From the historical sights, castles, and palaces to the spectacular scenery, this is a dream vacation!
About the Tour
This Best of Austria and Switzerland tour with Oberammergau covers the highlights of three of Europe's most scenic countries: Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. Spend two nights each in Vienna, Salzburg, Zermatt, and Lucerne, and an overnight in St. Moritz, Berne Innsbruck, Oberammergau, and Munich.
If you're a fan of palaces and castles, you'll enjoy a visit to Vienna's Schönbrunn Palace, once the home of Habsburg family. Stand in awe as you hear the stories of this royal family's home. You'll also enjoy a visit to romantic Chillon Castle, a well-preserved, medieval castle on the shores of Lake Geneva.
If spectacular scenery interests you, then you'll be thrilled with the ride on the world-famous Glacier Express train, where you'll travel first-class and have panoramic windows to admire the thundering waterfalls, impressive peaks, glacial ice fields, and tiny villages on your way to Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the majestic Matterhorn. This is a special treat included to make sure your tour is all you want it to be. Other scenic highlights include a Danube cruise along the prettiest part of the river; a private boat cruise on the fjord-lake in Lucerne; a mountain train ride from Zermatt to Täsch; a scenic drive into the Swiss Engadine, considered by many to be the world's most beautiful mountain area; a stop in Interlaken, where you can take pictures of the Jungfrau Massif with its three famous peaks; and more.
Plus, enjoy first-class seats to the world-famous Passion Play in Oberammergau, performed every 10 years by Oberammergau residents. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience! These are just a few of the many highlights of this Austria and Switzerland tour.
- Scenic rail excursions, including the Glacier Express between Chur and Zermatt
- Hotel accommodations for 13 nights
- 20 meals
- Vienna sightseeing, including Schonbrunn Palace
- Danube Cruise
- Salzburg, Bern, Lucerne and Innsbruck walking tours
- Chillon Castle excursion
- Tickets to the world-famous Passion Play in Oberammergau
- Munich orientation tour
- Transportation by deluxe motor coach
- Services of a professional tour manager
Day 1 - Depart for ViennaEmbark on a transatlantic flight from your U.S. gateway to Vienna. (International flight is not included)
Day 2 - ViennaAt 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a special welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (D)
Day 3 - Sightseeing in ViennaStart your guided sightseeing with a visit to magnificent Schönbrunn Palace. Then, drive along the Ringstrasse, 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. Balance of the day is at leisure, and you can choose from our exciting optional excursions to enhance your stay. (B)
Day 4 - Vienna - Melk - Mondsee - SalzburgEnjoy a leisurely Danube cruise along the prettiest part of the river. Afterwards, catch glimpses of historic Melk Abbey, and continue through the romantic Salzkammergut Lakeland, made famous in The Sound of Music movie. Stop in Mondsee to visit the Parish Church, which was used for the wedding scenes, and continue to Salzburg. During your guided walking tour admire exquisite Mirabell Gardens, the Great Festival Halls, St. Peter's Monastery and magnificent Residenz Square, where some scenes of The Sound of Music movie were filmed. Also, take pictures of Mozart's birthplace in the charming Getreidegasse. A special dinner and Salzburger Nockerl (sweet dessert soufflé) has been prepared for you at the famous St. Peter Stiftskeller restaurant. (B, D)
Day 5 - At leisure in SalzburgToday is your chance to join an optional excursion to spectacular Berchtesgaden and Hitler's Eagle's Nest. (B)
*Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest is normally open from mid-May to end-Sept. Check with your Tour Director for the availability of this excursion.
