12 Day Luxury Scenic Bavaria Switzerland and Austria
Surprisingly, the vineyards, gabled shop fronts and opulent palaces play second fiddle to the scenery. Experience the magical, unrivalled beauty of the Alpine world, on-board the enthralling Glacier Express.
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Day by day
First Day Welcome to Munich
Enjoy your complimentary private VIP door-to-door transfer to your UK departure airport. Airport transfers leave Munich Airport for your hotel at 10:00 & 13:00. Later, join your Tour Director for an orientation. See the Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the English Garden, the Hofbräuhaus, St. Peter's Church and the famous Marienplatz. Afterwards, enjoy a Welcome Reception with the opportunity to mingle over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine. (WR),(D)
Second Day see the sights of the Bavarian Alps
Embark on an exciting visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, built as a retreat for the wildly eccentric King Ludwig II, bristling with turrets and pinnacles. See the exuberantly-decorated apartments including the Throne Room and Lohengrin Grotto. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Bavaria's capital city. Perhaps visit one of its many art galleries and museums, or relax and enjoy a coffee in the delightful Marienplatz? (BB)
Third Day its off to Oberammergau
Continue on to Oberammergau, home of the Passion Play since 1634. With your Tour Director, see the immense theatre and colourful chalets before checking into your hotel for the night. (BB),(DW)
Fourth Day we visit Salzburg, City of Mozart
A short drive over the Austrian border leads to Salzburg, ‘alive with the sound of music'. Sightseeing with a Local Expert will reveal the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace, the imposing fortress, the Cathedral in the Old Town and Mozart's birthplace. In the afternoon, perhaps take an optional experience to Hilter's notorious 'Eagle's Nest'? (BB)
Hotel: Arcotel Castellani, Salzburg
Fifth Day see Dürnstein then we head for Vienna
First stop will be Mondsee to view the ‘Sound of Music' Church, before continuing on through Melk to the beautiful town of Dürnstein, set in the Wachau Valley. Immerse yourself in the vineyards and cellars of a local winery to learn about and sample the unique Wachau style of wine. Finally, head for the Austrian capital of Vienna for dinner to choose from a selection of prized restaurants, offering a range of authentic dining experiences from classic Viennese to international cuisine. (BB),(DA)
Hotel: Hilton, Vienna
Sixth Day Sightseeing in Vienna with some Leisure Time
In the morning, a Local Expert will reveal the highlights of Schönbrunn Palace, full of frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers, mirrors and gilded ornaments. Spend some time in the formal gardens before going on to view St. Charles' Church, the Hofburg Palace, Parliament and State Opera House. The afternoon is all yours to explore the city at your leisure. (BB)
Hotel: Hilton, Vienna
Seventh Day Scenic drive through Austria and onto St.Veit An Der Glan
Take a delightful drive through undiscovered Austria. Climb the dramatic Semmering Pass and stop in Kindberg with its colourful maypole. Continue to St. Veit an der Glan, former seat of the Dukes of Carinthia and explore the fabulous medieval city walls, the old town square and the ancient Plague column. (BB),(DW)
Hotel: Blumenhotel, Sankt Veit an der Glan
Eighth Day travel to the Dolomites then its Innsbruck
Head for the distinctive rugged peaks of the Dolomites. Pass through Italy, crossing back into Austria to continue on to Innsbruck, set in a valley of snow-capped mountain peaks. An orientation of Innsbruck shows you the 14th century houses of the old town, the impressive Imperial Palace and the delightful Golden Roof. (BB)
Hotel: Hilton, Innsbruck
Ninth Day Drive along The Engadine valley to St. Moritz
In the morning, enter Switzerland, driving along the beautiful Engadine Valley to the chic Alpine resort of St. Moritz. Enjoy the marvellous scenery and fresh air or browse in the elegant boutiques. Another option is a ride aboard the Bernina Express - one of Europe's outstanding train journeys. (BB),(DW)
Tenth Day enjoy a Scenic Train Journey then head for Lucerne
An unforgettable journey allows ice-capped mountains, stone-built villages and lush meadows to slip by the windows of your Glacier Express train. 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 to lovely Lucerne, one of Europe's most popular cities. Join your Tour Director to see the sorrowful sculpture of the dying lion, cut out of a limestone cliff to commemorate those Swiss Guards who died at the Battle of the Tuileries. (BB)
Hotel: Renaissance, Lucerne
Eleventh Day Free Time in Lucerne and enjoy a Celebration Dinner
The morning is at leisure in this beautiful city with its 14th century covered wooden bridges, painted gables, old walls and watch towers of the medieval fortifications. Stroll across the Chapel Bridge to the Jesuit Church, or use your free time to shop. Later, head to the town of Stans, to 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 and the Black Forest in Germany. Here, amid true Alpine majesty, your amazing journey literally peaks with a fabulous farewell Celebration Dinner in a panoramic restaurant. This will be a fantastic bird's-eye wining and dining experience you'll never forget! (BB),(CD)
Hotel: Renaissance, Lucerne
Twelfth Day farewell Zürich
Your departure transfer arrives at Zürich Airport at 08:00. Please do not schedule any flights before 10:00. On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your return private VIP transfer home. (BB)
Dürnstein: Visit a local winery to learn about and sample the unique Wachau wine.
Vienna: For your dining pleasure, you are offered a selection of Vienna's vibrant restaurants. With drinks, a delicious 3-course dinner and Gemütlichkeit in abundance, your Dine-Around evening is a culinary experience not to be missed.
Stanserhorn: A spectacular journey by cable car and cogwheel railway takes you to the summit for expansive mountain views over Lake Lucerne for your special Celebration Dinner. Fill your glasses with wine and toast to newfound friends.
11 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 3 three-course table d’hôte Dinner (DW), 1 Dine-Around (DA) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.
- Neuschwanstein: A Local Expert leads you through fanciful rooms fashioned by medieval legend. Take in the amazing views over valleys and verdant mountains.
- Vienna: A private, guided exploration of Schönbrunn Palace will have all your senses tingling. Stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a child prodigy. Tour the Ring Road seeing the City Hall and Parliament.
- Glacier Express: Journey through the heart of the Swiss Alps aboard the world-famous Glacier Express. Once settled into your modern panoramic viewing car, sit back, spellbound as Mother Nature unveils a scenic symphony of epic grandeur.
- Munich: See the Marienplatz, Town Hall and Glockenspiel.
- Bavarian Alps: See the Oberammergau Passion Play Theatre.
- Salzburg: See the Mirabell Gardens, Mozart's birthplace on the Getreidegasse and visit the Cathedral in the Old Town.
- Mondsee: View the church featured in ‘The Sound of Music'.
- Kindberg: See the colourful maypole.
- St. Veit an der Glan: See the Plague Column and Rathaus.
- Dolomites: Visit the fashionable resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo.
- Innsbruck: See the Golden Roof and Imperial Palace.
- St Moritz: See the spa quarter and ‘sgraffito' façade on the museum house.
- Lucerne: See the emotive Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge.
- Scenic drives: Bavarian Alps, German Alpine Road, Semmering Pass, the Dolomites, Engadine Valley, Grison Alps.
An expert Tour Director, at the pinnacles of their careers, will smooth your way throughout your journey. They are your ‘travelling concierges', expert guides, consummate organisers and friends in a foreign land.
Enjoy the unique comfort of our luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
Personal radio headsets, gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porter-age charges at hotels.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel WiFi.
From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local titbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.
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