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15-day Germany, Austria, Switzerland Tour

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SALZBURG, AUSTRIA

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA

See sights made famous by the Sound of Music movie

Filzmoos, austria.

FILZMOOS, AUSTRIA

From this mountain village your alpine vistas are unparalleled

Rothenburg, germany.

ROTHENBURG, GERMANY

There's something to enchant everyone in this quaint storybook village

Innsbruck, austria.

INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA

The beauty of this imperial city will take your breath away

Munich, germany.

MUNICH, GERMANY

The Marienplatz is the center of activity in the Bavarian capital

Nuremberg, germany.

NUREMBERG, GERMANY

Half timbered houses and cobblestone streets are common sights of this medieval city

Rhine river, germany.

RHINE RIVER, GERMANY

Enjoy a scenic boat ride down this legendary waterway

Black forest, germany.

BLACK FOREST, GERMANY

Watch skilled artisans craft the iconic cuckoo clock

Heidelberg, germany.

HEIDELBERG, GERMANY

Get a spectacular view from the town's hilltop castle

Lucerne, switzerland.

LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND

Some say this is the loveliest of all Swiss cities

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15-day tour featuring Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Munich, Tyrol, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Vaduz in Liechtenstein, Lucerne, Rhine Falls, Black Forest, Heidelberg and Rüdesheim. Travel to the land of fairy-tale villages, medieval castles, pristine lakes, and stunning alpine vistas. Multiple-night stays in six endearing towns allow for in-depth local experiences, including "Sound of Music" sites in and around Salzburg.

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Tour itinerary.

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DAY 1 - Overnight flight to Europe.

The Trip Documents will provide guidance for airport check-in and for your arrival in Europe. Relax on your transatlantic flight with the assurance that Image Tours has taken care of all the details.

DAY 2 - GERMANY . . Arrival at Frankfurt Airport – Bavaria.

Upon arrival at Frankfurt Airport, clear passport control and collect your luggage. Refer to the “Arrival Instructions” in the Trip Documents for directions on where and when to meet your tour manager. Settle into your comfortable motor coach for a ride through the Main River Valley and the Franconian Wine Region on the way to your hotel in the scenic and festive state of Bavaria. Get acquainted with your fellow tour participants during the “Welcome to Europe” dinner at the hotel. (Dinner)

DAY 3 - GERMANY . . Nuremberg – Rothenburg – Bavaria.

Your bus transfer into the city center introduces you to the history of Nuremberg. Hitler staged his propaganda rallies here, and after his fall, Nuremberg was chosen as the location for the War Trials. For additional insight, visit the Documentation Center at the site of the Nazi Party Rally Grounds (approximately €6 admission fee). If you prefer a lighter subject, enter the Toy Museum (approximately €7 admission fee), celebrating Nuremberg’s tradition as the “City of Toys.” Spend the afternoon in the enchanting medieval village of Rothenburg. When you see the well-preserved walls, cobblestone streets, distinctive inns, and Käthe Wohlfahrt’s Weihnachtsdorf (a whimsical Christmas shop), it feels as if you are walking into a fairy tale. Return to your hotel for an authentic German dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 4 - GERMANY . . Munich & AUSTRIA . . Filzmoos.

Travel to the Bavarian capital of Munich for a panoramic city tour, including views of the Olympic Village, the Bohemian district of Schwabing and the Königsplatz. Walk through the pedestrian-only Marienplatz (main square) with the Rathaus (Town Hall) and its captivating Glockenspiel (clock tower). In late September, spend the majority of your free time experiencing the festivities of Oktoberfest at the fairgrounds. This afternoon, as you cross into Austria and drive through the province of Salzburg, admire the mountain-fed rivers and flower-laden meadows. Arrive in the village of Filzmoos, and enjoy Austrian hospitality during dinner at the hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 5 - AUSTRIA . . Salzburg - Filzmoos.

The entire day focuses on the province of Salzburg with special attention to the sites made famous by the “Sound of Music.” Visit Mondsee to see the church where they filmed the wedding of Maria and Captain Von Trapp. In the city of Salzburg, stop at the gazebo that was used to film Liesl singing “16 going on 17” and Mirabell Gardens where several “Do Re Mi” scenes were filmed. The walking tour includes Residenz Square where Maria sings “I Have Confidence in Me.” Spend the afternoon shopping in the charming pedestrian-only area of the Old Town, exploring the Salzburg High Fortress, or visiting Mozart’s Birthplace (approximately €12 admission fee). Take a stroll through Saint Peter's Abbey and Cemetery where, in the movie, the Von Trapp family hides from the Nazis. After an independent dinner, return to your hotel in Filzmoos. (Breakfast)

DAY 6 - AUSTRIA . . Filzmoos.

The day is at your leisure. Choose from an abundance of mountain paths for an exhilarating hike or bike ride with awe-inspiring panoramas. Or, simply relax in your Austrian village surrounded by the boundless splendor of the Alps. This afternoon, your tour manager will invite you for an optional Eagle’s Nest excursion (see Optional Excursions), combining history with incredible views. Rejoin your group for a traditional Austrian dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 7 - AUSTRIA . . Innsbruck – Tyrolean Village.

Admire the glorious scenery during your drive to Innsbruck, capital of Tyrol. The Golden Roof, the symbol of Innsbruck, is decorated with 2,657 copper shingles. Completed in 1500, Maximillian I commissioned the building of this covered balcony to celebrate his wedding and used it as a royal box to view the entertainment in the square below. You will have time to shop for the famed Swarovski Crystal and to explore the old city center with the Maria Theresien Boulevard, Triumphal Arch and exquisite Imperial Church. Your chalet-style hotel for the next two nights is located in a Tyrolean Village a short distance from Innsbruck. Choose a local restaurant for your independent dinner or join the optional  Tyrolean Show & Dinner excursion (see Optional Excursions) for a light-hearted presentation of Austrian folklore, music and dancing. (Breakfast)

DAY 8 - AUSTRIA . . Tyrolean Village near Innsbruck.

The peaceful villages, tucked in the valleys around Innsbruck, are the perfect location for a relaxing day. Frescoed and flower-adorned chalets create an idyllic atmosphere as you walk through town. Viewed from an outdoor café or along one of the numerous hiking paths, the Tyrolean Alps present breathtaking scenery. If you wish to return to Innsbruck, hotel staff can advise on local transportation, or you can choose the full-day optional Neuschwanstein & Linderhof excursion (see Optional Excursions). At the end of the day, return to your Tyrolean hotel for dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 9 - LIECHTENSTEIN . . Vaduz & SWITZERLAND . . Swiss Alps.

Depending on the weather, depart Austria by way of the Arlberg Pass or through the engineering masterpiece of the Arlberg Tunnel. Following a stop in Vaduz, the capital city of Liechtenstein, cross the border into Switzerland. For the next two nights you will stay in a cozy village surrounded by the Swiss Alps. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 10 - SWITZERLAND . . Stans – Lucerne – Swiss Alps.

Stop in the old mountain village of Stans for the optional Swiss Mountain excursion (see Optional Excursions), offering thrilling panoramic views by funicular and cable car. You will have a full afternoon to discover Lucerne’s picturesque covered bridge, famous Lion Monument and other special treasures. The soaring mountain peaks of Rigi and Pilatus standing guard over Lake Lucerne create one of the most imposing sights in Europe. Before returning to your hotel for dinner, consider joining your tour manager for an optional Swiss Lake Boat Ride excursion (see Optional Excursions). (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 11 - SWITZERLAND . . Schaffhausen Rhine Falls & GERMANY . . Black Forest.

After a Swiss breakfast, travel north to the impressive and powerful Rhine River Falls, near the town of Schaffhausen. An extended visit allows time for an independent lunch and to see the falls by boat (approximately €10) or from viewing platforms accessible on foot by paths and stairways. Return to Germany for a two-night stay in the renowned Black Forest. Dinner will be served at your hotel this evening. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 12 - GERMANY . . Black Forest.

Escape modern life and behold the natural beauty of the rustic villages nestled between the thickly wooded mountains. The landscape and history of the Black Forest come to life while visiting some of the region’s treasured highlights such as the waterfall of Triberg, the Schwarzwaldmuseum (Black Forest Museum), and a local artisan’s clock shop. This is your chance to examine authentic hand-carved and hand-detailed Black Forest cuckoo clocks. During an independent dinner, become better acquainted with this lovely area. (Breakfast)

DAY 13 - GERMANY . . Heidelberg – Rüdesheim.

