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This 12 night sample itinerary includes:
  Transfer in from Zurich airport or train station to your hotel (only on day 1 of the tour)
  Transportation by car, minivan or bus during the entire tour (depending on number of participants)
  English speaking tour guide during the entire tour (driver-guide for groups of 7 persons or less)
  Accommodation at the hotels described or similar with free WiFi
  2 nights in Zurich at Swissotel Zurich or similar
  1 night in Interlaken at Hotel Interlaken or similar
  1 night in Geneva at Hotel Ramada Encore or similar
  1 night in Zermatt at Hotel Alex or similar
  1 night in Munich at Eden Hotel Wolff or similar
  1 night in Linz at Arcotel Nike or similar
  2 nights in Vienna at Arcotel Wimberger or similar
  1 night in Salzburg at NH Salzburg City or similar
  1 night at hotel of choice in Munich (Flexible)
  Daily buffet breakfast
  Visits and excursions as listed
  Regular City Tour of Zurich with local English sepaking guide on day 2
  Dinner in Zermatt
  Boat ride ticket on Lake Zurich (no guide)
  Train ride Täsch - Zermatt - Täsch
  Train ride Zurich - Munich
  Admission to Eagle?s Nest and Abbey Melk
  Cable car ticket to Mount Titlis
  Cable car ticket to Mount Zwölferhorn
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Austria (125)  Geneva (38)  Interlaken (23)  Linz (6)  Munich (112)  Salzburg (48)  Switzerland (102)  Vienna (100)  Zermatt (16)  Zurich (46)  

Beautifully located in the magnificent Alps, Switzerland boasts lovely towns that still preserve a rich tradition. This tour will introduce you to the highlights of the country`s diverse regions. Join us and discover Switzerland`s breathtaking scenery, living heritage and modern cities. Then continue with the highlights of Austria. Start in Munich, the capital of Bavaria and famous for Oktoberfest, then depart for a visit to Passau and Linz, on the Danube. Then continue along the Wachau Valley in Austria, visiting Kuenriger Castle and Melk. Then visit enchanting Vienna. Afterwards, continue through the Lake District, ascend Mount Zwolferhorn by cable car. Continue to Salzburg for a visit. And return to Munich, via the Konigsee River Valley.

Visit: Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken, Bern, Geneva, Montreux, Zermatt, Munich, Linz, Vienna, Salzburg

Beginning of tour in Europe: Saturdays
Departures: April 19; May 24; June 28; August 30; September 20; October 11


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Magic of Switzerland and Austria - 11 nights
Day 1 to Day 12

Day 1: (Saturday) Zurich
Upon arrival in Zurich transfer to your hotel. Balance of day is at leisure.

Accommodation: Swissotel Zurich****.

Day 2: (Sunday) Zurich
In the morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Zurich and its main monuments. Take in fabulous views of the Alps and Lake Zurich from the Höhenstrasse. We will stop briefly in Rapperswil, the quaint City of Roses. On our way back to Zurich you enjoy a lovely cruise on Lake Zurich (no guide). Arrival at Zürich-Bürkliplatz. Make your own way back to the hotel.

Accommodation: Swissotel Zurich****.

Day 3: (Monday) Zurich - Luzern - Mount Titlis - Interlaken
Departure for Luzern. Short sightseeing tour and free time to explore on your own. At noon we continue to Engelberg. Take the rotating Rotair cable car to the top of Mount Titlis and its spectacular glacier. From an elevation of 3.020 m, visitors enjoy spectacular views of the Central Alps. In the afternoon we continue to Brienz and visit the local wood carvers. Our next destination is Interlaken at the foot of Mount Jungfrau.

Accommodation:Hotel Interlaken****

Day 4: (Tuesday) Interlaken - Bern - Gruyeres - Geneva
From Interlaken we drive along Lake Thun to Bern, located on the Aare River, overlooking the Alps. After a sightseeing tour of the city, we continue to Gruyeres, a picturesque village with its impressive medieval castle.
Accommodation: Ramada Encore***

Day 5: (Wednesday) Geneva - Montreux - Zermatt
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Geneva and visit the beautiful parks along the lake, the cathedral and the European headquarters of the UN. Then we travel to Lausanne and Montreux, passing the magnificent Chillon Castle. Free time to explore Montreux. In the afternoon we travel up the Rodano river valley as far as Täsch. From here you continue by narrow gauge train to Zermatt, nestled at the foot of mighty Mount Matterhorn. Dinner at your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Alex****

Day 6: (Thursday) Zermatt - Nufenen Pass ? Zurich
In the morning you are free to explore at your leisure or undertake an optional excursion to the top of Mount Gornegrat (not included). In the afternoon you return to Täsch where you board the bus for a spectacular drive over the high Nufenen mountain pass to Airolo. Return to Zurich.

Accommodation: Swissotel Zurich****.

Day 7: Friday - Zurich - Munich
After breakfast transfer to the train station and travel by train to Munich. Arrival in Munich and visit the city?s main attractions, concluding the tour at the Marienplatz square with its famous clock tower. The capital of Bavaria state, Munich, is famous for its Oktoberfest, which is celebrated annually in September. The afternoon is free to explore at your leisure. In the evening you enjoy a traditional Bavarian dinner.

