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Country Roads of Bavaria, Switzerland & Austria

Operated by: Insight Vacations

11 Days from $3,285 per person
Innsbruck old town

Countries Visited

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

Locations Visited

Munich, Salzburg, Mondsee, Vienna, Kindberg, Innsbruck, Lucerne, Zurich ...more Munich, 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 Donisl 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 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.
  4. Day 4 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.
  5. Day 5 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.
  6. Day 6 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.
  7. Day 7 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.
  8. Day 8 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.
  9. Day 9 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.
  10. Day 10 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.
  11. Day 11 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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Laura
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Service
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
Service
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
Service
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
Service
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.
Trusted Customer
Monday, September 17, 2018
Service
From beginning with Dave from GET tours booking, to the transfer to Hotel, to meeting our fabulous tour director, Daniele, to the great experiences along our way to the sad Farewell Dinner- it was an awesome trip.
Vacation
Great price for tour & airlines.
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