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Switzerland and Austria

13 Days 5 Countries 19 Cities

Journey into the very heart of Europe to scenic Switzerland and Austria, plus the northern fringes of Italy.

"A wonderful and memorable experience"

Faye, Australia

About this trip

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.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… getting an insight into one of Austria's oldest traditions, as you watch the balletic horses of Lipizzaner Stud Farm in their alpine pastures and hear how this endangered breed is being protected.


Trip type: Regional Explorer i

Trip code: SWAU

12 Nights

accommodation

17 Meals
  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest).

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Switzerland and Austria

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Zurich, Switzerland

Day 1

Arrive Zurich

Salzburg Cathedral, Austria

Day 2

Zurich – Liechtenstein – Salzburg Sightseeing

Vienna, Austria

Day 3

Salzburg – Vienna (2 Nights)

Parliament Building, Vienna, Austria

Day 4

Vienna Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 5

Vienna – Graz – Piber Stud Farm – Villach

Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria

Day 6

Villach – Cortina d'Ampezzo – Innsbruck

Engadine, Switzerland

Day 7

Innsbruck – St. Moritz

Zermatt, Switzerland

Day 8

St. Moritz – Stresa – Zermatt (2 Nights)

Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland

Day 9

Zermatt Free Time

Chillon Castle, Switzerland

Day 10

Zermatt – Geneva – Lake Geneva (Evian)

Lion Monument, Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 11

Lake Geneva (Evian) – Berne – Interlaken – Lucerne Orientation (2 Nights)

Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 12

Lucerne Free Time

Zurich, Switzerland

Day 13

Lucerne – Depart Zurich

Day 1

Arrive Zurich

Welcome to Zurich. After check-in, your Travel Director takes you on an orientation of Switzerland's financial capital before you enjoy a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director at a local restaurant.

Hotel

Radisson Blu Airport

Meals

  • Welcome Reception
Zurich, Switzerland

Day 1

Day 2

Zurich – Liechtenstein – Salzburg Sightseeing

A scenic drive along Lake Zurich brings you to Liechtenstein where you stop at its capital Vaduz. Follow the Arlberg route into the Tyrol, past the pretty skiing area around St. Johann and the Wilder Kaiser Mountains to Salzburg. This impressive city is dominated by Fortress Hohensalzburg. Your Local Specialist shows you a wealth of fascinating sights during your walking tour, including Mozart's family house and the Domplatz.

Hotel

Austria Trend Europa

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Salzburg Cathedral, Austria

Day 2

Day 3

Salzburg – Vienna (2 Nights)

Admire breathtaking scenery as you travel past Lake Mondsee and through the Wachau Valley to see the impressive Melk Abbey en route to Imperial Vienna.

Hotel

Austria Trend Parkhotel Schonbrunn

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Vienna, Austria

Day 3

Day 4

Vienna Sightseeing and Free Time

Vienna is a beautiful city featuring grand palaces and buildings such as the State Opera, the Hofburg, St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Parliament and the Imperial Boulevards. Marvel at all these wonderful sights with your Local Specialist. Stroll through the oldest part of the city - ‘Am Hof'. Spend time afterwards exploring on your own. Tonight why not enjoy a Viennese concert.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Parliament Building, Vienna, Austria

Day 4

Day 5

Vienna – Graz – Piber Stud Farm – Villach

Admire galleried courtyards and Renaissance squares in Graz. Visit the Lipizzaner Stud farm at Piber for a Cultural Insight into the breeding of the athletic white stallions for the Spanish Riding School. This evening enjoy a Be My Guest dinner at a monastery housed in a beautiful old castle, before arriving to your hotel in Villach.

Hotel

Romantik Post

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 5

Day 6

Villach – Cortina d'Ampezzo – Innsbruck

The Alpine scenery is breathtaking as you drive into Italy via Carbonin and Lake Misurina to the Tre Croci Pass. Explore Cortina d'Ampezzo, the Olympic skiing resort set in the heart of the Dolomites. Traverse spectacular mountain passes as you cross back into Austria. At Innsbruck admire the Golden Roof, St. Jakob's Cathedral, the Hofburg Palace and see the Olympic ski-jump during your orientation tour.

Hotel

Grauer Bär

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria

Day 6

Day 7

Innsbruck – St. Moritz

This morning travel over the border into Switzerland and cross the enchanting Engadine. Arrive later in the fashionable winter sports resort of St. Moritz, where you are free this afternoon to explore the pristine landscape. Tonight enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Hotel

Bären Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner
Engadine, Switzerland

Day 7

Day 8

St. Moritz – Stresa – Zermatt (2 Nights)

Traverse Alpine landscapes to Thusis and follow the San Bernadino route to Bellinzona, famous for its three castles. Continue via Locarno to the shores of Lake Maggiore and explore the scenic town of Stresa. See the beautiful Borromean Islands as you head towards the Simplon Pass. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel in Zermatt.

