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The Best of Austria & Switzerland (ZC)

11 Day Tour from Vienna to Zürich

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This Best of Austria & Switzerland tour covers the highlights of two of Europe's most scenic countries: Austria and Switzerland. You'll spend two nights each in Vienna, Salzburg, Zermatt, and Lucerne, and an overnight in St. Moritz and Berne. If you're a fan of palaces and castles, you'll enjoy a visit to Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace, once the home of the Habsburg family. Stand in awe as you hear the stories of this royal family's home. You'll also enjoy a visit to romantic Chillon Castle, a well-preserved, medieval castle on the shores of Lake Geneva.
If spectacular scenery is your interest, then you'll be thrilled with the ride on the world-famous Glacier Express train, where you'll travel first-class and have panorama windows to admire the thundering waterfalls, impressive peaks, glacial ice fields, and tiny villages 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 prettiest part of the river; a private boat cruise on the fjord-lake in Lucerne (another special treat offered by Globus); 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 in the Tyrolean Alps on the way to Innsbruck; a stop in Interlaken, where you can take pictures of the Jungfrau Massif with its three famous peaks; and more.

These are just a few of the many highlights of this Austria & Switzerland tour. You'll also enjoy guided sightseeing in Vienna, Salzburg, and Berne. From the historical sights, castles, and palaces to the spectacular scenery, this is a dream vacation!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

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; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner with wine at the St. Peter Stiftskeller
INNSBRUCK
Walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof
CHUR–ZERMATT
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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 massif
LUCERNE
Walking tour including the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite private cruise with a drink and farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • 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.

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch on the Glacier Express train; 5 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Vienna, a special dinner in Salzburg, and a special farewell dinner in Lucerne

 Itinerary

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

Day 1 Arrive in Vienna, Austria

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

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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 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 Breakfast

Day 3 Vienna–Melk–Mondsee–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. Admire exquisite 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. Also take pictures of Mozart’s birthplace in the charming Getreidegasse. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite A special dinner with wine and Salzburger Nockerl (sweet dessert soufflé) has been prepared for you at the famous St. Peter Stiftskeller restaurant.

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Day 4 At Leisure in Salzburg

Today is your chance to join an optional excursion to spectacular Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s Eagles Nest.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Salzburg–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.

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Day 6 St. Moritz–Chur–Zermatt

Drive through exhilarating Alpine scenery. At Chur, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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. 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.

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Day 7 At Leisure in Zermatt

An entire day at leisure gives you the possibility to join spectacular optional excursions: ride Europe’s highest rack railway to 10,272-foot Gornergrat Mountain and the Klein Matterhorn for breathtaking panoramic views of the Matterhorn and the Alps.

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Day 8 Zermatt–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. Arrive in Berne for your overnight stay.

Breakfast Breakfast

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 take pictures of ornate, flower-adorned fountains. Stop at the BEAR PARK, symbol for the name of the town. Next is Interlaken, where you can take pictures of the towering Jungfrau Massif. Across Brünig Pass to picturesque Lucerne. An optional evening is available to a folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing for a first-hand impression of Alpine merrymaking.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 Lucerne

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 you may wish to join an optional excursion to Mount Pilatus. This evening, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a PRIVATE BOAT CRUISE on the fjord-lake, followed by a special farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your Swiss vacation.

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Day 11 Lucerne–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 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.

LUCY GELMI

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

I was born in the Alps and am looking forward to leading the way into this exciting experience. Enjoy thrilling activities, such as hiking and train rides, or simply sit and admire the overwhelming beauty. The Alps are an experience of the soul, so inhale the sparkling air, enjoy the amazing scenery, and let your senses come alive! My goal is to make sure it is all done at the right pace for each of my passengers.

Tour Director - LUCY GELMI

 Accommodations

Vienna
Salzburg
St. Moritz
Zermatt
Berne
Lucerne

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

Salzburg

Best Western Hotel Imlauer

First-Class

Best Western Hotel Imlauer Rainerstrasse 12-14, Salzburg,  Austria

Rainerstrasse 12-14
Salzburg, Austria

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

This welcoming Salzburg city hotel awaits its guests with numerous comforts. It also delights its guests with its perfect location close to all the places of interest in Mozart's city of Salzburg. If you are planning an extensive shopping tour, Salzburg is the perfect place for it.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

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

Zermatt

Walliserhof

First-Class

Walliserhof Bahnhofstrasse, 30, Zermatt,   Switzerland

Bahnhofstrasse, 30
Zermatt, Switzerland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Traditional Valaisan Chalet-style Hotel with white plaster & natural wood facade accented by red shutters, & wooden balconies.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

Berne

Holiday Inn Bern Westside

First-Class

Holiday Inn Bern Westside Riedbachstrasse 96, Berne,  Switzerland

Riedbachstrasse 96
Berne, Switzerland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

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.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Climate Control
  • Air Conditioning
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Window Opens

Lucerne

Grand Hotel Europe

First-Class

Grand Hotel Europe Haldenstr. 59, Lucerne,   Switzerland

Haldenstr. 59
Lucerne, Switzerland

A classical 19th century 169 room property. This hotel offers a wonderful contrast of old charm with modern interior design and has a beautiful garden to enhance your stay. Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel with a fee (payable locally). The main dining room is opulently decorated serving traditional Swiss dishes and there is also a lounge and terrace area with a bar service.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Desk

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Vienna
Salzburg
St. Moritz
Zermatt
Berne
Lucerne

Vienna

Classical Austrian Dinner

Classical Austrian Dinner

Enjoy a delicious Austrian dinner with drinks at a typical local restaurant.

