Day-by-day itinerary of Switzerland and Austria Tour (Tour example):
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Day 1: Zurich – Grindelwald*
- Arrival at Zurich airport where your personal driver/guide will welcome you.
- Short drive to Zurich city for a guided tour to see the highlights of Zurich and to have lunch (depending on arrival time). Some time at leisure before you will be transferred to the mountain resort Grindelwald, set on the foot of mountain Eiger. (The direct transfer takes about 3 hrs).
- The day will be created according to your requests – your driver/guide will be flexible.
- Hotel check-in and remaining time at your leisure and to recuperate from the flight. The driver/guide is available for sightseeing.
Accommodation is provided at:
4-star Chalet Hotel Sunstar, room with balcony and breathtaking view to Eiger mountain.
4-star superior Hotel Belvedere, room with balcony and breathtaking view to Eiger mountain
5-star Hotel Victoria Jungfrau & SPA at Interlaken, a small town nearby Grindelwald
Day 2, 3 and 4: Grindelwald – sightseeing/leisure
- Enjoy a hearty breakfast before meeting with your driver/guide (you pick the time).
The Jungfrau Region south of Interlaken is the rather uninspiring title foisted on what is perhaps the most dramatic, certainly the most memorable, mountain scenery in the whole of Switzerland. The Matterhorn may be more recognizable, Davos and St Moritz may be flashier, but the quantity and sheer scale of the awesome giants on offer here at close quarters takes your breath away.
The two lakes in the heart of the Bernese Oberland – the Thunersee and the Brienzersee, with the major resort of Interlaken lying between them – form the gateway to the Jungfrau region. Sidelined by more famous lakes such as Geneva and Luzern, the two are often overlooked by visitors in a hurry to get into the mountains, but there’s something very peaceful about them, poised between the big cities of the north and the high Alps further south. In even the most hurried of Oberland tours, you could easily devote a day or two to enjoying the beauty of the lakes, set amidst cliffs and forested hillsides, dotted with quiet villages, and backed by a long chain of dramatic snowy heights.
Stretching east of Interlaken, the Brienzersee (Lake Brienz) is much vaunted as the cleanest lake in Switzerland, deep blue and beautifully set in a bowl amidst forested slopes. Brienz, which is nestled at the northern shores of the Lake has a quiet, community feel – not many people come visiting for a longer stay. A pity actually as the shores of the lake would invite the visitor for leisurely promenades.
The town is known as the most accomplished centre for woodcarving in Switzer-land, and has many workshops with high quality hand-tooled busts, figurines and nativity scenes. JOBIN is one of the most famous woodcarver factories in Switzerland.
The area is dominated by the mighty triple crest of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau (Ogre, Monk and Virgin) – three giant peaks rising side-by-side to 4000m and seemingly always mentioned in the same breath. The Jungfrau is the focus, partly because it’s the highest (at 4158m), and partly because the network of mountain trains culminates at the Jungfraujoch, a saddle below the Jungfrau peak that claims the honour of being the site of the highest train station in Europe.
The journey to the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe, at 3454 metres (11’333ft) Europe’s highest altitude railway station, is the highlight of every visit to Switzerland. It offers visitors a high-Alpine wonderworld of ice, snow and rock, which can be marvelled at from vantage terraces, the Aletsch Glacier or in the Ice Palace. On clear days, views extend as far as the Vosges mountains in France and Germany’s Black Forest.
The train journey to the Jungfraujoch through the rock of the Eiger and Mönch is also an incredible experience. Visitors can enjoy stunning views from two intermediate stations, the Eigerwand (Eiger Wall) and Eismeer (Sea of Ice).
