ITINERARY - Top of Switzerland with Oberammergau 2020

Top of Switzerland with Oberammergau (ZIO)

9 Day Tour from Zurich to Munich

2020 Tour Details

On this Top of Switzerland tour, witness some of Switzerland's most amazing scenery and learn about traditional and current Swiss culture with overnights in Zurich, Interlaken, and Lucerne. Plus, you'll travel to Germany and overnight in Munich and the charming Bavarian town of Oberammergau.

A tour highlight is your rack railway trip to the "Top of Europe," a high alpine wonderland of ice and snow. Here, at the amazing Jungfraujoch, Europe's highest railway station at 11,332 feet, you can stand on the observation platform to view the glaciers and witness a panoramic view overlooking France, Germany, and Italy. It's an unforgettable experience!

Participate in a walking tour in Lucerne, walks through the Old Town in Innsbruck and Zurich, and an orientation in Munich. In Oberammergau, enjoy first-class seats to the Passion Play, performed every 10 years by Oberammergau residents as a thank you for saving the town from the Black Death. With beautiful alpine scenery as the backdrop, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Globus has also included special treats to help you learn about Swiss culture. Visit the Ballenberg Open-air Museum to see traditional rural buildings from all regions of Switzerland and to learn how Switzerland’s rural populations have lived, worked, and kept their customs alive. Woodcarving is part of the Swiss culture and in Brienz, visit the Woodcarving Museum to see traditional and artistically significant woodcarvings. Also visit a little cheese village in the Emmental Valley to learn about traditional and modern cheese production techniques, sample the locally produced cheese, and enjoy a light lunch.

From the gorgeous scenery to the unique cultural experiences, this Switzerland tour with Oberammergau is a dream vacation!

This vacation, which includes tickets for the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play, requires an additional deposit of $350 per person in June 2019.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

ZURICH
Welcome dinner; orientation walk of the Old Town
AFFOLTERN
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit a cheese farm and enjoy a light lunch
INTERLAKEN
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Excursion to the Jungfrau
BRIENZ
Visit the woodcarving Museum
BALLENBERG
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit the open-air museum
LUCERNE
Walking tour including the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge; farewell dinner
INNSBRUCK
Walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof
OBERAMMERGAU
Passion Play
MUNICH
Orientation, visit Marienplatz

Headsets throughout the tour.

Notes:

  • Maximum elevation on tour—11,332 ft.
  • Adequate footwear is required for the trip to the Jungfrau.
  • Hotel information will be available in 2019. Oberammergau hotel will be in the village of Oberammergau.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 light lunch in Affoltern, 1 lunch in Oberammergau, 4 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Zurich and a special dinner in Lucerne

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

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

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Day 2 ZURICH–EMMENTAL VALLEY–INTERLAKEN

Enjoy an orientation walk of Zurich’s well-preserved OLD TOWN with its medieval guild houses before continuing to the Emmental Valley to visit Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite the SCHAUKÄSEREI AFFOLTERN. Try out the locally produced cheese and enjoy a light lunch. Then, continue to Interlaken. The town’s unique location, nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and surrounded by the world-famous Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains, guarantees spectacular views.

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Day 3 INTERLAKEN. EXCURSION TO THE JUNGFRAU

Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811, and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the Alpine Sensation, the Panorama 360° Experiencee, the ICE PALACE, and take the elevator to the Sphinx Observatory. Also receive your Jungfrau Passport as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 INTERLAKEN–BRIENZ–BALLENBERG–LUCERNE

A scenic drive through charming mountains brings you to cozy Brienz, where you will visit the interesting WOODCARVING MUSEUM. Also walk through the romantic Brunngasse, once awarded the title “Most Beautiful Street in Europe.” Next is a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit to the fascinating open-air museum of Ballenberg with its centuries-old buildings from all parts of Switzerland. Arrive in picturebook Lucerne, where you will stay for the next two nights. Tonight, you may wish to join an optional dinner excursion to a folklore party with cheese fondue, yodeling, and alphorn blowing.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 LUCERNE

On your walking tour this morning, admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the 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. Later, an exciting optional excursion is available to Mount Pilatus, the “Guard of Lucerne.” This evening, a farewell dinner has been prepared for you to celebrate the success of your vacation and the best way to say auf Wiedersehen.

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Day 6 LUCERNE–INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA–OBERAMMERGAU, GERMANY

A comfortable drive brings you to Innsbruck in the Tyrolean mountains. Enjoy a walk through the Old Town to see the GOLDEN ROOF. Then, continue to picturesque Oberammergau.

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Day 7 OBERAMMERGAU

Afternoon and evening are dedicated to the world-famous PASSION PLAY, held every 10 years and performed by the inhabitants of Oberammergau.

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Day 8 OBERAMMERGAU–MUNICH

Arrive in Munich, where Germany’s “Secret Capital” comes alive during an orientation featuring the Olympic Stadium, 1,000-foot-high Olympic Tower, and MARIENPLATZ, in the historic heart of the city. Afternoon and evening are at leisure. You may wish to join one of our exciting optional excursions.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 MUNICH

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Accommodations

Zurich
Interlaken
Lucerne
Oberammergau
Munich

Zurich

Sheraton Zurich

Superior First-Class

Sheraton Zurich Pfingstweidstrasse 100, Zurich,  Switzerland

Pfingstweidstrasse 100
Zurich, Switzerland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

A newly opened 197 room hotel set in an urban cosmopolitan district with a cozy lobby lounge fireplace and complimentary wireless internet access in public areas. The à-la-carte restaurant has an emphasis on fresh regional food with exciting cooking displays and there is a hip Italian hotel bar serving snacks and drinks as well as a fitness room for workouts.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

Interlaken

Metropole Hotel

First-Class

Metropole Hotel Hoeheweg 37, Interlaken,  Switzerland

Hoeheweg 37
Interlaken, Switzerland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

This 96-room hotel has a superb central location offering serene views of the impressive Jungfrau Mountain range from its 18th floor panoramic restaurant. The inviting bar is a great place to enjoy a cocktail and there is also a fitness room, sauna and Free Wifi internet access throughout the property.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Beauty Salon
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Fitness Room

Room Amenities

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

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

Oberammergau

Oberammergau Hotel

First-Class

Oberammergau Hotel Eugen-Papst-Str. 9, Oberammergau,  Germany

Eugen-Papst-Str. 9
Oberammergau, Germany

"Hotel information for Oberammergau will be available in 2019. The listed hotels represent the type and location of the hotels which will be offered in 2020. The Oberammergau hotel will be in the village of Oberammergau."

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

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

No Excursions are available at this time.

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