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Switzerland and Austria

13 Day Tour to Zurich, Salzburg, Vienna

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13 Days
4 Countries

Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy

14 Cities

Zürich, Vaduz, Salzburg, Vienna, Graz, Villach, Innsbruck, Saint Moritz, Stresa, Zermatt, Montreux, Bern, Interlaken, Lucerne

17 Meals

5 Dinners, 12 Breakfasts

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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One of our most popular trips going to Austria and Switzerland, this incredible duo also delivers a visit to the little Liechtenstein capital. The Alps take center stage on this journey, but you’ll also learn about life as a Carinthian nun when you join them for dinner in a former castle.

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Day 1

Welcome to Zürich

Your epic journey to the heart of Europe launches in the sophisticated cultural hotspot of Zürich. This afternoon, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience for a social impact guided walking tour of old town Zurich. This experience addresses SDG goals 10 & 12 - Reduced Inequalities & Responsible Consumption and Production. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner in this beautiful lakeside setting.

View of Zurich, Switzerland
Accommodation Mövenpick Zurich Airport
Included Meals Dinner
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® See the Grossmunster and the Fraumunster in Zurich, Switzerland
Walking Tour with a Local Change Maker

Join Diana and her team of socially engaged local guides, for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience. Uncover the old town of Zürich during a fun and edu...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Day 2

Journey to Liechtenstein and Salzburg

Embark on a soul-stirring encounter with the valleys and lofty peaks of Liechtenstein, bound for its tiny capital, Vaduz. Continue along the scenic Arlberg route through the Tyrol to your overnight stop in the Baroque city of Salzburg. Here, you will join a Local Specialist for a walking tour that will take you past iconic sights, including the house where Mozart once lived and Domplatz with its imposing Salzburger Dom Cathedral, Residenz Castle and St. Peter's Abbey.

Mirabell Gardens and Fortress Salzburg, Austria
Accommodation Holiday Inn Salzburg City
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Castle Vaduz in Liechtenstein
See Vaduz Castle

Explore Vaduz and admire the Royal family's residence, Vaduz Castle, which overlooks the capital.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience See with a Local Specialist some of the sights that featured in the filming of the 'Sound of Music' in Salzburg
Salzburg City Tour

Join your Local Specialist to visit the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace and Residence Square - both locations used in 'The Sound of Music.' See t...

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Iconic Experience

Day 3

Onwards to Vienna

Waltz through the scenic Austrian countryside, past Lake Mondsee and the rolling hills and fortresses of the Wachau Valley, then continue to Vienna. Perhaps spend your first evening in the 'City of Music' on an Optional Experience Viennese dinner with traditional entertainment.

Statue of Prince Eugen of Savoy and Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria
Accommodation Acom Hotel Vienna
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Vineyard and Grapes in Wachau Valley, Austria
Wachau Valley Scenic Views

Take in the beautiful landscapes of Wachau Valley.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Eagles Nest and Bavarian alps tour in Kehlsteinhaus, Germany
Eagle's Nest & The Bavarian Alps

In Berchtesgaden National Park, we'll drive with our Local Specialist past farmhouses and picturesque villages, as we ascend the Obersalzberg. We'l...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Lake and mountain tour in Salzburg, Austria
Lake and Mountain Tour

Today, with our Local Specialist, we'll marvel at the Alpine beauty of the Salzburg lake district, with its 76 glacier lakes and picturesque towns ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant with drinks and traditional musical entertainment Vienna Austria.
Viennese Dinner with Musical Entertainment

Enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant, with drinks and traditional musical entertainment included. A unique experience in one of Europe’s most elegant cities.

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Discover Artistic Vienna

Admire the grand boulevards and beautiful Baroque façades on a guided sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist, who will take you to see the State Opera, Hofburg, St. Stephen's Cathedral and Parliament. Immerse yourself in the centuries-old history, before spending free time soaking up the coffee house culture of the city. This evening, you may wish to embrace the talents of Vienna and attend a Viennese concert in one of the city's magnificent performance venues.

View of Vienna, Austria
Accommodation Acom Hotel Vienna
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience The Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria
Vienna City Tour

Walk through the first district, Inner Stadt, as your Local Specialist reveals the historic core of the city. Tour the Ring Road to see the Hofburg...

