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Country Roads of Bavaria, Switzerland and Austria

12 Day Tour to Austria, Germany & Switzerland

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12 Days
3 Countries

Austria, Germany, Switzerland

14 Cities

Vienna, Melk, Mondsee, Salzburg, Munich, Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, Neuschwanstein Castle, Oberammergau, Innsbruck, Saint Moritz, Andermatt, Lucerne, Stanserhorn, Zürich

17 Meals

5 Dinner with Wines, 11 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations

Insight Vacations

If you typically fly business with extra legroom and appreciate 4 and 5-star hotels and one-of-a-kind experiences, Insight Vacations is a great fit for you. Get all the sights and insights, up close and personal on these premium guided tours and enjoy business class seating on luxury motorcoaches designed just for Insight Vacations, with double the legroom and personal space of a regular touring coach. Engage your curiosity with hand-selected experiences, immerse yourself in local culture with superior dining and stay in style at highly rated hotels. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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Country Roads Tours

Prefer to get off the beaten track? On our Country Roads tours, you'll leave the tourist hotspots behind and explore your destination from the perspective of a local. You'll eat like a local and enjoy farm-to-table dining. Seen all the iconic sites? Discover a new perspective!

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From the famed beer taverns of Munich to the Disney-inspiring turrets of Neuschwanstein Castle among the Alps, this 12-day tour will delight and awe. In Switzerland, a funicular transports you from the scenic shores of Lake Lucerne to a mountaintop Stanserhorn Dinner, at the roof of Europe. Enjoy a delicious meal at 6,000 feet, with stunning views from the Drehrestaurant Rondorama, which slowly rotates to ensure you don’t miss a thing. A journey aboard the Glacier Express offers vistas of ice capped mountains, dramatic valleys and frozen waterfalls.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Vienna

Welcome to Vienna! Enjoy your afternoon before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers to enjoy a pleasant Welcome Dinner served with wine at a local restaurant.

The rooftop of St Stephens Cathedral in Vienna, Austria
InterContinental Vienna View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

InterContinental Vienna

About the Hotel

Vienna, Austria

The sophisticated InterContinental Vienna is ideally located in the heart of the cultural city of Vienna, only steps from Stadtpark. The hotel's internal décor exudes luxury and elegance while guest rooms perfectly pair traditional and contemporary furnishings and offer views of Stadtpark or Vienna Concert Hall.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Authentic Dining Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers in Vienna, Austria
Vienna Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a drink, followed by a pleasant Welcome Dinner served with wine at a local restaurant. 

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 2

Vienna and the Habsburgs

Join a private tour of Maria Theresa's magnificent Schönbrunn Palace and its formal gardens. Be transported to a time of opulence and extravagance, as you marvel at the intricacies of gilded Rococo frames, frescoed ceilings and crystal chandeliers. See the city's many highlights, including St. Charles' Church, the Hofburg Palace, Parliament and State Opera House.

Discover the gardens of Schonbrunn Palace Vienna, Austria
InterContinental Vienna View Hotel Details
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InterContinental Vienna

About the Hotel

Vienna, Austria

The sophisticated InterContinental Vienna is ideally located in the heart of the cultural city of Vienna, only steps from Stadtpark. The hotel's internal décor exudes luxury and elegance while guest rooms perfectly pair traditional and contemporary furnishings and offer views of Stadtpark or Vienna Concert Hall.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Vienna Opera House Vienna, Austria
Vienna Orientation

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.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Guests and Local Expert at Schonbrunn Palace Vienna Austria
Vienna Schönbrunn Palace Private Tour

A private, guided exploration of Schönbrunn Palace will have all your senses tingling. Stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gil...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
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...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Viennese Concert & Glass of Champagne, Vienna, Austria
Gala Viennese Concert

Enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese Classical music performed by highly acclaimed soloists and dancers. During this special evening, enjoy a glas...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Vibrant Vienna & UNESCO Coffee House Culture

Vibrant Vienna - walk in the historic and vibrant city center. See the house where Mozart lived in Vienna, visit St. Stephen's Cathedral and marvel...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

On to Salzburg

A short a drive through wonderful Austrian countryside leads us to Salzburg. En route, visit Melk Abbey and Mondsee's Basilica St. Michael, easily recognizable due to its appearance in 'Sound of Music'.

View over Salzburg, Austria
ARCOTEL Castellani View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

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
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Melk Abbey

Visit Melk Abbey where the Benedictine monks have been living and working since 1089.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

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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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 4

The City of Mozart

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. Visit Mozart's birthplace. Enjoy a pianoforte demonstration and examine letters, memorabilia, and musical instruments of the great composer.

In the evening, relish the authentic experience of Farm-to-Table dining.

 

Birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Salzburg, Austria
ARCOTEL Castellani View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

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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Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Top Rated Highlights Mirabell Gardens and Fortress Hohensalzburg in Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg City Tour

Join your Local Expert to visit the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace and Residence Square - both locations used in 'The Sound of Music.' You will ...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Eagles Nest and Bavarian alps tour in Kehlsteinhaus, Germany
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 s...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Salzburg to Munich

This morning, board a boat to explore the sites of picturesque Herrenchiemesee. Visit the palace and Fraueninsel convent. Enjoy time at leisure in the gardens over lunch before continuing by boat to Gstadt. Journey by coach to Munich, home of the world-famous Oktoberfest. This evening, revel in a truly Bavarian experience as you dine at a local beerhall.

Oktoberfest, Munich Germany
Munich Marriott Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Munich Marriott Hotel

About the Hotel

Munich, Germany

Perfectly located for your two night stay, away from the hustle and bustle and with direct access to the city center, the Munich Marriott Hotel features modern designed rooms with comfortable furnishings.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional

Day 6

Explore Munich and Dachau

Enjoy an orientation of Munich's sites including the university, Victory Arch and the Marienplatz, where crowds gather at the Town Hall to watch the antics of the Glockenspiel. After, explore with Insight Choice. Choose to join a Local Expert for a foodie walking tour in the city center. Alternatively, visit the Munich Residenz, Germany's largest inner-city palace and former seat of Bavarian royalty. Travel to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site for a moment of commemoration and remembrance. Reflect on the weighty history that marks the site and observe the importance of its preservation. 

Sun shining over Marienplatz, Munich, Germany
Munich Marriott Hotel View Hotel Details
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Munich Marriott Hotel

About the Hotel

Munich, Germany

Perfectly located for your two night stay, away from the hustle and bustle and with direct access to the city center, the Munich Marriott Hotel features modern designed rooms with comfortable furnishings.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Insight Choice Munich Residenz Experience, Munich, Germany
Munich Residenz Visit

Visit Munich Residenz.

Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Insight Choice Food tour in Munich, Germany
Munich Foodie Walking Tour

Embark on a foodie walking tour in the heart of Munich.

Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Day 7

On to Innsbruck

Embark on an exciting visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, bristling with turrets and pinnacles and built as a retreat for the wildly eccentric King Ludwig II. See the extravagantly decorated apartments, including the Throne Room and Lohengrin courtyard. Continue to Oberammergau, home of the Passion Play since 1634. See the immense theater and admire the colorful painted chalets before driving on to the Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck, set in a valley of snow-capped mountain peaks. 
This evening, for your Dine-Around experience, choose from a fantastic selection of restaurants.

Colourful houses in Innsbruck, Austria
Hotel Innsbruck View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hotel Innsbruck

About the Hotel

Innsbruck, Austria

Just a short stroll from the Inn Bridge in the city center, Hotel Innsbruck offers Urban Alpine style with modern comforts.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Neuschwanstein Castle Germany
Visit Neuschwanstein Castle

Visit the archetypal fairy-tale castle that allegedly inspired many of Walt Disney's castles. Led by a local historian, walk through the magnificen...

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights See the painted facades in Oberammergau, Germany
Oberammergau Orientation

Explore the town and see the theater where the Passion Play has been performed since 1634.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Dine at your chosen restaurant in Vienna, Austria
Innsbruck Dine-Around Evening

For your dining pleasure, you are offered a selection of Innsbruck's vibrant restaurants. With drinks, a delicious 3-course dinner and Glühwein in ...

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Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Tyrolean evening in Innsbruck, Austria
Tyrolean Evening

Enjoy a lively evening of traditional entertainment, featuring dancers in national costume, yodelling and entertainment typical of the life, crafts...

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

Beautiful Innsbruck

Awake to the beautiful Alpine city of Innsbruck. A Local Expert guides you through the city to see the 14th-century houses of the Old Town, the impressive Imperial Palace and the delightful Golden Roof. Visit a nearby ski jump, set against staggering mountain vistas. Meet one of the ski jumpers and observe a demonstration jump. 

 

 

Our Lady statue in Innsbruck, Austria
Hotel Innsbruck View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hotel Innsbruck

About the Hotel

Innsbruck, Austria

Just a short stroll from the Inn Bridge in the city center, Hotel Innsbruck offers Urban Alpine style with modern comforts.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights
Ski Jump Visit

The host for your visit to the Bergisel Ski Jump is a local Ski Jumper who will show you a trick or two (weather permitting).

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights The Golden Roof, Innsbruck, Austria
Innsbruck City Tour with LE

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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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

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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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Swarovski Crystal World and Dinner in Hall

We'll visit Swarovski Crystal World - home to the most-famous crystals in Art and Pop music. With breathtaking installations, you won't have to be ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

The Engadine Valley and Chic St. Moritz

Take in the stunning views of the beautiful Engadine Valley, as you enter Switzerland headed for the chic Alpine resort of St. Moritz. Enjoy the town's marvelous scenery, fresh air and maybe visit its many museums or shop for souvenirs. Perhaps step aboard the Bernina Express to experience one of Europe's most outstanding train journeys?

St. Moritz, Switzerland
Crystal Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Crystal Hotel

About the Hotel

Saint Moritz, Switzerland

The elegant Crystal Hotel is located close to shops in the town center, where all the prestigious names, including Chanel, Gucci and Louis Vuitton are lined up together.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Room Service
  • Foreign Currency Exchange

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Orientation St Moritz, Switzerland
St Moritz Orientation

During your orientation of this alpine resort see the spa quarter and glacial lake.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
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, gla...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 10

All aboard the Glacier Express and on to Lucerne

Embark on an iconic train journey onboard the Glacier Express, taking 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 Stans. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience during a seasonal juice tasting. Onwards to 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.

Travel on the Glacier Express over Landwasser Viaduct, Switzerland
Hotel Astoria View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

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 Travel on the Glacier Express, Switzerland
Glacier Express Scenic Train

Travel along the route of the world-famous Glacier Express, through looping tunnels and dizzying viaducts, in the scenic heart of the Swiss Alps, o...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Make Travel Matter
Seasonal Juice Tasting in Stans

Taste a refreshing seasonal juice at a renovated Capuchin monastery producing sustainable crops from the alpine region.

Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Top Rated Highlights View of Chapel Bridge in 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

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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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Folklore evening and dinner in Lucernce, Switzerland
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...

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Optional Experiences

Day 11

Dinner at the ‘Roof of Europe’ in Stanserhorn

Enjoy the morning at your leisure to explore the city's 14th century covered wooden bridge, painted gables, old walls and watchtower 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 panoramic views as the restaurant slowly rotates throughout the evening, ensuring you don't miss a thing.

Guests take in the take in the views from Mt Stanserhorn, Switzerland
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
Authentic Dining Celebration Dinner on Mt Stanserhorn, Switzerland
Stanserhorn Celebration Dinner

A spectacular journey by cable car and cogwheel railway takes you to the summit.  Enjoy expansive mountain views over Lake Lucerne for your special...

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Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Top Rated Highlights Spectacular view from cable car, Stanserhorn, Switzerland
Visit Mount Stanserhorn Summit

Journey to the top of Mount Stanserhorn on a panoramic, open-top cable car powered by solar energy, and enjoy spectacular views from the summit.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Enjoy a horse and carriage ride, Switzerland
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 angu...

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Day 12

Leave Lucerne for Zürich

Your Alpine adventures end this morning with a transfer to Zurich Airport.

View of Zurich, Switzerland
Included Meals Breakfast

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Top rated highlights

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

Top Rated Highlights
Vienna Orientation

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.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Vienna Schönbrunn Palace Private Tour

A private, guided exploration of Schönbrunn Palace will have all your senses tingling. Stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gil...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Melk Abbey

Visit Melk Abbey where the Benedictine monks have been living and working since 1089.

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

Join your Local Expert to visit the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace and Residence Square - both locations used in 'The Sound of Music.' You will ...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Munich Residenz Visit

Visit Munich Residenz.

Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Munich Foodie Walking Tour

Embark on a foodie walking tour in the heart of Munich.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Neuschwanstein Castle

Visit the archetypal fairy-tale castle that allegedly inspired many of Walt Disney's castles. Led by a local historian, walk through the magnificen...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Oberammergau Orientation

Explore the town and see the theater where the Passion Play has been performed since 1634.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Ski Jump Visit

The host for your visit to the Bergisel Ski Jump is a local Ski Jumper who will show you a trick or two (weather permitting).

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Innsbruck City Tour with LE

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
St Moritz Orientation

During your orientation of this alpine resort see the spa quarter and glacial lake.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Glacier Express Scenic Train

Travel along the route of the world-famous Glacier Express, through looping tunnels and dizzying viaducts, in the scenic heart of the Swiss Alps, o...

See More
Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Seasonal Juice Tasting in Stans

Taste a refreshing seasonal juice at a renovated Capuchin monastery producing sustainable crops from the alpine region.

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 Mount Stanserhorn Summit

Journey to the top of Mount Stanserhorn on a panoramic, open-top cable car powered by solar energy, and enjoy spectacular views from the summit.

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

5 Dinner with Wines, 11 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner

Vienna Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a drink, followed by a pleasant Welcome Dinner served with wine at a local restaurant. 

Innsbruck Dine-Around Evening

For your dining pleasure, you are offered a selection of Innsbruck's vibrant restaurants. With drinks, a delicious 3-course dinner and Glühwein in abundance, your Dine-Around Evening is a culinary experience not to be missed.

