The magnificent Alps instill a sense of awe, peacefulness, and reflection. This exciting journey highlights the history, arts, and Alpine scenery of Switzerland, Italy, and Austria—as well as historic Swiss trains.

Starting at: $6,992 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Innsbruck, nestled amid the Alps  Historic Swiss train with the Matterhorn in the distance  View of Lake Lucerne, the town of Lucerne, and Mt. Pilatus in the distance  The charming Swiss town of Lucerne with its famous bridge  View of the Matterhorn. Credit: Ricardo Lepatan Jr.  The <i>Gornergrat Bahn</i>, highest cog railway in Europe, with the Matterhorn  Matterhorn peak in the Swiss Alps  The <i>Glacier Express</i> traveling through a tunnel in the Alps  Street in Switzerland's Bellinoza  The Simplon Pass with view of the Alps  Lake Lugano with village of Morcote  The village of Stresa, located on Lake Maggiore  View of charming Salzburg  Hohensalzburg Fortress, Salzburg  Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg

Treasures of the Alps

14 days from $6,992 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

The magnificent Alps instill a sense of awe, peacefulness, and reflection. This exciting journey highlights the history, arts, and Alpine scenery of Switzerland, Italy, and Austria—as well as historic Swiss trains.

or Call 855-330-1542

Accommodations

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Hotel Central am See

Weggis (Lucerne), Switzerland

Hotel Central am See stands directly on the shores of Lake Lucerne, offering guests a panoramic view of the lake and its mountainous surrounds.  The hotel’s amenities include a unique restaurant with both Swiss and Thai cuisine, glass observatory dining room with lake views, and lakeside terrace; bar; heated infinity swimming pool with views of the lake; laundry and dry cleaning service (for a fee); and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, minibar, TV, and phone.  Please note:  Hotel Central am See does not offer air conditioning in guest rooms.

Number of nights: 2

Renaissance Lucerne Hotel

Lucerne, Switzerland

The Renaissance Lucerne Hotel offers guests an ideal location from which to explore this Swiss gem. The hotel’s stately exterior gives way to a chic, modern interior with amenities including a South American restaurant, an Asian-inspired bar and lounge, library, fitness center, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, rainfall shower, and lighted makeup mirror, as well as an in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, minibar, TV, and phone. Renaissance Lucerne Hotel will be used for the August 12-25, 2021 date only.

Number of nights: 2

Schlosshotel Zermatt

Zermatt, Switzerland

The Schlosshotel Zermatt sits directly across the street from the Gornergratbahn train station, and within walking distance of several of Zermatt’s small shops and restaurants. The elegant hotel is decorated in an Alpine style with light-colored wooden beams and exposed stone interiors. Amenities of the Schlosshotel Zermatt include a lobby bar and lounge, fitness center, spa, sauna, indoor swimming pool, laundry and dry cleaning service (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. Guest rooms include private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone. Please note: Due to its elevation and generally cool Alpine climate, the Schlosshotel Zermatt does not offer air-conditioned guest rooms.

Number of nights: 2

Hotel de la Paix

Lugano, Switzerland

The Hotel de la Paix is located close to Lake Lugano and at a walking distance from the city center and from the brand new arts center Lac Lugano Art & Culture. Amenities include a bar, 2 restaurants, laundry and dry cleaning service (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. Air-conditioned guest rooms include private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, minibar, TV, radio, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

Hotel Seelos

Seefeld, Austria

A true Alpine lodge with wonderful views of the town of Seefeld and its surrounding peaks, Hotel Seelos offers modern amenities in a comfortable mountain setting. The hotel sits just a short walk from Seefeld’s main street, the Olympiastrasse, named in honor of the several Winter Olympics competitions held here. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, and includes a sauna and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. Guest rooms are decorated with Alpine touches and have balconies with views of the Alps, private bath with hair dryer, TV, and phone. Please note: As with the Schlosshotel Zermatt, Hotel Seelos does not offer air conditioning in guest rooms.

Number of nights: 2

Imlauer Hotel Pitter Salzburg

Salzburg, Austria

Imlauer Hotel Pitter Salzburg was extensively renovated in 2014 after being originally opened by the Pitter family in 1864. Located in Salzburg’s New Town, the hotel sits a short walk away from the Mirabell Palace and Garden and a 10-minute walk from the historic Old Town. Amenities include a beer cellar, a rooftop restaurant and bar, fitness center, sauna, laundry and dry cleaning services (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet service. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

Tour Extension

Vienna Post-Tour Extension 4 days, 3 nights

Explore Austria's capital with its imperial palaces and contemporary downtown buildings at your own pace.

The extension includes:

  • Rail transportation Salzburg/Vienna
  • 3 nights’ accommodations at Hotel Kaiserhof (First Class)
  • 3 meals: 3 breakfasts
  • Transfer from the rail station and to the airport

Hotel Kaiserhof

The Kaiserhof was built in 1896. The familiar, private running hotel is located in a quiet area, close to the historical heart of Vienna. The State Opera House, St. Stephans Cathedral and the Naschmarkt are nearby. The natural friendliness of the staff, best quality service, and a real love of detail give the hotel a unique attractive ambiance. Free WiFi. All rooms have air conditioning and a minibar. The hotel has a small wellness area for guests to use.

