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Jewels of Alpine Europe

with Salzburg extension
  • Duration: 13 or 15 days
  • Group size: 15-38
  • Reviews: 169
Experience rich culture against a backdrop of soaring Alpine peaks.

Journey from Switzerland’s mountain-lined Lake Lucerne to France’s inspiring Lake Annecy. Take in the picturesque Chamonix Valley and stroll along Italy’s Lake Como. Then, cross Liechtenstein and hit the winter wonderland of Innsbruck before heading to Munich, the lively capital of Bavaria.

Your tour package includes
  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 8 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • Chapel Bridge
  • Interlaken
  • Chamonix
  • Mont Blanc
  • Lake Como
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Day-by-day itinerary
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Zurich today.

Lucerne Region2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Switzerland
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Switzerland! After arriving in Zurich, transfer to the Lucerne region to meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Lucerne
Included meal: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the charming lakeside city.

• Explore Lucerne’s Old Town

• View the sandstone lion statue commemorating the Swiss Guards

• Stroll over Chapel Bridge, a 17th-century covered footbridge, for views of Lake Lucerne and the Alps

Enjoy a free afternoon in Lucerne or add an excursion.

Mount Pilatus
Excursion (additional cost)
Annecy2 nights
Day 4: Annecy via Bern
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel through the Alps today, taking in stunning scenery as you pass Alpine lakes, mountains, and charming villages.

• Stop in Interlaken, where you'll have the opportunity to snap photos of towering Jungfraujoch (weather permitting)

• Visit the Swiss capital of Bern and walk through its charming Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site

• Pass through the vineyards of Lausanne and Lake Geneva as you drive to Annecy

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Annecy
Included meal: Breakfast

Get to know Annecy today.

• Walk through Annecy’s Old Town with your Tour Director and take in sweeping views of the Alps

• Peruse the stalls of the town's open-air market, featuring fresh fruits and vegetables

Enjoy a free afternoon in Annecy or add an excursion.

Lake Annecy Cruise
Excursion (additional cost)
Lake Como Region2 nights
Day 6: Lake Como Region via Chamonix
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your way to Italy, stop to explore Chamonix, a picture-perfect village at the base of Mont Blanc. Then, continue through the scenic Aosta Valley en route to the Lake Como region.

This evening, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Day 7: Como & Villa Carlotta
Included meal: Breakfast

Get to know the city of Como’s charming medieval quarter with a local guide leading the way.

• Pass by the 15th-century Gothic Duomo

• View the 12th-century Porta Vittoria, a defense tower overlooking the old city

• Stroll through the elegant gardens at Villa Carlotta, a palace completed in 1690

(Please note: From November to February you may alternatively take a funicular ride to Brunate.)

Enjoy a free evening in the Lake Como region or add an excursion.

Lake Como Cruise & Bellagio
Excursion (additional cost)
St. Moritz1 night
Day 8: Train ride to St. Moritz
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Tirano, where you’ll board the Bernina Express. Enjoy a scenic train ride through the stunning, UNESCO-recognized landscapes of the Alps to St. Moritz, a prestigious Swiss resort town and hub of wintertime sports.

Later, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

(Please note: The Bernina Express runs seasonally and will be replaced with a local train from mid-October through mid-May.)

Austrian Alps Region2 nights
Day 9: Austrian Alps Region via Liechtenstein & Innsbruck
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to the Austrian Alps region today. Stop along the way to explore Liechtenstein, a tiny Alpine principality dating back to the Holy Roman Empire, and enjoy a guided walking tour of Innsbruck.

• Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz, and pass the royal family’s hilltop castle, still in use as a royal residence

• Arrive in Innsbruck, site of two winter Olympic Games

• See the famed Golden Roof and the City Tower in Innsbruck’s historic Old Town

• Pass the Hofburg, a former Hapsburg Imperial Palace, and walk into its cobblestoned courtyard

• Enter the Baroque Cathedral of St. James

Sit down to an included dinner with your group this evening.

Day 10: Free day in the Austrian Alps Region
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in the Austrian Alps region or add an excursion.

Neuschwanstein Castle & Lunch
Excursion (additional cost)
Munich2 nights
Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Munich
Included meal: Breakfast

Cross into Germany to arrive in Munich, where you'll get to know the Bavarian capital on a guided tour this afternoon.

• Travel past the Englischer Garten and fashionable Schwabing district

• Walk from Odeonsplatz through the nearby Hofgarten to step inside the Residenz, once home to the Wittelsbach dukes of Bavaria

• Explore Marienplatz, Munich’s medieval heart, and see the famed Glockenspiel

Day 12: Free day in Munich
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a free day in Munich or add an excursion. Later, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.

Dachau
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 13: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to Salzburg.

