Alpine Countries (ZF)

15 days from Frankfurt to Frankfurt

2019 Tour Details

On this Germany, Austria, and Switzerland tour, be prepared for breathtaking views! Your vacation starts and ends in Frankfurt and includes overnights also in Munich, Vienna, St. Veit, Innsbruck, St. Moritz, Lugano, Zermatt, and Lucerne. Along the way, guided sightseeing and walking tours in many of the cities include the must-see attractions, including Marienplatz in Munich, with the Old and New Town Halls; Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg; Rothenburg, a picturesque, medieval walled town; Vienna's Heldenplatz; Innsbruck’s Golden Roof, the balcony built for Emperor Maximilian in the early 15th century; and the Lion Monument in Lucerne, built to honor the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution.

The stunning scenery you'll see includes a drive along Germany's Romantic Road, with its old-world charm, picturesque villages, and scenic countryside; 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 Como and Lake Maggiore in Italy; Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustics chalets beneath the Matterhorn; Switzerland’s Rhine Falls, Europe's largest waterfall; and more.

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 enjoy a boat cruise across sparkling Lake Lugano in Switzerland.

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:

FRANKFURT
Welcome dinner and [LF] a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant

ROTHENBURG
Walking tour of the medieval city

MUNICH
Guided sightseeing, visit Marienplatz

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

LAKE COMO

LUGANO
[LF] Boat cruise and dinner with wine at a “grotto” restaurant

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 the Chapel Bridge

SCHAFFHAUSEN
Visit the Rhine Falls

BLACK FOREST
Woodcarving demonstration

Headsets throughout the tour

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 8 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Frankfurt and special dinners in Lugano and Frankfurt

 Itinerary

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

Day 1

Arrive in Frankfurt, Germany. Welcome to Frankfurt! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Dinner Dinner

Day 2

Frankfurt–Rothenburg–Munich. Drive along the Romantic Road to medieval Rothenburg—a picturesque, medieval walled town that is famous for Christmas ornaments. After a walking tour, continue to Munich, Bavaria’s proud capital.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

Munich. Sightseeing with a Local Guide of Germany’s “Secret Capital” features the Olympic Stadium, built for the 1972 Olympics; the 1,000-foot-high Olympic Tower; 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. Also visit lively MARIENPLATZ with the Old and the New Town Halls and the gothic Frauenkirche. An optional excursion is available to romantic Linderhof Castle, built by King Ludwig II, and the famous Passion Play village of Oberammergau.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 4

Munich–Salzburg, Austria–Vienna. Arrive in Salzburg, where your walking tour with a Local Guide includes the historic center. 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. Then, continue through the scenic Salzkammergut Lakeland and along the Danube River 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 5

Vienna. Guided sightseeing features vistas of Prater park with its giant Ferris wheel, then drive along the Ringstrasse, pass the State Opera House, the Jewish quarter, and 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. For those who wish to “see it all,” there is a chance to join an interesting optional excursion to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6

Vienna–Piber–St. Veit. Start this morning with a visit to magnificent SCHÖNBRUNN PALACE. Leave Vienna and enter Styria. [LF] Enjoy a special visit to the world-famous LIPIZZANER STALLION STUD FARM in Piber, the place where these magnificent horses are bred and raised before they go to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 7

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.” Then, via Tre Croci Pass and Lake Misurina to Brunico and across Brenner Pass to Innsbruck in the Tyrolean Alps. Stroll through its medieval lanes to Emperor Maximilian’s GOLDEN ROOF. Why not join an optional Tyrolean song-and-dance show?
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

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 9

St. Moritz–Lake Como–Lugano. Descend towards Italy’s Lake Como and continue on to the southern tip of Switzerland to the resort town of Lugano, with time for an espresso on Piazza Riforma and a refreshing walk in the shade of Parco Ciani’s magnificent old trees. Tonight, a special treat: [LF] enjoy a BOAT CRUISE across the sparkling lake and dinner with wine at the traditional “grotto” Roccabella restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 10

Lugano–Lake Maggiore, Italy–Zermatt, Switzerland. From Lake Lugano to Lake Maggiore for a break in elegant Stresa. An optional boat ride to enchanting Isola Bella can be arranged. Across lofty Simplon Pass into the Swiss Valais, an area renowned for its great mountain resorts. In Täsch, board a 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 11

At Leisure in Zermatt. Today is your chance to enjoy an exciting optional excursion by cable car to the Klein Matterhorn at 12,740 feet, for spectacular views of the Matterhorn and the surrounding Alps.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12

Zermatt–Berne–Interlaken–Lucerne. Through the vineyards and apricot groves of the lower Rhône Valley 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 via Interlaken, a Bernese Oberland resort beneath the towering Jungfrau, and across Brünig Pass to Lucerne.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13

Lucerne. On your walking tour, admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive LION MONUMENT and ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit church. Afterwards, shop for Swiss watches and maybe join an exciting optional excursion to Mount Pilatus.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 14

Lucerne–Rhine Falls–Black Forest–Frankfurt, Germany. On the way back to Germany, visit thundering RHINE FALLS at Schaffhausen. Enter the pine-clad hills of the Black Forest, renowned for its cuckoo clocks, and enjoy a WOODCARVING DEMONSTRATION on your way to Frankfurt. Tonight, [LF] a special farewell dinner with wine at Schwarzer Stern restaurant awaits you to celebrate the success of your Alpine vacation.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 15

Frankfurt. 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

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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

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