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The UNESCO Highlights of Switzerland, Germany, and Austria

See many of the best UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Switzerland, Austria, and southern Germany. You'll experience the diversity these country's UNESCO sights, from the wine terraces in Geneva through watch making in Bern, convents in Zurich, Romantic Road in Munich to Hallstatt, Wachau and of course the Schonnbrunn in Vienna.

This tour starts with Geneva, the "Capital of Peace," home to Le Corbusier's UNESCO-listed Immeuble Clarte, while the vineyards of Lavaux and Le Corbusier's Villa la Lac lie nearby along the shores of Lake Geneva. You'll stay in the Old Town of Switzerland's de facto capital, Bern. In Interlaken, you'll sleep beneath the Jungfrau, while your stay in Lugano will bring the castles of Bellinzona and fossils of Monte San Giorgio into easy reach. In prosperous Zurich, you'll have the opportunity to visit the Abby of Saint Gall, with its extraordinary library. Departing Switzerland, we'll take you to Munich, a great base for exploring Bavaria, including UNESCO-listed cities and towns such as Augsburg and Regensburg. Finally, you'll come to Switzerland, staying in or next to Salzburg, Hallstatt, and Vienna's UNESCO-protected historic centers. For history lovers and UNESCO fans, this itinerary will be a must!

The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, private door-to-door long distance transfers, train travel, city tours and day trips. In addition to the tours included, we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea for what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide.
One of our team in the region will be available to you during and leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival, we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our employee throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 2-5 star accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.
Route for Geneva, Bern, Interlaken, Lugano, Zurich, Munich, Salzburg, Hallstatt, Vienna tour

2 Nights in Geneva

2 Nights in Geneva

3 days in Geneva

2 Nights in Geneva

Switzerland's second city and main French-speaking metropolis, this proud "Protestant Rome" was once John Calvin's capital, but is now famous as the eminently livable "Capital of Peace." A cosmopolitan center of global diplomacy from the Red Cross to much of the UN, Geneva is the scenic spot where the Rhone leaves Lake Geneva. The watchmaker's Mecca, Geneva offers impressive shopping and fine dining, but one of the best activities is free: walking through the Old Town and by the lake. Most of the city is reminiscent of France (which nearly surrounds it) although the more bohemian Carouge district draws plenty of locals thanks to its Mediterranean atmosphere. An hour's drive away, Mont Blanc (the Alps' highest peak) is easy to spot.

Switzerland's second city and main French-speaking metropolis, this proud "Protestant Rome" was once John Calvin's capital, but is now famous as the eminently livable "Capital of Peace." A cosmopolitan center of global diplomacy from the Red Cross to much of the UN, Geneva is the scenic spot where the Rhone leaves Lake Geneva. The watchmaker's Mecca, Geneva offers impressive shopping and fine dining, but one of the best activities is free: walking through the Old Town and by the lake. Most of the city is reminiscent of France (which nearly surrounds it) although the more bohemian Carouge district draws plenty of locals thanks to its Mediterranean atmosphere. An hour's drive away, Mont Blanc (the Alps' highest peak) is easy to spot.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Geneva

Upon arriving at Geneva's airport, a driver will pick you up and take you to your accommodations.

Humanitarian Geneva

Suggestion to explore on your own

There's a reason Geneva is associated with human rights. You can find exhibitions devoted to humanitarian efforts at the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, and the Palace of Nations. The former has three modern exhibitions devoted to defending human dignity, reconstructing family links, and reducing natural risks. The Palace of Nations was built to host the League of Nations, and has housed much of the United Nations since 1946, although Switzerland itself didn't become a UN member until 2002. Welcoming more than 25,000 delegates for over 10,000 intergovernmental meetings annually, this important complex is also home to many works of art, including some of the meeting rooms themselves. Explore the palace via its daily guided tours.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Geneva

Geneva Old Town Private Walking Tour

Geneva Old Town Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Once the "Protestant Rome," Geneva has long been known for its leading role in the Protestant Reformation, as marked by its impressive St. Peter's Cathedral. On this tour, you will have the chance to get an insight into Geneva's history and life there today.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 2 hours

Lavaux Half Day Small Group Wine Tour

Lavaux Small Group Wine Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Experience Lavaux and its wines like never before while riding in a luxury panoramic bus. On this tour, you'll enjoy great views of Lavaux's beauty, while learning about and tasting locally-made wine and cold cuts.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Traveling to Bern by Train

Today you're off to Bern. Your driver will pick you up from your accommodations and take you to the local train station. We have included second class train tickets, but you can upgrade to first class for an extra fee. The journey takes under two hours.

