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Discover Switzerland, Austria & Bavaria * April 8 - 17, 2015
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Offered By: Gad-About Tours
Discover Switzerland, Austria & Bavaria on a spectacular 10 Day tour.

Operates: Apr 8 2015
Tour Length: 10 Days, 9 Nights
Departs From: Cleveland, Ohio


Price:
Single Room - $4,099.00
Double Room - $3,799.00
Triple Room - $3,769.00

Tour Description:

Bern, Chateau de Chillon, Montreux, GoldenPass Panoramic Train, Gstaadk Lucerne, Bern Dine Around, Innsbruck, Austrian Alps, Salzburg, Mirabell Gardens, St. Peter's Restaurant, Bavaria, Oberammergau, Tryolean Folklore Show.

 

Special Note: Book this trip by 10/08/2014 and receive $250.00 off per person - WOW!

 

 Package Includes:

  • Roundtrip Airfare from Cleveland
  • Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharge (subject to increase until paid in full)
  • Hotel Transfers
  • Fully Escorted by a Collette Tour Guide
  • 9 Nights accommodations
  • 12 Meals:
    • 8 Breakfasts
    • 4 Dinners
  • Touring Mentioned Below
  • Luggage Handling and Taxes

 

 

Tour Itinerary:


Day 1: Overnight Flight

Discover spectacular Switzerland, Austria and Bavaria on a tour featuring four-night stays in two cities.  The medieval city of Bern, one of Europe's loveliest capitals, is your host city as you explore the countryside of Switzerland.  Next, relax during an extended stay in Innsbruck offering the perfect location from which to explore the delights of Austria and Bavaria.


Day 2: Arrive in Switzerland - Tour Begins!

Your tour begins in the capital of Switzerland, Bern, a UNESCO World Heritage site nestled in the Swiss countryside.  The cobble Old Town section is so well preserved that residents who lived here 500 years ago would still find it familiar today.  This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring local cuisine such as traditional cheese fondu. (D)


Day 3:  Bern

Explore delightful Bern on a panoramic sightseeing tour featuring the Bundeshau (the Swiss Parliament), the famous Bear Pit, the Rose Gardens and the gothic cathedral, which dominates the Old Town skyline.  Your visit to the Bear Pit will answer the question as to why bears are so revered in this enchanting city.  along the way, your tour guide will introduce you to both the language and culture of the region.  The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore charming Bern independently.  (B)


Day 4: Bern - Chateau de Chillon - Montreux - Train Ride

Travel the shores of Lake Geneva to the legendary, medieval  Chateau de Chillon, a princely residence facing the lake but an imposing fortress from the mountains.  Later, enjoy breathtaking Alpine views with a ride on the GoldenPass Panoramic Train from Montreux to Gstaad.  Discover the delightful ambiance of this world-famous alpine ski resort with its numerous traditional wood chalets. (B)


Day 5: Bern - Lucerne - Bern

Travel to Lucerne, the "Swiss Paradise on the Lake."  Enjoy a leisurely-paced Alstadt (Old Town) walking tour, exploring the hidden treasures of the city.  Lucerne has more than 800 years of history.  Explores such medieval treasures as the covered Chapel Bridge (1833); the famous Water Tower which has served as a prison, watchtower and treasury; the Renaissance-style Town Hall; the baroque Jesuit Church; and the Lion Monument, carved from natural rock to commemorate the heroic Swiss Guard.  This evening it's Diner's Choice ... tonight your dinner is included and you'll choose the perfect spot from a "menu" of Bern's great restaurants.  (B, D)


Day 6: Bern - Innsbruck, Austria

En route to Innsbruck you will travel through Liechtenstein, the smallest and richest German-speaking country in the world and the only country to lie entirely within the Alps.  Upon arrival in Innsbruck, the "Capital of the Tyrol," a local guide leads a panoramic city tour highlighting the popular thoroughfare, Maria Theresienstrasse; the Hofburg, now a museum, but once the seat of Habsburg princes; and the "Golden Roof," all set against the imposing backdrop of the lovely Austrian Alps  .  (B)


Day 7: Innsbruck - Salzburg - Innsbruck

Travel through the picturesque Austrian countryside to Salzburg.  Upon arrival, enjoy a leisurely-paced walking tour featuring Mirabell Gardens (seen in the "Sound of Music"); the quaint Getreidegasse (site of Mozart's birthplace); and many other highlights of this beautiful city.  The afternoon is at leisure to explore and enjoy Salzburg's fabulous sights.  The day concludes with a delightful dinner at the 1200-year-old St. Peter's Restaurant, the oldest in Austria and still owned by the Monks. (B, D)


Day 8: Innsbruck

Today is at leisure for you to enjoy this beautiful city.  you may choose to stroll through the old town and shop at many of the city's outstanding stores or you may just relax and breathe in the fresh mountain air while enjoying a beverage in one of the many cafe's that dot his charming city. (B)


Day 9: Innsbruck - Bavaria, Germany - Oberammergau - Innsbruck

Today fairy tales come to life with a picture stop at Bavaria's most famous castle, Neuchwanstein.  Next, visit Wies Church, proclaimed a World Heritage site, before proceeding to Oberammergau.  Enjoy a brief orientation tour of this picturesque village which is famous for the internationally-know Passion Play, performed only every ten years to fulfill a pledge made by the villagers to God for sparing their city from the ravages of bubonic plague in 1633.  Later, experience the rich musical tradition of mountainous Austria during a Tyrolean folklore show.  Afterwards you are treated to a farewell dinner in one of Innsbruck's most famous traditional restaurants.  (B,D)


Day 9: Innsbruck - Fly Home

Today your tour end in Innsburck.  (B)


 

Important Note:

This is a Gold Card Program Tour, which can earn you $100 in Free Travel.