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Schonbrunn Palace and gardens in Vienna, Austria
Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens

The Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn offers an amazing journey through the centuries of Habsburg rule. It is perfectly preserved and richly dec...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner with music in Vienna, Austria
Dinner And Viennese Concert

A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! We'll enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music. With your '...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 5

Off to the Riverside Villach

We journey south to Graz, with its striking architecture and fascinating Roman history. Continue to Lipizzaner Stud farm at Piber where we'll Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the breeding of these athletic white stallions for the Spanish Riding School. Connect With Locals at a Be My Guest experience, join the nuns of Kloster Wernberg at a monastery housed in a beautiful old castle. Enjoy their hospitality and a traditional homemade dinner with herbs from their own garden, before heading to Villach, our home for tonight. 

See the historic city of Graz, Austria
Accommodation Hotel Palais26 Villach
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Be My Guest Dinner and tour of the Monastery of Kloster Wernberg in Villach
Enjoy a Homemade Dinner at the Monastery of Kloster Wernberg

You are taken on a tour of the Monastery of Kloster Wernberg, originally a castle, today home to 60 Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood. You'l...

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Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Fountain in the Main Square of Graz, Austria
Graz Orientation

See the UNESCO World Heritage listed historic city center on your orientation with your Travel Director. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 6

Ascend to Alpine Innsbruck

Enjoy spectacular Alpine scenery, journeying over the remarkable Felbertauern Road on your way to Innsbruck, capital of the Tyrol. Here you will have an opportunity to admire Emperor Maximilian I's Golden Roof, St. James Cathedral and see the Olympic ski jump. You could choose to marvel at the fascinating crystal installations and browse for precious gifts and souvenirs at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Store.

Houses in Innsbruck, Austria
Accommodation Grauer Bär Hotel Innsbruck
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Golden Roof in Innsbruck, Austria
Innsbruck Orientation

Nestled amidst majestic mountains, Innsbruck is a beautiful city offering a unique combination of nature, history, and culture. Stroll the streets ...

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Tyrolean evening and dinner in Innsbruck, Austria
Tyrolean Evening With Dinner

Enjoy a delicious meal of traditional Tyrolean cuisine before a lively folklore show, where singers, dancers and musicians dressed in national cost...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Venture to St. Moritz

This morning, we cross the Swiss border and travel through the enchanting landscapes of the Engadine Valley. Arriving in the chic winter sports resort of St. Moritz, we have the afternoon on our own to explore the scenic landscape or perhaps take the Bernina line train.

Train, Chantarella-Corviglia in St Moritz, Switzerland
Accommodation Hotel Reine Victoria by Laudinella St. Moritz
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Enjoy a drive past stunning Alpine landscape, Switzerland
Scenic Drive Through the Alps

Marvel at the Alpine landscape as you drive past breathtakingly beautiful mountains and valleys. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Enjoy an express train ride with drinks and snacks, Swizerland
Bernina Pass Discovery

Board a train across the spectacular Bernina Pass, one of Switzerland's iconic rail routes. Our panoramic journey takes us to a local hostelry wher...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Journey to Lake Maggiore and on to Zermatt

Drive via the Maloja Pass, past Lake Como, to Lake Maggiore. Explore the lakeside town of Stresa, before seeing the Borromean Islands. Then, head towards the Simplon Pass en route to Zermatt, where you will dine at your hotel.

View of Lake Maggiore, Switzerland
Accommodation Ambassador Zermatt
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Stays With Stories Stay at the Hotel Ambassador in Zermatt, Switzerland
Stays with Stories

Enjoy panoramic views of the unique mountain landscape of the Alps at the Hotel Ambassador in Zermatt. The view of the majestic Matterhorn peak acc...

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Stays With Stories

Optional Experiences Borromeo Palace Garden in Lake Maggiore, Italy
Discover The Borromean Islands

We've organised a private launch to take you to the beautiful islands of Lake Maggiore. Here you will meet with your Local Specialist to do a tour ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Zermatt Your Way

Spend a full free day soaking up Zermatt's crisp mountain air and panoramic vistas. Relax in beautiful surroundings or consider an Optional Experience to the Klein Matterhorn for the most spectacular mountain views.

Mountain Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland
Accommodation Ambassador Zermatt
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Klein Matterhorn by cable carin Zermatt, Switzerland
Klein Matterhorn Excursion

A unique electric taxi service will drive us to the foot of Zermatt's highest and most spectacular mountain ride. You’ll enjoy stunning views as we...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner in Zermatt, Switzerland
Zermatt Dinner Experience

Discover the beautiful mountainous resort town of Zermatt. Afterwards, we'll enjoy a wonderful dinner in a typical chalet-style restaurant with an ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 10

On to Lake Geneva and Montreux

We continue our journey through the Rhône Valley, arriving on the tranquil shores of Lake Geneva later today, where we will view Chillon Castle. We follow the lakeshore to Montreux, set against the pristine backdrop of snow-covered peaks and vineyards.

