Exploring the Alpine Countries
Exploring the Alpine Countries
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Discover storybook castles and glittering palaces amidst stunning Alpine vistas as you explore Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Begin in Vienna with a visit to Schönbrunn Palace. Take a charming cruise on the Danube and see Melk Abbey. Enjoy a Mozart Dinner Concert in the Baroque Hall of 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, and savour a magical dinner complete with a visit by local village performers. Enjoy picture stops at Bavaria’s famous Neuschwanstein Castle and a guided tour of the Chateau de Chillon on Lake Geneva. Delight in a scenic train ride aboard the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn into the relaxing pedestrian village of Zermatt where you will spend two nights in this Swiss Alpine village at the foot of the Matterhorn. Relax during two nights in Lucerne, “the Swiss Paradise on the Lake.”


Your guided holiday includes:

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • A total of 17 meals; 11 breakfasts & 6 dinners

**Tour departs on 01, 22 & 29 April 2022


It’s your choice – Walk through the charming streets of Innsbruck on a locally guided tour and take in landmarks such as the Golden Roof OR visit the museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage, getting a glimpse into this historic region through traditional costumes & handicrafts.


Must-see inclusions:

  • Come to know Vienna and it’s incredible Schonbrunn palace
  • Discover the fascinating city of Munich and it’s world famous Glockenspiel  
  • Walk Innsbruck’s charming pedestrian streets

Culinary inclusions:

  • Savour a special dinner featuring local cuisine in the heart of Vienna
  • Delight in a Mozart dinner concert at the centuries old St.Peter’s restaurant in Salzburg  

Cultural experiences:

  • Take a lovely cruise along the Danube river
  • Make a stop at the impressive Benedictine Melk Abbey
  • Meet a passion play performer in Oberammergau



Itinerary:

Day 1 / Vienna, Austria - Tour Begins

Welcome to Vienna, Austria’s stately capital city. Built by the Habsburg Empire and amplified by classical composers, Vienna exudes an old-world charm that can be found in its cobblestone streets and elegant architecture. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner in the city. Following your meal, enjoy a performance by opera singers and ballet dancers set to the music of Strauss, Mozart, and more. Accommodation: K+K Hotel Maria Theresia Meals: Dinner

Day 2 / Vienna

Come to know Vienna this morning during a locally guided tour that showcases its architectural marvels. Visit the 17th-century Schönbrunn Palace, containing more than 1,440 rooms, and see the impressive St. Stephen's Cathedral. The afternoon is yours. Enjoy free time to explore the avenues of Vienna or perhaps visit one of its many museums. Accommodation: K+K Hotel Maria Theresia Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 / Vienna - Salzburg

Journey through the countryside before taking a cruise along the Danube,* one of Europe’s most renowned waterways. Continue to Salzburg, the “City of Music,” and find lush gardens and old-world charm. Step into another time with dinner at the 1,200-year-old St. Peter’s Restaurant. Home to aged stone walls and sleek wooden ceilings, St. Peter’s is the oldest restaurant in Austria and is still owned by monks. Accommodation: Arcotel Castellani Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 / Salzburg

Choose how you spend your morning because it’s your choice! Discover Salzburg on a leisurely paced walking tour of the Old Town -OR- feel like you’ve joined the Von Trapp family on a city tour featuring iconic film locations from The Sound of Music. No matter how you choose to spend the morning, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the beloved town on your own. Accommodation: Arcotel Castellani Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 / Salzburg - Innsbruck - Oberammergau, Germany

Look out upon the Bavarian Alps en route to enchanting Innsbruck, located in Tyrolean Austria. Upon arrival, it’s your choice! Walk through Innsbruck on a locally guided tour and take in landmarks such as the Golden Roof -OR- visit the Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage, peeking into this historic region through traditional costumes and handicrafts. Continue on to the quaint village of Oberammergau, your home for the next two nights, renowned for woodcarvings and the Passion Play. Accommodation: Alte Post Hotel Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 / Oberammergau - Neuschwanstein Castle - Oberammergau

Step into the pages of beloved fairy tales at Neuschwanstein,** Bavaria’s most famous castle. Tour the fabled halls with an expert guide and feel the legends of past royals come to life. Built by King Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein is the most photographed castle in Germany and was the inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty. Return to Oberammergau for an evening at leisure. Accommodation: Alte Post Hotel Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 / Oberammergau - Black Forest

You’re off to the heart of the Black Forest, a region famous for artisans who create authentic cuckoo clocks and Hummels. On your way, get a taste of local flavors at a German winery. Enjoy a tour before sampling the vintages and looking out over the rows of vines and nearby Lake Constance. End your day amongst the tree-studded mountains of the Black Forest. Accommodation: Hotel Hofgut Sternen Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 / Black Forest - Montreux, Switzerland - Zermatt

Welcome to Switzerland! Take in your surroundings at the resort town of Montreux, located on serene Lake Geneva. Later, enjoy a short train ride aboard the scenic Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn. Travel to Zermatt – a relaxing car-free village in the Swiss Alps. Take a stroll and breathe in the fresh Alpine air. Accommodation: Hotel Alex Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9 / Zermatt

All of Zermatt is at your fingertips. Spend the day however you’d like – perhaps you will set out on an optional guided hike through the Swiss Alps, passing by rugged peaks and verdant foliage on a one-of-a-kind adventure. Accommodation: Hotel Alex Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 / Zermatt - Grimsel Pass - Lucerne

Travel alongside glaciers, crystal-clear rivers, and snowcapped mountains as you venture through the spectacular scenery of the Grimsel Pass. Your destination is Lucerne, the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” Upon arrival, set out on a scenic walking tour of the city, including a stroll through its romantic Old Town. Accommodation: Ameron Hotel Flora Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 / Lucerne

The day is yours to relax or independently explore the best of Lucerne. Perhaps you will embark on an optional excursion to Mount Pilatus, ascending the world’s steepest railway on a panoramic gondola to the summit. Tonight, come together with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner featuring local specialties and toast the end of a wonderful trip. Accommodation: Ameron Hotel Flora Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12 / Lucerne - Tour Ends

Wish the Alps goodbye as your tour comes to a close today. Meals: Breakfast


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Prices listed are per person in Australian Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking and shown on the lowest inside category available at the time. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 09 December 2020 and can be withdrawn without notice. Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Visas are not included. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.