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Bern by Private Transfer

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2 Nights in Bern

2 Nights in Bern

3 days in Bern

2 Nights in Bern

Switzerland's de facto capital may not look like you'd expect. Instead of massive government buildings, you'll find kilometers of covered arcades, and streets boasting clocktowers and fountains amid colorful homes. The city's UNESCO-listed Old Town is located on a peninsula, nearly surrounded by a bend in the turquoise River Aare, while the other bank is home to parks (one just for bears). Despite its compact size, Bern was once the largest free city-state north of the Alps, and has long punched above its size historically, with Einstein, Klee, and Dürrenmatt among its famous inhabitants.

Switzerland's de facto capital may not look like you'd expect. Instead of massive government buildings, you'll find kilometers of covered arcades, and streets boasting clocktowers and fountains amid colorful homes. The city's UNESCO-listed Old Town is located on a peninsula, nearly surrounded by a bend in the turquoise River Aare, while the other bank is home to parks (one just for bears). Despite its compact size, Bern was once the largest free city-state north of the Alps, and has long punched above its size historically, with Einstein, Klee, and Dürrenmatt among its famous inhabitants.

Day 3

Day 3 - Arrival in Bern

Upon your arrival at Bern's main train station, a driver will pick you up and take you to your accommodations.

A Night with Roses

Suggestion to explore on your own

Ascend to the Rose Garden on your first night in Bern, and you'll fall in love with the city. Just two hundred meters above the UNESCO-listed Old City, you'll find yourself in a captivating natural environment, with fantastic views of the city and the surrounding mountains. Guaranteed postcard shots! This public park offers 400 types of roses and irises, as well as 28 cultivars of rhododendrons and Japanese cherry trees. Hungry after the stroll? The Rosengaten restaurant awaits, with fine fare.

Day 4

Day 4 - Your First Full Day in Bern

Bern Old City Private Tour

Bern Old City Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Bern’s UNESCO-listed Old City never ceases to fascinate, with its distinctive limestone buildings, charming alleys, and impressive monuments. Let a local guide show you the history, culture, and local life of this amazing city. Participate in this walking tour and see memorable sights from the late Gothic Bernese Minster, to the “Kindlifresserbrunnen,” the "Child Eater Fountain."


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 2 hours

Watch Valley

Suggestion to explore on your own

For those with a UNESCO checklist, we recommend taking a day trip to two tiny towns near the French border. La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle have been horological centers since medieval times. The anchors of the "Watch Valley," these towns punch above their weight. Le Locle is often considered the birthplace of watchmaking, as well as brands from Zodiac to Zenith, and is still home to one of the world's best horological museums, the Musee d'Horlogerie du Locle. La Chaux-de-Fonds is the hometown of Le Corbusier and Louis Chevrolet (co-founder of the car company). Today, these towns have a mix of medieval and Art Nouveau architecture, and can be reached by train or bus.

Day 5

Day 5 - Traveling to Interlaken by Private Transfer

Today it's time to visit the town of Interlaken. We will arrange for a driver to pick you up from your accommodations in Bern and take you there. Although the drive itself takes less than an hour, we've added non-guided stops at Spiez Castle and the charming town of Thun.

Interlaken by Private Transfer with Spiez Castle and Thun Stops

2 Nights in Interlaken

2 Nights in Interlaken

3 days in Interlaken

2 Nights in Interlaken

The gateway to the Bernese Highlands, Interlaken's name is fitting, as it straddles the scenic lakes of Brienz and Thun, linked by the turquoise River Aare. A tourist haven, this hub offers a wide variety of active ways to explore the surrounding area, home to some of Switzerland's most famed peaks.

