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Switzerland and Austria 2014

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Melk AbbeyHofburg PalaceVaduz CastleUnited Nations Building
Melk Abbey
Hofburg Palace
Vaduz Castle
United Nations Building
  • Duration: 13 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Into the very heart of Europe, this trip takes in scenic Switzerland and Austria, but also sneaks you into miniature Liechtenstein and over the border into the northern fringes of Italy. It's Insider moments like… getting an insight into one of Austria's oldest traditions, as you watch the balletic horses of the Lipizzaner Stud Farm in their alpine pastures. Dating back 400 years, you hear how the farm is protecting the country's cultural heritage and protecting this world-famous breed – which is, surprisingly, an endangered species. More than an insight into these noble baroque horses, it unveils Austria's love of culture and refined social scene – which you also witness in Vienna's elegant cafés.


On every itinerary, we offer a range of optional excursions that allow you to further enhance your experience should you so choose. These are purchased when you are on your trip, via your Trafalgar Travel Director. Depending on the region visited these can be paid with cash or credit card.

A reduction of 25% of the cost of the Optional Excursions is offered to all children under the age of 16 years at the time of travel. Please Note: This discount to does not apply to North America optionals, as they are already discounted.


    • + Schnapps Museum Visit And Dinner With Traditional Musical Entertainment In A Local Restaurant First we will visit the Fischer family distillery to see how the local schnapps is made and to taste some delicious samples. Then, enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant. Drinks and traditional musical entertainment included.

    • + Dinner And Viennese Concert We will enjoy a delicious meal of Viennese specialities with drinks, followed by a wonderful concert of Viennese classical music including some of the most famous works of Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed by some of the most highly acclaimed soloists and dancers in Austria. We provide you with 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of local champagne during the interval.

    • + Viennese Concert A wonderful concert of Viennese classical music including some of the most famous works of Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed by some of the most highly acclaimed soloists and dancers in Austria. We provide you with 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of local champagne during the interval.

    • + Schonbrunn Palace And Gardens We enjoy a guided visit to the Palace of Schonbrunn, with its magnificently preserved state rooms and exquisite gardens. You will have time for a walk through the park, perhaps as far as the Gloriette pavilion with its magnificent views. N.B.: This optional experience begins at an early hour, to ensure VIP access to the Palace.


    • + Berchtesgaden And Hohenringstrasse Excursion A scenic drive in the Bavarian Alps to Berchtesgaden within sight of Hitlers Bavarian Redoubt. Then via the Hohenringstrasse, we ascend 5,000 ft along one of the most beautiful mountain roads of Europe.

    • + Eagle s Nest Tour And Bavarian Alps Driving deep into the National Park past bucolic farmhouses and picturesque villages, we arrive at the ruins of Obersalzburg. From here we transfer to special motorcoaches adapted to the scenic mountain climb to Hilters notorious Eagles Nest. Through the arches we will have splendid views up to the Hohen Goll and across snow-capped peaks (N.B.: This optional experience is weather dependent, and may not be available on all departures.)


    • + Tyrolean Evening Enjoy a lively evening of traditional entertainment. Singers, dancers, and musicians dressed in national costume provide a colourful show of folklore and fun. (N.B.:includes two drinks.)


    • + Bernina Express We drive along the Engadine Valley to the start of the spectacular Bernina Pass. Here we will board our panoramic train for breathtaking vistas of timeless glaciers as this narrow gauge railway winds its way over the Southern Alps. At Journeys End a local hostelry welcomes us for a delightful taste of various local vintages.


    • + Borromean Islands - Isola Bella Palace Tour A private launch takes us to the world-renowned islands of Lake Maggiore. We see the Isola Madre, the Isola dei Pescatori, and on the Isola Bella we visit the palace of the Borromean Princes.


    • + Klein Matterhorn Excursion A unique electric taxi service will drive us to the foot of Zermatt's highest and most spectacular mountain ride. Enjoy stunning views as we ascend to Furi and Trockener steg before boarding Europe's highest cable car to arrive on the snow-capped top of the world at 3779 m (12400 feet). A magnificent panorama of the highest peaks in Switzerland, Italy and France will make this an unforgettable experience.

    • + Fondue Dinner Experience We enjoy a walk through the delightful mountain resort of Zermatt with our Local Guide. Later try the local fondue specialties during dinner in a typical chalet style restaurant.


    • + Savoyard Dinner Into the hills behind Evian, with views over Lake Geneva, to our typical French restaurant, where the chef offers us a four course 'Savoyard' dinner. Fine French wines/soft drinks, accompany our meal for a memorable dining experience.

    • + Cruise And Visit To Yvoire Leaving the elegant quays of Geneva, our steamer cruises past the palatial mansions of the rich and famous, stopping at picturesque villages before arriving at our enchanting French destination - Yvoire. We explore its winding streets, lined with the old stone houses of former fishermen and dominated by the ancient chateau of the Count and Countess. Then our motorcoach takes us through the rich fields of the Savoy back to our hotel.


    • + Folklore Evening And Dinner Tonight we shall enjoy a tasty Swiss meal (one of the courses will be the famous Swiss cheese fondue) in a typical restaurant. Whilst you enjoy dinner, join in the fun of a lively folklore show which includes yodelling, flag-throwing, Alpine horn-blowing and many other customary Swiss entertainment. Two drinks are included.

    • + Swiss Heritage A chance to meet the Swiss, as local farmers take us on a delightful countryside tour in horse drawn carriages. Enjoy stunning scenery as we trot around a typical rural community, en route to a working farm where local drinks and snacks will be served.

    • + Mount Stanserhorn And Lake Cruise We begin with a scenic cruise across Lake Lucerne to the village of Stans, terminal of one of Switzerland's oldest mountain railways. We climb to the top by old-timer railway and exciting new Cabrio cable car to reach 1900 m (6300 feet), an excellent vantage from which to view the breathtaking scenery of Alpine Switzerland. Free time to take in the air and perhaps some refreshments before we descend to rejoin our coach. (On certain departures this optional may be operated in reverse, ending with the cruise.)

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