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Experience the timeless culture of the Bavarian and Austrian Alps and Munich, the capital of Bavaria. Begin the tour in Salzburg with a city tour and a dinner concert featuring the sounds of Mozart. Witness the Tyrolean Alps from the Achensee Steam Cog Railway and on a Lake Achensee cruise. Tour the famous ski resort of Innsbruck and the impressive Tratzberg Castle. We will also tour Hohenschwangau Castle, once the summer and hunting residence of the Bavarian royal family. Next, tour the German village of Oberammergau, famous for its once-a-decade Passion Play. Travel to Munich, the capital of Bavaria, for a relaxing city tour, time at leisure, and a joyful included dinner at Hofbräuhaus, the famous beer hall.

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Day 1 : Fly to Munich

Relax and enjoy an overnight flight to Germany.

Day 2 : Salzburg

Herzlich willkommen in Deutschland! We meet our European guide in Munich and travel by motorcoach to Salzburg, Austria.

Upon arrival we enjoy a guided walking tour of this marvelous city. Located along the Salzach River, Salzburg is known for its Renaissance and Baroque architecture, being the birthplace of Mozart, and for being one of the filming locations for The Sound of Music. Stroll through the Mirabell Gardens, across the Markartsteg pedestrian bridge into Old Town and past Mozart's birthplace.

Tonight we get to know our fellow traveling companions at a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner in the city.


Day 3 : Alpine Beauty

Depart for the quaint alpine town of Berchtesgaden at the foot of the Watzmann, the third highest mountain in Germany.

Take a short train ride into the city’s salt mine and learn about its 500-year history.

Next we visit The Eagle’s Nest teahouse atop Kehlstein Mountain, witnessing Obersalzberg’s alpine beauty and learning about its role in World War II.

This evening we return to Salzburg for a private dinner at St. Peter’s Stiftskeller accompanied by a string quartet performing selections by Mozart.


Day 4 : Tyrolean Alps

Board the Achensee Steam Cog Railway and travel from Jenbach to Seespitz with views of Tyrolean mountains, meadows, and forests.

The adventure continues on a breathtakingly beautiful cruise of Lake Achensee, the largest lake in the Tyrolean Alps.

Next we tour Tratzberg Castle with a knowledgeable guide. Discover how this Renaissance-era stronghold demonstrates Gothic, Habsburg, and Fugger influences in its exquisite parlor, courtyard, King’s Room, and more.

In the late afternoon we arrive in Innsbruck, Tyrol’s skiing capital.


Day 5 : Innsbruck

Surrounded by dramatic mountain landscapes and picturesque villages, Innsbruck has been the site of two Winter Olympics, most recently in 1976. Narrow, twisting streets and tall houses built in the Late Gothic style reflect the city’s medieval past.

Our guided walking tour of the city includes the Imperial Palace, Court Church, and the Goldenes Dachl (“Golden Roof”), a 15th century stone balcony covered in gilded copper tiles.

Afterwards, take a gondola cableway up Nordketten mountain to visit Karwendel Nature Park, Austria’s largest protected area.


Day 6 : Oberammergau

We return to Germany and arrive in Oberammergau, a hamlet nestled in the Bavarian Alps known for its once-a-decade stage production of The Passion Play.

Join your guide for a tour of this delightful town where we admire the town’s many painted houses, known as Luftmalerei, and attend a traditional woodcarving demonstration at the Pilatushaus.

Tonight our accommodations are in Garmisch just south of town.


Day 7 : Hohenschwangau Castle

Today we explore the Hohenschwangau Castle, originally owned by King Maximilian II, father of King Ludwig II. In town, we can also view the fairytale-like Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for Disney’s Magic Kingdom Castle.

We have lunch on our own in Füssen, then continue our journey to Munich. The remainder of the day is at our leisure.

Tonight we gather for a joyful included dinner at the Hofbräuhaus, one of Germany’s most famous beer halls.


Day 8 : Munich

The fun-loving city of Munich welcomes us today.

We see some of Munich’s famous landmarks on a walking tour including the Glockenspiel animated clock in the Marienplatz, the town square. We’ll also see Munich’s oldest church Saint Peter, the open-air market Viktualienmarkt, the Bavarian State Chancellery, and more.

The remainder of the afternoon is ours to explore the city as we please. Optional attractions include a visit to the Beer & Oktoberfest Museum or browsing the shops at the Marienplatz.

Enjoy your fellow travelers' company over a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner.


Day 9 : Return Home

We return home with memories of our wonderful alpine adventure.


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All Accommodations Featuring

  • 2 nights in Salzburg
  • 2 nights at the Hotel Grauer Bar in Innsbruck
  • 1 night in the Garmisch area
  • 2 nights at the Hotel Eden Wolff in Munich

Attractions & Highlights

  • Salzburg guided walking tour
  • Berchtesgaden salt mine tour
  • The Eagle’s Nest teahouse on Kehlstein Mountain
  • Achensee Cog Railway
  • Lake Achensee cruise
  • Tratzberg Castle tour
  • Innsbruck guided walking tour
  • Hungerburg gondola cableway to Karwendel Nature Park
  • Traditional woodcarving demonstration at the Pilatushaus
  • Hohenschwangau Castle tour
  • Munich guided walking tour

12 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner in Salzburg
  • Daily European breakfasts
  • Mozart-themed dinner at the Saint Peter’s Stiftkeller in Salzburg
  • Dinner at the Hofbräuhaus in Munich
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner

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