It’s hard to overstate just how stunning the Lauterbrunnen Valley is – even hardened Alpinists shrug their shoulders and call it the most beautiful valley in Europe, bar none. An immense U-shaped valley (the world’s deepest) with bluffs on either side rising 1000m sheer, doused by some 72 waterfalls, it is utterly spectacular. Just beyond the southern end of Lauterbrunnen village, the delicate Staubbach falls – at nearly 300m, the highest in Switzerland – gush out of a sheer cliff, like a lacy decoration on the rugged precipice. It’s a scenic 3 minutes drive up the valley to the Trümmelbach falls. These impressively thunderous waterfalls – the runoff from the high mountains – have carved corkscrew channels through the valley walls: a lift and stepped catwalk leads you over and around the enclosed, boiling cauldrons of rushing water (up to 20,000 litres a second), which throw up plenty of spray and have gradually eroded the rock into weird and wonderful shape.
Lauterbrunnen village itself lies on the green valley floor, while the slopes above nurture two of Switzerland’s most appealing little resorts. Mürren to the west is the transfer point for the dramatic cable-car ride up to the Schilthorn peak on 2’971m, while Wengen to the east is a stop on the train line up to Kleine Scheidegg and the Jungfraujoch. Both of them are car-free, perched on narrow shelves of pasture way above the world below, and both offer some of the best hiking and skiing to be had in the Alps.
You have three leisurely days to explore this beautiful region. The days will be planned according to your desires and the weather conditions adn are short term decisions.
Sightseeing recommendations, some of which can be combined (all tickets included):
- Scenic drive to the beautiful Lauterbrunnen Valley, also called the valley of a hundred waterfalls. Visit of the Trümmelbach Waterfalls which are 10 glacier waterfalls inside the rocks and made accessible by a tunnel lift (a lot of steps!).
- Enjoy a 2 hour cogwheel train ride through green meadows and the hard rock of the Mountain Eiger to Europe’s highest railway station at 11,333 ft: the famous Jungfrau Joch (top of Europe). Spend some time on top of Jungfrau Joch which is covered by eternal ice and snow. You may visit the Glacier Palace with its ice sculptures, the Sphinx (weather station), and lookout platforms providing you with a breathtaking view of the glacier and the snow-covered mountain peaks. For lunch, you have 3 restaurants from which to choose. Sports’ fans may safely hike over the glacier to a mountain hut: a real alpine experience!! Back by train to Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen, where you will arrive late afternoon.
- Cable car ride to the Schilthorn Mountain and lunch in the rotating restaurant, Piz Gloria, at 10,000 ft. Have a fantastic view of the three Mountains Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. On a very clear day you can see all the way to the French Vosges and to the Black Forest region of Germany! On your way back to the valley you have a stop at the car free village Mürren and time for a stroll through the charming village.
- Visit the open air museum Ballenberg: Switzerland as it used to be. More than one hundred century-old buildings from all over Switzerland, 250 farmyard animals, traditional, old-time gardens and fields, demonstrations of local crafts, and many special events create a vivid impression of rural life in days gone by. Ballenberg is indeed very unique and you will enjoy your guided tour with explanations of culture, history and the way of living in days gone by.
- Scenic drive around lake Brienz and visit of the charming woodcarver village Brienz. Short walk through the old part to admire the lovingly decorated century Chalet houses. A guided tour through the woodcarver factory JOBIN and the living museum should not be missed.
- Steam train ride to the Brienz Rothorn – great views, great lunch, hiking, relaxing, visiting of an Alpine farm!
- Boat cruise to Giessbach and funicular ride to the historic Grand Hotel Giessabach. The Hotel is set in front of the Giessbach waterfalls. Great views from the terrace over deep blu lake Brienz and to the surrounding mountains. Hiking, exploring the falls, time to relax, lunch.
- Day excursion to the city Lucerne. You leave Grindelwald at 8 am and have a 1,5 drive to Lucerne. Guided city tour to see the highlights like the beautiful old town, the chapel bridge and the lions monument. Free time in Lucerne and for lunch. (Your visit in Lucerne can be in combination with a boat cruise adn/or a trip by cable car to Mount Pilatus.)
Return drive on hidden paths through the hilly Emmental, home of the Emmental cheese. Stop in the Emmental show cheese factory to learn more about the tradition of cheese making in old (over open fire) and modern times. Arrival at Grindelwald is in the evening.
