Austria and Switzerland Tours - Globus® Escorted Tours

The Best of Austria & Switzerland (ZC)

11 Day Tour from Vienna to Zürich

2017 Tour Details

This Best of Austria & Switzerland tour covers the highlights of two of Europe's most scenic countries: Austria and Switzerland. You'll spend two nights each in Vienna, Salzburg, Zermatt, and Lucerne, and an overnight in St. Moritz and Berne. If you're a fan of palaces and castles, you'll enjoy a visit to Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace, once the home of the 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 is your interest, then you'll be thrilled with the ride on the world-famous Glacier Express train, where you'll travel first-class and have panorama 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 Globus includes 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 (another special treat offered by Globus); a mountain train ride from Zermatt to Täsch; a scenic drive into the Swiss Engadine, considered by many to be the most beautiful mountain area in the world; a drive in the Tyrolean Alps on the way to Innsbruck; a stop in Interlaken, where you can take pictures of the Jungfrau Massif with its three famous peaks; and more.

These are just a few of the many highlights of this Austria & Switzerland tour. You'll also enjoy guided sightseeing in Vienna, Salzburg, and Berne. From the historical sights, castles, and palaces to the spectacular scenery, this is a dream vacation!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

VIENNA
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit Schönbrunn Palace and Heldenplatz

DANUBE CRUISE

MONDSEE
Visit the church from The Sound of Music

SALZBURG
Guided walking tour, visit Mirabell Gardens and Residenz Square; [LF] dinner with wine at the St. Peter Stiftskeller

INNSBRUCK
Walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof

CHUR–ZERMATT
[LF] By Glacier Express train (first-class with panorama windows) including lunch

ZERMATT–TÄSCH
By mountain train

CHILLON
Guided visit of the castle

BERNE
Guided walking tour, stop at the Rose Garden and the Bear Park

INTERLAKEN
Take pictures of the Jungfrau massif

LUCERNE
Walking tour including the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge; [LF] private cruise with a drink and farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Headsets throughout the tour

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg
  • Historic Centre of Vienna
  • Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn
  • Old City of Berne

Transportation:

Motorcoach; boat cruise; Glacier Express; mountain train. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch on the Glacier Express train; 5 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Vienna, a special dinner in Salzburg, and a special farewell dinner in Lucerne

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Vienna, Austria

Welcome to Vienna! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a special welcome dinner with wine at your hotel.

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Day 2 Vienna

Start 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Vienna–Melk–Mondsee–Salzburg

Enjoy 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. Admire exquisite MIRABELL GARDENS, the Great Festival Hall, 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. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite A special dinner with wine and Salzburger Nockerl (sweet dessert soufflé) has been prepared for you at the famous St. Peter Stiftskeller restaurant.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 4 At Leisure in Salzburg

Today is your chance to join an optional excursion to spectacular Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s Eagles Nest.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Salzburg–Innsbruck–St. Moritz, Switzerland

Enter the Tyrolean Alps and stop in the capital of crystal, Innsbruck. Enjoy a pleasant walk through its quaint medieval lanes to Emperor Maximilian’s GOLDEN ROOF. Next, a scenic drive into 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.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 6 St. Moritz–Chur–Zermatt

Drive through exhilarating Alpine scenery. At Chur, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite board the first-class panoramic coach of the world-famous GLACIER EXPRESS TRAIN, which connects two of 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.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 7 At Leisure in Zermatt

An entire day at leisure gives you the possibility to join a spectacular optional excursion by cable car to the Klein Matterhorn at 12,740 feet, for breathtaking panoramic views of the Matterhorn and the Alps.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 8 Zermatt–Berne

Board 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 Berne–Interlaken–Lucerne

Your 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 massif, 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 Lucerne

On 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, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a PRIVATE BOAT CRUISE on the fjord-lake, followed by a special farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your Swiss vacation.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 11 Lucerne–Zürich Airport

Morning transfer to Zurich Airport in time for homebound flights leaving no earlier than 10 am. Extra nights are available in Zurich, not Lucerne.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

LUCY GELMI

Years of Experience: 20

I was born in the Alps and am looking forward to leading the way into this exciting experience. Enjoy thrilling activities, such as hiking and train rides, or simply sit and admire the overwhelming beauty. The Alps are an experience of the soul, so inhale the sparkling air, enjoy the amazing scenery, and let your senses come alive! My goal is to make sure it is all done at the right pace for each of my passengers.

