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Switzerland and Austria: Jewels of Alpine Europe

Program Number: 19447RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/22/2013 - 7/6/2013; 9/8/2014 - 9/22/2014; 6/21/2015 - 7/5/2015; 9/13/2015 - 9/27/2015;
Duration: 14 nights
Location: Austria/Switzerland
Price starting at: $4,494.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 35; 13 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 13 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

The lands of glamorous peaks, glittering lakes, edelweiss and Mozart serenades, no two countries embody the Alps more than Switzerland and Austria. Journey east from the French-speaking region of Switzerland, past iconic peaks to Innsbruck and Salzburg in Austria to compare and contrast these neighboring nations and find the essence of European alpine culture.




Highlights

• Discover Bern, the capital of Switzerland, and its well-preserved Old Town — a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Enjoy a private visit to the prestigious Mozart Autograph Collection of the Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg.
• Experience awe-inspiring vistas of the most famous peaks in the Swiss Alps (Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau) on a lakeshore journey to Interlaken.



Activity Particulars

Altitudes mostly 1,800 – 6,000 feet with one transfer (over the Fluela-Pass) going up to 8,000 feet.




Date Specific Information

6-22-2013, 6-21-2015

This program date is an Activity Level EASY. This program will involve less walking and additional coaching. Participants must be able to handle their own luggage, climb a few stairs, stand for up to an hour, get on and off a motor coach easily and walk a few blocks indoors or out.
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9-8-2014

The itinerary for 2014 is as follows: Arrival Zurich (Switzerland), transfer to Murten, 4 nights; coach to Walenstadt, 3 nights; coach to Innsbruck (Austria), 3 nights; coach to Salzburg, 3 nights; departure. Please see detailed itinerary for specifics.
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9-13-2015

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Zurich (Switzerland), transfer to Bern, 4 nights; coach to Walenstadt, 3 nights; coach to Innsbruck (Austria), 3 nights; coach to Salzburg, 3 nights; departure



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Zurich (Switzerland)
Transfer to Bern
4 nights

The picturesque capital of Switzerland with a UNESCO designated Old Town, Bern is a wonderful example of the old harmoniously merging with the new. Enjoy a voyage on Lake Thun. Journey to nearby Geneva to explore the Old Town, and then continue on to Lausanne to learn about its extraordinary Gothic cathedral.



Coach to Walenstadt
3 nights

Take in a key lecture on the differences between Switzerland and Austria. While exploring the beautiful Appenzell area, discover the Baroque Abbey District of St. Gallen and its convent, a perfect example of a great Carolingian monastery. Its library is one of the oldest in the world and contains precious manuscripts.



Coach to Innsbruck (Austria)
3 nights

Discover Innsbruck’s most important landmarks, such as the Golden Roof, the Baroque Helbling House, the Imperial Palace and the Wilten Basilica. A local architect will introduce the modern face of the city created by internationally renowned architects. Journey to Bozen in South Tyrol to learn about the "Iceman" at the Museum of Archaeology.



Coach to Salzburg
3 nights
Departure

Nestled among stunning mountain landscapes, Salzburg is a tribute to both Baroque architecture and Mozart, its famous son. A field trip through the city center showcases Hagenauer House (Mozart’s birthplace), the Salzburg Cathedral and Kaffee Fürst. Visit the enchanting lakes, mountains and forests of Salzkammergut, Salzburg’s lake district. A Mozart dinner concert is planned in the restaurant of St. Peter’s Abbey, dating back to the year 803.




