11 Day Germany, Switzerland & Austria

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Optional tours and gratuities.


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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Germany
Depart for Frankfurt, Germany

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Frankfurt
Arrive in Frankfurt and transfer to your hotel in nearby Mainz on the storied Rhine River. The remainder of the day is on your own to rest and relax. In the evening, a briefing by your Tour Manager introduces you to the delightful program that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Drink and Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Mainz
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Rhine River Cruise & Heidelberg City Tour
This morning begins with a cruise on the scenic Rhine. See stunning vistas of hilltop castles, terraced vineyards and villages of timber-framed houses along the course of the river. Pass the mighty Lorelei rock rising vertically from the waters named for the siren "Lorelei" who bewitched sailors passing by. In Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany, view the imposing red sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle originally built in the 12th century. This hilltop Gothic masterpiece has encountered turbulent times but still stands as a dominant symbol of the city. Balance of the day is at leisure in Heidelberg to discover the enchanting alleys and lanes in the Old Town with its small gardens, museums and lovely galleries
Overnight: Heidelberg*
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Black Forest
Head south on a scenic drive through the Black Forest region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty with its dense forests of thick pine trees. Nestled in the forest, you will see some of the charming traditional homes with their long sloping roofs. Continue on a drive to Schaffhausen, surrounded by vineyards. Here, you will see the thunderous Rhine Waterfalls; one of Europe's largest and most powerful. Then, on to beautiful Lucerne, with its pristine lakeside setting and gorgeous mountainous panorama. Spend two relaxing nights here in the center of the Swiss Alps
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Full Day in Lucerne
A full day to explore the heart of central Switzerland. Begin the day at the inspiring Lion Monument, one of the best-known monuments in the country, created in remembrance of the heroic death of Swiss guard killed in 1792. Continue to the 14th century medieval Chapel Bridge one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe, forming the centerpiece of Lucerne's townscape. Later, time to shop for chocolate, watches and the famous Swiss and German cuckoo clocks or sip coffee at an outdoor cafe. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity to join the exciting optional tour to Mount Pilatus. Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows and sparkling mountain streams to the summit of Mt. Pilatus at nearly 7000 feet. After admiring the splendid panorama, descend by aerial cableway and return to your hotel
Optional: Mount Pilatus Tour
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Tuesday - Neuschwanstein Castle
The first stop today is in the tiny storybook Principality of Liechtenstein and its capital Vaduz, a proud remnant of feudal Europe, sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria. Next, drive through glorious Alpine scenery to visit Bavaria's "Mad" King Ludwig's fantasy castle of Neuschwanstein perched high above the valley below. This is one of the most visited castles in Germany and a symbol of idealized romantic architecture. Among the castle's finest rooms are two magnificent halls with extravagant decorations dazzling in gold and blue. Cross into Austria via the mighty Fern Pass and journey to Innsbruck, the Tyrolean "capital" of the Austrian Alps
Overnight: Innsbruck
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Full Day in Innsbruck
Steeped in centuries of colorful history, Innsbruck features fine examples of Imperial splendor. Journey back in time with an array of splendid architectural gems from the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical period. On your orientation tour, stop at the Golden Roof, overlooking a bustling square in the heart of historic Innsbruck and the Wilten Basilica, one of the most splendid churches in Tyrol with its stunning rococo decorations. Innsbruck has also hosted two Olympic Winter Games (1964 and 1976). See the famous ski jump used in the winter Olympics. Enjoy the afternoon optional tour to charming Seefeld with Carriage Ride. Tonight, experience an authentic Tyrolean evening on the optional tour featuring a varied entertainment program including folk music, Tyrolean dances and yodeling
Optional: Seefeld with Carriage Ride (PM)
Optional: Tyrolean Evening with drinks
Overnight: Innsbruck
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Thursday - Salzburg City Tour
After breakfast, travel to Salzburg. This baroque jewel was the birthplace of Mozart. The guided walking tour takes you to view the house where Mozart was born, as well as to the squares and gardens of this beautiful city, crowned by the 11th century Hohensalzburg Fortress. The city is also known for the singing von Trapp family and the setting for the film, The Sound of Music
Overnight: Salzburg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Friday - Morning in Salzburg
More time to explore charming Salzburg or, participate in the optional excursion into the surrounding countryside to the ruins of Obersalzberg, once a mountain retreat for senior Nazi SS officers. Then, transfer to special motor coaches adapted for the scenic mountain climb and ascend to Hitler's notorious "Eagle's Nest." This afternoon, continue to Munich. Upon arrival join your tour manager for an orientation of Marienplatz, the heart of the city with it’s plethora of shops, restaurants and beer halls to explore at leisure
Optional: Eagle's Nest Tour (AM)
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Saturday - Munich City Tour
This morning drive past the Olympic Stadium situated in the heart of Olympia Park in northern Munich built as the main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Continue for a photo stop at the breathtaking Nymphenburg Palace, once summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria, decorated with a gorgeous baroque façade. Driving through the city, you see countless museums, galleries, palaces and historic monuments. Arrive at Marienplatz square, cultural center of the city, dominated by the gothic New Town Hall housing Munich's world-famous Glockenspiel, which dates back to 1908. This colorful mechanical clock has life-size figures that dance to music with shows several times a day. This afternoon venture to the mountains on the optional tour to the fairytale village of Oberammergau and visit Linderhof castle. Tonight, toast your final night in Munich with a delicious dinner at a local restaurant
Optional: Linderhof & Oberammergau
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Depart Germany
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

