As your small group of no more than 24 guests discovers mountain villages and European cities, cruises on glassine lakes, and ascends snowcapped summits, the region’s history – and beauty – enchant one and all.  This 14-day Swiss and Austrian exploration begins with alluring Lucerne.  Board the legendary Glacier Express to Zermatt, gateway to the Swiss Alps, and ride the Gornergratbahn, Europe’s highest open-air railway, to the Gornergrat’s dramatic summit.  Enjoy a leisurely Lake Lugano cruise.  See Bellinzona’s iconic Castelgrande, a UNESCO site, in Ticino.  Stop in Maienfeld, setting for the novel Heidi, and enjoy a tasting at Schloss Salenegg, Europe’s oldest winery.  A stop in postcard-worthy Innsbruck is followed by discovery of Tyrol.  Reaching beautiful Salzburg, attend an intimate chamber concert and tour Hohensalzburg castle.  Travel to Berchtesgaden, site of the Nazis’ Eagle’s Nest retreat.  Explore Bavaria’s cosmopolitan capital of Munich at your own pace with an optional 4-day/3-night post-tour extension.

Itinerary

Day 1. Depart the U.S. for Zurich, Switzerland
Day 2. Arrive Zurich/Lucerne
Day 3. Lucerne/Mt. Pilatus
Day 4. Lake Lucerne/Zermatt
Day 5. Zermatt/Gornergrat
Day 6. Zermatt/Stresa, Italy/Lugano
Day 7. Lake Lugano
Day 8. Lugano/Bellinona/Ascona
Day 9. Lugano/Maienfeld/Vaduz, Liechenstrin/Seefeld, Austria
Day 10. Seefeld/Innsbruck
Day 11. Seefeld/Tyrol/Salzburg
Day 12. Salzburg/Berchtesgaden
Day 13. Salzburg/Hohensalzburg
Day 14. Depart for U.S.

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