Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Linderhof Palace, Germany
Verwall Alps, Austria
We will pick you up at the airport in Munich. You will take a 3 hour walking tour through the historical city of Munich. With your experience guide you will see top landmarks and discover the stories behind great sights such as The Glockenspiel, The Hofbräuhaus, (the world’s most famous beer hall), Frauenkirche, Viktualienmarkt (famous outdoor market), and The Munich Residenz. You also see the New and Old Town Hall, The National Theater, The Feldherrnhalle (Memorial to Bavarian Generals), St. Jakobsplatz and The Church of St. Peter. You will learn the real origins of Oktoberfest and the history of beer gardens of Germany. After a day of touring the city you will have a dinner at the world famous Hofbräuhaus. Then, after dinner will be your free time to relax or go out for drinks at one of the local German pubs.
After breakfast, you will take a tour of the Hofbräu Brewery in Munich. Here you will learn interesting facts about the Hofbräu beer and its processing. You will experience the raw materials of brewing, visit the brewhouse and the fermentation cellar and learn how filling and storage are done. Afterwards, we will enjoy a hearty Bavarian lunch in the Brewpub. After lunch, you will take a tour of the Munich Residenz, the former royal palace of the Wittelsbach monarchs of Bavaria. The complex of buildings contains ten courtyards and displays 130 rooms. You will tour the Treasury, displayed with jewels, goldsmith's work, enamels, crystal objects and ivories as the result of centuries of avid collecting by the rulers of Bavaria.
After breakfast, you will spend the day at the Nymphenburg Palace and Park. Built between 1664-1675, he Nymphenburg served as the main summer residence for the former rulers of Bavaria of the House of Wittelsbach. The palace and the park is one of the most famous attractions of Munich. The baroque facades comprise an overall width of almost 700 meters. Some of the rooms are still in their original baroque decorations. At a later stage its rococo and neoclassical elements were added. The palace was also home to King Ludwig II, eccentric ruler of Bavaria that built the Neuschwanstein Castle. While here, you will visit the palace, the Marstallmuseum (carriages and sleighs), the Museum of Nymphenburg Porcelain and the park palaces (Amalienburg, Badenburg, Pagodenburg, Magdalenenklause). Later in the evening you will enjoy a dinner and the rest of the evening will be yours to relax.
After breakfast, you will take an auto factory tour at the BMW Plant in Munich. You will be part of the Premium Tour and experience the whole world of BMW, with highlights from the BMW Museum, the BMW Plant, and the BMW Welt. The first stop of the BMW Premium Tour is the BMW Museum. Here you are treated to a fascinating and innovative presentation of the BMW company, brand and product history. Discover 125 valuable exhibits spanning over 100 years of BMW history. The museum shows BMW's technical development throughout the company's history. It contains engines, turbines, motorcycles and aircrafts. Next, at the BMW Plant, you can watch how passion and precision come together in the manufacture of each individual vehicle. Follow the manufacturing process of a BMW car, from the body shop to the paint shop. Your tour ends with a walkabout through BMW Welt. Get insights of the building’s unusual architecture and the sophisticated vehicle collection area where cars are delivered to customers from all over the world. You will later enjoy a dinner in the evening at a local German restaurant.
The day will start with breakfast at the hotel in Berlin. You will travel approximately 2 hours to the city of Salzburg, Austria. You will explore the historic city of Salzburg on a 2-hour walking tour. An experience guide will tell stories behind the city's architectural gems and famous residents, such as the Von Trapp family and Mozart. You will pass the Salzburg Cathedral, St Peter’s Monastery, Mozart House and the Mirabell Palace & Gardens, where scenes from ‘The Sound of Music’ were filmed. You will also explore the Baroque Old Town, dotted with stunning cathedrals and churches. Later in the evening you will enjoy a dinner and the rest of the evening will be yours to relax.
