Switzerland & Austria - Leisure Holidays

Switzerland & AustriaSwitzerland

From RM11,255 / per person for 12 nights
Journey into the very heart of Europe to scenic Switzerland and Austria, plus the northern fringes of Italy.

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Summary

Explore the Alpine landscapes of Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the northern fringes of Italy, following the Arlberg route into the Tyrol and the breathtaking scenery of the Wachau Valley. Cross the Tre Croci Pass to the heart of Italy's Dolomites and spectacular Rhône Valley, enjoying beautiful Vienna, St. Moritz and Lake Geneva as you traverse the heart of Europe.


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Itinerary

Transfer

At the start of the trip, the Radisson Blu hotel is located at Zurich Airport for convenience, so guests can make their own way to the hotel from the Airport terminal. 

The return transfer will arrive at Zurich Airport on the last day of the trip at 8am from Lucerne.


Accommodation

Day 1: Radisson Blu

Day 2: Austria Trend Europa

Day 3- 4 : Arcotel Kaiserwasser

Day 5: Hotel Romantik Post

Day 6: Hotel Grauer Bar

Day 7: Hotel Reine Victoria

Day 8-9: Hotel Ambassador

Day 10: Eurotel Riviera

Day 11-12: Grand Europe 

Day 13: Depart Zurich

Sightseeing Tour

Day 1 - Arrive Zurich
Your epic journey to the heart of Europe launches in the sophisticated cultural hotspot of Zurich. You will meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and orientation of the city's iconic sights.


Day 2 - Zurich - Liechtenstein - Salzburg Sightseeing
Meander along magical Lake Walensee to the fairy-tale principality of Liechtenstein where we will stop in its capital Vaduz before continuing along the scenic Alberg route into the Tyrol. Arriving in the Baroque city of Salzburg, we embark on a fascinating walking tour with a Local Specialist to see such iconic sights as the house where Mozart once lived and the magnificent Domplatz with its imposing Salzburger Dom Cathedral, Residenz Castle and St. Peter's Abbey.


Day 3 - Salzburg - Vienna
Waltzing through the scenic Austrian countryside, past Lake Mondsee and the rolling hills, fortresses and valleys of the picturesque Wachau Valley, we see the impressive Melk Abbey perched atop a rocky outcrop above the beautiful Danube. Our home for the next two nights is the glorious Imperial city of Vienna.


Day 4 - Vienna Sightseeing
Soak up the elegance of Vienna. Admire the grand boulevards and beautiful Gothic and Baroque façades on a guided sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist who will take you to see the iconic State Opera, the Hofburg, St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Parliament. Stroll through the charming cobblestone lanes of 'Am Hof' before spending free time soaking up the kaffee culture of the city.


Day 5 - Vienna - Piber Stud Farm - Villach 
Visit the Lipizzaner Stud farm at Piber for an unforgettable Cultural Insight into the breeding of the athletic white stallions for the Spanish Riding School. This evening, join Sister Monika and the nuns of Kloster Wernberg for a traditional Carinthian Be My Guest dinner at a monastery housed in a beautiful old castle. This evening we stay in the quaint town of Villach.


Day 6 - Villach - Cortina D'Ampezzo - Innsbruck
Admire spectacular Alpine scenery, meandering into Italy via Carbonin and Lake Misurina. Explore the winter sports resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo, set in the heart of the Dolomites against the backdrop of the magnificent Monte Cristallo. Then traverse spectacular mountain passes as you journey back into Austria and the capital of Tyrol, Innsbruck, where you will have an opportunity to admire Emperor Maximilian's Golden Roof, St. Jakob's Cathedral and see the Olympic ski-jump during an orientation tour.


Day 7 - Innsbruck - St. Moritz
Cross the Swiss border and travel through the enchanting landscapes of the Engadine Valley. Arriving in the chic winter sports resort of St. Moritz, we have the afternoon at leisure to explore the pristine landscape or perhaps take a mountain pass train ride. This evening we enjoy dinner at our hotel.


Day 8 - St. Moritz - Stresa - Zermatt
Traverse snow-capped Alpine landscapes as you drive via the Maloja Pass past Lake Como to the sun-kissed shores of Lake Maggiore and explore the sophisticated lakeside town of Stresa. See the Borromean Islands, head towards the Simplon Pass en route to Zermatt where you will dine in your hotel tonight.


Day 9 - Zermatt
Spend a full day at leisure soaking up Zermatt's crisp mountain air and panoramic vistas. Relax in beautiful surrounds or consider an Optional Experience to the Klein Matterhorn for the most spectacular mountain views.


Day 10 - Zermatt - Chillon - Montreux
Meandering through the Rhône Valley, we arrive on the tranquil shores of Lake Geneva, where we will view Chillon Castle, an island castle immortalised in Lord Byron's 'Prisoner of Chillon'. We follow the lakeshore to Montreux, set against the pristine backdrop of snow-covered peaks and vineyards.


Day 11 - Montreux - Berne - Interlaken - Lucerne Orientation
Travel via the charming city of Berne to Interlaken, set in the heart of Switzerland in the shadow of the mighty Jungfrau (subject to weather conditions). We then cross the Brünig Pass to the charming lakeside town of Lucerne where we will view the ancient wooden Chapel Bridge suspended over the Reuss and visit the poignant Lion Monument to pay tribute to the brave Swiss Guards.


Day 12 - Lucerne
Snow-capped peaks surround you as you wander through the quaint medieval streets of Lucerne lined with colourful muralled façades. Spend a full day exploring the Old Town, enjoy a leisurely Swiss lunch. This evening, we toast to a magnificent adventure through Switzerland and Austria at a Farewell Dinner.


Day 13 - Lucerne - Depart Zurich
We say a fond farewell to Switzerland and our newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable journey.  An airport transfer is available to Zurich Airport. Conditions apply.

Extras

Included Extras

Please find below a selection of extras that are included within the price of your tour.

On-Trip Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries

Meals

17 meals as per itinerary - 12 Buffet breakfasts, 5 Three course dinners

Local Specialists

Local specialists to bring locations alive

Travel Director

An expert Travel Director and separate driver

Hotel Charges & Local Taxes

All hotel tips, charges, local taxes, porterage and restaurant gratuities.

Be My Guest

You are taken on a tour of the Monastery of Kloster Wernberg, originally a castle, today home to 60 Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood with whom you'll enjoy a traditional Carinthian dinner

Stays with Stories

Enjoy panoramic views of the Alps at the Hotel Ambassador in Zermatt. (Day 8)
Enjoy the elegance of yesteryear and sweeping lake vistas at the Grand Hotel Europe in Lucerne, where warm Swiss hospitality and a grand past spanning over a century guarantee an unforgettable day. (Day 11)

Dive into Culture

Visit the Lipizzaner Stud Farm at Piber which has bread horses since 1920 and today provides all the stallions for the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. (Day 5)

Optional Extras

All of the below extras are additional to the price of your tour, and can be selected on the next stage.

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