Accommodations
Bern: Historic hotel in city center. Walenstadt: Modern hotel located on Lake Walen. Innsbruck: Four-star hotel located in historic city center. Salzburg: Four-star hotel located in an 800-year-old former palace.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Murtenhof & Krone
  Murten, Switzerland 4 nights
   Hotel Seehof
  Walenstadt, Switzerland 3 nights
   Hotel Innsbruck
  Innsbruck, Austria 3 nights
   Hotel Elefant
  Salzburg, Austria 3 nights
 Hotel Murtenhof & Krone
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The Hotel Murtenhof & Krone is a picturesque ensemble of striking, historic patricians' houses in the middle of the old town of Murten. Enjoying a central but absolutely tranquil location, the stylish three-star hotel offers guests a fantastic view of Lake Murten. The hotel features individually designed rooms and suites and friendly, personal service.
  Contact info: Rathausgasse 3
Murten,  CH-3280 Switzerland
phone: +41 26 672 90 30
web: www.murtenhof.ch
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, radio alarm, telephone, hair dryer and wireless Internet access.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, terrace overlooking Lake Murten, garden, lounge, library, fax machine, and public wireless LAN for Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for assistance in booking additional hotel nights. (800-241-1404)
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Hotel Seehof
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The modern Hotel Seehof in Walenstadt is situated directly on Lake Walen. All rooms have a view to the lake and the dramatic mountain scenery. The location is tranquil, approx. 1 km away from the city center of Walenstadt. The Walenstadt area is part of the Tectonic Arena Sardona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and also part of the Heilidland-Region, where the "Heidi" story is set.
  Contact info: Seestrasse 104
Walenstadt,  CH-8880 Switzerland
phone: +41 81 735 12 45
web: www.seehof-walenstadt.ch
  Room amenities: Each room has a flat screen television, free wireless LAN, radio with alarm clock, direct dial telephone, safe and hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, garden, terrace, lounge, library, fax machine, and free wireless LAN for Internet access throughout the hotel.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Innsbruck
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The 4-star Hotel Innsbruck is located directly in the Old Town, constructed on the historic walls of the city. Just around the corner from the Hotel Innsbruck is the famous Golden Roof, among other major landmarks of the Tyrolean capital. Also within walking distance is the pedestrian zone.
  Contact info: Innrain 3
Innsbruck,  A 6020 Austria
phone: +43 512 59868 0
web: www.hotelinnsbruck.com
  Room amenities: Each room has a mini bar, safe box, television, high speed Internet LAN connection, telephone and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar, restaurant, lounge, indoor pool, two spa areas, air conditioning, laundry facilities, Internet access in the lobby, free wireless Internet in the rooms and a safe box.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Elefant
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Hotel Elefant is located in the city center of Salzburg on one of the most traditional streets within the pedestrian zone in the Old Town. Run by the 4th generation of the Mayr family and part of the Best Western group, Hotel Elefant is housed in an 800-year-old former palace and offers the amenities of an international 4-star hotel. It is within walking distance of Getreidegasse, Mozart's birthplace, the Cathedral, Archbishops Residence and festival halls.
  Contact info: Sigmund-Haffner-Gasse 4
Salzburg,  A 5020 Austria
phone: +43 662 84 33 97
web: www.elefant.at
  Room amenities: Each room has air conditioning, radio, hair dryer, cable television, mini bar, safe box, telephone and wireless LAN.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers two restaurants, a breakfast room, 24-hour front desk, television room, safety deposit box, Internet access, wireless Internet in the rooms, and air conditioning.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Murten, Switzerland. 4:00 PM in the hotel lobby. You will be staying at Hotel Murtenhof & Krone that night.
  End of Program:
Salzburg, Austria. After breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at Hotel Elefant the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Train from all major cities in Austria and abroad. Trains and public buses all over Switzerland on an (usually) hourly schedule. Train schedules on www.sbb.ch. 10-minute walk from the train station to the hotel.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Murten
  Transportation to site: Take the direct train from the airport to Bern or to Neuchatel. There, change to the local train to Murten. It takes approx. two hours and costs CHF 60. From the train station to the hotel you can take a taxi for around CHF 10, or it is an easy 10-minute walk.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Salzburg
  Nearest city or town:  N/A
  Nearest highway: Highway Innsbruck
  Nearest airport:  Salzburg Airport
  Transportation from site: Take bus line 2 from Salzburg railway station to the airport. This will take approx. 25 minutes and will cost approx. 2 Euro per person. Alternatively, you may wish to take a taxi. This will take about 10-15 minutes and will cost approx. 12 to 18 Euro.
Elevation Note: Jaun-Pass: 4800 ft Murten-Walenstadt: 3300 ft Fluela Pass: 7818 ft Krimmler Cascades: 3500 ft

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Departures
(Saturday, June 22)
   
 In Transit: Depart US/Canada on international overnight flight.