The gateway to the Bernese Highlands, Interlaken's name is fitting, as it straddles the scenic lakes of Brienz and Thun, linked by the turquoise River Aare. A tourist haven, this hub offers a wide variety of active ways to explore the surrounding area, home to some of Switzerland's most famed peaks.

Day 5

Day 5 - Arrival in Interlaken

Your driver will take you to your accommodations in Interlaken.

Discover a Historic Gem

Suggestion to explore on your own

Getting around Interlaken after your arrival will take you to small riverside streets and bridges crisscrossing the Aare. A medieval environment embraces you if you walk further to the Unterseen district. Complete your first night in Interlaken with an Old Town dinner at Stadtkeller, with its delicious traditional food and folk music.

Day 6

Day 6 - Your First Full Day in Interlaken

Jungfraujoch Private Tour

Jungfraujoch Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Learn about alpine history and local legends and witness spectacular views along the way during this tour to the Jungfraujoch, the saddle between the Jungfrau and Monch, mountains over 4,000 meters (13,100 feet) high. After taking Europe's highest railroad, you'll get a tour of the "Top of Europe" complex, including one of the world's highest observatories. Along the way, you'll visit the beautiful village of Lauterbrunnen.


Activity Level : Strenuous
Duration : 7 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Lugano by Train

Today you're off to Lugano. Your driver will pick you up from your accommodations and take you to the local train station. As there are no direct trains, you will need to change trains at least once, likely in Lucerne. We have included second class train tickets, but you can upgrade to first class for an extra fee. The journey generally takes about four hours.

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2 Nights in Lugano

2 Nights in Lugano

3 days in Lugano

2 Nights in Lugano

The largest Italian city outside Italy, Lugano has been rivals with pricier neighbor Como for centuries. This border city (1/3 of its eponymous lake is Italian) is a charming exemplar of the architecture its southern neighbor is known for. Its palm trees complete the illusion of being somewhere else. Stroll the picturesque boulevards, and enjoy this city's excellent shopping, then venture beyond. Staying at a hotel in Lugano gives you a pass good for free public transportation throughout the surrounding Italian-speaking Ticino canton, including the network of ferries crisscrossing Lake Lugano. A classic activity is to ride a boat (as part of a cruise, or on your own) to one of the "grottos" across the lake, then tuck into one of the authentic rural meals these picturesque restaurants specialize in.

The largest Italian city outside Italy, Lugano has been rivals with pricier neighbor Como for centuries. This border city (1/3 of its eponymous lake is Italian) is a charming exemplar of the architecture its southern neighbor is known for. Its palm trees complete the illusion of being somewhere else. Stroll the picturesque boulevards, and enjoy this city's excellent shopping, then venture beyond. Staying at a hotel in Lugano gives you a pass good for free public transportation throughout the surrounding Italian-speaking Ticino canton, including the network of ferries crisscrossing Lake Lugano. A classic activity is to ride a boat (as part of a cruise, or on your own) to one of the "grottos" across the lake, then tuck into one of the authentic rural meals these picturesque restaurants specialize in.

Day 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Lugano

Upon your arrival to Lugano's main train station, we'll arrange for a driver to pick you up and take you to your accommodations.

Conquere a Neighboring Hill

Suggestion to explore on your own

Get oriented with a hike up Mt. Bre, Mt. San Salvatore, or Mt. San Gorgio, a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its prodigious fossils. After a rewarding hike, feel free to take a cable car back down from any of these peaks.

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Lugano

Castelgrande and Bellinzona Private Half Day Trip

Castelgrande and Bellinzona Private Half Day Trip

Included in your vacation package price.

