Austria & Switzerland Discovery

  • 11 Days | Salzburg, Vienna, Lucerne, Interlaken, Grindelwald, Zermatt, Lausanne and Lake Geneva

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Authentic Dining at Locally Owned Venues
Customary Gratuities Included, Historic Center Located Hotels
No Up-Selling on tour, No big buses, No big groups
American Tour Director, Local Expert Guides
Take over as a Private Journey or Self-Guided Journey.


Discover amazing Austria and majestic Switzerland with Now Journey.

 
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Average 10-16 Guests. No Big Buses. Journey Tour Director
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Austria Switzerland Discovery
2022-2023

11-Days Salzburg, Vienna, Lucerne, Interlaken, Grindelwald, Zermatt, Lausanne, Lake Geneva

Explore Austria & Switzerland

Austria: A country with contrasts: From yodeling to centuries-old musical genius, from rustic farm-houses to modern cities, Austria boasts both the historic and modern in a wonderful showcase. Switzerland: Amazing mountains and meadows come together complete with medieval castles and wooden bridges.

Journey's modern approach to travel means no buses, skip-the-line and exclusive access, small social groups around 10 to 16 travelers and Journey Adventure Leaders who are the consummate professional host throughout.

11 Days
 
Extend your stay with a pre-/post-tour hotel room.

Per person from$6,475
 
Solo supplement from $1590
Smart Stay from $5,955
Econo Select from $5,765
Prices vary based on departure date.
 
Itinerary at a Glance

OPTIONAL BEGINNING: MUNICH, 2 Days/2 Nights
EXPERIENCE MUNICH & THE EAGLES' NEST
Rich culture thrives in the capital city of Bavaria.

TRIP COMMENCES: SALZBURG, 2 Days/2 Nights
MOZART, SALT FORTRESS, SOUND OF MUSIC.
The hills are truly alive with the sound of music in Salzburg.

VIENNA , 2 Days/2 Nights
CITY OF MUSIC AND DREAMS.
Music Maestros: Haydn. Mozart. Strauss.

INTERLAKEN, 2 Days/2 Nights
HEART OF THE ALPS.
Majestic Mountains, Lakes and Views.

ZERMATT , 3 Days/3 Nights
LAND OF THE MATTERHORN.
Home of the world's most famous mountain.

TRIP FINALE: LAUSANNE, 1 Day/1 Night
LAC LEMAN IS LAKE GENEVA.
Postcard-perfect views of the mountains. And the lake.

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Included in the Journey

  • We Walk the amazing cities and mountain villages
  • Journey Adventure Leader beginning-to-end
  • Expert easy-to-understand Local Guides
  • 14 Meals: 9 Breakfast, 5 Dinners, 1 Tasting/Lunch
  • European Cuisine with Premium Wine & Cocktails
  • Luggage Portage throughout your Journey, WiFi
  • Meet & Greet at Airport with Arrival Transfer
  • 9 nights' accommodation at hand-picked Hotels
  • 'Master of Your Day' with our Exclusive Premium Sightseeing
  • Comfy Micro-coach throughout the Journey
  • Admission fees, taxes, and gratutities excluding the Journey Adventure Leader

Meet the Austria & Switzerland Overlander

Finding the right journey for your first visit is very important. Journey's 11-Day Austria & Switzerland Overlander begins in the beautiful setting of Salzburg, known as the location for The Sound of Music. Make note, the locals won't know what you're talking about — but we'll let you know why when you're on this tour! Switzerland's mountains are taller than Austria's but both of these amazing destinations work together beautifully.

Enjoy our proven approach of sightseeing balanced with ample leisure time so you can really get to know the destination. No rushing around in a traditional large tour group, no big buses, and the perfect sized group around 16 travelers.

 

Our Top Recommendations on this Journey

Expanding your journey to include Northern Italy and the Lake District come high on the recommendation list.


