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Sound of Music

9 Day Austria & Germany Tour of Munich, Vienna

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9 Days
2 Countries

Germany, Austria

8 Cities

Munich, Oberammergau, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Innsbruck, Berchtesgaden, Salzburg, Mondsee, Vienna

12 Meals

1 Welcome Reception, 8 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners

Comfortable

Mainly 2 and 3 night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar

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The perfect travel experience for lovers of the outdoors and history, this trip inspired by The Sound of Music brings the beauty of the Alps and familiar views from the silver screen to life. You’ll hear all the stories of Bavaria and beyond spending quality time with locals.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Munich

Willkommen in München – which you will have an opportunity to explore before embarking on your lyrical sojourn through the Sound of Music. Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a memorable Welcome Reception to kick-start your leisurely meander through Germany and Austria.

Friedensengel, Munich, Germany
Accommodation Holiday Inn Munich Westpark
Included Meals Welcome Reception

Day 2

Discover Bavarian Munich

Embark on a morning orientation tour past some of the city's most renowned sites, See the distinctive towers of the Cathedral as well as Marienplatz, the central square and the impressive town hall with its charming glockenspiel during your orientation. The  13th-century. St. Peter’s church and the Viktualien food market square and a beerhall are only a short walk from here. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the city's Old Town or consider an Optional Experience to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, the first of the Nazi camps established in Germany. This evening, connect with the city's rich beer heritage and consider a memorable night out for a dinner of local specialties.

Jugs of Beer in Nuremberg, Germany
Accommodation Holiday Inn Munich Westpark
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Siegestor 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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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit The Dachau Memorial in Dachau, Germany
The Dachau Memorial Site

Our Local Specialist will provide insight into Germany’s first concentration camp, opened immediately after Hitler’s rise to power, just outside Da...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy a Bavarian dinner and beer
Bavarian Evening

A great evening dining in the local atmosphere of a typical Bavarian restaurant.  Enjoy traditional Bavarian food and sample some of Munich’s best beer – Prost!

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Onwards to Neuschwanstein Castle and Garmisch

Journey to Neuschwanstein Castle, built as a retreat for shy King Ludwig II to retire from public life. Continue through Bavaria, stop in Oberammergau before arriving in Garmisch. Tonight you'll dine in your hotel.

Castle Neuschwanstein, Germany
Accommodation Mercure Hotel Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Castle Neuschwanstein, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle Visit

Admire the magical countryside at the Neuschwanstein Castle.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 4

Spend a Day in Alpine Innsbruck

The Nordkette mountains beckon today in this capital of Tyrol. We spend a leisurely day against a magnificent alpine backdrop, exploring the city's iconic sights. Admire Emperor Maximilian I's ornate Golden Roof, then maybe take a trip up the funicular for spectacular views, or see the Hofburg Palace. Marvel at the fascinating crystal installations and browse for precious gifts and souvenirs at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Store.

Houses in Innsbruck, Austria
Accommodation Mercure Hotel Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Golden Roof in Innsbruck, 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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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Alpine Trainride and Seefeld carriage ride in Vienna, Austria
Grand Alpine Tour

A scenic train ride through the Tyrolean Alps with our Local Specialist takes us to the glamorous ski-resort of Seefeld. Here we'll enjoy a horse d...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Journey to Salzburg

Spend a soul-stirring morning connecting with the astounding natural beauty of Berchtesgaden. You'll want to take in all the spectacular views on an Optional Experience visit to Eagle's Nest, intended as a mountain retreat for Hitler and his inner circle. See the awe-inspiring mountain landscape and learn about the area's fascinating history before arriving in Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and the backdrop for the 'The Sound of Music.'