With its medieval atmosphere, Ticino's capital, Bellinzona, is the most evocative town in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. And Castelgrande is the most impressive of its three famous UNESCO castles, soaring above the beauty of the historic town center. Witness to centuries of history written by Romans, Lombards, Milanese and Swiss, the castle reveals the reasons behind its importance. Discover the historical Old Town of Bellinzona to get a full picture of the town's history and daily life.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 4 hours

Ferries, Ferries, Everywhere

Suggestion to explore on your own

Lugano's region is serviced by frequent public ferries, free for those staying in the town's hotels. Board a boat at Paradiso and cruise as far as Morcote, one of the most picturesque towns along the lake. Treat yourself with a good coffee and a local sweet discover the historical and architectural highlights of the place and continue to Gandria, the area's other pearl. Choose a grotto for your lunch, embrace the atmosphere, and enjoy fresh lake breezes.

Day 9

Day 9 - Traveling to Zurich by Train

Today you're headed to Zurich. Your driver will pick you up from your accommodations and take you to Lugano's train station. We have included second class train tickets, but you can upgrade to first class for an extra fee. Based on the schedule, you might need to change trains once, in Lucerne.

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Zurich by Private Transfer

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2 Nights in Zurich

2 Nights in Zurich

3 days in Zurich

2 Nights in Zurich

Switzerland's largest city and main hub, Zurich is where many of the nation's bankers and scholars bump shoulders. This cosmopolitan city ranks highly in terms of livability, but for all its wealth and global prestige, the Old Town remains charming, if almost spotless. The ridges flanking Zurich's river valley offer romantic views, but the best way to hit the ground running in Zurich is to follow the river itself as it cuts through the Old Town, then meets Lake Zurich. Along the way, indulge in detours, from upscale chocolatiers to low-stress beaches.

Switzerland's largest city and main hub, Zurich is where many of the nation's bankers and scholars bump shoulders. This cosmopolitan city ranks highly in terms of livability, but for all its wealth and global prestige, the Old Town remains charming, if almost spotless. The ridges flanking Zurich's river valley offer romantic views, but the best way to hit the ground running in Zurich is to follow the river itself as it cuts through the Old Town, then meets Lake Zurich. Along the way, indulge in detours, from upscale chocolatiers to low-stress beaches.

Day 9

Day 9 - Arrival in Zurich

Upon your arrival to Zurich's main train station, you'll be picked up by a driver and taken to your accommodations.

Zurich Fondue eTukTuk Private Experience

Tasty Zurich

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Zurich's diverse dining scene varies from from rustic taverns to haute cuisine and culinary delicacies from around the world. If there is just one local dish you should taste, make it "Züri Gschnätzlets," thinly sliced stripes of a veal with sauce and rösti, the Swiss classic reminiscent of hash browns. Zurich also happens to be the birthplace of muesli, which makes for a great way to start your day. Finally, don't forget to take the time for some fondue, whether on your own, or as part of a tour.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 90 minutes

Day 10

Day 10 - Your First Full Day in Zurich

Zurich Private Walking Tour

Zurich Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Grab the opportunity to discover Zurich with a private guide, exploring the city and your related interests at your preferred pace. Visit the major sights or ask for special route and sights so you can get a glimpse behind the scenes, or just rely on your professional local guide, who will undoubtedly ease your appetite for history tidbits, spoil your eyes with architectural highlights, and answer all your questions about Zurich.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

A Dissolved Convent

Suggestion to explore on your own

Just an hour from Zurich you will find the Abbey of St. Gall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city of St. Gallen was only an adjoining settlement to the huge religious complex. Dating back to the 8th century, this was one of the world's chief Benedictine abbeys. The abbey's library was one of the Medieval world's most important (and oldest), and is still said to remain among the most beautiful in the world. Although the abbey may have been dissolved in the 18th century, the church's baroque interior remains stunning, from its ceiling frescoes to its crypts.

Day 11

Day 11 - Traveling to Munich by Train

Today a driver will pick you up from your accommodations in Zurich and take you to the train station, where you will board a train to Munich, a four-hour journey. We included second-class train tickets in your package but an upgrade to first-class is possible for an extra fee.