Austria Switzerland Discovery
2022-2023

11-Days Salzburg, Vienna, Lucerne, Interlaken, Grindelwald, Zermatt, Lausanne, Lake Geneva

Day-by-Day Itinerary

The Austria Switzerland Overlander is a collection of destinations, experiences and beautiful landscape that will truly delight the modern traveler.

Flight and Early Arrival Options
Your flight to Salzburg should arrive on Day 1 of the itinerary —  this means you should depart your home airport the day prior — your round-trip travel time on this Journey is 11 Days (10 Days, 9 Nights Land). Airfare is not included. Inquire about our Business Class and Premium Economy Airfare.

Expand the Journey: Many of our travelers arrive a "full day early" to recover from their overnight flight — inquire with us about a pre-tour overnight hotel room in Salzburg.

Swiss Alps

 

JUMP: DAY 1-2: SALZBURG | DAY 3-4: VIENNA | DAY 5-6: INTERLAKEN | DAY 7-8: ZERMATT | DAY 9-10: LAUSANNE | DAY 11: DEPART


DAY 1: AUSTRIA SWITZERLAND OVERLANDER BEGINS
 

One of our most asked about itineraries begins at the Discovery Walk later today in Salzburg.

Discovery WalkDiscovery Walk
This afternoon meet the Journey Tour Director and your fellow travelers for our Discovery Walk through Salzburg.

Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Salzburg Dinner

Tonight we entertain your palette with cuisine and wines from Austria. Your Journey Tour Director welcomes you to Salzburg.

About the Cuisine on our Journey: Family-owned restaurants farm to table
Journey’s approach to dining is unique in the travel world. We include Premium Beverages (wine, soda and cocktails) and you choose your dinner from the menu. The Austrian and Swiss chefs and families are proud of their delicious dishes which hail from each of the regions in which Journey travels. And in Salzburg, you will enjoy a variety of dishes with great names like the beloved Schnitzel –  a big, battered, flattened, and fried slab of tender veal served with a lemon wedge and potatoes with parsley, or Strude, which can be cream, custard, ice cream all filled in a variety of pastries (think cherry strudel, plum strudel, etc.), along with Sachertorte (just wait for this one!). While on travels through Austria and Switzerland we will enjoy locally grown produce all served with passion and pride.

Journey Hotels IconAccommodations in Salzburg, 2 Nights with breakfast

Deluxe: Radisson Blu Hotel Altstadt, Salzburg

Consider upgrading to our luxury hotel: Hotel Sacher Salzburg

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DAY 2: EXPLORING SALZBURG 

Journey Dinners IconBreakfast included daily

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Salzburg and Mozart's Birthplace
The "Salt Fortress," as the city's name is literally translated, is Austria's fourth largest but both the old and the new city are perfectly sized for exploration. The "Old Town" features baroque architecture and is one of the best preserved city centers north of the Alps. A World Heritage Site since 1997, Salzburg boasts a number of notable sights and perspectives which we will explore.

Our walking tour includes the world famous gardens of Mirabell, the house where Mozart was raised and the house of his birth along the street Getreidegasse. We enjoy a visit to the Salzburg Dome Cathedral and St. Peter's Monastery.

Our sightseeing includes:

  • Gardens of Mirabell
  • Mozart's Birthplace House & Residence
  • Getreidegass Strausa
  • Salzburg Dome Cathedral
  • St. Peter's Monastery
 

We make our way to the impressive Hohensalzburg Fortress that sits atop the city, and time for an optional visit to the Rocky Riding School (Felsenreitschule). This is the theater with a retractable roof and was the stage the Von Trapp Family Singers performed on prior to the escaping the Nazis in The Sound of Music.

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DAY 3: TO VIENNA

We make our way to Vienna, the City of Music and Dreams, via the scenic road that will allow us to enjoy some of the villages like Hallstatt, St. Wolfgang, St. Gilgen or Mondsee. These are beautiful and historic lakeside villages on our way to Vienna.

Discovery WalkDiscovery Walk
After checking in and freshening up, meet the Journey Tour Director for a Discovery Walk of Vienna.

 Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Vienna Dinner

Tonight enjoy a dinner in Vienna with your Journey Tour Director.