After breakfast, you will tour the Berchtesgaden Salt Mine. "White gold" has been mined at the Berchtesgaden salt mine without interruption since 1517. During the 1 hour tour, you will ride a underground train that covers a distance of some 1400 meters. The main attractions of the salt mine include a 36 meters-long miners’ slides, a ride across "Mirror Lake", which is a subterranean salt lake, the "Salt Cathedral" and the "Magic Salt Room". Be sure to wear warm clothing as the temperatures inside the mine are a constant 53 degrees F(12 C). You will meet for dinner later in the evening and then free time to stroll the streets of Salzburg.
Munich - Salzburg - Innsbruck - Zürich
14 Day Tour of Europe:
Cost: Adults / $3,495*
Students (ages 6-12) / $1,495
Children 5 and under / Free
*Based on Double Adult Occupancy
Single room supplement:
Children under the age of 12 are required to share a room with an accompanying adult. There is a maximum of 2 children with 2 adults.
The tour includes:
All ground transportation from flight arrival in Munich and departure in Zurich.
Tour in private auto/minibus, with transportation to and from all tours and restaurants on the itinerary.
All accommodations are in a clean comfortable hotel, bed & breakfast or country inn. (European 3-5 star standards) located in central locations and with private bathrooms.
Breakfast each morning.
Dinner each evening with two free drinks (beer, wine, soda, juice or water only).
Free beer, wine, schnapps and non-alcoholic beverages served while traveling between cities and tours.
Entry and tour fees of all sights mentioned in the itinerary.
The tour does NOT include:
Airfare to and from Europe.
Meals other than those indicated in the itinerary.
Beverages other than those indicated in the itinerary.
Free time transportation or sightseeing.
Personal expenses for shopping, etc.
We have handpicked our tours to give you the must see sites with a relaxed and enjoyable vacation. We understand that some people have different interest than others. We will try to accommodate special requests such as a special tour, a historical site, a river cruise or just a special dinner. Please feel free to contact us.
After breakfast, you will travel approximately 2.5 hours to the city of Innsbruck. You will see the sights of the Schloss Ambras, the Imperial Palace, Hofkirche, St Jakob Cathedral. You will take a ride on the Nordkettenbahnen which is a gondola lift from Innsbruck to the Nordkette, the southernmost mountain chain of the Karwendal mountains. After another busy day of sightseeing, enjoy dinner and the rest of the evening will be yours to relax or enjoy an evening drink at a local café.
After breakfast, you will then travel approximately 1.5 hours to Linderhof Palace in Ettal. It is the smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one which he lived to see completed. Ludwig already knew the area around Linderhof from his youth when he had accompanied his father King Maximilian II on his hunting trips in the Bavarian Alps. When Ludwig II became King in 1864 he inherited the so-called King's Cottage from his father, and in 1869 began enlarging the building. Although Linderhof is much smaller than Versailles, it is evident that the palace of the French Sun-King Louis XIV (who was an idol for Ludwig) was its inspiration. The staircase is a reduction of the famous Ambassador's staircase in Versailles. King Ludwig II was fascinated by the mystical world of the Orient and the romantic medieval age of chivalry, but above all by the splendor of the Bourbon court. At Linderhof, he set out to recreate the palace and gardens of Versailles, the magnificent former residence of the Sun King Louis XIV. Afterwards, we will return to your hotel for dinner the rest of the day will be your free time.