Hotel

Ambassador/Monte Rosa

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner
Zermatt, Switzerland

Day 8

Day 9

Zermatt Free Time

Spend your free day relaxing in the shadows of the magnificent Matterhorn or perhaps consider a mountain trip for fantastic views of the surrounding Alpine peaks.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland

Day 9

Day 10

Zermatt – Geneva – Lake Geneva (Evian)

A spectacular drive through the Rhône Valley brings you to Lake Geneva where you view Lord Byron's Castle of Chillon. Admire the sights of Geneva during your orientation tour including the old Cathedral, the Jet d'Eau fountain and the United Nations building. Follow the southern shores of Lake Geneva to Evian, renowned for its pure mineral water.

Hotel

Hilton Evian Les Bains

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Chillon Castle, Switzerland

Day 10

Day 11

Lake Geneva (Evian) – Berne – Interlaken – Lucerne Orientation (2 Nights)

Travel via Berne the Federal capital of Switzerland, to Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland, where you see the mighty Jungfrau (subject to weather conditions). Interlaken is one of the oldest and most popular tourist resorts in Switzerland. Cross the Brünig Pass to the charming town of Lucerne. Cross the Brünig Pass to the charming town of Lucerne. View the Chapel Bridge and visit the Lion Monument, built in the memory of Louis XVI's Swiss Guards, during your orientation tour.

Hotel

Grand Europe Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Lion Monument, Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 11

Day 12

Lucerne Free Time

Lucerne is a beautiful medieval town set against an impressive backdrop of mountains. Spend free time afterwards exploring the old town, shopping for watches and chocolates or consider an Optional Experience up a nearby mountain. Tonight celebrate with your travelling companions at a Farewell Dinner.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner
Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 12

Day 13

Lucerne – Depart Zurich

Say goodbye to Europe and your new found friends at the end of this amazing holiday. Airport transfers are available to Zurich Airport. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Zurich, Switzerland

Day 13

Guest Reviews and Ratings

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    Service rating : Agnus Kruger was so nice to celebrate my birthday with our fellow passengers. She did a nice job and made my birthday very special.Product : The only dissapointment was at Stresa it said it was a boat cruise and was only a shuttle over to a castle thought it was a cruise on the

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    Service rating : The tour was well organized and the tour director really knew the history and other important facts about the places we visited making the experience very enjoyable for all of us. We loved the Be my guest experience and the Stansahorn trip.Product : We got to see all the

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    Service rating : No problemsProduct : The tour was the ideal length of time to get an insight of Switzerland and Austria. The visit to the eagle's nest, the be my guest dinner at the monastery and Zermatt were my highlights. Quite happy with the tour as it was.

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    Service:

    The tour was everything we expected. The tour director did a great job.

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    Service rating : Beautiful scenery! This trip service was somewhat lesser quality than experienced from our previous trip. Explanation of scheduling details was often not so straight forward and a bit hard to follow. Tour director could have spent more time informing about the countries, places,

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    For included sightseeing in Salzburg and Vienna.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit the Lipizzaner Stud Farm at Piber which breeds stallions for the Spanish Riding School.

  • Be My Guest
    You'll take a tour of the convent, see the gardens and the farm then have dinner with the nuns.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Hotel Bären, St. Moritz, Switzerland The charm of a Swiss chalet with the comforts of a hotel, this Authentic Accommodations features a stunning Alpine setting, wood panelled bar, restaurant and pool, making it the ideal spot from which to explore iconic St. Moritz. Grand Hotel Europe, Lucerne, Switzerland Taking you straight back to Switzerland's elegant past, this historic hotel is a landmark in Lucerne. Situated by the lake's glittering shores, you'll gain an insight into the city's history during a stay at this Authentic Accommodations.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Salzburg and Vienna

    • Orientation of Zurich, Graz, Innsbruck, Geneva and Lucerne

    • Visit Vaduz the capital of Liechtenstein, the Italian ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo, the mountain resort of St. Moritz, lakeside Stresa and Zermatt

    • View the Golden Roof and Hofburg Palace in Innsbruck, the Matterhorn and Jungfrau mountains (weather permitting), the castle of Chillon, Jet d'Eau in Geneva, the city of Berne, Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne

    • See Melk Abbey and the Wachau Valley


What's Included

Dining

    • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing


    Airport Transfers

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