Story Land & Sea®

Salzburg to Lausanne with everything in between on Story's small group tour adventure.

The Story of
Austria & Switzerland

Discover Story®'s Unique Approach

Austria & Switzerland True Small-Group Itinerary

From Salzburg to Zermatt to Lake Geneva, this itinerary is leisurely-paced with jewels strewn along the way. Discovering Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland in a true small group eliminates the stress and maximizes the enjoyment. Opt to arrive early and enjoy Munich and an optional extension to the Eagle's Nest as our pre-tour experience.

Salzburg: Edelweiss, Salt, Castle & Discover more than just the 'Sound of Music'
Switzerland: Mountains and Majesty
Lindau Island: Bavarian Delight
Enjoy a Story Exclusive®
Lucerne: Positioned perfectly on the Lake
Zermatt: Gateway to the Matterhorn
Lausanne on Lake Geneva: Located on beautiful Lake Geneva

Discover Story's immersion sightseeing approach with this True Small Group.
Enjoy special access, professionally guided sightseeing through the Austrian and Swiss Alps along with the perfect finale in Zermatt and on Lake Geneva — the magic is here on this itinerary in the setting of a true small group of no more than 16 travelers.


  • Bicycling in Switzerland & Austria
  • Switzerland
  • Pilatus, Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Zermatt, Matterhorn, Switzerland
Overnight Transatlantic Flight

Switerland & Austria Tours
Day 1: Trans-Atlantic Flight

NOTE: Your International Flight is not included in your tour package. We can arrange your air travel from the Story Land & Sea air department —  please inquire.

Please Note: "Day 1" is the published tour date and is the date you will arrange your air travel to depart your home airport. Your Small Group Tour will commence on Itinerary Day 2 upon arrival into Salzburg, Austria.

Can we help you with your Airfare?
Yes, we can arrange your airfare through our AirService Department. We'll work with you to get the absolutely lowest fare available based on your travel preferences.

Remember, airfare is a completely separate arrangement from your land tour. It is your responsibility to arrive at the point of tour origination (Salzburg) on time regardless of whether Story Land & Sea has arranged your air.

At the end of the Tour you should set your flight to return from Geneva. Or if you are extending to the Italian Lake District, then you should set your flight to return from Milan MXP. Get an airfare quote here.

We very much encourage trip cancellation and interruption insurance.  

This itinerary features our Deluxe Style inclusions, accommodations and other Story Exclusives.

Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg, Austria


Day 2: The Story of Austria & Switzerland Begins

food icon   Story Land & Sea® Way Dining: Welcome Dinner Tonight
star icon   Story Land & Sea® Exclusive: Classic Perspectives

One of Story Land & Sea®'s most popular True Small-Group® tour vacations commences today at our hotel in Salzburg. Located perfectly on the river in Salzburg is our deluxe hotel where your Tour Captain meets you for the included Salzburg Orientation Walkabout.

INCLUDED HOST ORIENTATION: Join your Tour Captain for a Welcome Orientation Walk on your arrival day in Salzburg. Find out where the major landmarks are located in relation to our hotel, the best ATM machines for Euro, and other helpful information for your stay in magical Salzburg, Austria.

...These are just some of my favorite things!

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace; Volume: Light

Story Land & Sea® Exclusive: Tonight, join in a Story Land & Sea® original experience with our Unique Perspectives Experience with our included reception & welcome from the Tour Captain. Enjoy the unique vantage point to survey Salzburg in the company of your fellow travelers.

Your Small Group Tour vacation to Austria & Switzerland is underway! After our reception, we'll walk to our Welcome Dinner in Salzburg, where you'll taste the finest cuisine and wine varietals from the region.

food icon  Story Way® Dining
Experience what can only be described as a tour of the best cuisine and wine from Austria.