Tour Director - LUCY GELMI

 Accommodations

Vienna
Salzburg
St. Moritz
Zermatt
Berne
Lucerne

Vienna

Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen

First-Class

Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen Rennweg 16, Vienna,   Austria

Rennweg 16
Vienna, Austria

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

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.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Restaurant On-Site

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Pay Movies
  • Television
  • Mini-bar
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Voicemail
  • Coffee Maker
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Phone

Salzburg

Mercure Salzburg City

First-Class

Mercure Salzburg City Bayerhamerstr. 14, Salzburg,  Austria

Bayerhamerstr. 14
Salzburg, Austria

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Situated in peaceful, leafy surroundings, not far from the hustle and bustle of the center of Mozart's home town, this modern 121-room hotel has a cozy restaurant with an inviting outdoor garden terrace serving both regional and international specialties. Other amenities include a bar, a tennis court and Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property.

Hotel Amenities

  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • In-Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control

St. Moritz

Laudinella

First-Class

Laudinella Via Tegiatscha 17, St.Moritz,   Switzerland

Via Tegiatscha 17
St.Moritz, Switzerland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Traditional mountain architecture with lots of woodworks & local grisons style; in center of St Moritz-Bad; near spa & ski slopes.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Hot Tub
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Spa Services
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Internet Access
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Phone

Zermatt

Walliserhof

First-Class

Walliserhof Bahnhofstrasse, 30, Zermatt,   Switzerland

Bahnhofstrasse, 30
Zermatt, Switzerland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Traditional Valaisan Chalet-style Hotel with white plaster & natural wood facade accented by red shutters, & wooden balconies.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Spa Services
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Hot Tub
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Phone

Berne

Holiday Inn Bern Westside

First-Class

Holiday Inn Bern Westside Riedbachstrasse 96, Berne,  Switzerland

Riedbachstrasse 96
Berne, Switzerland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

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.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Climate Control
  • Air Conditioning
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Window Opens

Lucerne

Grand Hotel Europe

First-Class

Grand Hotel Europe Haldenstr. 59, Lucerne,   Switzerland

Haldenstr. 59
Lucerne, Switzerland

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 a bar service.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Parking/Valet
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Desk

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Vienna
Salzburg
St. Moritz
Zermatt
Berne
Lucerne

Vienna

Classical Austrian Dinner

Classical Austrian Dinner

Enjoy a typical Austrian dinner.

Price Range: $$

Classical Concert

Classical Concert

Enjoy an unforgettable concert in one of the city's elegant concert halls.

Price Range: $$

Classical Austrian Dinner and Concert

Classical Austrian Dinner and Concert

Experience what Vienna is best known for, as you enjoy a typical Austrian Dinner followed by a concert in one of its beautiful venues.

Price Range: $$$

Salzburg

Spectacular Berchtesgaden

Spectacular Berchtesgaden

Spectacular drive out of Salzburg and enjoy the view of the Austrian and Bavarian Alps

Price Range: $

St.Moritz

Pontresina and the Roseg Valley

Pontresina and the Roseg Valley

Enjoy the world renown Roseg Valley.

Price Range: $$

Zermatt

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

Enjoy the fantastic view from the highest sightseeing point in Europe, Klein Matterhorn!

Price Range: $$$

Berne

Dinner at a Swiss Farm

Dinner at a Swiss Farm

Tonight, travel out of the elegant capital of Berne and step back in time! Meet the family that owns a restaurant with its own farm, and taste the specialties of the region.

Price Range: $$

Lucerne

Trümmelbach Waterfalls

Trümmelbach Waterfalls

Experience the awesome thunderous roar of the water as it rushes past you inside the mountain: these are the Trümmelbach Falls!

Price Range: $

Swiss Folklore Party and Dinner

Swiss Folklore Party and Dinner

Toast your Swiss evening while experiencing a traditional show with alphorns and yodeling.

Price Range: $$

Pilatus

Pilatus

Enjoy the magnificent panorama from the Mount Pilatus

Price Range: $$

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