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Easter in Salzburg

Inspired by the slowly awakening spring, Salzburg offers an exceptional, multicultural program during this year’s Easter week. Special highlights will be the Salzburg Easter Festival and the traditional Easter market at Salzburg’s Open Air Museum.

     The Salzburg Easter Festival
     (March 23 – April 01 2013)

     The Festival begins each year on Saturday
before Palm Sunday with an opera premiere and
ends on Easter Monday , when the opera is
traditionally performed a second time. In
between there are scheduled six evenings with
concerts of the “Sächsische Staatskapelle
Dresden” and the choir “Chor des Bayerischen
Rundfunks”. Christian Thielemann debuts as new
Artistic Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival.

© Matthias Creutziger


     Traditional Easter market at
Salzburg’s Open Air Museum

     March 23, 2013: Discover Austrian Easter
traditions like decorating eggs and tying
“Palmbuschen” bouquets and visit one of the
numerous handcraft presentations.
Furthermore, local farmers will offer everything
you need to fill a traditional Easter basket such
as Easter ham, Easter eggs, bacon, butter and
various delicacies. Additionally, the farmwomen
from the Flachgau region serve coffee, “Pofesen”
and cake.

© Salzburger Freilichtmuseum


     March 31, 2013: Enjoy an exceptional Easter egg
hunt at the 500.000 m² area of the Open Air
Museum, where the Easter bunny will hide
easterly surprises and also give them to all
visitors who are crossing his way.

Hotel Sacher Salzburg

Enjoy Easter at the Hotel Sacher Salzburg! Fittingly, their delicious, chocolaty Easter-specialties are covered with beautiful, pastel-colored wrappings. You’ll be sure to find the perfect present for your loved-ones among them.

With spring also comes the first big anniversary of our Styrian Sacher-family member: The Café Sacher in Graz will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Join the festivities on May 31, 2013, and enjoy an extraordinary evening with the “Sacher Chefpartie”.

All 2013 Traveline Guests Receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • Complimentary one-way private airport transfer

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The Best Of Austria & Switzerland Tour

Switzerland Map

Globus Family of Brands
06 May 2013 – 16 May 2013
10 days
Vienna, Austria to Lucerne, Switzerland
Multi-Day Tour

What’s Included

For an in-depth exploration of Austria and Switzerland, this journey covers all the highlights of two of Europe’s most scenic countries. Enjoy two-night stays in Salzburg, Zermatt, Lucerne, and in romantic Vienna. A more leisurely pace allows for many special included visits and enough free time to relax and enjoy the natural beauty in this part of Europe. Overnight stops are also made in posh St. Moritz and in Berne, capital of Switzerland. Enjoy a romantic Danube cruise, lake country, a visit to the Parish Church in Mondsee, which was used for The Sound of Music’s wedding scenes, Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg, Zermatt’s mountain train, Chillon Castle at Lake Geneva, and Berne, capital of Switzerland. In Interlaken, visit the Trummelbach Falls, a series of 10 glacier waterfalls inside the mountain, and an unforgettable ride on the famed Glacier Express from Chur to Zermatt makes this one of Globus’ most visually spectacular vacations. A special welcome dinner at your hotel in Vienna and a farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Lucerne have been included, as well as a highlight dinner at Salzburg’s Stiftskeller restaurant.

Day: 1

06 May 2013 – Vienna, Austria

Arrive in Vienna, Austria. Welcome to Vienna! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a special welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day: 2

07 May 2013 – Vienna, Austria

Vienna. Start your guided sightseeing with a visit to magnificent SCHÖNBRUNN PALACE. Then, drive along the Ringstrasse, pass the State Opera House, the Jewish quarter, and stop at the Hofburg Palace, winter residence of the Austrian Imperial family. Marvel at the impressive courtyards, famous Heldenplatz, and awesome St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Balance of the day is at leisure and you can choose from our exciting optional excursions to enhance your stay. (B)


