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The Best of Austria & Switzerland with Romantic Rhine 2023

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Itinerary

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Tour Itinerary

This amazing European 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!See the true definitions of palaces and castles while visiting Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace—former home to the long-reigning Habsburg dynasty. In Switzerland, enjoy a visit to romantic Chillon Castle, a well-preserved, medieval castle on the shores of Lake Geneva. Pass through some of the world’s most spectacular scenery with a ride on the world-famous Glacier Express train. 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 Basilika St. Michael in Mondsee (of The Sound of Music fame), a walk through the Old Town in Innsbruck, and the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne.Embark your Avalon Suite Ship® in Basel, Switzerland, to begin your Rhine River cruise! Visit Breisach, Germany, the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest, and 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, or sail to Mainz for a guided walk and visit the captivating Gutenberg Museum. In the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, visit the Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, and explore Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam, with its world-famous museums, wealth of eateries, iconic 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!

  1. Day 1
    VIENNA, AUSTRIA
    Welcome to Vienna! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

    (D)
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    VIENNA
    Guided sightseeing includes Schönbrunn Palace and Heldenplatz. Free time this afternoon.

    (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    VIENNA–MELK–MONDSEE, SALZBURG
    MELK Danube River cruise.

    MONDSEE Visit the Parish Church.

    SALZBURG Guided walking tour includes Mirabell Gardens, the Great Festival Hall, and Residenz Square. Globus Local Favorite Dinner at St. Peter Stiftskeller restaurant.

    (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    SALZBURG
    Free day.

    (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    SALZBURG–INNSBRUCK–ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND
    INNSBRUCK Walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof. Free time to browse.

    Scenic drive into the Swiss Engadine en route to St. Moritz.

    (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    ST. MORITZ–CHUR–TÄSCH–ZERMATT
    CHUR Glacier Express train ride to Zermatt includes lunch on board.

    (B,L)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  7. Day 7
    ZERMATT
    ZERMATT Free day.

    ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Zermatt with an excursion to the Matterhorn Glacier by cable car. This and many more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time with your GlobusGO mobile app.

    (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    ZERMATT–BERNE
    ZERMATT Mountain train ride to Täsch.

    CHILLON Guided visit of the castle and wine tasting.

    (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    BERNE–INTERLAKEN–LUCERNE
    BERNE Guided walking tour includes a stop at Bear Park, panoramic views of the city from the Rose Garden and the Old Town.

    INTERLAKEN Free time for lunch en route to Lucerne.

    (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    LUCERNE
    LUCERNE Walking tour includes the Lion monument, the Old Town, and the Chapel Bridge. Private boat cruise this evening followed by farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

    (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  11. 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)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST
    German winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest

    Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

    ACTIVE Enjoy the view on a relaxing bike ride along the Rhine with your Adventure Host, OR:

    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 a local winery in Breisach, where you will learn about German winemaking 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)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  13. Day 13
    STRASBOURG, FRANCE
    A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France

    ACTIVE Discover Strasbourg by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:

    CLASSIC Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including the Strasbourg’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—the pre-WWII 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 CRUISE TO MAINZ

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  14. Day 14
    MAINZ, GERMANY–EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG
    Castle Walls and the World’s Biggest Wine Barrel

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

    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:

    CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Walk in Mainz 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)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  15. Day 15
    RÜDESHEIM–RHINE GORGE
    Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

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

    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.

    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)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  16. Day 16
    COLOGNE
    Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland

    ACTIVE Enjoy a bike ride like the locals in Cologne with your Adventure Host, OR:

    DISCOVERY Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites, OR:

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

    Spend free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years!

    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  17. Day 17
    AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
    Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

    ACTIVE Start your day joining your Adventure Host on an early morning walk in Amsterdam, OR:

    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)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  18. Day 18
    AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Health 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:
$196

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.

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.

Vienna: MGallery am Konzerthaus
This 211-room upscale property offers Free Wi-Fi access in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. A mix of both Viennese and Mediterranean cuisine is offered in the stylish restaurant, whilst drinks can be enjoyed in the nostalgic charm of the lounge bar which has original décor from the Orient Express.
Address:
Am Heumarkt 35-37
Wien , 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
Bern: Swissotel Kursaal Bern
A city hotel with stunning mountain views in a prime location in the center of Bern, just a few minutes walk from the old city and Federal Palace. The 171 modern guestrooms offer the perfect ambiance through contemporary design with real wood floors, and modern technology including free Wi-Fi, a safe with charging facility, a mini bar, and coffee/tea station. Amenities include various restaurants, a garden with seasonal outdoor lounge, a classic cocktail bar, and a spacious fitness area.
Address:
Kornhausstrasse 3
Bern 25 , 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: Moevenpick Amsterdam City
A stylish 408-room hotel in the perfect location, this waterfront property offers Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout. The chic restaurant serves creative international cuisine and there is a fabulous bar serving drinks and light snacks which is also a great spot for a nightcap. For relaxation there is a Lifestyle Studio featuring a gym, Finnish sauna, bio sauna & ice fountain.
Address:
Piet Heinkade 11
Amsterdam , Netherlands

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Questions & Answers

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.

Globus Tours Customer Reviews

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

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This was our first tour with Affordable Tours and Globus. This planned trip exceeded our expectations, from the hotel accommodations, meals, and the guided tours. Special mention to our great tour director, Chiro who ensured that everything ran smoothly, Gerardo, our bus driver, and also tour guide Yvonne. The whole crew went above and beyond what they were supposed to do. Great, reputable company! My husband and I are already talking about planning another Italy tour, hopefully one with Chiro as the tour director.

This trip has exceeded my expectations.

Every aspect of the trip was very smooth. Director provided excellent information on what was upcoming. Local guides were great in sharing personal stories tied in to what was being seen.

Amazing trip, and tour guide. Would recommend to others

Everything was terrific. Would do this again. G

I found Globus Tours (sold by Affordable Tours) to be a good mix of guided tours and free time. The extra excursions offered were excellent and well organized.

This was a first rate, professional tour company. We had an excellent experience.

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and professional. The drivers were above expectations. Rooms and meals were great. Would use Affordable Tours and Globus again.

Our tour guide Helen is excellent, she is very knowledgeable in history and explain things very clear. She is caring and did a very good job and made this trip memorable and the groups are easier going and made a great difference for this trip. Thank you for your services and certainly I will recommend my friends and I hope in near future l will make another trip with you and your company. Thank you.

Our tour director (Bob) and driver (Joe)) we're truly outstanding. The itinerary was great. Highly recommend.

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