Bavarian Highlights

Lederhosen, Oktoberfest, pretzels, a beautiful Alpine backdrop, excellent beer, storybook castles, and medieval towns…this is Bavaria and on this Germany tour, you’ll experience Bavaria’s highlights. You’ll overnight in Munich, Regensburg, Nuremberg, the Black Forest, and Oberammergau area, and you’ll visit many medieval towns along the way.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Munich, Germany

Time to relax or to start exploring the lively Bavarian capital. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Sheraton Arabeelapark

Day 2: Munich – Regensburg

Germany’s “Secret Capital” comes alive during your guided sightseeing featuring the Olympic Stadium, built for the 1972 Olympics; the 1,000-foot-high Olympic Tower; Nymphenburg Palace; and the Konigsplatz, used for Nazi rallies during World War II. Drive along the Ludwigstrasse, and see the Bavarian Arch of Triumph and Field Marshall Hall, a monumental loggia on the Odeonsplatz. Visit lively Marienplatz with the Old and the New Town Halls and the gothic Frauenkirche. Arrive in Regensburg, and meet your Local Guide for a walking tour, featuring the Stone Bridge, the oldest preserved bridge of its kind in Germany; the Porta Pretoria, built in the 2nd century by Emperor Marcus Aurelius; and St. Peter’s Cathedral. Next, board the Swarovski crystal boat for a relaxing CRUISE on the Danube River. You won’t want to leave Regensburg without tasting a “medieval hot dog” at the Historic Sausage Kitchen.

Hotel: Best Western Premier Hotel Novina Regensburg

Day 3: Regensburg – Nuremberg

Visit the Thurn Und Taxis Palace, a former Benedictine monastery that was converted into the residence of the Princes of Thurn und Taxis in 1812. This family started the first large-scale postal service in Europe in the 15th century. Continue to Nuremberg, known for its children’s toys and gingerbread. Admire the medieval ramparts as you walk through the pedestrian area of the charming Old Town. See St. Sebald Church, painstakingly reconstructed as a monument to peace from the rubble of near-total wartime destruction. Also admire the Schoner Brunnen, a 14th-century fountain dedicated to the Holy Roman Empire. It is said that it brings good luck to spin the two brass rings.

Hotel: NH Collection Nuremberg City, 2 nights

Day 4: Nuremberg – Excursion to Bayreuth & Bamberg

This morning, stop in Bayreuth for an orientation of this city of festival fame. When Richard Wagner came to Bayreuth in 1871, he was not satisfied with the existing 18th-century Markgrafliches Opernhaus theatre, so he had a new one built. Today, the Festival Hall is used exclusively for the Bayreuth Festival, and only works by Wagner are performed there. Continue to picturesque Bamberg, the city with the largest historical centre in Germany and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taste “smoked beer,” with a distinctive smokey flavour imparted by using malted barley dried over an open flame. Later enjoy a guided walk along the cobblestone streets, and admire the architecture of the houses. Return to Nuremberg.

Day 5: Nuremberg – Rothenburg – Black Forest

A short drive delivers you to medieval Rothenburg with its ramparts and towers, cobblestone lanes, and 16th-century houses. Hear how the town survived the Thirty Years’ War, and shop for Christmas ornaments. Enter the Black Forest, associated with the Brother Grimm’s fairy tales and taste the delicious Kaffee und Schwarzwaldkuchen (coffee and Black Forest cake) which the area is famous for.

Hotel: Best Western Hofgut Sternen at Breinau

Day 6: Black Forest – Lake Constance – Fussen Area

Take a scenic drive this morning to sparkling Lake Constance, Europe’s largest freshwater reservoir. Enter the beautiful Bavarian Alps region.

Hotel: Hotel Müller at Schwangau or Best Western Plus Hotel Füssen, 2 nights

Day 7: Fussen Area – Excursion to Neuschwanstein

Today, prepare for a journey into the past with a drive to nearby Schwangau. See two castles facing each other: Hohenschwangau, where King Ludwig spent much of his youth, and the one he built: magnificent Neuschwanstein, the most famous in Germany and inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle at his theme park. Follow your Local Guide through this fairytale castle on its craggy outcrop high above a sparkling lake. Also visit the Museum Of The Bavarian Kings and travel in style on a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride.

