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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Lovely Lucerne, including Kapellbrücke covered bridge
  • Cogwheel train to Mt. Pilatus
  • Famed Glacier Express Alpine train route
  • Gornergratbahn open-air railway with views of the Matterhorn
  • Private Lake Lugano cruise
  • Inside visit to Bellinzona’s Castelgrande, a UNESCO site
  • Alfresco grotto lunch
  • Tour and tasting at Schloss Salenegg, Europe’s oldest winery
  • Baroque Old Town of Salzburg
  • Eagle’s Nest, Nazi clifftop retreat
  • Medieval Hohensalzburg, one of Europe’s finest castles
  • Intimate Mozart concert
Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Zurich, Switzerland

Day 2: Arrive Zurich/Lucerne We arrive in Zurich and transfer by coach to Lucerne. After checking in at our hotel, we meet for a briefing about the journey ahead, followed by dinner at a local restaurant. D

Day 3: Lucerne/Mt. Pilatus This morning we encounter historic and alluring Lucerne, surrounded by mountains and sitting on its namesake lake. We visit the medieval Old Town; and cross treasured Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge), the oldest covered bridge in Europe. There’s time to explore Lucerne’s open-air morning market and for lunch on our own before we ride the world’s steepest cogwheel train to the summit of nearby Mt. Pilatus for stunning views across the surrounding countryside. After descending by cable car and gondola, we return to Lucerne. B

Day 4: Lake Lucerne/Zermatt Today’s scenic overload begins with a ferry ride on Lake Lucerne, where we pass numerous villages as well as Rütli meadow, legendary “birthplace of Switzerland.” Disembarking at Flüelen, we coach to Andermatt to board the celebrated Glacier Express train, renowned for its panoramic views as it sweeps through striking valleys, past mountain hamlets, and follows the course of the fabled Rhône. Our adventure on this famed route ends in Zermatt, gateway to the Swiss Alps in the shadow of the Matterhorn. Tonight, we enjoy a Swiss fondue dinner together at a local restaurant. B,D

Day 5: Zermatt/Gornergrat Sitting in a low-slung notch, Zermatt is surrounded on all sides by towering slopes. We get a unique view of this spectacular scenery this morning as we ride the Gornergratbahn, the highest open-air railway in Europe, to the summit of the Gornergrat. Atop this rocky ridge, a dramatic tapestry unfolds all around us: 29 Alpine peaks, each over 13,000 feet, including the majestic Matterhorn standing alone at nearly 15,000 feet. After admiring the jaw-dropping scenery, we begin our descent by train to Zermatt, where the remainder of the day is free to explore this very walkable village as we wish. B,L

Day 6: Zermatt/Stresa, Italy/Lugano We travel by coach today through more superb Swiss scenery, and cross into northern Italy via the legendary Simplon Pass through the Alps where, from 1801 to 1805, Napoleon constructed a road in order to expand his empire. Late morning, we arrive in Stresa, Italy, along the shores of lovely Lake Maggiore, where we have time to explore and enjoy lunch on our own. Then a scenic drive through the famed Italian lake district returns us to Switzerland and our hotel in lakeside Lugano. B,D

Day 7: Lake Lugano After a free morning to explore Lugano independently, we board a motorboat for a private half-day cruise around Lake Lugano. We put ashore at Morcote, a town barely a mile square whose cobbled streets, terraced gardens, and Mediterranean charm led Swiss citizens in 2016 to name it the nation’s loveliest village. After lunch together and time to explore, we continue on our cruise with a stop in Gandria, whose stucco façades seem to cling precariously to the side of Monte Brè. More active guests may choose to return to Lugano via the “olive tree trail,” a two-hour walk along a shaded lakeside footpath. B,L

Day 8: Lugano/Bellinzona/Ascona Today’s tour of Ticino, Switzerland’s southernmost canton, begins in medieval Bellinzona, with its three feudal castles, all UNESCO sites. Here we visit Castelgrande, the iconic central castle where we explore the ramparts and expansive grounds, then enjoy regional fare as we lunch alfresco at a local grotto restaurant built around mountain caves. Then we coach to the artists’ colony of Ascona on the shores of Lake Maggiore. B,L

