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The Best of Austria & Switzerland with Romantic Rhine 2020

The Best of Austria & Switzerland with Romantic Rhine 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

This amazing vacation offers the best of both worlds: a land tour of Austria and Switzerland—two of Europe's most scenic countries—and a river cruise on the legendary Rhine River with stops in France, Germany, and Holland!If you're a fan of palaces and castles, you'll enjoy a visit to Vienna, Austria’s Schönbrunn Palace, once the home of the Habsburg family. Stand in awe as you hear the stories of this royal family's home. And in Switzerland, you'll enjoy a visit to romantic Chillon Castle, a well-preserved, medieval castle on the shores of Lake Geneva. If spectacular scenery is your interest, you'll be thrilled with a ride on the world-famous Glacier Express train, where you'll travel first-class with panoramic windows to admire the thundering waterfalls, impressive peaks, glacial ice fields, and tiny villages on your way to Zermatt, Switzerland. Other scenic highlights include a Danube cruise along the prettiest part of the river on your way to Salzburg; a private boat cruise on the fjord-lake in Lucerne; a scenic drive into the Swiss Engadine, considered the most beautiful mountain area in the world; and more. Some sightseeing highlights include The Sound of Music Parish Church in Mondsee, a walk through the Old Town in Innsbruck, and the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne.After this land tour of the historical sights, castles, palaces and spectacular scenery, you’ll embark your cruise ship in Basel, Switzerland, for an exciting river cruise along the Rhine River! In Breisach, Germany, find the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty, best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock. In Strasbourg, France, be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and the fascinating astronomical clock. Stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, towering magnificently over the city, and stop in Mainz for a guided walk and a visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum. In the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, visit the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam, offers world-famous museums and an abundance of restaurants amongst the classic architecture and charming canals. See the treasures of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” A perfect ending to this fabulous land and river cruise adventure!

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Day 1: VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Welcome dinner at your hotel.

(D)

Day 2: VIENNA
Guided sightseeing features a visit to magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, the Ringstrasse, and Heldenplatz.

(B)

Day 3: VIENNA—MELK—SALZBURG
Enjoy a Danube cruise and visit The Sound of Music Parish Church in Mondsee before arriving in Salzburg. Guided walking tour and dinner at a local restaurant.

(B,D)

Day 4: SALZBURG
An optional excursion is available to Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s Eagles Nest.

(B)

Day 5: SALZBURG—INNSBRUCK—ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND
In Innsbruck, walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof. Drive through the Swiss Engadine to St. Moritz.

(B,D)

Day 6: ST. MORITZ—CHUR—TÄSCH—ZERMATT
Board the first-class panoramic coach of the Glacier Express train and arrive in Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn.

(B,L)

Day 7: ZERMATT
An optional excursion is available to the Klein Matterhorn.

(B,D)

Day 8: ZERMATT—BERNE
Visit Chillon Castle and arrive in Berne.

(B)

Day 9: BERNE—INTERLAKEN—LUCERNE
The guided walking tour of Berne features a panoramic view from the Rose Garden and the Bear Park. Drive across Brünig Pass to Lucerne.

(B)

Day 10: LUCERNE
Your morning walking tour includes the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge. This evening, enjoy a private boat cruise followed by a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

(B,D)

Day 11: LUCERNE—BASEL (EMBARKATION)
Transfer from Lucerne to Basel. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board.

EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH

(B,D)

Day 12: BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO THE BLACK FOREST
History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

DISCOVERY Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration, OR:

DISCOVERY Visit to Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden—ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.

EVENING CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

(B,L,D)

Day 13: STRASBOURG, FRANCE
Gothic Giants, Military Marvels, and Varietal Vintages

CLASSIC Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including the city’s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.

You may also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line—an impressive installation of pre-WWII defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or visit Alsace’s wine country today.

Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city center.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN

(B,L,D)

Day 14: LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG
Castle Walls and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Tour to Heidelberg Castle to see the ruins of the magnificent renaissance treasure towering above the city, and its famed Great Vat, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel,” OR:

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below.