* May 4, Sep 16 & Sep 23 Departures will be accommodated in Mannheim on Day 3. All itinerary inclusions on Day 3 will operate from Heidelberg.

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Germany
Depart for Frankfurt, Germany

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Frankfurt
Arrive in Frankfurt and transfer to your hotel in nearby Mainz on the storied Rhine River. The remainder of the day is on your own to rest and relax. In the evening, a briefing by your Tour Manager introduces you to the delightful program that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Drink and Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Mainz
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Rhine River Cruise & Heidelberg City Tour
This morning begins with a cruise on the scenic Rhine. See stunning vistas of hilltop castles, terraced vineyards and villages of timber-framed houses along the course of the river. Pass the mighty Lorelei rock rising vertically from the waters named for the siren "Lorelei" who bewitched sailors passing by. In Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany, view the imposing red sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle originally built in the 12th century. This hilltop Gothic masterpiece has encountered turbulent times but still stands as a dominant symbol of the city. Balance of the day is at leisure in Heidelberg to discover the enchanting alleys and lanes in the Old Town with its small gardens, museums and lovely galleries
Overnight: Heidelberg*
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Black Forest
Head south on a scenic drive through the Black Forest region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty with its dense forests of thick pine trees. Nestled in the forest, you will see some of the charming traditional homes with their long sloping roofs. Continue on a drive to Schaffhausen, surrounded by vineyards. Here, you will see the thunderous Rhine Waterfalls; one of Europe's largest and most powerful. Then, on to beautiful Lucerne, with its pristine lakeside setting and gorgeous mountainous panorama. Spend two relaxing nights here in the center of the Swiss Alps
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Full Day in Lucerne
A full day to explore the heart of central Switzerland. Begin the day at the inspiring Lion Monument, one of the best-known monuments in the country, created in remembrance of the heroic death of Swiss guard killed in 1792. Continue to the 14th century medieval Chapel Bridge one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe, forming the centerpiece of Lucerne's townscape. Later, time to shop for chocolate, watches and the famous Swiss and German cuckoo clocks or sip coffee at an outdoor cafe. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity to join the exciting optional tour to Mount Pilatus. Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows and sparkling mountain streams to the summit of Mt. Pilatus at nearly 7000 feet. After admiring the splendid panorama, descend by aerial cableway and return to your hotel
Optional: Mount Pilatus Tour
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Thursday - Neuschwanstein Castle
The first stop today is in the tiny storybook Principality of Liechtenstein and its capital Vaduz, a proud remnant of feudal Europe, sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria. Next, drive through glorious Alpine scenery to visit Bavaria's "Mad" King Ludwig's fantasy castle of Neuschwanstein perched high above the valley below. This is one of the most visited castles in Germany and a symbol of idealized romantic architecture. Among the castle's finest rooms are two magnificent halls with extravagant decorations dazzling in gold and blue. Cross into Austria via the mighty Fern Pass and journey to Innsbruck, the Tyrolean "capital" of the Austrian Alps
Overnight: Innsbruck
