3 of the Best Tours of Switzerland and Austria

by Oliver Stallwood  |  Published April 11, 2024

The Alps are one of the world’s most exciting travel destinations – and they are conveniently pretty much right in the middle of Europe. 


If snow capped peaks, mountain air and excellent cheese are what you look for in a tour, look no further than Austria and Switzerland. The Alps are one of the world’s most spectacular mountain ranges and are found right in the heart of Europe. Switzerland and bordering Austria are two the the countries most associated with this elevated part of the continent, with unique traditions and customs, tiny secluded villages and dramatic backdrops. Pick an organised tour of this region and sit back and enjoy everything the mountains have to offer. 

13 Day Tour to Zurich, Salzburg, Vienna, Innsbruck and Zermatt

This is an epic trip, taking in four countries (Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein) and 14 cities over 13 days. It’s no surprise that this is one of Trafalgar’s most popular trips, with a varied itinerary that takes in everything from the little Liechtenstein capital to learning about  life as a Carinthian nun when you join them for dinner in a former castle. As well as the big cities you’ll visit wild places and enjoy panoramic views, heading through the enchanting landscapes of the Engadine Valley and seeing chic winter sports resorts such as St. Moritz. There are also optional extras such as taking a train across the spectacular Bernina Pass, one of Switzerland’s iconic rail routes. From €3,464.

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Majestic Switzerland

This is a round trip starting and ending in Zurich, a surprisingly fun and hip city despite its connotations of being all business. Over ten days this tour takes in cultural, religious and historic sites, travelling through Geneva, Zermatt, Vaduz and other fascinating destinations in Switzerland and Austria. The idea is that all the hard work is done for you so you can just enjoy the scenery and the experience, with accommodation in hotels, transport and meals included. Porterage and tips, as well as tips for included dining experiences, are also included so you don’t have to constantly fumble with currency either. It’s a spectacular journey of a lifetime – but certainly not cheap. From €8,095.

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Country Roads of Bavaria, Switzerland and Austria

When you see the country roads that this tour takes you definitely won’t be asking them to take you home – you’ll be having too much fun. Over 12 days the itinerary is packed full of incredible experiences, from the famed beer taverns of Munich to the Disney-inspiring turrets of Neuschwanstein Castle among the Alps. In Switzerland you’ll see the picturesque shores of Lake Lucerne and eat in a mountaintop diner. There’s also the chance to take the Glacier Express, an iconic train journey taking in vistas of ice-capped mountains, stone-built villages and gorgeous meadows. From €4,378.

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