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Program #13401RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Highest elevation Day 10: Mount Titlis (10,627 feet). 2nd highest Day 3: Mount Saentis (8300 feet).

Equipment Requirements
Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are required (ankle-high shoes are not required, but highly recommended). Please see the "Walking Boots" note for additional information on proper footgear.

Itinerary for Sep 8 — Sep 21, 2014

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Day One: Monday, September 08 - In Transit
In Transit: Depart US/Canada for an overnight flight.

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Cafe Adler is located in the center of Appenzell at the entrance of the famous street, Hauptgasse. Each room of this cozy and unique hotel has been individually furnished with great care, ensuring a comfortable stay to all who visit the charming Appenzell.

Contact info:
Weissbadstrasse 2
Appenzell, CH-9050 Switzerland
phone: +41 71 787 13 89
web: www.adlerhotel.ch

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, wireless Internet access (for a fee) and a hair dryer at reception.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a terrace and garden restaurant, bakery and pastry shop with homemade ice cream, and wireless Internet access (for a fee).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404


Day Two: Tuesday, September 09 - Arrivals
Note: 1 hour orientation stroll through the Appenzell village.

Arrive To: Meet your group at 10:30 AM for the group transfer to Appenzell (approx. 1.5 hours).

Afternoon: Check in at the hotel. Start your program off by baking your own "Appenzeller Biber," a traditional gingerbread with almond filling. You will get to taste it later on! If time permits, the group will take a short orientation walk through the village. Enjoy a welcome drink and orientation before dinner. This afternoon's lecture is called "Then and Now of Appenzell."

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Cafe Adler

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Cafe Adler is located in the center of Appenzell at the entrance of the famous street, Hauptgasse. Each room of this cozy and unique hotel has been individually furnished with great care, ensuring a comfortable stay to all who visit the charming Appenzell.

Contact info:
Weissbadstrasse 2
Appenzell, CH-9050 Switzerland
phone: +41 71 787 13 89
web: www.adlerhotel.ch

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, wireless Internet access (for a fee) and a hair dryer at reception.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a terrace and garden restaurant, bakery and pastry shop with homemade ice cream, and wireless Internet access (for a fee).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404


Day Three: Wednesday, September 10 - Mount Kronberg
Note: 3.5 hours of walking on trails through meadows and on mountain trails.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Short train ride to Gontenbad (2940 feet). Walk on a high plateau through meadows and along a high moor on easy trails to Jakobsbad (2850 feet). Continue by cable car up to Kronberg Mountain (5450 feet) with its magnificent views of the first Alpstein range and its highest peak, Mount Saentis (8300 feet). Today's field lecture is called "Mountains Surrounding Appenzell."

Lunch: Selected lunch menu on the top of Mount Kronberg.

Afternoon: Cable car and train back to Appenzell following lunch or leave the train at Gontenbad and walk the rest of the distance back to Appenzell. Later in the afternoon, attend a concert at Hotel Hofweissbad. Become familiar with traditional stringed instruments and the famous musical tradition of the Appenzellerland.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Cafe Adler

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Cafe Adler is located in the center of Appenzell at the entrance of the famous street, Hauptgasse. Each room of this cozy and unique hotel has been individually furnished with great care, ensuring a comfortable stay to all who visit the charming Appenzell.

Contact info:
Weissbadstrasse 2
Appenzell, CH-9050 Switzerland
phone: +41 71 787 13 89
web: www.adlerhotel.ch

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, wireless Internet access (for a fee) and a hair dryer at reception.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a terrace and garden restaurant, bakery and pastry shop with homemade ice cream, and wireless Internet access (for a fee).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404


Day Four: Thursday, September 11 - Hoher Kasten Walk
Note: 2.5 hours of walking mountain trails, through meadows and valleys.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Today begins with an excursion to the local bakery and pastry shop Boehli, a five-generation bakery. Enjoy the aromas and even a possible tasting! Start walking from the hotel along the Sitter River to Weissbad (2700 feet) or (optional) on a moderate uphill trail to Bruelisau (3000 feet). Ride the cable car up to Mount Hoher Kasten (6000 feet). Revel in the magnificent views of the Alpstein, Rhine Valley and the Austrian Alps.

