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13 Day Luxury Small Group Germany Bavarian Alps Tyrol and Vienna

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13 Day Luxury Small Group Germany Bavarian Alps Tyrol and Vienna

Perhaps the course of true love runs along Germany’s Romantic Road. Where the snow-capped Bavarian Alps provide a dramatic backdrop to half-timbered chalets and fairy-tale castles. Or you could fall head over heels for Austria’s deep valleys and sparkling blue lakes.

Our adventure map

Map of Germany's Romantic Road to Vienna | 2017

Day by day

First Day arrive in Frankfurt

Arrive into Frankfurt and enjoy a private transfer to your pre-tour accommodation where the rest of your day is at leisure.

Second Day we visit Heidelberg then Rothenburg 

Compass pointing south, we begin at the Renaissance ruins of Heidelberg Castle. We then follow the pen strokes of 19th century romantic poets as we meander around Heidelberg itself, Germany’s oldest university town. Rothenburg, with its medieval houses and bygone fountains, is our next stop – and where we get together for a welcome dinner.(B, D)

Hotel:    Hotel Eisenhut 

Third Day we journey to Wurzburg then return to Rothenburg 

From French château architecture to German rococo decoration, lavish exuberance pretty much sums up the UNESCO-listed, 18th century Würzburg Residence Palace. We meet at the Franconia Fountain before entering a labyrinth of underground passages to an exclusive wine cellar and tasting. An evening of leisure is then ours back in Rothenburg. (B)

Hotel:    Hotel Eisenhut 

Fourth Day we drive to Dinkelsbuhl and continue to Augsburg

Time for a drive down Germany’s Romantic Road, admiring picture-perfect castles and medieval towns along the way. One of the best preserved is Dinkelsbühl, an 800-year-old treasure packed with timbered houses, church spires and patrician buildings that survived both world wars. From here, we continue to Augsburg’s magnificent Golden Hall and Fuggerei. (B)

Hotel:    Augsburger Hof 

Fifth Day sample Munich then onto Fussen 

A walking tour of Munich will work up our appetite for a slapup Bavarian lunch in a beer hall or Biergarten. After all that food and some strong beer, we’ll be just about ready to hit the road again. We drive to Wies where we visit the 18th century oval Rococo pilgrimage church. Then it’s on to Füssen, an historic town nestled at the foot of the Alps. (B, L)

Hotel:   Hotel Hirsch 

Sixth Day explore Neuschwanstein Castle and return to Fussen

Love, guilt, repentance, salvation – just some of the romantic themes, inspired by composer Richard Wagner, decorating the Neuschwanstein Castle walls. We spend today in this dream-like retreat designed for King Ludwig II in 1886. Look out for surprising modern comforts fitted behind the medieval facade, including cosy central heating. (B)

Hotel:    Hotel Hirsch 

Seventh Day we travel to Innsbruck then onto Hall

We drive through Austria’s majestic mountains and alpine pastures to Innsbruck, the capital of the Tyrol region. A relaxed amble through the Old Town bring us to the Imperial Palace and Court Church, where 28 life-size bronze figures guard the tomb of Emperor Maximilian I. He also commissioned the nearby Gothic oriel, its glittering roof covered in fire-gilt copper tiles. Our last stop is Hall, a harmonious mix of historic charm and modern style, where we get together for a traditional Tyrolean dinner. (B, D)

Hotel:    Goldener Engl 

Eighth Day see Kitzbuhel then Salzburg

A glamorous welcome awaits in Kitzbuhel. This chic ski resort in the heart of the Alps is the place to see and be seen. A horsedrawn carriage ride takes us around Schwarzsee Lake before we step off to explore the town. After lunch, we wind our way through the mountains to Salzburg – a city renowned for dazzling Baroque architecture. (B)

Hotel:    Altstadthotel Kasererbraeu 

Ninth Day sightseeing in Salzburg

The day is yours to explore Salzburg. There’s a thrill in store for music lovers as we glimpse inside Mozart’s birthplace, the imposing Hohensalzburg Castle sitting high above the city. It houses precious relics, including his concert violin and lavichord, and the famously unfinished painting, ‘Mozart on the Piano’, by his brother-in-law Joseph Lange. (B)

Hotel:    Altstadthotel Kasererbraeu 

Tenth Day we venture to Hallen, Hallstatt and end up at Sankt Gallen

After all that crisp, alpine air, we venture below ground into 7,000-year-old salt mines near Hallein. We learn about the ‘white gold’ as we’re led down mining tunnels before coming back up to continue our trail to Hallstatt, the ‘Pearl of the Salzkammergut’. Towering mountains and quaint wooden houses circle this small village on the Hallstattersee shores. For the next two nights, we’ll be staying in a grand castle hotel in Sankt Gallen, near the Gesäuse National Park. (B, D)

Hotel:  Schloss Kassegg 

Eleventh Day its Admont then return to Sankt Gallen

In the true spirit of the Enlightenment period, we spend the morning at Admont Abbey, which houses the world’s largest monastery library. Adorned with extraordinary cupola frescoes and sculptures, it holds nearly 200,000 books, some printed before 1500. After driving through Gesäuse National Park we’ll reward today’s adventures with some local cider tasting. (B, D) 

Hotel:    Schloss Kassegg 

Twelfth Day we tour Melk then dine in Durnstein

Today begins in Melk – famous for its hilltop Benedictine abbey overlooking the banks of the Danube River. After a guided tour, we make our way to the sublime riverside towns of Krems and Durnstein. Being a grape-growing hotbed, it’s only right we relax at a cosy wine tavern before settling down for a farewell dinner. (B, D)

Hotel:    Richard Loewenherz 

Thirteenth Day we explore Schonbrunn Palace with final stop in Vienna

Fascinated by Austria’s Hapsburgs? On the way to Vienna we’ll stop to tour the baroque splendour of Schönbrunn Palace. A visit to the Court Bakery in a vaulted cellar is a delicious highpoint, as patissiers prepare delicate Viennese apple strudel. Like all great love stories, our tour must come to an end. And this one closes in Vienna. (B)

Travel Highlights

  • Private transfers to and from the airport
  • 12 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Experienced Tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B)
  • 6 x evening meals (D)
  • One lunch (L)
  • Beer and cider tasting
  • Apple strudel demonstration
  • Guided tours in Heidelberg Castle, Würzburg Residence, Admont Abbey and Melk Abbey
  • Included Entrances: Heidelberg Castle, Würzburg Residence, Augsburg Town Hall, The Fuggerei, Wieskirche, Neuschwanstein Castle, Hallein Salt Mine, Melk Abbey and Schönbrunn Palace

The Difference

Take a horse-drawn carriage around the picturesque Schwarzsee lake in Kitzbühel

Enjoy a private wine tasting in the romantically lit imperial cellar beneath the Würzburg Residence Palace

Sleep in a 135-year-old castle hotel in Sankt Gallen, situated on the edge of a forest surrounded by mountains

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