Journey Hotels IconAccommodations in Vienna, 2 Nights with breakfast

Deluxe: Grand Hotel Wien

Consider upgrading to our luxury hotel: Hotel Bristol

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DAY 4: EXPLORING VIENNA 

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Viennese Charm
We begin our walking tour of Vienna that features learning about the incredible history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire while we are immersed into all things Viennese. Vienna, which has long been an important cultural and artistic center, has attracted musicians like Haydn, Mozart and Strauss. Great art collections from the old Flemish masters to Klimt and the Expressionists are all found here. The Hamburgs were the dominant force in Vienna and their relationship with the masters of music and the development through history intrigues. We will also see Vienna State Opera House, and St. Stephan’s Cathedral in the heart of the old city.

After the adventure, enjoy the balance of the day at your leisure.

Journey is Different: Join the Journey Tour Director tonight for an optional dinner or explore at your leisure.

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DAY 5: TO INTERLAKEN

We make our way to Lucerne and onward to Interlaken today with our included air hop to Zurich.

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Lucerne
A grand morning awaits with our sights set on Lucerne. We will enjoy a visit to Lucerne with a look at the main sights. Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland, sited on Lake Lucerne, is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. We’ll make sure to visit the medieval Chapel Bridge, considered to be one of the oldest, covered wooden bridges in Europe. We’ll also see the figure of a dying lion which was hewn from the face of rock in remembrance of the heroic death of Swiss guards killed during an attack on the Tuileries in 1792 is one of the best-known monuments in Switzerland.

After our experience we have some time for optional lunch before continuing to the heart of the Alps, Interlaken.

INTERLAKEN: HEART OF THE ALPS

Discovery WalkDiscovery Walk
After making our way to Interlaken, we will check in and freshen up, and then meet the Journey Tour Director for a Discovery Walk. Couched between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the Bernese Highlands is the fabled resort of Interlaken. With a whole network of trains, funiculars, boats, cable-cars at your disposal, Interlaken can be your springboard for journeys into the formidable Bernese Alps, ruled by three immense peaks: Jungfrau, Eiger and Mönch.

Aftewards, enjoy time at leisure until our dinner this evening.

 Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Interlaken Dinner

Tonight enjoy a dinner in Interlaken with your Journey Tour Director.

Journey Hotels IconAccommodations in Interlaken, 2 Nights with breakfast

Deluxe: Hotel Interlaken or Similar

Consider upgrading to our luxury hotel: Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel

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DAY 6: EXPLORING THE ALPS 

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Grindelwald
This morning after a hearty Swiss breakfast we head into the Alps. We will use the famous Interlaken Line for our train journey to Grindelwald, the heart of the mountainous Jungfrau Region. Once in the postcard perfect Grindelwald, we will use the gondola to float up to a area high above the village known as First. With the wonderful panoramic Bergrestaurant as our base, we can take in the amazing views here at the top of Europe.

On the return Gondola you can choose to stop half way down and try a ride on a Trottibike back to the village (all downhill) in warmer months. The Trottibike inherited the best features of the scooter and the bicycle. You stand upright on a wide footboard and roll along pleasantly even on bumpy surfaces, thanks to the suspension fork and large tire with tread. Need some speed? The Trottibike awaits you. After all, it has great brakes, so you can stop at any time from Bort to Grindelwald to view the meadows and farmhouses.

Enjoy the balance of your day at leisure.

Journey is Different: Join the Journey Tour Director tonight for an optional dinner or explore at your leisure.  

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DAY 7: ZERMATT & THE MATTERHORN

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Zermatt
Today is filled with spectacular scenery as we make our way high into the mountains to the car-free village of Zermatt, our home for the next two evenings. We wind our way through the Alps today in route to the world famous Zermatt. Zermatt lies at the foot of the world's most famous mountains, the Matterhorn.

