Discover Switzerland, Austria & Bavaria

Discover Switzerland, Austria & Bavaria

Start: Austria Finish: Switzerland

Visiting: Bern, Gruyères, Montreux, Panorama, Gstaad, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Bavaria


Duration: 9 Nights

Physical rating: Medium, Activity Level 3

Tour code: 14058

Tour operator: Collette, Inc.

Group size: 10 - 44

Age range: 5-99


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Tour Overview

Journey through spectacular mountain scenery and picturesque cities as you experience three Alpine countries. Spend four nights each in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bern and the charming Alpine city of Innsbruck. Ride the legendary GoldenPass Panoramic Train from Montreux to the Alpine ski resort of Gstaad. Explore Lucerne, the "Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” Visit Mozart's birthplace and the Mirabell Gardens, featured in The Sound of Music, during your time in Salzburg. Tour the fairytale castle, Neuschwanstein. Sample traditional regional cuisine, including cheese fondue, at some of the oldest and most famous restaurants in Europe. The hills are alive on this enchanting journey across Switzerland, Austria and Bavaria.

Highlights

  • iconSpend a day exploring Salzburg's historic past and charming old town.
  • iconEnjoy a walking tour of Lucerne's Alstadt (Old Town).
  • iconTravel to Bavaria and tour the famous Neuschwanstein Castle.
  • iconSavor a dinner featuring local cuisine such as traditional cheese fondue.
  • iconGlimpse into the cheese production of Gruyères and sample these dairy delights.
  • iconDelight in dinner at the 1,200-year-old St. Peter's Restaurant, Austria's oldest.
  • iconRide the GoldenPass Panoramic Train from Montreux to Gstaad.
  • iconWitness the musical tradition of Austria during a Tyrolean folklore show.

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Overnight Flight

Location: Bern

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Bern

Meals: No Meals

Discover spectacular Switzerland, Austria and Bavaria on a tour featuring 4-night stays in two cities.

icon Day 2 : Bern, Switzerland - Tour Begins

Location: Bern

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Bern

Meals: Dinner

Your journey begins in Bern, the capital of Switzerland. This UNESCO World Heritage site rests in the Swiss countryside. The cobbled Old Town section is so well preserved that residents who lived here 500 years ago would still find it familiar today. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring local cuisine such as traditional cheese fondue.

icon Day 3 : Bern

Location: Bern

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Bern

Meals: Breakfast

Explore delightful Bern on a panoramic sightseeing tour featuring the Bundeshaus (the Swiss Parliament), the famous Bear Pit, the Rose Gardens and the gothic cathedral which dominates Old Town’s skyline. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore independently. Perhaps you’ll take a ride in the red carriages of the Gurtenbahn funicular railway, climbing Gurten Mountain to an altitude of 2,574 feet (858 meters) for impressive views of Bern, the surrounding towns and mountains.

icon Day 4 : Bern - Gruyères - Montreux - Panoramic Train Ride - Gstaad - Bern

Location: Bern, Gruyères, Montreux, Panorama, Gstaad, Bern

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Bern

Meals: Breakfast

Travel to Gruyères, famous for its creamy cheeses. Sample some of these delectable dairy treats during a cheese making demonstration. Later, enjoy inspiring Alpine views with a ride on the GoldenPass Panoramic Train from Montreux to Gstaad. Discover the delightful ambience of this world-famous Alpine ski resort with its numerous traditional wood chalets.

icon Day 5 : Bern - Lucerne - Bern

Location: Bern, Lucerne, Bern

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Innsbruck

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Set out for Lucerne, the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” Enjoy a leisurely paced Altstadt (Old Town) walking tour, exploring the hidden treasures of this 800-year-old city such as the covered Chapel Bridge (1333); the famous Water Tower, which has served as a prison, watchtower and treasury; the Renaissance-style Town Hall; the baroque Jesuit Church; and the Lion Monument, carved from natural rock to commemorate the heroic Swiss Guard. Tonight, dine at one of Bern’s great restaurants.

icon Day 6 : Bern - Innsbruck, Austria

Location: Bern, Innsbruck

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Innsbruck

Meals: Breakfast

En route to Innsbruck, make your way through Liechtenstein, the smallest German-speaking country in the world and the only country to lie entirely within the Alps. Upon arrival in Innsbruck, it’s your choice! Select one of two leisurely walking tours: join a local guide as you discover the city’s history, culture and popular attractions including Maria-Theresien-Strasse, the Hofburg and the “Golden Roof" -OR- you may embark on a tour focusing on Innsbruck’s unique architectural structures including its famous ski jump.

icon Day 7 : Innsbruck - Salzburg - Innsbruck

Location: Innsbruck, Salzburg, Innsbruck

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Innsbruck

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Travel through the picturesque Austrian countryside to Salzburg. Enjoy a walking tour featuring Mirabell Gardens (seen in The Sound of Music), the quaint Getreidegasse (birthplace of Mozart), and many other highlights of this beautiful city. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to independently explore and enjoy Salzburg’s fabulous sights. Complete your day with a delightful dinner at the 1,200-year-old St. Peter’s Restaurant, the oldest in Austria and still owned by the monks.

