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Country Roads of Bavaria, Switzerland & Austria

Operated by: Insight Vacations

12 Days
Old Town Innsbruck

Countries Visited

Switzerland, Austria, Germany ...more Switzerland, Austria, Germany

Locations Visited

Munich, Oberammergau, Salzburg, Mondsee, Vienna, Kindberg, Innsbruck, Lucerne, Zurich ...more Munich, Oberammergau, Salzburg, Mondsee, Vienna, Kindberg, Innsbruck, Lucerne, Zurich
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Fun-Loving Munich.

    Transfers to your hotel leave Munich airport at 10:00 and 13:00. Join your Travel Director at 15:00 for an orientation tour of the city. 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. Join your fellow guests for a drink and enjoy a pleasant Welcome Dinner at Donsil restaurant.(Dinner with Wine)

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Pullman Munich Hotel.
  2. Day 2 Jewels of the Bavarian Alps.

    Embark on an exciting visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, bristling with turrets and pinnacles and built for the wildly eccentric King Ludwig II as a retreat. See the exuberantly decorated apartments including the Throne Room and Lohengrin Grotto. On return to Munich, 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?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Pullman Munich Hotel.
  3. Day 3 Oberammergau, famous home of the Passion Play.

    Continue on to Oberammergau, home of the famous Passion Play since 1634. With your Travel Director, see the immense theatre and colourful chalets before checking into your hotel for the night.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Alte Post, Oberammergau.
  4. Day 4 Salzburg, the City of Mozart.

    A short drive over the Austrian border leads to Salzburg, 'alive with the sound of music'. Join your Local Expert who will show you the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace, Residenzplatz, the city's imposing fortress, the immense cathedral in the Old Town and Mozart’s birthplace on the lively Getreidegasse. With the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps take an optional experience to Hilter’s notorious Eagle's Nest? Later, join your travel companions and venture to Lenzenbauer, a delightful Austrian farm, just outside the city. Enjoy a homemade schnapps before a member of the Golser family shows you around some of the property that has been in their family for three generations. You'll then sit down to a delicious Farm-to-Table meal of homemade spreads and homemade bread, roast pork or vegetable rosti served with salads and finish with a local speciality typical of the region for dessert. With the produce coming straight from the farm, it doesn't get more fresh or authentic than this! All this is accompanied by a choice of homemade beverages including fresh apple or elderflower juice and apple cider produced on the farm, or beer.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel ARCOTEL Castellani, Salzburg.
  5. Day 5 Wachau Valley and Vienna.

    In Mondsee, marvel when you visit the church featured in 'The Sound of Music' before continuing on through Melk to the beautiful Wachau Valley and onto the Austrian capital of Vienna.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel InterContinental Vienna.
  6. Day 6 Vienna and the Habsburgs.

    Join a Local Expert for a private tour of Schönbrunn Palace, Austria's famous imperial summer residence. Marvel at its frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers, mirrors and gilded ornaments, before spending some time in the perfectly manicured gardens. Then see the city's many highlights, including St. Charles' Church, the Hofburg Palace, Parliament and State Opera House. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure for further exploration.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel InterContinental Vienna.
  7. 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 south to the border to arrive in historic St. Veit an der Glan.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Die Zeit, St. Veit an der Glan.
  8. Day 8 The Dolomites to Innsbruck.

    Journey through the High Tauern mountains and see the Dolomites in the distance as you travel to the charming Alpine city of Innsbruck, set in a valley of snow-capped mountain peaks. Your Travel Director provides an orientation of the city to see its 14th century houses of the Old Town, the impressive Imperial Palace and the delightful Golden Roof. You're invited to choose among a selection of local restaurants, from classic Austrian to international cuisine, for your Dine-Around Evening.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel AC By Marriott Hotel Innsbruck.
  9. Day 9 The Engadine Valley and Chic St. Moritz.

    Take in the stunning views of the beautiful Engadine Valley, as you enter Switzerland headed for the chic Alpine resort of St. Moritz. Enjoy St. Moritz's marvellous scenery, fresh air and perhaps visit its many luxury boutiques. You may even choose to step aboard the Bernina Express to experience one of Europe's most outstanding train journeys.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Crystal Hotel/Steffani, St. Moritz.
  10. Day 10 All aboard the Glacier Express and on to Lucerne.

    Embark on an iconic train journey onboard the Glacier Express, as you take in vistas of ice-capped mountains, stone-built villages and lush meadows. 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, following the staggering Schollenen Gorge through William Tell country, to lovely lakeside Lucerne, one of Europe’s most popular cities set on the banks of Lake Lucerne. Join your Travel Director to see the sorrowful sculpture of the dying lion, cut out of a limestone cliff to commemorate the Swiss Guards who died at the Battle of the Tuileries.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Renaissance Lucerne Hotel.
  11. Day 11 Dinner at the ‘Roof of Europe’ in Stanserhorn.

