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.</BR>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.</BR></BR>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!
VIENNA Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit Schönbrunn Palace and HeldenplatzDANUBE CRUISEMONDSEE Visit the church from The Sound of MusicSALZBURG Guided walking tour, visit Mirabell Gardens and Residenz Square; [LF] dinner with wine at the St. Peter Stiftskeller INNSBRUCK Walk through the Old Town to the Golden RoofCHUR–ZERMATT [LF] By Glacier Express train (first-class with panorama windows) including lunchZERMATT–TÄSCH By mountain trainCHILLON Guided visit of the castleBERNE Guided walking tour, stop at the Rose Garden and the Bear ParkINTERLAKEN Take pictures of the Jungfrau massifLUCERNE Walking tour including the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge; [LF] private cruise with a drink and farewell dinner at a local restaurantHeadsets throughout the tour
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
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.
Motorcoach; boat cruise; Glacier Express; mountain train. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies