Winter tours of Salzburg, Austria
9 Days
4 Countries

Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland

12 Cities

Frankfurt, Mainz, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Munich, Salzburg, Chiemsee, Innsbruck, Vaduz, Lucerne, Mount Pilatus, Rhine Falls, Heidelberg

12 Meals

4 Dinner with Wines, 8 Breakfasts

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations
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Experience the winter wonderlands of Europe like never before with stunning views of Lake Lucerne from the peak of Mt Pilatus and all immersive tours of Munich, and Salzburg. An Insight Choice experience in Innsbruck lets you choose between a horse drawn carriage ride through the Alpine scenery or a visit to the world of Swarovski Crystal. The Austrian adventure continues with an exclusive Salzburg market tasting experience, where a locals serve goblets of Glühwein and fresh from the oven Lebkuchen—fragrant with ginger and cocoa. Across the border in Germany, Rothenburg alongside the River Tauber serves up lashings of 16th century charm and in Munich, foaming steins of beer beckon at the city's famous beer halls.

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Day 1

Frankfurt and on to Mainz

Welcome to Germany. From the Rhine Valley to the Alps, experience lively cosmopolitan cities, historic old towns and breathtaking natural scenery. Transfers from Frankfurt airport to your Mainz hotel depart at 09:30 and 12:30. Mainz has been a bustling and important town since the time of the Romans. Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at 18:00, for a walk through the Cathedral Quarter to witness the magnificent architecture of the city’s Dom. At a local restaurant, enjoy a pleasant evening of good food and wine during your Welcome Dinner.

Half-timbered houses in Mainz, Germany
Hilton Mainz View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Hilton Mainz

About the Hotel

Mainz, Germany

The Hilton Mainz is a traditional hotel set in an ideal location to explore the historic Old Town.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • Gym
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Mainz Cathedral at Christmas in Mainz, Germany
See the Dom Cathedral in Mainz

Witness half-timbered houses and Baroque buildings surrounding the magnificent Dom Cathedral.

Included in Trip

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Authentic Dining Enjoy a delicious Welcome Dinner in Mainz, Germany
Mainz Welcome Dinner

Enjoy getting to know your fellow travelers as you savor a delicious Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 2

Rothenburg ob der Tauber and the Romantic Road to Munich

Head to fortified Rothenburg ob der Tauber, overlooking the winding Tauber River. Once through the medieval walls, you are immediately transported back into the 16th century, as cobblestone streets lead you to the medieval Market Square with its Town Hall. Perhaps visit Tilman Riemenschneider’s ‘Holy Blood’ altarpiece in St Jakob’s Church or pop into the Christmas shop where you’ll find the festive spirit all year round? Follow parts of the Romantic Road to fun-loving Munich.

Old town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber in winter,  Germany
The Westin Grand Munich View Hotel Details
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The Westin Grand Munich

About the Hotel

Munich, Germany

The Westin Grand Munich is a modern hotel located in the fashionable Bogenhausen district. Spacious guest rooms are elegantly designed with marble bathrooms, ensuring a comfortable stay in this vibrant city. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Old Town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria, Germany
Visit the Fairytale Town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Fortified by ancient walls, picturesque and unspoiled, Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a fairytale come true at any time of year. It dazzles in Decembe...

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Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Visit The Dachau Memorial in Dachau, Germany
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 bl...

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Day 3

The Bavarian Capital of Munich

During your orientation you will see Victory Arch and the university, concluding in the Marienplatz with its soaring Gothic Town Hall and colorful Glockenspiel. Join a Local Expert on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience to discover lost and forgotten Advent traditions. The rest of the day is at leisure. Why not try a foaming stein of beer at the world-famous Hofbräuhaus?

Christmas market in Marienplatz, Munich, Germany
The Westin Grand Munich View Hotel Details
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The Westin Grand Munich

About the Hotel

Munich, Germany

The Westin Grand Munich is a modern hotel located in the fashionable Bogenhausen district. Spacious guest rooms are elegantly designed with marble bathrooms, ensuring a comfortable stay in this vibrant city. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Snowy Odeonsplatz in Munich, Germany
Munich Orientation

During your orientation of the city with your Travel Director, see Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the E...

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Top Rated Highlights

Make Travel Matter Christmas Market in Munich, Germany
Advent Traditions Tour

Discover Munich through Bavaria’s lost and forgotten Advent traditions, playing a significant part of regional cultural revitalisation, and stop for tastings along the way.

Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Optional Experiences
Bavarian Dinner

Tonight we'll soak up the lively atmosphere of a popular traditional restaurant. We'll enjoy traditional Bavarian hospitality and sample delicious regional specialties and local beer.

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Linderhof and Oberammergau

South of Munich, we'll venture from the magnificence of the Bavarian Alps to the world-renowned passion-play village of Oberammergau. Admire the ar...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Lake Chiemsee to Salzburg

Travel alongside the beautiful Lake Chiemsee and cross the Austrian border to Salzburg, ‘alive with the Sound of Music.’ Walk with your Local Expert through the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace and admire the city skyline, crowned by the majestic Hohensalzburg Fortress.

Cross the Salzach River to see Mozart’s birthplace on the Getreidegasse, a lively shopping street lined with charming wrought-iron signs. Visit Mozart's birthplace to learn more about his life, and enjoy a musical interlude performed on his original pianoforte.

For those arriving before Christmas, visit the festive Christmas Market and meet a local stallholder for a taste of traditional Lebkuchen and a fragrant cup of Glühwein. Follow the narrow lanes of the Old Town to the domed cathedral and the splendid Residenz Fountain, before having time at leisure to enjoy as you please. In the evening, perhaps visit an Austrian chalet for dinner, drinks and the opportunity to learn about life in the countryside?

Salzach river in Salzburg, Austria
ARCOTEL Castellani View Hotel Details
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ARCOTEL Castellani

About the Hotel

Salzburg, Austria

Combining historic substance and modern architecture, the ARCOTEL Castellani is located in green surroundings and only a 15-minute walk from the center of Salzburg. It features a large garden including a Baroque chapel and a 400-year old linden tree..

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Concierge
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Insight Experiences Academy Of Music Salzburg, Austria
Experience a Musical Demonstration at Mozart's Birthplace in Salzburg

Visit the house where Mozart was born in 1756. Enjoy a pianoforte demonstration and examine letters, memorabilia, and musical instruments of the gr...

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Insight Experiences

Top Rated Highlights Birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg City Tour

With a Local Expert, see Mozart's family home and the 500-year-old Christmas Market in front of the cathedral. You'll also view the Hohensalzburg f...

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Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Gluhwein at the Christmas market Salzburg, Austria​
Salzburg Glühwein Tasting

At the Christmas Market, meet a local stallholder and taste the delicious gingerbread with a fragrant cup of Glühwein.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences
Evening In The Austrian Countryside

Drive into the pretty Austrian countryside for a special evening. Learn about rural life over a homemade dinner in this cozy corner of Salzburg. In...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Innsbruck

In the morning, a scenic journey takes you through snow-capped mountains to Innsbruck. See the magnificent Golden Roof in the Old Town, then loose yourself in the festive atmosphere as you spend some time exploring Innsbruck's magical Christmas Markets. The giant Christmas tree dominates the square and is adorned in lights and decorations. Browse the market stalls, selling handmade trinkets that make perfect gifts for friends and family, along with delicious local treats of home-made biscuits, jams and delicious, soul-warming Glühwein. Next, delight in a visit to the magical world of Swarovski Crystal, followed by a Highlight Dinner. 

Visit the Golden roof Salzburg Austria
AC Hotel Innsbruck View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

AC Hotel Innsbruck

About the Hotel

Innsbruck, Austria

The AC Hotel Innsbruck is centrally located and just a few minutes walk from the Old Town. It was originally built in 1972 for the Winter Olympic games and has since been completely refurbished and upgraded to offer comfortable, sleek-designed rooms, each with views of the surrounding Alps.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Business Centre

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Panoramic view of colourful houses in Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria
Innsbruck Orientation

Nestled amidst majestic mountains, Innsbruck is a beautiful city offering a unique combination of nature, history, and culture. Stroll the streets ...

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Top Rated Highlights Visit Swarovski Kristallwelten, Innsbruck, Austria
Innsbruck Swarovski Crystal Worlds Visit

Visit the magical Swarovski Crystal Worlds. This attraction features installations by international artists, designers and architects who have interpreted the crystals in their own ways.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Dine at a local restaurant in Innsbruck, Austria
Innsbruck Restaurant Dinner at Swarovski

Savor a special Highlight Dinner at Swarovski Crystal World.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences
Nordkette Alps & Heritage

A visit to the Nordkette is an unforgettable experience - a unique combination of relaxation, natural wonder and modern architecture. Space-age sta...

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Day 6

Liechtenstein and Lucerne by the Lake

Meet your coachman and take in the delightful scenery and pure fresh air on a horse-drawn carriage ride. Next, depart for Lucerne traveling through delightful scenery abounds as you make your way to the Arlberg Tunnel. Stop in Vaduz, capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein, one of Europe’s smallest countries. Cross the Swiss border and continue to lakeside Lucerne. Your Travel Director will show you the covered wooden Chapel Bridge and you’ll learn about the poignant history of the Lion Monument. Then you are at leisure to shop for Swiss watches or delicious chocolate.