Lunch: Lunch at a mountain guesthouse.

Afternoon: After lunch continue walking then take a cable car and train back to Appenzell. Optional excursion to the museum of Appenzell. Today's field lectures are called "Boehli Bakery" and "Alpstein, Rhine Valley and Austria Alps (flora and fauna)."

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Cafe Adler

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Cafe Adler is located in the center of Appenzell at the entrance of the famous street, Hauptgasse. Each room of this cozy and unique hotel has been individually furnished with great care, ensuring a comfortable stay to all who visit the charming Appenzell.

Contact info:
Weissbadstrasse 2
Appenzell, CH-9050 Switzerland
phone: +41 71 787 13 89
web: www.adlerhotel.ch

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, wireless Internet access (for a fee) and a hair dryer at reception.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a terrace and garden restaurant, bakery and pastry shop with homemade ice cream, and wireless Internet access (for a fee).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404


Day Five: Friday, September 12 - St. Gallen's Old Town / Abbey Library
Note: 1 hour of guided walking in the village of St. Gallen.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Train transfer to St. Gallen. Field trip and lecture in the Cathedral of the late Baroque period and the Abbey Library, containing manuscripts dating back to the 8th century. The library is housed in Switzerland's most beautiful Rococo secular hall with stucco work by the Gigi brothers and ceiling painting by Josef Wannenmacher. Take in a field lecture entitled "History of the Abbey Library and Cathedral of St. Gallen."

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Enjoy free time this afternoon. Return to Appenzell by train at your leisure. Train ride is approximately 45 minutes and trains depart every 30 minutes between St. Gallen and Appenzell.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Cafe Adler

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Cafe Adler is located in the center of Appenzell at the entrance of the famous street, Hauptgasse. Each room of this cozy and unique hotel has been individually furnished with great care, ensuring a comfortable stay to all who visit the charming Appenzell.

Contact info:
Weissbadstrasse 2
Appenzell, CH-9050 Switzerland
phone: +41 71 787 13 89
web: www.adlerhotel.ch

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, wireless Internet access (for a fee) and a hair dryer at reception.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a terrace and garden restaurant, bakery and pastry shop with homemade ice cream, and wireless Internet access (for a fee).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404


Day Six: Saturday, September 13 - Ebenalp-Mount Schaeffler Walk / Wildkirchli Prehi...
Note: 3.5 hours of walking on asphalt roads, gravel paths and mountain trails.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Take the train to Wasserauen, then a cable car to Ebenalp (5000 feet) where you will start the walking field trip. Descend through the prehistoric cave of Wildkirchli and stop at the most thrilling guesthouse of the Alpstein, the Aescher. Continue up to Mount Schaefler and marvel at the unforgettable scenery of Mt. Santis. Today you will hear a lecture called "Prehistoric Cave of Wildkirchli and Mt. Schaefler."

Lunch: Picnic lunch on the trail or at a mountain hut.

Afternoon: Continue the field trip to the Chlus saddle at the foot of Mt. Schaefler with magnificent views of the Appenzeller Mountains. Return to Appenzell by cable car and train.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Cafe Adler

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Schweizerhof is a local landmark and a beautiful spot to appreciate the 360-degrees of alpine vistas. Established over 100 years ago, this family-run hotel has recently been renovated to meet the needs of its modern guests. It is located in the center of Engelberg, and is within walking distance of the local shops and the train station.

Contact info:
Dorfstrasse 42
Engelberg, CH 6390 Switzerland
phone: +41 41 637 11 05
web: www.schweizerhof-engelberg.ch

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, radio, safe, mini bar, free wireless Internet access, hair dryer and a beautiful mountain view.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, sauna, fitness center, garden area, laundry facilities and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Sunday, September 14 - Einsiedeln / Transfer to Engelberg
Note: 2 hours of walking on paved roads.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Engelberg by private coach. On the way, stop in the medieval village of Werdenberg (1706 feet), founded in 1230. Take a walk around the lake or enjoy a cup of coffee. Continue by coach along the Walensee Lake, with a stop in Einsiedeln, known for its splendid church constructed between 1674 and 1770. This church is considered one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Switzerland. Take in a field lecture about the Einsiedeln monastery.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own in Einsiedeln.

