Alpine Countries


  • 15 days

  • Europe

  • Steady pace

tour : ZF

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£2,759pp

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Overview

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Be prepared for breathtaking views on this Germany, Austria, and Switzerland tour! Your vacation starts and ends with welcome and farewell dinners in Munich and includes overnights in Salzburg, Vienna, St. Veit, Innsbruck, St. Moritz, Lugano, Zermatt, the Lucerne area, and Dornbirn. Along the way, guided sightseeing and walking tours in many of the cities feature the must-see attractions, such as Marienplatz in Munich, with the Old and New Town Halls; Mirabell Gardens and Residenz Square in Salzburg; Vienna's Heldenplatz; Innsbruck’s Golden Roof, the balcony built for Emperor Maximilian in the early 15th century; and the Lion Monument in Lucerne, dedicated to the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution.

The stunning scenery includes a drive through the scenic Salzkammergut Lakeland in Austria, made famous in the movie The Sound of Music; Cortina d'Ampezzo, home of the 1956 Olympics in the Italian Dolomites, the Italian "Rocky Mountains;" the Tyrolean Alps; the Swiss Engadine, considered by some to be the most beautiful mountain area in the world with deep-blue lakes, mountain peaks exceeding 12,000 feet, and quaint villages with massive white stone houses; beautiful Lake Maggiore in Italy; Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the Matterhorn; and more. On your way to Austria, visit the thundering Rhine Falls, Western Europe’s largest waterfalls.

On this Germany, Austria, and Switzerland tour, Globus has also arranged some out-of-the-ordinary experiences for you. Visit the world-famous Lipizzaner Stallion stud farm in Austria, the place where these magnificent horses are bred and raised before they go to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna; join the locals at the historical Vanini Café for an aperitif in Lugano; and enjoy a two-night-stay at the Jugendstil Hotel Paxmontana in Flüeli-Ranft.

Fascinating sightseeing, beautiful scenery, special experiences, an expert Tour Director, and knowledgeable Local Guides—this Central Europe tour offers it all!

Due to government travel restrictions in the Lombardy and Veneto regions of Italy, this vacation will have a modified itinerary temporarily to ensure its operation is smooth and safe. For details on any adjustments, please refer to the Travel Update & Policy page found on the home page.

Please note: 2021 itinerary is based on 2020 and is subject to change, but by booking today you will lock in your price. Full details will be confirmed in September 2020

Highlights

MUNICH
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit Marienplatz; farewell dinner at a local restaurant
SALZBURG Guided walking tour, visit Mirabell Gardens and Residenz Square
VIENNA Guided sightseeing, visit Heldenplatz and Schönbrunn Palace
PIBER [LF] Visit the original Lipizzaner Stallion stud farm
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO Visit the Olympic skiing resort
INNSBRUCK Walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof
LUGANO Orientation; [LF] aperitif at Café Vanini
LAKE MAGGIORE Stop in the town of Stresa
TÄSCH–ZERMATT–TÄSCH By mountain train
BERNE Orientation, stop at the Bear Park
INTERLAKEN Visit the Bernese Oberland resort
LUCERNE Walking tour including the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge
RHINE FALLS
STEIN AM RHEIN
Orientation

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2021 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 14 breakfasts, 7 dinners

ARRIVE IN MUNICH, GERMANY

Day
1

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

Meals included:

  • Dinner

MUNICH–SALZBURG, AUSTRIA

Day
2

Sightseeing with a Local Guide in Germany’s “Secret Capital” features the impressive Olympic Stadium, built for the 1972 Olympics; the 1,000-foot-high Olympic Tower; Nymphenburg Palace; and Königsplatz, used for Nazi rallies during World War II. Drive along the Ludwigstrasse, and see the Bavarian Arch of Triumph and Field Marshall Hall, a monumental loggia on the Odeonsplatz. Visit lively MARIENPLATZ with the Old and the New Town Halls and the gothic Frauenkirche. Arrive in lovely Salzburg and discover the historic center during your guided walking tour. Admire 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.
Today’s Distance: 130 mi / 210 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SALZBURG–VIENNA.

Day
3

This morning, join an optional excursion to spectacular Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. Then, continue through the scenic Salzkammergut Lakeland and along the Danube Valley to Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire. Tonight, you may wish to try out local specialties and Viennese entertainment.
Today’s Distance: 186 mi / 300 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

VIENNA.