Orientation Lucerne, Switzerland
Hotel Astoria View Hotel Details
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Hotel Astoria

About the Hotel

Lucerne, Switzerland

The Hotel Astoria is sat in the middle of all Lucerne has to offer, with magnificent mountains and astonishing culture. Rooms are elegantly designed and are a short walk from the lakeside promenade and Chapel Bridge. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Horse and carriage ride Innsbruck Austria
Innsbruck Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

Meet your coachman and enjoy a delightful horse-drawn carriage ride, surrounded by the mountains and valleys of Tyrol.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights The Vaduz Castle in Vaduz, Liechtenstein
See Vaduz Castle

Admire the Royal family's residence, Vaduz Castle, which overlooks the capital and is surrounded by year-round snow peaked mountains.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights An evening cityscape of Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne Orientation

During your orientation with your Travel Director, see the emotive Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 7

Lovely Lucerne

Start the day with a spectacular cable car ride with incredible views up Mount Pilatus. Back in Lucerne, you are free to admire the superb baroque Jesuit Church, stroll along lakeside promenades, or explore the old walls and watch towers of the medieval fortifications. Perhaps join a cruise along Lake Lucerne? 

Take in the views from Mt Pilatus
Hotel Astoria View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hotel Astoria

About the Hotel

Lucerne, Switzerland

The Hotel Astoria is sat in the middle of all Lucerne has to offer, with magnificent mountains and astonishing culture. Rooms are elegantly designed and are a short walk from the lakeside promenade and Chapel Bridge. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Ride the cable car to the summit of Mount Pilatus, Switzerland
Visit the Mount Pilatus Summit

Enjoy a spectacular journey to the summit of Mount Pilatus to witness a panorama of snow-capped peaks as you take in the pristine mountain air.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Lake Lucerne cruise, Lucerne, Switzerland
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...

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

Heidelberg

Stop at Schaffhausen to see the Rhine River thundering over the Rhine Falls. Cross the German border and venture deep into the Black Forest. Following the Rhine Valley north, head for the town of Heidelberg, set on the banks of the river Neckar and dominated by its magnificent red sandstone castle. Stroll through the old town with your Travel Director. Perhaps see the old Student Prison? In the evening, enjoy good food, wine and company at your Celebration Dinner.

Frozen River Neckar In Heidelberg, Germany
Marriott Hotel Heidelberg View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Marriott Hotel Heidelberg

About the Hotel

Heidelberg, Germany

Overlooking the Neckar River, the Heidelberg Marriot Hotel boasts a historic charm with elegant guest rooms. Its central location makes exploring easy with the Old Town and Heidelberg Castle a short distance away. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Visit Rhine Falls Switzerland
Visit Rhine Falls

Visit these spectacular falls.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Pretzels in Heidelberg, Germany
Heidelberg Orientation

Explore one of Germany's most enchanting cities during your orientation with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Toast to your travels in Heidelberg, Germany
Heidelberg Celebration Dinner

Toast the culmination of your travels at a rousing Celebration Dinner with wine.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 9

Depart Frankfurt Airport

A transfer to Frankfurt airport’s Terminal 1 arrives at 09:00 and Terminal 2 at 09:15.

Included Meals Breakfast

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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

Top Rated Highlights
See the Dom Cathedral in Mainz

Witness half-timbered houses and Baroque buildings surrounding the magnificent Dom Cathedral.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the Fairytale Town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Fortified by ancient walls, picturesque and unspoiled, Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a fairytale come true at any time of year. It dazzles in Decembe...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Munich Orientation

During your orientation of the city with your Travel Director, see Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the E...

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Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Advent Traditions Tour

Discover Munich through Bavaria’s lost and forgotten Advent traditions, playing a significant part of regional cultural revitalisation, and stop for tastings along the way.

Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Experience a Musical Demonstration at Mozart's Birthplace in Salzburg

Visit the house where Mozart was born in 1756. Enjoy a pianoforte demonstration and examine letters, memorabilia, and musical instruments of the gr...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Salzburg City Tour

With a Local Expert, see Mozart's family home and the 500-year-old Christmas Market in front of the cathedral. You'll also view the Hohensalzburg f...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Innsbruck Orientation

Nestled amidst majestic mountains, Innsbruck is a beautiful city offering a unique combination of nature, history, and culture. Stroll the streets ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Innsbruck Swarovski Crystal Worlds Visit

Visit the magical Swarovski Crystal Worlds. This attraction features installations by international artists, designers and architects who have interpreted the crystals in their own ways.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Innsbruck Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

Meet your coachman and enjoy a delightful horse-drawn carriage ride, surrounded by the mountains and valleys of Tyrol.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See Vaduz Castle

Admire the Royal family's residence, Vaduz Castle, which overlooks the capital and is surrounded by year-round snow peaked mountains.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Lucerne Orientation

During your orientation with your Travel Director, see the emotive Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the Mount Pilatus Summit

Enjoy a spectacular journey to the summit of Mount Pilatus to witness a panorama of snow-capped peaks as you take in the pristine mountain air.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Rhine Falls

Visit these spectacular falls.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Heidelberg Orientation

Explore one of Germany's most enchanting cities during your orientation with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip

About this trip

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
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.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
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

4 Dinner with Wines, 8 Breakfasts

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

Mainz Welcome Dinner

Enjoy getting to know your fellow travelers as you savor a delicious Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant.

