Alpine Countries (ZF)

15 Day Tour from Frankfurt to Frankfurt

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On this Germany, Austria, and Switzerland tour, be prepared for breathtaking views! Your vacation starts and ends in Frankfurt and includes overnights also in Munich, Vienna, St. Veit, Innsbruck, St. Moritz, Lugano, Zermatt, and Lucerne. Along the way, guided sightseeing and walking tours in many of the cities include the must-see attractions, including Marienplatz in Munich, with the Old and New Town Halls; Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg; Rothenburg, a picturesque, medieval walled town; Vienna's Heldenplatz; Innsbruck’s Golden Roof, the balcony built for Emperor Maximilian in the early 15th century; and the Lion Monument in Lucerne, built to honor the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution.

The stunning scenery you'll see includes a drive along Germany's Romantic Road, with its old-world charm, picturesque villages, and scenic countryside; the scenic Salzkammergut Lakeland in Austria, made famous in the movie The Sound of Music; Cortina d'Ampezzo, home of the 1956 Olympics in the Italian Dolomites, the Italian "Rocky Mountains;" the Tyrolean Alps; the Swiss Engadine, considered by some to be the most beautiful mountain area in the world with deep-blue lakes, mountain peaks exceeding 12,000 feet, and quaint villages with massive white stone houses; beautiful Lake Como and Lake Maggiore in Italy; Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustics chalets beneath the Matterhorn; Switzerland’s Rhine Falls, Europe's largest waterfall; and more.

On this Germany, Austria, and Switzerland tour, Globus has arranged some out-of-the-ordinary experiences for you. You'll visit the world-famous Lipizzaner Stallion Stud Farm in Austria, the place where these magnificent horses are bred and raised before they go to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. You'll also enjoy a boat cruise across sparkling Lake Lugano in Switzerland.

Fascinating sightseeing, beautiful scenery, special experiences, an expert Tour Director, and knowledgeable Local Guides—this Central Europe tour offers it all!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

FRANKFURT
Welcome dinner and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant
ROTHENBURG
Walking tour of the medieval city
MUNICH
Guided sightseeing, visit Marienplatz
SALZBURG
Guided walking tour, visit Mirabell Gardens and Residenz Square
VIENNA
Guided sightseeing, visit Heldenplatz and Schönbrunn Palace
PIBER
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit the original Lipizzaner Stallion stud farm
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO
Visit the Olympic skiing resort
INNSBRUCK
Walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof
LAKE COMO
LUGANO
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Boat cruise and dinner with wine at a “grotto” restaurant
LAKE MAGGIORE
Stop in the town of Stresa
TÄSCH–ZERMATT–TÄSCH
By mountain train
BERNE
Orientation, stop at the Bear Park
INTERLAKEN
Visit the Bernese Oberland resort
LUCERNE
Walking tour including the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge
SCHAFFHAUSEN
Visit the Rhine Falls
BLACK FOREST
Woodcarving demonstration
Headsets throughout the tour

Transportation:

Motorcoach; boat cruise; mountain train. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 8 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Frankfurt and special dinners in Lugano and Frankfurt

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Frankfurt, Germany

Welcome to Frankfurt! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

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Day 2 Frankfurt–Rothenburg–Munich

Drive along the Romantic Road to medieval Rothenburg—a picturesque, medieval walled town that is famous for Christmas ornaments. After a walking tour, continue to Munich, Bavaria’s proud capital.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Munich

Sightseeing with a Local Guide of Germany’s “Secret Capital” features the Olympic Stadium, built for the 1972 Olympics; the 1,000-foot-high Olympic Tower; and Königsplatz, used for Nazi rallies during World War II. Drive along the Ludwigstrasse, and see the Bavarian Arch of Triumph and Field Marshall Hall. Also visit lively MARIENPLATZ with the Old and the New Town Halls and the gothic Frauenkirche. An optional excursion is available to romantic Linderhof Castle, built by King Ludwig II, and the famous Passion Play village of Oberammergau.