After breakfast, you will travel approximately 45 minutes to the village of Schwangau. Our first castle tour of the day will be the Hohenschwangau Castle. The existence of the Hohenschwangau was documented in the 12th century. Until 1535 it remained in the possession of the Knights of Schwangau and due to successive wars over the centuries, left the castle in ruins. Crown Prince Maximilian of Bavaria had the ruin of Schwanstein Castle reconstructed according to the original neo-Gothic style from 1832-1836. The yellow Gothic castle is where King Ludwig II spent his childhood. Afterwards, you will take a 40 min walk or a horse-drawn wagon up to Neuschwanstein Castle, also known as "the castle of the fairy-tale king". This is the most popular castle in Europe and possibly in the world with over 1.5 million visitors each year. Even though it looks medieval, Neuschwanstein was built between 1869 and 1886. Only a third of the castle’s interior was finished by the time of Ludwig’s mysterious death nearby in Lake Starnberg in 1886, at the age of 41. After touring both castles, you will walk to the Museum of the Bavarian Kings. You will enjoy a unique exhibition within a journey through time into the history of the Wittelsbach dynasty and their Bavarian Kings. You will experience the history of King Ludwig II and his family in the authentic vicinity of the royal castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. Precious objects, fascinating stories and interactive media stations will provide you an extraordinary insight into the history of the former Royal Family. Afterwards, you will enjoy dinner and then free time to walk the magical streets below the overlooking castles.
After breakfast we will travel 1.5 hours to Verwall Alps area. The name is supposed to derive from the Roman term "Val bel", that is to say "beautiful valley". The valley is surrounded by mountains of the Hoher Riffler (3,168 m), the Kuchenspitze (3,148 m), the Küchlspitze (3,147 m), the Blankahorn (3,129 m), the Seeköpfe (3,061 m), the Patteriol (3,056 m), the Samnaunspitze (3,039 m) and the Kleiner Riffler (3,014 m). Snowfall can remain on the tops of these mountains through late summer.
After a short stop for photos and lunch, you will continue on to Vaduz, Liechtenstein. Liechtenstein is bordered by Switzerland to the west & south and Austria to the east & north. It is the 5th smallest country in the world, with an area of just over 160 square kilometers (62 square miles) and a population of 38,749. You will visit the Liechtenstein National Museum, the Postal Museum, and the Main Square. You will take a leisurely walk up to the Vaduz Castle and view above Vaduz and the Rhine Valley. The castle was first built some 700 years ago but since 1712 it has been in the possession of the Prince of Liechtenstein. Since 1938 it has been the residence of the prince’s family, so it is not open to the public. Later in the evening, you will enjoy a dinner and the rest of the evening will be yours to relax or find that perfect cup of coffee at a nearby café'.
After breakfast, you will then travel approximately 1.5 hours to Zurich. Known worldwide for its cheese and wine, Zurich is a hub for modern arts, music, and street parades. With the snow-covered Alps, a picturesque Old Town, hundreds of art galleries, and an exuberant nightlife there are endless things to do in Zurich. Your day will began with is a 1.5 hour walk through the city center of Zurich. An experience guide will take you to throughout the downtown as view the landmarks of Old Town, Paradeplatz Square, Fraumünster Church, and Lindenhofplatz Historical Site. You will hear stories about war, the revolution, and the reformation. You will visit the historical sights and learn importance of each. Later in the day you will take a boat ride around beautiful Lake Zurich. You will meet in the evening and enjoy a dinner and the rest of the evening will be yours to stroll the streets of Zurich..
After breakfast, you will visit some of the most popular museums in Zurich. You will first visit the Lindt Home of Chocolate Museum, the Museum of Art (Kunsthaus), Museum Rietberg, Swiss National Museum, and the National Museum (Landesmuseum). There are also the Zoological Museum, the Toy Museum (Spielzemuseum), FIFA World Soccer Museum that you can visit. Later in the evening, you will enjoy a dinner and the rest of the evening will be yours to relax.
After breakfast, you will spend the day at the Zurich Zoo known as one of the best zoos in the world. While there, you will visit the habitats of the zoo. The exhibits replicate the animals’ natural habitats as closely as possible. The habitats are the mountainous cloud forest, wetlands and marine ecosystems, the highlands, deciduous and dry forest, the seacoast, savanna and grassland, settlement area (farms and houses),tropical rainforest, and the desert and steppe. Later in the evening, we will enjoy a farewell dinner and the rest of the evening will be yours to relax.
You will enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then we will be happy to take you to the airport for your departure or you can continue your vacation in Europe.