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. Spend two nights each in Vienna, Salzburg, Zermatt, and Lucerne, as well as one night in St. Moritz and Berne. Palaces and castles are the fil rouge of this tour. First visit Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace, once the home of the Habsburg Imperial family and stand in awe as you hear the stories of this royal family's home. Then explore romantic Chillon Castle, a well-preserved, medieval castle on the shores of Lake Geneva.

If spectacular scenery is your interest, then a ride on the world-famous Glacier Express train is just the perfect experience for you Travel first-class and admire the thundering waterfalls, impressive peaks, glacial ice fields, and tiny villages from the panorama window 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 most characteristic part of the river; a private boat cruise on the fjord-like lake in Lucerne; 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 through the Tyrolean Alps on the way to Innsbruck; a stop in Interlaken, where you can take pictures of the Jungfrau massif; and more.

All of this and much more awaits you on this Austria & Switzerland tour. Guided sightseeing in Vienna, Salzburg, and Berne are also included. 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 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
LUCERNE
Walking tour including the Lion Monument & Chapel Bridge; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite private cruise with a drink and farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Headsets throughout the tour.
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

Notes:

  • 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.

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
  • Old City of Berne
  • Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn

Transportation:

Motorcoach; boat cruise; Glacier Express; mountain train.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch on the Glacier Express train; 5 three-course dinners, including dinners at a local restaurant in Salzburg and Lucerne

 Itinerary

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

Day 1 ARRIVE IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Welcome to Vienna! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner 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 stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Balance of the day is at leisure or choose from our optional excursions to enhance your stay.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 VIENNA–MELK–MONDSEE–SALZBURG

Relax during a leisurely DANUBE CRUISE along the loveliest 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 lovely Salzburg. Join your Local Guide for a walking tour and admire the exquisite MIRABELL GARDENS, the Great Festival Hall, St. Peter’s Monastery, and magnificent RESIDENZ SQUARE, where some scenes of the movie were filmed. Also take pictures of Mozart’s birthplace in the charming Getreidegasse. Tonight a special treat: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner and Salzburger Nockerl (sweet dessert soufflé) at the famous St. Peter Stiftskeller restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 242 mi / 390 km

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Day 4 AT LEISURE IN SALZBURG

A full day at leisure gives you the opportunity 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 arrive in Innsbruck, capital of Tyrol and host of two Winter Olympic Games. Follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk through the quaint medieval lanes to Emperor Maximilian’s GOLDEN ROOF. Time to shop for crystal, for which Innsbruck is famous. Next, take a scenic drive into the Swiss Engadine. Considered by many as the most beautiful mountain area in the world, it features 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 on your way to St. Moritz.
Today’s Distance: 236 mi / 380 km

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Day 6 ST. MORITZ–CHUR–TÄSCH–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. 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 arrivw in car-free Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the majestic Matterhorn.
Today’s Distance: 149 mi / 240 km

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Day 7 AT LEISURE IN ZERMATT

Spend an entire day at leisure or join a spectacular optional excursion to Klein Matterhorn for breathtaking panoramic views of the Matterhorn and the Alps.

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Day 8 ZERMATT–BERNE

Board the MOUNTAIN TRAIN for the short ride down to Täsch, and motor through the lower Rhône Valley to the shores of Lake Geneva, the “Swiss Riviera.” Nearby Montreux, visit CHILLON CASTLE, the 12th-century water fortress immortalized by poet Lord Byron. Proceed to Berne, capital of Switzerland.
Today’s Distance: 155 mi / 250 km

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 marvel at the ornate, flower-adorned fountains. Stop at the BEAR PARK, symbol for the name of the town. Next is 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. Finally, cross Brünig Pass and arrive in picture-book Lucerne. An optional evening is available for a folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing for a first-hand impression of Alpine merrymaking.
Today’s Distance: 75 mi / 120 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 LUCERNE

Follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk this morning, and admire Thorwaldsen’s LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution. Walk along ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church, the first large baroque church built in Switzerland on the north side of the Alps. Afterward, shop for watches, and you may wish to join an optional excursion to Mount Pilatus. This evening, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite relax on a PRIVATE BOAT CRUISE on the fjord-like lake, followed by a farewell dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate your Swiss vacation.

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Day 11 LUCERNE–ZÜRICH AIRPORT

Morning transfer to Zurich Airport in time for homebound flights leaving no earlier than 10 am. Extra nights are available in Zurich.
Today’s Distance: 34 mi / 55 km

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. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

LUCY GELMI

Escorting tours for more than 20 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
Glattbrugg

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

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). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

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


Vienna
Salzburg
St. Moritz
Zermatt
Lucerne
Interlaken

Vienna

Classical Austrian Dinner

Classical Austrian Dinner

Enjoy a typical Austrian dinner.

Price Range: $$

Classical Concert

Classical Concert

Enjoy a spellbinding evening of classical works by Mozart and Johann Strauss, performed brilliantly by professional Salon Orchestra Alt-Wien musicians in one of Europe's prettiest venues.

Price Range: $$

Classical Austrian Dinner and Concert

Classical Austrian Dinner and Concert

Experience what Vienna is best known for, as you enjoy a typical Austrian Dinner followed by a concert in one of its beautiful venues.

Price Range: $$$

Salzburg

Spectacular Berchtesgaden with Hitler's Eagle's Nest*

Spectacular Berchtesgaden with Hitler's Eagle's Nest*

Travel through fresh mountain air and unbelievable scenery to Berchtesgaden for a visit of Adolph Hitler's infamous Eagle's Nest command post. (*Hitler's Eagle's Nest available from mid May to mid September)

Price Range: $

St. Moritz

Pontresina and the Roseg Valley

Pontresina and the Roseg Valley

Enjoy the world renown Roseg Valley.

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

Swiss Folklore

Raise a glass and toast an unforgettable evening of traditional entertainment during this excursion featuring a 3-course feast of local specialties, alphorns, yodeling, and festive Swiss music and dancing.

Price Range: $$

Mount Pilatus

Mount Pilatus

Grab your camera and prepare for indescribable panoramic views on this thrilling ascent up Mount Pilatus.

Price Range: $$

Interlaken

Trümmelbach Waterfalls

Trümmelbach Waterfalls

Experience the awesome thunderous roar of the water as it rushes past you inside the mountain: these are the Trümmelbach Falls!

Price Range: $

 Private Touring

Private Touring: Globus European Private Touring enables you to experience all of the attractions, sights and highlights of your selected Globus tour as a private experience - delivered just for you and your traveling party. With Private Touring, you'll have your own dedicated Tour Director, your own private transportation and driver, and your own professional local guides. All with greater flexibility in pace and your experience.

For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guests in a party: $2,097*
18 guests in a party: $444*

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for 2019 travel year. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.

 Know Before You Go

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* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).

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