Day 2: Arrivals
(Sunday, June 23)
   
 Morning: Arrival at Zurich-Kloten (ZRH) airport and meet group outside of customs. Transfer to Murten. Murten is a picturesque medieval town with intact ramparts, located in Western Switzerland directly on the language divide between the French and German speaking regions.
 Lunch: Lunch at the airport or in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Time to relax at the hotel. We meet for an introduction to the program and to get to know each other at 4:00 PM.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Murtenhof & Krone
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Introduction to Switzerland and Murten
(Monday, June 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Enjoy an expert-led lecture on "Switzerland's Cultural Regions, Geography, History and Current Affairs."
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a short lecture entitled "Living on the Language Divide." Take a guided excursion via a mini train in the old town of Murten and then stroll under the arcades on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: We gather to view a video about Switzerland.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Murtenhof & Krone
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Geneva / Lausanne
(Tuesday, June 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Field trip to Lausanne. On the bus hear a short lecture about "Geneva's International Role and the Red Cross." Enjoy a guided excursion of the gorgeous Gothic cathedral in Lausanne.
 Lunch: Lunch on board a paddle steamer on Lake Geneva.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a cruise on Lake Geneva. Then enjoy a picturesque ride along Lake Geneva. Field trip to Geneva. Explore the old town on a mini train.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Enjoy some free time.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Murtenhof & Krone
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Bern / Simmental / Gruyeres
(Wednesday, June 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Take in a short lecture: "Introduction to Bern." Then take a field trip to Bern, the capital city of Switzerland, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its well preserved old town takes you back in time to the 16th century. This guided visit will be by bus and on foot, followed by some free time.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: A beautiful journey to Thun, through the lush Simmental (Simme valley) and over an Alpine pass through dramatic mountain scenery to the Fribourg area. Enjoy the tiny medieval town of Gruyeres.
 Dinner: Tonight enjoy fondue or raclette in Gruyeres.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Murtenhof & Krone
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Brünig Pass / Lucerne / Walensee
(Thursday, June 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Enjoy wonderful views of the most famous peaks of the Swiss Alps (Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau) as we travel along Lake Thun to Interlaken. Next, we drive along Lake Brienz, over the Brünig Pass and along Lake Lucerne while taking in a lecture on the way, entitled "The Alps - Nature, History and Challenges."
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Field trip to Lucerne with a guided visit of the old town and a short walk in the flat pedestrian area. Transfer to Hotel Seehof in Walenstadt, directly on the lakeshore.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Seehof
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: St. Gallen / Appenzell
(Friday, June 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Field trip to St. Gallen and Appenzell. After a drive along the Rhine and Lake Constance, enjoy a guided excursion of the Baroque Abbey District of St. Gallen. The convent here is a perfect example of a great Carolingian monastery. Its library is one of the oldest in the world and contains precious manuscripts.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After a brief visit to the picturesque town of Appenzell, drive through the Appenzell area with its stunning landscape and beautiful chalets and over Schwaegalp Pass.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Seehof
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Zurich
(Saturday, June 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Hear a lecture entitled "Switzerland and Austria: Alpine Neighbors, Similar but Different." Late morning field trip to Zurich. Enjoy the bustling life in Switzerland's largest city, which is not only the economic center but offers many cultural activities as well. You still find a picturesque old town with an interesting merge of medieval and modern buildings on both banks of the Limmat River. A guided visit by bus will bring us to Fraumuenster to see the stained glass windows by Marc Chagall.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: A few hours of free time in Zurich. Drive back to the hotel in Walenstadt.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Delight in Swiss folk music and wine tasting with amazing wines of Eastern Switzerland.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Seehof
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Transfer through the Alps to Innsbruck, Austria
(Sunday, June 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: A spectacular drive to Davos, over Fluela-Pass and along the Inn-River down the Engadin Valley to Innsbruck.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Scuol in the Lower Engadin Valley.