About the Story Land & Sea® Way of Dining
Our approach to dining is truly unique: We've collected our favorites dishes from the incredible restaurants we visit for each included dinner. Some restaurants will feature a special menu based on the regional delicacies. Your Tour Captain is there to make sure your dining experience goes smoothly and will help you interpret any menu item. For the 4 total included dinners, your Tour Captain will select a variety of appetizers, featuring regional cuisine, and will select your wine for the evening ~ a variety of red and white wine from the region you're traveling ~ and yes, "the wine flows." You will also enjoy a special luncheon in Liechtenstein.

Lodging in the Heart of the City
There is a difference between centrally-located hotels and Story Land & Sea's Heart of City hotels.

Accommodation in Salzburg, 2 Nights.
Deluxe Hotels in Salzburg include Hotel Sacher Salzburg.


Exploring Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

Day 3: Today we enjoy a wonderful immersion tour of Salzburg.

food icon   Optional Dinner Tonight:  Join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner tonight in Salzburg.

City: Salzburg

A country with contrasts: From yodeling to centuries-old musical genius, from rustic farm-houses to modern cities, Austria boasts both the historic and modern in a wonderful showcase.

Salzburg is one of our favorite towns along the itinerary. The city springs to life, as it is our home for the next two nights.

The "Salt Fortress," as the city's name is literally translated, is Austria's fourth largest but both the old and the new city are perfectly sized for exploration. The "Old Town" features baroque architecture and is one of the best preserved city centers north of the Alps. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, Salzburg boasts a number of notable settings we will explore.

SIGHTSEEING: Our walking tour includes the world famous gardens of Mirabell, the house where Mozart was raised and the house of his birth along the street Getreidegasse. We enjoy a visit to the Salzburg Dome Cathedral and St. Peter's Monastery.

• Gardens of Mirabell
• Mozart's Birthplace House & Residence
• Getreidegass Strausa
• Salzburg Dome Cathedral
• St. Peter's Monastery

Then continue with your Tour Captain for admission and time at the impressive Hohensalzburg Fortress, and an optional visit (but included) to the Rocky Riding School (Felsenreitschule). This is the theater with a retractable roof and was the stage the Von Trapp Family Singers performed on prior to the escaping the Nazis in The Sound of Music.


Lindau, Germany

Day 4: Exploring Lindau

Innsbruck, Austria

Lindau is located just over half -ay between Munich and Lucerne on Lindau Island. It started its history on the island located in beautiful Lake Constance.

Lindau is located in the most south-western corner of Bavaria in Germany, which forms a triangle with the neighboring countries of Austria and Switzerland. Around the year 800 a monastery was founded here and 100 years later the settlement Lindau was mentioned in historic writings. In 1274-1278 Lindau became an imperial town and today its historical town center features architectural highlights that demonstrate its past importance and prosperity it earned during the middle ages.

Upon arrival to our hotel, there will be time to freshen up, then join your Tour Captain for an Orientation Walkabut. Remember, rooms are not ready until 3pm usually.

Orientation Walkabout
Your Tour Captain will orient you to the area surrounding our hotel on beautiful Lindau Island.

Story Exclusive®
Enjoy a special reception this afternoon with your Tour Captain.

Accommodation in Lindau, 1 Night
Deluxe Hotels include the Hotel Helvtia or Similar


Liechtenstein & Lucerne

Day 5: Liechtenstein

food icon   Included Dining: Welcome Dinner Tonight
star icon   Exclusives: Special Tasting Luncheon in Liechtenstein

A grand morning awaits with our first stop in Liechtenstein. This tiny Alpine principality dates to the Holy Roman Empire and today is known for its varietals of wine and an avid postage stamp trade.

We will visit the capital city, Vaduz, and enjoy an immersion walking tour. The Royal Family has a castle in an enviable position on a hill over the city which is still in use today.

Story Exclusive®:
Enjoy our special tasting luncheon in Liechtenstein today with cuisine and wine from the Prince of Liechtenstein Winery.

We continue with our journey after our luncheon bound for Lucerne, Switzerland.

