Travac’s Alpine adventure is a special journey that takes you into the heart of the Alps. Your holiday will commence in the enchanting city of Vienna and then follow a route south through Salzburg with its links to the Von Trapp family. You’ll then continue south to the baroque alpine city of Innsbruck, the largest town in the Alps, before heading into the Black Forest. To compliment your alpine discovery break, you’ll travel to Switzerland with a visit to both Zermatt and Lucerne.
Appealingly priced, you’ll find Travac’s Alpine adventure is priced almost $1000 under similar holidays. This holiday includes round trip airfare, accommodation, transportation aboard a private chartered coach, a complete sightseeing itinerary, breakfast daily, two dinners and a panoramic sightseeing cruise on Lake Lucerne. Booking early is always your best guarantee of space.
Ottawa to Europe
Your alpine adventure begins with your overnight flights to Vienna.
Vienna (3 nights)
Vienna’s magnetic charm is found on every corner. On the drive to our hotel you will have a chance to acclimatize yourself to your new vibrant surroundings. While rooms are generally not ready until the early afternoon, you will be able to check your bags at the hotel and enjoy a bit of free time in the heart of Vienna, possibly stopping at one of its world renowned coffee houses for a sachertorte. After check in, the balance of your day will be free. A welcome dinner is included tonight.
Your sightseeing of Vienna will begin with a guided tour of this great metropolitan centre led by a professional local guide. You will have a chance to see Hofburg Palace, the official residence of the President of Austria and a former home of the Hapsburg Dynasty. You will also see the famous Opera House, one of the most beautiful in the world, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Schonbrunn Palace, the summer home to the Hapsburgs. Vienna is considered to be one of the most livable cities in the world with its elegant boulevards, tree lined streets, a wonderful transportation system and great entertainment venues. Your afternoon will again be free to discover some of the cities incredible virtues.
A free day in Vienna offers a multitude of opportunities. There are countless museums, world class shopping and chances to stroll through eclectic and vibrant neighbourhoods.
Salzburg (2 nights)
This morning you will depart Vienna and make your way south to the “post card” city of Salzburg. Here you can truly experience romance in Mozart’s birthplace. Salzburg’s “Old Town” is internationally renowned for its baroque architecture and is one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.Your tour of Salzburg this afternoon will focus on its many attributes. You will have a chance to visit some of the iconic sites made famous in “The Sound of Music”. You will also enjoy shopping the many quaint shops that populate the old town.
Today you will have a leisurely chance to explore and discover the spirit of Salzburg. Join your host on an early morning walk. This captivating town has plenty of opportunities for a new adventure. If you like spend some time at the colourful market in the old town square. A great place for lunch and people watching.
Innsbruck (2 nights)
Innsbruck is often referred to as the capital of the Alps. It is also an Olympic town and the only major town in the European Alps. Steeped in centuries of colourful history, Innsbruck features a range of fine examples of Imperial splendour bestowed on the town by numerous Habsburg rulers with a penchant for architecture and creative arts. Visitors are taken on a journey back in time with an enchanting array of splendid architectural gems from the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-Classical period.
This morning you will have the chance to explore Innsbruck with the help of a local professional tour guide. You will see historical landmarks such as the Golden Roof, the Court Church with its stunning bronze statues, the Imperial Palace and Ambras Castle all of which evoke the grandeur of the Habsburg empire’s bygone greatness. But Innsbruck scores also with visionary urban design to make any modern architecture enthusiast’s heart beat faster. Your afternoon will be at your leisure.
Stuttgart (2 nights)
After breakfast you will make your way to Stuttgart and the Black Forest. Stuttgart is the, capital of southwest Germany’s Baden-Württemberg state.. The city is filled with greenspaces, which wrap around its center. Popular parks include the Schlossgarten, Rosensteinpark and Killesbergpark. Wilhelma. The city is home to one of the largest zoos and botanical gardens in Europe.
Today is a free day.
Zermatt (2 nights)
Leaving Stuttgart, you will make your way to Zermatt in Switzerland. Upon your arrival you will be met by a local professional guide for a tour of this picturesque town. Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn. The town’s touristic development is closely linked to what is most probably Europe’s most famous mountain. This vacation destination is a car-free zone and has preserved its original character. There are so many possibilities as far as excursions are concerned. After your tour you will be free to explore the town on your own.
Today is a free day.
Lucerne (2 nights)
Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland, is situated on Lake Lucerne and enjoys an impressive mountainous panorama. Lucerne ranks amongst the world’s prettiest cities and there is so much to see. Contributing to Lucerne’s cityscape, alongside the world-famous Chapel Bridge and Water Tower, are the Musegg Wall, the Jesuit Church, the Mill Bridge, the Lion Monument, the KKL Culture and Convention Centre, and a host of other sites of interest. Lucerne is best discovered on foot. Enjoy your walking tour with a local professional guide.
Lake Lucerne (434 m above sea level) is fascinating due to its picturesque landscape and historical sites. This morning you will be treated to a boat cruise on this magnificent lake. Your afternoon will be at leisure to discover this beautiful city on your own. A farewell dinner is included tonight.
Your guide will advise you of your departure time for your return flights to Ottawa.
Itinerary subject to change.
** Please note that you are required to have a valid Canadian passport with you. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months past your return date. Non-Canadians may require a visa to enter the U.S. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have such a document if required. Any other nationality other than Canadian persons must identify themselves to the booking agent for verification of documents required. **
Vienna- Austria Classic
Hotel AddressPraterstraße 72, 1020 Wien
+43 1 211300
Salzburg- Mercure Salzburg Central
Hotel AddressSterneckstrasse 20
Innsbruck- Hilton Innsbruck
Hotel AddressSalurner Str. 15, 6020
+43 512 59350
Stuttgart- Mercure Hotel Stuttgart Sindelfingen an der Messe
Hotel AddressSchwertstr. 65, 71065
+49 7031 61960
Zermatt- Hotel National
Hotel AddressMatterstrasse 39
+41 (0) 27 966 99 66
Lucerne- Continental Park
Hotel AddressMurbacherstrasse 4
+41 41 228 90 50