Extension to Salzburg

Dubbed "the Rome of the North" because of its many churches, Salzburg is a beautiful city filled with museums, mansions, parks, and churches. Spend two days soaking up the city’s celebrated musical history.

Salzburg2 nights
Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Salzburg
Included meal: Breakfast

Head to Salzburg, where a local guide leads you on a walking tour of the Old Town.

• View the University of Salzburg and the churchyard of St. Peter

• See the Kapitelplatz, Residenzplatz, and Alter Markt in the city’s Old Town

• Enter the 17th-century Salzburg Cathedral, built in the Baroque style

• Pass through scenery from the beloved film “The Sound of Music”

• Take the funicular to the hilltop Hohensalzburg Fortress, one of Europe’s largest medieval castles

Enjoy a free afternoon in Salzburg or add an excursion.

Mozart Concert & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 14: Free day in Salzburg
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Salzburg or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Eagle's Nest & Salt Mines
Excursion (additional cost)
Berchtesgaden: Salt Mines & Village Visit
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews
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by 5th time traveler 

Itinerary excellent. Hotels B to B -. Best meal was breakfast. Always a variety. Never had a dinner from which we walked away from and said "What a great meal !" Tour guide helpful and always there for us. DO NOT get cash from ATM machines in Munich hotels. 15% fees.

by 2nd time traveler 

It was an amazing trip! All the places were beautiful. The excursions and visits were fun and breathtaking. The tour was scheduled so that there was time to walk around and see things, as well as do some things on your own. The food was delicious. The tour guide was knowledgeable and made the t...

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by 2nd time traveler 

This was a very good tour! I will say that the excursions that state "cruise and lunch or cruise and dinner" is not a meal on a nice cruise ship, you are on a small boat and you eat a meal at a restaurant once you get off of the boat. The Castle tour in Germany requires a lot of steps and walking, I...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 07/10/2019

Dear Carolyn, Thank you for your feedback! To clar...

Amazing tour with stunning views
by 2nd time traveler 

This tour was incredible. My husband and I took this tour as our honeymoon and it was the best decision we could have made. The views at every turn were incredible. Our tour director Lala was the best, she had such great information to share with us and knew the best places to stop for views along t...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 07/10/2019

Dear Erika, A very warm welcome home and thank you...

Breathtaking!
by 2nd time traveler 

This tour was fantastic. The beautiful sights of all the Alpine mountains and lovely landscapes was just amazing. We traveled more miles and used more forms of transportation to view such spectacular sights. I highly recommend this tour. We had a wonderful tour director, Paula, which was not only...

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Hotels, flights, & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Grand Hotel Europe

This Belle Époque hotel is located near the lake promenade. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find Lake Lucerne, Chapel B...

Hotel Novotel Annecy Centre Atria

This modern hotel is located in Annecy’s city center. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and lounge. Nearby, you’ll find Lake Annecy, the old town, and C...

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FAQ
Passport & visa requirements
  • This tour visits Switzerland, France, Italy, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Germany. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 1 hour daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills or stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times as well as getting in and out of trains.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Zurich and depart from Munich. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost. (Please note that on the extension, the travel time between Salzburg and Munich is approximately two hours, and should be considered for travelers purchasing their own airfare.)
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • Swiss food is varied and sophisticated, and some popular dishes include sausages, breaded veal fillets, freshwater fish, and cheese dishes such as fondue and raclette. Be sure to try Swiss chocolate, which is among the world’s finest.
  • For a picnic with French flair, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread, and fruit. In the cities, sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crepes, while mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from cafes. In restaurants, the prix fixe option is a popular way to enjoy a set three- or four-course menu for a good price.
  • Northern Italy is known for flavorful meats and pastries.
  • For more authentic meals, try local trattorias, small restaurants set away from the main piazzas. A typical Italian meal includes wines and the occasional beer, followed by a few sips of after-dinner drinks like grappa or limoncello.
  • Austria is known for its savory Wiener schnitzel and excellent wild trout, carp, and crayfish. Save room for dessert—especially the strudels of fruit and nuts and elegant chocolate cakes, such as the world-famous Sachertorte.
  • German food is hearty and substantial. Among the specialties are dumpling stews, sauerkraut, sausages, smoked cheeses, and dark breads. Bavaria produces some of the world’s purest beers, and white German wines are exceptionally good.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • All destinations visited on this tour operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E, or F plugs with two small, round pins. You may also use a Type J plug with three small pins in Switzerland and a Type L plug with three small pins in Italy.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. In more remote locations, internet access may be limited and is not guaranteed.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • All destinations visited on this tour are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.
Currency
  • You will use the Swiss franc in Switzerland and the euro in France, Italy, Austria, and Germany.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.
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