2 Nights in Munich

2 Nights in Munich

3 days in Munich

2 Nights in Munich

With its traditional beer halls, designer shops, trendy restaurants and international business, Munich is a mix of old and new, German and cosmopolitan. Largely rebuilt after World War II, the city still retains its old world charm, even in the midst of expansion and modernization. You’ve probably heard of the city’s world famous Oktobertfest, a once-in-a-lifetime party dedicated to that incredible Bavarian beer along with some of the local delicacies, including tasty schnitzel. But there’s much more to Munich than drinking, and on your holiday you’ll have the chance to discover the best this charming city has to offer. Don’t miss out on the beer halls and the breweries, but be sure to get off the beaten path to discover a Munich of your own. Much of the city’s past centers around World War II, and there are several ways you can explore this chapter of Munich’s history, including a day trip to the Dachau concentration camp and a special tour focusing on Hitler and the local activities of the Third Reich. Munich is also a center of industry and there is nowhere better to experience this than BMW World. Moving slightly farther afield, Neuschwanstein Castle makes the perfect day trip, perched high in the hills over a verdant valley. Munich’s variety means there’s more than enough to satisfy even the most diverse groups of travelers. Let your curiosity guide you as you explore this unique German city.

With its traditional beer halls, designer shops, trendy restaurants and international business, Munich is a mix of old and new, German and cosmopolitan. Largely rebuilt after World War II, the city still retains its old world charm, even in the midst of expansion and modernization. You’ve probably heard of the city’s world famous Oktobertfest, a once-in-a-lifetime party dedicated to that incredible Bavarian beer along with some of the local delicacies, including tasty schnitzel. But there’s much more to Munich than drinking, and on your holiday you’ll have the chance to discover the best this charming city has to offer. Don’t miss out on the beer halls and the breweries, but be sure to get off the beaten path to discover a Munich of your own. Much of the city’s past centers around World War II, and there are several ways you can explore this chapter of Munich’s history, including a day trip to the Dachau concentration camp and a special tour focusing on Hitler and the local activities of the Third Reich. Munich is also a center of industry and there is nowhere better to experience this than BMW World. Moving slightly farther afield, Neuschwanstein Castle makes the perfect day trip, perched high in the hills over a verdant valley. Munich’s variety means there’s more than enough to satisfy even the most diverse groups of travelers. Let your curiosity guide you as you explore this unique German city.

Day 11

Day 11 - Arrival in Munich

You will be greeted at Munich Hauptbahnhof when you arrive and brought to your central accommodations.

Third Reich Group Tour

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

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Munich was the birthplace of the Nazi Party and the home of its headquarters, so there’s some dark history that can be delved into here. We suggest visiting beer halls that hosted the first small gatherings of the fanatics who one day would lead the Third Reich, and the places where Hitler made his first major speeches. You can then explore the official Nazi headquarters and the buildings that bear the scars of the Second World War, such as the former Führerbau ("Leader's Building") or the former Gestapo (secret police) headquarters.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 2 hours 30 minutes

Day 12

Day 12 - Your First Full Day in Munich

Romantic Road to Rothenburg Private Day Trip

Romantic Road to Rothenburg Private Day Trip

Included in your vacation package price.

Explore incredibly rich medieval heritage along the Romantic Road on this private day trip. Learn how the region's architecture, a reminder of former prosperity, was preserved by the poverty brought by one of Europe's longest wars. Fly back in time by discovering castles, museums, half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets, thick city walls, narrow alleys, or just sitting down in a restaurant located in an original, centuries-old building. Your dedicated driver/guide will keep you informed and entertained for the day, as you visit Harburg Castle, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and optionally Dinkelsbuehl.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 10 hours

Day 13

Day 13 - Traveling to Salzburg by Train

Leave the big city of Munich behind today for the idyllic Alpine town of Salzburg. It's an easy travel day, as the trip takes about 1.5 hours and there are trains running through the day. Based on your preferred departure time, we'll arrange for a driver to transfer you to the train station. Your package includes second-class tickets with seat reservations. Upgrades to first are available but are much more expensive.

