Day 9: Munich - Tour Ends
Your tour ends today in Munich.
Day 1: Innsbruck, Austria - Tour Begins
Welcome to Austria! Your tour opens in enchanting Innsbruck. Here, modern architecture stands beside 800-year-old buildings with the Austrian Alps creating a postcard perfect backdrop. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.
Day 2: Innsbruck
Join a local guide for a panoramic city tour featuring Maria Theresien Strasse; the famous Golden Roof, built in 1500 by Archduke Friedrich IV; and the Hofburg, once the seat of Habsburg princes. The remainder of your day is at leisure to relax or explore Innsbruck independently.
Day 3: Innsbruck - Bavaria, Germany - Innsbruck
Set off for the beautiful Bavarian Alps of Germany and find storybook settings comprised of charming villages and enchanting castles. Travel to nearby Linderhof Palace, one of the most artistic and stylistically complex ensembles of the 19th century. It is the only palace King Ludwig II of Bavaria was able to complete. Behind the Baroque façade is a Rococo world, rich in abundant ornamentation. Next, enjoy free time exploring medieval Fussen, the romantic town in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. Before returning to Innsbruck, make a special picture stop at Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany 's most famous castle and the inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty.
Day 4: Innsbruck - Swarovski Crystal Worlds - Salzburg
Visit Swarovski Crystal Worlds, a fairy tale world of shimmering crystal amid the mystical mountains of Tyrol. Spend time exploring a multi-sensory experience of crystal in all its facets including a magical menagerie of art installations, a museum and a theme park. Later, travel through the Austrian countryside to the musical city of Salzburg. Beautiful gardens, old-world architecture and friendly locals paint Salzburg 's delightful canvas. Home to Mozart, dotted with sights from the beloved film The Sound of Music, and with an Old Town that is a UNESCO World Heritage site, Salzburg truly has something for everyone. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a delightful dinner at the 1,200-year-old St. Peter 's Restaurant, central Europe 's oldest restaurant…it dates back to 803!
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 5: Salzburg
Immerse yourself in Salzburg 's rich history. Begin your day with a leisurely paced walking tour featuring Mirabell Gardens, famously featured during the song “Do Re Mi” from The Sound of Music; and Getreidegasse - a busy street in the Old Town section of Salzburg that also happens to be the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Perhaps you 'll visit the city 's amazing historic area, browse its wonderful shops, or enjoy a coffee at a local café while soaking in the charming atmosphere.
Day 6: Salzburg
Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps you will choose to explore Salzburg 's palaces, parks, museums, churches and natural charms. You may want to take the funicular to the 16th century Hohensalzburg Fortress high above the rooftops of the historical district; tour Leopoldskron Palace, an original shooting location from The Sound of Music; or visit the 17th century medieval bishops ' Residenz Palace, home to some 180 rooms and courtyards where the prince archbishops of Salzburg held court.
Day 8: Oberammergau - Munich
This morning we journey to the Bavarian capital of Munich - idyllically situated at the foot of the Alps. A locally guided panoramic tour showcases its unique blend of folkloric ambience and modern sophistication. Visit Olympic Park, site of the 1972 Olympic Games and a stunning example of modern architecture. Next, marvel at the Baroque-influenced architecture of the city as you visit the Marienplatz - the heart of Munich and the most scenic square of the Old Town. Here, behold the Rathaus-Glockenspiel - an ornate clock comprised of 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures that depict medieval jousting and dancing - reflecting different pieces of Bavaria 's history. Enjoy leisure time to explore Munich 's lovely historic center, visit one of its many museums or discover more of the city 's beauty on your own before gathering for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of an unforgettable journey.
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 7: Oberammergau, Germany - Passion Play
Travel to the picturesque village of Oberammergau. This afternoon, witness a performance of the epic Passion Play. The original performance dates back to 1634. During the Thirty Year War, Oberammergau was spared the Black Plague and for this reason, the citizens vowed that every ten years they would give a play to honor the last days of the life of Christ. The performers of this once-in-a-decade event are all native to the village. To lend authenticity to the performance, the cast starts to grow their hair and beards more than a year in advance. During a break in the performance, join your fellow travelers for dinner before returning for the remainder of your Passion Play performance.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
This is the capital of the state of Tyrol in the Alps of western Austria. Innsbruck is famous as a winter sports center and was the site of the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics. It is beautifully situated in the valley of the Inn River, and its most famous sights are the Golden Roof (a structure made from 2,800 gilded copper tiles that was added in 1500 to a building to celebrate the marriage of Emperor Maximilian I), the beautifully preserved city center with buildings covered in traditional Christmas decorations in the season, and the surrounding mountains.
