Tour: ZC - 2013 (ZC) - 2013 / 2014

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Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Vienna, Austria

Welcome to Vienna! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a special welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

The Vienna City Hall The Museum of Natural History in Vienna is one of the important museums of the world The Belvedere gardens in Vienna, Austria Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire 
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DAY 2Vienna

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 awesome St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Balance of the day is at leisure and you can choose from our exciting optional excursions to enhance your stay. (Breakfast)

View the Romanesque and Gothic architecture of St. Stephen’s Cathedral 
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DAY 3Vienna–Melk–Salzburg

Enjoy a leisurely DANUBE CRUISE along the prettiest 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 Salzburg. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite A special dinner with wine and Salzburger Nockerl as dessert, has been prepared for you at the famous Stiftskeller restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Benedictine Melk Abbey sits above the Danube river atop a rocky cliff The Hohensalzburg Fortress is the largest fully preserved fortress in Europe 
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DAY 4Salzburg

Stroll with a Local Guide through the historic center. Admire exquisite MIRABELL GARDENS, the Great Festival Hall, ST. PETER’S CHURCHYARD, the monumental Domplatz, and take pictures of Mozart’s birthplace in the charming Getreidegasse. An optional excursion to spectacular Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s Eagles Nest is available. (Breakfast)

Shop along the cobbled Getreidegasse Street in downtown Salzburg Visit the world famous Mirabell Gardens The Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg are considered to be one of the most beautiful Baroque gardens of Europe 
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DAY 5Salzburg–Innsbruck–St. Moritz, Switzerland

Enter the Tyrolean Alps and stop in the capital of crystal, Innsbruck. Enjoy a pleasant walk through its quaint medieval lanes to Emperor Maximilian’s GOLDEN ROOF. Next, a scenic drive into the Swiss Engadine, considered by many as the most beautiful mountain area in the world, with its 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. The rest of the day is at leisure in ritzy St. Moritz. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Enjoy some time exploring the beautiful Innsbruck 
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DAY 6St. Moritz–Chur–Zermatt

Drive through exhilarating Alpine scenery. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite At Chur, board the first-class panoramic coach of the world-famous GLACIER EXPRESS TRAIN, that connects two of Switzerland’s most famous skiing areas: St. Moritz and Zermatt. Enjoy your first-class ride with panorama windows and 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 you are in Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the majestic Matterhorn. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Visit the iconic Matterhorn in the heart of the Swiss Alps The Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland Zermatt, Switzerland Zermatt, Switzerland 
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DAY 7At Leisure in Zermatt

An entire day at leisure gives you the possibility to join a spectacular optional excursion: ride Europe’s highest rack railway to 10,272-foot Gornergrat Mountain for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Matterhorn and the Alps. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 8Zermatt–Berne

Board the MOUNTAIN TRAIN to Täsch and motor through the lower Rhône Valley to the shores of Lake Geneva. Here, enjoy a highlight visit to CHILLON CASTLE, the 12th-century water fortress immortalized by poet Lord Byron. This evening in Berne, you may wish to join an optional dinner outing to a traditional Swiss farm. (Breakfast)

Enjoy the beautiful scenery while visiting Berne, Switzerland 
Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva


Stretching along Switzerland’s southern border with France, Lake Geneva (also called Lac Leman by the Swiss) is the largest lake in Europe. It’s pristine shores support a strong fresh water fishing industry. Some would argue that it offers the most beautiful views of any waterway. They are jaw-droppingly amazing; especially the snow capped Jura Alps across the lake from Montreux and Vevey. The temperatures are moderate along the lake in winter; most of the weather takes place in the mountains. In summer numerous music festivals and artistic events are held in towns along the lake, especially Lausanne, the third most popular city for travelers in Switzerland, next to Zurich and Geneva. It is a sophisticated artist’s haven and the city where T.S. Eliot lived when he wrote “The Wasteland.”
Chillon Castle

Chillon Castle


One of Switzerland’s most visited landmarks, Chateau de Chillon (Chillon Castle) has a checkered history due to its most famous “guest.” Magnificently situated jutting out over Lake Geneva, you cross a wooden bridge above the shore waters to enter the round towered fortress. It faces the snow-capped French Alps which rise above the far side of the lake presenting an amazing view, even to a man chained to a pillar for six years. Built in the 13th Century by the House of Savoy, the castle offers a glimpse into the life of the time with period furniture, artwork and stately rooms and passageways. It is best known as the prison sight for Francois Bonivard, tethered in the dungeon and chained to a pillar from 1530-1536, because he supported the Protestant Reformation.
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DAY 9Berne–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 take your pictures of ornate, flower-adorned fountains. Stop at the BEAR PARK, symbol for the name of the town. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite In Interlaken, beautifully situated beneath the towering Jungfrau, a special visit to the famous Lauterbrunnen TRUMMELBACH FALLS, a series of 10 glacier waterfalls inside the mountain, is included. Across Brünig Pass to picture-book Lucerne. An optional evening is available to a folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing for a first-hand impression of Alpine merrymaking. (Breakfast)

The Lion Monument or the Lion of Lucerne, is a sculpture in Lucerne, Switzerland Lucerne, Switzerland at night The Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland Lucerne, Switzerland 
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DAY 10Lucerne

On your walking tour this morning, admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the fallen Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution, and ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town. Then, cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit church. Afterwards, shop for watches and choose from our optional activities: climb a mountain by cable car or take a cruise on the fjord-like lake. Tonight, a special farewell dinner with wine awaits you at a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your Swiss vacation. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The iconic Chapel Bridge in Lucerne is the oldest wooden bridge in Europe 
Lion Monument

Lion Monument


“The Lion of Lucerne” (Lowendenkmal) is a compelling statue in the north section of Old Town dedicated to the 42 members of the Swiss Guard who were assigned to protect Louis the XVI, Maria Antoinette and their family at the Royal Palace. When the Tuileries was stormed on August 10, 1792 by rioting Parisians at the start of the French Revolution, the king ordered the soldiers to lay down their arms. They were subsequently slaughtered by the crowd and the royal family was captured. Louis had made a big mistake. In 1821 Danish sculpture Berthel Thorwaldsen finished the sculpture, a 30-foot likeness of a wounded and dying lion with a broken lance in its heart and his paw resting atop the fleur-de-lys shield of the Bourbon king. The Latin inscription translated “To the bravery and fidelity of the Swiss.”
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DAY 11Lucerne–Zürich Airport

Morning transfer to Zürich Airport in time for homebound flights leaving no earlier than 10 am. Extra nights are available in Zürich, not Lucerne. (Breakfast)

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