Mt. Pilatus, Lake Lucerne

Lucerne, Switzerland

City: Lucerne
Canton: Lucerne

As we cross into Switzerland, we drive through yet more scenic beauty before arriving at our home for the next two nights in the village of Lucerne.

Upon arrival, we check in, freshen up and enjoy an orientation walking tour before our reception tonight.

food icon  Story Way® Dining
Enjoy our included Welcome to Lucerne dinner tonight with the Tour Captain.

We enjoy two nights at the deluxe Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern or similar.

Accommodation in Lucerne, 2 Nights.
Deluxe Hotels in Lucerne include the Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern.
Classic Hotels
Budget Hotels



Exploring Lucerne

Day 6: Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

SIGHTSEEING IN LUCERNE: Today enjoy our walking tour of Old Town Lucerne.

Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland, situated on Lake Lucerne, is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. Thanks to its attractions, its souvenir and watch shops, the beautiful lakeside setting and the nearby excursion mountains of the Rigi, Pilatus and Stanserhorn, the town is a destination for our small group of travelers on our journey through central Switzerland.

Complete with gable paintings, the covered, medieval Chapel Bridge forms the centrepiece of Lucerne's town-scape and is considered to be one of the oldest, covered wooden bridges in Europe. A further landmark of the town is the Museggmauer, a wall which, with the exception of only one of its towers, has been preserved in its original, well-fortified state.

Historic houses decorated with frescoes line the picturesque town squares as they do the 'Weinmarkt' square in the car-free old town. Lucerne is a city of town squares and churches. The Jesuit church dating from the 17th century is regarded as Switzerland's first sacral Baroque building and the twin towers of the Hofkirche form an integral part of the town-scape. The figure of a dying lion, which was hewn from rock in remembrance of the heroic death of Swiss guards killed during an attack on the Tuileries in 1792, is one of the best-known monuments in Switzerland.

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace; Volume: Light

The balance of your day is at leisure. Perhaps explore this afternoon to Mt. Pilatus.

Optional Excursion: Spend the afternoon in the Alps on this 5.5 hour round-trip journey that includes gondola ride from Kriens to Frakmutegg terminus, aerial cable-way to the peak of Mt. Pilatus, free time at the summit, cogwheel train down to Alpnachstad, scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne (a complementary lunch in the event the boat ride does not operate) with commentary on your coach transport from Lucerne. $125 per person. Reservations required and this option is seasonal. Excludes tips, food and drinks unless specified, hotel pickup and dropoff. Cable car subject to weather, when not operational you will be transported up and down the mountain by cog-wheel train.


Zermatt, Switzerland & the Matterhorn

Day 7: City: Zermatt | Canton: Valais

food icon   Story Land & Sea® Way Included Dining: Welcome Dinner

It's a day filled with spectacular scenery as we make our way high into the mountains to the car-free village of Zermatt, our home for the next two evenings.

Zermatt lies at the foot of the world's most famous mountains, the Matterhorn. The town is a car-free zone and has preserved its original character over the years. The region called Matterhorn glacier paradise is Europe's largest and highest summer skiing region. Numerous national ski teams train here during the summer months.

The region is legendary amongst mountaineers: the Haute Route, a challenging international route that takes several days to complete, leads from Mont Blanc to Zermatt. Over 248 miles of hiking trails lead through and out of the Matter Valley, including the mule traders' trails, which date back to the 13th century. 

We check in, freshen up and then enjoy an orientation walking orientation of the village.

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Enjoy a special welcome dinner in Zermatt with the Tour Captain.

Accommodation in Zermatt, 2 Nights.
Deluxe Hotels in Zermatt include the Schlosshotel Zermatt.


Zermatt & the Matterhorn
Zermatt & the Matterhorn

Day 8: Zermatt

food icon   Optional dining tonight with the Tour Captain
star icon   Enjoy a day at leisure.