Winding past peaceful villages and farmhouses, depart the Black Forest on the way to historic Heidelberg, situated in the Neckar Valley. This famous university town is immortalized in the operetta “The Student Prince.” Walk through the Old Town or take the funicular (approximately €9) for a close-up look at the ruins of Heidelberg’s red sandstone castle. Continue to your hotel in Rüdesheim. Located among the vineyards of the Rhine wine region, Rüdesheim is known for its festive atmosphere. An independent dinner presents the chance to try Federweisser (feather wine) with Zwiebelkuchen (onion cake) while enjoying Rüdesheim’s tradition of live music and merriment. (Breakfast)

DAY 14 - GERMANY . . Rüdesheim.

A full day in Rüdesheim provides the opportunity to walk along the attractive Rhine River promenade and the enchanting Drosselgasse, the main shopping street. You may wish to join the optional Rhine Cruise & Cable Car excursion (see Optional Excursions), presenting magnificent views of the Rhine River Valley. During tonight’s “Farewell Dinner,” celebrate the highlights of your journey. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 15 - Daytime flight back to U.S.A.

Transfer to the Frankfurt Airport for your return flight home. (Breakfast)

Travel Time

Overnight flight from the U.S.A to Europe.

Arrive at Frankfurt Airport in Germany. Board your motor coach for a scenic ride (1¾ hrs) through the Main River Valley Region. Then continue (1½ hrs) to the festive state of  Bavaria  for a two-night stay. Welcome dinner at the hotel. (Dinner)

Start the day with a panoramic tour (1½ hrs) of Nuremberg followed by independent sightseeing. Transfer (1½ hrs) to the beautifully-preserved, medieval village of Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber , where you will spend the afternoon. Return (1½ hrs) to your Bavaria hotel   for dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Motor to your morning stop (1½ hrs) on the way to the elegant Bavarian Capital of Munich for a panoramic city tour (1½ hrs), followed by free time at the pedestrian-only square of the old town (Marienplatz). Make a short stop (1½ hrs) near the German/Austrian border before traveling (1½ hrs) through the scenic Alps. The charming mountain village of Filzmoos will host you for a three-night stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The entire day focuses on the province of Salzburg with sights made famous by the “Sound of Music.” Begin with a stop in Mondsee (1¼ hrs) and views of the Van Trapp Home (¼ hr) followed by a tour of Salzburg (1¼ hrs). This afternoon provides additional time to explore this historic city and have an independent dinner before returning to your hotel (1 hr). (Breakfast)

The day is at your leisure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. In the afternoon join the optional Eagle's Nest excursion (1½ hr transfer each way), to Hitler's mountain hide-away. Return to your hotel for a traditional Austrian dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Admire the scenery as you drive from the region of Salzburg to Tyrol (2½ hrs), stopping for a short morning break. Continue (2 hrs) to the beautifully-situated imperial city of Innsbruck . Spend the afternoon in Innsbruck's Old Town. Toward dinner time, proceed (½ hr) to a Tyrolean village for a two-night stay. Have an independent dinner or join the optional Tyrolean Show & Dinner excursion (½ hr transfer each way). (Breakfast)

Enjoy a free day in your peaceful Tyrolean village or join the full-day optional Neuschwanstein & Linderhof excursion which includes travel to Neuschwanstein Castle (2 hrs), Linderhof Palace (1¼ hrs), and a return to your Tyrolean hotel (1½ hrs). (Breakfast, Dinner)

This morning travel through breathtaking scenery (1½ hrs). After a morning stop, continue (1½ hrs) to Vaduz in the tiny principality of Liechtenstein. Cross the border into Switzerland (1½ hrs) for a stop in one of the charming towns. Proceed (½ hr) to your hotel in the beautiful Swiss Alps for a two-night stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Travel (1 hr) to the mountain resort of Stans , with the opportunity to take an optional Swiss Mountain funicular ride. Continue to Lucerne (½ hr) for sightseeing and the optional Swiss Lake Boat Ride excursion. Return (1 hr) to your hotel in the Swiss Alps. (Breakfast, Dinner)

After breakfast, travel north to Zurich (1 ½ hrs). Continue (1 hr) to Schaffhausen for a view of the imposing Rhine River Falls . Next, cross the German border, enter the enchanting Black Forest region and head to your hotel (1½ hrs) for an included group dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The landscape and history of the Black Forest come to life while visiting some of the region's treasured highlights such as the waterfall of Triberg, the Schwarzwaldmuseum (Black Forest Museum), and a local artisan's clock shop (Travel times between stops varies from ½ hr to 1 hr). Return (½ hr) to your hotel. (Breakfast)

DAY 13 - GERMANY. . Heidelberg – Rüdesheim.

Travel (1½ hrs) through the northern part of the Black Forest . Continue (2 hrs) to historic Heidelberg to visit the Old Town. Late afternoon ride (1¾ hrs) to Rüdesheim , located on the Rhine River, for a two-night stay. (Breakfast)

The wine village of Rüdesheim is known for its festive appearance and laid-back lifestyle. For your last day in Europe, relax in Rüdesheim, or consider the optional Rhine Cruise & Cable Car excursion (¾ hr transfer), featuring a 2½-hour boat ride on the romantic Rhine River and a cable car ride for views of the scenic Rhine valley. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Transfer to the Frankfurt Airport (1½ hrs) for your return flight home. (Breakfast )

Favorite Traveler Experiences

  •   Walk on the walls surrounding the medieval town of Rothenburg
  •   Sip ale from a stein at Munich’s festive Oktoberfest fair grounds
  •   Relive the “Sound of Music” as you visit movie sites in Salzburg
  •   See the Golden Roof balcony built for royalty in imperial Innsbruck
  •   Take a cable car ride in the unsurpassed splendor of the Swiss Alps
  •   Witness Europe’s largest waterfall at Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen
  •   See where cuckoo clocks are hand-crafted in the Black Forest
  •   Get a spectacular view of Heidelberg from its hilltop castle
  •   Accommodations in Superior Tourist Class or First Class hotels
  •   13 Breakfasts and 9 Dinners in addition to any in-flight meals
  •   Tour Manager for the full European duration of the tour
  •   Land Transportation in Europe by deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach
  •   Image Tours Touroclopedia® trip preparation tips
  •   Trip Documents with luggage tags, final details and travel guidance

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OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS DETAILS

Our tours are carefully planned to offer a comfortable balance of sightseeing, entertainment and leisure time. Optional Excursions provide the flexibility to choose between leisure time or additional guided sightseeing activities. Unless otherwise noted, optional excursions must be booked with and paid to your tour manager during the tour. Prices are in U.S. Dollars. MASTERCARD®, VISA®, or DISCOVER® (no other credit cards are accepted) are recommended to avoid carrying excessive cash and exchange rate fluctuations. You must be able to present the actual card to your tour manager. If you bring a DISCOVER® card, also bring a VISA® or MASTERCARD®, as DISCOVER® is not widely accepted in Europe. Cash payments during the tour must be in Euros. Personal checks and traveler’s checks are not accepted. The operation of all excursions is subject to sufficient participation, and some excursions are subject to favorable weather conditions. Your tour manager reserves the right to make changes or cancel excursions at their sole discretion.

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EAGLE'S NEST

Visit Hitler’s former hideaway, known as the Eagle’s Nest. Upon arrival in Berchtesgaden, Germany, a mountain bus takes you on a breathtaking drive up a steep, winding road. An elevator built into the mountain brings you to the top, where you will have impressive panoramic views over both Austria and Germany. Operation of this excursion is subject to favorable weather conditions. In the case of halted bus operation, we will substitute a visit to the Obersalzburg Documentation Center.

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TYROLEAN SHOW & DINNER

Begin the evening with a typical Austrian dinner, including your choice of beer, wine or soft drink. After dinner, the Gundolf Family welcomes you at their theater in Innsbruck to present Tyrolean Folklore through a series of entertaining performances. The show features customary clothing, traditional songs, unique dances, amusing instruments and expert yodeling.

