SWISS – AUSTRIA
Switzerland , officially the Swiss Confederation is a federal republic consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities. The country is situated in western Europe,[note 4] where it is bordered by Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east.
Switzerland is a landlocked country geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura, spanning an area of 41,285 km2 (15,940 sq mi). While the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population of approximately 8 million people is concentrated mostly on the Plateau, where the largest cities are to be found. Among them are the two global cities and economic centres of Zurich and Geneva. The Swiss Confederation has a long history of armed neutrality—it has not been in a state of war internationally since 1815—and did not join the United Nations until 2002. It pursues, however, an active foreign policy and is frequently involved in peace-building processes around the world. Switzerland is also the birthplace of the Red Cross and home to a large number of international organizations, including the second largest UN office. On the European level, it is a founding member of the European Free Trade Association and is part of the Schengen Area – although it is notably not a member of the European Union, nor the European Economic Area.
Switzerland is one of the richest countries in the world by per capita gross domestic product, and has the highest wealth per adult (financial and non-financial assets) of any country in the world. Zurich and Geneva have respectively been ranked as the cities with the second and eighth highest quality of life in the world. It has the world’s nineteenth largest economy by nominal GDP and the thirty-sixth largest by purchasing power parity. It is the twentieth largest exporter and eighteenth largest importer of goods.
Switzerland comprises three main linguistic and cultural regions: German, French, and Italian, to which the Romansh-speaking valleys are added. The Swiss, therefore, though predominantly German-speaking, do not form a nation in the sense of a common ethnic or linguistic identity. The strong sense of belonging to the country is founded on the common historical background, shared values (federalism and direct democracy) and Alpine symbolism. The establishment of the Swiss Confederation is traditionally dated to 1 August 1291; Swiss National Day is celebrated on the anniversary.Climate
The Swiss climate is generally temperate, but can vary greatly between the localities, from glacial conditions on the mountaintops to the often pleasant near Mediterranean climate at Switzerland’s southern tip. There are some valley areas in the southern part of Switzerland where some cold-hardy palm trees are found. Summers tend to be warm and humid at times with periodic rainfall so they are ideal for pastures and grazing. The less humid winters in the mountains may see long intervals of stable conditions for weeks, while the lower lands tend to suffer from inversion, during these periods, thus seeing no sun for weeks.
A weather phenomenon known as the föhn (with an identical effect to the chinook wind) can occur at all times of the year and is characterised by an unexpectedly warm wind, bringing air of very low relative humidity to the north of the Alps during rainfall periods on the southern face of the Alps. This works both ways across the alps but is more efficient if blowing from the south due to the steeper step for oncoming wind from the south. Valleys running south to north trigger the best effect. The driest conditions persist in all inner alpine valleys that receive less rain because arriving clouds lose a lot of their content while crossing the mountains before reaching these areas. Large alpine areas such as Graubünden remain drier than pre-alpine areas and as in the main valley of the Valais wine grapes are grown there.
The wettest conditions persist in the high Alps and in the Ticino canton which has much sun yet heavy bursts of rain from time to time.Precipitation tends to be spread moderately throughout the year with a peak in summer. Autumn is the driest season, winter receives less precipitation than summer, yet the weather patterns in Switzerland are not in a stable climate system and can be variable from year to year with no strict and predictable periods.
Austria, officially the Republic of Austria is a landlocked country of roughly 8.47 million people in Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The territory of Austria covers 83,855 square kilometres (32,377 sq mi) and has a temperate and alpine climate. Austria’s terrain is highly mountainous due to the presence of the Alps; only 32% of the country is below 500 metres (1,640 ft), and its highest point is 3,798 metres (12,461 ft). The majority of the population speak local Austro-Bavarian dialects of German as their native language, and German in its standard form is the country’s official language. Other local official languages are Hungarian, Burgenland Croatian, and Slovene.
The origins of modern-day Austria date back to the time of the Habsburg dynasty when the vast majority of the country was a part of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Austria became one of the great powers of Europe and, in response to the coronation of Napoleon I as the Emperor of the French, the Austrian Empire was officially proclaimed in 1804. In 1867, the empire was reformed into Austria-Hungary.
