Switzerland and Austria - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

13 days

from US$2933 pp

Trip available from Jun 2015 to Oct 2015.
"Scenery was magnificent"
Marianne , Jul 2014

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 Lipizzaner Stud Farm in their alpine pastures and hear how this endangered breed is being protected.

Trip type:
Regional Explorer
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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.


    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.


    Welcome Reception


    Radisson Blu Airport

  • 2.


    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.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Austria Trend Europa

  • 3.


    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.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Austria Trend Parkhotel

  • 4.


    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.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 5.


    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 before arriving to your hotel in Villach.


    Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining


    Romantik Post

  • 6.


    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.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Grauer Bär

  • 7.


    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 dinner at your hotel.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner


    Bären Authentic Accommodation

  • 8.


    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.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner


    Albana Real

  • 9.


    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.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 10.


    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.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Hilton Evian Les Bains

  • 11.


    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.


    Buffet Breakfast



  • 12.


    Lucerne is a beautiful medieval town set against an impressive backdrop of mountains. View the Chapel Bridge and visit the Lion Monument, built in memory of Louis XVI's Swiss Guard, during your orientation tour. 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.


    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 13.


    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.


    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation

    All the charm of a Swiss chalet but with the comforts of a hotel, including pool, Hotel Bären's our stop in St. Moritz.
  • Be My Guest

    in St. Moritz with local cuisine.
  • Cultural Insights

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

    in Salzburg and Vienna.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Salzburg and Vienna
  • Orientation of Zurich, Graz, Innsbruck, Geneva and Lucerne
  • See Melk Abbey and the Wachau Valley
  • View the castle of Chillon, the city of Berne, and (weather permitting) the Matterhorn, the Jungfrau mountain, Jet d'Eau in Geneva, Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne and the Golden Roof and Hofburg Palace in Innsbruck
  • Visit Vaduz the capital of Liechtenstein, the Italian ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo, the mountain resort of St. Moritz, lakeside Stresa and Zermatt


  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.
    5 dinners: (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 2 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 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

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences


Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

St Moritz

  • Bernina Express Discovery

    Adult Price: Fr.74.00 Join us for a drive along the Engadine Valley to the spectacular Bernina Pass. Here you’ll board our panoramic train for stunning vistas of timeless glaciers, as we wind our way over the Southern Alps. Our journey will finish at a local hostelry, where you'll indulge in a tasting of delicious local vintages.


  • Klein Matterhorn Excursion

    Adult Price: Fr.99.00 A unique electric taxi service will drive us to the foot of Zermatt's highest and most spectacular mountain ride. You’ll enjoy stunning views as we ascend to Furi and Trockener Steg, before boarding Europe's highest cable car to 3779m (12400ft) and the magnificent snow-capped top of the world.
  • Fondue Dinner Experience

    Adult Price: Fr.85.00 You’ll discover the beautiful resort of Zermatt, then enjoy dinner in a typical chalet-style restaurant – and a chance to try fondue.

Lake Geneva

  • Savoyard Dinner

    Adult Price: Fr.79.00 Journey with us into the hills behind Evian, with views over Lake Geneva, to a typical French restaurant, where you'll savour a four course 'Savoyard' dinner. Fine French wines and soft drinks accompany your meal, for a memorable dining experience.
  • Cruise And Visit To Yvoire

    Adult Price: Fr.54.00 We’ll enjoy a steamer cruise past palatial mansions, stopping at picturesque villages before arriving at our enchanting French destination - Yvoire. You’ll explore its winding streets, lined with the old stone houses of former fishermen and dominated by the ancient chateau of the Count and Countess, before returning through the fields of the Savoy.


  • Swiss Folklore Evening And Dinner

    Adult Price: Fr.98.00 Tonight we’ll enjoy a tasty Swiss meal, including the famous Swiss cheese fondue, in a typical restaurant. While enjoying dinner, you can also join in a lively folklore show which includes yodelling, flag-throwing and Alpine horn-blowing. Two drinks are also included.
  • Swiss Heritage Experience

    Adult Price: Fr.66.00 A chance to get to know the Swiss, you’ll meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse drawn carriages. Soak up the stunning scenery as we trot around a typical rural community, en route to a working farm where you’ll savour local drinks and snacks.
  • Mount Stanserhorn And Lake Cruise

    Adult Price: Fr.112.00 Take a scenic cruise with us across Lake Lucerne to Stans, and one of Switzerland's oldest mountain railways. Travelling by railway and Cabrio cable car, we'll reach 1900m (6300ft), where you’ll have free time to admire the stunning Alpine scenery and enjoy some refreshments. (On certain departures Optional may be operated in reverse, ending with the cruise.)


  • Schnapps Museum, Dinner And Traditional Musical Entertainment

    Adult Price: €63.00 Join us as we visit the Fischer family distillery to see how the local schnapps is made and taste some delicious samples. Later, you’ll enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant. Drinks and traditional musical entertainment included.
  • Dinner And Viennese Concert

    Adult Price: €99.00 A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! Enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music Works by Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be performed and your 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of local champagne or juice during the interval will only enhance the experience.
  • Viennese Concert

    Adult Price: €52.00 You’ll enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese classical music including some of the most famous works of Strauss and Mozart, performed by some of the most highly acclaimed soloists and dancers in Austria. You’ll receive 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of local champagne during the interval.
  • Schönbrunn Palace And Gardens

    Adult Price: €37.00 Enjoy a guided visit to the Palace of Schönbrunn, with its magnificently preserved state rooms and exquisite gardens. You’ll also have time for a walk through the park, perhaps as far as the Gloriette pavilion with its magnificent views.


  • Berchtesgaden And Hohenringstrasse Excursion

    Adult Price: €35.00 Join us for a scenic tour in the Bavarian Alps to Berchtesgaden, within sight of Hitler's Bavarian Redoubt. Via the Hohenringstrasse, we'll ascend 5,000 ft along one of the most beautiful mountain roads of Europe.
  • Eagle’s Nest Tour And Bavarian Alps

    Adult Price: €51.00 Driving deep into the National Park past farmhouses and picturesque villages, we’ll arrive at the ruins of Obersalzburg. Here you’ll transfer to special coaches for the scenic mountain climb to the notorious Eagle’s Nest, with splendid views of the Hohen and snow-capped peaks. This optional is weather dependent, and may not be available on all departures.


  • Traditional Tyrolean Evening

    Adult Price: €42.00 You’ll enjoy a lively evening of traditional entertainment, as singers, dancers, and musicians dressed in national costume provide a colourful show of folklore and fun. Includes two drinks.


  • Discover The Borromean Islands

    Adult Price: €38.00 We've organised a private launch to take you to the beautiful islands of Lake Maggiore. Here you'll see the Isola Madre, the Isola dei Pescatori, and on the Isola Bella we visit the magnificent palace of the Borromean Princes.
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