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NEUSCHWANSTEIN & LINDERHOF

Visit the famous Neuschwanstein Castle, inspiration for the Disney castle. A 30-minute walk up hill and a 45-minute tour scaling several winding staircases with over 300 steps, is rewarded by a fascinating look at the castle's intriguing design. In the late afternoon, tour the extravagant French rococo interior of the Linderhof Palace. (maximum elevation 4,000 feet)

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SWISS MOUNTAIN

Reach the summit of Mount Stanserhorn (elevation 6,232 feet) by both cog-wheel train and the world’s only open-top cable car. At the highest stop, enjoy the panoramic views from the terrace, take a walk along the paths, and snap pictures of the magnificent alpine vistas. This excursion is subject to favorable weather and cable car operation, and may be rescheduled or cancelled. In some cases, another mountain may be substituted.

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SWISS LAKE BOAT RIDE

Board a steamer for a scenic ride on Lake Lucerne. The lake borders four cantons (states) of Switzerland and, for this reason, is also known as Vierwaldstättersee (

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RHINE CRUISE & CABLE CAR

Cruise past medieval fortresses, enchanting villages and hillside vineyards along the Rhine River. Back on land, take a guided tour of the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum. End the excursion with a cable car ride up to the Niederwald Monument, affording beautiful views of the Rhine River Valley.

Tour Extensions

Rüdesheim post-tour extension, tour year 2025.

Today begins your Germany, Austria, Switzerland adventure. The Image Tours “Departure Instructions” will provide guidance for airport check-in. Relax on your transatlantic flight with the assurance that Image Tours has taken care of all the details.

Refer to the “Arrival Instructions” for directions on where and when to meet your Tour Manager. Settle into your comfortable motor coach for a ride through the Main River Valley and the Franconian Wine Region on the way to your hotel in the scenic and festive state of Bavaria. Get acquainted with your fellow tour participants during the “Welcome to Europe” dinner at the hotel. (Dinner)

15-day Germany, Austria, Switzerland Tour Map

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Experience the peaks of Central European culture across a trio of destinations.

Switzerland, Germany, and Austria—all mountainous, all momentous. From Lucerne’s riverside promenades to Bavaria’s natural majesty to Vienna’s cultured cafes, this weeklong itinerary showcases the best of three sensational countries. The castle that inspired Sleeping Beauty’s? You’ll find it here, along with landscapes that spurred some of the world’s finest classical compositions. And if you’re interested in architectural paradise, take up the trip’s extension to Prague and lose yourself among its whimsical spires.

Your tour package includes

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 6 sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides

Included highlights

  • Kapellbrücke
  • Neuschwanstein
  • Nymphenburg Palace
  • Salzburg Cathedral

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Board your overnight flight to Zurich today.

Welcome to Switzerland—or, as they say in the local dialect, grüezi (“GROO-tsee”)! From the Zurich airport, transfer to your hotel in the Swiss Alps, where you’ll meet your Tour Director and the rest of your group. Unwind, then continue getting to know one another over a welcome dinner, served with beer or wine.

Set out into lakeside Lucerne, one of Switzerland’s most populated cities, for a guided sightseeing tour and enjoy a taste of Alpine life—complete with clear views of Pilatus, Rigi, and the rugged ridges of other neighboring mountains.

  • View the Lion Monument, a tribute to the Swiss Guards who sacrificed their lives in Paris during the French Revolution.
  • Pass the hand-painted facades that line the cobbled streets of the Old Town—the traditional core of the city that dates to medieval times.
  • Cross the famous Kapellbrücke (say it “ka-PELL-broo-kuh”), the covered wooden “chapel bridge” that spans the Reuss River, and view the adjacent Water Tower. Octagonal in shape and stone in build—with a complicated past as a sentinel’s post, state treasury, and prison—it predates the Kapellbrücke by roughly a century.
  • See the Jesuit Church, the first large Baroque building of its kind to be built north of the Alps in Switzerland.

If you’d like, add an afternoon journey to the top of Mount Pilatus and explore Lucerne’s surroundings by ferry, cogwheel railway, and cable car. Alternatively, hang back in town and treat yourself to some rösti. Pronounced “ROO-sty,” this dish centers on grated, fried potatoes—kind of like a Swiss hashbrown. Top it with eggs or sausage to elevate it from a satisfying snack to a hearty meal.

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Mount Pilatus

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Cross into Liechtenstein, a tiny Alpine principality that dates to the Holy Roman Empire. (And we mean tiny: With a population of just under 40,000 people, it’s the sixth-smallest nation in the world.) Visit the capital, Vaduz, and pass the royal family’s namesake castle. Perched atop a hill, it has watched over the region since the 12th century and serves as the royal residence to this day.

After getting your passport stamped, continue into the Bavarian Alps, a range of limestone mountains and valleys furrowed by retreating glaciers during the last ice age. Amid this expanse of rocky peaks and alpine forests, you’ll take a slight detour.

  • Pause for photos of Neuschwanstein Castle’s unique mix of Gothic, Romanesque, and Byzantine architecture, and marvel at the fairytale retreat of “Mad” King Ludwig II.
  • Revel in the trim fields, mirrored lakes, and soaring peaks of the Alps as you relax and explore during your free time, or grab lunch in Schwangau, the town below Neuschwanstein.

Travel on to Munich and sit down to an included dinner, served with beer or wine.

Today, embark on a guided tour of Munich. Founded in the 12th century and boasting traditional and cosmopolitan appeal, the capital of Bavaria is the third-largest city in all of Germany. It’s also home to the original Oktoberfest—a massive Volksfest that, to this day, remains the largest beer festival in the world.

  • Travel past the 18th-century Englischer Garten—a gargantuan urban park that counts a Japanese teahouse and an open-air, Greek-style temple among its many monuments—and the fashionable Schwabing district, formerly home to Munich’s bohemian residents.
  • Enter Nymphenburg Palace, the Baroque home to past Bavarian royalty, and walk through its elaborately carved halls on a guided tour.
  • Walk from Odeonsplatz—Munich’s large central square, named after an adjacent former concert hall—through the well-manicured grounds of the Hofgarten to view the Residenz, once home to the Wittelsbach dukes of Bavaria.
  • Explore Marienplatz, Munich’s medieval heart, and see the famed Glockenspiel clock. Maybe you’ll catch it as it chimes!

If you choose, join your group on a visit to Dachau—the former site of a notorious Nazi concentration camp—and gain sobering perspective on one of humanity’s darkest eras. If you’d prefer to stay behind, spend the remainder of your day at your leisure—perhaps sipping a pint of local ale at a biergarten.

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Depart Munich and head to Salzburg, Austria, a city famed for its churches and musical history. Upon arrival, a guide will lead you on a walking tour of its Old Town. Known locally as the Altstadt, Salzburg’s historic core has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, honoring its legacy as the confluence of Italian and German culture.

  • Pass by the University of Salzburg—an institution of higher learning first established in 1622—and St. Peter’s Abbey. Operating in some form or another since 696, it’s the oldest continually operating monastery in German-speaking Europe.
  • See a trio of famous squares: the Kapitelplatz, former site of the Cathedral Abbey; Residenzplatz, once home of the Prince-Archbishops of Salzburg; and Alter Markt, where the city’s weekly market used to set up shop.
  • Walk by the dashing yellow facade of the Mozarts Geburtshaus, the birthplace and childhood home of the virtuosic composer himself.
  • Enter the richly ornamented Salzburg Cathedral. Although the current Baroque structure was built in the 17th century, the building’s roots go all the way back to 774, when Saint Rupert founded the church atop the remains of an old Roman town.

Want to make plans for the evening? Serenade your senses by opting for tonight’s dinner, served in one of Europe’s oldest restaurants and accompanied by live performances of Mozart’s music. Alternatively, relax in your hotel room and enjoy the sounds of the city.

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Mozart Concert & Dinner

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Travel east to the Austrian capital of Vienna, stopping along the way in the little town of Melk for a guided tour of its Benedictine abbey. Built over the centuries following its foundation in 1089, this mammoth monastery typifies the Baroque style and offers immaculate views of the Wachau Valley’s stepped vineyards. Explore its pavilion, library, and chapel, then continue your journey through the Danube River Basin.