Hohensalzburg Fortress in Salzburg, Austria
Accommodation Hotel Mercure Salzburg City
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Maria Gern Church Berchtesgaden Germany
Visit Berchtesgaden

Spend the day surrounded by the beauty of Berchtesgaden.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Eagles Nest and Bavarian alps tour in Kehlsteinhaus, Germany
Eagle's Nest & The Bavarian Alps

In Berchtesgaden National Park, we'll drive with our Local Specialist past farmhouses and picturesque villages, as we ascend the Obersalzberg. We'l...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Lake and mountain tour in Salzburg, Austria
Lake and Mountain Tour

Today, with our Local Specialist, we'll marvel at the Alpine beauty of the Salzburg lake district, with its 76 glacier lakes and picturesque towns ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Berchtesgaden and Hohenringstrasse, Germany
Berchtesgaden And Hohenringstrasse Excursion

Join us for a scenic tour with our Local Specialist in the Bavarian Alps to Berchtesgaden, within sight of Hitler's Bavarian Redoubt. Via the Hohen...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

Explore Spectacular Salzburg

Join your Local Specialist for a tour of the city's iconic highlights including Getreidegasse, the Salzburg Cathedral, Mozart's birthplace and many of the locations used in the film ‘The Sound of Music'. This afternoon travel to Faistenau where we will Connect With Locals on a farm just outside Salzburg. The Klaushofer family and their resident bees are your hosts for an exclusive Be My Guest experience and family dinner with delicious home-made cheese strudel.

Horse and Cart in Residenzplatz, Salzburg, Austria
Accommodation Hotel Mercure Salzburg City
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Be My Guest Meet the Klaushofer family and their bees at their farm in Salzburg for dinner
Dine with the Klaushofer Family on their Salzburg Farm

The Klaushofer family and their resident bees are your hosts on their charming Salzburg farm where you will enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest family d...

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Be My Guest

Iconic Experience See with a Local Specialist some of the sights that featured in the filming of the 'Sound of Music' in Salzburg
Salzburg City Tour

Join your Local Specialist to visit the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace and Residence Square - both locations used in 'The Sound of Music.' See t...

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Iconic Experience

Day 7

Off to Mondsee and Vienna

Leave the sounds of Salzburg behind for lakeside Mondsee, where you'll see Mondsee Abbey, the church of St. Michael that served as the church where Captain Von Trapp and Maria were married in 'The Sound of Music'. Gaze at the mountains and green fields as we leave the Salzkammergut region and journey eastward towards the regal Austrian capital, Vienna. There's no better introduction to the City of Music than a traditional dinner and local entertainment which you could enjoy as part of tonight's Optional Experience. 

View of Vienna, Austria
Accommodation DoubleTree by Hilton
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Take in the wonderous sights of Mondsee Abbey, Austria
Visit Mondsee Abbey

Visit the historic Mondsee Abbey, renowned for its role as the setting of the wedding scene in the film The Sound of Music.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Dinner with music in Vienna, Austria
Dinner And Viennese Concert

A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! We'll enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music. With your '...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

See the Sights of Vienna

Enjoy an exclusive guided visit of the Habsburg royal collection of art at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, prior to admission of the general public. Dive Into Culture and visit the Kunstkammer during this private insider visit. Later, your Local Specialist will show you the city's major landmarks and palaces during your included sightseeing tour. The magic continues with a walking tour through the oldest parts of the city. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner.

Natural History Museum in Vienna, Austria
Accommodation DoubleTree by Hilton
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Dive Into Culture Visit the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Discover the Royal Collection at the Kunsthistorisches Museum

Enjoy a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the largest art museum in Austria, to view the Royal Collection before the general public has access.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience The Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria
Vienna City Tour

Walk through the first district, Inner Stadt, as your Local Specialist reveals the historic core of the city. Tour the Ring Road to see the Hofburg...

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Schonbrunn Palace and gardens in Vienna, Austria
Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens

The Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn offers an amazing journey through the centuries of Habsburg rule. It is perfectly preserved and richly dec...

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Optional Experiences

Day 9

Farewell Vienna

We say a fond farewell to newfound friends and the beauty of Vienna at the end of an unforgettable experience.

Strauss Monument in Stadt Park in Vienna, Austria
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
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
Iconic Experience
Neuschwanstein Castle Visit

Admire the magical countryside at the Neuschwanstein Castle.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
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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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Berchtesgaden

Spend the day surrounded by the beauty of Berchtesgaden.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Dine with the Klaushofer Family on their Salzburg Farm

The Klaushofer family and their resident bees are your hosts on their charming Salzburg farm where you will enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest family d...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Salzburg City Tour

Join your Local Specialist to visit the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace and Residence Square - both locations used in 'The Sound of Music.' See t...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Mondsee Abbey

Visit the historic Mondsee Abbey, renowned for its role as the setting of the wedding scene in the film The Sound of Music.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the Royal Collection at the Kunsthistorisches Museum

Enjoy a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the largest art museum in Austria, to view the Royal Collection before the general public has access.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Vienna City Tour

Walk through the first district, Inner Stadt, as your Local Specialist reveals the historic core of the city. Tour the Ring Road to see the Hofburg...

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Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

VIP Admission to the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna
Explore Salzburg and Vienna with a Local Specialist
Discover Munich, Oberammergau and Innsbruck
Visit Neuschwanstein Castle and the Church from the film 'The Sound of Music' in Mondsee
View Wilten Basilica and the Golden Roof in Innsbruck and Mozart's Birthplace in Salzburg
See Melk Abbey and the Wachau Valley

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 Site

Our Local Specialist will provide insight into Germany’s first concentration camp, opened immediately after Hitler’s rise to power, just outside Da...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Bavarian Evening

A great evening dining in the local atmosphere of a typical Bavarian restaurant.  Enjoy traditional Bavarian food and sample some of Munich’s best beer – Prost!

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Grand Alpine Tour

A scenic train ride through the Tyrolean Alps with our Local Specialist takes us to the glamorous ski-resort of Seefeld. Here we'll enjoy a horse d...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Eagle's Nest & The Bavarian Alps

In Berchtesgaden National Park, we'll drive with our Local Specialist past farmhouses and picturesque villages, as we ascend the Obersalzberg. We'l...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Lake and Mountain Tour

Today, with our Local Specialist, we'll marvel at the Alpine beauty of the Salzburg lake district, with its 76 glacier lakes and picturesque towns ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Berchtesgaden And Hohenringstrasse Excursion

Join us for a scenic tour with our Local Specialist in the Bavarian Alps to Berchtesgaden, within sight of Hitler's Bavarian Redoubt. Via the Hohen...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner And Viennese Concert

A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! We'll enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music. With your '...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens

The Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn offers an amazing journey through the centuries of Habsburg rule. It is perfectly preserved and richly dec...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Germany & Austria

  • Official Languages across Germany and Austria German is the official language of Germany and Austria German is the official language of Austria.
  • Currency used in Germany and Austria: Euro (€)
  • Capital cities: Berlin (Germany) and Vienna (Austria)
  • Time Zone(s) in Germany and Austria: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Germany and Austria 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 or Austria.
  • 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.

