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Austria Switzerland Escorted Tour

11 Nights / 12 Days tour package for 2839 USD per person
Destinations Covered: Vienna - Salzburg - St. Moritz - Zermatt - Berne - Lucerne (ZC) / 2013
 

For those with a bit more time, this journey covers all the highlights of two of Europe’s most scenic countries: Austria and Switzerland. Enjoy 2-night stays in Salzburg, Zermatt, Lucerne, and romantic Vienna. This pace allows for many special included visits and enough free time to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery in this part of Europe. Overnight stops are also made in posh St. Moritz and in Berne, the capital of Switzerland. The Danube cruise, the Sound of Music’s lake country, Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg, Zermatt’s mountain train, Chillon Castle at Lake Geneva, Interlaken, and an unforgettable ride on the famous Glacier Express from Chur to Zermatt make this one of Globus’ most scenic vacations. A special welcome dinner at your hotel in Vienna and a farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Lucerne have been included.

 

Rates and Dates (Rates per person on US Dollars):

Tour Start Date Return Date Price Per Person
06-May-2013 16-May-2013 USD 2839
13-May-2013 23-May-2013 USD 2849
20-May-2013 30-May-2013 USD 2849
27-May-2013 06-Jun-2013 USD 2849
03-Jun-2013 13-Jun-2013 USD 2879
10-Jun-2013 20-Jun-2013 USD 2879
17-Jun-2013 27-Jun-2013 USD 2879
24-Jun-2013 04-Jul-2013 USD 2879
01-Jul-2013 11-Jul-2013 USD 2849
08-Jul-2013 18-Jul-2013 USD 2849
15-Jul-2013 25-Jul-2013 USD 2849
22-Jul-2013 01-Aug-2013 USD 2849
29-Jul-2013 08-Aug-2013 USD 2849
05-Aug-2013 15-Aug-2013 USD 2849
12-Aug-2013 22-Aug-2013 USD 2849
19-Aug-2013 29-Aug-2013 USD 2849
26-Aug-2013 05-Sep-2013 USD 2849
02-Sep-2013 12-Sep-2013 USD 2879
09-Sep-2013 19-Sep-2013 USD 2879
16-Sep-2013 26-Sep-2013 USD 2879
23-Sep-2013 03-Oct-2013 USD 2879
30-Sep-2013 10-Oct-2013 USD 2849
07-Oct-2013 17-Oct-2013 USD 2839
   
Hotels:

Vienna: Mercure Grand Hotel Biedermeier (F)

Salzburg: Best Western Stieglbräu (F)

St. Moritz: Laudinella (F)

Zermatt: Walliserhof (F)

Berne: Allegro (SF)

Lucerne: Ameron Flora (F)

 
Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Vienna, Austria
Time to rest or start exploring the Viennese capital. At 6 pm, meet the Tour Director and traveling companions for a special welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)

Day 2: Vienna
Start your guided sightseeing with a visit to magnificent SCHÖNBRUNN PALACE. Next, enjoy vistas of Prater Park with its giant Ferris wheel, and the United Nations City on the banks of the Danube River. Then, drive along Ring Boulevard, 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. Optional excursions are available. (B)

Day 3: Vienna – Melk – Salzburg
This morning, enjoy a leisurely DANUBE CRUISE. Afterwards, follow the Danube Valley and catch glimpses of historic Melk Abbey. No landscape is more typically Austrian than the Salzkammergut lakeland. Visit the PARISH CHURCH in Mondsee, which was used for the wedding scenes in the Sound of Music, then, continue to Salzburg. (B,D)

Day 4: Salzburg
Stroll with a Local Guide through the historic center. Admire exquisite MIRABELL GARDENS, the Great Festival Hall, ST. PETER’S CHURCHYARD, the monumental Domplatz, and take pictures of Mozart’s birthplace in the charming Getreidegasse. Afternoon at leisure or join an optional excursion to Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s Eagles Nest. (B)

Day 5: Salzburg–Innsbruck – St. Moritz, Switzerland
Morning break in Innsbruck in the Tyrolean Alps. Enjoy a pleasant walk through its quaint medieval lanes to Emperor Maximilian’s GOLDEN ROOF. Next, enter 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. (B,D)

Day 6: St. Moritz – Chur – Zermatt
Drive through exhilarating Alpine scenery. At Chur, board the first-class panoramic coach of the world-renowned GLACIER EXPRESS TRAIN. 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. This afternoon you are in Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the majestic Matterhorn. (B,L)

Day 7: At Leisure in Zermatt
An entire day at leisure. Perhaps ride Europe’s highest rack-railway to 10,272-foot Gornergrat for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Alps. (B,D)

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. This evening in Berne, you may wish to join a special optional dinner outing. (B)

Day 9: Berne – Interlaken – Lucerne
Your guided tour starts with a stop at the Rose Garden for a panoramic view of the city. Next, enjoy a walking tour through the beautifully preserved medieval Old Town. Witness the hourly parade of painted figures at the Clock Tower and take your pictures of ornate, flower-adorned fountains. You will also stop at the BEAR PARK. Continue to Interlaken, beautifully situated beneath the towering Jungfrau. Across Brünig Pass to picture-book Lucerne. You may wish to sign up for a folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing for a first-hand impression of Alpine merrymaking. (B)

Day 10: Lucerne
On your walking tour this morning, admire Thorwaldsen’s LION MONUMENT 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 choose from our optional activities: climb a mountain by cable car or take a cruise on the fjord-like lake. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your Swiss vacation. (B,D)

Day 11: Lucerne – Zurich Airport
Lucerne–Zurich Airport. Morning transfer to Zurich Airport in time for homebound flights leaving no earlier than 10 am. Extra nights are available in Zurich, not Lucerne. (B)

 
Package Includes:
Accommodation for 2 nights in Vienna
Accommodation for 1 night in Berne
Accommodation for 2 nights in Salzburg
Accommodation for 2 nights in Lucerne
Accommodation for 1 night in St. Moritz
Meals as per the itinerary
Accommodation for 2 nights in Zermatt
Sightseeing and activities as per the itinerary
 
Package Excludes:
Return Airfare and taxes
Cost of meals other than not mentioned in the inclusions
Visa charges
Cost of any other services not specifically mentioned in inclusions
Expenses of personal nature, laundry, telephone bills, tips, gratuities etc    
 
Notes:
The package Prices based on double room occupancy
The package  itineraries and prices are subject to change without prior notice
Please note that mandatory prepaid gratuities for Tour Director and Driver are applicable    

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