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Country Roads of Bavaria, Switzerland & Austria

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Old Town Innsbruck
Tour Style: Premium
13 Days from $3,416 per person

Surprisingly, the vineyards, gabled shop fronts and opulent palaces play second fiddle to the scenery. Experience the magical, unrivalled beauty of the Alpine world, on-board the enthralling Glacier Express.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. 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 Dinner with the opportunity to mingle over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

    meal(s):DW
    hotel:Leonardo Royal Hotel/The Westin Grand Hotel, Munich (2 nights).
  3. 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?
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Leonardo Royal Hotel/The Westin Grand Hotel, Munich.
  4. Continue on to Oberammergau, home of the Passion Play since 1634. With your Tour Director, see the immense theater and colorful chalets before checking into your hotel for the night.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Hotel Alte Post, Oberammergau
  5. 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'? Later, join your travel companions at a local restaurant for an exquisite Farm-to-Table meal, served with wine.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Arcotel Castellani, Salzburg.
  6. In Mondsee marvel at the church featured in 'The Sound of Music' before continuing on through Melk to the beautiful town of Dürnstein, set in the Wachau Valley. Head for the Austrian capital of Vienna where you're invited to choose among a selection of local restaurants, from classic Viennese to international cuisine, for your Dine-Around Evening.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:InterContinental, Vienna (2 nights).
  7. 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.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:InterContinental, Vienna.
  8. Take a delightful drive through undiscovered Austria. Climb the dramatic Semmering Pass and stop in Kindberg with its colorful maypole. Continue south to the border to arrive in Villach, a town rich in contrasts as tradition blends with trendiness, historically a gateway between the Alps and southern Austria, with a touch of la dolce vita influenced by neighboring Italy. 

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Romantick Hotel Post, Villach
  9. Journey 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.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:AC by Marriott, Innsbruck.
  10. 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.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Crystal Hotel/Schweizerhof Hotel, St. Moritz.
  11. 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.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Renaissance, Lucerne (2 nights).
  12. 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 amazing journey literally peaks with an unforgettable Celebration Dinner, hosted in a rotating restaurant with panoramic views of the Alps.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Renaissance, Lucerne.
  13. Your departure transfer arrives at Zürich Airport at 08:00. Please do not schedule any flights before 10:00.
    meal(s):BB

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Single Room Supplement: from $640 p.p.

Triple Room Discount $60 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $139 per person.

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INCLUDED QUALITY DINING

11 Buffet Breakfasts (BB)and 6 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

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.

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.

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.

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, spellbound as Mother Nature unveils a scenic symphony of epic grandeur.

Reviews

Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Tour guide was wonderful. Most optional experiences were good.
Vacation : Most hotels were good. One hotel was horrible, so old I got locked inside room and couldn't get out. Wash basin was in bedroom and no safety rails in showers. Very old. Same food was served for dinner in many hotels, no variety.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Part of the reason for 4 stars vs 5 : too many one-night stands than we were used to. Also, the food experience this time (our 12th or so GET) was so-so.
Vacation : Most of the optional tours were great; some were just OK.
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Tour was well organized and the hotels and restaurants were nice. 40 people is too many in my opinion. I wish the tours were capped at 30.
Vacation : Tour was well organized, the director was very good. the hotels and restaurants were nice.
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : I had a fabulous time and saw things I have wanted to see most of my life. This is my first guided tour and whenever I had a question before the tour, they were prompt in giving me the advice I needed, with one exception. They made the airline reservations for me that included 1 hour 5 minute layover in Amsterdam. I was assured that Amsterdam airport was well organized and I would have no problem. My flight from Zurich was delayed and if my flight in Amsterdam had left on time I would have missed my flight. I also am not sure I would have made it even if the flight had been on time. Amsterdam Airport is not an easy airport for a novice international flyer.
Vacation : There were some wonderful experiences in the planned itinerary and time for us on our own allowing us time to see things that may not be of interest and gave time to get to know others that could be life long friends. I have no regrets taking the trip. Ir was well worth the money spent.
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Totally organized!!!!
Vacation : Totally Reasonable and good value!!
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Great customer service and better pricing.
Vacation : The tour and where we went and saw were wonderful.we couldn't have had a better driver and your tour director. But, I feel that they could have included a couple more side trips with what we paid. The optional tours were very expensive...especially after the Euro and Franc conversion rate. I even purchased a 5 hour side trip ahead of our trip starting to a concentration camp for the same price as what Insight was charging for a 2 hr. Tour.
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Service rating : This was our third trip with Grand European. The tour was through Insight Vacations and we thought it was terrific. Very well-organized, an excellent tour leader and a great group. Process was very smooth throughout, it was well-timed and well-planned. Bavaria was just beautiful and the itinerary was perfect. We wouldn't hesitate to go with Grand European again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your wonderful feedback and for your repeat business.  We truly appreciate it and hope to see you again very soon!
Friday, July 28, 2017
Vacation : Perfect itinerary, gorgeous landscapes and wonderful activities. Well-planned tour.
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Did not meet us at airport, had to get our own taxi at our expense. Excessive layovers at airport. Not all tours were available as advertised.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are very sorry to hear about your disappointment.The Optional tours are subject to change and based on availability of the local guides who manage them.\n\n
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Vacation : Failed to pick up at airport, left us stranded. Not all activities were available as lasted in your.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We do have pre arranged transfer times for this trip which are at 10:00am and 1:00pm and the tour representatives arrive about 15 minutes prior to collect guests for the trip to the hotel. It looks like your flight arrived into Munich at 10:30am.We apologize if the wait for the 1:00pm transfer was longer than you had anticipated.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
  • U.S. citizens traveling to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering these countries.