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: Wednesday, May 22, 2024
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It was fine. A little weak in the air portion of the trip, but we have gold status and were able to overcome the shortcomings.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about the mishaps that occurred on your trip. It does sound that the Travel Director was able to make up for those which is great. We appreciate your suggestions and will be sure to share them with the Tour Operator.
Wednesday, May 22, 2024
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Do the optional events as the regular tour content is light Trafalgar messed up a couple times. We were denied access to Neuschwanstein castle as they forgot to get the tickets! The Vienna concert, same thing; ticket screw up for the event; but we did see a pretty good substitute concert, but no dinner. Hitler's Eagles nest was canceled due to weather they say. We and the group had a bad experience in the Nacht Market, so stay clear of that venue.
Katrina Prince
Review date: Sunday, September 25, 2022
Service
I had excellent help by everyone I spoke to in the 4 years that I spoke to. Due to the pandemic there was a lot of contact during this time.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you had a lot to deal with before you actually were able to enjoy this trip! Thank you for sticking with us through all the trials of the pandemic. We are truly excited that you were finally able to experience the Sound of Music tour. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your feedback.
Monday, September 26, 2022
Vacation
Our travel director and bus driver were both excellent in their positions.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, August 21, 2022
Service
Very helpful and cooperative especially since the trip had to be cancelled due to Covid.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so thankful you chose us to help you plan and book your trip. We are glad you enjoyed your tour. Thank you for leaving a review. We appreciate your feedback. Happy Travels!
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Vacation
Most things were great. I am more a biology person rather than a history and architecture fan so that is on me.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, July 11, 2022
Service
My booking experience was good. I felt there was a lack of communication due to things that were published did not happen and GET failed to inform us of the changes before the trip started.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to hear that you encountered some unforseen changes. Due to Covid protocols and lack of staffing in some areas, some trips have had to be altered. We do mention that this could happen in our terms and conditions, but apologize for your disappointment.
Thursday, July 14, 2022
Vacation
Lack of communication with all the changes in the trip.
Carol Mcandrew
Review date: Sunday, July 10, 2022
Service
travel itinerary was very well planned. however it was not completely correct. the itinerary had changed but no one got any notice of the changes and I could not obtain an updated itinerary. I would have preferred the old itinerary. because of the changes I had to book separate tour excursions on my own - costing me more money
Vacation
not many sound of music sites were on the tour which was half of the reason I chose this tour. only because of our on the ground guide did we see a few extra sites - totally did this on his own - which I appreciate very much
Elsie Gilmore
Review date: Monday, May 30, 2022
Service
Very helpful, even with all the after Covid surge of work.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Sounds like your Sound of Music tour hit all the right notes! That makes us sing!! Thank you so much for leaving your review. We appreciate your business.
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Vacation
We had four trips! All tops!!!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, June 10, 2019
Service
The booking procedure was easy and pleasant, as has been the case with our previous vacations arranged through GET. It was in the process of traveling to our Munich, Germany destination, however, that we really were impressed with the assistance offered by the travel specialist. Our flight from West Palm Beach was delayed due to weather, making it impossible for us to make our connecting flight in Newark. My wife called GET from the airport in WPB. We were told there was one more flight out of Newark to Munich that night, but that the flight was full. A short time later, we got a call back that two seats had opened up, and we were confirmed on that flight! We were able to board the plane with minutes to spare, and arrived in Munich in plenty of time to meet our Tour Director. What seemed for a time to be a ruined vacation was salvaged by the assistance we received from your travel specialist.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy that you made it to Munich safely and on time. We pride ourselves on helping guests manage those types of stressful situations with the airlines. Thank you!
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Vacation
Our tour director, Tony Emerson, was knowledgeable, personable, and extremely helpful. We saw more enchanting locales than we could ever have hoped to see. The meals were all outstanding, and the accommodations were all top notch, and in perfect locations in the heart of everything.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, June 9, 2019
Service
The agent listened to our travel needs and was able to book the flights as requested.
Vacation
The tour director--Antony Emmerson--was excellent! Because of his guidance we felt comfortable and confident in navigating the areas. The optional experiences were top-notch! It was a truly rich educational experience.
Jennie Stoves
Review date: Sunday, September 9, 2018
Service
Our tour director, Dr. Q. Moayad, was so very knowledgeable, nice, interesting & interested in each tour member, knew everyone by name, made every journey & stop an adventure, & went above & beyond to provide service to our group. I just can’t say enough good things about him. This trip was a celebration of mine & my husband’s 40th wedding anniversary. Dr. Q. presented us a cake one evening at dinner. Yes, I would recommend GET & “Dr. Q” to others & would consider traveling with them again myself! The Sound of Music tour with Dr. Q. was so much fun & I made so many wonderful memories.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for letting us know you had an incredible time! We're so pleased to know that you created wonderful memories, loved your Travel Director, and would recommend us! We're also privileged to have been a part of your 40th wedding anniversary and are so happy that we could all make it that much more special.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Vacation
The tour was fantastic! It was the highest quality trip & great value. It was so nice that airfare & transfers were included in the price. Hotels & food very nice. Tour director was the greatest!
Debra Morgan
Review date: Friday, June 9, 2017
Service
I've made more than a dozen coach trips and "The Sound of Music" was one of the best. The places we visited were interesting and showed us the cultural side of the Bavarian Alps. Our tour guide, Wolfgang Speil, was awesome. Every event was well organized and went like clockwork. Wolfgang really impressed me with his vast knowledge of the area. I would recommend any trip offered by Trafalgar.
Vacation
We made all of the optional trips. They were well worth what I paid. We stayed in very nice hotels with full buffet breakfasts. The coach was new with a top rate driver, Wolfgang Hold.
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