The best of Germany, Switzerland, Italy´s Lake District & Austria

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Day 01 - ARRIVE FRANKFURT AIRPORT (or any other airport in Germany)

A warm welcome awaits you upon arrival airport. Bus-transfer to your hotel following by a welcome reception and dinner. (D/OV)


Day 02 - FRANKFURT – HEIDELBERG

After a good German breakfast an orientation busdrive will show you some highlights of Frankfurt on the Main river before we depart for the old University town of Heidelberg, beautiful situated on the Neckar river. Enjoy a marvelous view from Heidelberg´s castle terrace down to the roofs of this historic town and Germany’s heart of Romanticism. (B & D/OV)


Day 03 - HEIDELBERG – BADEN BADEN – BLACK FOREST

A great day starts this morning first with a stop and sightseeing in Baden-Baden, one of Europe’s most elegant spa resorts. Your route continues through the fabled Black Forest by way of Freiburg to Titisee, home of Germany´s famous cuckoo-clocks. Then arrive at the lovely Glottertal Vally and at you hotel right amid hills of the Black Forest in time for freshen up before you dinner. (B & D /OV)


Day 04 - BLACK FOREST – RHINE FALLS – INTERLAKEN

During the morning you enter Switzerland to view the impressive Rhine River Falls at Schaffhausen and stop in Lucerne, beautifully surrounded by the mountains Pilatus and Rigi. – Continue with your drive further south to Interlaken for two nights stay, close at the foot of the mighty mountain Jungfrau, rising up to about 13.000 ft. (B & D /OV)


Day 05 - EXCURSION TO GRUYERES AND MONTREUX, LAKE GENEVA

Start your day with a most scenic Alpine drive up to Gruyeres to visit a local cheese factory. Later, motor down to Lake Geneva by way of sightseeing, including the Chillon Castle. – Time at your leisure before we return to our hotel in Interlaken for an additional night . (B & D /OV)


Day 06 - INTERLAKEN – ZERMATT

Depart Interlaken this morning passing wonderful Alpine scenery by way of Sion to mountain station Taesch where you climb up by a spectacular shuttle train to the picturesque village of Zermatt which provides an unforgettable view of its mountain Matterhorn. Transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B & D /OV)


Day 07 - ZERMATT – LOCARNO – LUGANO

You leave Zermatt this morning and travel through valleys along snowcapped mountains, crossing over Simplon Pass and stop for a break in Locarno at dream-like lake Lago Maggiore. Then continue with your drive to the pretty lakeside resort of Lugano for the following two nights. (B & D /OV)


Day 08 - EXCURSION TO LAGO MAGGIORE AND COMO

Enjoy this morning Lugano´s orientation drive with a good view to its twin mountains Bre and San Salvatore. Arrive on the Italian side quaint Lago Maggiore to visit one of its beautiful Borromean islands. Later, enter Italy’s Lombardy district and Lake Como, surrounded by wooded hills, cypresses, olive trees and parks with a sightseeing . – During the afternoon return to your hotel in Lugano in time for dinner. (B & D /OV)


Day 09 - LUGANO – ST. MORITZ

Following breakfast your journey continues along the San Bernadino Route, climb up the Julier Pass to your hotel in St. Moritz, famous spa resort and home of the international jet-set. Before dinner tonight an orientation drive will lead you to its “Swiss Leading Campanile” and exquisite spa quarter. (B & D /OV)


Day 10 - ST. MORITZ – INNSBRUCK

Another beautiful morning tour takes you first through the lovely Engadin Valley, soon after enter Austria on the Raeschen Mountain Pass and travel to Innsbruck, capital of the Alpine province Tyrol. A sightseeing tour will include its splendid arcades, the landmark Golden Dach and the Court Church with a collection of huge bronze statues of famous former rulers. (B & D /OV)


Day 11 - INNSBRUCK – ST. FLORIAN – VIENNA

On a short busdrive reenter Germany this morning before continuing on Austria’s autobahn to St. Florian with a stop to visit its Abbey Church and to see its great organ where Anton Bruckner has composed his wonderful church music. – Further east and during the later afternoon arrive at Vienna, the great imperial capital of Austria. Transfer to your hotel for a welcome reception, dinner and spend two nights here. (B & D /OV)


Day 12 - VIENNA

Your morning city bus tour starts with a visit at magnificent Schoenbrunn Palace, built for Maria Theresia. Among further highlights see also the Hofburg Palace of the ruling Habsburgs from the 13th C. until their fall in the beginnings of the 20th C. You will see its Opera House, Vienna´s landmark St. Stephan’s Cathedral, and much more.- For dinner tonight you are invited at the wine-village of Grinzing to enjoy local entertainment. (B & D /OV)


Day 13 - VIENNA – DANUBE RIVER CRUISE – SALZBURG

Leave Vienna this morning with your first stop at Krems to board a ship for a Danube river cruise through the lovely Wachau Valley past famous vineyards, picturesque villages and castles crowing hills. At Melk disembark and visit now its beautiful Abbey before we continue our drive to the old town of Mondsee to experience Austria´s most visited lake district and to see its outstanding Abbey Church used for the wedding scene in the unforgettable film “The Sound of Music”. Then transfer to nearby Salzburg in time for dinner and overnight. (B & D /OV)


Day 14 - SALZBURG – MUNICH

Enjoy all highlights of Salzburg this morning, dominated by its landmark Fortress Hohensalzburg from the 11th C. See its Festival buildings, the manicured Mirabell Garden, lovely alley Getreidegasse and Mozart’s birthplace, its Domplatz and Stiftskirche St. Peter, a luxurious Romanesque church which marks the side of a 7th C. monastery. – Early afternoon depart Salzburg for the German border and continue to Bavaria’s capital Munich for a last two night stay. (B & D /OV)


Day 15 - MUNICH

On this morning tour you will be visiting Munich’s Landmark the Church of Our Lady, the great City Hall with its unique Carillon, the (in) famous beer hall Hofbraeuhaus, the City´s former Olympic Ground, splendid Nymphenburg Palace and King Ludwig´s incredible Horse Carriage Museum. The afternoon is at you complete disposal . Dinner tonight will be served in one of Munich´s special restaurants with local music and folklore entertainment. (B & D /OV)


Day 16 - EXCURSION TO CASTLE NEUSCHWANSTEIN AND TO OBERAMMERGAU

A most scenic excursion starts with a drive to the Bavarian Alps to visit here at Hohenschwangau Castle Neunschanstein, temporarily home of former King Ludwig II. The inside tour will show you rooms and apartments with heavy tapestries in Romanesque and Byzantine style, fine candelabra and chandeliers, the King’s bedroom with artistic woodcarvings, and artificial grotto recalls opera themes of his famous patron Richard Wagner, and much more. Later, we shall arrive at Oberammergau to see its beautiful painted burgher houses and world-famous Theatre, home of the original Passion Plays. – Toward evening return to Munich and to your hotel for a festive gala farewell dinner with wine and participate in a drawing with everyone is winning a valuable gift. (B & D /OV)


Day 17 - LAST DAY OF TOUR

During the morning your wonderful tour the best of four countries comes to an end while you transfer to Munich Airport. Your driver bids farewell and “Auf Wiedersehen” to you before you board your flight back home. (B)


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