Arrive in Vienna and settle into your hotel. To bookend your day with some revelry, relaxation, and a glass or two of wine, take up tonight’s outing to the Prater—a historic amusement park in the heart of the city—before heading to a heuriger (a traditional Austrian tavern). Or, spend your evening strolling Vienna’s beautiful boulevards at your own pace.

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Traditional Viennese Heurigen Evening

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Coffeehouse culture. The Age of Empires. Symphonies and orchestras. Vienna has influenced world affairs for centuries; today, you’ll enjoy the best of “The City of Dreams” on a guided sightseeing tour.

  • Step inside Belvedere Palace, home to the world’s largest collection of paintings by artist Gustav Klimt, and admire acre upon acre of impressive gardens.
  • Travel down the tree-canopied paths of the Ringstrasse—Vienna’s gorgeous Ring Road—passing the Austrian Parliament Building, Vienna State Opera, and Kunsthistorisches Museum as you go.
  • See the grand Hofburg Palace. Once the seat of the Habsburg dynasty, it now serves as the official residence and office of the president of Austria.

Celebrate a memorable trip with your group at a farewell dinner this evening and toast your adventures with beer or wine.

Transfer to the airport for your flight home—or head to the Czech Republic, home of the pilsner and birthplace of famed author Franz Kafka, for two more days of history and fun in picturesque Prague.

Head for Prague by way of Bohemia, the Czech Republic’s westernmost region. Oaks and spruces in varying shades of green, along with fertile fields populated by free-roaming livestock, typify this pastoral landscape. Drink it all in as you drive to the Czech capital.

Upon arrival, unwind in your hotel before setting off into the city streets. If you choose, you’ll spend an evening atop the Vltava River, enjoying a dinner cruise. Otherwise, take an evening to yourself and meander through the city, snacking on sweet koláče—pillowy discs of yeast dough loaded with fruity fillings—as you go.

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Evening in Prague: River Cruise & Dinner

From $99 per person

Today, develop a deeper understanding of Prague’s history on a guided sightseeing tour, led by a local guide.

  • Begin with a visit to Prague Castle. Considered the largest ancient castle on the planet, this 1,150-year-old structure utilizes Gothic, Romanesque, and other architectural styles over its grounds. It isn’t just a relic, either: Once the seat of Bohemian kings, it currently serves as the presidential residence.
  • Admire the Gothic vaults of St. Vitus Cathedral, the final resting place of Rudolf II, Charles IV, and other Holy Roman emperors.
  • Walk down to the red shingles and Baroque buildings of the Malá Strana district. Originally founded by royal decree in 1257, the “Little Quarter” stands opposite the Old Town, just across the Vltava. Pop into a local cafe for a cup of coffee before continuing down to the riverbank.
  • Cross Karluv Most—the elegant Charles Bridge. Hewn from Bohemian sandstone and lined by statues of Catholic saints, it has connected Malá Strana to Prague’s Old Town since the 15th century.
  • Stroll through the Old Town Square to the Old Town Hall. There, on its southern wall, you’ll find Prague Orloj—the city’s famous Astronomical Clock. First hung in 1410, it’s the oldest timepiece of its kind still in use, marking each passing hour with a mechanized “Walk of the Apostles.”

Tonight, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Our tour guide was amazing! The Apls were stunning and our tour was very well organized. It is a very fast paced tour with a lot of walking but if you are up for it then you will enjoy it! I loved everything about this tour. My one and only suggestion would be to please have a bathroom on the tour b...

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  • This tour visits Switzerland, Germany, and Austria (plus the Czech Republic on the tour extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • Beginning in 2025, U.S. and Canadian passport holders must register for an ETIAS travel authorization in order to enter many European countries.
  • Passport holders from over 60 visa-exempt countries (including the U.S. and Canada) will need to apply for an ETIAS travel authorization in order to visit 30 European countries. That means that even if you’ve previously traveled to any of these European countries without a visa, starting in 2025, you’ll need to get ETIAS authorization to visit them again. If you’re traveling to multiple countries with this requirement, you only need to complete the form once. All Go Ahead travelers are responsible for obtaining their own ETIAS travel authorization before departure. For more details, please visit our Help Center .
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
  • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code SGA.
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Zurich and depart from Vienna (or Prague on the tour extension).
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost if they are arriving or departing on the standard day.
  • When you arrive in Zurich, a Go Ahead representative will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall with a Go Ahead sign or a sign with your name(s). If you don’t see a representative immediately, please be patient and stay in the arrivals area. They may be assisting another traveler who has also just arrived and will be back shortly.

Physical Activity Level

This is a high physical activity-level tour. You can expect to be on the move on a regular basis throughout the course of the tour.

Tour Pacing

This is a brisk-paced tour. The pace of a tour itinerary considers how often you’ll switch hotels, the amount of planned daily activities, and how you’ll get from place to place. You can expect:

  • One 1-night stay
  • Most days full of included activities (more if you add excursions)
  • Most transportation by motor coach
  • Daily bus time varies and can be lengthy

Walking, Terrain & Physical Requirements

  • Travelers should be prepared to walk 2-3 miles per day- this includes city streets, cobblestones, stairs, and hills.
  • Cobblestone streets can become slick when wet.
  • During the visit to Neuschwanstein, travelers can expect to walk 25 minutes uphill on a steep incline to view the castle and further walking to get to the castles entrance, if they wish.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance.
  • Please Note: Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.

Climate Considerations

  • In the summer months from June to September, travelers can expect high temperatures from 70Fs -80Fs and lows from 50Fs-60Fs with occasional extreme heatwaves.

