12 Days The Best of Austria – Switzerland Package from Globus Journey Starting at $2,489/- (Posted on Jun 1 2011)
12 Days The Best of Austria – Switzerland Package from Globus Journey Starting at $2,489/-
THE BEST OF AUSTRIA & SWITZERLAND (ZC)
12 days from Vienna to Zurich
Starting at: $2,489.00
For those with a bit more time, this journey covers all the highlights of two of Europe’s most picturesque countries. Enjoy 2-night stays in Salzburg, Zermatt, and Lucerne, and a 3-night stay in romantic Vienna. This pace allows for many special included visits and enough free time to relax and enjoy the beautiful panoramas. Overnight stops are also made in posh St. Moritz and in Berne, the capital of Switzerland. A Danube cruise, Sound of Music’s lake country, Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg, Zermatt’s mountain train, Chillon Castle at Lake Geneva, Berne, Interlaken, and an unforgettable ride on the famed 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.
DAY 1 Arrive in Vienna, Austria.
Time to rest or start exploring the Viennese capital. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a special welcome dinner at your 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. An optional excursion to the wine village of Grinzing is available. (B)
DAY 3 At Leisure in Vienna.
A full day to explore Vienna independently. Why not visit the imposing Hofburg Palace to see the precious Habsburg Dynasty treasures or visit the Museum of Fine Arts with works by Jan Van Eyck, Rubens, Rembrandt, Raphael, and more. You may want to join an optional excursion to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. (B)
DAY 4 Vienna–Melk–Salzburg.
This morning, enjoy a leisurely DANUBE CRUISE. Afterwards, follow the Danube Valley to historic Melk for pictures of the abbey. No landscape is more typically Austrian than the Salzkammergut lakeland. Stop for a picture of the Parish Church in Mondsee, which was used for the wedding scenes in the Sound of Music, then, continue to Salzburg. (B,D)
DAY 5 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 6 Salzburg–St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Via the Tyrolean Mountains 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 7 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,D)
DAY 8 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)
DAY 9 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. Evening arrival in Berne. (B,D)
DAY 10 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 11 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 12 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)
MEALS – (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner
Full buffet breakfast (B); 1 lunch (L) on the Glacier Express train; 6 three-course dinners (D), including a welcome dinner in Vienna and a farewell dinner in Lucerne.
SUPERIOR HOTELS – (D) Deluxe (SF) Superior First-Class (F) First-Class
Vienna De France (SF), Salzburg Best Western Stieglbräu (F), St. Moritz Laudinella (F), Zermatt Walliserhof (F), Berne Allegro (SF), Lucerne Monopol (F)
Headsets throughout the tour
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit Schönbrunn Palace
Take pictures of the abbey
Guided walking tour, visit Mirabell Gardens and St. Peter’s Churchyard
By Glacier Express train (first-class)
By mountain train
Guided visit of the castle
Guided walking tour, stop at the Rose Garden and the Bear Park
Take pictures of the Jungfrau massif
Walking tour including the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge; farewell dinner at a local restaurant
In the rare event that the Glacier Express is not available, alternative services will be provided.
Inside visits and special features are shown in the description, including admission charges when applicable.
DATES & PRICES
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Please note that mandatory prepaid gratuities for Tour Director and Driver are applicable and are included in the invoice at the time of the booking. Please contact your local travel agent to check the exact amounts. The amount varies for each vacation.
US$ Price Details
Single room supplement: $382
Triple room reduction: $58
Extra nights per person in Vienna:in single room $145, in twin room $95, in triple room $90
Extra nights per person in Zurich: in single room $220, in twin room $137, in triple room $132
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Taxes & fees
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Applicable Taxes and Fees (Airfare & Charges Not Included in the Price)
Not Included In Your Vacation Price ( Land-Only or Cruise-Only)
Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees including the September 11th Security fee up to $10 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $3.50 per segment, and U.S. and International arrival and departure and other government-imposed fees between $200 – $375 per person; port taxes; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship’s crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Globus menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); optional excursions; airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; airport transfers with cruise only, porterage at airports and train stations; Trip Protection; baggage fees; and all other items of a personal nature.
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