Journey through spectacular mountain scenery and picturesque cities as you experience the enchanting Alpine cultures of Switzerland, Austria and Bavaria. Spend four nights each in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bern and the charming Alpine city of Innsbruck. Walk the halls of the 13th-century Chateau de Chillon, a princely residence on the shores of Lake Geneva. Ride the legendary GoldenPass Panoramic Train from Montreux to the Alpine ski resort Gstaad. Explore Lucerne, the "Swiss Paradise on the Lake.' Visit Mozart's birthplace and the Mirabell Gardens, featured in the "Sound of Music," during your time in Salzburg. See the fairy-tale castle, Neuschwanstein. Visit Oberammergau, a picture-perfect traditional German Alpine village. Sample traditional regional cuisine, including cheese fondue, at some of the oldest and most famous restaurants in Europe.
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- Offer valid through 9/30/2017
- 9 Days
|Day 1||Innsbruck||Overnight Flight: Discover spectacular Austria, Bavaria and Switzerland on a tour featuring four-night stays in two cities.|
|Day 2||Innsbruck||Innsbruck, Austria - Tour Begins: Your journey begins in Innsbruck, the 'Capital of Tyrol,' a quaint medieval city nestled in a valley and surrounded by the Austrian Alps. Tonight you are treated to a welcome dinner in one of Innsbruck's most famous traditional restaurants.|
|Day 3||Innsbruck||Innsbruck: It's your choice! Select one of two leisurely walking tours: join a local guide as you discover the city's history, culture and popular attractions including Maria Theresien Strasse, the Hofburg and the 'Golden Roof'; or, you may embark on a tour focusing on Innsbruck's unique architectural structures including its famous ski jump. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Perhaps you will join an optional excursion outside the city.|
|Day 4||Innsbruck||Innsbruck - Salzburg - Innsbruck: Travel through the picturesque Austrian countryside to Salzburg. There, enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour featuring Mirabell Gardens (seen in the Sound of Music); the quaint Getreidegasse (birthplace of Mozart); and many other highlights of this beautiful city. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to independently explore and enjoy Salzburg's fabulous sights. The day concludes with a delightful dinner at the 1,200-year-old St. Peter's Restaurant, the oldest in Austria and still owned by the monks.|
|Day 5||Innsbruck||Innsbruck - Bavaria, Germany - Oberammergau - Innsbruck: Today fairy tales come to life with a picture stop at Bavaria's famous castle, Neuschwanstein. Visit Wies Church, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site, before proceeding to the picturesque village of Oberammergau. Enjoy a brief tour and learn more about this charming place, famous for its Passion Play. Performed only every ten years to fulfill a pledge made by the villagers to God for sparing their city from the plague in 1633, the Passion Play has grown into an international event. Later, experience the rich musical tradition of mountainous Austria during a Tyrolean folklore show hosted by a locally well-known musical family.|
|Day 6||Innsbruck||Innsbruck - Bern, Switzerland: En route to Bern we travel through Liechtenstein, the smallest and richest German-speaking country in the world and the only country to lie entirely within the Alps. Arriving in Bern, enjoy free time to explore Old Town from your centrally located hotel. Tonight we dine at one of Bern's great restaurants.|
|Day 7||Bern||Bern: Explore delightful Bern on a panoramic sightseeing tour featuring the Bundeshaus (the Swiss Parliament), the famous Bear Pit, the Rose Gardens and the gothic cathedral which dominates Old Town's skyline. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore independently or perhaps brave Europe's steepest funicular ride up Gurten Mountain.|
|Day 8||Bern||Chateau de Chillon - Montreux - Train Ride - Gstaad - Bern: Travel the shores of Lake Geneva to the legendary, medieval Chateau de Chillon. This princely residence faces the lake and puts forth the image of an imposing fortress from the mountains. Later, enjoy inspiring Alpine views with a ride on the GoldenPass Panoramic Train from Montreux to Gstaad. Discover the delightful ambience of this world-famous Alpine ski resort with its numerous traditional wood chalets.|
|Day 9||Bern||Bern - Lucerne - Bern: Set out for Lucerne, the 'Swiss Paradise on the Lake.' Enjoy a leisurely paced Altstadt (Old Town) walking tour, exploring the hidden treasures of the city. Lucerne has more than 800 years of history. Explore such medieval treasures as the covered Chapel Bridge (1833); the famous Water Tower which has served as a prison, watchtower and treasury; the Renaissance-style Town Hall; the baroque Jesuit Church; and the Lion Monument, carved from natural rock to commemorate the heroic Swiss Guard. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner featuring local cuisine such as traditional cheese fondue.|
|Day 10||Bern||Bern - Tour Ends: Your tour ends in Bern.|
- Hotel Innsbruck Innsbruck, Austria
- Hotel Baeren Bern Bern, Switzerland
- Hotel Bern Bern, Switzerland
- * NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.