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Salzburg by Private Transfer

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2 Nights in Salzburg

2 Nights in Salzburg

3 days in Salzburg

2 Nights in Salzburg

With its perfectly preserved UNESCO-listed Old Town, Salzburg is internationally renowned for its baroque architecture. Add in the alpine backdrop and you’ve got a city that makes for an unforgettable vacation. The imposing Salzburg Cathedral and Hohensalzburg Fortress dominate the skyline, while in the center you’ll find plenty of grand cafes and fine restaurants. Salzburg’s two biggest claims to fame are that it was the birthplace of Mozart and the stage for the timeless musical The Sound of Music. But there’s more than just history here. Today the city is a vibrant destination for travelers looking for a mix of classic culture and modern flair. Strolling through Salzburg is one of the great pleasures of Europe. The local cuisine is hearty and there are more than enough restaurants, bars, and cafes to keep you busy. Beer lovers shouldn’t miss sampling a stein or two of delicious local brew at the Augustiner brewery. But there is so much to see in the surrounding region that no visit to the city is complete without a day trip or two. You could tour the pristine countryside and visit the stunning Hellbrunn Palace. History buffs will want to venture farther afield to visit Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest perched high in the German Alps in Berchtesgaden.

With its perfectly preserved UNESCO-listed Old Town, Salzburg is internationally renowned for its baroque architecture. Add in the alpine backdrop and you’ve got a city that makes for an unforgettable vacation. The imposing Salzburg Cathedral and Hohensalzburg Fortress dominate the skyline, while in the center you’ll find plenty of grand cafes and fine restaurants. Salzburg’s two biggest claims to fame are that it was the birthplace of Mozart and the stage for the timeless musical The Sound of Music. But there’s more than just history here. Today the city is a vibrant destination for travelers looking for a mix of classic culture and modern flair. Strolling through Salzburg is one of the great pleasures of Europe. The local cuisine is hearty and there are more than enough restaurants, bars, and cafes to keep you busy. Beer lovers shouldn’t miss sampling a stein or two of delicious local brew at the Augustiner brewery. But there is so much to see in the surrounding region that no visit to the city is complete without a day trip or two. You could tour the pristine countryside and visit the stunning Hellbrunn Palace. History buffs will want to venture farther afield to visit Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest perched high in the German Alps in Berchtesgaden.

Day 13

Day 13 - Arrival in Salzburg

Depending on where your accommodation is, we can have someone meet you at the train station and bring you to your accommodation.

Walk on the Other Side

Suggestion to explore on your own

Salzburg is a walkable city straddling both sides of the Salzach River. First timers on their first night should definitely have a glimpse and a short walk on the riverside, cross the Salzach on one of its pedestrian bridges, and relax for a while with a good wine, beer and some local food. Stay close to the river for a coffee and cake at Monkeys Cafe. Bar or We Love Coffee at Mozartsteg, or enjoy the atmosphere of this fascinating Baroque city from the Imlauer Sky Bar.

Day 14

Day 14 - Your First Full Day in Salzburg

Salzburg Private Walking Tour

Salzburg Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Discover the beauty of Mozart's hometown as an experienced guide leads you on a walk through the UNESCO-listed city of Salzburg. Your walk includes all the sightseeing highlights, such Mozart's birthplace and residence, the Getreidegasse, Cathedral, Residenz Palace, and Mirabell Palace, with its splendid gardens. If you come across anywhere you'd like to spend more time and go inside, your expert local guide will tailor the tour to your interests.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

One of Europe's Largest Medieval Castles

Suggestion to explore on your own

Hohensalzburg Fortress is enthroned on Salzburg's Festungsberg, high above the rooftops of the city's Baroque center. The biggest fully preserved castle in Central Europe, this emblem of Salzburg draws millions of tourists to the "Mozart City" every year. The fortress is open year-round and can be reached either on foot or by the fortress funicular located in the Festungsgasse. There are several museums worth a visit there, such as the Fortress Museum, the Marionette Museum, the Altes Zeughaus, or the Museum Of The Rainer Regiment, but the fortress' best attraction is its views of Salzburg, and the Alps.

