Description

Ravishing landscapes, Alpine folk tradition and urban edge - Switzerland has it all! Explore the narrow cobblestone streets, slender spires and turrets, covered bridges, fountains and frescoed houses of historic Lucerne. Take a cogwheel train to Mt. Pilatus for a once-in-a-lifetime view of the famous Swiss Alps. And then on to the exuberant Hapsburg palaces, baroque abbeys and spirit-soaring landscapes of Austria. Our journey offers two exquisite countries in all of their glories from the amazing landscapes to the rich cultural heritage of Lucerne, Berne, Innsbruck, Munich and famous Neuschwanstein Castle. Here, days unfold as melodically as a Strauss waltz, whether you are sipping tea in a local coffee shop or strolling the poetic lakescapes.

Highlights

  • Spectacular scenery of the Swiss Alps
  • Cobblestone streets and frescoed houses of historic Lucerne
  • Ride the world’s steepest cog wheel train to the summit of Mt. Pilatus
  • Breathtaking Tyrolian mountain scenery
  • Fairytale castles
  • Munich during Oktoberfest
  • Neuschwanstein Castle – the inspiration for Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom
  • Innsbruck, home of the 1964 & 1976 Winter Olympics
  • Explore the elegant palaces of Vienna
  • Experience the grandeur of Vienna
  • Opulent Schonbrunn Palace
  • The “Sound of Music” countryside
  • Imperial Salzburg
  • Sleepy Tyrolian Villages
  • Tyrolian Dinner and folklore show
  • Tyrolian Dinner and folklore show
  • Magnificent 900-year old Benedictine Abbey Melk
  • Imperial Vienna

Day By Day Itinerary

OPTIONAL IMPERIAL VIENNA EXTENSION

This morning we leave Innsbruck behind and head to Melk. Here you will visit the magnificent 900 - year old Benedictine Abbey. Located in the Wachau Valley of Austria, Melk awaits to be explored. In the Abbey complex you can visit the famed marble hall, illustrious library, and the Abbey Church with its twin towers and 200 ft. high dome. Later in the day continue on to Vienna, Austria’s capital city. Welcome to Vienna the capital and largest city of Austria, as well as the country's cultural, political and economic center. Renowned the world over for its musical heritage, Vienna is often called the "City of Music" with many musical prodigies having worked there including: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, and many more. Interestingly, in some circles the city is also regarded as the “City of Dreams,” as it was the home of Sigmund Freud. (B)
Your city tour of Vienna will take you to the city’s most important sights: the Ringstrasse, the Schwarzenbergplatz, the Karlskirche and Vienna’s stunning Opera House, and the impressive St. Stephan’s Cathedral. The tour will conclude at the Schonbrunn Palace, one of the most important cultural monuments in the country, and one of the major attractions in Vienna. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to explore one of the most famous European cities at a relaxed pace, experience its imperial history, shop or visit one of its numerous exciting museums. (B)
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)
(B) – Breakfast, (L) – Lunch, (D) – Dinner

Hotel and itinerary are subject to change.

Includes

  • ROUND TRIP AIR TRANSPORTATION - Air transportation from New York
  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 9 included meals consisting of 7 buffet breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: City tour of historical Lucerne, panoramic cogwheel train to Mt. Pilatus, half day tour of Innsbruck, full day tour to Munich during Oktoberfest*, and a tour of Neuschwanstein Castle. Optional tours available
  • CULTURAL DISCOVERY SERIES - Our program encompasses cultural connections, in-depth learning on the local economy and social systems, and interaction with locals such as sampling of local cheese and white wine at a cheese shop in Lucerne and a Tyrolean folk dancing performance with dinner in Innsbruck
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour upon arrival in Zurich
  • DELUXE MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport

Optional Extension Includes

  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 2 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 2 included meals consisting of 2 buffet
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAMS - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: Tour of Melk Abbey and half day tour of Vienna including the Schonbrunn Palace
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport

Excludes

Video

Notes

Map

OTHER PROGRAMS

Portugal

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Croatia

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