Day
4

Guided sightseeing features vistas of Prater park with its giant Ferris wheel; a drive along the famous Ringstrasse with its magnificent buildings like the State Opera House; the Jewish quarter; and a 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. An optional excursion to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, is available.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

VIENNA–PIBER–ST. VEIT.

Day
5

Visit magnificent SCHÖNBRUNN PALACE, the former imperial summer residence, before leaving Vienna. Enter Styria, with its mountains and forests, and visit LF the world-famous LIPIZZANER STALLION STUD FARM in Piber, where these magnificent horses are bred and raised before training at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.
Today’s Distance: 217 mi / 350 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ST. VEIT–ITALIAN DOLOMITES, ITALY–INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA

Day
6

Cross the Italian border and arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Olympic skiing resort in the Dolomites, the Italian “Rocky Mountains.” Travel via Tre Croci Pass and Lake Misurina to Brunico. Cross Brenner Pass into the Tyrolean Alps, and arrive in cozy Innsbruck, capital of Tyrol. Follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk through the quaint medieval lanes to Emperor Maximilian’s GOLDEN ROOF. Time to shop for Innsbruck’s famous crystal. Why not join an optional Tyrolean song-and-dance show?
Today’s Distance: 255 mi / 410 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

INNSBRUCK–ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND

Day
7

Today’s focus is the Swiss Engadine. See deep-blue lakes, airy larch forests, mountain peaks exceeding 12,000 feet, and quaint villages with massive white stone houses in the characteristic Grisons style. Afternoon is free in ritzy St. Moritz.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi / 200 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ST. MORITZ–LAKE COMO–LUGANO

Day
8

Descend via Italy’s Lake Como to Lugano. See Parco Ciani, and drive along the lakeside promenade to Piazza Riforma, noted for its pastel-colored, neoclassical palazzi. Join the locals in a relaxed atmosphere at the LF historical Vanini Café for an aperitif. Tonight, why not take an optional cruise across sparkling Lake Lugano to the fishing village of Gandria, where dinner awaits.
Today’s Distance: 106 mi / 170 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LUGANO–LAKE MAGGIORE, ITALY–ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND

Day
9

From Swiss Lake Lugano, drive to Lake Maggiore, the largest lake in the Swiss-Italian Lake District, and stop in elegant Stresa. An optional boat ride to enchanting Isola Bella is available. Cross lofty Simplon Pass into the Swiss Valais, an area renowned for its great mountain resorts. In Täsch, board the MOUNTAIN TRAIN to climb the last few miles up to Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the Matterhorn.
Today’s Distance: 165 mi / 265 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

AT LEISURE IN ZERMATT.

Day
10

A full day at leisure is your chance to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of this car-free town. Join an exciting optional to Klein Matterhorn for spectacular views of the Matterhorn and the surrounding Alps.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ZERMATT–BERNE–INTERLAKEN–LUCERNE AREA

Day
11

A scenic drive through the vineyards and apricot groves of the lower Rhône Valley brings you to Lake Geneva and via the dairy country of Gruyère to the Swiss capital, Berne. See the monumental Federal Palace during your orientation and stop at the BEAR PARK before continuing to Interlaken, a Bernese Oberland resort nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz beneath the towering Jungfrau. Cross Brünig Pass and arrive at your hotel with its breathtaking view of the Obwalden mountain landscape and Lake Sarnen. This evening, sign up for an optional Swiss folklore show with cheese fondue, yodeling, and alphorn blowing.
Today’s Distance: 155 mi / 250 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LUCERNE AREA

Day
12

In Lucerne, follow your Tour Director on a leisurely walk, and admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive 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. Afterward, shop for Swiss watches and maybe join an optional excursion to Mount Pilatus.
Today’s Distance: 37 mi / 60 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

LUCERNE AREA–RHINE FALLS–STEIN AM RHEIN–DORNBIRN, AUSTRIA

Day
13

Marvel at the thundering RHINE FALLS, the largest waterfalls of Western Europe, then stop in charming Stein am Rhein on your way to Austria. Arrive in Dornbirn with time to explore the historical town center.
Today’s Distance: 162 mi / 260 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

DORNBIRN–MUNICH, GERMANY

Day
14

Return to Germany and follow the scenic road through Bavaria’s beautiful Allgäu region and arrive in Munich. Afternoon at leisure, and, tonight, a farewell dinner at a local restaurant is the best way to say auf Wiedersehen!
Today’s Distance: 143 mi / 230 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

MUNICH

Day
15

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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