The Best of Austria & Switzerland with Oberammergau (ZCO)

14 Day Tour from Vienna to Munich

2020 Tour Details

This Best of Austria and Switzerland tour with Oberammergau covers the highlights of three of Europe's most scenic countries: Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. Spend two nights each in Vienna, Salzburg, Zermatt, and Lucerne, and an overnight in St. Moritz, Berne, Innsbruck, Oberammergau, and Munich.

If you're a fan of palaces and castles, you'll enjoy a visit to Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace, once the home of the Habsburg family. Stand in awe as you hear the stories of this royal family's home. You'll also enjoy a visit to romantic Chillon Castle, a well-preserved, medieval castle on the shores of Lake Geneva.

If spectacular scenery interests you, then you'll be thrilled with the ride on the world-famous Glacier Express train, where you'll travel first-class and have panoramic windows to admire the thundering waterfalls, impressive peaks, glacial ice fields, and tiny villages on your way to Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the majestic Matterhorn. This is a special treat Globus includes to make sure your tour is all you want it to be. Other scenic highlights include a Danube cruise along the prettiest part of the river; a private boat cruise on the fjord-lake in Lucerne (another special treat offered by Globus); a mountain train ride from Zermatt to Täsch; a scenic drive into the Swiss Engadine, considered by many to be the world’s most beautiful mountain area; a stop in Interlaken, where you can take pictures of the Jungfrau Massif with its three famous peaks; and more.

Plus, enjoy first-class seats to the world-famous Passion Play in Oberammergau, performed every 10 years by Oberammergau residents. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

These are just a few of the many highlights of this Austria and Switzerland tour. From the historical sights, castles, and palaces to the spectacular scenery, this is a dream vacation!
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The Best of Austria & Switzerland with Oberammergau map

 Destinations & Sightseeing

VIENNA
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit Schönbrunn Palace and Heldenplatz
DANUBE CRUISE
MONDSEE
Visit the church from The Sound of Music
SALZBURG
Guided walking tour, visit Mirabell Gardens and Residenz Square; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner with wine at the St. Peter Stiftskeller
INNSBRUCK
Walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof
CHUR–ZERMATT
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite By Glacier Express train (first-class with panorama windows), including lunch
ZERMATT–TÄSCH
By mountain train
CHILLON
Guided visit of the castle
BERNE
Guided walking tour, stop at the Rose Garden and the Bear Park
INTERLAKEN
Take pictures of the Jungfrau massif
LUCERNE
Walking tour including the Lion Monument & Chapel Bridge; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite private cruise with a drink and farewell dinner at a local restaurant
OBERAMMERGAU
Passion Play
MUNICH
Orienation, visit Marienplatz

Headsets throughout the tour.

Notes:

  • Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest is normally open from mid-May to end-Sept. Check with your Tour Director for the availability of this excursion.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg
  • Historic Centre of Vienna
  • Old City of Berne
  • Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn

Transportation:

Motorcoach; boat cruise; Glacier Express; mountain train. Free wi-fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch on the Glacier Express train; 6 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Vienna, a special dinner in Salzburg, and a special dinner in Lucerne

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Welcome to Vienna! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a special welcome dinner with wine at your hotel.

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Day 2 VIENNA

Start your guided sightseeing with a visit to magnificent SCHÖNBRUNN PALACE. 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. Balance of the day is at leisure and you can choose from our exciting optional excursions to enhance your stay.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 VIENNA–MELK–MONDSEE–SALZBURG

Enjoy a leisurely DANUBE CRUISE along the prettiest part of the river. Afterwards, catch glimpses of historic Melk Abbey, and continue through the romantic Salzkammergut lakeland, made famous in The Sound of Music movie. Stop in Mondsee to visit the PARISH CHURCH, which was used for the wedding scenes, and continue to Salzburg. During your guided walking tour admire exquisite 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. Also take pictures of Mozart’s birthplace in the charming Getreidegasse. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite A special dinner and Salzburger Nockerl (sweet dessert soufflé) has been prepared for you at the famous St. Peter Stiftskeller restaurant.

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Day 4 AT LEISURE IN SALZBURG

Today is your chance to join an optional excursion to spectacular Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 SALZBURG–ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND

A scenic day! Via the Tyrolean Alps enter the Swiss Engadine, considered by many as the most beautiful mountain area in the world with its deep-blue lakes, airy larch forests that turn golden in the fall, mountain peaks exceeding 12,000 feet, and quaint villages with massive white stone houses in the characteristic Grisons style. The rest of the day is at leisure in ritzy St. Moritz.

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Day 6 ST. MORITZ–CHUR–ZERMATT

Drive through exhilarating Alpine scenery. At Chur, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite board the first-class panoramic coach of the world-famous GLACIER EXPRESS TRAIN, which connects two of Switzerland’s most famous skiing areas: St. Moritz and Zermatt. Enjoy your first-class ride with panorama windows and admire thundering waterfalls, impressive peaks, glacial ice fields, and tiny villages as you pass through the Valais, a region known for its great mountain resorts and excellent wines. Lunch will be served on the train. This afternoon you are in Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the majestic Matterhorn.