Accommodation: Eden Hotel Wolff ****

Day 8: Saturday - Munich - Passau - Linz
In the morning we travel to Passau. This city, on the border between Germany and Austria, has a very privileged location on the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz rivers. In the afternoon we cross the Austrian border to the city of Linz, a picturesque town on the banks of the Danube river.

Accommodation: Arcotel Nike****.

Day 9: Sunday - Linz - Dürnstein - Melk - Vienna
After breakfast we enjoy a short stop at the village of Dürnstein, nestled in the heart of the magnificent Wachau Valley. The charming town of Dürnstein offers the unique combination of a breathtaking scenery and traditional architecture. It was in the Kuenringer Castle, whose ruins still overlook Dürnstein, that the English King Richard Lionheart was held prisoner. We continue to Melk for a short visit to the famous Abbey. Finally we arrive the magnificent capital of Austria.

Accommodation: Hotel Arcotel Wimberger****.

Day 10: Monday - Vienna
Sightseeing tour of Vienna. We admire the Opera, Hofburg Palace, Heroes Gate, Parliament, the Council and the other attractions. Afternoon free to explore Vienna at your leisure. At night attend a gala dinner accompanied by live classical music (optional, not included).

Accommodation: Hotel Arcotel Wimberger****.

Day11: Tuesday - Vienna - Lake District - Salzburg
In the morning we continue to the Lake District and ascend Mount Zwölferhorn by cable car to enjoy wonderful views over the Lake Wolfgang. Continue to the city of Salzburg, where the genius composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born. Sightseeing tour with examples of breathtaking Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque artistry. Our visit also includes the world famous Mirabell Gardens and we see the house where Mozart grew up.

Accommodation: Hotel NH Salzburg City****.

Day 12: Wednesday - Salzburg - Berchtesgaden - Chiemsee - Munich
After breakfast we travel along the Königsee River Valley, through the Bavarian mountains, along romantic farmhouses to Obersalzberg. Special buses and an elevator will bring us to the Eagle´s Nest. From there we continue to Lake Chiemsee, the "Bavarian Sea? for a short stop.
The program ends at Munich Airport, around 6 pm.

During holidays, conferences and special events, accommodation may only be available outside the city. Excursions and tours are usually not affected by these events.

Day 1
Arrive to Zurich
Overnight in Zurich    70 hotels offered
Optional   28 Things to do
Day 2
Overnight in Zurich    70 hotels offered
Optional   28 Things to do
Day 3
Overnight in Zurich    70 hotels offered
Optional   28 Things to do
Day 4
Overnight in Zurich    70 hotels offered
Optional   28 Things to do
Day 5
Overnight in Zurich    70 hotels offered
Optional   28 Things to do
Day 6
Overnight in Zurich    70 hotels offered
Optional   28 Things to do
Day 7
Overnight in Zurich    70 hotels offered
Optional   28 Things to do
Day 8
Overnight in Zurich    70 hotels offered
Optional   28 Things to do
Day 9
Overnight in Zurich    70 hotels offered
Optional   28 Things to do
Day 10
Overnight in Zurich    70 hotels offered
Optional   28 Things to do
Day 11
Overnight in Zurich    70 hotels offered
Optional   28 Things to do
Day 12
Departing from Zurich
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Munich
Day 12
Arrive to Munich
Overnight in Munich    115 hotels offered
Optional   26 Things to do
Day 13
Departing from Munich

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Austria

Austria is more epitomized by green glacial valleys and snow-capped peaks - and the wooden picture postcard chalets. Nonetheless, visitors have much to explore from the stylish capital, Vienna, to the baroque splendor of Salzburg. Austria's mountain landscape is undoubtedly its biggest draw for tourists. Although a year-round destination, there is a definite seasonal split in visitors. Summer is best for exploring the countryside on the many mountain trails that snake through the Austrian Alps and the lowlands, while the ski season kicks off in December, attracting winter sports fans from all over the world.
Switzerland

Switzerland is a pristine country of lakes, mountains and forests. The best known of the continent's mountain ranges, the Alpine chain, runs through most of Switzerland and provides the majority of the country's magnificent natural sights. In the summer, towns such as Interlaken become green mountain centers for walking and mountaineering, and there are few places more naturally beautiful in the whole of Europe. Zurich, Geneva, Bern and Lucerne are models of Swiss efficiency, offering a wealth of perfectly serene history. Less busy are the lakeside resorts, including fashionable Montreux on Lake Geneva.
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Zurich
Zurich is a stunningly beautiful with a charming old town where cobbled streets of the 12th-century Old Town are pristin and the blue trams run reliably. The avant-garde Dadaist movement started here in 1916. Zurich also attracted Irish author James Joyce. The city's extraordinary museums and galleries, confirm the city's position as Switzerland's spiritual, if not political, capital. There is also a hip, less conventional side to Zurich. Züri West, once the industrial section, has become the in spot over the last decade, with loft living, galleries, museums, experimental theater and clubs.
Munich
Big-city style and rural charm, Alpine character and Mediterranean verve, art treasures and the Oktoberfest, traditional customs and high technology, beer gardens and haute cuisine, operas and in bars; these are all ingredients that makes Bavaria's state capital so endlessly fascinating, and so popular with visitors from all over the world. Sprawling Munich is one of Germany's major cultural centers, second only to Berlin in terms of museums and theaters. It's also one of Germany's most festive cities, and its location, at the foot of the Alps, is idyllic. Munich's self-imposed image is that of a fun-loving and festival-addicted city - typified by its Oktoberfest.
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