Day 8: Fussen Area
Oberammergau – Munich

A short drive leads to Oberammergau, the quaint village known for the once-a-decade Passion Play. Time to browse for souvenirs, and you may wish to join an optional excursion to nearby King Ludwig’s Linderhof Castle. The smallest of the castles he built, it is the only one finished and where he stayed the most. Back in Munich this afternoon, you can return to Marienplatz and explore its many enticing shops. Tonight, a farewell dinner awaits at one of Munich’s lively restaurants to say auf Wiedersehen!

Hotel: Sheraton Arabeelapark

Day 9: Depart Munich

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 17$3,319.00Price on Application
May: 24$3,489.00Price on Application
May: 31$3,389.00Price on Application
June: 07, 14$3,489.00Price on Application
June: 21$3,679.00Price on Application
June: 28$3,489.00Price on Application
July: 05$3,569.00Price on Application
July: 12$3,689.00Price on Application
July: 19$3,459.00Price on Application
July: 26$3,389.00Price on Application
August: 02$3,689.00Price on Application
August: 09$3,389.00Price on Application
August: 16$3,459.00Price on Application
August: 23$3,389.00Price on Application
August: 30$3,489.00Price on Application
September: 06$3,489.00Price on Application
September: 13$3,849.00Price on Application
September: 20$3,729.00Price on Application
September: 27$4,039.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport:Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Tour Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice

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Sound of Music

Indulge in romantic cities, dramatic scenery and epic history on this Austrian musical adventure. Explore the heritage of the Habsburg Empire and the fairy-tale retreat of a shy German king as you encounter the legacy of the von Trapps on your journey from Munich to Vienna.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive 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 travellers for a memorable Welcome Reception to kick-start your leisurely meander through Germany and Austria.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Westpark, 2 nights

Day 2: Munich

Embark on a morning orientation tour past some of the city’s most renowned sites, including the Opera House, Ludwigstrasse, Hofbräuhaus and Marienplatz, whose Glockenspiel delights visitors throughout the day with its re-enactment of 16th-century tales. 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 at a local beer hall.

Day 3: Munich – Neuschwanstein Castle – Innsbruck

Journey to Neuschwanstein Castle, built as a retreat for shy King Ludwig II to retire from public life. Continue through Bavaria, arriving in Innsbruck. We dine at a local restaurant this evening.

Hotel: Grand Europa, 2 nights

Day 4: Innsbruck

The Tyrol 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. Admire the fascinating crystal installations and browse for precious gifts and souvenirs at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Store.

Day 5: Innsbruck – Berchtesgaden – Salzburg

Spend a soul-stirring morning connecting with the astounding natural beauty of Berchtesgaden. Venture to Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart, where you’ll spend the night.

Hotel: Mercure City

Day 6: Salzburg Sightseeing – Mondsee – Villach

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’. Leave the sounds of Salzburg behind for lakeside Mondsee, where you’ll visit Mondsee Abbey, the one-time Benedictine monastery that served as the church where Captain Von Trapp and Maria were married in film. This afternoon travel to Villach where we will ‘Connect With Locals’ and enjoy a Carinthian ‘Be My Guest’ dinner with the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood in the Monastery of Kloster Wernberg.

Hotel: Palais26

Day 7: Villach – Piber – Graz – Vienna

‘Dive Into Culture’ during a visit to the Lipizzaner Stud farm at Piber and gain insights into the breeding of the Spanish Riding School’s athletic white stallions. Later, stop in the town of Graz with its galleried courtyards and Renaissance squares. Finally arrive in the Austrian capital, Vienna, and check in to your hotel.

Hotel: Imperial Riding School Renaissance, 2 nights

Day 8: 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 travellers for a Farewell Dinner.

Day 9: Depart Vienna

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

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$3,350.00$4,110.00
June: 06, 13, 20$3,350.00$4,110.00
June: 27$3,325.00$4,085.00
July: 04$3,325.00$4,085.00
July: 11, 18, 25$3,375.00$4,135.00
August: 01, 08, 15, 22$3,450.00$4,210.00
August: 29$3,395.00$4,155.00
September: 05, 12$3,395.00$4,155.00
September: 19, 26$3,495.00$4,255.00
October: 03$3,450.00$4,210.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice

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