 Afternoon: Arrival in Innsbruck, capital of the Austrian federal State Tyrol. Settle in at our hotel, and take some time to rest. In the late afternoon, we have an introduction to Innsbruck, a thriving Alpine city. For nearly a millennium, Innsbruck has been an extremely important center of commerce. Its strategic location at the junction of two major Alpine routes first assured this status. Later, the Hapsburgs transformed the town into a booming cultural and economic center which still thrives today. Innsbruck has been able to combine this rich cultural legacy with modern functional architecture (Zaha Hadid, Dominique Perrault) and has created a city atmosphere and life style that make visiting a pleasure! Take a short walk through the Baroque Old Town along some of the most important landmarks, including The Golden Roof and the Baroque Helbling House, an outstanding example of bourgeois grandeur in the Old Town.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Innsbruck
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: The Baroque Old Town of Innsbruck / Bergisel Ski Jump
(Monday, July 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Field trip to the Imperial Palace with its splendid imperial apartments and the Hofkirche (Court Chapel) with the Cenotaph of Habsburg Emperor Maximilian, the most impressive imperial monument. After a short break in the hotel, the bus will take us for a drive through the city. We will visit the Wilten Basilica, one of the most splendid churches in Tyrol in Baroque and Rococo style, and the Bergisel ski jump designed by Zaha Hadid.
 Lunch: Let's have lunch up in the jump tower! We will reach the restaurant by funicular and elevator.
 Afternoon: This afternoon you have free time to explore the town on your own and to enjoy the appealing atmosphere of the inner city.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Innsbruck
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Great Contemporary Architecture set in Splendid Nature
(Tuesday, July 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: A morning lecture on "Ambitious Tyrolean Contemporary Architecture." Over the last decade, Innsbruck has been continuously changing, practically transforming itself. An architect will introduce you to the modern face of the city created by internationally renowned architects such as Zaha Hadid and Dominique Perrault. After this introduction you will take the Hungerburg cable car up to a height of 860 m (2800 feet). The four stations are designed by Zaha Hadid.
 Lunch: Close to the upper station of the cable car with a great view of Innsbruck.
 Afternoon: This afternoon drive to the southern part of Tyrol, which was handed over to Italy with the treaties at the end of WWI. Enjoy a guided visit of the Archaeology Museum of Bozen, which is dedicated to the "Iceman," the 5000 year old mummified body found by accident in 1991 on the mountain border between Italy and Austria. Take a short walk on your own through the charming center of the alpine town of Bolzano.
 Dinner: Enjoy a buffet of typical Tyrolean dishes at a local restaurant on the way back to Innsbruck.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Innsbruck
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Swarovski / Transfer to Salzburg
(Wednesday, July 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: We depart for Salzburg. On the way to Salzburg we stop for a guided visit of Swarovski's fantastic world of crystal.
 Lunch: Lunch en route to Salzburg.
 Afternoon: Arrive at the hotel, time to settle in. Salzburg's Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, represents one of the best examples of Baroque town planning anywhere in Europe. Nestled among stunning mountain landscapes, Salzburg is an homage to both Baroque architecture and Mozart, its famous son. Church spires, palaces and concert halls, narrow cobbled streets, passages and spacious squares, small shops and historic restaurants and cafés such as famous Tomaselli and Kaffee Furst - together they create a very romantic ensemble. Introduction to the program with a lecture on "Salzburg, the musical center of Austria" followed by a stroll through the Old Town.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Elefant
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: The Baroque Old Town of Salzburg
(Thursday, July 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: This morning take a guided field trip through the city center, home to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Pass Hagenauer Haus, Mozart's birthplace, and visit the Salzburg Cathedral and the festival area. During the morning, we will have a coffee break at Kaffee Furst. Its founder, Paul Furst, created his famous Mozart chocolate balls in 1890. Enjoy one of the delicious cakes served with a nice cup of coffee or tea. Back in the hotel hear a lecture on "Salzburg - city of adoption by Stefan Zweig." The author Stefan Zweig was born in Vienna but it was Salzburg which attracted him and he lived here from 1916 to 1934. in his time he was the most widely translated writer in the world. Zweig fled Salzburg following Hitler's rise to power in Germany.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: This afternoon you have free time to discover the town on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Elefant
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14: Mozart Autograph Collection / Lake District