Day 9: Lugano/Maienfeld/Vaduz, Liechtenstein/Seefeld, Austria We’re bound for Austria today by way of the tiny sovereign nation of Liechtenstein. Late morning we arrive in the border town of Maienfeld, Switzerland, setting for the beloved novel Heidi. Here we enjoy a tour and tasting at Schloss Salenegg, Europe’s oldest winery (c. 1068 CE). Continuing north, we cross into the Principality of Liechtenstein, the fourth-smallest European country. We stop for lunch on our own in the capital of Vaduz then continue on to the mountain village of Seefeld, Austria, and our hotel, where we dine tonight. B,D

Day 10: Seefeld/Innsbruck This morning we coach to nearby Innsbruck, host of the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics. A walking tour highlights the postcard-worthy sights, including the many pedestrian squares surrounded by pastel-colored façades. Then we take a cable car to a lookout in the Nordkette, the “mountain at the heart of Innsbruck,” where we enjoy panoramic views of the city and the surrounding Alps. We have time on our own in Innsbruck before returning to Seefeld. B,D

Day 11: Seefeld/Tyrol/Salzburg Today we explore Tyrol, a crossroads of western Europe. We visit the Museum of Tyrolean Farms, an interactive outdoor exhibit featuring dozens of preserved farmhouses dating from the 15th century onwards. Continuing northeast, we reach the small town of Kufstein, where we can enjoy lunch on our own, explore the cobbled streets and sidewalk cafés, and hear the town’s daily concert, performed on the world’s largest open-air organ. We then cross briefly into Germany before arriving in Salzburg, Austria’s riverside jewel. B,D

Day 12: Salzburg/Berchtesgaden We travel today to the Bavarian resort town of Berchtesgaden, site of the clifftop Kehlsteinhaus (Eagle’s Nest), the Nazi Party’s Alpine retreat, which we tour this morning. Then we return to Salzburg and get acquainted with the city of Mozart and The Sound of Music on a walking tour that features 17th-century Mirabell Palace and Gardens, the renowned Baroque architecture of Old Town, and visits to Salzburg Cathedral and the Mozart’s Birthplace museum. B

Day 13: Salzburg/Hohensalzburg Today we visit medieval Hohensalzburg, one of Europe’s largest and best-preserved castles, where we tour the grounds, courtyards, on-site museum, and magnificent state rooms. Then, before tonight’s farewell dinner, we attend an intimate chamber concert by the Salzburg Mozart Players. B,D

Day 14: Depart for U.S. We transfer today to the Munich airport for our return flight to the U.S. B

Please note: This trip involves considerable walking on uneven terrain in a natural environment. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour to the fullest. Elevations at hotel locations are not severe, ranging from 1,400 ft. to 5,200 ft. The relatively high altitude reached on some excursions – Gornergrat (10,300 ft.) and other Alpine venues (6,000–7,500 ft.) – could pose problems for guests with certain health conditions. You should consult your personal physician if you have concerns.

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 12 nights’ accommodations in Superior First Class and First Class hotels
  • 22 meals: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Tour Dates & Prices

2018 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

Sep 6
Sep 13
Sep 20
Sep 24♦►
May 24
May 31
Aug 23
Aug 30+
Jun 7
Jun 14
Jun 21+
Jun 28
Jul 5

Jul 19*
Jul 26*
Aug 2*
Aug 9*
Aug 16*
Boston, New York,
Atlanta, Charlotte,
Washington, DC
Chicago, Cinc,
Cleve, Detroit, Miami,
Orl, Tampa
Dallas, Den, Hou,
Los Ang, Minn,
Phoenix, Port (OR),
San Fran, Seattle

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $497, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $795 May, Sep; $995 all other dates. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days before departure. All 2018 tour prices above (excluding airlines taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

*Salzburg Festival: guests will have the opportunity to be in Salzburg during this classical music and performing arts festival (no formal activities planned)

Accommodations: +Sheraton Grand (Salzburg); Art Deco Hotel Montana (Lucerne); Hotel International au Lac (Lugano)

Post-Tour Munich Extension: $1,195 Sep (Oktoberfest); $745 all other dates. Single Supplement: $795 Sep (Oktoberfest); $395 all other dates

Airline upgrades on Trans-Atlantic flights: Business Class – $3,795 per person; Premium Economy – $895 per person

A visa is not required for this tour.