icon Day 8 : Innsbruck - Bavaria, Germany - Innsbruck

Location: Innsbruck, Bavaria, Innsbruck

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Innsbruck

Meals: Breakfast

Today fairy tales come to life with a tour of Bavaria’s famous castle, Neuschwanstein.* Built by King Ludwig II, it is the most photographed castle in Germany. Next, return to Innsbruck. Later, experience the rich musical tradition of mountainous Austria during a Tyrolean folklore show hosted by a well-known local musical family.

icon Day 9 : Innsbruck

Location: Innsbruck

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Innsbruck

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Savor a free day in this beautiful city. You may stroll through Old Town and shop at many of the city’s outstanding stores or you may just relax and breathe in the mountain air while enjoying a beverage in one of the many cafés that dot this charming city. Tonight you are treated to a farewell dinner in one of Innsbruck’s traditional restaurants.

icon Day 10 : Innsbruck - Tour Ends

Location: Innsbruck

Meals: Breakfast

Your tour comes to an end in Innsbruck.

What's Included

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    Accommodation

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    Drinks with Meals

    (non-alcoholic)

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    Train Tickets

    (if train occurs once tour starts and before tour ends – i.e. not airport transfers)

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    Meals – Half Board

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    Fully Guided

What's Not Included

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

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    Country Entry Visas

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    Tipping and Gratuities

Experiences

  • Ride the GoldenPass Panoramic Train from Montreux to Gstaad.
  • Witness the musical tradition of Austria during a Tyrolean folklore show.

Options

Lucerne: Mount Pilatus

Enjoy the splendor of pure nature while gliding over a clear landscape in panoramic gondolas and spectacular cable cars. Ascend Pilatus via a unique excursion on the steepest railway of the world with a gradient of 48%. Upon arrival at the top, soak in the magnificent Alpine view from 7,000 ft. above sea level. During leisure time at the summit, stroll the walkway for views from a different vantage point, or enjoy Swiss culinary delights on your own in one of the various restaurants (lunch is not included). Return back down the mountain by panoramic gondola for yet another bird’s eye view. Duration approximately 3 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 15 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. This option is available during the months of May - November. On occasion, this option may not be available due to inclement weather. Highest elevation: 7,000 feet.

Price: £85


Innsbruck: Spectacular Seefeld and Country Cottage Visit

How better to spend a free day than visiting the romantic Alpine village of Seefeld. Beautifully situated at 3,600 feet above sea level, this charming Tyrolean town commands breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and countryside. Known as one of the world's greatest ski resorts, Seefeld offers a relaxed atmosphere in an Alpine setting with miles of trails for walking, lakes, fine shopping, dining possibilities and fresh, Alpine air. After arriving by train, enjoy a glass of schnapps and a traditional horse and buggy ride. While at the small country home, learn how to make your own apple strudel and indulge in the chance to sample one of Austria’s famous sweets! Duration approximately 5 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 10 passenger(s) is required to operate this option.

Price: £99


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Do you require a visa for this holiday?

That will vary by country of residence and country destination.

What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

Varies by tour.

Are airport transfers included in this tour?

No, unless you purchase and land and air package from Collette.

Is the tour coach air conditioned?

Primarily, yes. All of the coaches used must meet rigourous safety and cleanliness standards.

Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

Yes, an experienced Tour Manager, with the passion for travel, discovery and the destination - will guide you through your journey from start to finish,

    Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    Yes. Baggage is limited to 1 checked bag and 1 carry per person.

    Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Yes, it varies by tour.

    Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes, with few exception.

    Are flights included in this tour?

    No.

    What is the tipping policy?

    Igratuities for included meals and accommodation housekeeping are included. It is customary to tip you Tour Manager and driver at the end of the tour.

    Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Absolutley. Out tours are crafted with that in mind – striking a balance between included experiences and time to explore on your own.

    Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    We can accommodate children as young as 5 years old, provided they are traveling / rooming with a parent or legal guardian.

    Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes, our Customer Care center would be happy to help.

    Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No, the fees associated with required Visa’s are an additional expense.

    What is the maximum group size?

    Varies by tour.

    What currencies are required for this tour?

    Local currency.

    Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Yes.

    Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes.

    What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    Varies by tour, but typically thjey are 4* / 4*+, and an occaissional 5*

    Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    Effective immediately and until further notice, all guests will be required to bring one of the following: proof of vaccination (official vaccination certificate in paper or electronic form), proof of recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test result (FDA Approved diagnostic) for a test performed 72-hours or less from the start date of the tour with you on tour to verify information you will be pro

    Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes, you will receive full information within the weeks leading up to your departure.

    Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes, most likely. Our tours draw travelers from the United States, Canada and Australia, predominatly.

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