Afternoon: Continue by coach to Engelberg (3444 feet) and arrive in the mid-afternoon. Prior to dinner there will be an orientation stroll through Engelberg and a briefing at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Schweizerhof

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Schweizerhof is a local landmark and a beautiful spot to appreciate the 360-degrees of alpine vistas. Established over 100 years ago, this family-run hotel has recently been renovated to meet the needs of its modern guests. It is located in the center of Engelberg, and is within walking distance of the local shops and the train station.

Contact info:
Dorfstrasse 42
Engelberg, CH 6390 Switzerland
phone: +41 41 637 11 05
web: www.schweizerhof-engelberg.ch

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, radio, safe, mini bar, free wireless Internet access, hair dryer and a beautiful mountain view.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, sauna, fitness center, garden area, laundry facilities and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Monday, September 15 - Benedictine Monastery / Waterfall Valley Walk
Note: 3 hours of walking through meadows, mountain trails and paved roads.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Walk from the hotel to the Benedictine Monastery, founded in 1120, for an excursion by the curator introducing the participants to the wainscoted wall panels and furniture. Afterwards walk to the waterfall (3555 feet) and take a cable car to Furenalp. Hear two field lectures on the Benedictine Monastery and the Waterfall Valley.

Lunch: Lunch at the "Hutte" on Furenalp.

Afternoon: Continue down by cable car or take a circular walk on the Grotzliweg. Excursion to one of Engelberg's oldest farm homes, Dellenstein. You are welcomed by the owners and served tea and Apfelkuchen (apple pie). Continue the walk back to Engelberg. This afternoon's field lecture is called "How the Natives Live."

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Schweizerhof

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Schweizerhof is a local landmark and a beautiful spot to appreciate the 360-degrees of alpine vistas. Established over 100 years ago, this family-run hotel has recently been renovated to meet the needs of its modern guests. It is located in the center of Engelberg, and is within walking distance of the local shops and the train station.

Contact info:
Dorfstrasse 42
Engelberg, CH 6390 Switzerland
phone: +41 41 637 11 05
web: www.schweizerhof-engelberg.ch

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, radio, safe, mini bar, free wireless Internet access, hair dryer and a beautiful mountain view.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, sauna, fitness center, garden area, laundry facilities and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Tuesday, September 16 - Local Flora and Fauna at Ristis / Brunni Mountain
Note: 3 hours of walking on mountain trails and through meadows.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Walk from the hotel accompanied by a local flower and plant expert, to the cable car to Ristis (5300 feet), then continue to Brunni Mountain by chair lift (6103 feet). Depending on the time of year you will be able to view some of the region’s wildlife and flora while walking along this majestic ridge. Hear a field lecture on "Geology, Wildlife and Flora of the Region."

Lunch: Picnic lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Walk on to Rigidal Stafel, then back to Ristis. Descend back to Engelberg by cable car.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Schweizerhof

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Schweizerhof is a local landmark and a beautiful spot to appreciate the 360-degrees of alpine vistas. Established over 100 years ago, this family-run hotel has recently been renovated to meet the needs of its modern guests. It is located in the center of Engelberg, and is within walking distance of the local shops and the train station.

Contact info:
Dorfstrasse 42
Engelberg, CH 6390 Switzerland
phone: +41 41 637 11 05
web: www.schweizerhof-engelberg.ch

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, radio, safe, mini bar, free wireless Internet access, hair dryer and a beautiful mountain view.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, sauna, fitness center, garden area, laundry facilities and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Wednesday, September 17 - Mount Titlis / Glacier Grotto
Note: 2.5 hours of walking on mountain trails and through meadows and farmland.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Walk from the hotel to Mount Titlis (10,627 feet). Part of this journey will be by way of the world’s first revolving cable car, "Rotair." At the top of the highest mountain in Central Switzerland you will witness breathtaking scenery and walk through the Glacier Grotto. From Mount Titlis walk over beautiful snowfields before taking the funicular via Trubsee (5890 feet) down to Gerschnialp (4180 feet). Learn about Mount Titlis and Glacier Grotto during a field lecture.

Lunch: Special lunch at the mountain hut of a local cheesemaker.