Enjoy a day at leisure with an optional cogwheel train to Gornergrat (elevation is 10,225 ft.) for fantastic views of the Matterhorn. Or explore the village and enjoy the ambiance of one of the most beautiful villages in the Alps.

OPTIONAL DINNER TONIGHT: Join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner in Zermatt or explore on your own.



Day 9: Exploring Lake Geneva

star icon   Story Land & Sea® Exclusive: Gruyéres & the Castle

We take the cogwheel train down to Taesch and board our vehicle bound for Gruyéres and then to Lausanne.

Story Exclusive®: Known for its production of cheese, we arrive a private venue in the region of Gruyéres to witness the production and subsequent (and delectable) tasting of the special cheese.


• Gruyéres Cheese Experience - visit an exclusive venue in the countryside to taste the delicious Gruyéres cheese.
• Gruyéres Castle - enjoy a visit to this impressive edifice.

We continue to our lake-side village of Lausanne, home for the next two evenings.

Lake Geneva
Lake Geneva, Switzerland

We arrive afternoon and check-in to our hotel for the balance of the day at leisure.

Consider joining the Tour Captain for an optional dining experience or explore at leisure.

Accommodation in Lausanne, 2 Nights
Deluxe Hotels in Lausanne include the Hotel Beau Rivage Palace Lausanne.



Day 10: Lausanne at Leisure

food icon   Included Dining: A Special Farewell Dinner

Join our local Expert Guide for a walking tour and then enjoy the balance of the day at leisure until our farewell dinner tonight.

Sights we'll see and experience today:

  • Place de la Palud with a visit of the town hall, Hôtel de Ville 
  • The cathedral is recognized as one of the tenth most beautiful in Europe
  • At the historical museum, it is possible to admire a big model of Lausanne in 1638
    • You may enjoy an optional visit to the ancient city, the castle St-Maire and the "escaliers du Marché" (market's staircases), as well as the church St-François which has served 700 years an oasis of serenity. The pedestrian streets and the Wednesday's and Saturday market will also help you get to know the atmosphere of Lausanne.

Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure.

food icon  Story Way® Dining: Farewell
Join your Tour Captain for our very special Farewell Dinner tonight. It is a night of fun, great cuisine and wine, and memories! Our days have been filled with new sights, tastes, and discoveries - tonight enjoy reflecting on the incredible journey we've had together!

Departure Day

Day 11: Your Tour Itinerary Ends Today

food icon   Included Dining: Breakfast included this morning.

Opt for our departure transfer to Geneva Airport. Inquire with reservations.

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Heart of City Hotels mean your experience is like none other in the travel industry.

There is a difference between centrally-located hotels and Story's Heart of City hotels. No taxis or shuttles required when you're in the historical heart of the cities and villages.

Choose from 2 styles of Touring Hotels:

Deluxe, featuring all Story Exclusives® and inclusions per itinerary along with 4- and 5-Star hotels with all of the amenities including a full, hot American breakfast, air-conditioning (in season), and private ensuite bathrooms.

Classic, featuring select Story Exclusives® and inclusions along with 3- and 4-Star hotels with continental breakfast, air-conditioning (in season) and private ensuite bathrooms with showers.

Remember, availability in tour hotels may be affected based on seasonal demand. Alternate hotel properties of equal quality will be used when the following hotels are not available.

Salzburg Hotels - 2 Nights

Lindau Hotels - 1 Night

Lucerne - 2 Nights

Zermatt Hotels - 2 Nights

Lausanne - 2 Nights

Austria & Switzerland True Small-Group® Tour


A true small group of 16 travelers on one of our most requested itineraries discovering the Story of Austria and Switzerland.
  • Enjoy a True Small Group Tour. 
    No waiting on big groups or big buses.
  • Hotels in the heart of the cities and towns
    Not on the outskirts of town so no shuttles or special transfers needed.
  • We Never Upsell while On Tour.
    See any of the mainstream tour operator itineraries and you will see very quickly how their "tour directors" make extra revenue.
What's included in our Style of Touring?