    Enjoy the morning at your leisure to explore the city's 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 where you'll 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 in France and the Black Forest in Germany. Here amid true Alpine majesty, your journey literally peaks with an unforgettable Celebration Dinner, hosted in Drehrestaurant Rondorama, located atop the mountain. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and admire the stunning 360-degree views as the restaurant slowly rotates throughout the evening, ensuring you don't miss a thing.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Renaissance Lucerne Hotel.
  12. Day 12 Leave Lucerne for Zürich.

    Bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer to Zürich airport, arriving at 08:00.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

  • Vienna: Choose between a selection of Innsbruck’s finest restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening and enjoy a delicious three-course dinner with drinks.
  • Stanserhorn: A spectacular journey by cable car and cogwheel railway takes you to the summit for expansive mountain views over Lake Lucerne for your special Celebration Dinner. Fill your glasses with wine, toast to newfound friends and admire the spectacular 360 degree views as the restaurant slowly rotates. Savour delicious local flavours like smoked trout or Alpermagronen, a Swiss Alpine Macaroni and embrace this fantastic wining and dining experience as you celebrate a great trip.
  • Dining Summary:: 11 Breakfasts (B) and 6 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Stay in Style

  • St. Moritz: The elegant Crystal Hotel is located close to shops in the town centre, where all the prestigious names from Chanel and Gucci to Louis Vuitton are lined up together.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Munich: See Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the English Garden, the Hofbräuhaus, St. Peter's Church and the famous Marienplatz.
  • Neuschwanstein: Explore the fanciful rooms and legends of the Neuschwanstein Castle alongside a Local Expert and take in the amazing views of valleys and verdant mountains.
  • Oberammergau: Explore the town and see the theatre where the Passion Play has been performed since 1634 and the next performance will be in 2020.
  • Salzburg: Join your Local Expert to visit the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace and Residenzplatz. See the cathedral in the Old Town and the house where Mozart was born.
  • Mondsee: View the church featured in ‘The Sound of Music.'
  • Vienna: Enjoy a private tour of Schönbrunn Palace, guided by your Local Expert as you stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a child prodigy.
  • Vienna: During your orientation led by your Travel Director, travel along the Ring Road to see the Hofburg Imperial Residence, Opera House, Parliament Building and Karlskirche.
  • Kindberg: During your orientation see the colourful maypole.
  • St. Veit an der Glan: During your orientation learn about this historic town.
  • Innsbruck: See the Old Town with its 14th century houses, Imperial Palace and Golden Roof during your orientation with your Travel Director.
  • St. Moritz: During your orientation of this alpine resort see the spa quarter and glacial lake.
  • Glacier Express: Journey through the heart of the Swiss Alps aboard the world-famous Glacier Express. Once settled into your modern panoramic viewing car, sit back as Mother Nature unveils a scenic symphony of epic grandeur.
  • Lucerne: During your orientation with your Travel Director, see the emotive Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge.
  • Scenic Drives: Your journey ventures through the Bavarian Alps, along the German Alpine Road, through the Semmering Pass, passing the Alps, the Tyrol region, Engadine Valley and the Grison Alps.

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Munich

The Dachau Memorial

After Hitler's rise to power in 1933, the first concentration camp for political prisoners was opened outside the town of Dachau and it became a blueprint for others to follow. Now maintained as a memorial, spend some reflective moments amid the remains of the camp prisons, reconstructed barracks, kitchens, workshops and baths which serves as the museum. A chilling and emotional reminder of the horrors of war.
Adult Price: €33

Bavarian Dinner

Tonight we'll soak in the lively atmosphere of a popular traditional restaurant. We'll enjoy traditional Bavarian hospitality and sample delicious regional specialties and local beer.
Adult Price: €65

Salzburg

Eagle's Nest & The Bavarian Alps

Drive over the German border, past picturesque farmhouses and villages to Obersalzberg. Nearly 75 years ago, this small mountain paradise was the summer playground for top Nazi brass. Here we will transfer to special coaches for the scenic drive up the mountain to Hitler's notorious "Eagle's Nest". Used as a restaurant since the 50's, there are splendid views through the arches up to the 'Hohen Goll' and across the snow capped peaks.
Adult Price: €55

Vienna

Gala Viennese Concert

Enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese Classical music performed by highly acclaimed soloists and dancers. During this special evening, enjoy a glass of champagne along with some of the most famous works by Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. (On occasion dinner will be included EURO 103)
Adult Price: €58

Imperial Vienna

A visit to see the fabulous Imperial Treasury of the Austrian and Holy Roman Empire or the Crypts and Vaults of the Imperial Family or the world famous Opera House (when accessible).
Adult Price: €39

Dinner In A Country Mansion

Cross the Danube, passing the famous Prater Park en route to one of Austria's most famous restaurants. Former patrons include Napoleon, the Emperor Franz Joseph, Liz Taylor and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Once through the door of this historic country mansion you're transported to a different world! Old memorabilia, autographed photos and other paraphernalia cover the ceilings, walls and even the rest rooms. Choose from traditional Austrian fare, enjoy unlimited drinks and be serenaded by musicians at your table. A fun-filled experience never to be forgotten!
Adult Price: €63