Day 6 - Salzburg - St. Moritz, SwitzerlandA scenic day! Via the Tyrolean Alps 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 - ZermattDrive through exhilarating Alpine scenery. At Chur, board the first-class panoramic coach of the world-famous Glacier Express Train, which connects two of the Switzerland's most famous skiing areas: St. Moritz and Zermatt. Enjoy your first-class ride with panorama windows and 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. Lunch will be served on the train. This afternoon you are in Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the majestic Matterhorn. (B, L)
Day 8 - At leisure in ZermattAn entire day at leisure gives you the possibility to join a spectacular optional excursion to the Klein Matterhorn for breathtaking panoramic view of the Matterhorn and the Alps. (B, D)
Day 9 - Zermatt - BerneBoard 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. Arrive in Berne for your overnight stay. (B)
Day 10 - Berne - Interlaken - LucerneYour guided tour starts with a stop at the Rose Garden for a panoramic view of the city. Walk through the beautifully preserved medieval Old Town, witness the hourly parade of painted figures at the Clock Tower and marvel at the ornate, flower-adorned fountains. Stop at the Bear Park, symbol for the name of the town. Next is Interlaken, where you can take pictures of the towering Jungfrau, then continue across Brünig Pass to picturesque Lucerne. An optional evening is available to a folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing for a first-hand impression of Alpine merrymaking. (B)
Day 11 - LucerneOn your walking tour this morning, admire Thorwaldsen's impressive Lion Monument, dedicated to the fallen Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution, 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 you may wish to join an optional excursion to Mount Pilatus. This evening, enjoy a private boat cruise on the fjord-like lake, followed by a farewell dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your Swiss vacation. (B, D)
Day 12 - Lucerne - Innsbruck, AustriaA comfortable drive brings you to Innsbruck, the capital of crystal, in the Tyrolean Mountains. Enjoy a walk through the Old Town to see the Golden Roof and time to shop for crystal and Tyrolean hats. (B)
Day 13 - Innsbruck - Oberammergau, GermanyAfternoon and evening are dedicated to the world-famous Passion Play, held every 10 years and performed by the inhabitants of Oberammergau. (B, D)
Day 14 - Oberammergau - MunichArrive in Munich, where Germany's "Secret Capital" comes alive during an orientation featuring the Olympic Stadium, 1,000-foot-high Olympic Tower, and Marienplatz in the historic heart of the city. (B)
Day 15 - MunichYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen, Vienna
An elegant 309 room hotel, dedicated to Prince Eugene of Savoy and housed in the former State Austrian Printing House with a modern, glassy atrium. Amenities include a fitness area, sauna and steam room, two restaurants and a jazzy bar.
Crowne Plaza Salzburg the Pitter, Salzburg
Located in center of Salzburg, walking distance to Mirabell Gardens and Mirabell Palace - 15 minutes to WA Mozart Airport.
Laudinella, St. Moritz
Traditional mountain architecture with lots of woodworks & local grisons style; in center of St Moritz-Bad; near spa & ski slopes.
Chalet style hotel with modern comforts and amenities, restaurant, sauna, and solarium; located near the Gornergrat station.
Holiday Inn Bern Westside
Enjoy a Great Location at the Westside Shopping and Leisure Centre when you Book the Holiday Inn Bern-Westside Hotel. This chocolate-themed hotel is only 200 meters away from the Toblerone factory and is linked to Daniel Libeskind's Westside Centre, putting a wide range of shops and restaurants at your doorstep.
Grand Hotel Europe, Lucerne
A classical 19th century 169 room property. This hotel offers a wonderful contrast of old charm with modern interior design and has a beautiful garden to enhance your stay. Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel with a fee (payable locally). The main dining room is opulently decorated serving traditional Swiss dishes, and there is also a lounge and terrace area with bar service.
Grauer Bar, Innsbruck
This centrally located 196 room hotel offers free Wi-Fi access throughout the property and has a unique rooftop wellness area offering views of the surrounding Alps, facilities include a counter-current swimming pool (45 m²), sauna, steam bath, solarium and fitness room. Dining options include 2 restaurants, as well as a wintergarden for light snacks and a bar for drinks.
Holiday Inn Munich City Centre, Munich
Multistory Hotel housed within office/apartment & showroom complex in city center near Deutsches Museum.
Passport & Visa Requirements
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