Day 15

Day 15 - Traveling to Hallstatt by Private Transfer

Today a driver will pick you up at your accommodations and take you to Hallstatt. As the village's center is a car-free zone, you'll be dropped off at the Hallstatt Shuttle meeting point after an hour's drive, from which you'll take a shuttle to your accommodations.

1 Night in Hallstatt

1 Night in Hallstatt

2 days in Hallstatt

1 Night in Hallstatt

Hallstatt, a small Austrian village with deep roots, is one of the most beautiful and authentic places to see in the country. Due to its salt mines, this settlements dates back to the 8th century BC, and salt is still its most valuable resource. During the ages Hallstatt flourished and grew, but thanks to its position, it was mostly protected from foreign armies and wars. The first road to the village was made in the 19th century, and until then the only way to reach it was with a boat. Therefore, the village is preserved as it has always been, sitting on the shore of a lake beneath a mountain. Beautiful nature and great views, fresh Alpine air and rich history make this a perfect day or two-day stop.

Hallstatt, a small Austrian village with deep roots, is one of the most beautiful and authentic places to see in the country. Due to its salt mines, this settlements dates back to the 8th century BC, and salt is still its most valuable resource. During the ages Hallstatt flourished and grew, but thanks to its position, it was mostly protected from foreign armies and wars. The first road to the village was made in the 19th century, and until then the only way to reach it was with a boat. Therefore, the village is preserved as it has always been, sitting on the shore of a lake beneath a mountain. Beautiful nature and great views, fresh Alpine air and rich history make this a perfect day or two-day stop.

Day 15

Day 15 - Arrival in Hallstatt

Upon your arrival, a driver will take you to the closest point you can get to the city center, which is a car-free zone. From there, you can take a shuttle to your accommodations.

Hallstatt Private Walking Tour

Hallstatt Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Hallstatt is a village with a history spanning 7,000 years. Get to know the incalculably long history of the village from a devoted local guide who will walk you through the streets and along the shore, telling stories about Hallstatt and its environs. Enhance your overnight stay in Hallstatt with a private walking tour and feel like part of the place's never-ending history.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1 hour 30 minutes

Cruise in Grand Splendor

Suggestion to explore on your own

Can you imagine a better experience than a cruise by a lakeside Alpine village? Take a traditional ferry/salt cargo boat (once used to carry "white gold" from the mines) from April to October across the lake to the village of Obertraun. From there, you can get a new perspective of Hallstatt, and the mountains surrounding both villages! For more flexibility, rent a pedal- or battery-powered boat, and cruise along the romantic fjord-like lake, from April to October.

Day 16

Day 16 - Traveling to Vienna by Private Transfer

Today you will make your way to the Austrian capital. An hour after you're picked up by a private driver from your Hallstatt accommodations, you'll make a stop at the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO-protected wine region. There, you'll enjoy three hours of free time, before continuing on to Vienna. With the stop, the entire trip takes 6.5 hours.

2 Nights in Vienna

2 Nights in Vienna

3 days in Vienna

2 Nights in Vienna

Vienna is a timeless city of high culture, grand cafes, breathtaking architecture and more, all set on the banks of the majestic Danube River. The moment you set foot in the city you’ll see why Vienna’s center is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Often regarded as the world capital of music, Vienna is the place where Beethoven and Mozart made history. Even today a visit to the opera or a classical music performance at one of the city’s sublime concert halls is an unforgettable experience. Stephansplatz, Vienna's main square, is dominated by the impressive eponymous gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral. Inside you’ll find a rich collection of artistic treasures, and the view from the tower is well worth the climb, offering amazing views over the city. But the cathedral is only one of the most visible attractions in Vienna. You won’t want to miss the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace and the imperial Hofburg Palace. Explore the city on foot, in a car, or by bike: the choice is yours. If you’d like to go farther afield you can even take a river cruise to nearby Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, or a bike trip to local wineries. But you don’t have to leave Vienna to have a wonderful time. Simply strolling through the pedestrian zones in the city center and stopping for a coffee and a slice of cake make for a truly enjoyable vacation.