Alternatively enjoy a brief cruise to Mainz this afternoon and join our included tour.

MAINZ
Turning the Pages of History

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Walk including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing.

Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ

(B,L,D)

Day 15: RÜDESHEIM—RHINE GORGE
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR:


ACTIVE Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim

Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge to Koblenz. Sail past the legendary rock of The Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.

KOBLENZ
Travel Through 2000 Years Of Monumental History

Enjoy free time in Koblenz before a relaxing evening on board with dinner and live entertainment.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KOBLENZ

(B,L,D)

Day 16: COLOGNE
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City

CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR:

DISCOVERY Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites.

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years!

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

(B,L,D)

Day 17: AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age”.

During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year. Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses. You may also choose an Optional Biking Tour to discover the countryside.

Take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

(B,L,D)

Day 18: AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

(B)

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Inclusions

  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Sightseeing & Activities:

Day 1 Vienna: welcome to Austria
Day 2 Vienna: guided sightseeing, see the Ringstrasse, Heldenplatz, and visit Schönbrunn Palace
Day 3 Vienna—Melk—Salzburg: Danube cruise and visit to The Sound of Music Parish Church in Mondsee; guided walking tour and dinner at a local restaurant in Salzburg
Day 4 Salzburg: day at leisureDay 5 Salzburg—Innsbruck—St. Moritz: walk through the Old Town, see the Golden Roof in Innsbruck; travel to St. Moritz

Day 6 St. Moritz—Chur—Täsch—Zermatt: panoramic trip onboard of the Glacier Express train to Zermatt
Day 7 Zermatt: day at leisure
Day 8 Zermatt—Berne: visit Chillon Castle; travel to Berne
Day 9 Berne—Interlaken—Lucerne: guided walking tour in Berne, see the Bear Park and enjoy the panoramic view from the Rose Garden; travel to Lucerne
Day 10 Lucerne: morning walking tour, see the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge; private boat cruise and farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Day 11 Lucerne—Basel (Embarkation): travel to Basel; onboard welcome reception
Day 12 Breisach: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badische Winzerkeller

Day 13 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
Day 14 Mainz: choice of guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or hike up Philosophers’ Way, or visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz
Day 15 Rüdesheim—Rhine Gorge—Koblenz: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; free tim in Koblenz
Day 16 Cologne: choice of “Cologne Highlights” walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour
Day 17 Amsterdam: canal cruise
Day 18 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

Hygiene and Safety Protocols for Globus Tours

Today's world has changed, but what remains certain is Globus' commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while traveling with us. To that end, Globus has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of guests throughout their travels with us.

It all starts with Globus' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Globus' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.

A SAFE & WARM WELCOME

Globus will enact new tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including adherence to social distancing requirements.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE

Globus will ensure safe distances for guests throughout the journey, on coach and during excursions. This includes providing masks for guests use at any time where social proximity could be an issue as well as the possibility of reducing group sizes, if required. And wireless listening technology – including Globus' Go Beyond Devices in Europe – enables safe distances between guests and other travelers on excursions.

FOCUS ON GUEST AND TEAM MEMBER HEALTH

To ensure a healthy environment for team and guests, Globus will conduct regular temperature checks for both guests and team, and when necessary, masks will be worn by Globus' team members when with guests.

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS

Traveling with Globus removes many of the “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, check in/out, expedited entry into attractions and more. Globus are further reducing risk with hands-free service, meaning all self-services replaced by staff, including buffet meals replaced with table service. Globus will also ensure hand sanitizing is available throughout each trip, on coach and in hotels.

COMMITMENT TO CLEAN

As a part of Globus' commitment to clean, Globus is requiring enhanced cleaning procedures with hotel partners, on motorcoaches, vehicles and throughout every trip, including additional daily disinfecting procedures that go above-and-beyond already strict health and safety procedures.