Salzburg Glühwein Tasting

At the Christmas Market, meet a local stallholder and taste the delicious gingerbread with a fragrant cup of Glühwein.

Innsbruck Restaurant Dinner at Swarovski

Savor a special Highlight Dinner at Swarovski Crystal World.

Heidelberg Celebration Dinner

Toast the culmination of your travels at a rousing Celebration Dinner with wine.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Hilton Mainz
ARCOTEL Castellani
AC Hotel Innsbruck
Hotel Astoria
Marriott Hotel Heidelberg

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
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 bl...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Bavarian Dinner

Tonight we'll soak up the lively atmosphere of a popular traditional restaurant. We'll enjoy traditional Bavarian hospitality and sample delicious regional specialties and local beer.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Linderhof and Oberammergau

South of Munich, we'll venture from the magnificence of the Bavarian Alps to the world-renowned passion-play village of Oberammergau. Admire the ar...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Evening In The Austrian Countryside

Drive into the pretty Austrian countryside for a special evening. Learn about rural life over a homemade dinner in this cozy corner of Salzburg. In...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Nordkette Alps & Heritage

A visit to the Nordkette is an unforgettable experience - a unique combination of relaxation, natural wonder and modern architecture. Space-age sta...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Languages across Germany, Austria and Switzerland: German is the official language of Germany, Austria German is the official language of Austria, and German, French, Italian, and Romansh are the official languages of Switzerland.
  • Currency used in Germany, Austria & Switzerland: Euro (€)
  • Capital cities: Berlin (Germany), Vienna (Austria), and Bern (Switzerland)/li>
  • Time Zone(s) in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

 

Germany, Austria, and Switzerland passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Germany, Austria or Switzerland
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Germany experiences a temperate seasonal climate with four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Summers are generally mild to warm, with average temperatures ranging from 20° to 30°C (68° to 86°F). Winters can be cold, especially in the northern and eastern regions, with temperatures often dropping below freezing and occasional snowfall. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year, although the summer months tend to be wetter. The coastal areas, such as Hamburg and Bremen, have a maritime climate with milder winters and cooler summers compared to the inland regions.

Austria has a diverse climate due to its varied topography, but it is predominantly characterized by a temperate continental climate. Summers are generally warm, with average temperatures ranging from 20 to 25°C (68 to 77°F). Winters can be cold, particularly in the mountainous regions, with temperatures often dropping below freezing and significant snowfall in the alpine areas. The western parts of Austria are influenced by the Alpine climate, with cooler temperatures and heavier precipitation, especially during the winter months. Precipitation is evenly distributed during the year, with slightly higher rainfall in the summer months.

Switzerland experiences a diverse range of weather and climate due to its varied topography. In general, it has a temperate climate with distinct seasons. Summers are mild to warm, with average temperatures ranging from 20 to 25°C (68 to 77°F), while winters are cold, especially at higher altitudes, with temperatures often dropping below freezing. The mountainous regions receive significant snowfall, making them popular destinations for winter sports. Spring and autumn are transitional seasons characterized by mild temperatures and occasional rainfall.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Cesario Gentallan
Review date: Wednesday, January 10, 2024
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Seeing those snow capped mountains, happy atmosphere in Christmas markets, delicious food in four different countries in addition to the efficient Coach driver and organized Travel Director, Gerwin Staal trip to Winter Wonderland was an exciting Christmas vacation.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like a fabulous way to celebrate the holiday season! We are so happy to have been able to make it happen for you. Thank you!
Thursday, January 11, 2024
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Wonderful Christmas experience
Julia Skiba
Review date: Monday, December 18, 2017
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We were rushed to see to many things instead of being able to enjoy the beauty in front of us.
Vacation
Our tour director tried so hard to please everyone
Michael Kononchik
Review date: Sunday, December 10, 2017
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Nov 24Overall, excellent, outstanding & first-rate. Sara Tattersell, our tour director did an excellent job in keeping us all informed of the attractions. Our driver unquestionably did an excellent job taking us through the narrow streets in Austria and Switzerland. Hotel service was great. I would take this tour again.
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Our Winter Wonderland tour was very reasonable. We also had GET arrange air travel.
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