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Country Roads of Bavaria, Switzerland & Austria

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Old Town Innsbruck
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13 Days from $3,395 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 Reception with the opportunity to mingle over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
    meal(s):WD
    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 theatre and colourful 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'?
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Arcotel Castellani, Salzburg.
  6. 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.
    meal(s):BB, DA
    hotel:Hilton, 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:Hilton, Vienna.
  8. 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.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Blumenhotel, Sankt Veit an der Glan.
  9. Head for the distinctive rugged peaks of the Dolomites. Pass through Italy, crossing back into Austria to continue to Innsbruck. An orientation of Innsbruck shows you the 14th century houses of the old town, the impressive Imperial Palace and the delightful Golden Roof.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Hilton, 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. 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!

    meal(s):BB, CD
    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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INCLUDED QUALITY DINING

11 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 3 three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW), 1 Dine-Around (DA) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

Neuschwanstein:

  • A Local Expert leads you through fanciful rooms fashioned by medieval legend. Take in the amazing views over valleys and verdant mountains.

Vienna:

  • A private, guided exploration of Schönbrunn Palace will have all your senses tingling. 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.
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These departures will stay at the Steffani Hotel in St. Moritz.

# These departures stay in Munich during Oktoberfest and will visit the festival instead of the City Center.

April 21 and September 8 departures stay at the Wittelsbach Hotel in Oberammergau.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $530 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $106 per person.

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  • 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 48 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.

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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.
Vacation : Failed to pick up at airport, left us stranded. Not all activities were available as lasted in your.
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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.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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Service rating : Driver and guide were excellent
Vacation : Hotel Schillingshot was not good. Our back door would not lock Not a safe feeling . Glacier Express wasn't worth time . Nothing special
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Service rating : We originally were scheduled for the Best of France tour, but after the Nice attack, GET accommodated us with ease to change to another trip.
Vacation : Only wish we could have spent more time in Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, and Innsbruck to enjoy the towns more, but, of course, that would have extended the trip and cost more.
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Vacation : This was a trip of a lifetime! Truely Country roads with so many fabulous experiences! Couldn't be any better! Sheer comfort! Fabulous Tour Guide! A slew of new friends! Sights that rejuvenated our souls and warmed our hearts. Somebody worked really hard to make this a perfect 12 days! We are so grateful. Best money we ever spent and we would encourage anyone to take this fantastic trip with every excursion added! Thank you!
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Thank you for your kind words and your business. We truly do appreciate it!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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Service rating : Well organized...
Vacation : Great itinerary, with excellent Tour Director....Ellen and experienced professional driver... Hotels are 4 stars, could add more 5 stars hotel.....
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Service rating : I truly enjoyed our bus driver, the very comfortable bus (with wifi) and our hotels.
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Service rating : We had to switch our flight at the last minute due to weather conditions in Dallas. Grand European was very easy to reach and work with to alter our arrangements.
Vacation : Overall the trip was great, but do have some recommendations: a. Please have more food options at dinners for those with a simple palette. The hotel dinner choices looked great on a plate but did not do much for hunger. b. We stopped in Melk for 90 minutes but did not have sufficient time for lunch. We ended up throwing away 30 euros of food due to the time constraints. Please skip the wine tasting event that came after this stop and allow 2 hours for lunch.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're very happy to hear that you arrived safely and we could help avoid a delay due to the weather problems. We have taken note of your disappointment with the food choices and will be passing this on to our Quality Control team. Thank you for bring it to our attention.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

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

Munich The Dachau Memorial

Adult Price: € 31.00

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

Adult Price: € 65.00

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

Adult Price: € 55.00

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

Adult Price: € 61.00

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 cosy 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

Adult Price: € 54.00

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

Adult Price: € 62.00

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

Adult Price: € 39.00

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

Adult Price: € 54.00

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 centre 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

Adult Price: € 45.00

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

Adult Price: CHF 53.00

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

Adult Price: CHF 67.00

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

Adult Price: CHF 99.00

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

Adult Price: CHF 40.00

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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