Exploring the Alpine Countries

Discover storybook castles and opulent palaces amidst stunning Alpine vistas as you explore Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. Visit SchOnbrunn Palace in Vienna. Take a cruise along the legendary Danube. Stroll the quaint streets of Salzburg, the "City of Music." Spend a night in the heart of the Black Forest. Visit Augsburg, renowned for its ancient architecture. Witness the beauty of Linderhof Palace and its perfect decorated gardens. Enjoy a scenic train ride aboard the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn. Spend two nights in Zermatt, an Alpine village at the foot of the Matterhorn. From Vienna and the Black Forest to the Swiss Alps and Lucerne, explore the heart of Europe.

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Offer valid through 3/31/2023
13 Days
Day 1ViennaFrom regal Austrian palaces to handcrafted German clocks and snowcapped Swiss Alps, set out to experience three Alpine cultures set amid postcard-worthy landscapes.
Day 2ViennaWelcome to Vienna, Austria's stately capital city. Built by the Habsburg Empire and amplified by classical composers, Vienna exudes an old-world charm that can be found in its cobblestone streets and elegant architecture. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner in the city. Following your meal, enjoy a performance by opera singers and ballet dancers set to the music of Strauss, Mozart, and more.
Day 3ViennaCome to know Vienna this morning during a locally guided tour that showcases its architectural marvels. Visit the 17th-century SchOnbrunn Palace, containing more than 1,440 rooms, and see the impressive St. Stephen's Cathedral. The afternoon is yours. Enjoy free time to explore the avenues of Vienna or perhaps visit one of its many museums.
Day 4ViennaJourney through the countryside before taking a cruise along the Danube,* one of Europe's most renowned waterways. Continue to Salzburg, the "City of Music," and find lush gardens and old-world charm. Step into another time with dinner at the 1,200-year-old St. Peter's Restaurant. Home to aged stone walls and sleek wooden ceilings, St. Peter's is the oldest restaurant in Austria and is still owned by monks.
Day 5SalzburgChoose how you spend your morning because it's your choice! Discover Salzburg on a leisurely paced walking tour of the Old Town -OR- feel like you've joined the Von Trapp family on a city tour featuring iconic film locations from The Sound of Music. No matter how you choose to spend the morning, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the beloved town on your own.
Day 6SalzburgLook out upon the Bavarian Alps en route to the most popular Bavaria city, Munich. Upon arrival, it's your choice! Take a panoramic tour of Munich, highlighting the National Theater of Bavaria and much more -OR- visit the lavish Treasury of the Munich Residence. Both choices end with a viewing of the Rathaus - Glockenspiel chiming at Marienplatz. Continue on to Augsburg, renowned for its ancient architecture, and your home for the next two nights.
Day 7AugsburgTour Linderhof Palace, the only palace - out of three - that King Ludwig II lived to see completed. Walk the extraordinary halls that were modeled after Versailles with an expert guide and bask in the luxury of past royals. Later, fairytales become reality during a picture stop of Bavaria's most famous castle, King Ludwig's third palace, Neuschwanstein. Regarded as the most photographed castle in Germany it was the inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty. Return to Augsburg for an evening at leisure.
Day 8AugsburgYou're off to the heart of the Black Forest, a region famous for artisans who create authentic cuckoo clocks and Hummels. On your way, get a taste of local flavors at a German winery. Enjoy a tour before sampling the vintages and looking out over the rows of vines and nearby Lake Constance. End your day amongst the tree-studded mountains of the Black Forest.
Day 9Black ForestWelcome to Switzerland! Take in your surroundings at the resort town of Montreux, located on serene Lake Geneva. Later, enjoy a short train ride aboard the scenic Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn. Travel to Zermatt - a relaxing car-free village in the Swiss Alps. Take a stroll and breathe in the fresh Alpine air.
Day 10ZermattAll of Zermatt is at your fingertips. Spend the day however you'd like - perhaps you will set out on an optional guided hike through the Swiss Alps, passing by rugged peaks and verdant foliage on a one-of-a-kind adventure.
Day 11ZermattTravel alongside glaciers, crystal-clear rivers, and snowcapped mountains as you venture through the spectacular scenery of the Grimsel Pass. Your destination is Lucerne, the "Swiss Paradise on the Lake." Upon arrival, set out on a scenic walking tour of the city, including a stroll through its romantic Old Town.
Day 12LucerneThe day is yours to relax or independently explore the best of Lucerne. Perhaps you will embark on an optional excursion to Mount Pilatus, ascending the world's steepest railway on a panoramic gondola to the summit. Tonight, come together with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner featuring local specialties and toast the end of a wonderful trip.
Day 13LucerneWish the Alps goodbye as your tour comes to a close today.
Intercontinental Hotel - Vienna, Austria
Arcotel Castellani - Salzburg, Austria
Leonardo Hotel - Augsburg, Germany
Hotel Hofgut Sternen - Titisee, Germany
Hotel Alex - Zermatt, Switzerland
Ameron Hotel Flora - Lucerne, Switzerland
* NOTE: Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.


  • Exploring the Alpine Countries

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    Discover storybook castles and opulent palaces amidst stunning Alpine vistas as you explore Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. Visit SchOnbrunn Palace in Vienna. Take a cruise along the legendary Danube.

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