(Friday, July 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: We begin the day with a private visit to the Mozart Autograph Collection. The collection, which can only be viewed through exclusive appointments, includes 190 original letters written by Mozart, 370 letters by his father, and over 100 of Mozart's hand-written sketches, drafts and original scores. It is the most comprehensive Mozart library in the world. A local expert will introduce us to approx. 20 of the autographs. After this event we board the coach for an excursion into the Salzkammergut - the lake district in the Salzburg countryside already a popular retreat during the emperor's time. Its sparkling lakes are sprinkled among mountains and forests, offering the perfect escape. You will visit St. Wolfgang and its Parrish Church with the unique Gothic winged altar, sculpted by Michael Pacher, and St. Gilgen, home to Mozart's mother.
 Lunch: Lunch at the lakeside restaurant Weißes Rössl.
 Afternoon: Continue the field trip through the lake district. We return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
 Dinner: Enjoy a farewell dinner in the restaurant of St. Peter's Abbey, right in the heart of the old town, a place which dates back to the year 803.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Elefant
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Departures
(Saturday, July 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to the Salzburg W.A. Mozart airport (SZG) for international departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Murten New Bear Park
From Murten, we travel to Bern where during free time you may wish to see bears live and interact at one of the most popular places to visit in Bern. For additional information, visit www.berninfo.com/en/page.cfm/Nachwuchs
  Swiss Alpine Museum
Experience the atmosphere of Switzerland's mountains in the nation's only Alpine Museum. Learn about the Alpine world, its diversity, its historical and contemporary background, and its future prospects.
  The Einstein House
From Murten, we travel to Bern where during free time you may wish to visit The Einstein House, located in the Old City about 200 meters below the Clock Tower. Einstein's home between 1903 and 1905, this museum and historical landmark gives insight into Einstein's Bernese years, with copies of documents and writings supplying information on his scientific work. It is here where he also developed his theory of relativity.
  Salzburg Hohensalzburg Fortress
The Hohensalzburg Fortress is the city's chief landmark which majestically dominates the cityscape. The 900-year-old fortress is one of the biggest and most fully-preserved fortifications in Europe, For additional information, visit www.salzburg-burgen.at/en/
  Residenz Palace
The Residenz Palace was the home of medieval bishops. Open to the public are state rooms of the Residenz that were formerly used by Salzburg's prince archbishops as reception rooms and living quarters, and the Residenz Gallery with presents a fabulous collection of paintings by European artists of the 16th-19th centuries. For additional information, visit www.salzburg-burgen.at/en/
  Innsbruck Bell Museum and Foundry Grassmayr
All over the world (in nearly 100 countries) bells from Grassmayr Bell Foundry in Tyrol can be heard tolling. The Grassmayr family has been casting bells for 14 generations. It has 400 years of experience, history and tradition to build upon. The Bell Museum is a unique combination of bell foundry, bell museum and a sound room. For additional information, visit www.grassmayr.at
  Innsbrucker Nordkette Cablerailway
The new Nordkettenbahnen (funicular and cable cars) transports visitors directly from the city center of Innsbruck to high mountain terrain (6250 feet or even 7400 feet at the highest point) in just twenty minutes. For additional information, visit www.nordkette.com
  Walenstadt Cruise on Lake Zurich
From Walenstadt, we travel to Zurich where during free time you may wish to enjoy special moments on a cruise of Lake Zurich. During the summer months, numerous short round trips are available.
  Kunsthaus Zurich
In Zurich, the Kunsthaus Zurich is an internationally renowned museum of fine arts with works by Edvard Munch, Van Gogh, Picasso and leading Expressionist artists. Also on display is a significant group of works by Claude Monet and Marc Chagall. Modern artistic trends are represented by Rothko, Merz, Twombly, Beuys, Bacon and Baselitz. For additional information, visit www.zuerich.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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Author: Graham Greene


Description: A haunting tale and penetrating portrait of Vienna after World War II, "The Third Man" is the result of Greene's collaboration with Carol Reed on the classic movie. "The Fallen Idol" is a separate tale of intrigue set in Britain.



Twilight of the Habsburgs, The Life and Times of Emperor Francis Joseph


Author: Alan Palmer


Description: A vivid tale of the emperor of Austria-Hungary and king of Hungary, Bohemia, Dalmatia, Croatia, and Slavonia who ruled until the fall of the empire during World War I.



Vienna, A Traveler's Literary Companion


Author: Donald Daviau


Description: Organized by neighborhood, these 15 alluring tales introduce both the city and its writers, including Arthur Schnitzler, Robert Musil, Stefan Zweig and even Franz Kafka, who had a long and complicated association with the city.



Why Switzerland?


Author: Jonathan Steinberg


Description: A masterly overview of the idiosyncrasies of Switzerland, its history, language, politics and identity as a naysayer at the center of Europe.





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