Stanserhorn Celebration Dinner

A spectacular journey by cable car and cogwheel railway takes you to the summit.  Enjoy expansive mountain views over Lake Lucerne for your special Celebration Dinner. Fill your glasses with wine and toast to newfound friends.

Hand-Picked Hotels

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

InterContinental Vienna
ARCOTEL Castellani
Munich Marriott Hotel
Hotel Innsbruck
Hotel Astoria

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
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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Gala Viennese Concert

Enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese Classical music performed by highly acclaimed soloists and dancers. During this special evening, enjoy a glas...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Vibrant Vienna & UNESCO Coffee House Culture

Vibrant Vienna - walk in the historic and vibrant city center. See the house where Mozart lived in Vienna, visit St. Stephen's Cathedral and marvel...

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
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 s...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Tyrolean Evening

Enjoy a lively evening of traditional entertainment, featuring dancers in national costume, yodelling and entertainment typical of the life, crafts...

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
Swarovski Crystal World and Dinner in Hall

We'll visit Swarovski Crystal World - home to the most-famous crystals in Art and Pop music. With breathtaking installations, you won't have to be ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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, gla...

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
Optional Experience
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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 angu...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Germany, Austria & Switzerland

  • 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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Review date: Tuesday, June 13, 2023
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All of the travel specialist we dealt with were GREAT. Professional, knew what they were talking about, and quickly answered all of our questions.
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Tour director and coach driver both did a fabulous job of giving us a fantastic travel experience.
Steven Giordano
Review date: Tuesday, June 13, 2023
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Booking was easy; Alyssa Rucker was knowledgeable, helpful, and considerate. Whenever I had a question, she responded wuickly, and if she needed more time she k Pt me informed she was working on my inquiry.
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Included tours and meals were uniformly excellent. Hotels were a little spotty, mostly because of the penchant for decorating with low light, making key card slots and steps difficult see. Martin Malissa, the tour director, was somewhat scattered and not very organized. Several times I asked him to walk a little slower because of uneven ground. He would say yes, then take off at too quick a pace. And when I fell in Innsbruck trying to keep up with the group, he proved unhelpful about getting care during the remainder of the trip, although I asked several times. In fact, after the paramedics who just happened to be in the square examined me and told him to watch for signs of a concussion, he told me I could go back to the hotel. By myself. I finally gave up trying to get him to get me any medical attention and went to the ER upon my return to the states five days later.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, September 12, 2022
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Our travel specialist was helpful and kept us informed during the process.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so glad you enjoyed your tour of Bavaria, Switzerland and Austria. Thank you for letting us help you plan this wonderful trip. We appreciate your review and hope to hear from you again when you are ready to plan your next adventure. Take care!
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
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We visited everywhere we had dreamed of seeing. We experienced especially helpful guidance from our travel director.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, July 4, 2022
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Pleasant and accommodating!
Vacation
Considering we decided to wait two years to take this trip I think it was better than expected. However some of the hotel accommodations were not very desirable in terms of AC requirements and room amenities. also why I appreciated the trip directors informative style, I felt at times it was too much context given within a day of what we were going to be doing the next day and when to be ready to go. It would be more helpful, if the tour Director would pause on giving us directions for the next day in terms of when to show up when to have our bags ready etc. things changed too much and it’s too much information that we have to remember, even though the mobile app Containing details of our daily itineraries is accessible and helpful, there are too many changes that occur to only rely on that from a timeline perspecti
Thomas Wills
Review date: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
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Very Easy to deal with all you representative. Every time we called were received excellent service, informative answer and helpful tips.
Vacation
Great trip except too much bus time and not enough time to get out and enjoy the towns.
Thomas Jones
Review date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Service
Carl, our tour director, made the experience even more memorable by his local knowledge.
Vacation
Got to see some beautiful sights and experience local flavor. The trip to the farm and the entertainment at some of the restaurants was fantastic.
Kay Jones
Review date: Monday, October 28, 2019
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The entire tour was just fabulous! Our tour guide and bus driver were so friendly, engaging and knowledgeable. The bus was very comfortable and easy to view all of the beautiful scenery. The places, the food, the organization of each event, the wide variety of all of the activities, the comradery of the tour participants, the nice hotels and comfortable beds, Swiss Alps, specifically--I just cannot begin to put into words how awesome everything was. This trip was our first interaction with GET, our first bus tour and my husband's first trip to Europe. We will remember this experience always!! Thank you so much!
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Already answered--see above response.
Donald Russell
Review date: Wednesday, August 28, 2019
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THANKS TO MATT
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IN SPITE OF GETTING SICK,IT WAS A GREAT TRIP
Laura
Review date: Wednesday, July 24, 2019
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The agents were knowledgeable and worked with me on flights and iternery
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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
Review date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019
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Was impressed with the information, attention to detail given.
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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.
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