- Hiking! Grindelwald and surrounds offer beautiful hiking trails for beginners and advanced hikers. Your guide will be happy to join you!
Overnight stays in Grindelwald
Bookable extras (rates on request and not included):
- Helicopter round trip
- Visit of the KWO hydroelectric power plant. A view insight of a fairly complicated tunnel system with one of the staffs and to learn more about the importance of the usage of waterpower in the Alps. A highlight is the visit of the crystal cove and lunch on Grimsel Hospiz
- Visit the Sherlock Holmes museum at Meiringen
- Visit an Alpine farm. Cheese tasting and lunch with the farmer’s family
- Outdoor activities like paragliding, biking, cannyoning, rock climbing, rope park, miniature Golfing, Golfing, etc.
- Family program
Day 5: Grindelwald – Bern – Gruyère – Lausanne
- Breakfast and check-out.
- 09.00 am: You meet the driver/guide and have a scenic drive along lake Thun to Bern, the capitol city of Switzerland where you have a guided tour of the old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage. You will stroll through the cobble stoned alleys to see the famous clock tower and the capitol and can have a look at the house where Einstein lived.
- Some time at leisure in Bern and for lunch.
- You leave Bern after lunch for a scenic drive to the French speaking part of Switzerland. Visit the medieval town of Gruyère, which is located on a hill and dominated by a castle. Have time at leisure and to enjoy the great view from the castle wall.
- Short drive to the Cailler chocolate factory for a tour and free chocolate tasting
- Scenic driving to Lake Geneva to arrive late afternoon at Lausanne, which is set on Lake Geneva.
- Check-in and remaining time at your own leisure.
Accommodation is provided at:
4- star Hotel Chateau d’Ouchy, set on the shores of Lake Geneva
5-star Hotel Beau Rivage Palace & Spa, some foot steps from the harbour, rooms with great lake view!
Day 6 and 7: Lausanne and sightseeing
- You have 2 days to explore the Lake Geneva region with your driver/guide.
You can find the whole of Switzerland on the shores of Lake Geneva. Snowy mountains, bucolic wine-villages, city nightlife, the sound of cow-bells in rolling pastureland, castles, cathedrals and the dreamily beautiful, cerulean blue lake itself.
The croissant-shaped lake, is ringed with villages, castles and gorgeous walks that demand attention. This is wine country, with vineyards spread around the full sweep of the lakeshore and carpeting the first slopes of the hills which rise behind. Genteel, calming small towns such as Nyon and Vevey, either side of Lausanne, have made a living recharging the batteries of frazzled urbanites for generations. Over the decades, the lake has also attracted the world’s wealthiest people, and the shores around the jetset playground of Montreux in particular are lined with opulent villas – although a lakeside stroll can still let you taste the unspoilt beauty which drew Byron and the Romantic poets in a former age. Relaxing on one of the boats which crisscross the lake beneath the looming presence of the Savoy Alps and the Dents-du-Midi mountains on the French side helps bring home the full grandeur of the setting.
Lausanne tends to inspire hyperbole. In a country of spectacular natural beauty it is one of the most beautiful of cities, Switzerland’s San Francisco, a city of incredibly steep hills that has developed tiered above the lake on a succession of compact, south-facing terraces. Vistas of blue water, glittering sunlight and the purple and grey of the looming, whitecapped Savoy Alps peep through between gaps in buildings or at the ends of steeply dropping alleys. Much of the city is still wooded, there are plenty of parks, and the tree-lined lakefront promenades spill over with lush, beds of vibrantly colourful flowers. Attractive, interesting, worldly, and well aware of how to have a good time, it’s simply Switzerland’s sexiest city.
The gently curving northeast shore of the lake from Lausanne to St. Gingolph is known as The Lavaux. The Lavaux wine region is characterized by a succession of hamlets and small winery villages, well kept and pristinely picturesque set in the terrassed wineyards which became a UNESCO Natural Heritage. However, if you explore The Lavaux along the narrow „Route des Vignerons“ by car, which winds from vineyard to vineyard along the gentle slope, or see it from a cruise on the lake you’ll understand why this region is known as one of the most prettiest in Switzerland.