PARTNERS IN DISCOVERY AND IN HEALTH

Globus has strict health and safety protocols, which have been in place for years, focused on ensuring all aspects of operation- from vehicles and equipment used on trip to excursions and hotel procedures. This process will continue with new, elevated health and safety checks, to maintain their promise that each touch-point on tours and cruises are considered in their commitment to guest and team member well-being.

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Accommodations

Port charges:
$182

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $249 to $367, in twin room from $160 to $242

All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $199
B / Sapphire Deck / $1,149
A / Sapphire Deck / $1,199
P / Royal Deck / $1,299
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2,199

Vienna: Zeitgeist Hauptbahnof
The Zeitgeist hotel in Vienna perfectly combines its central location, just 300 meters away from the main train station with top quality overnight stays. The 254 air conditioned rooms offer large windows and Free Wi-Fi access, there is an on-site fitness room, a restaurant-café-bar as well as 24 hour vending machines for snacks & drinks.
Address:
15 Sonnwendgasse
Vienna , Austria
Vienna: Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen
An elegant 309 room hotel, dedicated to Prince Eugene of Savoy and housed in the former State Austrian Printing House with a modern, glassy atrium. Amenities include a fitness area, sauna and steam room, two restaurants and a jazzy bar.
Address:
Rennweg 16
Vienna , Austria
Salzburg: Imlauer Hotel Pitter Salzburg
Located in center of Salzburg, walking distance to Mirabell Gardens and Mirabell Palace - 15 minutes to WA Mozart Airport.
Address:
Rainerstrasse 6-8
Salzburg , Austria
St. Moritz: Laudinella
Traditional mountain architecture with lots of woodworks & local grisons style; in center of St Moritz-Bad; near spa & ski slopes.
Address:
Via Tegiatscha 17
St.Moritz , Switzerland
Zermatt: Pollux
Chalet style hotel with modern comforts and amenities, restaurant, sauna and solarium; located near the Gornergrat station.
Address:
Bahnhofstrasse, 28
Zermatt , Switzerland
Berne: Holiday Inn Bern Westside
Enjoy a Great Location at the Westside Shopping and Leisure Centre when you Book the Holiday Inn Bern-Westside Hotel. This chocolate-themed hotel is only 200 meters away from the Toblerone factory and is linked to Daniel Libeskind's Westside Centre, putting a wide range of shops and restaurants at your doorstep.
Address:
Riedbachstrasse 96
Berne , Switzerland
Lucerne: Ameron Hotel Flora
A centrally located 161-room modern hotel of minimalist design with urban flair, just a short walk away from the lake promenade and Old Town. Traditional Italian food is served with a contemporary touch in the Brasserie and drinks can be enjoyed from morning until late evening at the Apéro bar.
Address:
Seidenhofstrasse 5
Luzern , Switzerland
Amsterdam: Westcord Jakarta
A unique sustainable hotel in Amsterdam, where two worlds connect. At the former location where ships left for Jakarta, lies a green oasis in the centre of the city. Hotel offers 200 luxurious rooms with a Indonesian influenced style. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at Café Jakarta or get a drink at the Malabar. Be pampered in luxury and relax in our wellness and swimming pool with views towards the river IJ.
Address:
Javakade 766
Amsterdam , Netherlands

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Questions & Answers

Question: Are their handicapped rooms available in any of the hotels?

Unfortunately Switzerland and Austria are not ADA compliant and therefore Globus cannot guarantee handicapped rooms at the accommodations they use.

Question: Are there many hills or rough terrain to walk over on this itinerary?

While this is not classified as a hiking trip, Switzerland and Austria are mountainous regions. You will have to walk on uneven surfaces through the cities but nothing too strenuous.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
3.9
Itinerary
4.5
Professional Staff
4.4
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
4

Ratings based off 83 reviews - currently showing 28 reviews with comments only

This is the best vacation I have ever taken.