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Day 4 Munich–Salzburg, Austria–Vienna

Arrive in Salzburg, where your walking tour with a Local Guide includes the historic center. Admire MIRABELL GARDENS, the Great Festival Hall, St. Peter’s Monastery, and magnificent RESIDENZ SQUARE, where some scenes of The Sound of Music movie were filmed. Then, continue through the scenic Salzkammergut Lakeland and along the Danube River to Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire. Tonight, you may wish to try out local specialties and Viennese entertainment.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Vienna

Guided sightseeing features vistas of Prater park with its giant Ferris wheel, 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. For those who wish to “see it all,” there is a chance to join an interesting optional excursion to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Vienna–Piber–St. Veit

Start this morning with a visit to magnificent SCHÖNBRUNN PALACE. Leave Vienna and enter Styria. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Enjoy a special visit to the world-famous LIPIZZANER STALLION STUD FARM in Piber, the place where these magnificent horses are bred and raised before they go to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.

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Day 7 St. Veit–Italian Dolomites, Italy–Innsbruck, Austria

Cross the Italian border and arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Olympic skiing resort in the Dolomites, the Italian “Rocky Mountains.” Then, via Tre Croci Pass and Lake Misurina to Brunico and across Brenner Pass to Innsbruck in the Tyrolean Alps. Stroll through its medieval lanes to Emperor Maximilian’s GOLDEN ROOF. Why not join an optional Tyrolean song-and-dance show?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Innsbruck–St. Moritz, Switzerland

Today’s focus is the Swiss Engadine. See deep-blue lakes, airy larch forests, mountain peaks exceeding 12,000 feet, and quaint villages with massive white stone houses in the characteristic Grisons style. Afternoon is free in ritzy St. Moritz.

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Day 9 St. Moritz–Lake Como–Lugano

Descend towards Italy’s Lake Como and continue on to the southern tip of Switzerland to the resort town of Lugano, with time for an espresso on Piazza Riforma and a refreshing walk in the shade of Parco Ciani’s magnificent old trees. Tonight, a special treat: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a BOAT CRUISE across the sparkling lake and dinner with wine at the traditional “grotto” Roccabella restaurant.

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Day 10 Lugano–Lake Maggiore, Italy–Zermatt, Switzerland

From Lake Lugano to Lake Maggiore for a break in elegant Stresa. An optional boat ride to enchanting Isola Bella can be arranged. Across lofty Simplon Pass into the Swiss Valais, an area renowned for its great mountain resorts. In Täsch, board a MOUNTAIN TRAIN to climb the last few miles up to Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the Matterhorn.

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Day 11 At Leisure in Zermatt

Today is your chance to enjoy exciting optionals: to 10,272-foot Gornergrat Mountain with Europe’s highest rack railway and to the Klein Matterhorn, for spectacular views of the Matterhorn and the surrounding Alps.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 Zermatt–Berne–Interlaken–Lucerne

Through the vineyards and apricot groves of the lower Rhône Valley to Lake Geneva and via the dairy country of Gruyère to the Swiss capital, Berne. See the monumental Federal Palace during your orientation and stop at the BEAR PARK before continuing via Interlaken, a Bernese Oberland resort beneath the towering Jungfrau, and across Brünig Pass to Lucerne.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13 Lucerne

On your walking tour, admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive LION MONUMENT and ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit church. Afterwards, shop for Swiss watches and maybe join an exciting optional excursion to Mount Pilatus.

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Day 14 Lucerne–Rhine Falls–Black Forest–Frankfurt, Germany

On the way back to Germany, visit thundering RHINE FALLS at Schaffhausen. Enter the pine-clad hills of the Black Forest, renowned for its cuckoo clocks, and enjoy a WOODCARVING DEMONSTRATION on your way to Frankfurt. Tonight, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a special farewell dinner with wine at Schwarzer Stern restaurant awaits you to celebrate the success of your Alpine vacation.

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Day 15 Frankfurt

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

ANTHONY MICALEFF

Escorting Tours for more than 19 years

After years of extensive travelling and touring, I make it a priority to share my personal experiences and bring my guests inside the story that each country has to offer. After all, a wise man once said, "Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you rich."