Villach

Lake Worth Dinner and Casino Experience

A short drive takes us to scenic Velden, the Alpine Lake playground of Austria's rich and famous. We'll enjoy a sumptuous dinner at the dazzling Velden Casino. Then, it's time to tempt 'lady luck' in the company of Austria's high society. Or, if you prefer, simply enjoy the lakeside ambience of sparkling Worthersee.
Adult Price: €74

Innsbruck

Tyrolean Evening

Enjoy a lively evening of traditional entertainment, featuring dancers in national costume, yodelling and entertainment typical of the life, crafts and traditions of the Tyrolean people. Two drinks are included. (This evening may not be available on every departure)
Adult Price: €45

St Moritz

Bernina - Express Excursion

Enjoy one of the most exciting train rides in Switzerland as you cross the Bernina Pass to the Alp Grum. Spectacular views of the Alpine peaks, glaciers, waterfalls, green valleys and mountain villages. We then descend to Poschiavo to reboard our touring coach.
Adult Price: CHf53

Lucerne

Carriages & Countryside

In a typical rural community, meet local farmers for a delightful horse-drawn ride. Clip-clop your way through bright green pasture, where the angular spire of a traditional white church shoots skyward and rickety old wooden storehouses still dot the landscape. Call in at a local farm where a wonderful spread of homemade drinks and snacks is served.
Adult Price: CHf67

Swiss Evening

There's nothing better than convening with friends around a pot of bubbling fondue with a glass of chilled white wine and having a good yodel! Join us for a tasty Swiss meal in a typical restaurant. While you dine, enjoy a lively folklore show of flag throwing, yodelling, Alpenhorn blowing and other great Swiss entertainment.
Adult Price: CHf99

Lake Lucerne Cruise

A chance to take in the wonderful mountain scenery from a different perspective. Enjoy a leisurely lake cruise, for fine views of the town and it's surroundings. The serene beauty of Lake Lucerne on a summer's day is a joy to behold, made even more enjoyable by the encompassing snow-capped mountains, green pastures and dense forests.
Adult Price: CHf40

Reviews
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Donald Russell
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
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THANKS TO MATT
Vacation
IN SPITE OF GETTING SICK,IT WAS A GREAT TRIP
Laura
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
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The agents were knowledgeable and worked with me on flights and iternery
Vacation
Everything was perfect from pick up at the airport till our departure Martin M did everything he could to make this trip a memorable one
Esperanza Smith
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Service
Was impressed with the information, attention to detail given.
Vacation
Returned to GET due to a wonderful previous tour to Italy taken a few years ago. This Tour was just as wonderful and will be planning to take more in the future. Our Tour Director "Mel" and our Bus driver "Mandy" made it extra special for all. Very informative and great tips were given, making it so much nicer. A few of us went on our own tour of the Lipizzaner Spanish Riding School in Vienna. It was a wonderful tour as the Horses are BEAUTIFUL. Highly recommend it.
Edmund Smith
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Service
Had a wonderful time, our tour guide "Mel" was a wealth of information. His guidance made our trip very special. Our driver "Mandy" was also wonderful and excellent at his job.
Vacation
Wonderful highly recommend this trip. Great Tour Guide and Driver.
David Pederson
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
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Loved the itinerary, the tour guide and the bus driver. An easy going trip to a beautiful part of the world.
Vacation
Just perfect! Loved every minute.
Barbara Vosganian
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
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Tess made our reservations and everything went smooth, no problems.
Vacation
Scenery was beautiful, tour director Ruth was beyond expectations. She was super organized and made our experience extra nice.
Gerald Vallem Jr
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
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Very helpful. Gave us all the info we needed to prepare for trip.
Vacation
One of our best trips! Everything ran smoothly. Ruth was great. love the small group. Group dinners and optional trips were great. Will look forward to another Insight trip.
Carl Herbold
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Service
An excellent tour of a great region. The tour director was one of the best I've experienced. The hotels were comfortable, accessible (with one exception -- a rural resort) and restfull! The food and optional activities were well above average. And the weather -- which neither GET nor the director controlled -- was near perfect!
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is nice to hear and we thank you for taking the time to share your experience in beautiful Bavaria, Austria and Switzerland.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Vacation
See above !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Karen Endlein
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Service
The trip was full of things to see and do. The trip director and bus drivers were the best. The trip was everything I hoped for and more.
Vacation
Hotels were very nice. Breakfast was great. The side trips were worth it. The tours director, Daniele was very knowledgeable and lots of fun. Would take another trip with him. Christian, the bus driver, was excellent.
Paul Hardy
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Service
We had a great trip, our host was very professional and caring.Danielle deserves a raise and when we travel again will request him and our expert driver, Christian.
Vacation
I was stationed here in the army 47 years ago. I never got to see all the landmarks and learn about how Europe was formed by the Hapsburg dynasty. Danielle and Christian made our trip pleasant and enjoyable.
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