  • The currency in Germany and Austria is the Euro (€).The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF). Please note that Switzerland is not part of the European Union and thus is not obliged to convert to the Euro, however many prices are nonetheless indicated in euros to help travelers compare prices. Some Swiss merchants may accept euros but are not obliged to do so. Change given back will most likely be in Swiss francs.

    While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Europe, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Traditional German cuisine is rich and delicious.  Try specialties including a variety of bratwurst with sauerkraut, cold cuts, spätzle and potato dumplings.  For dessert you cannot miss the world famous Black Forest Gateau.   Beer is a big part of German culture; sample a variety of German offerings including pilsner, Kölsch and sour beers.  In Frankfurt, try the local cider (Apfelwein).   Wine is also popular throughout Germany, and world-class whites are produced in the Rhine and Mosel regions. 

    Austrian cuisine is hearty and satisfying and reflects regional influences from Italy, Hungary, Germany and the Balkans. Try a variety of sausages including the popular Wiener Schnitzel and Viennese specialties such as goulash and apple strudel.

    Swiss cuisine is a flavorful blend of German, Italian, and French influences and a wide variety of regional offerings.  Specialty dishes include fondue and raclette (cheese dipping dishes), sausages and rösti (fried potato), bündnerfleisch (air-dried beef) and fondue bourguigon (cubes of steak with various sauces). Swiss pastries and desserts are excellent. There are also spirits made from fruit; the most popular are Kirsch, Pflümli and Williamine. And don’t miss out on the world-class selection of Swiss chocolate.

  • We recommend packing layers to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress.  It’s important to bring comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • A service charge is typically included in the price of food at restaurants in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  When leaving a tip, it is appropriate to simply round up or add up to 10 percent to your bill.   Rather than leaving your money on the table, be prepared to leave it with your waiter when you pay your bill.  If you are expecting change, simply tell them how much you will need back after gratuity.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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

Munich

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.

Bavarian Dinner

Enjoy a convivial evening at a popular traditional restaurant where we sample traditional Bavarian specialties and great beer whilst being entertained by live Bavarian Music.

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.

Evening In An Austrian Chalet

Drive into the pretty Austrian countryside for a special evening in an Austrian Chalet. Meet the owners and learn about rural life over a homemade dinner in this cozy corner of Salzburg. In a totally unique experience, sip home-made beverages, feast on home-baked bread, succulent meat and oven baked vegetables.

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 99)

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!

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).

St Veit

Slovenia Excursion

Visit Slovenia today, a small country with a big heart. Drive through the modern Karawanken tunnel to the tranquil shores of Lake Bled, an idyllic paradise at the foot of the Julian Alps. Join a local boatman in a traditional wooden 'pletna' to cross the turquoise glacial waters to the tiny island which rises in the center of the lake. Surrounded by stunning mountain views, see the pilgrimage church where the famous “wishing bell” has been ringing out since 1534. After making your wish, enjoy coffee and a delicious pastry by the lake, followed by some free time for unforgettable photo-ops!

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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