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Insight Vacations Country Roads of Bavaria, Switzerland and Austria (Summer 2018) (E727)

13 Days from Munich to Zurich Print
Tour Style: Country Roads
Europe 2018
Visits: Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Italy

Explore the imperial riches of Vienna and journey into the story-book landscapes of Switzerland aboard the Glacier Express. Taste seasonal cuisine, see breathtaking vistas from the summit of Mount Stanserhorn and shop at the glamorous boutiques of St. Moritz.

Additional Included Highlights

  • Munich: See Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the English Garden, the Hofbräuhaus, St Peter's Church and the famous Marienplatz.
  • Oberammergau: See the theatre used for the Passion Play and the colourful chalets.
  • Mondsee: View the church featured in 'The Sound of Music'.
  • Vienna: See the sights of the city including St Charles' Church, the Hofburg Palace, Parliament and State Opera House.
  • Kindberg: See the colourful maypole.
  • Innsbruck: See the Old Town with its 14th century houses, Imperial Palace and Golden Roof.
  • Lucerne: See the Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge.
  • Scenic drives: Bavarian Alps, German Alpine Road, Semmering Pass, the Alps, Tyrol, Engadine Valley, Grison Alps.

Authentic Dining

  • 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.
  • Vienna: Choose between a selection of Vienna’s finest restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening and enjoy a delicious three-course dinner with drinks.
  • Dining Summary: 11 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 6 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Insight Experiences

  • Salzburg: Join your Local Expert to visit the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace and Residenzplatz. See the cathedral in the Old Town and the house where Mozart was born.

Stay at the Best Addresses

  • St. Moritz: The elegant Crystal Hotel is located close to shops in the town centre, where all the prestigious names from Chanel and Gucci to Louis Vuitton are lined up together.

Top Rated Highlights

  • 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 as Mother Nature unveils a scenic symphony of epic grandeur.
  • Neuschwanstein: Explore the fanciful rooms and legends of the Neuschwanstein Castle alongside a Local Expert and take in the amazing views of valleys and verdant mountains.
  • Vienna: Enjoy a private tour of Schönbrunn Palace, guided by your Local Expert as you stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a child prodigy.

Additional five Star Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • 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.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • 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.

Insight Vacations Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (Please ask about our great deals).
Day: 2 Welcome to Fun-Loving Munich.
Transfers to your hotel leave Munich airport at 10:00 and 13:00. Join your Travel Director at 15:00 for an orientation tour of the city. 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. Join your fellow guests for a drink and enjoy a pleasant Welcome Dinner.(Dinner with Wine)
Day: 3 Jewels of the Bavarian Alps.
Embark on an exciting visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, bristling with turrets and pinnacles and built for the wildly eccentric King Ludwig II as a retreat. See the exuberantly-decorated apartments including the Throne Room and Lohengrin Grotto. On return to Munich, 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?(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 4 Oberammergau, famous home of the Passion Play.
(Relaxed Start) Continue on to Oberammergau, home of the famous Passion Play since 1634. With your Travel Director, see the immense theatre and colourful chalets before checking into your hotel for the night.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 5 Salzburg, the City of Mozart.
A short drive over the Austrian border leads to Salzburg, 'alive with the sound of music.' 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 and Mozart’s birthplace on the lively Getreidegasse. With the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps take an optional experience to Hilter’s notorious Eagle's Nest? Later, join your travel companions at a local restaurant for an exquisite Farm-to-Table meal, served with wine.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 6 Wachau Valley, Dürnstein and Vienna.
In Mondsee marvel at the church featured in 'The Sound of Music' before continuing on through Melk to the beautiful town of Dürnstein, set in the Wachau Valley. Head for the Austrian capital of Vienna where you're invited to choose among a selection of local restaurants, from classic Viennese to international cuisine, for your Dine-Around Evening.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 7 Vienna and the Habsburgs.
Join a Local Expert for a private tour of Schönbrunn Palace, Austria's famous imperial summer residence. Marvel at its frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers, mirrors and gilded ornaments, before spending some time in the perfectly-manicured gardens. Then see the city's many highlights, including St. Charles' Church, the Hofburg Palace, Parliament and State Opera House. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure for further exploration.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 8 Sleepy Austrian Byways to Villach.
Take a delightful drive through undiscovered Austria. Climb the dramatic Semmering Pass and stop in Kindberg with its colourful maypole. Continue south to the border to arrive in Villach, a town rich in contrasts as tradition blends with trendiness, historically a gateway between the Alps and southern Austria, with a touch of la dolce vita influenced by neighbouring Italy.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 9 The Dolomites to Innsbruck.
Journey to the charming Alpine city of Innsbruck, set in a valley of snow-capped mountain peaks. Your Travel Director provides an orientation of the city to see its 14th century houses of the Old Town, the impressive Imperial Palace and the delightful Golden Roof.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 10 The Engadine Valley and Chic St. Moritz.
(Relaxed Start) Take in the stunning views of the beautiful Engadine Valley, as you enter Switzerland headed for the chic Alpine resort of St. Moritz. Enjoy St. Moritz's marvellous scenery, fresh air and perhaps visit its many luxury boutiques. You may even choose to step aboard the Bernina Express to experience one of Europe's most outstanding train journeys.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 11 All aboard the Glacier Express and on to Lucerne.
Embark on an iconic train journey aboard the Glacier Express, as you take 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 to lovely Lucerne, one of Europe’s most popular cities set on the banks of Lake 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.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 12 Dinner at the ‘Roof of Europe’ in Stanserhorn.
(Relaxed Start) Enjoy the morning at your leisure to explore the city's 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 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 amazing journey literally peaks with an unforgettable Celebration Dinner, hosted in a rotating restaurant with panoramic views of the Alps.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 13 Leaving Zürich.
Bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer to Zürich airport, arriving at 08:00. Please do not schedule any flights before 10:00.(Buffet Breakfast)

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