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The Best of Austria & Switzerland with Oberammergau 2020 - 14 days from Vienna to Munich

The Best of Austria & Switzerland with Oberammergau 2020

14 days from Vienna to Munich

Starting at $5,289


Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Accomodations

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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 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 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 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 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. From the historical sights, castles, and palaces to the spectacular scenery, this is a dream vacation!

This vacation, which includes tickets for the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play, requires an additional deposit of $350 per person in June 2019.


Destination & Sightseeing

VIENNAWelcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit Schönbrunn Palace and Heldenplatz
DANUBE CRUISE
MONDSEEVisit the church from The Sound of Music
SALZBURGGuided 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
CHILLONGuided visit of the castle
BERNEGuided walking tour, stop at the Rose Garden and the Bear Park
INTERLAKENTake pictures of the Jungfrau massif
LUCERNEWalking tour including the Lion Monument & Chapel Bridge; [LF] private cruise with a drink and farewell dinner at a local restaurant
OBERAMMERGAUPassion Play
MUNICHOrienation, visit Marienplatz
Headsets throughout the tour.
Notes:
  • 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.
Transportation:
Motorcoach; boat cruise; Glacier Express; mountain train. Free wi-fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

MEALS

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch on the Glacier Express train; 6 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Vienna, a special dinner in Salzburg, and a special dinner in Lucerne

ITINERARY

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
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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. During your guided walking tour 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. [LF] A special dinner and Salzburger Nockerl (sweet dessert soufflé) has been prepared for you at the famous St. Peter Stiftskeller restaurant
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Day 4 AT LEISURE IN SALZBURG.
Today is your chance to join an optional excursion to spectacular Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest
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Day 5 SALZBURG–ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND.
A 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
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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. 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
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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 to the Klein Matterhorn for breathtaking panoramic views of the Matterhorn and the Alps
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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
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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, 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
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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, [LF] 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
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Day 11 LUCERNE–INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA.
A 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
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Day 12 INNSBRUCK–OBERAMMERGAU, GERMANY.
Afternoon and evening are dedicated to the world-famous PASSION PLAY, held every 10 years and performed by the inhabitants of Oberammergau
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Day 13 OBERAMMERGAU–MUNICH.
Arrive 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
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Day 14 MUNICH.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Accommodations

ViennaSalzburgSt. MoritzZermattBerneLucerneInnsbruckOberammergauMunich
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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.