The Best of Austria & Switzerland

By Globus
4.7 . Excellent
Travel Style: Array Mixed
Physical Level: Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
11 days
From: $ 3,899 $ 354 / day
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Highlights (Bullets)

  • Danube cruise:
  • Mondsee : Visit the church from The Sound of Music
  • Salzburg : Guided walking tour, visit Mirabell Gardens and Residenz Square; dinner at the St. Peter Stiftskeller
  • Innsbruck : Walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof
  • Chur–zermatt: 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
  • Lucerne : Walking tour including the Lion Monument & Chapel Bridge; private cruise with a drink and farewell dinner at a local restaurant
  • 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 overnights in St

Short Description

The hills are alive with the sound of music, the aroma of strudel, and the taste of schnitzel. In addition to the fables, falsettos, and tastes of two of Europe’s most scenic countries, a symphony of sights awaits your arrival on this scenic tour of Austria and Switzerland. Palaces and castles, peaks, and glaciers, moving scenery, and famous movie scenes are all on the itinerary. As you make the stunning journey from melodious Vienna to metropolitan Zurich, you’ll experience the breathtaking scenery in a variety of ways. Cruise down the dreamy Danube, board the Glacier Express train for the car-free mountain resort of Zermatt, and frolic in the same Austrian locations as Julie Andrews did in the hit movie The Sound of Music. At the end of your eye-opening and ear-pleasing vacation, “So long, farewell” will be the hardest words to utter.

Style Small group tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions N/A
End City LUCERNE–ZÜRICH AIRPORT Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning


Austria Germany Switzerland

Attractions & Cities Visited

Innsbruck Lucerne Salzburg St. Moritz Vienna Zermatt Zurich

Activities & Interests


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Day 1

ARRIVE IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA. Welcome to Vienna! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

Day 2

VIENNA City of Dreams VIENNA Guided sightseeing includes Schönbrunn Palace and Heldenplatz. Free time this afternoon. (B)

CULTURAL GEMS Vienna’s spectacular Schönbrunn Palace served as the summer home of the Habsburg dynasty. This UNESCO World Heritage Site preserves the imperial home and glittering life of Austrian royalty in Vienna and the extravagant gardens surrounding the palace.

Day 3

VIENNA–KREMS–MONDSEE–SALZBURG The Blue Danube KREMS Take a delightful Danube River cruise.
MONDSEE Visit the Parish Church.
SALZBURG Guided walking tour includes Mirabell Gardens, the Great Festival Hall, and Residenz Square (B)
193 mi / 310 km

EPIC RIDE Sit back and relax and watch the world go by during a leisurely cruise along one of the most scenic sections of the Danube, Europe’s second largest river. Wunderbar!

Day 4

SALZBURG The Birthplace of Mozart SALZBURG Enjoy a free day to explore Salzburg. (B)

CULTURAL GEMS The birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Salzburg, will put a song in your heart as you explore its charmingly splendid gardens, and medieval and Baroque architecture along the pedestrian Altstadt (Old Town). Salzburg’s scenic Alpine landscape and architectural treasures has earned this Austrian jewel the reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Day 5

SALZBURG–INNSBRUCK–ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND Heavenly Hills of Switzerland INNSBRUCK Walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof. Free time to browse. before driving
into the Swiss Engadine en route to St. Moritz. (B,D)
236 mi / 380 km

NATURAL WONDERS Pass through the spectacular beauty of Swiss Engadine on your way to St. Moritz. Take in the alpine vistas surrounding this paradise of deep blue lakes and rolling green meadows, forests, snow-capped summits, and endless sky in one of Switzerland’s most stunning valleys.

Day 6

ST. MORITZ–CHUR–TÄSCH–ZERMATT All Aboard in the Alps CHUR Take the [LF] Glacier Express train to Zermatt with lunch served on board. (B,L)
149 mi / 240 km

EPIC RIDE Don’t let the name fool you. While its speed won’t take your breath away, the Glacier Express train from St. Moritz to Zermatt delivers a slow, breathtaking ride through some of Switzerland’s most stunning scenery. Traveling the rails over 291 bridges and through 91 tunnels, you’ll take in each passing postcard scene while reaching an altitude of 6,670 feet above sea level.

Day 7

ZERMATT Peak Perfection ZERMATT Enjoy a free day. (B,D)

EXPLORE MORE Spend the day leisurely strolling around car-free Zermatt or join an excursion to the Matterhorn Glacier, an Alpine paradise of sky slopes, panoramic vistas, ice carvings and unique views. An amazing experience you do not want to miss.

Day 8

ZERMATT–BERNE Poetry in Motion ZERMATT Mountain train ride to Täsch.
CHILLON Take a [LF] guided visit of the castle and enjoy a wine tasting. (B)
155 mi / 250 km

CULTURAL GEMS Poised on a diminutive island on Lake Geneva and protected by a natural moat is the striking site of Chillon Castle. Discover the Castle’s secrets as you stroll through it on your guided tour. What better way to complete your visit than with a wine tasting for good measure!

Day 9

BERNE–INTERLAKEN–LUCERNE Coming up Roses in Berne BERNE Guided walking tour. includes a stop at Bear Park, panoramic views of the city from the Rose Garden and the Old Town.
INTERLAKEN Free time for lunch en route to Lucerne. (B)
75 mi / 120 km

CITY SIGHTS Explore the “City of Fountains” Berne - the capital city of Switzerland, dating back to the 12th century. Take in the medieval architecture in the Altstadt (Old Town) with its 6 kilometres of arcades and animated clock tower, and panoramic views of the city from the Rose Garden and Bear Park.

Day 10

LUCERNE Lion Hearts in Lucerne LUCERNE Walking tour includes the Lion monument, the Old Town, and the Chapel Bridge. [LF] Private boat cruise this evening followed by farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

EPIC RIDE Lucerne looks on top of the stunning lake Vierwaldstättersee, the “lake of the four forested Cantons.” This evening a private panoramic cruise on the lake will highlight the sheer beauty of Lucerne and its surroundings. To top off the evening and the tour, enjoy a farewell dinner with your travel companions.

Day 11

LUCERNE–ZÜRICH AIRPORT Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
A morning complimentary transfer to Zurich Airport in time for homebound flights leaving no earlier than 10 am. Extra nights are available in Zurich. (B)
42mi/ 68km


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Our guide and driver were fantastic. The hotels we stayed at had super great staff but the breakfasts were not good. The same everywhere and food was cold.
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