This Alpine region covers much of western Austria, and contains some of the highest peaks in the Alps, such as the 12,370 ft/3770 m Wildspitze. The city of Innsbruck is in the heart of the Austrian Alps, and Salzburg is in the foothills on the northeastern end of the mountains. Other well-known destinations in these mountains are Zell am See, St. Anton am Arlberg and Saalbach, and skiing and mountaineering are the most popular activities here.
Bavaria is a state of Germany, located in the southeast, and its capital is Munich. It makes up almost 1/5 of Germany today, and was a powerful Duchy and Kingdom dating from 555 until its inclusion in modern Germany in the 19th century. The flag is white and blue, representing the colors of sky and heaven. Much of southern Bavaria is in the Alps, including the town of Oberammeragau. Many Bavarians consider themselves Bavaria first, German second. For many Americans, Bavaria brings to mind cars (BMW) and beer (Munich 's Oktoberfest).
Inspired by Versailles and built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria in 1886, Linderhof Palace has a Baroque facade with rich Rococco ornamentation inside. The Palace is an excellent way to see the incomparable artistry of the era 's craftspeople. Look for such lush decorations as a carpet made of ostrich plumes, an ivory candelabra and a table top inlayed with lapis-lazuli, amethyst and chalcedony.
Travel into the distant past in the medieval town of Füssen, a charming and romantic locale in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. This town is also the gateway to the incredible castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau.
This fairy-tale castle was built on the ruins of an earlier castle by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, beginning in 1864. The king had spent time in his youth in the town near the site of the castle, and when he took the throne he began building a fantasy castle on the ruins of two earlier fortresses. Many of his fantasies came from his love of the musical mythological works of Richard Wagner, who was his friend, and he spent most of his personal fortune and borrowed to build Neuschwanstein Castle. He only lived there 172 days before his death. The castle was an inspiration for the Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Swarovski Crystal Worlds
Explore a multi-sensory experience of crystal in all its facets in the stunning Swarovski Crystal Worlds, a fairy tale world of shimmering crystal that includes a menagerie of art installations, a museum, and a theme park.
The name of this city means “Salt Fortress” and it comes from the custom of taxing salt shipments down the Salzach River. It is the 4th largest city in Austria, and the capital of the state of Salzburg. The baroque Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the city sits in a valley surrounded by the Alps. Mozart was born here in the 18th century, and the city was the setting for “The Sound of Music”. Salzburg became part of Austria in the early 19th century, given by Bavaria. Some of the important sights are the Salzburg Castle, Salzburg Cathedral, Mirabell Gardens, the birthplace of Mozart and sites associated with “The Sound of Music”.
St. Peter 's Restaurant
Guests will enjoy a lovely full course meal including wine and beer, while comfortably seated in an 1,200-year-old St. Peter 's restaurant. Stiftskeller St. Peter is a restaurant within the monastery walls of St. Peter's Arch abbey in Salzburg, Austria. At the heart of Europe 's oldest restaurant, which dates back to 803, is Austrian culture, history and modernity. St. Peter Stiftskeller first built as inn, prospered into homes of the nobility including Austrian composer, Michael Haydn. It soon became the quarters for French troops during the Napoleonic wars in 1809. The culinary arts have flourished for centuries at St. Peter Stiftskeller and continue to evolve. Seasonal changes and sophisticated ingredients contribute to an ever-changing dining experience.
These gardens are located on the grounds of the Mirabell Palace, built by Prince-Archbishop Wolf Raitenau for his mistress, Salome Alt in 1606, and she lived there for 6 years until he was deposed. The gardens were created in the early 18th century , and are geometrically designed and filled with mythology-inspired sculptures. Emperor Franz Joseph opened the gardens to the public in 1854. Scenes from “The Sound of Music” were filmed here, including the “Do Re Mi” song with the children dancing around a horse fountain.
Travel to the picturesque Bavarian hamlet of Oberammergau and witness a performance of the epic Passion Play. This legendary play is only performed every ten years, and has been performed every ten years since the Black Plague ended in 1634.
This is the 3rd largest city in Germany and capital of Bavaria, population about 1.5 million in the city itself. It began as the site of a Benedictine monastery where the old city is today, and the name of the city comes from the word “monk”. It is famous today as the home of Oktoberfest and the Hofbrauhaus, the Glockenspiel clock in the Old Town Hall, its Christmas Market and the headquarters of BMW and Siemens. There are several universities there and it was the site of the 1972 Summer Olympics.
Marvel at the Baroque-influenced architecture of Munich as you visit the Marienplatz - the most scenic square of the Old Town. There, behold the Rathaus-Glockenspiel, an ornate clock that depicts different pieces of Bavaria 's history.
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Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life
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