Grand Tour of Austria & Switzerland
July 13, 2020 thru July 26, 2020
Austria brings to mind Vienna Waltzes, Vienna concert halls and the glittering Hapsburg Empire. Switzerland immediately evokes visions of the soaring Alps, pristine lakes and breathtaking scenery. On this tour you will experience it all, including a series of scenic rail journeys. You’ll also reach the most spectacular views in all of Europe. Along with the spectacular setting, you’ll enjoy cultural and culinary experiences and time to explore the cities and towns in the varied regions of these remarkable countries. Each day is carefully crafted to immerse you into the culture while providing a high level of service; for example, on days of rail travel, when departing each hotel, you’ll leave your bags behind and find them delivered to your room in the next town. More than a tour, this journey to Austria and Switzerland is the experience of a lifetime with excellent accommodations and comfortable travel as the top priorities.
Roundtrip air from Tucson to Vienna/Zurich included*
Motorcoach / transfers
Luxurious rail through parts of Switzerland*
14 days, 13 nights
Activity Level 4:
25 meals (13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners) included
Livery service from/to home included
- Vienna City Tour
- Danube Cruise
- Salzburg City Tour
- Glacier Express Rail Journey
- Famous “Chocolate Train”
- Lake Geneva Cruise
- Golden Pass Panoramic Train
- Swiss Fondue and Folklore Dinner
- Roundtrip airfare from Tucson to Vienna / Zurich to Tucson*
- All transfers and motor coach transportation
- Train transportation and scenic railroads as described
- Boat trips as described
- Pick-up/livery service
- 12 nights lodging in Superior and First-Class hotels
- 25 meals (13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners)
- Beverages included with all breakfasts
- Soft drinks included with some lunches
- Admissions and tours as described
- Baggage handling and delivery between hotels
- Services of a tour escort from Pleasurebent Tours
- Services of a professional tour director
- Local guides per itinerary
- Tour director, local guides and driver tips
Day 1 - Departure
Our tour begins this morning, with our departure to Vienna, Austria. After pickup at your home, you will meet your tour escort from Pleasurebent Tours who will remain with the group for the duration of the tour.
Day 2 – Vienna
Upon arrival at the Vienna airport we meet our professional tour director and transfer by private coach to our hotel. This afternoon a local guide joins us for a tour of the outer ring and major sights of Vienna before a welcome dinner this evening. (B,D)
Day 3 – Vienna
This morning we explore the inner ring of Vienna today with a walking tour. We see Belvedere Palace, the elegant Kärtner Ring, St. Stefan’s Cathedral, and more. Our walking tour includes inside visits to St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Imperial Treasury. We visit Schönbrunn Palace the summer home of the Hapsburg. We take a guided tour of the grand palace and have time to explore and enjoy the grounds. We also stop to sample a world-famous torte at the Sacher Hotel. Dinner this evening is at a local winery where we enjoy wine and Viennese cuisine. (B,D)
Day 4 – Danube Cruise – Salzburg
This morning we cruise along the most beautiful section of the Danube, from Vienna to Melk, where we visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey, resting majestically on its promontory above the Danube. Known as the “Cradle of Austria” more than a thousand years ago, Melk today is an historian’s paradise with the Old Gingerbread House (1657), the Post Office (1792) and the 15th-century Gothic church. Our coach meets us in Melk and take us the rest of the way to Salzburg, where the Sounds on Music and Mozart come to life. Dinner tonight is at our hotel. (B,D)
Day 5 – Salzburg
This morning a local guide take us on a walking tour of the inner city. We see the Salzburg Cathedral, the catacombs, the Getreidegasse – the city’s quaint shopping area – and Mirabell Gardens. Our tour includes a stop at the Mozart museum and some of the sights from the Sound of Music. We have lunch at an Austrian beer hall and then have the remainder of the day to explore on our own. (B,L)
Day 6 – Innsbruck
This morning we visit Berchtesgaden, with spectacular views of the Bavarian and Austrian Alps from the summit. We will then drive to Innsbruck where we will have a walking tour of Innsbruck’s historic old town, including the famous Golden Roof, built for Emperor Maximillian I for his wedding in 1500. (B,D)
Day 7 – St. Moritz
This morning we travel by motorcoach from Innsbruck to St. Moritz, a luxury alpine resort town that has twice been host to the Winter Olympics. We will go with a private guide for an excursion to Mt. Muattas Muragl, via a scenic funicular railway, for a view of the Upper Engadine Lakeland, including St. Moritz, the Palü Pass and the Bernina Pass. There is in optional one-hour panoramic hike and experienced hikers have may take the trail up to the Segantini hut to share the incomparable view of the Bernina Massif and the Engadin lake. We’ll have dinner before returning to St. Moritz for the night. (B,D)
Day 8 – Glacier Express – Zermatt
We will spend the day aboard the Glacier Express, an 8-hour scenic journey through the Alps. Our first-class car offers amazing comfort and views along with lunch served to your seat. Tonight, we arrive in Zermatt at the base of the famous Matterhorn peak. We will enjoy a traditional fondue and raclette dinner and check into our hotel for two nights. (B,L,D)
Day 9 – Gornergrat Cog Railway – Zermatt
This morning a private guide will take us via the highest open-air railway in Europe to Gornergrat, a rocky ridge of the Pennine Alps, overlooking the Gorner Glacier offering views of the Matterhorn. In the afternoon, enjoy the shops and restaurants of Zermatt’s Bahnhofstrasse at your leisure. You won’t see any cars–Zermatt is entirely free of automobiles! (B)
Day 10 – Émosson Funicular - Montreux
Dust off your French! Today we will enter the francophone cantons and our first stop will be the Émosson Dam in its spectacular setting above the small village of Le Châtelard. We reach the top via a series of three train rides including a panoramic car on one of the steepest funiculars in the world. We’ll have lunch at the top overlooking the deep Bouqui Canyon and enjoying breathtaking views of Mont Blanc. When we descend, our motorcoach will take us to Lake Geneva, where we board the boat for Montreux for a two-night stay. Montreux is a resort town nestled between steep hills on the shore of Lake Geneva and is known for its annual Jazz Festival and the Chillon Castle. (B,L)