Day: 3

08 May 2013 – Vienna, Austria

Vienna–Melk–Salzburg. Enjoy a leisurely DANUBE CRUISE along the prettiest part of the river. Afterwards, catch glimpses of historic Melk Abbey, and continue through the romantic Salzkammergut lakeland, made famous in The Sound of Music movie. Stop in Mondsee to visit the PARISH CHURCH, which was used for the wedding scenes, and continue to Salzburg. [LF] A special dinner with wine including Flammkuchen, a local specialty, has been prepared for you at the famous Stiftskeller restaurant. (B,D)


Day: 4

09 May 2013 – Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg. Stroll with a Local Guide through the historic center. Admire exquisite MIRABELL GARDENS, the Great Festival Hall, ST. PETER’S CHURCHYARD, the monumental Domplatz, and take pictures of Mozart’s birthplace in the charming Getreidegasse. An optional excursion to spectacular Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s Eagles Nest is available. (B)


Day: 5

10 May 2013 – Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg–Innsbruck–St. Moritz, Switzerland. Enter the Tyrolean Alps and stop in the capital of crystal, Innsbruck. Enjoy a pleasant walk through its quaint medieval lanes to Emperor Maximilian’s GOLDEN ROOF. Next, a scenic drive into the Swiss Engadine, considered by many as the most beautiful mountain area in the world, with its deep-blue lakes, airy larch forests that turn golden in the fall, mountain peaks exceeding 12,000 feet, and quaint villages with massive white stone houses in the characteristic Grisons style. The rest of the day is at leisure in ritzy St. Moritz. (B,D)

Day: 6

11 May 2013 – St. Moritz – Chur – Zermatt

St. Moritz–Chur–Zermatt. Drive through exhilarating Alpine scenery. [LF] At Chur, board the first-class panoramic coach of the world-famous GLACIER EXPRESS TRAIN, that connects two of Switzerland’s most famous skiing areas: St. Moritz and Zermatt. Enjoy your first-class ride with panorama windows and admire thundering waterfalls, impressive peaks, glacial ice fields, and tiny villages as you pass through the Valais, a region known for its great mountain resorts and excellent wines. Lunch will be served on the train. This afternoon you are in Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the majestic Matterhorn. (B,L)

Day: 7

12 May 2013 – Zermatt

At Leisure in Zermatt. An entire day at leisure gives you the possibility to join a spectacular optional excursion: ride Europe’s highest rack railway to 10,272-foot Gornergrat Mountain for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Matterhorn and the Alps. (B,D)


Day: 8

13 May 2013 – Zermatt – Berne

Zermatt–Berne. Board the MOUNTAIN TRAIN to Täsch and motor through the lower Rhône Valley to the shores of Lake Geneva. Here, enjoy a highlight visit to CHILLON CASTLE, the 12th-century water fortress immortalized by poet Lord Byron. This evening in Berne, you may wish to join an optional dinner outing to a traditional Swiss farm. (B)

Day: 9

14 May 2013 – Lucerne, Switzerland

Berne–Interlaken–Lucerne. Your guided tour starts with a stop at the Rose Garden for a panoramic view of the city. Walk through the beautifully preserved medieval Old Town. Witness the hourly parade of painted figures at the Clock Tower and take your pictures of ornate, flower-adorned fountains. Stop at the BEAR PARK, symbol for the name of the town. [LF] In Interlaken, beautifully situated beneath the towering Jungfrau, a special visit to the famous Lauterbrunnen Trummelbach Falls, a series of 10 glacier waterfalls inside the mountain, is included. Across Brünig Pass to picture-book Lucerne. An optional evening is available to a folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing for a first-hand impression of Alpine merrymaking. (B)

Day: 10

15 May 2013 – Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne. On your walking tour this morning, admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the fallen Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution, and ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town. Then, cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit church. Afterwards, shop for watches and choose from our optional activities: climb a mountain by cable car or take a cruise on the fjord-like lake. Tonight, a special farewell dinner with wine awaits you at a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your Swiss vacation. (B,D)


Day: 11

16 May 2013 – Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne–Zürich Airport. Morning transfer to Zürich Airport in time for homebound flights leaving no earlier than 10 am. Extra nights are available in Zürich, not Lucerne. (B)

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Delight in the Sacher Spa, Vienna’s most luxurious wellness oasis

Escape the hustle and bustle of the urban jungle and enter a world of peace and relaxation where you can just forget your worries for a couple of hours. At the heart of Vienna, on the fifth floor of the superior five-star Hotel Sacher Wien, you will find the exclusive Sacher Spa. Covering an area of 350 m², Vienna’s sole “Leading Spa of the World” offers its guests a wellness experience for all the senses, inviting them to tarry for a few hours – or just take a short break. By arrangement, the doors of the spa are open to hotel guests around the clock. However, the Sacher also extends a warm welcome to daytime spa guests.