Tour Director - ANTHONY MICALEFF

 Accommodations

Frankfurt
Munich
Vienna
St. Veit An Der Glan
Innsbruck
St. Moritz
Lugano
Zermatt
Lucerne

Frankfurt

Sheraton Congress

First-Class

Sheraton Congress Lyoner Strasse 44-48, Frankfurt Am Main,   Germany

Lyoner Strasse 44-48
Frankfurt Am Main, Germany

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Contemporary 14-story Hotel with glass & concrete facade, set in an office park on landscaped grounds; 7 km to airport.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Gift Shop
  • Hot Tub
  • Concierge desk
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • Coffee Maker
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk

Munich

Holiday Inn Munich City Centre

First-Class

Holiday Inn Munich City Centre Hochstrasse 3, Muenchen,   Germany

Hochstrasse 3
Muenchen, Germany

Multistory Hotel housed within office/apartment & showroom complex in city center near Deutsches Museum.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Currency Exchange
  • ATM
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool
  • Hot Tub

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Television
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Air Conditioning
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Pay Movies
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Voicemail

Vienna

Mercure Grand Hotel Wien Biedermeier

First-Class

Mercure Grand Hotel Wien Biedermeier Landstrasser Hauptstrasse 28, Wien,   Austria

Landstrasser Hauptstrasse 28
Wien, Austria

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Downtown Hotel in a renovated 19th-century building evoking classical Viennese. Only a few steps from St. Stephan's cathedral.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
  • Beauty Salon
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Fitness Room
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Pay Movies
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Coffee Maker

St. Veit An Der Glan

Fuchspalast

First-Class

Fuchspalast Prof.Ernst Fuchs Platz 1, St.Veit An Der Glan,   Austria

Prof.Ernst Fuchs Platz 1
St.Veit An Der Glan, Austria

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

This colorful 60-room hotel was designed by the well-known Austrian painter Ernst Fuchs and has a quirky exterior façade creatively decorated in the style of Fantastic Realism. Located in the center of St. Veit an der Glan, this intriguing property offers Free Wi-Fi access throughout and has a breakfast room, bar and sauna.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Window Opens
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Hair Dryer

Innsbruck

Grauer Bar

First-Class

Grauer Bar Universitaetstrasse 7, Innsbruck,   Austria

Universitaetstrasse 7
Innsbruck, Austria

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

This centrally located 196 room hotel offers free Wi-Fi access throughout the property and has a unique rooftop wellness area offering views of the surrounding Alps, facilities include a counter-current swimming pool (45 m²), sauna, steam bath, solarium and fitness room. Dining options include 2 restaurants, as well as a wintergarden for light snacks and a bar for drinks.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Currency Exchange
  • Spa Services
  • Parking/Valet
  • Hot Tub
  • Restaurant On-Site

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Climate Control
  • Pay Movies
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail
  • Alarm Clock
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Window Opens
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer

St. Moritz

Laudinella

First-Class

Laudinella Via Tegiatscha 17, St.Moritz,   Switzerland

Via Tegiatscha 17
St.Moritz, Switzerland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Traditional mountain architecture with lots of woodworks & local grisons style; in center of St Moritz-Bad; near spa & ski slopes.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Hot Tub
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Spa Services
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Internet Access
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Phone

Lugano

Novotel Lugano Paradiso

First-Class

Novotel Lugano Paradiso Via San Salvatore 11, Lugano,  Switzerland

Via San Salvatore 11
Lugano, Switzerland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Late-19th century seasonal hotel with modern comforts and amenities, restaurant, library, gardens and pool; 2km from city center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Fitness Room
  • Pool

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Cable/Satellite

Zermatt

Pollux

First-Class

Pollux Bahnhofstrasse, 28, Zermatt,   Switzerland

Bahnhofstrasse, 28
Zermatt, Switzerland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Chalet style hotel with modern comforts and amenities, restaurant, sauna and solarium; located near the Gornergrat station.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Hot Tub
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Ice Machine
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Phone
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Window Opens

Lucerne

Astoria

First-Class

Astoria Pilatusstrasse 29, Lucerne,   Switzerland

Pilatusstrasse 29
Lucerne, Switzerland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Modern Eight-story Hotel located in the center of Lucerne, 3 minutes from train station or lake.

Hotel Amenities

  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Business Center
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Ice Machine
  • Gift Shop
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Alarm Clock
  • Mini-bar
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • In-Room Safe
  • Internet Access

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