Afternoon: Walk down to Engelberg via the ski trail or return by cable car.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Schweizerhof

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Schweizerhof is a local landmark and a beautiful spot to appreciate the 360-degrees of alpine vistas. Established over 100 years ago, this family-run hotel has recently been renovated to meet the needs of its modern guests. It is located in the center of Engelberg, and is within walking distance of the local shops and the train station.

Contact info:
Dorfstrasse 42
Engelberg, CH 6390 Switzerland
phone: +41 41 637 11 05
web: www.schweizerhof-engelberg.ch

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, radio, safe, mini bar, free wireless Internet access, hair dryer and a beautiful mountain view.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, sauna, fitness center, garden area, laundry facilities and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Thursday, September 18 - Herrenhaus Grafenort
Note: 2.5 hours of walking along the ravine of the river Engelbergeraa down to the valley.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Walk from the hotel, first following the railway track to Gruenenwald and on through forested area on a nice trail zigzagging down to the Hydroelectric station and to a reservoir. Continue on following the Engelberg river to Grafenort (1866 feet) for a field trip through the Herrenhaus Grafenort, a 17th-century stately home belonging to the monastery of Engelberg. Take in a field lecture about the Grafenort home.

Lunch: Enjoy a light lunch prepared by the local farmers' wives at the Herrenhaus.

Afternoon: Return to Engelberg by train. The remainder of the afternoon is to be enjoyed at your leisure.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Schweizerhof

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Schweizerhof is a local landmark and a beautiful spot to appreciate the 360-degrees of alpine vistas. Established over 100 years ago, this family-run hotel has recently been renovated to meet the needs of its modern guests. It is located in the center of Engelberg, and is within walking distance of the local shops and the train station.

Contact info:
Dorfstrasse 42
Engelberg, CH 6390 Switzerland
phone: +41 41 637 11 05
web: www.schweizerhof-engelberg.ch

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, radio, safe, mini bar, free wireless Internet access, hair dryer and a beautiful mountain view.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, sauna, fitness center, garden area, laundry facilities and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Friday, September 19 - Cradle of Switzerland
Note: 1.5 hours of walking on mountain trails and through a meadow.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This Switzerland adventure will end in spectacular fashion. The final walk will begin with a 30-minute train ride and continue on by postal-bus to Seelisberg (2627 feet). Walking field trip down through the forest to Rutli-Meadows (1670 feet), the "Cradle of Switzerland," above Lake Lucerne Uri, where the Confederates convened to confirm the Everlasting League of 1291. Take in a field lecture called "William Tell and the History of the Everlasting League."

Lunch: Typical Swiss lunch at the Rutli guesthouse, where the Confederates convened to confirm the Everlasting League of 1291.

Afternoon: Board a boat and cross Lake Lucerne to Beckenried. Return to Engelberg by local transportation.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Schweizerhof

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Best Western Hotel Airport is a comfortable hotel conveniently located near the airport. It offers shuttle service to and from the airport, allowing guests to travel with ease.

Contact info:
Oberhauserstrasse 30
Zurich-Glattbrugg, CH-8152 Switzerland
phone: +41 44 809 47 47
web: www.bestwestern.ch/airport

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, radio, mini bar, air conditioning and wireless Internet access (for a fee).

Facility amenities: The hotel offers two restaurants, a bar, grill room and wireless Internet access (for a fee).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Thirteen: Saturday, September 20 - Lucerne / Transfer to Zurich
Note: 3 hours of walking on paved roads.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Depart the hotel by private coach transfer to the Zurich airport hotel. On the way, stop in Lucerne for a 3-hour stop and a walking field trip. Hear a lecture called "City of Lights."

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Continue on to the Zurich airport hotel. Enjoy some free time for the remainder of the afternoon. Your program staff will give you additional ideas for activities and what to see and do in Zurich.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Lodging: Best Western Hotel Airport

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Fourteen: Sunday, September 21 - Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Hotel shuttle to the airport. "AUF WIEDERSEHEN!"

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Appenzell
Vogel Museum and Visitor's CenterThe Vogel Museum and Visitor's Center is a testament to Alfred Vogel, a herbalist who moved to Appenzell in 1932 and purchased what is now the museum and garden in 1937. Take in the stunning garden and panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

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