The climax of a journey around Lake Geneva, and one of the highlights of a visit to Switzerland, is the stunning thriteenth century Castle Chillon which should be on top of your sightseeing list once in this region.
Our sightseeing recommendations, tickets are included:
- Today you will visit the famous castle Chillon, a fortress from the first millennium that gained fame by the poems of Lord Byron. The castle is set on Lake Geneva and only an hour away from Lausanne. You have a 1 hr private guided tour to learn more about the history of the castle and the mighty Savoyan family who ruled this part of Switzerland.
Than you have a scenic drive to the beautiful terraced Lavaux wine region, which is a UNESCO Cultural Heritage and can taste in a winery some excellent Swiss wines. The wine grower will give you a brief tour of the winery before you go for lunch.
Lunch will be in a restaurant beautifully located in the Lavaux vineyards, with great views over the lake and to the French Alps.
In the afternoon you have a drive to Vevey to see the statue of Charles Chaplin and the famous “Fork” and from where a boat will take you back to Lausanne (approx. 45 minutes).
Habe an orientation tour of Lausanne and free time to explore Lausanne on your own.
Overnight stay at Lausanne
- Your driver/guide will meet you in the Hotel after breakfast (you pick the time).
Start your day with a 1,5 hr scenic drive on the coastal road to Geneva with a stop at Morges and Nyon to admire the beautiful castles from the outside.
You arrive at Geneva before noon and will go for a city tour with the guide where you can learn more about the Calvin city. You will see the old town, the Palais des Nations (from the outside), the head quarter of the Red Cross, the famous English garden with flower clock and the Jet d’Eau (water fountain). Lunch is in Geneva.
After lunch you have free time for shopping and to explore the city on your own. A visit of the Patek Philipp watch museum or the red cross museum can be on the plan. If you like chocolate we are happy to organise at visit at a chocolatier with chocolate making.
Drive back to Lausanne for overnight stays.
Bookable extras (must be reserved, rates on request):
– visit of a chocolatier with chocolate making
– visit of the watch manufactur Franck Müller
Day 8: Lausanne – Zermatt
- You enjoy a good breakfast and check-out.
- Meet your driver/guide for a highway drive along lake Geneva with great views! In the valley of the river Rhone you will pass by orchards and small villages which are nestled high up in the mountains. Lunch en route in a rural restaurant.
- At Visp you will board the train (no guide on board) which will take you on scenic tracks to the car free mountain resort Zermatt (no change, the luggage will be on board of the car).
- At Zermatt train station your driver/guide will await you. The Hotel porter will care aboout the luggage so that you are free to go for a guided walking tour of Zermatt. On a leisurely walk, your guide will tell you the history of Zermatt and the stories about the mountaineers who came here in the early days as well as today to climb the Matterhorn. End of the tour is at your Hotel for check-in.
- Have free time to enjoy the fantastic view to the unique Matterhorn from your room’s balcony (if the weather permits), for relaxing, to use the Spa or for a stroll through the alleys of Zermatt.
Accommodation is provided at:
4-star superior Hotel Schönegg, set on a hill with best views to the Matterhorn
5-star Hotel Zermatterhof, set in the centre of Zermatt, room with balcony and Matterhorn view
Day 9: Zermatt and sightseeing
- You enjoy a good breakfast in the hotel before meeting your guide (you pick the time).
St Moritz may have the glamour, Verbier may have the cool, Wengen may have the pistes, but Zermatt beats them all – Zermatt has the Matterhorn. No other natural or human structure in the whole country is so immediately recognizable; indeed, in most people’s minds the Matterhorn stands for Switzerland, like the Eiffel Tower stands for France. Part of the reason it’s so famous is that it stands alone, its impossibly pointy shape sticking up from an otherwise uncrowded horizon above Zermatt village.
