Day 1: Welcome to Prague
On arrival into Prague, enjoy a complimentary transfer to your hotel at 10:00, 13:00 or 15:30.Meet your Travel Director and travel companions tonight for a welcome drink and dinner in the Old Town.
Day 2: Prague Sightseeing
Prague Sightseeing Join a Local Expert for a guided visit to one of Europe 's most beautiful and historic cities. Start with the 1000-year-old Prague Castle, where you can admire the stained glass of St Vitus Cathedral and spectacular views over the city. Finish in the Old Town Square where the mechanical antics of the Astronomical Clock 's glockenspiel delight onlookers each hour. The city is then yours to explore. Czechs are passionate about their beer, so be sure to try the local lagers, alongside the Czech cuisine.
Day 3: Prague to Rothenburg
Our first stop is Plzen 's most popular attraction the Pilsner Urquell Brewery, in operation since 1842 and arguably home to the world 's best beer. Our guided excursion includes a trip to the old cellars and a glass of unpasteurized nectar at the end. We then continue across the border in Germany and to the true medieval gem, Rothenburg ob der Tauber (meaning 'above the Tauber River ') located along the Romantic Road. Tonight, we enjoy dinner in the old town, when the lamplight casts its spell on the quiet streets.
Day 4: Rothenburg to Munich
Plunge back into the 16th century during your orientation with your Travel Director as you walk through narrow cobbled streets lined with high-gabled houses to the market square, dominated by its Renaissance town hall. With an artisan baker, enjoy a demonstration and learn about the history of the traditional pastry Schneeballen (snowball), followed by a tasting. Later, journey along the romantic heart of Germany to Neuschwanstein, a fairy-tale castle spectacularly perched on an Alpine mountainside. Visit King Ludwig II 's favourite castle, which was supposedly the inspiration for many of Walt Disney 's castles. Admire the exuberantly decorated apartments, including the Throne Room and Lohengrin Grotto. Reach fun-loving Munich where our hotel is located for the next two nights.
Day 5: Munich
Be welcomed into fun-loving Munich for an orientation tour which shows you the Feldernhalle on the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, English Garden, Hofbrauhaus, St Peters Church, and the famous Marienplatz. Munich hosts the most famous beer festival in the world: Oktoberfest, which has been running since 1810 and now sees over six million visitors each year. This afternoon enjoy the festival atmosphere, amusement rides, entertainment, beer and local Bavarian specialties for dinner. With tables reserved, your dedicated host will ensure you have a memorable time.
Day 6: Munich to Innsbruck
Journey across the Austrian border and to Tyrol, traveling 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.
Day 7: Oberammergau passion play
Pass the magnificent Dolomites as your journey continues north to Oberammergau, situated in the heart of the Bavarian Alps and home of the Passion Play since 1634. Take your premium seats to witness the world famous Passion Play, re-enacting the last days of Christ on earth. After a break for dinner, the captivating performance continues into the evening.
Day 8: Oberammergau to St Moritz
Take in the stunning views of the beautiful Engadine Valley, as you enter Switzerland heading for the chic Alpine resort of St. Moritz. Enjoy St. Moritz 's marvellous scenery, fresh air and perhaps visit its many luxury boutiques.
Day 9: Leisure Time in St Moritz
Enjoy a day at leisure to jostle with the jetset in the elegant boutiques. You may even choose to step aboard the Bernina Express to experience one of Europe 's most outstanding train journeys.
Day 10: St Moritz to Interlaken area
Step aboard the world-famous Glacier Express for a spectacular ride through the heart of the Swiss Alps. Descend through the spiral tunnels of the Albula Pass and over the lofty Landwasser Viaduct. Picturesque landscapes of ice-capped mountains and stone-built villages, with chalet-style houses, will be in sight as you ascend to the highest point of the route, 2,033 metres to the icy Oberalp Pass. The modern panorama viewing car means you won 't miss a thing on your descent to Andermatt. Then continue to Interlaken, a beautiful traditional resort town in the mountainous region of central Switzerland. Built on a narrow stretch of valley, between the emerald-coloured waters of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.
Day 11: Lucerne and on to Zurich
Continue on to beautiful Lucerne where your sightseeing will show you its many highlights. See the stirring Lion Monument, Old Town Hall, the covered bridges and the quaint square of Weinmarkt with its Renaissance fountain. In the afternoon continue to Zurich where this evening join your travelling companions at a local restaurant. Your Celebration Dinner is accompanied with wine - raise your glass to toast to your adventure.
Day 12: Depart Zürich
After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions. Your departure transfer to Zürich will arrive at 08:00 am.
: Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 21 or more guests).
: Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
: We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
: Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19.All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
: Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.
: Visit Prague Castle and St Vitus Cathedral in Prague • Pilsner Urquell Brewery with Beer Tasting • The 19th-century Neuschwanstein Castle • The world famous Oktoberfest in Munich • Travel along the route of the world-famous Glacier Express.
: Welcome Dinner with Wine in Old Town in Prague • Local Restaurant Dinner with Wine in Rothenburg ob der Tauber • Demonstration of the Traditional Pastry Schneeballen (snowball), followed by a Tasting • Highlight Dinner in Munich, Oktoberfest with local Bavarian specialties and reserved seating • Dinner in Oberammergau • Hotel Dinner with Wine in St Moritz • Celebration Dinner with Wine in Zurich.
: "Munich is the capital of beer, so taking guests into the famous Hofbräuhaus, at any time of year, gives them a small idea of what it 's like to attend Oktoberfest."
Top Rated Highlights:
Pilsen: A guided visit to the historic Pilsner Urquell Brewery including the old cellars and a tasting.
Neuschwanstein Castle: Visit the archetypal fairy-tale castle that allegedly inspired many of Walt Disney's castles. Led by a local historian, walk through the magnificent halls, take in the lavish decoration and enjoy spectacular views.
Munich: Strap on your Lederhosen for a visit to the world's greatest Volksfest in Munich on select departures.
Oberammergau: Experience the spectacular Passion Play that has made this town famous. Watch from your premium seat as local villagers perform as they have since 1634 in this once in a decade event. An emotive and critically acclaimed performance depicting Christ 's last days, this is an event not to be missed.
St Moritz: Travel along the route of the world-famous Glacier Express, through looping tunnels and dizzying viaducts, in the scenic heart of the Swiss Alps, on a regional train fully powered by hydroelectricity.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber: With a master artisan, learn the history of the traditional pastry Schneeballen (snowball), followed by a tasting.
Dining Summary: 11 Breakfast (B), 1 Dinner (D), and 5 Dinner with Wine (DW)
Additional Included Highlights:
Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
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.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).