Spectacular mountain scenery and picturesque cities await you in Austria. While in Innsbruck, enjoy a panoramic tour highlighting its Imperial history and modern architecture. Fairy tales come to life with a picture stop at Bavaria’s most famous castle, Neuschwanstein. In beautiful Salzburg, stroll through Mirabell Gardens and along the quaint Getreidegasse (site of Mozart’s birthplace). Have dinner in Austria’s oldest restaurant, St. Peter’s. Your amazing vacation concludes in the charming village of Oberammergau, nestled in the Bavarian Alps. Here you’ll witness a spectacular performance of the Oberammergau Passion Play, whose origins date back to 1634. Watch as the entire village comes together to present you with their rendition of this Biblical story.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your tour ends today in Munich.
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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