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Full Day in Innsbruck
Steeped in centuries of colorful history, Innsbruck features fine examples of Imperial splendor. Journey back in time with an array of splendid architectural gems from the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical period. On your orientation tour, stop at the Golden Roof, overlooking a bustling square in the heart of historic Innsbruck and the Wilten Basilica, one of the most splendid churches in Tyrol with its stunning rococo decorations. Innsbruck has also hosted two Olympic Winter Games (1964 and 1976). See the famous ski jump used in the winter Olympics. Enjoy the afternoon optional tour to charming Seefeld with Carriage Ride. Tonight, experience an authentic Tyrolean evening on the optional tour featuring a varied entertainment program including folk music, Tyrolean dances and yodeling
Optional: Seefeld with Carriage Ride (PM)
Optional: Tyrolean Evening with drinks
Overnight: Innsbruck
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - Salzburg City Tour
After breakfast, travel to Salzburg. This baroque jewel was the birthplace of Mozart. The guided walking tour takes you to view the house where Mozart was born, as well as to the squares and gardens of this beautiful city, crowned by the 11th century Hohensalzburg Fortress. The city is also known for the singing von Trapp family and the setting for the film, The Sound of Music
Overnight: Salzburg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Sunday - Morning in Salzburg
More time to explore charming Salzburg or, participate in the optional excursion into the surrounding countryside to the ruins of Obersalzberg, once a mountain retreat for senior Nazi SS officers. Then, transfer to special motor coaches adapted for the scenic mountain climb and ascend to Hitler's notorious "Eagle's Nest." This afternoon, continue to Munich. Upon arrival join your tour manager for an orientation of Marienplatz, the heart of the city with it’s plethora of shops, restaurants and beer halls to explore at leisure
Optional: Eagle's Nest Tour (AM)
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Monday - Munich City Tour
This morning drive past the Olympic Stadium situated in the heart of Olympia Park in northern Munich built as the main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Continue for a photo stop at the breathtaking Nymphenburg Palace, once summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria, decorated with a gorgeous baroque façade. Driving through the city, you see countless museums, galleries, palaces and historic monuments. Arrive at Marienplatz square, cultural center of the city, dominated by the gothic New Town Hall housing Munich's world-famous Glockenspiel, which dates back to 1908. This colorful mechanical clock has life-size figures that dance to music with shows several times a day. This afternoon venture to the mountains on the optional tour to the fairytale village of Oberammergau and visit Linderhof castle. Tonight, toast your final night in Munich with a delicious dinner at a local restaurant
Optional: Linderhof & Oberammergau
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Tuesday - Depart Germany
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

* May 4, Sep 16 & Sep 23 Departures will be accommodated in Mannheim on Day 3. All itinerary inclusions on Day 3 will operate from Heidelberg.

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Optional Tours

Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, past sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces to Mt. Pilatus. After admiring splendid views of the Bernese Oberland and the snowcapped Swiss peaks from the summit at nearly 7000 feet, descend by aerial cableway and return to Lucerne.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

*In the event of adverse weather, the cogwheel will be replaced by the cable car.

