THE BEST OF AUSTRIA & SWITZERLAND WITH OBERAMMERGAU - 2020
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From $5279 USD
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!
SPECIAL OBERAMMERGAU ITINERARY
In Oberammergau enjoy the once-in-a-decade Passion Play performance. The play is from 2:30 pm to 10:30 pm and includes a 3-hour intermission for dinner. The play portrays the Passion of Christ—from his entry into Jerusalem to the Resurrection. The play usually consists of 2,000 actors, singers, musicians, and technicians—all of which are residents of Oberammergau. Please note, the play is conducted in German with booklets provided in other languages.
PERFECTLY LOCATED HOTEL IN OBERAMMERGAU VILLAGE
Globus passengers are accommodated at the historical Boeld Hotel located in the heart of Oberammergau Village and situated just minutes away from the Passionstheater. Enjoy 4 star amenities and easy access to all that this charming town has to offer.
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit Schonbrunn Palace and Heldenplatz.
- DANUBE CRUISE.
Visit the church from The Sound of Music.
Guided walking tour, visit Mirabell Gardens and Residenz Square; dinner with wine at the St. Peter Stiftskeller.
Walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof.
By Glacier Express train (first-class with panorama windows) including lunch.
By mountain train.
Guided visit of the castle.
Guided walking tour, stop at the Rose Garden and the Bear Park.
Take pictures of the Jungfrau.
Walking tour including the Lion Monument & Chapel Bridge; private cruise with a drink.
Walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof.
Orienation, visit Marienplatz.
Motorcoach; boat cruise; Glacier Express; mountain train.
Throughout the tour.
- FREE WI-FI
Available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
- Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.
Full buffet breakfast (B) daily
1 lunch (L) on the Glacier Express train
6 three-course dinners (D) with wine, including a welcome dinner in Vienna, a special dinner in Salzburg, and a special dinner in Lucerne.
Day by Day
ARRIVE IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA.
Welcome to Vienna! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a special welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
Start your guided sightseeing with a visit to magnificent SCHONBRUNN 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)
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 in the film, 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 also filmed. Also, take pictures of Mozart's birthplace in the charming Getreidegasse. A special dinner and Salzburger Nockerl (sweet dessert souffle) has been prepared for you at the famous St. Peter Stiftskeller restaurant. (B,D)
AT LEISURE IN SALZBURG.
Today is your chance to join an optional excursion to spectacular Berchtesgaden and Hitler's Eagle's Nest. (B)
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 (3658 metres), 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)
Drive through exhilarating Alpine scenery. At Chur, board the firstclass 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. (B,L)
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. (B,D)
Board the MOUNTAIN TRAIN to Tasch and motor through the lower Rhone 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)
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 BEAR PARK, symbol for the name of the town. Next is Interlaken, where you can take pictures of the towering Jungfrau, then continue across Brunig Pass to picturesque Lucerne. An optional evening is available at a folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing for a firsthand impression of Alpine merrymaking. (B)
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 the 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 fjordlake, followed by a special dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
A comfortable drive brings you to Innsbruck, the capital of crystal, in the Tyrolean mountains. Enjoy a pleasant walk through the Old Town to see the GOLDEN ROOF and time to shop for crystal and Tyrolean hats. (B)
The afternoon and evening are dedicated to the world-famous PASSION PLAY, held every 10 years and performed by the people of Oberammergau. (B,D)
Leave the Bavarian Alps and arrive in Munich, where Germany's "Secret Capital" comes alive during an orientation featuring the Olympic Stadium, 1,000-foot (305 metre) high Olympic Tower, and MARIENPLATZ, in the historic heart of the city. (B)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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