Emerging from Zermatt station is an experience in itself: this one little village – which has managed, much to its credit, to cling on to its old brown chalets and atmospheric twisting alleys – welcomes everybody, regardless of financial status, and the station square is where all worlds collide. Backpackers and hikers rub shoulders with high society glitterati amidst a fluster of tour groups, electric taxis and horse-drawn carriages, but everyone has come to see the mountain.
The small area around Zermatt features 36 mountains over 4000m, a statistic as enticing to summer hikers as to winter skiers.
- Today you will conquer a mountain from where you have best views to the Matterhorn – the Gornergrat.
Have a short walk to the Gornergrat railway station to go for a scenic ride with tge cog rail to the summit of the Gornergrat. Fantastic views to the surrounding mountains (if the weather permits) and to the glaciers, a hiking paradise and a restaurant for lunch awaits you up there.
- After lunch you descend to Zermatt and have the afternoon free for shopping or to relax.
Hiking with the guide can also be on the plan – your guide knows beaztiful jhiking paths and is happy to guide you.
As an optional trip you can go by cable car to the Glacier Paradise on Little Matterhorn, which is Europes highest look out point. The man made glacier tunnel is worth a visit. Summer skiing on the glacier.
- Meet your guide in the evening for a short walk to a Restaurant where they serve Cheese Raclette and other regional specialties. Tonight you are our guests for dinner (dinner is included).
Overnight stay at Zermatt
– Helicopter round trip to see the Matterhorn close by
– Outdoor activities, skiing, ice climbing, kids program
– Romantic dinner in a cable car
Day 10: Zermatt – Simplon Pass –Ascona
- Breakfast and check-out.
- 9:00 a.m.: the guide will pick you up at the Hotel for a taxi drive to the tour car which was left behind at Täsch in the valley.
- Scenic drive to the city Brig and on winding roads over the Simplon Mountain Pass towards Italy. On the summit of Simplon you have a stop for a walk through the village of Simplon which is not more than a hamlet.
- You cross the border to Italy and have now a scenic drive over the high plateau of Santa Lucia Maggiore. A stop at the small town Ré to drink a real Italian Cappucino coffee and on request to visit the beautiful Cathedral is on the plan. Italian lunch en route in one of the many rural villages where you will pass through.
- Scenic drive on winding roads through the Centovalli (“a hundred valleys”) to the Canton of Ticino in Switzerland. In early afternoon you arrive in the charming village of Ascona, which is situated on the sunny shores of Lake Maggiore.
Ascona is often called the “Pearl of Lake Maggiore” for its cultural heritage as well as for its touristic offer. It is situated near the delta of the Maggia river, on the shores of a splendid and sunny bay. This unique position, together with a wide variety of landscapes, its mediterranean climate, its touristic tradition and the well known hospitality of the Ticinese people, make Ascona a famous holiday resort, because it is the most ideally located holiday resort on Lake Maggiore and has a wide choice of hotels including a dozen of luxury class. Ascona has a lot to offer from a touristic point of view.
Its artistic and cultural heritage, dating from the middle ages and the renaissance, is still very much alive in the old centre of the little town, called “borgo”. Many artists who lived in Ascona from the sixteenth century onwards left behind clear evidence of their talent, the most famous of their works being the baroque “Casa Serodine”.
Ascona reached its cultural climax at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century, when a group of idealists, whose wish was the return to a natural way of life, founded a colony on Ascona’s beautiful hill, which they called then Monte Verità, “the Mountain of Truth”. Among the settlers were revolutionaries, philosophers, writers, poets, dancers and painters of international fame, who intended to reach a highly cultural and spiritual ideal.
Ascona, with a population of about 4500, developed around its historical centre and offers a wide choice of exclusive shops, boutiques, museums, art galleries and antique shops. Thanks to a newly opened tunnel under Ascona’s hill, the town has grown into a little paradise with a large pedestrian zone – traffic free – in its historical centre, a splendid boardwalk along the Lake, and a magical view of the natural bay.
Ascona hosts many important cultural events, including JazzAscona, a major jazz festival renowned worldwide.