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Day 7 AT LEISURE IN ZERMATT

An entire day at leisure gives you the possibility to join a spectacular optional excursion to the Klein Matterhorn for breathtaking panoramic views of the Matterhorn and the Alps.

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Day 8 ZERMATT–BERNE

Board the MOUNTAIN TRAIN to Täsch and motor through the lower Rhône Valley to the shores of Lake Geneva. Here, enjoy a highlight visit to CHILLON CASTLE, the 12th-century water fortress immortalized by poet Lord Byron. Arrive in Berne for your overnight stay.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 BERNE–INTERLAKEN–LUCERNE

Your guided tour starts with a stop at the Rose Garden for a panoramic view of the city. Walk through the beautifully preserved medieval Old Town, witness the hourly parade of painted figures at the Clock Tower and marvel at the ornate, flower-adorned fountains. Stop at the BEAR PARK, symbol for the name of the town. Next is Interlaken, where you can take pictures of the towering Jungfrau, then continue across Brünig Pass to picturesque Lucerne. An optional evening is available to a folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing for a first-hand impression of Alpine merrymaking.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 LUCERNE

On your walking tour this morning, admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the fallen Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution, and ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town. Then, cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit church. Afterwards, shop for watches, and you may wish to join an optional excursion to Mount Pilatus. This evening, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a PRIVATE BOAT CRUISE on the fjord-like lake, followed by a farewell dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your Swiss vacation.

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Day 11 LUCERNE–INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA

A comfortable drive brings you to Innsbruck, the capital of crystal, in the Tyrolean mountains. Enjoy a walk through the Old Town to see the GOLDEN ROOF and time to shop for crystal and Tyrolean hats.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 INNSBRUCK–OBERAMMERGAU, GERMANY

Afternoon and evening are dedicated to the world-famous PASSION PLAY, held every 10 years and performed by the inhabitants of Oberammergau.

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Day 13 OBERAMMERGAU–MUNICH

Arrive in Munich, where Germany’s “Secret Capital” comes alive during an orientation featuring the Olympic Stadium, 1,000-foot-high Olympic Tower, and MARIENPLATZ in the historic heart of the city.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 14 MUNICH

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Vienna
Salzburg
St. Moritz
Zermatt
Lucerne
Interlaken

Vienna

Classical Austrian Dinner

Classical Austrian Dinner

Enjoy a typical Austrian dinner.

Price Range: $$

Classical Concert

Classical Concert

Enjoy a spellbinding evening of classical works by Mozart and Johann Strauss, performed brilliantly by professional Salon Orchestra Alt-Wien musicians in one of Europe's prettiest venues.

Price Range: $$

Austrian Dinner and Classical Music Concert

Austrian Dinner and Classical Music Concert

Experience what Vienna is best known for, as you enjoy a typical Austrian Dinner followed by a concert in one of its beautiful venues.

Price Range: $$$

Salzburg

Spectacular Berchtesgaden with Hitler's Eagle's Nest*

Spectacular Berchtesgaden with Hitler's Eagle's Nest*

Travel through fresh mountain air and unbelievable scenery to Berchtesgaden for a visit of Adolph Hitler's infamous Eagle's Nest command post. (*Hitler's Eagle's Nest available from mid May to October).

Price Range: $

St. Moritz

Carriage Ride through the Roseg Valley

Carriage Ride through the Roseg Valley

Hop aboard a charming horse-drawn carriage for an exciting nature jaunt through the fragrant pine and larch woods of Switzerland's breathtaking Roseg Valley.

Price Range: $$

Zermatt

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise by Cable Car

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise by Cable Car

Enjoy views of the Swiss Alps that will leave you speechless, including the stunning south face of the Matterhorn, on this cable car ascent up Klein Matterhorn!

Price Range: $$$

Lucerne

Swiss Folklore

Swiss Folklore

Raise a glass and toast an unforgettable evening of traditional entertainment during this excursion featuring a 3-course feast of local specialties, alphorns, yodeling, and festive Swiss music and dancing.

Price Range: $$

Mount Pilatus

Mount Pilatus

Grab your camera and prepare for indescribable panoramic views on this thrilling ascent up Mount Pilatus.

Price Range: $$

Interlaken

Trümmelbach Falls: Treasure in the Mountain

Trümmelbach Falls: Treasure in the Mountain

Experience the thunderous roar of Trümmelbach Falls, Europe's largest subterranean waterfalls, on this active excursion inside a mountain!

Price Range: $

 Private Touring

Private Touring: Globus European Private Touring enables you to experience all of the attractions, sights and highlights of your selected Globus tour as a private experience - delivered just for you and your traveling party. With Private Touring, you'll have your own dedicated Tour Director, your own private transportation and driver, and your own professional local guides. All with greater flexibility in pace and your experience.

For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

Here's a sample of the additional cost:

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for 2019 travel year. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.

 Know Before You Go

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