Alpine Countries (ZF)

15 days from Munich to Munich

2019 Tour Details

On this Germany, Austria, and Switzerland tour, be prepared for breathtaking views! Your vacation starts and ends with welcome and farewell dinners in Munich and includes overnights also in Salzburg, Vienna, St. Veit, Innsbruck, St. Moritz, Lugano, Zermatt, Lucerne, and Dornbirn. Along the way, guided sightseeing and walking tours in many of the cities feature the must-see attractions, including 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 you'll see 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. A scenic drive along Lake Zurich and Lake Walen brings you to Bad Ragaz, a popular spa resort, and Vaduz, capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein.

On this Germany, Austria, and Switzerland tour, Globus has arranged some out-of-the-ordinary experiences for you. You'll 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. You'll also join the locals at the historical Vanini Café for an aperitif in Lugano.

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

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

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

BAD RAGAZ
Visit the spa resort

VADUZ
Visit the capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein

Transportation:

Motorcoach; mountain train. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 7 three-course dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Munich

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

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

Day 2

MUNICH–SALZBURG, AUSTRIA. 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.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

SALZBURG–VIENNA. Morning at leisure with the possibility to join an optional excursion to Berchtesgaden. 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.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4

VIENNA. 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. There is an opportunity to join an interesting optional excursion to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

VIENNA–PIBER–ST. VEIT. Visit magnificent SCHÖNBRUNN PALACE, the former imperial summer residence, before leaving Vienna. Enter Styria, with its mountains and forests. 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.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 6

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

Day 7

INNSBRUCK–ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND. 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.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 8

ST. MORITZ–LAKE COMO–LUGANO. 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, you may wish to join an optional cruise across sparkling Lake Lugano to the fishing village of Gandria, where dinner awaits.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9

LUGANO–LAKE MAGGIORE, ITALY–ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND. 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 can be arranged. 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.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 10

AT LEISURE IN ZERMATT. 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.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11

ZERMATT–BERNE–INTERLAKEN–LUCERNE. 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 and beneath the towering Jungfrau. Cross Brünig Pass to picture-book Lucerne.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12

LUCERNE. Follow your Tour Director on a leisurely walk this morning, 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, the first large baroque church built in Switzerland on the north side of the Alps. Afterward, shop for Swiss watches and maybe join an exciting optional excursion to Mount Pilatus.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 13

LUCERNE–BAD RAGAZ–VADUZ, LIECHTENSTEIN–DORNBIRN, AUSTRIA. A scenic drive along Lake Zurich and Lake Walen brings you to Bad Ragaz, a popular spa resort, famous for its natural thermal spring water. Next is Vaduz, capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein. Take pictures of the castle where the rulers of this tiny country reside. Cross the border into Austria and arrive in Dornbirn with time to explore the market square in the historical town center.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 14

DORNBIRN–MUNICH, GERMANY. 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!
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 15

MUNICH. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

ANTHONY MICALEFF

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"After years of extensive travelling and touring, I make it a priority to share my personal experiences and bring my guests inside the story that each country has to offer. After all, a wise man once said, "Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you rich.""

Tour Director -  ANTHONY MICALEFF

 Accommodations

DORNBIRN

VIENNA HOUSE MARTINSPARK

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

INNSBRUCK

GRAUER BAER

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LUCERNE

ASTORIA

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LUGANO

NOVOTEL LUGANO PARADISO

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

MUNICH

HILTON MUNICH CITY

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

SALZBURG

ARCOTEL CASTELLANI

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

ST. MORITZ

LAUDINELLA

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

ST. VEIT

FUCHSPALAST

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

VIENNA

ROOMZ VIENNA PRATER

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

ZERMATT

ALPENHOF

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

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