The twin town of Ascona is Losone, with about 6500 inhabitants, situated on the right bank of the Maggia river. It is there and also in Arcegno, the village above Losone, where you can find various hotels, pensions and numerous grottos (taverns) for lovers of the Swiss-Italian gastronomy.
- Meet your guide after check-in for a brief tour of Ascona to learn more about the interesting history of this small town and to give you an overview of the place. He will stroll with you through the charming Borgo (old town).
- Remaining time at your own to explore the city or for a leisurely stroll along the lake promenade
Accommodation is provided at:
4-star Garni Meridiana, set on the Piazza with lake view
5-star Hotel Eden Roc & Spa, lake access, rooms with leake view
Day 11: Ascona and sightseeing
A leisurely day in this beautiful and charming small town; you can enjoy a stroll on the lake side promenade and through the cobble stoned alleys of the “Borgo” (old town) with their boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops. The many local restaurants offer great lunches with Ticino specialties.
Sightseeing recommendations, some of which can be combined (tickets included):
- Take a boat cruise to the Brissago Islands and have a relaxed time in the Botanic Garden which offers you a wonderful opportunity to escape from the noise and confusion of frenetic modern life. The exotic plants, the colors, and perfume of flowers are beneficial for their wellbeing.
- Your driver will take you to the nearby City of Locarno for a funicular ride to the Monastery Madonna del Sasso, a place of pilgrimage offering a fantastic view over the lake and to the mountains. A cable car can take you even higher up to a great hiking place.
- Enjoy the fantastic falcon show at the falconry of Locarno (closed on Monday)
- Ask the driver to take you on a sceni drive to the nearby mountain villages which are nestled high up in the mountains to show you the rural local life.
The driver/guide is the full day available for sightseeing and transfers.
- In the evening your driver will pick you up at the hotel and will take you to a “Grotto” (restaurant) for a real Ticino dinner experience. You are our guests for the dinner (Dinner and beverages are included).
Another night at Ascona
Day 12: Ascona – Lake Como (Italy) – Maloja Pass – St. Moritz
- Breakfast and check-out.
- It’s hard to leave this charming place but at 9:00 a.m. is departure for a scenic drive to the Italian border and to Lake Como. Stop in one of the many small villages on the shores of the lake to have a typical Italian lunch.
- The tour continues with a drive through the pretty Breggaglia Valley and with a safe drive over the 34 hair pin bends of the Maloja Pass. Now you arrived on a high plateau which is surrounded by high mountains and deep blue lakes. A scenic drive along Lake Sils and Silvaplana will take you to St. Moritz, one of the most famous jet setter destinations in the Alps.
- Hotel check-in and free time.
Accommodation is provided at:
4-star Hotel Schweizerhof, rooms with lake and mountain view
5-star Hotel Badrutts Palace, rooms with lake view
5-star Hotel Kempinski Bad
The 5-star Hotels are closed in low season
Day 13: St. Moritz – Innsbruck (A) – Salzburg
- You enjoy a good breakfast before meeting with your driver/guide for departure.
- Scenic drive through the Upper Engadin where you pass by small villages with it’s typical painted houses. Before noon you will cross the border to Austria and will stop for lunch in one of the many great Austrian restaurants along the way.
- You are passing by Innsbruck and on request you can have a look at the famous “Goldene Dächl” (golden roof) in the old town. Followed is a scenic drive through the Tyrolean Alps t arrive in the evening at Salzburg.
- Hotel check-in and remaining time at your own leisure.
Accommodation is provided at a first class Hotel in the old town. Double room
Day 14: Salzburg – Sound of Music Tour
- Meet your driver/guide after breakfast for a walking tour of the historic centre of Salzburg.
It is the playful lightness that makes Salzburg, the miniature metropolis, so distinctive. The enchanting silhouette of the Fortress, Cathedral and church steeples in this baroque city north of the Alps. So beautiful that it is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. So famous that its attractions are among the most famous in the world.