After the collapse of the Habsburg (Austro-Hungarian) Empire in 1918 at the end of World War I, Austria adopted and used the name the Republic of German-Austria (“Deutschösterreich”, later “Österreich”) in an attempt for union with Germany, but was forbidden due to the Treaty of Saint Germain. The First Austrian Republic was established in 1919. In the 1938 Anschluss, Austria was occupied and annexed by Nazi Germany. This lasted until the end of World War II in 1945, after which Germany was occupied by the Allies and Austria’s former democratic constitution was restored. In 1955, the Austrian State Treaty re-established Austria as a sovereign state, ending the occupation. In the same year, the Austrian Parliament created the Declaration of Neutrality which declared that the Second Austrian Republic would become permanently neutral.
Today, Austria is a parliamentary representative democracy comprising nine federal states. The capital and largest city, with a population exceeding 1.7 million, is Vienna. Austria is one of the richest countries in the world, with a nominal per capita GDP of $46,330 (2012 est.). The country has developed a high standard of living and in 2011 was ranked 19th in the world for its Human Development Index. Austria has been a member of the United Nations since 1955, joined the European Union in 1995, and is a founder of the OECD. Austria also signed the Schengen Agreement in 1995, and adopted the European currency, the euro, in 1999.Climate
The greater part of Austria lies in the cool/temperate climate zone in which humid westerly winds predominate. With nearly three-fourths of the country dominated by the Alps, the alpine climate is predominant. In the east—in the Pannonian Plain and along the Danube valley—the climate shows continental features with less rain than the alpine areas. Although Austria is cold in the winter (−10 – 0 °C), summer temperatures can be relatively warm, with average temperatures in the mid-20s and a highest temperature of 39.7 °C (103.5 °F).
2N Interlaken – 2N Lucerne – 1N Innsbruck – 2N Salzburg – 1N Vienna
Arrive at Zurich Airport and proceed to board your train to Interlaken.Arrive at Interlaken and proceed to your hotel. Evening is at leisure. Overnight in Interlaken.
Interlaken – Jungfraujoch – Interlaken
Today proceed to the station to board the train to Kleine Scheidegg via Lauterbrunnen. The famous Jungfrau railway takes you to the highest station in Europe (journey time approx. 1 hrs). Be ready to get mesmerized by the captivating beauty of the snow clad peaks of Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe (3’454 m/11’333 ft).Return to Interlaken. Overnight in Interlaken. (B)
Interlaken – Lucerne (Approx 2 hrs)
Today morning board the train for Lucerne. Arrive at Lucerne and proceed to your hotel.Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Lucerne. (B) Optional: One can enjoy a guided walking tour to visit the discover local sights or one can enjoy boatride on Lake Lucerne at an additional cost
Lucerne – Mt Titlis – Lucerne
Today proceed to Engelberg by train and experience the world’s first revolving cable car – Titlist Rotair Gondola to reach Mt Titlis. Overnight in Lucerne. (B) Optinal: One can enjoy various activities on Mt Titlis at an additional cost
Lucerne – Innsbruck (Approx 4 hrs 35 mins)
Proceed to Lucerne train station to catch an early morning train for Innsbruck. On arrival proceed from Innsbruck station to your hotel. Proceed for Visit of Swarovski Crystal World on Innsbruck on Seat in Coach Basis (SIC basis). This tour will take you to explore the fantastic and sparkling world of Swarovski. Aboard a fast and comfortable coach from central Innsbruck (30 minutes drive), you will be taken to the world famous Swarovski Crystal World, situated in Wattens. Overnight in Innsbruck. (B)
Innsbruck – Salzburg (Approx 2 hrs)
Today proceed to Innsbruck station to board the train for Salzburg. Arrive at Salzburg and proceed to your hotel. Overnight in Salzburg.(B)
Salzburg – City Tour on Foot
Today proceed to enjoy this walking tour of Mozart’s city including a visit to his birthplace. This walking tour gives you a great opportunity to see many highlights of the city where Mozart was born. Overnight in Salzburg. (B) Optional : Visit Salt Mines & Celtic Village at an additional cost.