The trip was amazing with the exception of the pace at times. There were several travelers that had problems keeping up with the guide while walking. She walked very fast and didn't seem to wait for the stragglers that were having problems keeping up. She keep telling us there was a time schedule and if she didn't keep it she would be in trouble. Normally I don't have issues keeping up, but I did this time and was in pain as was my sister. Globus should tell people that at times this tours has lots of walking and at a fast pace. I did not have an issue, but I did hear others complain about a couple of the hotels having small rooms and no AC. I thought they were very quaint and you only had to open a window. I felt totally safe doing this. I wouldn't change the experience of these small family run hotels.

Great trip! Well organized. Everything went without a hitch! Loved it!

Excellent trip. Well planned and executed. Terrific tour director and driver. Area of improvement: food choices for non meat eaters.

Cindy, Besides the plane issue the Trip was fantastic. We were busy the entire time with ample breaks to enjoy the surroundings. Austria and Switzerland were outstanding!

The tour was amazing from the beauty and interest that each location destination provided. Every stop was a point of interest that exceeded our expectations.

We did not receive the booklet containing itinerary etc. and the envelopes for tips for tour guide and driver. I was able to print the itinerary but the booklet would have been a lot more convenient. I have since heard of others who experienced the same thing: Canadians who didn't receive their packets in the mail before the trip. Perhaps someone could explain why this happened and assure it doesn't happen to others. Other than that, a couple of the excursions were not quite worth the money but most were very worthwhile. Great tour guide and driver! Wonderful first time experience.

Awesome vacation trip. Affordable Tours' Darlena was excellent. Trip locations were beautiful, hotels were excellent, food and entertainment great, and optional excursions were amazing. One of the best vacations we've ever had. Thanks to all including the Globus Tour Director and coach driver who were very accommodating, knowledgeable, and professional.

4th trip booked through AT, highly recommend to anyone looking to book a trip with them.

The tour was wonderful. The tour guide and bus driver were so accomodating and paid attention to all our needs. The only complaint we would have would be the 1 hotel on the tour. While all the other ones were perfect, the Holiday Inn, Westside in Bern was too far from the center of town. Plus the beds were very uncomfortable as well. The entire time we were there, we felt "trapped" in our location. Another suggestion would be to spend more time in Innsbruck---we were only given 1 hour in which to have lunch and shop a little--far too brief! The Sheraton in Salzburg was outstanding---perfect location and wonderful staff. Also. we loved the Pollux in Zermatt. It was right in the center of old town and charming.

We enjoyed our Austria & Switzerland vacation with Globus. Service level was very good. Yes we will definitely consider taking another vacation with Globus.

This trip was amazing! Our guide was knowledgeable and very patient with the entire group and last minute changes! The cities and sites were spectacular, hotels and meals were excellent. Highly recommend this tour!

Switzerland and Austria are beautiful countries with a lot of history! Tour director knew and educated us about all of it!

We just returned from our Globus tour to Austria and Switzerland. What a great tour. Would recommend this trip. Thank you

We had a memorable trip and the weather was good except for one day that it rained. The whole tour had a well-balanced itinerary with time to rest in between, and the optional tours selection was great. Our tour director was amazing, very knowledgeable, fun, caring and attentive to all the needs of the group. Our driver was excellent and kept us safe and on time. The group blended well and made new friends.

Our travel consultant at Affordable Tours was great. Globus was not the greatest tour in my seven years travelling to Europe. The tour guide was excellent as well the driver. The sights and options were great. However, the food was just fair. There were no choices in meal choices unlike others on some of the other tours by other companies. Many of my co-travelers were not pleased with the food. In addition, of the six hotels stayed at, three had problems. One room was so small I kept hitting my feet against the bed plus I couldn't even turn around in the shower. At Zermatt, my room was in the basement with the bathroom down thirteen steps. Furthermore, they didn't turn on the heat so I had to ask for a space heater. At the Grand Hotel Europe when I arrived there was no soap so I had to go to the front desk to ask for soap. The next day I came back to the room at 3 pm to find the room not made up. I again had to go to the front desk to ask that the room be made up. Why did I receive such poor rooms when I paid a single supplement. I never had problems with Trafulgar, Collette, CIE Tours, or Insight.