Most of the sights can be seen on a stroll through Salzburg’s historic city center: the Residence, the Carillon, the Cathedral, the Franciscan Church, Mozart Square, the Horse Pond, Hofstallgasse, Hohensalzburg Fortress, St. Peter’s Monastery. The spirit of days gone past can be felt at every turn: the ages have left their mark on the churches, towers, façades, balustrades and galleries. Even the street names commemorate the people and events that shaped its history.
A number of palaces in the city and its vicinity beckon invitingly: Mirabell Palace, whose Marble Hall is used for wedding ceremonies, and the Mirabell Gardens, one of the most spectacular photo scenes in Salzburg. Hellbrunn Palace to the south of the city is known for its wondrous trick fountains in the summer and its charming Christmas market in the winter. Klessheim Palace in Wals, Leopoldskron Palace and Aigen Palace and its park are worth a trip into the countryside.
A host of outstanding galleries and museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Rupertinum, Mozart’s Birthplace, the Mozart Residence, Salzburg Museum, the Cathedral Museum, the Baroque Museum and the Toy Museum invite visitors to a lazy afternoon of browsing. Precious objects of art, modern works of art and the occasional bizarre exhibit are there to admire and appreciate.
- On the tour you see the main highlights including the Mirabell Gardens and the Hohensalzburg Fortress.
- Free time and time for lunch at Salzburg
- In the afternoon you have a scenic drive to nearby Germany to visit the Eagle’s Nest (opens in May!) near Berchtesgaden, where Hitler had his holiday domicile. Guided tour and some time at leisure and to enjoy the great view from the “Nest” which is located on a mountain.
- Back to your Hotel with arrival at approx. 6 p.m..
- In the evening you are booked in the sound of Music dinner show which begins at 7.30 p.m. and ends at approx. 10 p.m.. A table is reserved, the restaurant is in walking distance of your Hotel. Dinner included
Another night at Salzburg
– On request and once the date of your travel is set I am happy to check for classical (Mozart) Concerts.
Day 15: Salzburg – Eisriesenwelt
- Today you leave a bit earlier as you will have a long but one of-a-kind scenic drive over the Großglockner High Alpine Road, one of the most scenic mountain roads of the world.
- You start at 8 am with a scenic highway drive to Werfen. A mountain road from Werfen leads up to a cable car station which takes you near to the entrance of the caves of the „Eisriesenwelt“. Now a walk is followed to reach the the entrance. Start for a 75 minutes guided tour through this imposing natural monument.
The Eisriesenwelt is the largest ice cave of the world and is located in the west wall of the Hochkogel in the Tennengebirge. The halls are decorated with all kinds of natural ice formations, gigantic columns and towers of ice, ice waterfalls and glaciers. This cave is also called dynamic icecave. The cave is located in a height were the average temperature is below zero. Several entrances to the cave allow chilly air currents to flow in. So the ice formations change slightly every year. On days with good weather there is a spectacular view of the surrounding mountain ranges of the Hohe Tauern from the huge cave entrance.
A visit of this natural monument takes about 5-6 hours, including the ride up to the cable car from Werfen, the walk to the entrance of the cave and the guided tour.
- You will return to Salzburg in the evening for another night stay
– Dinner and Concert at Hohensalzburg Fortress
Day 16: Salzburg – Vienna
- Breakfast and check-out.
- Morning departure for a scenic drive (mostly motorway) towards Vienna.
- Before you reach Vienna you visit the Schönbrunn Palace which is a beautiful palace and park. It was the 19th century residence of the Archduke Franz Josef and Arch-duchesse Elisabeth, also known as Sissy. You will have a private tour with a local guide through the Palace and the Park.
The tour of the imperial apartments which will take you on a journey through the centuries starts behind a massive door at the top of the Blue Staircase. It begins in the west wing of the palace, with the apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife, Elisabeth, which are furnished in 19th-century style, and continues through the state rooms in the central wing. From there you proceed to the richly-appointed apartments once occupied by Maria Theresa. The Franz Karl Apartments, which were occupied by Emperor Franz Joseph’s parents, Archduchess Sophie and Archduke Franz Karl, conclude the tour.
