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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

This Best of Austria & Switzerland tour covers the highlights of two of Europe's most scenic countries. Spend two nights each in Vienna, Salzburg, Zermatt, and Lucerne, as well as one night in St. Moritz and Berne. Palaces and castles are the fil rouge of this tour. First visit Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace, once the home of the Habsburg Imperial family and stand in awe as you hear the stories of this royal family's home. Then explore romantic Chillon Castle, a well-preserved, medieval castle on the shores of Lake Geneva.If spectacular scenery is your interest, then a ride on the world-famous Glacier Express train is just the perfect experience for you Travel first-class and admire the thundering waterfalls, impressive peaks, glacial ice fields, and tiny villages from the panorama window on your way to Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the majestic Matterhorn. This is a special treat Globus includes to make sure your tour is all you want it to be. Other scenic highlights include a Danube cruise along the most characteristic part of the river; a private boat cruise on the fjord-like lake in Lucerne; a mountain train ride from Zermatt to Täsch; a scenic drive into the Swiss Engadine, considered by many to be the most beautiful mountain area in the world; a drive through the Tyrolean Alps on the way to Innsbruck; a stop in Interlaken, where you can take pictures of the Jungfrau massif; and more.All of this and much more awaits you on this Austria & Switzerland tour. Guided sightseeing in Vienna, Salzburg, and Berne are also included. From the historical sights, castles, and palaces to the spectacular scenery, this is a dream vacation!Selected departures can join cruise WZA “Romantic Rhine”

Day 1: ARRIVE IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA
. Welcome to Vienna! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day 2: VIENNA.
Start your guided sightseeing with a visit to magnificent SCHÖNBRUNN PALACE. Then, drive along the Ringstrasse, pass the State Opera House, the Jewish quarter, and stop at the Hofburg Palace, winter residence of the Austrian imperial family. Marvel at the impressive courtyards, famous HELDENPLATZ, and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Balance of the day is at leisure or choose from our optional excursions to enhance your stay. (B)

Day 3: VIENNA–MELK–MONDSEE–SALZBURG.
Relax during a leisurely DANUBE CRUISE along the loveliest part of the river. Afterwards, catch glimpses of historic Melk Abbey, and continue through the romantic Salzkammergut lakeland, made famous in The Sound of Music movie. Stop in Mondsee to visit the PARISH CHURCH, which was used for the wedding scenes, and continue to lovely Salzburg. Join your Local Guide for a walking tour and admire the exquisite MIRABELL GARDENS, the Great Festival Hall, St. Peter’s Monastery, and magnificent RESIDENZ SQUARE, where some scenes of the movie were filmed. Also take pictures of Mozart’s birthplace in the charming Getreidegasse. Tonight a special treat: [LF] dinner and Salzburger Nockerl (sweet dessert soufflé) at the famous St. Peter Stiftskeller restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 242 mi / 390 km (B,D)

Day 4: AT LEISURE IN SALZBURG.
A full day at leisure gives you the opportunity to join an optional excursion to spectacular Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s Eagles Nest. (B)

Day 5: SALZBURG–INNSBRUCK–ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND.
Enter the Tyrolean Alps and arrive in Innsbruck, capital of Tyrol and host of two Winter Olympic Games. Follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk through the quaint medieval lanes to Emperor Maximilian’s GOLDEN ROOF. Time to shop for crystal, for which Innsbruck is famous. Next, take a scenic drive into the Swiss Engadine. Considered by many as the most beautiful mountain area in the world, it features deep-blue lakes, airy larch forests that turn golden in the fall, mountain peaks exceeding 12,000 feet, and quaint villages with massive white stone houses in the characteristic Grisons style on your way to St. Moritz.
Today’s Distance: 236 mi / 380 km (B,D)

Day 6: ST. MORITZ–CHUR–TÄSCH–ZERMATT.
Drive through exhilarating Alpine scenery. At Chur, [LF] board the first-class panoramic coach of the world-famous GLACIER EXPRESS TRAIN, which connects two of Switzerland’s most famous skiing areas: St. Moritz and Zermatt. Admire thundering waterfalls, impressive peaks, glacial ice fields, and tiny villages as you pass through the Valais, a region known for its great mountain resorts and excellent wines. Lunch will be served on the train. This afternoon arrive in car-free Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the majestic Matterhorn.
Today’s Distance: 149 mi / 240 km (B,L)

Day 7: AT LEISURE IN ZERMATT.
Spend an entire day at leisure or join a spectacular optional excursion to Klein Matterhorn for breathtaking panoramic views of the Matterhorn and the Alps. (B,D)

Day 8: ZERMATT–BERNE.
Board the MOUNTAIN TRAIN for the short ride down to Täsch, and motor through the lower Rhône Valley to the shores of Lake Geneva, the “Swiss Riviera.” Nearby Montreux, visit CHILLON CASTLE, the 12th-century water fortress immortalized by poet Lord Byron. Proceed to Berne, capital of Switzerland.
Today’s Distance: 155 mi / 250 km (B)

Day 9: BERNE–INTERLAKEN–LUCERNE
. Your guided tour starts with a stop at the Rose Garden for a panoramic view of the city. Walk through the beautifully preserved medieval Old Town, witness the hourly parade of painted figures at the Clock Tower, and marvel at the ornate, flower-adorned fountains. Stop at the BEAR PARK, symbol for the name of the town. Next is Interlaken. The town’s unique location, nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and surrounded by the world-famous Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains, guarantees spectacular views. Finally, cross Brünig Pass and arrive in picture-book Lucerne. An optional evening is available for a folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing for a first-hand impression of Alpine merrymaking.
Today’s Distance: 75 mi / 120 km (B)

Day 10: LUCERNE.
Follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk this morning, and admire Thorwaldsen’s LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution. Walk along ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church, the first large baroque church built in Switzerland on the north side of the Alps. Afterward, shop for watches, and you may wish to join an optional excursion to Mount Pilatus. This evening, [LF] relax on a PRIVATE BOAT CRUISE on the fjord-like lake, followed by a farewell dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate your Swiss vacation. (B,D)

Day 11: LUCERNE–ZÜRICH AIRPORT.
Morning transfer to Zurich Airport in time for homebound flights leaving no earlier than 10 am. Extra nights are available in Zurich.
Today’s Distance: 34 mi / 55 km (B)

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Inclusions

  • Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest is normally open from mid-May to end-September. Check with your Tour Director for the availability of this excursion.

Sightseeing & Activities:

VIENNA
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit Schönbrunn Palace and Heldenplatz

DANUBE CRUISE

MONDSEE
Visit the church from The Sound of Music

SALZBURG
Guided walking tour, visit Mirabell Gardens and Residenz Square; [LF] dinner at the St. Peter Stiftskeller

INNSBRUCK
Walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof

CHUR–ZERMATT
[LF] By Glacier Express train (first-class with panorama windows) including lunch

ZERMATT–TÄSCH
By mountain train

CHILLON
Guided visit of the castle

BERNE
Guided walking tour, stop at the Rose Garden and the Bear Park

INTERLAKEN
Take pictures of the Jungfrau

LUCERNE
Walking tour including the Lion Monument & Chapel Bridge; [LF] private cruise with a drink and farewell dinner at a local restaurantMotorcoach; boat cruise; Glacier Express; mountain train.

Meals:
Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch on the Glacier Express train; 5 three-course dinners, including dinners at a local restaurant in Salzburg and Lucerne


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Accommodations

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

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$490-$900

Triple room reduction per person:
$30

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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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