Chateau de Chillon on Lake Geneva, Switzerland
Accommodation Eurotel Montreux
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Chateau Chillon in Montreux, Switzerland
See Chillon Castle

View the beautiful fortress of Chillon Castle, set on a rocky islet on Lake Geneva and widely regarded as one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Europe. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Lake Geneva Cruise in Montreux and Chaplin’s World visit
Chaplin's World and Lake Geneva Cruise

Enjoy the palm trees on the shores of Lake Geneva from a romantic side-wheel paddle steamer as we cruise along the eastern shore of Lake Geneva. We...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Lake Geneva Cruise in Switzerland
Lake Geneva Cruise with Meal

Enjoy an unforgettable cruise on the ‘Belle Epoque ‘ steamers of the CGN company on Lake Geneva. The lake is one of Western Europe’s largest and it...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 11

Cross the Brünig Pass to Lucerne

Travel via Bern to Interlaken, set in the heart of Switzerland in the shadow of the mighty Jungfrau. Then, cross the Brünig Pass to lakeside Lucerne, where you’ll view the ancient wooden Chapel Bridge suspended over the Reuss and visit the poignant Lion Monument to pay tribute to the brave Swiss Guards who lost their lives defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution.

View of Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland
Accommodation Grand Hotel Europe Lucerne
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne Orientation

During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the Lion Monument, Old Town Hall and Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Folklore evening and dinner in Lucernce, Switzerland
Swiss Folklore Evening with Dinner

Tonight we’ll enjoy a tasty Swiss meal, including the famous Swiss cheese fondue, in a typical restaurant. While enjoying dinner, you can also join...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 12

Lucerne Your Way

Snow-capped peaks surround you as you wander through the medieval streets of Lucerne, lined with colorful muralled façades. Spend a full day on your own exploring the Old Town, enjoy a leisurely Swiss lunch or consider an Optional Experience ascending a nearby mountain for panoramic views. This evening, toast to your epic journey during your Farewell Dinner.

Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland
Accommodation Grand Hotel Europe Lucerne
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Visit Mount Stanserhorn, Switzerland
'Swisstainable' Mount Stanserhorn And Lake Cruise

Take a scenic cruise with us across Lake Lucerne to Stans, and one of Switzerland's oldest mountain railways. Traveling by funicular and the world'...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy a horse and carriage ride, Switzerland
Swiss Countryside & Carriages

A chance to get to know the Swiss, you’ll meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse-drawn carriages. Soak up the stunning...

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Optional Experiences

Day 13

Journey Home

We say a fond farewell to Switzerland and our newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable journey.

View of Zurich, Switzerland
Included Meals Breakfast

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Walking Tour with a Local Change Maker

Join Diana and her team of socially engaged local guides, for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience. Uncover the old town of Zürich during a fun and edu...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Vaduz Castle

Explore Vaduz and admire the Royal family's residence, Vaduz Castle, which overlooks the capital.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Salzburg City Tour

Join your Local Specialist to visit the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace and Residence Square - both locations used in 'The Sound of Music.' See t...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Wachau Valley Scenic Views

Take in the beautiful landscapes of Wachau Valley.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Vienna City Tour

Walk through the first district, Inner Stadt, as your Local Specialist reveals the historic core of the city. Tour the Ring Road to see the Hofburg...

See More
Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Enjoy a Homemade Dinner at the Monastery of Kloster Wernberg

You are taken on a tour of the Monastery of Kloster Wernberg, originally a castle, today home to 60 Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood. You'l...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Graz Orientation

See the UNESCO World Heritage listed historic city center on your orientation with your Travel Director. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Innsbruck Orientation

Nestled amidst majestic mountains, Innsbruck is a beautiful city offering a unique combination of nature, history, and culture. Stroll the streets ...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Scenic Drive Through the Alps

Marvel at the Alpine landscape as you drive past breathtakingly beautiful mountains and valleys. 

Included in Trip
Stays With Stories
Stays with Stories

Enjoy panoramic views of the unique mountain landscape of the Alps at the Hotel Ambassador in Zermatt. The view of the majestic Matterhorn peak acc...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Chillon Castle

View the beautiful fortress of Chillon Castle, set on a rocky islet on Lake Geneva and widely regarded as one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Europe. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Lucerne Orientation

During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the Lion Monument, Old Town Hall and Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe.

Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Salzburg and Vienna with a Local Specialist
Discover Liechtenstein, Zürich, Innsbruck and Lucerne
Visit Vaduz, St. Moritz, Stresa, Graz, Lipizzaner Stud farm in Piber and Zermatt
View the Golden Roof and Hofburg Palace in Innsbruck, the Matterhorn and Jungfrau mountains (weather permitting), Chillon Castle, Bern and the Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne
See The Wachau Valley

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Eagle's Nest & The Bavarian Alps

In Berchtesgaden National Park, we'll drive with our Local Specialist past farmhouses and picturesque villages, as we ascend the Obersalzberg. We'l...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Lake and Mountain Tour

Today, with our Local Specialist, we'll marvel at the Alpine beauty of the Salzburg lake district, with its 76 glacier lakes and picturesque towns ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Viennese Dinner with Musical Entertainment

Enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant, with drinks and traditional musical entertainment included. A unique experience in one of Europe’s most elegant cities.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens

The Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn offers an amazing journey through the centuries of Habsburg rule. It is perfectly preserved and richly dec...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner And Viennese Concert

A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! We'll enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music. With your '...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Tyrolean Evening With Dinner

Enjoy a delicious meal of traditional Tyrolean cuisine before a lively folklore show, where singers, dancers and musicians dressed in national cost...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Bernina Pass Discovery

Board a train across the spectacular Bernina Pass, one of Switzerland's iconic rail routes. Our panoramic journey takes us to a local hostelry wher...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Discover The Borromean Islands

We've organised a private launch to take you to the beautiful islands of Lake Maggiore. Here you will meet with your Local Specialist to do a tour ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Klein Matterhorn Excursion

A unique electric taxi service will drive us to the foot of Zermatt's highest and most spectacular mountain ride. You’ll enjoy stunning views as we...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Zermatt Dinner Experience

Discover the beautiful mountainous resort town of Zermatt. Afterwards, we'll enjoy a wonderful dinner in a typical chalet-style restaurant with an ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Chaplin's World and Lake Geneva Cruise

Enjoy the palm trees on the shores of Lake Geneva from a romantic side-wheel paddle steamer as we cruise along the eastern shore of Lake Geneva. We...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Lake Geneva Cruise with Meal

Enjoy an unforgettable cruise on the ‘Belle Epoque ‘ steamers of the CGN company on Lake Geneva. The lake is one of Western Europe’s largest and it...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Swiss Folklore Evening with Dinner

Tonight we’ll enjoy a tasty Swiss meal, including the famous Swiss cheese fondue, in a typical restaurant. While enjoying dinner, you can also join...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
'Swisstainable' Mount Stanserhorn And Lake Cruise

Take a scenic cruise with us across Lake Lucerne to Stans, and one of Switzerland's oldest mountain railways. Traveling by funicular and the world'...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Swiss Countryside & Carriages

A chance to get to know the Swiss, you’ll meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse-drawn carriages. Soak up the stunning...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Best Value Why touring is the easiest way to travel Learn more >

Current Entry Requirements Check your destination View Entry Guide >

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Languages across Switzerland & Austria Austria German is the official language of Austria, and German, French, Italian, and Romansh are the official languages of Switzerland.
  • Currency used in Switzerland & Austria: Euro (€)
  • Capital cities: Vienna (Austria), and Bern (Switzerland)/li>
  • Time Zone(s) in Switzerland & Austria: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

 

Switzerland & Austria passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Austria or Switzerland
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Austria has a diverse climate due to its varied topography, but it is predominantly characterized by a temperate continental climate. Summers are generally warm, with average temperatures ranging from 20 to 25°C (68 to 77°F). Winters can be cold, particularly in the mountainous regions, with temperatures often dropping below freezing and significant snowfall in the alpine areas. The western parts of Austria are influenced by the Alpine climate, with cooler temperatures and heavier precipitation, especially during the winter months. Precipitation is evenly distributed during the year, with slightly higher rainfall in the summer months.