One of the best tours we've taken to date! Globus never disappoints. Please reward your long-time loyal customers with a greater discount. We've taken 8 tours now and get the same discount as anyone who just now signs up for Journeys or takes just one tour.

My wife and I really enjoyed the Best of Austria and Switzerland Tour and the itinerary was what we wanted and has met our expectations. Though the tour was hectic, which we expected at the start, we really like (and it was convenient) staying for two nights in a city (like in Vienna, Salzburg, Zermatt and Lucerne) in which the itinerary in this tour had nicely scheduled. We had a well-experienced and caring tour guide. Overall, it was an enjoyable tour!

The tour was fantastic. I don't know how you could have packed much more into this trip. Food was excellent, bus was comfortable. Liked the varied means of transportation...bus, train, ferry, cable car and gondola. Only thing I had trouble with is that the hotels in Vienna and Lucerne were not air conditioned. I know that it is difficult to find one that is located where you want to be and has air, but just be aware and plan accordingly. I found it difficult to sleep, but then I tend to be warm when others are OK. All in all, the trip was terrific and one to be remembered.

Great trip! Our Guide was very helpful and fun! Really liked the special treatment we felt having our bags taken to our rooms and picked up from our rooms at all hotels. We liked having meals included because the cost of food in Europe is high. The extra excursions were great. We enjoyed all the people and not having to plan everything ourselves. The bus was almost new and made the ride comfortable. I would use Globus again :)

The tour director was very knowledgeable, friendly, and paid attention to details.

Tour GUIDE was wonderful, and very knowledgeable! Bus DRIVER was great and worked very hard to accommodate all passengers with their luggage loading and unloading! Meals INCLUDED on tour were outstanding~ BREAKFASTS were fantastic and FIRST CLASS***** 5 star other TOUR GUIDES in cities were so well informed about the city histories!

The Tour Director was experienced and very helpful, but some of the hotels were not air conditioned at a time when the weather was very hot. Nonetheless, the trip was excellent.

Great trip over-all, we just got a tour-guide that did not want to answer questions, and treated us like kindergardners. If you asked her a question about an activity for the next day, she would say, "I'll tell you tomorrow, when we get there" and she would forget. You would get scolded if you asked a question and she felt it was on "her time" as in dinner, or in between activities. It got to the point, NO ONE asked her anything anymore, because they were tired of getting reemed out or scolded. I'm sorry, but that is her job, that's what she is getting paid to do. The other disappointment, we were originally to go to Grand hotel Lucerne last couple of nights. We were soo excited about a view, etc, they changed it to a cheaper hotel Royal, and did not put everybody with a view like they promised, we felt ripped off. Other than those 2 minor things, It was an amazing trip with amazing views and excellent choice of towns and we took all optional excursions. Would probably go Globus again, since it is not their fault the guide was not so helpful. Looking to do Ireland, Scotland and Wales next year, will have to see what different tour companies are offering. Our agent was great, I'll personally request her next year if we go thru afffordable tours. Thank you for all you've done!

Our tour director was the most kind, patient, intelligent and knowledgeable individual we have ever had on the various tours/trips we have taken. She is most definitely a MAJOR ASSET to your company. We would also like to acknowledge, the agent as she was most helpful in planning our tour/excursions. Always answering our questions, returning our phone calls promptly. Excellent!

The only negative comment I have was the size of the tour. I was expecting somewhere between 30-35 people (and actually hoping for closer to 30!), and there were 41.

The Tour Director was terrific. He was knowledgeable, interesting, and made the trip. The hotel accomodations were very nice. Every hotel we stayed was clean and comfortable. I would recommend the tour "Best of Austria and Switzerland."


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