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Tour Itinerary

The hills are alive with the sound of music, the aroma of strudel, and the taste of schnitzel. In addition to the fables, falsettos, and tastes of two of Europe’s most scenic countries, a symphony of sights awaits your arrival on this scenic tour of Austria and Switzerland. Palaces and castles, peaks, and glaciers, moving scenery, and famous movie scenes are all on the itinerary. As you make the stunning journey from melodious Vienna to metropolitan Zurich, you’ll experience the breathtaking scenery in a variety of ways. Cruise down the dreamy Danube, board the Glacier Express train for the car-free mountain resort of Zermatt, and frolic in the same Austrian locations as Julie Andrews did in the hit movie The Sound of Music. At the end of your eye-opening and ear-pleasing vacation, “So long, farewell” will be the hardest words to utter.

Countries Visited

Austria , Switzerland

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Vienna! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

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

    CULTURAL GEMS Vienna’s spectacular Schönbrunn Palace served as the summer home of the Habsburg dynasty. This UNESCO World Heritage Site preserves the imperial home and glittering life of Austrian royalty in Vienna and the extravagant gardens surrounding the palace.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    The Blue Danube KREMS Take a delightful Danube River cruise.
    MONDSEE Visit the Parish Church.
    SALZBURG Guided walking tour includes Mirabell Gardens, the Great Festival Hall, and Residenz Square (B)
    193 mi / 310 km

    EPIC RIDE Sit back and relax and watch the world go by during a leisurely cruise along one of the most scenic sections of the Danube, Europe’s second largest river. Wunderbar!

    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    The Birthplace of Mozart SALZBURG Enjoy a free day to explore Salzburg. (B)

    CULTURAL GEMS The birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Salzburg, will put a song in your heart as you explore its charmingly splendid gardens, and medieval and Baroque architecture along the pedestrian Altstadt (Old Town). Salzburg’s scenic Alpine landscape and architectural treasures has earned this Austrian jewel the reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    Heavenly Hills of Switzerland INNSBRUCK Walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof. Free time to browse. before driving
    into the Swiss Engadine en route to St. Moritz. (B,D)
    236 mi / 380 km

    NATURAL WONDERS Pass through the spectacular beauty of Swiss Engadine on your way to St. Moritz. Take in the alpine vistas surrounding this paradise of deep blue lakes and rolling green meadows, forests, snow-capped summits, and endless sky in one of Switzerland’s most stunning valleys.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    All Aboard in the Alps CHUR Take the [LF] Glacier Express train to Zermatt with lunch served on board. (B,L)
    149 mi / 240 km

    EPIC RIDE Don’t let the name fool you. While its speed won’t take your breath away, the Glacier Express train from St. Moritz to Zermatt delivers a slow, breathtaking ride through some of Switzerland’s most stunning scenery. Traveling the rails over 291 bridges and through 91 tunnels, you’ll take in each passing postcard scene while reaching an altitude of 6,670 feet above sea level.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  7. Day 7
    Peak Perfection ZERMATT Enjoy a free day. (B,D)

    EXPLORE MORE Spend the day leisurely strolling around car-free Zermatt or join an excursion to the Matterhorn Glacier, an Alpine paradise of sky slopes, panoramic vistas, ice carvings and unique views. An amazing experience you do not want to miss.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Poetry in Motion ZERMATT Mountain train ride to Täsch.
    CHILLON Take a [LF] guided visit of the castle and enjoy a wine tasting. (B)
    155 mi / 250 km

    CULTURAL GEMS Poised on a diminutive island on Lake Geneva and protected by a natural moat is the striking site of Chillon Castle. Discover the Castle’s secrets as you stroll through it on your guided tour. What better way to complete your visit than with a wine tasting for good measure!

    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    Coming up Roses in Berne 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)
    75 mi / 120 km

    CITY SIGHTS Explore the “City of Fountains” Berne - the capital city of Switzerland, dating back to the 12th century. Take in the medieval architecture in the Altstadt (Old Town) with its 6 kilometres of arcades and animated clock tower, and panoramic views of the city from the Rose Garden and Bear Park.

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

    EPIC RIDE Lucerne looks on top of the stunning lake Vierwaldstättersee, the “lake of the four forested Cantons.” This evening a private panoramic cruise on the lake will highlight the sheer beauty of Lucerne and its surroundings. To top off the evening and the tour, enjoy a farewell dinner with your travel companions.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
    A morning complimentary transfer to Zurich Airport in time for homebound flights leaving no earlier than 10 am. Extra nights are available in Zurich. (B)
    42mi/ 68km

    Meals:   Breakfast

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Small Group Discoveries
Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus Europe escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized European tour—without the crowds.