All the rooms in the palace have their own stories to tell, stories on the margins of great historical events which are indicative of the lifestyle, atmosphere and world view of the imperial era.
The park at Schönbrunn Palace was opened to the public around 1779 and since than has provided a popular recreational area for the Viennese population and international visitors alike. Extending for 1.2 km from east to west and approximately one kilometre from north to south, it was placed together with the palace on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1996.
The palace and its grounds form a unit and reflect each other, in accordance with the Baroque notion of the princely palace, according to which architecture and Nature should interpenetrate. The Baroque layout of the gardens, together with the additions made during the last decade of Maria Theresa’s life, have survived more or less intact and today still determine the characteristic appearance of the gardens at Schönbrunn.
- At the en dof the tour you have free time to explore the beautiful park on your own before meeting with your driver/guide.
- Drive to Vienna with arrival in the evening.
Accommodation is provided at a First class Hotel in the centre of Vienna. Double room
Your SwissSafari driver/guide says goodbye to you and will leave you today!
Day 17: Vienna and sightseeing
- Today you will explore Vienna with a local guide.
Vienna is old, Vienna is new – and so varied: from the magnificent Baroque buildings to “golden” Art Nouveau to the latest architecture. And over 100 museums beckon…
Walk in the footsteps of the Habsburgs, visit the splendid Belvedere Palaces, or stroll along the magnificent Ring Boulevard and take a look at the heart of the former vast Habsburg empire, the Imperial Palace. Get a sense of the luster and glory of the old empire by visiting St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Spanish Riding School, the Giant Ferris Wheel at the Prater, as well as the sarcophagi in the Imperial Vault.
Your knowledgeable Vienna guide will take you on a great tour to explore the city with her eyes.
On the plan is:
- A tour by Fiaker (horse coach) through the old town of Vienna to learn more about the history of Vienna followed by a walking tour
- You will visit the Hofburg, the winter residence of the Habsburg families with the Sissy museum and the silver treasury
- You see a show or the exercise lessons of the Spanish riding school (depends on the date of visit)
- A coffee break is at the famous Café Sacher with it’s legendary Sacher Cakes
Late lunch (not included) in a typical Vienna restaurant – recommendations will be given by your guide who is 6 hrs available.
The afternoon is free to explore Vienna on your own, for shopping and relaxing.
Overnight stay in Vienna.
– Visit of a Concert or Theatre
Day 18: Vienna – Departure
- Breakfast and check-out.
- Limousine transfer to the airport for departure according to your flight.
End of the tour with SwissSafari
The price includes:
- Program as stated and driven in a modern van
- Personal English speaking driver/guide for 16 days (9 hrs/day)
- Local guide at Schönbrunn Palace, including tickets
- Local guide in Vienna for 6 hrs, including tickets
- Limousine Airport transfer in Vienna
- All transfers with SwissSafari
- 17 nights in first class and luxury Hotels, double rooms with view where available
- Buffet breakfast in the Hotels
- 3 x dinner (Ascona, Zermatt, Sound of Music dinner show)
- All sightseeing tickets, tickets for cable cars, mountain trains, boat cruises, entrance fees, local guided tours, visits as outlined in the program
- All city tours
- All expenses for the driver/guide except of tickets on optional tours
- Fuel, mileage, parking fees, road toll in Austria
- VAT and Taxes
- Travel to Switzerland/from Austria
- Meals others than offered, all beverages
- Extras in the hotels (mini bar, laundry, room service, Spa, etc.)
- Tickets on optional tours, helicopter flights, outdoor activities, bookable extras, etc.
- Room/Hotel upgrade
- Gratuity for the guides/driver
- Deposit payment of CHF 800.00 at booking
- Full payment 7 weeks prior departure
- Payment by bank transfer (we don’t accept checks or credit crads)
Bad weather, snow, natural disaster or increased traffic may alter the program. The driver and SwissSafari are free to change the program and the rate.
Please note that all our drivers are at the same time experienced guides. They know Switzerland inside out and are even flexible enough to make short term program changes upon your request and according to the weather. Your driver/guide will make best recommendations.