****The balance for all flight trips are  due 90 days before departure, at which time it will become non-refundable.   Any bookings made within the last 90 days are subject to availability and will require full payment at the time of booking.****

 

 

All Fly Trips include airfare from Cleveland Airport , transfers and air taxes and fess (subject to increase until paid in full).    You will drive yourself to the airport.  Trip insurance is available, and will be sent to you upon making your reservation for your individual consideration.

 

 

IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A passport is required to take this tour.  Call the office and we will cheerfully mail you an easy application with instructions or see the following link on line to get one:  www.travel.state.gov/passport.  There are no refunds for improper identification.


Terms and Conditions:

PAYMENT:
For overnight tours, the deposit is based on the cost of the tour as follows:
  • Overnight Tours Under $150 > $25 Deposit
  • Overnight Tours $150-$800 > $75 Deposit
  • Overnight Tours $801-$1,500 > $100 Deposit
  • Overnight Tours over $1,501 > $250 Deposit
The balance of an overnight tour is due 30 days prior to departure (unless otherwise notified). A confirmation will be sent to you after we receive your deposit. For your convenience, we accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover if you are making your reservation by phone, or you can send a check to our office (please call first to check availability). If you are booking online, payment must be made in full.

REFUNDS:
Up to 30 days prior to departure date, a full refund will be made. *Air and cruise tours, and some longer tours, may be different—be sure to ask for details when making your reservation. Tours including tickets also generally have earlier non-refundable dates. There are no refunds for cancellations made within 30 days prior to your departure date. However, we will do our best to recover as much as we can, but cannot guarantee anything. There will be no refund, for any reason, for a “no-show” on the day of the tour. A “Refund Protection Plan” is available at our office at a minimal cost. This insures you a full refund in case of a death or illness in the immediate family up to 24 hours before the tour departs. (It does require a doctor’s written note or copy of death notice.) On longer tours, we have a special insurance plan available if you are interested, and it will be sent to you with your confirmation. We encourage you to take advantage of these protection plans. The Refund Protection Plan does not apply to Day Trips, nor are there any refunds for Day Trips, with a few exceptions.

CANCELED TOURS:
Gad-About Tours Inc. reserves the right to cancel any tour that has not reached a minimum number of reservations. We reserve the right to change tour prices and itinerary. Tours are prepared up to a year in advance and may be impacted by circumstances that arise which are beyond our control. We reserve the right to cancel or refuse service to anyone, in our sole discretion. We always avoid changes and cancellations if at all possible, as we realize the inconvenience to you, our valued customer.

TRANSPORTATION:
All of our tours are by late-model, deluxe wide-body motorcoach. They are equipped with air-conditioning, reclining seats, public address system, VCR, and emergency restrooms. Our intent is for all overnight tours to be professionally escorted for your convenience. Upon occasion, in order to avoid canceling a trip with a low passenger count, our driver may serve both positions of driver and escort, and all are professionally trained to do so. Also, on air trips with low passenger counts, we may not be able to provide an escort from our company. However, we will provide airport transportation*, plus a guide from our connecting company will meet you upon arrival at your destination and be with you throughout the entire tour. (*If only a few are going on a given air tour, we will pay your airport parking fee in lieu of using the coach.)

LODGING:
Your lodging is included on all overnight tours. All hotels are AAA rated. We never use second-rate hotels, restaurants, or activities on any tour, to the best of our ability to make that determination. Payment of telephone calls, room service, and other incidentals at places of lodging are the responsibility of the customer.

LUGGAGE:
One suitcase per person is included in the price of your tour. You are also permitted a carry-on, which is your responsibility. Additional luggage may be transported at the cost of $5.00 per bag, per day. It is wise to travel light. Luggage tags are provided and required for hotel identification, and are sent with the final letter with the phone numbers of your hotels.

TAXES AND GRATUITIES:
All taxes and gratuities for included meals and activities are included, unless otherwise mentioned by the Escort. Driver and Escort gratuities are not included in the price of the tour, and are optional. However, the suggested gratuity as posted by the American Bus Assoc. for a job well done is $2.00-$2.50 per person/per day for the tour escort, and $2.00-$2.50 per person/per day for the driver. We request that you express this on an individual basis, and let the quality of service received be your guide.

SEATING:
On all overnight tours, we use a daily seat rotation. The first day of a trip, we allow you to choose your seat when you get on, and rotate from there. We feel this is fair to all involved. If the coach is not full, a less formal rotation may be used at escort’s discretion.

SMOKING:
We make regular stops for restrooms and for the convenience of smokers; however, we have a NO SMOKING policy aboard all coaches. This policy also applies to e-cigarettes.

RESPONSIBILITY:
Gad-About Tours, Inc. is bonded, insured, and registered with the ICC, number MC 198451. We act only as agents and are not responsible to any person for any loss of time or money due to a change or delay beyond our control. Nor are we responsible for non-performance by those we have contracted with. Any claims against Gad-About Tours Inc. must be made, in writing, within 30 days of the trip.