Physical Activity & Tour Pace Questions

  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special mobility or luggage handling assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group enjoys a smooth and informative journey, and they can’t be relied on to provide individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • This tour moves at a reasonable pace to avoid missing scheduled stops. The rest of the group cannot miss any scheduled activities because of the needs of an individual.
  • Due to the pace and physical activity level of this tour, mobility aids such as wheelchairs or walkers will be difficult to use and are not recommended. Please notify Go Ahead Tours before your departure if you plan to bring these on tour with you.
  • If you have mobility concerns or tour pace questions, please visit our Help Center or send a message to our Customer Experience Team. We’re here to help!
  • Most transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. Private motor coaches have steps required to board and often do not provide access to ramps or lifts.
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
  • Travelers must manage their own luggage throughout tour as porters are not guaranteed. This includes at hotels and airports.
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
  • We recommend packing a reusable water bottle to cut down on single use plastic waste.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • We recommend packing your Insurance Card (from your primary insurance provider) in your carry on luggage.
  • Go Ahead handpicks every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm.
  • Accommodations are typically three and four star hotels.
  • All accommodations include a private bathroom.
  • Most rooms will include a safe for valuables.
  • Your hotels will have Wifi, but it may be limited to common areas.
  • Elevators in hotels are not guaranteed.
  • Some hotels on this tour require travelers to walk with their luggage a few blocks as buses cannot drop travelers off right out front.
  • Please be advised that the strength of the air conditioning in European hotels/buildings is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada.
  • We cannot guarantee that your hotel accommodations will have laundry services or facilities. We recommend checking directly with the hotel once they are confirmed about 30 days prior to departure.
  • Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date.
  • Excursions are available for purchase prior to departure, and most excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour directly through your mobile app for an additional $10 USD.
  • We recommend purchasing excursions at least 3 days prior to your tour departure. Please note some excursions have advance booking deadlines. Check your tour itinerary for more information to ensure you don’t miss the deadline to add them.
  • Optional excursions may be canceled on tour due to reasons like low enrollment, weather or unexpected closures. If an excursion you signed up for is canceled by Go Ahead Tours, you will be refunded the full cost of the excursion. Please note it may take up to 60 days for your refund to be processed.
  • Your Tour Director may offer their own optional excursions which can only be purchased on tour via cash (in local currency).
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website at cdc.gov .
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies, please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • Most of our itineraries include headsets used during certain sightseeing tours so travelers can hear their guides or Tour Director. If you use an assisted listening device, such as a hearing aid or cochlear implant, please visit our Help Center for more information or contact our customer experience team. Please note that at this time not all our destinations offer headsets due to supplier limitations.
  • The water is safe to drink throughout your tour unless posted otherwise.
  • This tour includes 3 dinners. Included meals may be plated set menus, buffet or family style depending on the location. Dinners include one glass of beer, wine, or soft drink and water, coffee and tea.
  • Breakfast each morning is also included at the hotel and is typically buffet style with hot and cold options.
  • Swiss food is varied and sophisticated, and some popular dishes include sausages, breaded veal fillets, freshwater fish, and cheese dishes such as fondue and raclette. Be sure to try Swiss chocolate, which is among the world’s finest.
  • German food is hearty and substantial. Among the specialties are dumpling stews, sauerkraut, sausages, smoked cheeses, and dark breads. Bavaria produces some of the world’s purest beers, and white German wines are exceptionally good.
  • Austria is known for its savory Wiener schnitzel and excellent wild trout, carp, and crayfish. Save room for dessert—especially the strudels of fruit and nuts and elegant chocolate cakes, such as the world-famous Sachertorte.
  • On the tour extension, Czech food is hearty, and you’ll find large portions of veal, beef, and potato dishes. Some of the world’s finest beers are produced here, including the original Budweiser and Pils.
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $10USD to $12USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
  • If you are traveling to multiple countries with different currencies and the same Tour Director, ask them what currency they prefer for their tip.
  • The cost of porterage is included in your tour price, and it is not necessary to tip baggage handlers.
  • You will use the Swiss franc in Switzerland and the euro in Germany and Austria (and the Czech koruna in the Czech Republic on the tour extension).
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
  • Plan ahead and bring cash to tip your tour director, local guides, and bus drivers. We also recommend keeping coins in the local currency on hand, as some public bathrooms may charge a fee for use.
  • To ensure you feel prepared before traveling on tour, we strongly recommend you download the EF Go Ahead Tours mobile app. The app is free and provides important deadlines, entry requirements, your detailed itinerary, packing tips and more. You can also connect with fellow travelers through the chat feature in the app.
  • Wifi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wifi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
  • Your Tour Director will be leading your group throughout your journey. You will have the same Tour Director throughout your tour.
  • The role of the Tour Director is not only to provide information and context on the destinations you visit, but also to confirm services, coordinate inclusions, prepare each days’ activities and support travelers while on tour. As such, they must focus on the success of the group, and cannot provide individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • One of the benefits of traveling with EF Go Ahead Tours is our on tour emergency support team.
  • Our extensive network of offices around the world, and our integration of ISO 31000: Risk Management Guidelines, help our dedicated 24/7 Emergency Service teams anticipate and address on-tour challenges in a flexible and iterative way.
  • This team supports travelers and Tour Directors using a combination of extensive training, simulations, incident response planning, and decades of experience to help manage emergencies if they arise, ranging from personal health concerns or injuries to major world events.
  • As needed, On Tour Support can facilitate additional support for travelers on tour, arrange assistance from outside specialists, and liaise with local and international authorities to help solve on-the-ground issues. In addition, the team is dedicated to supporting and facilitating communication between travelers and families in the event of an emergency while on the road or at home.
  • Switzerland, Germany, and Austria (and the Czech Republic on the extension) are 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 6 hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.
  • When you travel with EF Go Ahead Tours, you’ll make a positive impact on the places you visit, and the people and animals you meet along the way. That’s because our three core Responsible Travel commitments—protecting the environment, supporting local communities, and promoting animal welfare—are at the heart of every tour we offer.
  • Travel, when done responsibly, can make an enormous socio-economic impact to communities. To maximize your impact, eat at locally owned restaurants and shop at local businesses. Ask your Tour Director to point out restaurants they recommend.
  • Prepare for your trip: be aware of the monetary norms such as tipping and negotiating in a market, learn about the destination’s forms of etiquette, and take some time to learn a few words in the local language.
  • When interacting with locals, make sure to ask people for permission before you take their picture, and approach cultural differences with empathy and an open mind.
  • EF Go Ahead Tours encourages our travelers to limit their waste while on the road, especially single use plastics. You can avoid single use plastics by packing your own toiletries, using electronic documents, and bringing a reusable water bottle and shopping bag. If you need to use plastics or paper, please recycle.
  • Environment: On this tour, we recommend the use of a reusable water bottle, as the local drinking water is safe for travelers. Your Tour Director can provide additional guidance on local water standards. Make sure to bring a reusable water bottle to cut down on single use plastics.

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Enjoy your overnight flight to Zurich with dinner en route.

Day 2: Arrive Zurich, River Cruise

This morning we arrive in Zurich and are transferred by motorcoach to our hotel. We have free time to get settled, freshen up and explore the area before enjoying a river cruise and delightful dinner. Overnight in Zurich.

Day 3: Berne, Interlaken

Berne, Switzerland's capital, is a wonderfully preserved Medieval town and one of the earliest cantons to embrace the Protestant Reformation due mainly to the influence of Zwingli. Sightseeing with a local expert starts at the popular BEAR PIT and then focuses on the monumental Federal Palace and the beautifully preserved medieval Old Town. Witness the hourly parade of painted figures at the Clock Tower and take your pictures of ornate, flower-adorned fountains. Next, we travel to Interlaken, check into our hotel and have some free time before dinner. We overnight two nights in Interlaken.

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Today we will have a full day to explore the Lauterbrunnen Valley, regarded as one of the most spectacular glacial valleys in Europe. It lies surrounded by the un-spoilt natural beauty of the magnifi-cent Swiss Alps. In the afternoon we’ll ride the funicular railway to the picturesque resort of Murren. This is a car-free village perched atop a cliff, surrounded by the unbelievable panorama of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau peaks. We will also enjoy a gondola ride to the famous Schiltorn Restaurant before returning to our hotel for the evening.

Day 5: Delightful Lucerne, Liechtenstien

Today we visit Lucerne for some free time today. Lucerne boasts invigorating mountain and lake views, a picturesque old quarter and famous covered bridge, making it one of Europe’s most visited and popular towns. The River Reuss splits the town, flowing rapidly out of the northwestern end of the lake. River banks on both sides are clustered with medieval squares, frescoed houses, ancient guildhalls, churches and chapels. From here we turn toward to the Kingdom of Liechtenstien for our dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Charming Village of Ischgl, Innsbruck

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Austria is our destination today with our first stop at the Alpine Village of Ischgl. Then we travel to Innsbruck for lunch and our hotel. Innsbruck is nestled in a narrow valley right below lofty mountain peaks, with streets lined by historic churches and buildings. Overnight in Innsbruck.

Day 7: Austria’s Highest Peak, Salzburg

This morning we head east to visit Austria's highest peak, the Gross-glockner, where we will have an amazing lunch. Nearby, we visit the picturesque high Alpine village of Heiligenblut (which means "holy blood") before continuing on to Salzburg. Overnight in Salzburg for the next two nights.

Day 8: Musical Salzburg

Today, we will have much to see and do in Salzburg. A guide joins us sharing history and beautiful scenery as we visit the Gardens, the Fortress, the Mozart place of birth, shops and many other wonderful sights. This evening’s dinner will include Austrian Folk Dancing.

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In the lovely Bavarian region of Germany we find two of the Castles of Mad King Ludwig. First, we will travel to Neuschwanstein Castle for a full tour. Next we visit the King's Linderhof Castle, then to the colorful village of Garmisch-Partenkirchen with free time to stroll through the shops and relax at your hotel. Overnight in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Day 10: Historic Rothenburg, Stuttgart

A walking guided tour of the walled city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber begins our day before free time and lunch with your Tour Director. Then, we visit the big city, Stuttgart and the Mercedes Museum. Overnight in Stuttgart.

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Today we return to Zurich and pick up our local guide who will help us enjoy spectacular views of the Alps from vistas of the ancient yet modern city. Zurich is the commercial capital of Switzerland (Berne being the seat of government). Our guided city tour will show you the commercial center, a section of the Old Town, Fraumuenster Church with its famous Chagall windows, historical Limmatquai and the university district. Drive along the Hoehenstrasse which offers spectacular views into the Alps. We will see the Weinplatz, or Corn Exchange, the oldest market square, Old City Hall and the Old City Hall Bridge. Along the way, you will be captivated by the narrow cobblestone streets, medieval houses and famous quays. Zurich is uniquely situated along the beautiful Lake Zurich which is rimmed by a 3 kilometer long promenade. We will see here the many lakeside gardens where Zurichers congregate at lunch time! Tonight we will enjoy a farewell dinner together. Overnight in Zurich.oying a farewell dinner together. Overnight in Zurich.