The town is a car-free zone and has preserved its original character over the years. The region called Matterhorn glacier paradise is Europe's largest and highest summer skiing region. Numerous national ski teams train here during the summer months. The region is legendary amongst mountaineers: the Haute Route, a challenging international route that takes several days to complete, leads from Mont Blanc to Zermatt. Over 248 miles of hiking trails lead through and out of the Matter Valley, including the mule traders' trails, which date back to the 13th century. 

Discovery WalkDiscovery Walk
After making our way to our hotel, we will check in and freshen up, and then meet the Journey Tour Director for a Discovery Walk through Zermatt.

Aftewards, enjoy time at leisure until our dinner this evening.

 Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Zermatt Dinner

Tonight enjoy a dinner in Zermatt with your Journey Tour Director.

Journey Hotels IconAccommodations in Zermatt, 2 Nights with breakfast

Deluxe: Schlosshotel Zermatt

Consider upgrading to our luxury hotel: Cervo Mountain Resort

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DAY 8: ZERMATT 

Enjoy a day at leisure with an optional cogwheel train to Gornergrat (elevation is 10,225 ft.) for fantastic views of the Matterhorn. Or just explore the village and enjoy the ambiance of one of the most beautiful villages in the Alps.

Journey is Different: Join the Journey Tour Director tonight for an optional dinner or explore at your leisure.

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DAY 9: GRUYERES & LAUSANNE

We make our way to Lake Garda and our home of Lausanne via the beautful drive. We arrive mid-day, then check in, drop our bags off and enjoy a Discovery Walk.

Discovery WalkDiscovery Walk
After checking in and freshening up, meet the Journey Tour Director for a Discovery Walk of Lausanne.

 Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Lausanne Dinner

Tonight enjoy a dinner in Lausanne with your Journey Tour Director.

Journey Hotels IconAccommodations in Lausanne, 2 Nights with breakfast

Deluxe: Hotel Beau Rivage Palace

Consider upgrading to our luxury hotel: Hotel Royal Savoy Lausanne

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DAY 10: LAUSANNE 

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Lausanne
Enjoy our walking tour of Lausanne with our Local Guide.

Sightseeing includes:

  • Place de la Palud with a visit of the town hall, Hôtel de Ville 
  • The cathedral is recognized as one of the most beautiful in Europe
  • At the historical museum, it is possible to admire a big model of Lausanne in 1638
    • You may enjoy an optional visit to the ancient city, the castle St-Maire and the "escaliers du Marché" (market's staircases), as well as the church St-François which has served 700 years an oasis of serenity. The pedestrian streets and will also help you get to know the atmosphere of Lausanne.

After our experience, the balance of the day is at leisure until our event tonight.

Our Special Journey Finalé
Meet tonight for our special aperitive to celebrate our time together. Our days have been filled with new sights, tastes and discoveries - tonight enjoy reflecting on the incredible journey we've had together. It has been a Journey of Adventure and Discovery, along with making new friends!

Until our next Journey — Adieu!

Journey is Different: Join the Journey Tour Director tonight for an optional dinner or explore at your leisure.  

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DAY 11: DEPARTURE DAY: Goodbye to Switzerland

We say Wiadaluaga (Swiss for Goodbye) today and transfer to the airport or perhaps you extend your stay.

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Austria Switzerland Discovery
2022-2023

11-Days Salzburg, Vienna, Lucerne, Interlaken, Grindelwald, Zermatt, Lausanne, Lake Geneva

Journey's Hand-Picked Hotels

We have included our Journey hand-picked hotels that feature uniquely-designed hotels reflecting the culture and ambiance of the very cities you're visiting. They feature full, hot American breakfast included with private bathrooms. The hotels we've selected feature uniquely decorated rooms with usual and unusual amenities, European-style and seasonal air-conditioning. Remember, we're traveling to a foreign country where things are...different, but that's one of the reasons we travel. The only times an alternate property may be used would be in the event of no availability. In this case, a property of similar quality and location will be used. Make note, it is extremely rare for this scenario to take place.

Do you prefer an upgraded hotel to one of our Luxury properties? Or perhaps the hotel is the least of your concerns and you'd rather spend your vacation dollars on experiences? Then consider our "Options to Modify" throughout the itinerary if you would like to modify one of your properties.