Approximate value: €57 EUR per person

Waltz and Operetta Concert

Waltz and Operetta Concert

An opera house orchestra and soloists perform famous works by Johann Strauss, Lehar, Mozart, and more in one of the city's elegant concert halls.

Approximate value: €54 EUR per person

Salzburg

Spectacular Berchtesgaden

Spectacular Berchtesgaden

On your drive out of Salzburg, the original wedding church of Maria von Trapp from the film the "Sound of Music" can be seen in the distance and on arrival in Hellbrunn you can also see the little garden house (gazebo) which featured in this classic film. Cross the border into Germany by way of the Dürnberg-Hallein salt-mining area into the Berchtesgaden district in Bavaria to drive up to the scenic Höhenring Road (reaching a height of 4,500 ft.), stop to take in the magnificent alpine panorama including a view of the famous Eagles Nest. Drive down to Obersalzberg, the compound area of Hitler's second headquarters, to see a model of the area as it was before it was bombed in 1945 and return to Salzburg. Note: In case of adverse weather conditions, a visit to part of the underground shelter system of the Nazis (security service and state police bunker) will be substituted for the drive up to the Höhenringstrasse.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person

Spectacular Berchtesgaden and Hitler's Eagle's Nest

Spectacular Berchtesgaden and Hitler's Eagle's Nest

On your drive out of Salzburg, spot off in the distance the original Maria von Trapps convent and wedding church (possible photo stop). Cross the border to the Berchtesgaden district in Bavaria. Stop on Obersalzberg, the compound area of Hitler's second headquarters, to see a model of the area as it was before bombing in 1945. Then, special buses transport you up the private road to Hitler's "Eagle's Nest." Enter the original tunnel and elevator that goes up into the actual building. At the top, stop to view the magnificent panorama and to walk along the ridge to enjoy the view of the Austrian and Bavarian Alps. Return to Salzburg by way of the Dürnberg-Hallein salt-mining area, where Celtic tribes had settlements 2,500 years ago. Hear the story of the Von Trapp family and pass by buildings seen in The Sound of Music.

Approximate value: €54 EUR per person

St. Moritz

Pontresina and The Roseg Valley

Pontresina and The Roseg Valley

After a short drive to Pontresina, enter the world renown Roseg Valley, famous for its luxuriant Alpine vegetation. Your horse-drawn carriage ride will take you into untouched Alpine forest through the fragrant swiss pines and larch wood with an amazing view of the glacier.

Approximate value: €49 EUR per person

Zermatt

Gornergrat

Gornergrat

Experience incomparable panoramic views. In just 40 minutes by mountain railway, climb 10,132 feet for a magnificent view of Switzerland's loftiest peaks.

Approximate value: €79 EUR per person

Klein Matterhorn

Klein Matterhorn

Take a cable car ride to the top of 12,739-foot-high Klein Matterhorn, the highest sightseeing point in Europe. Enjoy the breathtaking mountain landscape of glaciers and permanent snow.

Approximate value: €89 EUR per person

Berne

Dinner at A Swiss Farm

Dinner at A Swiss Farm

Tonight, travel out of the elegant capital of Berne and step back in time! Discover how architecture, handicrafts, domestic and working animals, still represent an important part of the culture in rural Switzerland. Meet the family that owns a restaurant with its own farm, and taste the specialties of the region. A typical Swiss dinner - three courses with a drink and coffee - awaits you!

Approximate value: €64 EUR per person

Lucerne

Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride with Snack

Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride with Snack

Enjoy an amazing horse-drawn carriage followed by a visit of a Swiss Alps farm in Engleberg. You get to know the impressive landscape of central Switzerland on a horse carriage ride, can gaze in wonder at the impressive Titlis, admire the baroque walls of the Benedictine's monastery and look at the old houses in the village core. After the ride you are welcome in a typical Alps farm, where you can get a short look at the Swiss agriculture in the mountains and taste some specialties: cheese of their Alp, dry meat of their cows, something sweet and soft drinks (with cold temperatures warm tea is offered). No Wine or beer.

Approximate value: €57 EUR per person

Mount Pilatus

Mount Pilatus

Journey almost 7,000 feet (2,132m)up - via the world's steepest cogwheel railway (with an inclination of 48 degrees), the silent aerial tramway and the panoramic gondola for spectacular views over central Switzerland. The Mount Pilatus mountain range was first inhabited by Celtic herdsmen and later became well-known to travelers worldwide when completion of the Gotthard Route made the area more accessible. The rugged cliffs above Lucerne have been cloaked in myth and legend since the Middle Ages when it was believed that a dragon with healing powers and spirits inhabited the rocky crevices.

Approximate value: €63 EUR per person

Swiss Folklore Party and Dinner

Swiss Folklore Party and Dinner

Contrary to belief, not all Swiss can yodel or blow the alphorn, but those you will meet during your folklore dinner party are real experts. They will entertain you with merry melodies on the accordion and traditional dances, while having a 3-course dinner with also a sample of traditional cheese fondue and 1 liter stein of beer (or two glasses of wine or soft drink) to toast your Swiss evening.

Approximate value: €82 EUR per person

Truemmelbach Waterfalls

Truemmelbach Waterfalls

Experience the awesome thunderous roar of the water as it rushes past you inside the mountain: these are the Trümmelbach Falls! They are Europe's largest subterranean water falls and are located in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, often called the valley of 72 waterfalls. Enjoy this special trip into the heart of the nature. An opportunity not to be missed!

Approximate value: €37 EUR per person

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