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Journey through spectacular mountain scenery and picturesque cities as you experience three Alpine countries. Spend four nights each in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bern and the charming Alpine city of Innsbruck. Get a taste of Switzerland when you meet a local alphorn maker & yodelers and enjoy a fondue lunch. 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. The hills are alive on this enchanting journey across Switzerland, Austria and Bavaria.

Your Tour Includes

  • 2 Handpicked Accommodations
  • 2 Choice on Tour Options

Included Highlights

  • Alphorn Maker
  • Yodeling Demonstration
  • Fondue Lunch

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8 Breakfasts

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Best time for travel discover switzerland, austria & bavaria.

While just about any month is great to visit Switzerland, Austria, and Bavaria, there are a few prime times of the year for the Discover Switzerland, Austria & Bavaria tour. Here are some recommendations from our destination experts.

Winter: This tour makes for a perfect winter adventure. You’ll encounter far fewer crowds, the crisp mountain air, and snow-covered peaks. Cozy up outside with a blanket and enjoy fondue as it was meant to be eaten!

Spring: Fairly mild weather and fewer crowds make spring a great time to visit these countries.

Summer: Summer is a beautiful time of year to experience the region’s natural beauty and outdoor activities, even as popular sites and attractions draw crowds. It can get quite hot in the summer, so keep in mind there are very few hotels with air conditioning in the region. If the heat bothers you, you may prefer visiting in the spring or fall.

Fall: Another wonderful time to visit is in fall. You may wish to choose a tour that aligns with Oktoberfest!

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Highlights and inclusions.

Must-See Inclusions:

  • Spend a day exploring Salzburg's historic past and charming old town.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Lucerne's Altstadt (Old Town).

Tour Linderhof Palace and its beautiful gardens.

Cultural Experiences:

Witness the creation of Alpine music during an alphorn and yodeling demonstration.

Relax and unwind with two leisurely 4-night stays.

Experience a Tyrolean Folklore show in Innsbruck.

Culinary Inclusions:

  • Savor lunch at the 1,200-year-old St. Peter's Restaurant, Austria's oldest.

Experience a fondue lunch in a picturesque alpine town.

Dine on Tyrolean cuisine at a local restaurant.

  • Austrian Alps
  • Choice on Tour: Cultural City Walking Tour or Architectural Walking Tour
  • Mirabell Gardens
  • St. Peter’s Restaurant
  • Linderhof Palace
  • Tyrolean Folklore Show

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Enjoy 3 nights in Vienna, Austria’s capital city. Walk in the footsteps of the greatest composers and allow the soft melodies of classical music to lull you into a time gone by. See the city with a local guide, visiting popular sights by means of public transportation. You’ll also have a full day to yourself – giving you ample opportunities to explore the Hapsburg-era museums and grab a slice of famous Sachertorte. Hosted You’re accompanied by a Tour Manager part of the time, for some guided excursions. The rest of the time, you’re at leisure to explore the destination your own way.

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  • Transfer to Vienna, the largest city in Austria. As the country’s capital, Vienna is home to age-old traditions and well-known heritage. It was the former center of the Habsburg Empire, as well as the home for historical figures such as Freud, Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss.
  • Start your morning on a city tour with a local guide. You’ll make your way through the city like the locals do – on public transportation – and stop to visit Vienna’s most popular sights. Visit the 12th-century St. Stephen's Cathedral, standing at nearly 450-feet tall and featuring an eye-catching mosaic roof. Enjoy time in the afternoon to explore on your own. Gather in the evening for a dinner and classical music concert, highlighting the works of Austrian-born Mozart and Strauss.
  • The day is yours. With your free time, consider visiting the legendary Schönbrunn Palace, former residence of the Habsburgs and containing more than 1,000 rooms. Or maybe you’ll spend the day exploring the museum at Belvedere Palace, home to Gustav Klimt’s famous painting The Kiss. Or you could even grab a slice of Sachertorte in a Viennese café. No matter how you spend your day, soak in the Austrian culture and experience the best of this capital city.
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Enjoy the splendor of pure nature while gliding over a clear landscape in panoramic gondolas and spectacular cable cars. Ascend Pilatus via a unique excursion on the steepest railway of the world with a gradient of 48%. Upon arrival at the top, soak in the magnificent Alpine view from 7,000 feet above sea level. During leisure time at the summit, stroll the walkway for views from a different vantage point, or enjoy Swiss culinary delights on your own in one of the various restaurants (lunch is not included). Return back down the mountain by panoramic gondola for yet another bird’s eye view.

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This 15-day custom tailored tour takes you through Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, where you can walk along half-timbered homes and dramatic storybook castles. Cuckoo clocks chime the hour and cobbled streets lead to the gilded rooftops and marvelous medieval monuments. Immerse yourself in the majesty of opulent palaces and old churches surrounded by the fascinating scenery of the Alps.

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Frankfurt – the city of frankfurt.

Your plane will ascend into the contemporary architecture of Frankfurt, a city that embodies modernity with glinting skyscrapers made of glass, steel, and concrete. The city holds the title of Germany’s most important commercial and economic center, with a skyline dominated by high-rises in the banking district. Your private transfer will meet you at the baggage claim of the Frankfurt Airport and escort you to the beautiful heart of Romerberg, which is Frankfurt’s old town center. The Justice Fountain stands at the center of the oddly shaped square adorned by the goddess Justitia watching passersby.

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Munich – Drive to Medieval Rothenburg

In the morning, visitors of Frankfurt make their way to the home of one of Germany’s greatest writers, Johan Wolfgang Von Goethe. His family home includes a collection of rooms that are filled with elaborate décor, including a dining room and a writer’s room where Goethe penned some of his early works. After breakfast, your private transfer will meet you in the hotel lobby for your journey to Munich. En route to Bavaria’s capital city, you will stop at Rothenburg, considered one of the best-preserved medieval towns in all of Europe.

Munich – Tour of Linderhof Castle

A zipline and architectural tour will provide fun and insight into the grounds and its repurposing over the years. The Olympic Tower stands 951 feet tall and contains two pods, one of which has a revolving restaurant with a platform that provides a sensational view of Munich’s sprawling design. Tour groups bring children from all over to learn about the 1972 Olympics and the act of terror that marred the games. Make your way next to the Old Town to stroll the cobbled streets of the city’s renovated center to take it all in.

Vienna – Musical Tour in Salzburg

The English Garden in Munich was designed in the late 18th-century and is one of Europe’s grandest parks as it reaches a length of over three miles. Paths meander around the mature oak and maple trees before they reach the meadows bathed in sunlight. Locals jog and stroll around the country atmosphere to play soccer or picnic on the grass. After breakfast, you will leave Munich behind to cross the border into Austria and enjoy the baroque charms of Salzburg. The movie The Sound of Music, with star Julie Andrews, took place in Salzburg, based on the story of the Von Trapp family.

Vienna – Austria’s Capital City

Wake up in glamorous Vienna, a city that both celebrates its history and looks forward to its future. The city’s illustrious past is the center of commerce and culture as the Austro-Hungarian Empire remains apparent in the architecture along the streets and outside of the city in the grandeur of the presidential palace. The aroma of freshly baked strudel drifts out of the side-street cafes to blend with a hint of strong Viennese coffee. Horses pull buggies and clop down the cobbled walkways of the older neighborhoods as the sound of their hoofs on the stone echoes off of the surrounding facades.

Villach – Lipizzaner Stallion Stud Farm

In the morning, you will find the aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans emanating from Frauenhuber on Himmelpfortgasse, which is one of the oldest cafes in the city, having opened its doors in the late 18th-century. After breakfast, your private transfer will meet you at the hotel and escort you to the grounds of Schonbrunn Palace. The 18th-century structure contains magnificent architecture in a park-like setting as the Baroque edifice contains more than 1,400 rooms and apartments with a history spanning more than 300 years.

Innsbruck – Drive along the Dolomites

Today you will travel into the unbelievable beauty of the Dolomite Mountains that create a physical border between Italy and Austria. The scenic drive takes you along the winding mountain roads as streams meander down the rugged hills to pass beneath the street. Evergreen roots emerge from the soil and cling to craggy boulders. You will stop in the Italian ski resort town of Cortina d’Ampezzo for a look at the remarkable stone church spires, delightful cascading piazzas, and the soaring alpine peaks piercing the sky.

