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Day 1 ARRIVE IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Welcome to Vienna! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel
Includes meal(s): Dinner

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 stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Balance of the day is at leisure and you can choose from our exciting optional excursions to enhance your stay
Includes meal(s): Breakfast

Day 3 VIENNA–MELK–MONDSEE–SALZBURG.

Relax during a leisurely DANUBE CRUISE along the loveliest 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 lovely Salzburg. Join your Local Guide for a walking tour and admire exquisite MIRABELL GARDENS, the Great Festival Hall, St. Peter’s Monastery, and magnificent RESIDENZ SQUARE, where some scenes of the movie were filmed. Also take pictures of Mozart’s birthplace in the charming Getreidegasse. Tonight a special treat: [LF] dinner and Salzburger Nockerl (sweet dessert soufflé) at the famous St. Peter Stiftskeller restaurant
Includes meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 AT LEISURE IN SALZBURG.

A full day at leisure gives you the opportunity to join an optional excursion to spectacular Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s Eagles Nest
Includes meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5 SALZBURG–INNSBRUCK–ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND.

Enter the Tyrolean Alps and arrive in Innsbruck, capital of Tyrol and host of two Winter Olympic Games. Follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk through the quaint medieval lanes to Emperor Maximilian’s GOLDEN ROOF. Time to shop for crystal, for which Innsbruck is famous. 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 on your way to St. Moritz
Includes meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 ST. MORITZ–CHUR–ZERMATT.

Drive through exhilarating Alpine scenery. At Chur, [LF] 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. 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 visit car-free Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the majestic Matterhorn. (B,L)
Includes meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 AT LEISURE IN ZERMATT.

Spend an entire day at leisure or join a spectacular optional excursion to Klein Matterhorn for breathtaking panoramic views of the Matterhorn and the Alps
Includes meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 ZERMATT–BERNE.

Board the MOUNTAIN TRAIN for the short ride down to Täsch and motor through the lower Rhône Valley to the shores of Lake Geneva, the “Swiss Riviera.” Nearby Montreux, visit CHILLON CASTLE, the 12th-century water fortress immortalized by poet Lord Byron. Proceed to Berne, capital of Switzerland
Includes meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9 BERNE–INTERLAKEN–LUCERNE

Your guided tour starts with a stop at the Rose Garden for a panoramic view of the city. Continue on foot and 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. The town’s unique location, nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and surrounded by the world-famous Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains, guarantees spectacular views. Finally, cross Brünig Pass and arrive in picture-book Lucerne. An optional evening is available to a folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing for a first-hand impression of Alpine merrymaking
Includes meal(s): Breakfast

Day 10 LUCERNE.

Follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk this morning, and admire Thorwaldsen’s LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution. Walk along ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church, the first large baroque church built in Switzerland on the north side of the Alps. Afterward, shop for watches, and you may wish to join an optional excursion to Mount Pilatus. This evening, [LF] relax on a PRIVATE BOAT CRUISE on the fjord-like lake, followed by a farewell dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate your Swiss vacation
Includes meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

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.


Things to Know

Preparing For Your Trip
  • Make Sure to Bring All of Your Important Documents: Passport, Foreign visa (if applicable), Itinerary, Trip confirmation, Airline ticket, Drivers license, Credit cards, Travel documents.

  • Vaccinations Are Required for Entry to Some Countries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) can provide you their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

  • Are You Taking Any Prescriptions or Other Medications? Pack enough to last your entire trip, including some extra in case you are unexpectedly delayed.

  • Insurance: Purchase travel insurance to cover yourself against unexpected situations. You never know when something might happen, so always be prepared.
While Traveling
  • Keep an eye on your belongings. Do not leave your belongings unattended in public spaces

  • Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards.
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