Day #5 01 Dec 2016 - 31 Oct 2017 $95.00
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Enjoy the spectacular alpine scenery as you travel by train high above the Inn Valley to Seefeld, the picturesque alpine village which hosted the skiing events of the Innsbruck Winter Olympics. Here the carriages await you for a leisurely ride through the town and around the lake. Afterwards, enjoy some time at leisure. Relax in the peaceful mountain atmosphere and sample some coffee and luscious "torte" cakes in one of the many sidewalk cafés.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #7 01 Apr 2017 - 30 Nov 2017 $65.00
Seefeld with Carriage Ride Thumbnail

Enjoy a varied entertainment program including authentic folk music, Tyrolean dances and "shoe-slapping" as well as typical Tyrolean songs and "yodeling." Pick-up details to be advised locally.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #7 01 Apr 2017 - 05 Nov 2017 $55.00
Tyrolean Evening with drinks Thumbnail

Excursion into the surrounding countryside of Salzburg to the ruins of Obersalzberg, once an important mountain retreat for senior Nazi SS officers and top party members. Transfer to special motor coaches adapted for the scenic mountain climb to Hitler’s notorious "Eagle's Nest." Ascending with the original elevator to the Kehlsteinhaus, you’ll see dramatic views of the snowcapped peaks

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
This tour will not operate in April, May, October and November. In the event of inclement weather, the Eagle's Nest will be closed and the optional will not operate.

Day #9 01 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017 $64.00
Eagle's Nest Tour Thumbnail

Two of the highlights of southern Bavaria are visited during this excursion to the high Alps. First, admire the artistically decorated castle Linderhof built by "Mad" King Ludwig II along with a guided tour of the palace. Proceed via the Ettal Monastery to Oberammergau, world-famous for its Passion Play, the woodcarvers and the richly painted houses (Lüftl-paintings).

Approximate tour duration is 5.5 hours.

Day #10 01 Jan 2017 - 05 Nov 2017 $62.00
Linderhof & Oberammergau Tour Thumbnail

Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, past sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces to Mt. Pilatus. After admiring splendid views of the Bernese Oberland and the snowcapped Swiss peaks from the summit at nearly 7000 feet, descend by aerial cableway and return to Lucerne.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

*In the event of adverse weather, the cogwheel will be replaced by the cable car.

Day #5 01 Dec 2016 - 31 Oct 2017 $95.00
Mount Pilatus Tour Thumbnail

Enjoy the spectacular alpine scenery as you travel by train high above the Inn Valley to Seefeld, the picturesque alpine village which hosted the skiing events of the Innsbruck Winter Olympics. Here the carriages await you for a leisurely ride through the town and around the lake. Afterwards, enjoy some time at leisure. Relax in the peaceful mountain atmosphere and sample some coffee and luscious "torte" cakes in one of the many sidewalk cafés.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #7 01 Apr 2017 - 30 Nov 2017 $65.00
Seefeld with Carriage Ride Thumbnail

Enjoy a varied entertainment program including authentic folk music, Tyrolean dances and "shoe-slapping" as well as typical Tyrolean songs and "yodeling." Pick-up details to be advised locally.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #7 01 Apr 2017 - 05 Nov 2017 $55.00
Tyrolean Evening with drinks Thumbnail

Excursion into the surrounding countryside of Salzburg to the ruins of Obersalzberg, once an important mountain retreat for senior Nazi SS officers and top party members. Transfer to special motor coaches adapted for the scenic mountain climb to Hitler’s notorious "Eagle's Nest." Ascending with the original elevator to the Kehlsteinhaus, you’ll see dramatic views of the snowcapped peaks

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
This tour will not operate in April, May, October and November. In the event of inclement weather, the Eagle's Nest will be closed and the optional will not operate.

Day #9 01 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017 $64.00
Eagle's Nest Tour Thumbnail

Two of the highlights of southern Bavaria are visited during this excursion to the high Alps. First, admire the artistically decorated castle Linderhof built by "Mad" King Ludwig II along with a guided tour of the palace. Proceed via the Ettal Monastery to Oberammergau, world-famous for its Passion Play, the woodcarvers and the richly painted houses (Lüftl-paintings).

Approximate tour duration is 5.5 hours.

Day #10 01 Jan 2017 - 05 Nov 2017 $62.00
Linderhof & Oberammergau Tour Thumbnail