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch; 4 three-course dinners

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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.
Am Heumarkt 35-37
Wien , Austria
Salzburg: Hotel NH Salzburg City
Located in the heart of the city, near the Mirabell Gardens, this 140-room contemporary property has Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout, a restaurant serving a mix of Austrian and International dishes, a cocktail bar and a lovely outdoor terrace where drinks and snacks can be enjoyed in the summer.
Franz-Josef-Strasse 26
Salzburg , Austria
St. Moritz: Hotel Steffani
A quintessential Alpine retreat enjoying a fantastic location in the heart of St. Moritz, just a stone's throw from the chic boutiques and funicular stations. This family-owned traditional hotel dates back to 1869 and offers 60 guestrooms furnished with local murals and high-quality materials. The hotel boasts 3 restaurants, 3 bars and a state of the art spa area with indoor pool, steam bath and sauna.
St. Moritz , Switzerland
Zermatt: Christiania Hotels and Spa
This upscale family-run hotel hotel prides itself on generations of building on the tradition of hospitality. It enjoys a privileged central location, next to the Sunnegga mountain railway and a short walk away from the main street and train station. The 73-guest rooms provide the ideal retreat with contemporary bathrooms and fine rustic furnishings, amenities include a minibar, in-room safe, coffee/tea-making facilities and Free Wi-Fi internet access. The property boasts a wonderful 25 meter indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, finish sauna, steam bath and ice cave. Traditional and International cuisine can be explored in the restaurant, an extensive range of beverages are offered in the bar and there is a delightful outdoor terrace offering direct views of the Matterhorn.
Wiestistrasse 7
Zermatt , Switzerland
Bern: Best Western Plus Hotel Bern
"Offering contemporary comfort, this hotel impresses with its excellent city center location right next to the historic ""Zytglogge"" Tower and close to the French Church. The impressive Art Nouveau facade conceals a modern interior with a timeless design, all 116 air-condoned guest rooms have a telephone, radio, television, Free Wi-Fi access, Nespresso machine, hairdryer and safe. Guests have complimentary access to a fitness center and The ""Volkshaus 1914"" restaurant is a popular culinary meeting place with a stylish interior, drinks can be enjoyed in the Attika-bar which offers breathtaking views over the old roofs of the city. "
Zeughausgasse 9,
Bern , Switzerland
Bern: 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.
Riedbachstrasse 96
Berne , Switzerland
Lucerne: Radisson Blu
Situated on the shore of Lake Lucerne, surrounded by Swiss mountains, this contemporary 189-room hotel is conveniently located close to the historic Old Town with many shops and restaurants just a short walk away. Spacious, light-filled guest rooms have large floor-to-ceiling windows with a stylish chic decor and amenities include air-conditioning, coffee/tea making facilities, minibars and Free Wi-Fi internet access. Mediterranean dishes are served in the LUCE Restaurant with an outdoor terrace for Summer dining, creative cocktails can be enjoyed in the LUCE Bar and a great selection of vintage wines are available in the LUCE Wine Lounge. On-site services include a fitness center on the fifth floor, a sauna, a steam bath and a relaxation room with a view of Mount Pilatus. Room service is delivered by the hotel's resident robot butler, aptly named" Jeeves" after the legendary quintessential butler invented by British-American author P.G. Wodehouse.
Inseliquai 12
Lucerne , Switzerland
Lucerne: Astoria
Ideally located in the heart of Lucerne, surrounded by mountains, close to its lake boasting crystal clear waters, the historic old town, and famous Chapel Bridge. All 252 contemporary rooms have a minibar and Wi-Fi. There's a plush cocktail lounge, a stylish café, and a rooftop bar affording city views. Other facilities include a full equipped modern gym.
Pilatusstrasse 29
Lucerne , Switzerland
Zurich: Renaissance Zurich Tower
This 300 room luxury hotel is housed in a modern tower building located in the vibrant Zurich West quarter. The exclusive Grill restaurant serves urban cuisine and the lounge bar offers drinks, snacks and cocktails. Other amenities include a fitness area on the 15th floor with city views, sauna and steam bath.
Turbinenstrasse 20
Zurich , Switzerland

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Questions & Answers

Question: Is the Eagle's Nest included?

It is not included however certain departure dates do offer an optional excursion to Berchtesgaden with Adolph Hitler's infamous Eagle's Nest command post.

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.

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Small group concept is a wonderful idea. We had very accommodating tour director and very experienced and safe driver. Most important the group of people we traveled with were very friendly supportive and fun loving. That makes the experience of this trip memorable.

Trip totally met my expectations and went very smoothly.

This was a trip of a lifetime for me! The Tour Guide was outstanding and the Coach Driver was a great driver too! Thank you for a great trip that I will never forget!

Hue was wonderful! She replied to me instantly every time I emailed her. Very helpful.

The director and bus driver were great! I'd go on a trip with them in a heartbeat.

Dana Woods was great and very informative about these trips . I will definitely use her again in future bookings. I have informed several friends to use Dana as she provides accurate and timely information. Thank you Dana !

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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