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Country Roads Bavaria Switzerland Austria - Escorted Tours

Country Roads of Bavaria Switzerland and Austria – Escorted Tours

Country Roads of Bavaria Switzerland and Austria – Escorted Tours

21st September 2017

12 Day Escorted Tour

€2995.00 Per Person

 

  1. Day 1 Welcome to Fun-Loving Munich

Airport transfers leave Munich Airport for your hotel at 10:00 & 13:00. Later, join your Tour Director for an orientation. See the Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the English Garden, the Hofbräuhaus, St. Peter’s Church and the famous Marienplatz. Afterwards, enjoy a Welcome Reception with the opportunity to mingle over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

Hotel: Leonardo Royal Hotel/The Westin Grand Hotel, Munich

Welcome Reception and Dinner

 

  1. Day 2 Jewels of the Bavarian Alps

Embark on an exciting visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, built as a retreat for the wildly eccentric King Ludwig II, bristling with turrets and pinnacles. See the exuberantly-decorated apartments including the Throne Room and Lohengrin Grotto. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Bavaria’s capital city. Perhaps visit one of its many art galleries and museums, or relax and enjoy a coffee in the delightful Marienplatz?

Hotel: Leonardo Royal Hotel/The Westin Grand Hotel, Munich

Buffet Breakfast

 

  1. Day 3 Explore quaint Oberammergau

(Relaxed Start) Continue on to Oberammergau, home of the Passion Play since 1634. With your Tour Director, see the immense theatre and colourful chalets before checking into your hotel for the night.

Hotel: Hotel Alte Post, Oberammergau

Buffet Breakfast, Three-course Dinner with wine, plus tea or coffee

 

  1. Day 4 Salzburg, the City of Mozart

(Relaxed Start) A short drive over the Austrian border leads to Salzburg, ‘alive with the sound of music’. Sightseeing with a Local Expert will reveal the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace, the imposing fortress, the cathedral in the Old Town and Mozart’s birthplace. In the afternoon, perhaps take an optional experience to Hilter’s notorious ‘Eagle’s Nest’?

Hotel: Arcotel Castellani, Salzburg

Buffet Breakfast

 

  1. Day 5 Into the Wachau Valley to Dürnstein and on to Vienna

First stop will be Mondsee to view the ‘Sound of Music’ church, before continuing on through Melk to the beautiful town of Dürnstein, set in the Wachau Valley. Immerse yourself in the vineyards and cellars of a local winery to learn about and sample the unique Wachau style of wine.  Finally, head for the Austrian capital of Vienna for dinner to choose from a selection of prized restaurants, offering a range of authentic dining experiences from classic Viennese to international cuisine.

Hotel: Hilton, Vienna

Buffet Breakfast, Dine-Around

 

  1. Day 6 Vienna and the Habsburgs

In the morning, a Local Expert will reveal the highlights of Schönbrunn Palace, full of frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers, mirrors and gilded ornaments. Spend some time in the formal gardens before going on to view St. Charles’ Church, the Hofburg Palace, Parliament and State Opera House. The afternoon is all yours to explore the city at your leisure.

Hotel: Hilton, Vienna

Buffet Breakfast

 

  1. Day 7 Sleepy Austrian Byways to St. Veit an der Glan

Take a delightful drive through undiscovered Austria. Climb the dramatic Semmering Pass and stop in Kindberg with its colourful maypole. Continue to St. Veit an der Glan, former seat of the Dukes of Carinthia and explore the fabulous medieval city walls, the old town square and the ancient Plague column.

Hotel: Blumenhotel, Sankt Veit an der Glan

Buffet Breakfast, Three-course Dinner with wine, plus tea or coffee

 

  1. Day 8 The Dolomites to Innsbruck

Head for the distinctive rugged peaks of the Dolomites. Enter Italy by way of Lago di Misurina and the Tre Croci Pass to pause in the fashionable ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo. Cross back into Austria and continue to Innsbruck, set in a valley of snow-capped mountain peaks. An orientation of Innsbruck shows you the 14th century houses of the old town, the impressive Imperial Palace and the delightful Golden Roof.

Hotel: Hilton, Innsbruck

Buffet Breakfast

 

  1. Day 9 The Engadine Valley and Chic St. Moritz

(Relaxed Start) In the morning, enter Switzerland, driving along the beautiful Engadine Valley to the chic Alpine resort of St. Moritz. Enjoy the marvellous scenery and fresh air or browse in the elegant boutiques. Another option is a ride aboard the Bernina Express – one of Europe’s outstanding train journeys.

Hotel: Crystal Hotel/Schweizerhof Hotel, St. Moritz

Buffet Breakfast, Three-course Dinner with wine, plus tea or coffee

 

  1. Day 10 All aboard the Glacier Express and on to Lucerne

An unforgettable journey allows ice-capped mountains, stone-built villages and lush meadows to slip by the windows of your Glacier Express train. Ascend through the spiral tunnels of the Albula Pass and cross the Landwasser Viaduct before heading down through the Oberalp Valley to rejoin the coach at Andermatt. Continue north to lovely Lucerne, one of Europe’s most popular cities. Join your Tour Director to see the sorrowful sculpture of the dying lion, cut out of a limestone cliff to commemorate those Swiss Guards who died at the Battle of the Tuileries.

Hotel: Renaissance, Lucerne

Buffet Breakfast

 

  1. Day 11 Dinner at the ‘Roof of Europe’ in Stanserhorn

(Relaxed Start) The morning is at leisure in this beautiful city with its 14th century covered wooden bridges, painted gables, old walls and watch towers of the medieval fortifications. Stroll across the Chapel Bridge to the Jesuit Church, or use your free time to shop. Later, head to the town of Stans, to embark on a scenic journey by funicular railway and cable car, to the summit of the stunning Stanserhorn. On a clear day there are views as far as Alsace and the Black Forest in Germany. Here, amid true Alpine majesty, your amazing journey literally peaks with a fabulous farewell Celebration Dinner in a panoramic restaurant. This will be a fantastic bird’s-eye wining and dining experience you’ll never forget!

Buffet Breakfast, Celebration Dinner

 

  1. Day 12 Leaving Zürich

Your departure transfer arrives at Zürich Airport at 08:00.

Buffet Breakfast

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