Vienna is a timeless city of high culture, grand cafes, breathtaking architecture and more, all set on the banks of the majestic Danube River. The moment you set foot in the city you’ll see why Vienna’s center is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Often regarded as the world capital of music, Vienna is the place where Beethoven and Mozart made history. Even today a visit to the opera or a classical music performance at one of the city’s sublime concert halls is an unforgettable experience. Stephansplatz, Vienna's main square, is dominated by the impressive eponymous gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral. Inside you’ll find a rich collection of artistic treasures, and the view from the tower is well worth the climb, offering amazing views over the city. But the cathedral is only one of the most visible attractions in Vienna. You won’t want to miss the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace and the imperial Hofburg Palace. Explore the city on foot, in a car, or by bike: the choice is yours. If you’d like to go farther afield you can even take a river cruise to nearby Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, or a bike trip to local wineries. But you don’t have to leave Vienna to have a wonderful time. Simply strolling through the pedestrian zones in the city center and stopping for a coffee and a slice of cake make for a truly enjoyable vacation.

Day 16

Day 16 - Arrival in Vienna

Your driver will bring you directly to your accommodations upon your arrival.

Touch History and Culture in Vienna

Suggestion to explore on your own

If you want to get a taste of art and culture in Vienna, the Museumquartier should be your destination of choice. With more than a dozen museums ranging from the old and dusty to the young and avant-garde, this is the neighborhood that packs a lifetime of local culture into a few compact streets. It’s worth heading over to wander and window shop. You’re certain to find a museum or specific exhibition that suits you.

Day 17

Day 17 - Your First Full Day in Vienna

Vienna Private Walking Tour

Vienna Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Map out Vienna's Old Town with an insider! The personalized route starts from your hotel and takes you to all the must see sights of the Austrian capital. You'll enjoy a pleasant walk through the Hofburg (Imperial Palace) and its gardens, along the famous Ring Street, then passing by and entering magnificent ecclesiastic edifices like the Stephansdom. The tour will be spiced with stories, fun facts, and recommendations for places to eat, drink, and explore further. By the end, you'll feel like a local.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours 30 minutes

Baroque Beauty: the Schonbrunn Palace

Suggestion to explore on your own

Whether you’re a history buff, an architecture lover, or you’re just trying to get a full experience of Vienna, the Schonbrunn Palace is a must. From the palatial gardens to the stunning Baroque architecture, this has long been one of Vienna's most popular destinations (Mozart performed there for Empress Maria Theresa when he was just five!). If you would like to visit the interior, we recommend getting tickets in advance (your JayWay destination manager will gladly assist you with this). You can easily get there with a subway or taxi, arrange for a group tour, or explore on your own. The castle also hosts numerous short-term exhibitions and classical music concerts throughout the year.

Day 18

Day 18 - Departure Day

Based on your flight departure time, we'll have someone pick you up at your accommodation and take you to the airport. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Geneva

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Geneva Airport Transfer
Geneva Old Town Private Walking Tour
Lavaux Small Group Wine Tour
Geneva Train Station Transfer
Geneva - Bern Train

Bern

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Bern Train Station Transfer
Bern Old City Private Tour
Bern - Interlaken Private Transfer with Stop at Spiez Castle and Thun

Interlaken

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Jungfraujoch Private Tour
Interlaken Train Station Transfer
Interlaken - Lugano Train

Lugano

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Lugano Train Station Transfer
Castelgrande and Bellinzona Private Half Day Trip
Lugano Train Station Transfer
Lugano - Zurich Train

Zurich

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Zurich Train Station Transfer
Zurich Private Walking Tour
Zurich - Munich Train
Zurich Train Station Transfer

Munich

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Munich Train Station Transfer
Romantic Road to Rothenburg Private Day Trip
Munich - Salzburg Train
Munich Train Station Transfer

Salzburg

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Salzburg Train Station Transfer
Salzburg Private Walking Tour
Salzburg - Hallstatt Private Transfer

Hallstatt

1 Night Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Hallstatt Private Walking Tour
Hallstatt - Vienna Private Transfer with Stop in the Wachau Valley

Vienna

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Vienna Private Walking Tour
Vienna Airport Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website

Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.

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