Day 11 – “Chocolate Train” – Montreux
Today we celebrate two things synonymous with Switzerland—chocolate and cheese! “The Chocolate Train,” is a journey in a first-class car on the Montreux-Oberland-Bernois Railway offering scenic views of the countryside and vineyards, on the way to the medieval cheesemaking town of Gruyère where we visit a cheese factory, have lunch and see the town’s castle. From there our coach continues to Broc, the location of the Cailler-Nestlé chocolate factory for a tour and sampling. Tonight, we return to Montreux for a free evening. (B,L)
Day 12 – Golden Pass Panoramic Train – Interlaken
In the morning, with a private guide we will discover Chillon Castle, a medieval fortress on an island in Lake Geneva. Then, in the early afternoon we board the first-class car of the Golden Pass panoramic train. The route between Montreux and Interlaken is a feast for the eyes full of mountain passes, tunnels, Alpine peaks and lakes. In Interlaken, where we will stay for one night, we will once again hear the people speaking Swiss-German in this traditional resort town of lush forests, Alpine meadows, and glaciers between the emerald-colored waters of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Tonight, we enjoy a traditional dinner at a special Swiss Folklore show. (B,D)
Day 13 – Lucerne
The panoramic “Lucerne-Interlaken Express” train takes us this morning from Interlaken to Lucerne, where we will have a 2-hour walking tour on arrival in this city known for its preserved medieval architecture. Enjoy a free afternoon before our farewell dinner. (B,D)
Day 14 – Zurich – Home
Today ends our two-week immersive journey in Austria and Switzerland. We will travel by motorcoach from Lucerne to Zurich and then fly home. (B)
You will need a valid passport to travel on this tour. *If you would like to join the tour from a location other than Tucson, please call our office for special pricing from your airport of choice.
The sewing machine was invented by an Austrian.
Josef Madersperger built his first sewing machine in 1814.
The Swiss eat more chocolate compared to any other country.
An incredilbe 19.4 pounds of chocolate being consumed by the Swiss people per capita per year.
Hotel Das Tigra
Hotel Neue Post
St. Moritz, Switzerland
Eden Palace au Lac
$7,506 per person
Deposit: $1000 at booking
$8,334 per person
Deposit: $1000 at booking
2nd Deposit Due non-refundable
Deposit: March 1, 2020
Roundtrip airfare from Tucson to Vienna / Zurich to Tucson*
All transfers and motor coach transportation
Train transportation and scenic railroads as described
Boat trips as described
12 nights lodging in Superior and First-Class hotels
25 meals (13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners)
Beverages included with all breakfasts
Soft drinks included with some lunches
Admissions and tours as described
Baggage handling and delivery between hotels
Services of a tour escort from Pleasurebent Tours
Services of a professional tour director
Local guides per itinerary
Tour director, local guides and driver tips
We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.
1st Deposit: $1,000 per person deposit at booking, non-refundable after January 31, 2020
2nd Deposit: $1,000 per person deposit due March 1, 2020, non-refundable.
Final Payment due April 8, 2020, non-refundable
Final Payment due April 8, 2020
We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect themselves and their trip investment. Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. For your convenience, we offer the following plan for this tour:
ADULT GROUP PREMIER
360° Adult Group Premier Flyer– Provides an overview of benefits and coverage limits
360° Adult Group Premier Policy – Provides the full coverage term details, including exclusions and limitations
$629 covers trip costs $7,000-$8,000. $706 covers trip costs $8,000-$9,000. Cost may be more or less depending on your total trip cost. If you do not wish to purchase now, the plan can be purchased any time prior to final payment.
Contact us to purchase. If you have questions about coverage, please review the policy or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888.574.7026 or email email@example.com. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc. CA Agency License #0D10209. Travel Insurance is underwritten by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company; NAIC #22276. RWF
ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING
Level 4: Active
Expectations: The tour includes well-paced walking tours with regular breaks. Up to 2-3 hours of walking each day. To fully take advantage of all this tour has to offer, guests need to be able to walk longer distances, climb several flights of stairs and navigate steps and uneven terrain walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators). Your itinerary can include significant changes in temperature and altitude and may require a higher number of longer travel days with morning and/or evening activities. Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Excursions require standing and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited.
Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, expect a vigorous pace and enjoy participating in two to three hours of physical activity per day.
Visit our Activity Level Ratings page under Plan Your Tour for full information on the ratings system.
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have an airline frequent flyer number, or a Global Entry or TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.
If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.
Do not forget to bring your passport to show at the airport. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
All gratuities are included in this tour for the tour director, local guides, and for the coach/livery drivers. Maid tips are not included.
For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary sent to you before the tour.
Many hotels have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
The daytime temperatures in July in Switzerland and Austria will reach the 70s and 80s and lows will be in the 50s. Temperatures can be lower at the highest elevations reached on this tour. Please be sure to bring a sweater and/or rain jacket, along with good walking shoes and a hat. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you on this tour.
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