Switzerland experiences a diverse range of weather and climate due to its varied topography. In general, it has a temperate climate with distinct seasons. Summers are mild to warm, with average temperatures ranging from 20 to 25°C (68 to 77°F), while winters are cold, especially at higher altitudes, with temperatures often dropping below freezing. The mountainous regions receive significant snowfall, making them popular destinations for winter sports. Spring and autumn are transitional seasons characterized by mild temperatures and occasional rainfall.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Dianne P.
Review date: Friday, March 15, 2024
Service
This was my 4th trip with GET and my first solo trip and I couldn't be happier with this company and in particular my travel agent Michelle. From day 1 she's been super amazing to work with - prompt, honest, patient - I couldn't have asked for a better experience. For all the tours she's answered my questions honestly and has never been pushy or in a rush to just get off the phone.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We so appreciate your repeat business and the kind words about Michelle. We will be sure to share them with her and the rest of the GET team. Thank you for taking the time to write and we look forward to your next trip!
Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Vacation
Really good places, nice hotels and wonderful excursions.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, September 4, 2023
Service
GET has always been great with my previous trips booking and reservation, but this recent trip Austria and Switzerland there’s a little bit of a flaw, misspelled last name of my sister who came along with me for the first time, and was corrected early on,original flight was rebooked due to mispelled name,complex flight cancellation and rerouted via other airlines, and delayed connecting flights to final destination,and returning back home with delayed flights and almost missed my connecting flight, to the point of me running to the boarding gate
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about your flight delays and rebooking on other airlines. The summer travel season has been a tough one for all airlines experiencing several delays and flight cancellations. We are happy to see that ultimately you arrived safely in Switzerland and that you enjoyed the trip with any further complications.
Thursday, September 7, 2023
Vacation
A lot of places visited, excellent tour director and driver, I just wished there were more days at least 2 3 days stay in each city , otherwise it was a wonderful trip,
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, October 14, 2022
Service
Great itinerary and fabulous sites. Good at restaurants could have been better. Hotels in Austria did not furnish wash cloths. Very strange.
Vacation
Food at experiences could be better and hotels in Austria didn’t have wash clothes. Not even what I would rate 4 stars.
Alice Del Rosario
Review date: Friday, September 9, 2022
Service
We booked GET as a referral from our friend Rolando Hong. Our booking in 2019 was very easy. Even with the postponement to 2022 the process was well organized.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for choosing us to help plan your trip. We appreciate your patience and sticking with us through the changes caused by the pandemic.
Friday, September 9, 2022
Vacation
Loved the hotels esp, the one in Montreux over Lake Geneva. Tour director Sara Rossi was excellent.
Jolaine Merrill
Review date: Thursday, June 23, 2022
Service
We were part of a group of four under another traveler's name but always were able to get our questions answered.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We wish we could control the weather!! But it sounds like everything went perfectly for you. We are so happy you enjoyed visiting Switzerland and Austria, and that your team took very good care of you. Thank you for leaving a review. We appreciate your feedback.
Friday, June 24, 2022
Vacation
Tour Director and Driver were excellent. Wellness person was also helpful. They were always cheerful, ready to answer questions and anticipate needs of the individuals in the group. They also arranged for gorgeous weather.
Michael Young
Review date: Thursday, June 9, 2022
Service
willingness to answer questions, courteous, good communications,
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you had a great time in Switzerland and Austria. We are so excited you enjoyed your trip, and we're happy we were able to help you plan it. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your feedback.
Thursday, June 9, 2022
Vacation
All the locations were beautiful and seen during this tour. I found it tough living out of suitcase because everyday at a different venue, just a personal view. Tour was great , Ellen our travel guide is superb, Sonia maintain the wellness of the group . I highly recommend this tour to see all the sights mentioned.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Service
very helpful and hassle free
Vacation
vacation was great,except that a couple of the hotels were not up to the first class standard,,hotel at salzburg was not great,and the hotel at lucerne as beautiful as the building is,the room was extremely small,a fan that you had to wind every couple of hours.Its my third trip with getours and second to switzerland and i still don understand why they make a stop to interlaken,its a waste of time,being that they just drop you at the plaza field and thats it,i would have prefered to have stopped at brienz or even better at grindewald or lauterbrunen,all and all it was a great great vacation
Doreen Pierce
Review date: Friday, May 3, 2019
Service
3rd trip with you staff is wonderfull.
Vacation
Larae & Wolfgang were fantastic made the trip effortless and entertaining. They were a great team!!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, September 29, 2017
Service
GET operates well as a clearing house assigning travelers to which provider hosts the trip of the traveler's choice.
Vacation
I do not EVER rate anything Excellent. We enjoyed the destinations or we would not have chosen this tour.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, July 8, 2016
Service
The agent we dealt with at Grand European Travel was not that helpful.He very seldom returned our call.The couple in our group had to cancel the trip due to unexpected sickness and they wanted a friend to take thier place but the agent never returned thier phone call.They did not get the credit for the airfare for the next trip either.Grand European Tour never notified Trafalgar of the cancellation and never forward the registration data which we filled it over and over to Trafalgar and we had to registered with Trafalgar all over again.Now we have learned not to book our airplane ticket through the Grand European Travel.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to hear about your friend's unexpected sickness and not being able to go on the trip with your group. Airlines do not allow people to just take other peoples places on flights. Our tickets carry penalties and we would have to book a new reservation under the new persons name. In most cases, travel insurance will cover these penalties and changes if you chose to add it to your reservation. Grand European Travel
Monday, July 11, 2016
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