Enjoy small group touring from 6 to 16 guests. 

Deluxe Hotels: Enjoy 4- and 5-Star Deluxe hotel properties with everything you would expect in a deluxe hotel. Full, hot American breakfast, air-conditioned guest rooms with private bathrooms ensuite.

Classic Hotels: Enjoy 3- and 4-Star Classic hotel properties with continental breakfast, air-conditioning (during season), and private bathroom with shower ensuite.

  • Dining the Story Way®  feature unique restaurants (not buffets at the hotels) with premium beverages included.
  • Services of professional Tour Director called a Tour Captain
    The Tour Captain serves as your host throughout the trip to ensure everything goes according to the journey's plan.
  • Services of Professional, Local Tour Guides
    We use professional, certified guides for our sightseeing at select venues and sites throughout the European Tour.


Services of a full-time, experienced guide and professional Tour Captain.

Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary via private transportation with experienced, local driver. Admission & entrance fees to all sightseeing as detailed per itinerary.

Full, hot breakfast daily in deluxe. Lunches and dinner included per itinerary.  

Arrival and departure airport/hotel transfers are not included for all styles of touring.

PORTAGE - Please read.
Portage (one suitcase per person) and all tipping (driver, restaurant, hotel and guide staff) included. Extra bag portaged for $USD150 per bag. Story luggage tags upon arrival at first hotel. Budget style does not include hotel portage. Budget guests are responsible for movement of their bags (including suitcases and carry-ons and other bags) to and from the drop-off and pick-up points as per detailed in the final documents' itinerary.

Single Supplement applies. See Dates & Rates Tab.


Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs regulations. PASSPORTS: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office.

Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded room with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and at an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge).

All departure, tourist and accommodation taxes are included unless otherwise stated. 

Story highly recommends trip cancellation and interruption coverage. We recommend Enter location code of 06-0051 to associate any purchase with your Story Tour Package.


Austria & Switzerland Tour


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2018 Small Group Tour Prices

Published prices are based on a guaranteed departure with at least six (6) Story guests — Inquire with reservations to find out your preferred departure's current tour size and pricing: 1 (877) 865-6711

Take over a departure for your own private group - inquire for details.

Prefer to travel with just the two of you? Inquire for our Private Journey option.

Deluxe Hotels: Enjoy 4- and 5-Star Deluxe hotel properties with everything you would expect in a deluxe hotel. Full, hot American breakfast, air-conditioned guest rooms with private bathrooms ensuite.

Classic Hotels: Enjoy 3- and 4-Star Classic hotel properties with continental breakfast, air-conditioning (during season), and private bathroom with shower ensuite.

Published Date Tour Size Deluxe Hotels Classic Hotels
Departures in May 2018
May 6
Max 16 Guests $5,979 $4,779
May 14
Max 16 Guests $5,979 $4,779
May 20
Max 16 Guests $5,979 $4,779
May 26
Max 16 Guests $5,979 $4,779
Departures in June 2018
June 10
Max 16 Guests $5,979 $4,779
June 17
Max 16 Guests $5,979 $4,779
June 24
Max 16 Guests $5,979 $4,779
Departures in July 2018
July 1
Max 16 Guests $5,979 $4,779
July 15
Max 16 Guests $5,979 $4,779
July 22
Max 16 Guests $5,979 $4,779
July 29
Max 16 Guests $5,979 $4,779
Departures in August 2018
Aug 8
Max 16 Guests $5,979 $4,779
Aug 15
Max 16 Guests $5,979 $4,779
Aug 22
Max 16 Guests $5,979 $4,779
Aug 29
Max 16 Guests $5,979 $4,779
Departures in September 2018
Sep 9
Max 16 Guests $5,979 $4,779
Sep 16
Max 16 Guests $5,979 $4,779
Sep 23
Max 16 Guests $5,979 $4,779
Sep 30
Max 16 Guests $5,979 $4,779




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