Reading List

Highly Recommended

La Place de la Concorde Suisse
By: John McPhee
La Place de la Concorde Suisse is John McPhee's rich, journalistic study of the Swiss Army's role in Swiss society. The Swiss Army is so quietly efficient at the art of war that the Israelis carefully patterned their own military on the Swiss model.
The Alps: A Human History from Hannibal to Heidi and Beyond
By: Stephen O'Shea
“An entertaining, turbocharged race among the high mountain passes of six alpine countries.” ―Liesl Schillinger, New York Times Book ReviewFor centuries the Alps have been witness to the march of armies, the flow of pilgrims and Crusaders, the feats of mountaineers, and the dreams of engineers. In The Alps, Stephen O’Shea ("a graceful and passionate writer"―Washington Post) takes readers up and down these majestic mountains. Journeying through their 500-mile arc across France, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia, he explores the reality behind historic events and reveals how the Alps have profoundly influenced culture and society. 4 maps
DK Eyewitness Switzerland (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness
Switzerland is small in size, big on experienceWhether you want to hit the slopes, join the Swiss in their national pastime of hut-to-hut hiking or take a scenic railway journey of a lifetime, your DK Eyewitness travel guide makes sure you experience all that Switzerland has to offer.Awash with magical sights and exhilarating activities, Switzerland's small size belies its beguiling charms. In a single day, visitors can encounter breathtaking glaciers, high altitude lakes and iconic mountains - and still be back in time for fondue and schnapps. Our newly updated guide brings Switzerland to life, transporting you there like no other travel guide does with expert-led insights and advice, detailed information on all the must-see sights, inspiring photography and our trademark illustrations.You'll discover:- our pick of Switzerland's must-sees, top experiences, and hidden gems- the best spots to eat, drink, shop, and stay - detailed maps and walks which make navigating the country easy- easy-to-follow itineraries- expert advice: get ready, get around, and stay safe- color-coded chapters to every part of Switzerland, from Bern to Zürich, Valais to Geneva- our new lightweight format, so you can take it with you wherever you go.
DK Eyewitness Austria (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness

Also Recommended

Swiss Watching, 3rd Edition: Inside the Land of Milk and Honey
By: Bewes, Diccon
Alpine Cookbook
By: Hans Gerlach
Alpine Cookbook combines original cooking traditions with modern ideas in more than 110 delicious recipes from the Alps.Packed with a mix of traditional culinary treasures and those beyond the classics, Alpine Cookbook includes more than 110 recipes from Bavaria, Austria, and Switzerland, and highlights the variety of dishes this regional cuisine has to offer.It features widely known favorites like potato pancakes and Austrian schnitzel, as well as modern twists on original cooking traditions from the region. From rich and meaty comfort foods to lighter vegetarian dishes, Alpine Cookbook contains a culinary delight for every palate.
Killing Dragons: The Conquest of the Alps
By: Fergus Fleming
In a riveting narrative of daredevils and eccentrics, Fergus Fleming gives us the breathtaking story of some of history's greatest explorers as they conquer the soaring peaks of the Alps. Fleming recounts the incredible exploits of the men whose centuries-old fear of the mountain range turned quickly to curiosity, then to obsession, as they explored Europe's frozen wilderness. In the late eighteenth century French and Swiss scientists became interested in the Alps as a research destination, but in the 1850s the focus changed: the icy mountains now offered an all-out competition for British climbers who wanted to conquer ever higher and more impossible heights, and explorers fought each other on the peaks and in the press, entertaining a vast public smitten with their bravery, delighted by their personal animosities, and horrified by the disasters that befell them. "...excellent popular history, with its proper share of mad dogs and Englishmen....Fleming's rendition is dramatic and masterful." -- Anthony Brandt, National Geographic Adventure
A Tramp Abroad - Classic Illustrated Edition
By: Mark Twain
* Beautifully illustrated with delightful illustrations from early editions, A Tramp Abroad is a superb work of travel literature, including a mixture of autobiography and fictional events.* Just as accessible and enjoyable for today's readers as it would have been when first published, the novel is one of the great works of American literature and continues to be widely read throughout the world.* This meticulous edition from Heritage Illustrated Publishing is a faithful reproduction of the original text and is enhanced with images carefully selected by our team of professional editors.
A Farewell to Arms: The Hemingway Library Edition
By: Ernest Hemingway
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Storming the Eagle's Nest
By: Jim Ring
In a mountain resort in the Alps, Hitler built his 'Eagle's Nest' from which he conceived and directed the war. Skiing resorts were turned into training centres for mountain warfare, plans were made to invade Switzerland, and concentration camps were seeded. But the Alps were also cradles of resistance -- home to US and British spies and double agents, along with French, Italian and Yugoslavian allies. There were tales of courage, heroism, self-sacrifice and armed struggle. Storming the Eagle's Nest brings together these stories of the definitive account of this crucial arena of the Second World War, in which Europe's exclusive playground became a battlefield.
Mozart: A Life
By: Paul Johnson
“Most satisfying . . . A highly accessible initial foray into an astonishing, and inexhaustible, subject.” —The Cleveland Plain DealerMozart’s music has enthralled listeners for centuries. In this brilliant biography, acclaimed historian Paul Johnson draws upon his expert knowledge of the era and Mozart’s own private letters to conjure Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life and times in rich detail. Johnson charts Mozart’s life from age three through to his later years—when he penned The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni. Along the way, Johnson challenges some of the popular myths that cloud Mozart’s image: his allegedly tempestuous personal relationships and supposedly bitter rivalry with Salieri, as well as the notion that he was desperately impoverished when he died. The result—a bold, invigorating portrait of one of the most popular and influential composers of all time—is a welcome addition to Johnson’s extraordinary body of work and makes a perfect gift for classical music lovers and fans of biographies.
24x36 World Wall Map by Smithsonian Journeys - Tan Oceans Special Edition (24x36 Paper Folded)
By: Smithsonian Journeys
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