Frankfurt.
Mt. Pilatus Experience with Gondola Ride
Start your Mt. Pilatus tour at the valley station in Kriens to hop aboard the panoramic gondola for the 30-minute ride to Fräkmüntegg. If you have kids, perhaps hop off the gondola halfway through the ride in Krienseregg, where a playground provides a chance for them to burn some energy before continuing the gondola ride. At Fräkmüntegg, you can participate in activities, if you wish, such as a ride on Switzerland's longest summer toboggan or climbing through the rope park (own expense). When you're ready, board the 'Dragon Ride,' an aerial cableway with a spacious interior, cockpit-like design, and large windows that give you the impression of being in a helicopter—only the flying is even more exhilarating. Admire views over Lake Lucerne and the Alps when you reach the summit of the mountain, and decide if you want to stay inside the panoramic gallery, relax on the terrace, climb one of the peaks (5-10 minutes), or get a bite to eat at one of the restaurants (own expenses).When you're ready to head back down, take the world’s steepest cogwheel railway (since 1889) for a trip past streams, steep rock faces, and fields of Alpine flowers. The railway brings you to Alpnachstad, marking the end of your Mt. Pilatus experience.Ideal Itinerary:9am - Departure by gondola to Fräkmüntegg9:45am - Change to the cable car 'Dragon Ride'9:50am - Arrival at Mt. Pilatus; enjoy the view and stroll around10:55am - Departure by cogwheel train to Alpnachstad11:25am - Arrival in AlpnachstadClick on the 'View additional info' link to see the departure timetable for both stations. The gondolas are closed for maintenance from 23 October to 10 November 2017; access from Alpnachstad only. The cogwheel train is closed from 20 November to around mid-May; access from Kriens only
Bled Lake Adventure Day Trip from Ljubljana
Start your journey a few kilometers outside the Alpine town of Bled, exploring the beautiful Vintgar gorge graced with pools, rapids of the Radovna River, unravelling Šum Waterfall at the end. Then you will be driven back to Bled where you sail to Bled island in the traditional Pletna boat and walk the 99 stone steps to visit the Church of the Assumption. After arriving back to the lake's shore the options are in your hands. You can visit the majestic Bled Castle from which you can see a beautiful view all over the stunning Lake Bled or you can take a walk along the lake.