St. Moritz – Swiss Engadine Valley

In the morning, the sunlight washes over the Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse arcade, a series of handsome merchant houses topped with a gilded roof to create the famous Golden Roof. More than 2,600 gilded copper tiles from the rooftop and lead your eye to the richly decorated coats of arms on the balustrade. After breakfast, you will ascend the mountains en route to St. Moritz, Switzerland. The River Inn travels through the Engadine Valley to give rise to villages filled with traditional houses, Gothic churches, and views of the mountaintops, some of which reach a height of approximately 12,000 feet.

Lugano – Cruise along the Water

In the morning, the rising sun brings the emerald trees and jade grass to light. Fish cause ripples in St. Moritz Lake as the rich aroma of hot chocolate drifts along the street. You will make your way across the Italian border once more to visit the stunning town of Lake Como. The stone-paved streets follow the original path set by the Romans two millennia ago. The Porta Pretoria, old Roman gate, continues to stand at the heart of the historic city center. Enjoy a moment walking around the charming city located on the lakeshore.

Zermatt – The Swiss Alps

Your day will begin outside of Lugano on the edges of Lake Maggiore that straddles the border between Switzerland and Italy. Fig, olive, and pomegranate trees flourish in the mild climate of the region and contrast with the pine and evergreen trees of the mountains. A cable car travels to the top of Monte Mottarone at 4,891 feet above sea level for views of the entire city and edging mountains. You will see the islands that speckle the lake, filled with historical villas and lavish gardens.

Zermatt – A Day at Your Leisure

In the morning, the aroma of hot chocolate fills the hotel and provides a comforting start to your day. Intermittent clouds pass the Matterhorn peak to remind you of where you are in the world and at what altitude you currently stand. The day is yours to enjoy the mountain passes, valley pastures, and abundant trails around Zermatt. Cycle along the meandering roads or travel the cog railway that takes you up to Gornerrat at more than 10,100 feet above sea level to provide unparalleled views to the Matterhorn and Monte-Rosa massif.

Lucerne – The Lower Rhone Valley

Today you will board the railway and return to Tasch to watch the peak of the Matterhorn fade behind the mountain-clad horizon. The road descends into the lower Rhone Valley, to replace the pine trees and craggy cliffs with apricot groves and vast vineyards. You will reach the shores of Lake Geneva and Switzerland’s capital city of Bern. The city stands atop a sandstone ridge surrounded by the Aare River on three sides, and a series of bridges connect the oldest neighborhoods with the contemporary districts that reach across the riverbanks. Stroll along the streets of Old Town as you watch over the aquamarine river waters.

Lucerne – The City of Lucerne

In the morning you will wake up in the exciting city of Lucerne, situated along the cobalt colored lake of the same name. Beautiful music emanates from the sunny plazas and candy-colored buildings as the 14th-century town wall consists of nine towers and provides views of the lake and surrounding countryside. The earlier Roman city fell to the Germanic peoples of Alemannic. You will pass through the history of the town as you walk along the cobblestone streets and beneath the 14th-century covered wooden bridge. The passage runs across the Reuss River and was once the centerpiece of the city.

Frankfurt – Schaffhausen and the Black Forest

In the morning, the sunlight spreads across the stoic waters of Lucerne Lake. The city fills with the aroma of fresh pastries and decadent chocolates. The glacier garden consists of relics from the Ice Age, from polished glacier rocks to boulders dropped by the receding ice offering visual support to the changing climate and its effects on the earth. After breakfast, you will make your way back to Frankfurt. En route to the border, you will stop at Schaffhausen to view the momentous Rhine Falls. The powerful water echoes across the countryside with loud uproar as the waterfall reaches a width of 450 feet with a height of 75 feet to produce a torrent too powerful for fish to climb.

Frankfurt – Depart for Home

The Old Opera House frames the open space of Frankfurt’s Opera Square as the plaza was constructed in the 19th-century with an Italian Renaissance style. A large fountain in the heart of the plaza flickers with light instead of water. After breakfast, your private transfer will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and escort you to Frankfurt Airport for your flight home.

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  • Discover the walkways around the Gorner Gorge near the town of Zermatt to find glacial waters and an incredible view of the Matterhorn peak
  • Witness the Golden Roof of Innsbruck, home to the 15th-century Tyrolean sovereigns
  • Enjoy the dramatic mountains, shimmering waters, and emerald trees while touring the scenic Lake District of Switzerland and Italy
  • Traverse the covered bridges and medieval streets of Lucerne, brimming with preserved historic paintings and elaborate myths
  • Visit the charming capital city of Bern to witness the merging of historical and contemporary streets overlooking the Aare River
  • Stroll through the home town of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the city of Salzburg, set beneath the towering peaks of the Dolomites
  • Explore the remarkable grounds of the Schonbrunn Palace, residence of Hapsburg royalty
  • Marvel at the marble statues and elaborate décor of the Tomb and Museum of Emperor Maximilian I
  • Relish the cultural beauty and religious artwork of the Karlskirche church in Vienna
  • Cruise along the tranquil waters of Lake Maggiore to visit the opulent villas and gorgeous estate gardens of the scattered island

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Take time to experience the mountains and plains, lakes and villages of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria during your 15-day tour that fully encompasses the Alps. You will arrive at the Frankfurt Airport, and your private transfer will meet you at baggage claim to escort you into the heart of a city. Next day,  you will travel along the Romantic road to the medieval city of Rothenburg, home to picturesque walls and cobbled streets. Stroll along the windy lanes and rising spires before you reach the Bavarian capital city of Munich.

Continue as your guide leads you on a remarkable tour of Germany’s “Secret Capital.” Visit the Olympic Stadium and tour Old Town to find highlights of city’s medieval and contemporary history, including the squares that once held Nazi rallies. Take a historic drive and travel across the mountains to Salzburg, Austria. Stroll the cobbled streets that were home to Mozart and follow in the footsteps of the Von Trapp family from The Sound of Music. Continue along the Danube River to reach Austria’s capital of Vienna. Your guide will lead you on an engaging half-day tour of the city to visit the State Opera House and St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

You will have time to venture to Bratislava to visit the medieval capital of Slovakia in the afternoon. The next day, you will journey to the outskirts of Vienna to visit Schonbrunn Palace to view the opulence of the Hapsburg family. Visit the Lipizzaner Stallion Stud Farm in Piber before settling in the quiet village of Villach. Cross the Italian border the following day to visit the ski resort town of Cortina d’Ampezzo. Drive along the stunning Brenner Pass to Innsbruck and enjoy the medieval lanes and the remarkable architecture of the Golden Roof. Continue with your exploration of the winding roads of the mountains with the trails and white stone houses of St. Moritz.

Travel to Lugano, Switzerland for a stop in Lake Como, Italy along the way. Enjoy the quiet grandeur of the lakeside town before you arrive in Lugano and delight in a scenic boat cruise along the sparkling water. Drive next to Lake Maggiore and take a boat to visit the speckled islands that brim with opulent villas. Continue through the Simplon Pass to the Swiss Valais and take the train from Tasch to the enchanting town of Zermatt, located at the base of the Matterhorn Mountain. Take a day to discover the beauty in and around Zermatt. Relish a scenic gondola ride to the peak of Gornergrat Mountain or delight in a hike along the numerous trails in the alpine foothills and nearby gorge.

Continue and make your way to the capital city of Bern in the lower Rhone Valley. Stroll along the quiet streets of Old Town and the unusual grounds of Bear Park to see the towering Jungfrau massif in Interlaken before you arrive at the vibrant town of Lucerne. Next day, your guide will lead you on an exciting tour of Lucerne’s famous monuments, from the Chapel Bridge to the Lion Monument. Move on to make your way back to Frankfurt with a stop at Schaffhausen before you cross the border into Germany to witness Rhine Falls. Travel through the famous Black Forest, and enjoy the small towns along the way. Your private transfer will meet you at the hotel on your last day and escort you to the Frankfurt Airport for your flight home.

