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Switzerland and Austria

13 Days 4 Countries 14 Cities

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

"A wonderful and memorable experience"

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About this trip

Explore the Alpine landscapes of Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the northern fringes of Italy, following the Arlberg route into the Tyrol and the breathtaking scenery of the Wachau Valley. Cross the Tre Croci Pass to the heart of Italy's Dolomites and spectacular Rhône Valley, enjoying beautiful Vienna, St. Moritz and Lake Geneva as you traverse the heart of Europe.


Trip type: Regional Explorer i

Trip code: SWAU

12 Nights

accommodation

17 Meals
  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Salzburg and Vienna

    • Orientation of Zurich, Graz, Innsbruck and Lucerne

    • See Melk Abbey and the Wachau Valley

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


What's Included

Dining

    • 12 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • 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


Switzerland and Austria

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Zurich, Switzerland

Day 1

Arrive Zurich

Hohensalzburg Castle, Salzburg, Austria

Day 2

Zurich – Liechtenstein – Salzburg Sightseeing

Lake Mondsee, Austria

Day 3

Salzburg – Vienna (2 Nights)

Parliament Building, Vienna, Austria

Day 4

Vienna Sightseeing

Lippizaner Stud Farm, Austria

Day 5

Vienna – Graz – Piber Stud Farm – Villach

Day 6

Villach – Cortina d'Ampezzo – Innsbruck

Engadine, Switzerland

Day 7

Innsbruck – St. Moritz

Locarno, Switzerland

Day 8

St. Moritz – Thusis – Bellinzona – Stresa – Zermatt (2 Nights)

Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland

Day 9

Zermatt

Chillon Castle, Switzerland

Day 10

Zermatt – Chillon – Montreux

Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 11

Montreux – Berne – Interlaken – Lucerne Orientation (2 Nights)

Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 12

Lucerne

Zurich, Switzerland

Day 13

Lucerne – Depart Zurich

Day 1

Arrive 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

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Radisson Blu

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Zurich – Liechtenstein – Salzburg Sightseeing 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

Hotel

Austria Trend Europa

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 2

Day 3

Salzburg – Vienna (2 Nights) 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

Renaissance Wien

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Renaissance Wien

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Berchtesgaden And Hohenringstrasse Excursion

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.

Adult Price: €36.00

Eagle’s Nest Tour And Bavarian Alps

In Berchtesgaden National Park drive past farmhouses and picturesque villages as we ascend the Obersalzberg. We transfer to special buses for the second leg of the journey: a spectacular road and great engineering feat blasted out of the mountain side. Finally we take an elevator up to the Eagle's Nest, intended as a mountain retreat for Hitler and his inner circle. Once at the top learn its fascinating history and take in the awe inspiring views of the surrounding mountain peaks whilst enjoying a local refreshments! This optional is weather dependent, and may not be available on all departures.

Adult Price: €52.00

Day 3

Day 4

Vienna Sightseeing Day 4 - Vienna Sightseeing

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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Dinner And Viennese Concert

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.

Adult Price: €100.00

Viennese Dinner with Musical Entertainment

Enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant, with drinks and traditional musical entertainment included. A unique experience in one of Europe’s most elegant cities.

Adult Price: €60.00

Schönbrunn Palace And Gardens

The Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn offers an amazing journey through the centuries of Hapsburg rule. It is perfectly preserved and richly decorated with treasures from around the globe. Each room has a story to tell, so of course, you’ll have a Local Specialist to bring it to life and VIP entrance to make the most of your time.

Adult Price: €39.00

Viennese Concert

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.

Adult Price: €54.00

Day 4

Day 5

Vienna – Graz – Piber Stud Farm – Villach 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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Hotel

Romantik

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 5

Day 6

Villach – Cortina d'Ampezzo – Innsbruck 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

Hotel

Grauer Bär

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Traditional Tyrolean Evening

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.

Adult Price: €43.00

Day 6

Day 7

Innsbruck – St. Moritz 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

Hotel

Bären Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Optional Experiences

Bernina Express Discovery

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.

Adult Price: Fr.75.00

Day 7

Day 8

St. Moritz – Thusis – Bellinzona – Stresa – Zermatt (2 Nights) Day 8 - St. Moritz – Thusis – Bellinzona – 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

Monte Rosa/Ambassador

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Monte Rosa/Ambassador

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Optional Experiences

Discover The Borromean Islands

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 (this optional is only operated between mid March and the end of October).

Adult Price: €41.00

Day 8

Day 9

Zermatt Day 9 - Zermatt

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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Fondue Dinner Experience

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

Adult Price: Fr.86.00

Klein Matterhorn Excursion

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.

Adult Price: Fr.112.00

Day 9

Day 10

Zermatt – Chillon – Montreux Day 10 - Zermatt – Chillon – Montreux

A spectacular drive through the Rhône Valley brings you to Lake Geneva where you view Lord Byron's Castle of Chillon. Follow the shores of Lake Geneva round to Montreux, famous for its annual jazz festival.

Hotel

Eurotel Riviera

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Eurotel Riviera

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Cruise And Visit To Yvoire Village

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.

Adult Price: Fr.55.00

Day 10

Day 11

Montreux – Berne – Interlaken – Lucerne Orientation (2 Nights) Day 11 - Montreux – 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. 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

Hotel

Grand Europe Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Swiss Folklore Evening And Dinner

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.

Adult Price: Fr.99.00

Day 11

Day 12

Lucerne Day 12 - Lucerne

Lucerne is a beautiful medieval town set against an impressive backdrop of mountains. Spend free time 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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Mount Stanserhorn And Lake Cruise

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.)

Adult Price: Fr.112.00

Alpine Farm & Carriage Ride

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.

Adult Price: Fr.67.00

Day 12

Day 13

Lucerne – Depart Zurich 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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 13

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Once a short coach stop on the road to St. Moritz, Hotel Bären today exudes Swiss Chalet charm with the comforts of a modern hotel. Enjoy the elegance of yesteryear and sweeping lake vistas at the Grand Hotel Europe in Lucerne, where warm Swiss hospitality and a grand past spanning over a century guarantee an unforgettable stay

  • Be My Guest
    Sister Monika takes you on a tour of the Monastery of Kloster Wernberg, originally a castle, today home to 60 Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood with whom you'll enjoy a traditional Carinthian dinner

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit the Lipizzaner Stud Farm at Piber which has bred horses since 1920 and today provides all the stallions for the Spanish Riding School in Vienna

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Salzburg and Vienna

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Salzburg and Vienna

    • Orientation of Zurich, Graz, Innsbruck and Lucerne

    • See Melk Abbey and the Wachau Valley

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


What's Included

Dining

    • 12 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • 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


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  • Guest Service Rating from 68 Reviews

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    Kurt our tour director was so knowledgeable. We enjoyed the Alps and all the dinners. The connect and dinner in Vienna was the most memorable.

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    Tour itself was outstanding. Travel director average.

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    Service rating : I loved my Trafalgar Holiday. I met the most amazing people on my trip, we laughed a lot too. My highlight was walking in the Mountains and I got to do that in Zermatt and also Lucerne. We visited some really gorgeous little villages and I took so many wonderful photos. I

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    Service rating : We were very happy with the accommodation standard. Kurt , our tour director was charming, caring, thoughtful and full of knowledge.The scenery and optional experiences were outstanding. Going up the mountains was a once in a lifetime treat ! Your company made our experience

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    Service rating : We were very happy with the service we received during our holiday. Stephanie was a great travel director and Bernhard was a good and safe driver.Product : Great places to visit and excursions to experience

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