Experience the Shimmer of the Alpine
Discover storybook castles and glittering palaces amidst stunning Alpine vistas as you explore Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Begin in Vienna with a visit to Schoenbrunn Palace. Enjoy a dinner at centuries-old St. Peter’s Restaurant in Salzburg, the "City of Music." Spend a night in the heart of the Black Forest. Visit Oberammergau, famous for the Passion Play and expert woodcarvers. Enjoy a Diner’s Choice experience, as you choose from a “menu” of great restaurants for dinner in Oberammergau. Enjoy picture stops at Bavaria’s famous castle, Neuschwanstein, and a guided tour of the Chateau de Chillon on Lake Geneva. Enjoy a short, scenic train ride aboard the Matterhorn Gottard Bahn into the relaxing pedestrian village of Zermatt. Spend two nights in the alpine village of Zermatt, Switzerland, at the foot of the Matterhorn; and two nights in Lucerne, “the Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” Cruise the Danube on an included boat excursion.
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Half-timber houses, vineyards, yodelers and some of the world's most picturesque villages await you. Explore Europe's most picturesque countries: Austria, Germany (Bavaria) and Switzerland following your overnight flight
Vienna, Austria - Tour Begins
Your tour begins in Vienna. This evening, meet your fellow travelers for a welcoming dinner featuring a sampling of regional wine vintages and a meal highlighting the local cuisine in the quaint winemaking region of Grinzing.
Get to know Vienna this morning during a locally-guided tour that showcases its architectural marvels. You will visit the incredible Schoenbrunn Palace and see impressive St. Stephen's Cathedral. This afternoon enjoy free time to explore the avenues of Vienna or visit one of its many museums.
Vienna - Salzburg
After a short drive through the countryside, enjoy a lovely cruise along the Danube, one of Europe’s most important waterways. Later, make a stop at the Benedictine Melk Abbey before continuing to the “City of Music,” Salzburg. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the centuries-old St. Peter’s Restaurant.
Discover the splendor of Salzburg on a leisurely-paced walking tour of the Old Town. Some of the amazing sights you will see include the Cathedral, Mozart’s birthplace and Mirabell Gardens.
Salzburg - Munich, Germany - Oberammergau
Today you travel to Germany. In Munich, feel the energy of this lively and fascinating city during a tour that highlights Olympic Park, the world-famous Glockenspiel, and Marienplatz, a beautiful square surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafés. Later in the day, arrive at your home for the next two nights - the quaint village of Oberammergau, renowned for wood carvings and the Passion Play. This evening, it’s Diner’s Choice…tonight’s dinner is included and you will choose the perfect spot from a “menu” of Oberammergau’s great restaurants.
Oberammergau - Innsbruck, Austria - Oberammergau
Enjoy the scenery of the spectacular Bavarian Alps en route to enchanting Innsbruck, located in Tyrolean Austria. Walk through the charming pedestrian streets and see such landmarks as The Golden Roof on a locally-guided tour. It is easy to understand why this city, during the 14th century, was the center of European culture and politics as you wind through the narrow cobblestone streets.
Oberammergau - Black Forest
Today fairytales come to life with a picture stop at Bavaria’s most famous castle, King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein. Next you are off to the heart of the stunning Black Forest, a region famous for its artisans who create authentic cuckoo clocks, Hummels and wood carvings!
Black Forest - Zermatt, Switzerland
Welcome to Switzerland! Your first stop en route to Zermatt is at one of the most photographed castles in the world, the Chateau de Chillon, located on serene Lake Geneva. Later, enjoy a short scenic train ride aboard the Matterhorn Gottard Bahn from Tasch to the relaxing pedestrian village of Zermatt in the Swiss Alps. Take a stroll and breathe in the fresh Alpine air.
After an orientation tour of this mountain resort village, the remainder of your day is at leisure. Get an up-close look at the famed Matterhorn, enjoy lunch at a local café, or just relax and explore at your own pace.
Zermatt - Grimsel Pass - Lucerne
Views of glaciers, crystal clear rivers and snow-capped mountains will invigorate you as you travel through the spectacular scenery of the Grimsel Pass. Your final destination is the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake,” the city of Lucerne.
This morning, embark on a scenic walking tour of this picturesque town, including a stroll through the romantic old town. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the best Lucerne has to offer. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner featuring cheese fondue and toast the end of a wonderful trip.
Lucerne - Tour Ends
Your tour ends today in Lucerne.
Photos are courtesy of Collette Guided by Travel, Globus Family of Brands, Brendan Vacations, and Rocky Mountaineer
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