 

Book a pre tour hotel room

ADD A NIGHT IN SALZBURG

Pre-Tour Hotel Room

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA

ROME, ITALY

Nights 1-2

Radisson Blu Hotel Altstadt

salzburg, austria

ROME, ITALY

Nights 3-4

Grand Hotel Wien

WIEN, AUSTRIA

ROME, ITALY

Nights 5-6

Hotel Interlaken

INTERLAKEN, SWITZERLAND

ROME, ITALY

Nights 7-8

Schlosshotel Zermatt

ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND

ROME, ITALY

Nights 9-10

Hotel Beau Rivage Palace

lausanne, switzerland

ADD A NIGHT IN LAUSANNE

Post-Tour Hotel Room

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND

 

 



Austria Switzerland Discovery
2022-2023

11-Days Salzburg, Vienna, Lucerne, Interlaken, Grindelwald, Zermatt, Lausanne, Lake Geneva

Journey to Austria & Switzerland during the Best Times of the Year

11 days, 10 nights land, 12 day round-trip travel time including flight times. Journey's unique approach to Austria & Switzerland features Salzburg and Vienna, Austria, along with Interlaken, Zermatt and Lausanne, Switzerland.

 

2021 Trip Dates, Pricing & Availability
DATES PACKAGE FROM AVAILABILITY

2021 September - October Departures
Sep
5,12,19,26
Oct
3
Deluxe 4 to 5 Star Properties $6,485 AVAILABLE
LUXURY 5 Star Properties $9,855 AVAILABLE
Classic 3 to 4 Star Properties $5,955 AVAILABLE
     

 

2022 Trip Dates, Pricing & Availability
DATES PACKAGE FROM AVAILABILITY

2022 April Departures

Apr
15,22

Deluxe 4 to 5 Star Properties $8,485 AVAILABLE
Classic 3 to 4 Star Properties $6,955 AVAILABLE
     
     

2022 May - June Departures
May
1,8,15,22,29
Jun
2,9,12,19,26
Deluxe 4 to 5 Star Properties $8,485 AVAILABLE
Classic 3 to 4 Star Properties $6,955 AVAILABLE
     
     

2022 July - August Departures
Jul
3,10,17,24
Aug
7,14,21,28

Deluxe 4 to 5 Star Properties $8,485 AVAILABLE
Classic 3 to 4 Star Properties $6,955 AVAILABLE
     
     

2022 September - October Departures
Sep
4,11,18,25
Oct
2
Deluxe 4 to 5 Star Properties $8,485 AVAILABLE
Classic 3 to 4 Star Properties $6,955 AVAILABLE
     
     

 

2023 Trip Dates, Pricing & Availability
DATES PACKAGE FROM AVAILABILITY

2023 April Departures
Apr
2,9,16,23,30

Deluxe 4 to 5 Star Properties $8,485 AVAILABLE
Classic 3 to 4 Star Properties $6,955 AVAILABLE
     
     

2023 May - June Departures
May
7,14,21,28
Jun
4,11,18,25
Deluxe 4 to 5 Star Properties $8,485 AVAILABLE
Classic 3 to 4 Star Properties $6,955 AVAILABLE
     
     

2023 July - August Departures
Jul
2,9,16,23,30
Aug
6,13,20,27
Deluxe 4 to 5 Star Properties $8,485 AVAILABLE
Classic 3 to 4 Star Properties $6,955 AVAILABLE
     
     

2023 September - October Departures
Sep
3,10,17,24
Oct
1
Deluxe 4 to 5 Star Properties $8,485 AVAILABLE
Classic 3 to 4 Star Properties $6,955 AVAILABLE
     
     

 

Pricing is based upon room category availability at time of booking: Prices will change as availability is reduced. Inquire about a Solo Supplement that provides a double occupancy room for solo use and is with a tour that already has at least six (6) other guests booked. Published prices are based on a departure with at least six (6) Journey travelers.