    Renaissance Lucerne Hotel, Lucerne / Days 2-3 / Superior First Class 

    The Renaissance Lucerne Hotel offers guests an ideal location from which to explore this Swiss gem.  The hotel’s stately exterior gives way to a chic, modern interior with amenities including a South American restaurant, an Asian-inspired bar and lounge, library, fitness center, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, rainfall shower, and lighted makeup mirror, as well as an in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, minibar, TV, and phone.

    Schlosshotel Zermatt, Zermatt / Days 4-5 / First Class 

    The Schlosshotel Zermatt sits directly across the street from the Gornergratbahn train station, and within walking distance of several of Zermatt’s small shops and restaurants.  The elegant hotel is decorated in an Alpine style with light-colored wooden beams and exposed stone interiors.  Amenities of the Schlosshotel Zermatt include a lobby bar and lounge, fitness center, spa, sauna, indoor swimming pool, laundry and dry cleaning service (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Guest rooms include private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.  Please note:  Due to its elevation and generally cool Alpine climate, the Schlosshotel Zermatt does not offer air-conditioned guest rooms.

    Hotel Lugano Dante, Lugano / Days 6-8 / First Class 

    Situated on a quiet street in a pedestrian area of Lugano, the Hotel Lugano Dante sits just a five minute walk from the town’s namesake lake.  Amenities include a bar, lobby snack corner with tea and coffee, laundry and dry cleaning service (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms include private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, minibar with complimentary soft drinks, TV, and phone.

    Hotel Seelos, Seefeld / Days 9-10 / First Class 

    A true Alpine lodge with wonderful views of the town of Seefeld and its surrounding peaks, Hotel Seelos offers modern amenities in a comfortable mountain setting.  The hotel sits just a short walk from Seefeld’s main street, the Olympiastrasse, named in honor of the several Winter Olympics competitions held here.  The hotel has a restaurant and bar, and includes a sauna and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Guest rooms are decorated with Alpine touches and have balconies with views of the Alps, private bath with hair dryer, TV, and phone.  Please note:  As with the Schlosshotel Zermatt, Hotel Seelos does not offer air conditioning in guest rooms.

    Imlauer Hotel Pitter Salzburg, Salzburg / Days 11-13 / Superior First Class 

    The Imlauer Hotel Pitter Salzburg was extensively renovated in 2014 after being originally opened by the Pitter family in 1864. Located in Salzburg’s New Town, the hotel sits a short walk away from the Mirabell Palace and Garden and a 10-minute walk from the historic Old Town. Amenities include a beer cellar, a rooftop restaurant and bar, fitness center, sauna, laundry and dry cleaning services (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet service. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

    Sofitel Munich Bayerpost, Munich / Extension / Deluxe 

    The neo-Renaissance stone exterior of the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost remains nearly unchanged from the building’s long years of usage as the Bavarian Royal Post Office, but stepping into the avant-garde, vaulted lobby gives a taste of the hotel’s modern aesthetic.  Located in the heart of the city, the hotel sits within walking distance of several well-known shopping centers as well as the Oktoberfest festival grounds.  Amenities include two restaurants, a bar, a full fitness center, spa, laundry service, pool, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Each air-conditioned guest room features private bath with hair dryer, TV, coffee making facilities, and phone.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Post-Tour Extension

Munich – On Your Own

4 days/3 nights from $745 total price
Single Supplement: from $395

Explore Bavaria’s cosmopolitan capital at your own pace.


Your Tour Price Includes
  • Private motorcoach transportation Salzburg/Munich
  • 3 nights’ accommodations at Sofitel Munich Bayerpost (Deluxe)
  • 3 meals: 3 breakfasts
  • Transfer to airport

Please see the Accommodations tab for hotel information.

Guests on Sep 13 & 20 departures will be in Munich during Oktoberfest celebrations

Extension not available on Sep 24 departure.

Tour Directors for this Journey
Enrica Angeli

“Many thanks to Odysseys for providing this excellent tour director. She helped us personally on several occasions.”
Tommy & Sharon Hartley
Dallas, TX

Chiara Baroni

“Chiara pays a great deal of attention to little things as well as big. I have been a tour guide in both Europe and the U.S., and she was just about the best I have ever encountered.”
Barney & Susan Milstein
Portland, OR

Eva Bunner

“Eva – excellent in all areas. She never stopped making the most of the tour for us. Great personality…”
Connie Raupach
Canfield, OH

Ingrid van Mil

“We really enjoyed Ingrid. She was excellent.”
Robert & Jane Mann
Northborough, MA

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