Salzburg – Vienna (Approx 3 hrs 20 mins) – City tour with Schonbrunn palace
Early morning board the train for Veinna. Arrive at Lucerne and proceed to your hotel. Later proceed half day Vienna city tour on Seat in Coach Basis (SIC basis) which includes entrance to Palace Schönbrunn. Drive around the famous ‘Ringstrasse’, Vienna’s main boulevard, we pass by the State Opera, the Museums of Fine Art and Natural History, the Parliament building, the Burgtheater (National Theatre), the City Hall and the University. The highlight of this programme is the visit to Schonbrunn Palace where we take a tour of some of the most magnificently decorated rooms. Overnight in Vienna. (B)
Vienna – Hometown
Proceed to airport to board flight to next destination or to hometown with lots of memories to cherish for a life time. (B)
Price / Inclusion
|PRICE FROM||EURO STANDARD||EURO FIRST||EURO SUPERIOR|
|Adult (Sharing 2)||€ 1830||€ 2040||€ 2540|
|Child with Bed||€ 1375||€ 1540||€ 1910|
|Infants 0-23 Months||€ 825||€ 920||€ 1145|
|Single Traveler||€ 2380||€ 2650||€ 3299|
|CITY NAME||HOTEL NAME||HOTEL NAME||HOTEL NAME|
|LUCERNE||WALDSTAETTERHOF/ DRIE KONIGE OR SIMILAR||CONTINENTAL PARK/ FLORA/MONOPOL OR SIMILAR||SCHWEIZERHOF/ PALACE OR SIMILAR|
|INTERLAKEN||WALDSTAETTERHOF/ DRIE KONIGE OR SIMILAR||DU NORD / KREBS/ METROPOL OR SIMILAR||LINDER GRAND BEAU RIVAGE OR SIMILAR|
|INNSBRUCK||GOLDEN KRONE /WEISSE KREUZ OR SIMILAR||SAILER/GRAUER/ INNSBRUCK OR SIMILAR||GRAND EUROPA OR SIMILAR|
|SALZBURG||MOZART/ RAMADA OR SIMILAR||HOLIDAY INN/MERCURE CITY OR SIMILAR||SACHER OR SIMILAR|
|VIENNA||ALLEGRO/MOZART OR SIMILAR||KAIZERHOF/ LINDER AM BELVEDERE OR SIMILAR||INTERCONTINENTAL/ LE MERIDIEN OR SIMILAR|
- 08 nights accommodation with breakfast at suggested or similar hotels.
- 5 days in 1 month – Swiss Flexi Pass (Saver 2nd class) Lucerne -Innsbruck, Innsbruck-Salzburg, Salzburg-Vienna Sector Tickets- 2nd Class.
- Mt Jungfraujoch, Mt Titlis excursions in conjunction with Swiss Pass Tour to Swarovski Crystal World on Seat in Coach Basis.
- Salzburg City Tour on Foot, City Tour & Schonbrunn Palace.
- Airfare and Taxes All optional Tours.
- All transfers from Airport/Station-Hotel or vice versa. Visa & Insurance fees.
- Any other meals other than specified above. Any other sightseeing other than mentioned above.
- Any item of personal nature like tips, laundry, and telephone calls etc. All entrance fees and excursions not mentioned above.
- 1 EURO = INR 70.
- The prevailing Rate of Exchange of the day of payment will be applicable.
- Approximate Economy Return Airfare Per Person Ex Mumbai Rs 40000 on Swiss Air;Ex-Delhi Rs 37500 on Swiss Air ;Ex Bangalore Rs 43000,Ex Hyderabad Rs 45500on ; Ex Ahmedabad Rs 46000 ;Ex Kolkata Rs 43500 on Emirates
- We are not holding any air seats and hotel bookings at this point of time.
- Kindly note that drivers are not guides.Itineraries are subject to change.
- For security deposit, credit card copy is needed at the time of hotel check in
- The passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure Confirmation of Hotels and other services is subject to availability.
- Alternate room category, hotels and air bookings may attract extra cost.
- Above price is not applicable during Convention Period, High season, Festivals or Fairs. Surcharge may be applicable.
- International hotel check in is 1400hrs and checkout would be 1200hrs.
- Early check in and late check out subject to availability.
Itinerary : SWISS AUSTRIA 9 Days