B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Thursday, 26 September – Arrive Munich; Welcome Dinner (D)
Welcome to Munich, the capital of Bavaria and one of the most enchanting cities in Germany. Schedule your arrival at your convenience. Transfers will be provided to our hotel. We will meet at 6:00 pm and go to dinner at a traditional Bavarian restaurant. 2 Nights - King's Hotel (4 Star)
Friday, 27 September - Munich city tour; Oktoberfest! (B)
To get acquainted with the City of Munich, we will begin our day with a guided tour. The Old Town was founded in 1158 and has a rich and colorful history. Sites will include Castle Nymphenburg, the modern BMW World, city centre with the old and the new Town Hall with its horloge (clock), the Opera house, the residence palace, the famous Hofbräuhaus, the food market Viktualienmarkt and many others. The rest of the day is free to further explore and to visit Oktoberfest.
Saturday, 28 September - Castle touring including Neuschwanstein; Fussen; Garmisch (B,L)
Perched on a spectacular Alpine mountainside in the Bavarian countryside is King Ludwig II’s Neuschwanstein Castle. It is no wonder Walt Disney used it as the model for the Disneyland Castle itself. After a visit to Neuschwanstein we continue to the nearby medieval town of Fussen where we have time to explore the town. The next stop is Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the famous Alpine resort at Germany’s highest peak – Zugspitze. This will take us on a scenic drive through parts of Austria. 2 Nights - Hotel Mercure (4 Star)
Sunday, 29 September - Visit Alpine Villages; Oberammergau (B, D)
After breakfast we start for a full day excursion. Only a few minutes’ drive and we reach Ettal for a visit to the Baroque Basilica of the famous Benedictine monastery. One of the highlights of this day is the visit to Linderhof, the smallest castle of King Ludwig, to view the beautiful garden, see the fountain and enjoy the unique Alpine scenery. In the afternoon we will have free time in Oberammergau, world renown for Passion Play performed every 10 years be the residents of the town. Later we'll enjoy dinner together.
Monday, 30 September - Mittenwald – Innsbruck – Swarovski Crystal – Reit Im Winkl (B,L)
After a short stop at Mittenwald, famous for the manufacture of violins, violas and cellos which began in the mid-17th century, we travel to Innsbruck. It has twice hosted the Winter Olympics making it not only an interesting and beautiful city but the "largest ski resort in the alps". A guided city tour will highlight the royal palace, the historic city center with the Golden Roof, the most famous site in Innsbruck. We continue to Wattens for a visit to the famous Crystal World of Swarovski. Later in the afternoon we travel to Reit Im Winkl, located in one of the most scenic areas of the German Alpine Road. 2 Nights - Seehotel Uberfahrt (5 Star)
Tuesday, 1 October - Lake Cheimsee (B)
A boat trip will take us to Island Herrenchiemsee with its castle called “The Bavarian Versailles”. In 1873 King Ludwig II of Bavaria acquired this location for his Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee (New Palace). The highlights are the State Staircase, the State Bedroom and the Great Hall of Mirrors. In the afternoon we will make a short stop on the other island of the lake, Frauenchiemsee, a cozy fishing village with a medieval monastery. We will return to our hotel where you will have a free evening for a dinner with fellow travelers or for some lazy hours in the spa area.
Wednesday, 2 October - Travel to Salzburg and Sound of Music Tour (B)
Art lovers call Salzburg the Golden City of High Baroque; historians refer to it as the Florence of the North or the German Rome; and, of course, music lovers know it as the birthplace of one of the world's most beloved composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91). It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of the “Sound of Music”. Our guided tour will include the Mirabell Garden, Salzburg Dom, the narrow Getreidegasse with its many shops, and the Mozart Geburtshaus. Later, a theme tour will visit several sites of the famous movie “Sound of Music”. The remainder of the day is free to explore on your own. 2 Nights - Hotel Castellani (4 Star)
Thursday, 3 October - Free day in Salzburg; Evening Mozart Concert (B,D)
The day is free for shopping or individual exploration of the town. You might like to visit the fortress Hoehnsalzburg high above the town--take the funicular railway for a scenic ride. In the evening we will attend a Mozart concert with dinner in St. Peters Cellar.
Friday, 4 October - Berchtesgaden – Bad Reichenhall – Munich; Farewell Dinner (B,D)
After breakfast we will leave Mozart’s town and return to Germany. Berchtesgaden is only a short but scenic drive away. Here we will find Hitler’s Eagles Nest where a unique copper elevator takes one to the top. Perched at 6.017 ft., the building was given to Adolf Hitler for his 50th birthday as a teahouse for diplomats. The Eagle's Nest remained unscathed from the bombing of the Allied Forces during WWII. Since 1952 it has been open to the public as a mountain top restaurant with a spectacular view. After the visit we make a stop in the spa resort Bad Reichenhall to visit the unique shop of REBER chocolates, one of the best chocolatiers in Germany, before returning to Munich and spending the night near the airport for convenience sake. Don’t eat too much chocolate or you’ll ruin your appetite for our farewell dinner tonight! 1 Night - Hotel Erding (4 Star)
Saturday, 5 October - Return home from Munich (B)
We must sadly say "Auf wiedersehen" to Germany and the beautiful scenery of the Alps. Schedule your flights at your convenience. Transfers will be provided based on departure flight times.