The chocolate side of the Hotel Sacher, which skilfully combines the traditional and the modern, can also be found at the Sacher Spa: besides the world-famous Original Sacher-Torte cake, whose recipe is a closely guarded secret, this luxury establishment also serves its guests another chocolate dream at the Sacher Spa, which opened in the year 2005. “Time to Chocolate” is the name of Sacher’s exclusive line of care products entirely in the chocolate tradition of the house. “When people are travelling they often need to be well and truly pampered and find mental relaxation,” explains Sacher owner Elisabeth Gürtler. As a much-travelled manager she knows what makes hotel guests happy.

This guaranteed calorie-free body treatment is based on the same cocoa beans used for the chocolate icing of the Original Sacher-Torte. This delicate, creamy pampering programme with the scent of chocolate promises just as lasting a feeling of happiness as eating a slice of Original Sacher-Torte. The cocoa butter used in these products also nourishes and rejuvenates the skin, reducing wrinkles and ensuring a radiant look. The hotel’s own signature line was developed specially for the Sacher Spa and can also be enjoyed by guests in all the rooms and suites of the hotel.

Not only the soothing and delightfully scented contents of the products are custom made: the patented flasks also bear the Original Sacher mark. “Time to Chocolate” body lotion, shower gel, soap, shampoo and conditioner are also available for your wellness oasis at home – because chocolate simply makes people happy!

The “Time to Chocolate” treatments created by the Sacher Spa team around the theme of chocolate are used exclusively at the Sacher Spa, promising everything your skin needs thanks to cocoa bean peeling and creamy chocolate skincare. The exclusive beauty treatments from La Prairie which the Sacher Spa offers as the “Art of Beauty La Prairie Spa” are also quite unique. The superb treatments of the Ligne St. Barth exude a touch of the Caribbean. These exclusive feel-good elixirs contain natural active ingredients from exotic plants, blossoms and fruits combined with fresh ingredients individually blended to match your skin type.

The topic of health is also a major concern at the Sacher Spa. This is why the Sacher Spa team works together with remedial masseurs and therapists who are able to treat physical aches and pains such as a stiff neck or painful back by means of massage treatments in combination with medical concepts. At all events, a traditional massage will always provide relaxation for body and soul at any time.

A visit to the exquisite thermal area of the Sacher Spa will also work wonders for your health. An attractive thermal area and a relaxing meditation room offer just the right thing for everyone. In the sauna cabin, the brine aroma steam bath and the herbal steam bath, not to mention the ice fountain and the themed showers, guests can alternate between relaxing warmth and refreshing coolness. The difference in temperature stimulates the circulation, boosts the metabolism and purifies the skin. A crackling open fire in the relaxation oasis and a floating meditation room with soft, upholstered flooring and subdued lighting create the right atmosphere for you to relax in between visits to the sauna and steam baths.

For guests in search of a more active programme, there is not only an adjoining fitness room with the latest exercise equipment, but also a qualified personal trainer on request. Whether they need to focus on general toning, individual muscles or overall fitness, guests can stay fit using two cross trainers, two bicycle ergometers, two treadmills and a cable training system. A qualified trainer is on hand to assist guests on the power plate and ensure that they are doing the exercises the right way. Besides, for our more athletic guests we have compiled a special running map with four different runs taking in not only cultural highlights like the Vienna State Opera and the famous Burgtheater, but also natural attractions like the Vienna Prater and the Stadtpark gardens. And because fitness tends to be a sweaty business, after training the Sacher Spa offers every guest a refreshing cool towel scented with mint – for attention to detail and personal service are a long established tradition at the Hotel Sacher Wien!

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