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Experience the “Gemütlichkeit” of Munich and pause to remember a moment in history never to be forgotten at Dachau. Listen to the Sound of Music and relive the memories of the “von Trapps” in Salzburg. Tour spectacular places. Dine on “Bratwurst, Spätzle and Schnitzel,” Swiss chocolate and more. Be enthralled with the drama of the Passion Play. Enjoy breathtaking views of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau from the Kleine Scheidegg.  Travel  on the romantic road and walk the ramparts in the medieval walled city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Finish off this amazing tour with a glass of wine overlooking the Rhine River. This is your chance to experience a once-in-a-lifetime tour of some of the most beautiful places in scenic Europe on this alpine tour of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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We arrive at Munich airport and meet our driver and guide. We travel to Dachau, a town just outside of Munich. Our visit to the Concentration Camp Memorial includes a film in English, an informative historical account of the camp’s history and plenty of time to walk the grounds on our own. Later, we continue to Munich, Bavaria’s friendly capital city. Our leader acquaints us with the pedestrian zone around the Marienplatz, the main square in front of the new town hall. There is time to do some sightseeing and shopping before checking in at our hotel. Dinner tonight is at a local “bräuhaus” a traditional Munich restaurant/beerhall. Maritim München or similar

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Today, we discover other Munich sites by taking a locally guided tour that includes many highlights such as the grounds of Nymphenburg Palace, the elegant Maximillian Straße and the 1972 Olympic Grounds. Our tour ends at the Marienplatz where we watch the Glockenspiel play in the tower of the Neues Rathaus. The rest of the day is ours to shop along the mile-long pedestrian zone, get a bite to eat at the nearby Viktualien Market or visit one of a number of fine museums. Dinner is on our own tonight so some may wish to visit Munich’s Hofbräuhaus for dinner, singing and live entertainment. Maritim München or similar

Day 4: Salzburg, Austria

Our first stop today is in Berchtesgaden, where we don miners’ apparel and descend into a salt mine for an unforgettable tour. Afterwards, we continue to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest, a chalet built at the top of the Kehlstein mountain. On a clear day, the site affords beautiful views of the Alps. Next, we travel to Salzburg, Austria, which is famous for being Mozart’s birthplace and the backdrop for “The Sound of Music.” We enjoy some free time to explore the narrow winding streets of the old city before dinner. Hotel Astoria or similar

Day 5: Salzburg

Today a local guide joins us for a walking tour of Salzburg. We see the magnificent Cathedral, the Getreidegasse, the city’s quaint shopping area, a photo stop at Mozart’s birth house and a walkthrough at St. Peter’s Cemetery. After time for lunch, we enjoy an excursion to the Salzkammergut. With its beautiful mountains and alpine lakes, it is an immensely popular vacation destination for many Austrians. After exploring some of the lakes and sites, we return to Salzburg for a treat - dinner and a concert in the Stiftskeller St. Peter! It is the perfect setting to enjoy delicious Austrian food and the music of Mozart. Hotel Astoria or similar

Day 6: Oberammergau Area, Germany

Departing Austria, we return to Germany as we drive through the Bavarian countryside to the Wieskirche. This “Church in the Meadow” is a fine example of Rococo architecture. Next, we take a short drive to Füssen to visit Palace Neuschwanstein. One of three palaces built by Bavaria’s King Ludwig II, Walt Disney used it as the model for his Fantasyland Castle. Finally, we pass by Germany’s highest mountain and arrive in GarmischPartenkirchen, an alpine valley surrounded by the foothills of the alps, for a two-night stay. TBD

Day 7: Oberammergau Area

We enjoy a relaxed morning in Oberammergau, admiring the bright frescoes that adorn many of the homes and businesses, perhaps shopping for a souvenir woodcarving for which the village is famous. After included lunch, we attend Part One of the Passion Play, the legacy of a vow made by the Oberammergauers in 1633 to enact the Passion story. Due to the ravages of the Thirty Years War, the plague had taken its toll in lives. But many of the people were spared, and the following year, 1634, the first Passion Play Salzburg Rothenburg ob der Tauber was performed on a stage set up in the cemetery. After dinner we attend Part Two. TBD

Day 8: Sarnen area, Switzerland

Today’s drive is filled with breathtaking mountain scenery as we travel over mountain passes to the Bernese Oberland area of Switzerland. Our first stop is in Vaduz, the capital of the small principality of Liechtenstein. We also spend time in lovely Lucerne to enjoy a late lunch and see the poignant Lion Monument that pays tribute to the Swiss mercenaries who lost their lives defending the kings of France. There is time to explore this beautiful city, including taking a walk across the famous wooden Chapel Bridge, or shopping for Swiss Chocolate, before continuing to our hotel in Sarnen. Grand Hotel Giessbach or similar

Day 9: Sarnen area

This morning we drive to view the Trümmelbachfälle, several waterfalls within a mountain that drain nearby glaciers. The raw power and beauty of the falls have attracted tourists for decades. Afterwards, we take an excursion up into the heart of the Swiss Alps. We start by riding a cogwheel train to the small car-free town of Wengen, where we have some time to explore before taking a gondola up to the ridge of the nearby mountain. From there it’s an easy and leisurely hike to Kleine Scheidegg. Our hike affords breathtaking vistas of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks, as well as views of the tiny villages in the valley. At Kleine Scheidegg, we have time for lunch before taking a train down to Grindelwald where there’s an opportunity to shop or simply relax at one of the many outdoor cafés. This evening’s entertainment features a Swiss folklore show at our hotel. Grand Hotel Giessbach or similar

Day 10: Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Departing Switzerland, we travel via Lake Constance and southern Bavaria to the medieval walled city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Upon our arrival, we visit St. James Church and see the famous altar created by the renowned woodcarver, Tilman Riemenschneider. The rest of the afternoon is ours to explore the cobblestone streets and ramparts and admire the half-timbered buildings that make us feel as if we have stepped back in time. After dinner, we learn more about life in medieval times as we accompany the night watchman on a guided tour of the town. Akzent Schranne or similar

Day 11: Rüdesheim

Our final day in Europe features a cruise on the mighty Rhine River. We leave Rothenburg and travel to Rüdesheim where we board a boat and enjoy time on one of Europe’s most important waterways. Along the way, we hear about the history of the many castle ruins and vineyards that dot the hillside along the river. After our cruise, we transfer to our hotel and have some time for last minute shopping in the Getreidegasse before dinner. Tonight, we celebrate our last evening in Europe with a farewell dinner and a tasting of the region’s fine Rhine wines. Ringhotel Central or similar

Day 12: Return

Sadly, we say “Auf Wiedersehen” to Europe as we transfer to the Frankfurt Airport for our return flight to the United States. We take with us memories of exciting cities, peaceful villages, great entertainment, and beautiful, unforgettable scenery.

Arrival Instructions

Arrive to Munich, Germany by 10:00 am via Munich Int'l Airport (MUC)

Departure Instructions

Depart from Munich, Germany after 11:00 am via Frankfurt am Main International Airport (FRA)

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Deposit: $500.00 per person due at time of booking - final payment due 100 days prior to departure

Cancellation Policy

Tour includes:.

  • Land transportation - via private, deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
  • Accommodations (double-occupancy) - in moderate first class hotels
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary - (10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 9 Dinners)
  • Services of a professional tour guide throughout the tour
  • Admission - to all activities listed on itinerary
  • Luggage handling - (one piece per person at hotels)
  • Luggage tags and strap, name badge and trip journal
  • All taxes and tips for services provided
  • Optional trip cancellation and interruption insurance - (available for an additional cost)
  • OPTIONAL PRE-TOUR to PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - Departs Aug 24; ask for details!

Tour Highlights:

  • Golden City of Prague Tour (Pre-Tour)
  • Prague Jewish Quarter (Pre-Tour)
  • Tour of Hradcany Castle (Pre-Tour)
  • Free time in Prague for shopping (Pre-Tour)
  • Dachau Memorial
  • Munich City Tour
  • Marienplatz Square and Glockenspiel
  • Salt Mine Tour & Eagle's Nest
  • Salzburg City Tour
  • Neuschwanstein Palace
  • Historic Passion Play in Oberammergau
  • Lion Monument in Lucerne
  • Swiss Alps & Alpine Vistas
  • Excursion to Kleine Scheidegg & Grindelwald
  • Swiss Folklore Show
  • Riemanschneider Altar in Rothenburg
  • Rhine River Cruise
  • Wine Tasting Farewell Dinner in Rüdesheim

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