Germany, Switzerland & Austria Tours - Globus®

Alpine Countries (ZF)

15 Day Tour from Frankfurt to Frankfurt

2018 Tour Details

On this guided tour of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, be prepared for breathtaking views! Your vacation starts and ends with welcome and farewell dinners 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 feature the must-see attractions, including the world-famous Hofbräuhaus, dating back to 1589, and 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 breathtaking 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 rustic chalets beneath the Matterhorn; Switzerland’s Rhine Falls – Europe's largest waterfall.

On this Germany, Austria, and Switzerland escorted tour, you’ll also enjoy out-of-the-ordinary experiences. You'll visit the world-famous Lipizzaner Stallion Stud Farm in Austria where these magnificent horses are bred and raised before they go to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. You'll also join the locals at the historical Vanini Café for an aperitif in Lugano.

Fascinating sightseeing, beautiful scenery, special experiences, an expert Tour Director, and knowledgeable Local Guides—this Central Europe guided 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, and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite the famous Hofbräuhaus
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
LUGANO
Orientation; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite aperitif at Café Vanini
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.

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

  • Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg
  • Historic Centre of Vienna
  • Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn
  • The Dolomites
  • Old City of Berne

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 7 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner and a special dinner in Frankfurt

 Itinerary

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

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. Tonight, stroll through the Old Town and visit Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite the world-famous HOFBRÄUHAUS.

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 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 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 via Italy’s Lake Como to Lugano. Your orientation, past Parco Ciani, brings you to the lakeside promenade. In Piazza Riforma, noted for its pastel-colored, neoclassical palazzi, join the locals in a relaxed atmosphere at the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite historical Vanini Café, with an aperitif. Tonight, you may wish to join an optional cruise across sparkling Lake Lugano to the fishing village of Gandria, where a traditional dinner awaits you.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 LUGANO–LAKE MAGGIORE, ITALY–ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND

On the way to Lake Maggiore, stop in elegant Stresa. An optional boat ride to enchanting Isola Bella can be arranged. Cross 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.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 11 AT LEISURE IN ZERMATT

Today is your chance to enjoy an exciting optional 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 at a local restaurant awaits you to celebrate the success of your Alpine vacation.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

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 20 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

NH Frankfurt Niederrad

First-Class

NH Frankfurt Niederrad Lyoner Strasse 5, Frankfurt,  Germany

Lyoner Strasse 5
Frankfurt, Germany

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

A 165-room modern hotel located in the Niederrad business district of Frankfurt with Free Wifi internet access throughout the property. There is a contemporary bistro style restaurant and a modern bar serving International wines and cocktails as well as apple cider, a speciality of the Hesse region.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Business Center
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

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

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

Lindner Hotel Am Belvedere

First-Class

Lindner Hotel Am Belvedere Rennweg 12, Wien,  Austria

Rennweg 12
Wien, Austria

Viennese atmosphere modern style, set amid Imperial greenery at an attractive city-center location.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet
  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

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

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

Alpenhof

First-Class

Alpenhof Matterstrasse 43, Zermatt,  Switzerland

Matterstrasse 43
Zermatt, Switzerland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

This cozy family-run 63-room hotel is set in a sunny, quiet location in the centre of Zermatt and effortlessly blends traditional elements with contemporary alpine style. There is a Gourmet restaurant and the wellness and spa area is the perfect place to relax with an indoor swimming pool, outdoor whirlpool, blockhouse sauna, relax room, steam-baths and beauty salon. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the property and there is also a sophisticated cigar lounge.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Spa Services
  • Hot Tub
  • Pool
  • Fitness Room
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Beauty Salon
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • In-Room Safe
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite

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

 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)


Munich
Vienna
Innsbruck
St. Moritz
Lugano
Stresa
Zermatt
Lucerne

Munich

Excursion to Linderhof Castle

Excursion to Linderhof Castle

Visit King Ludwig's Linderhof Castle, famous for its Italian-style terraced gardens.

Price Range: $$

Vienna

Traditional Austrian Evening

Traditional Austrian Evening

Enjoy a traditional Austrian Dinner with drinks at a typical restaurant or at one of the famous Heurigen.

Price Range: $$

Excursion to Bratislava

Excursion to Bratislava

Excursion to Bratislava

Price Range: $$

Classical Concert

Classical Concert

Enjoy an unforgettable concert in one of the city's elegant concert halls.

Price Range: $$

Innsbruck

Tyrolean Folklore Evening

Tyrolean Folklore Evening

Enjoy the most traditional Alpine folklore show in town!

Price Range: $

St. Moritz

Pontresina and the Roseg Valley

Pontresina and the Roseg Valley

Enjoy the world renown Roseg Valley.

Price Range: $$

Lugano

Lake Lugano Cruise with Meal

Lake Lugano Cruise with Meal

Embark your private boat for a relaxing cruise on breathtaking Lake Lugano and learn about the local traditions and dishes in a typical Swiss grotto surrounded by nature.

Price Range: $$

Stresa

Boat Trip to Isola Bella

Boat Trip to Isola Bella

Explore one of the last privately owned islands open to visitors.

Price Range: $$

Zermatt

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

Enjoy the fantastic view from the highest sightseeing point in Europe, Klein Matterhorn!

Price Range: $$$

Lucerne

Swiss Folklore Party and Dinner

Swiss Folklore Party and Dinner

Toast your Swiss evening while experiencing a traditional show with alphorns and yodeling.

Price Range: $$

Pilatus

Pilatus

Enjoy the magnificent panorama from Mount Pilatus

Price Range: $$

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