September 20-28, 1011's Vanessa Flowers and viewers tour the dramatic landscapes, quaint villages and imperial cities that capture the timeless culture of the Bavarian and Austrian Alp.
Day 1: FLY TO MUNICH
Relax and enjoy the overnight flight to Germany. Dinner is served on board.
Day 2: EUROPEAN WELCOME
Upon arrival in Munich, we meet our European Guide and Driver. Enjoy the leisurely drive to the mountainous region of Kitzbühel, Austria. Unpack and settle in for four delightful nights at our comfortable hotel. Tonight we are guests at a get acquainted dinner.
Day 3: INNSBRUCK
Our sightseeing today features the Tyrolean ski capital of Innsbruck.
Surrounded by dramatic mountain landscapes and picturesque
villages, Innsbruck has been the site of two Winter Olympics, most
recently in 1976. Narrow, twisting streets and tall houses built in the
Late Gothic style reflect the city's medieval past. During our visit to
Innsbruck we have time to browseand shop as well as look for
exquisite pieces of Austrian Crystal. Sightseeing includes the Court Church, one of the most impressive monuments in Europe. This structure houses the empty tomb of Maximilian I. We also see the Goldenes Dachl ("Golden Roof"), an ornate stone balcony covered by gilded copper tiles, built in the 15th century. In later days, it was used by royalty to watch events in the square below. We return to our hotel for dinner.
Day 4: SALZBURG
Located along the Salzach River, Salzburg is the beautiful city that was featured in the movie, The Sound of Music. Salzburg is also
known for its Renaissance and baroque architecture and was the
birthplace of Mozart in 1756. This morning we visit exquisite Mirabell
Gardens, featuring impressive landscaping, terraces, marble statues
and fountains. Our sightseeing in Salzburg continues with a visit to the Old Town. This picturesque area of the city is home to quaint, winding streets and unique shops. Following our city tour, the remainder of the day is at your leisure before returning to the hotel in Kitzbühe.
Day 5: DISCOVER AUSTRIA
We visit the beautiful mountain setting of the Berchtesgaden area
and tour a local salt mine. In former times, salt from mines such as this created great wealth for many nearby cities. Later this afternoon we are special guests at an old-fashioned Austrian farm where animals graze in high mountain pastures and wear cowbells so they may be easily.
Day 6: BAVARIAN ALPS
Today includes a classic steam train ride before we enjoy a memorable boat cruise on the Achensee, the largest and deepest
lake in the Tyrolean Alps. The trip will be an unforgettable experience. Enjoy the romantic trip up to the crystal clear lake Achensee. To get there you'll have to overcome a mountain - which a train can only accomplish with the help of cog wheels. Our travels continue into neighboring Germany and the picturesque Bavarian Alps region to Oberammergau. The city is famous for its production of the Passion Play and its decorative homes. Our accommodations for the next three evenings are in the Bavarian Alps area of Garmisch Partenkirchen. located. We'll also sample homemade meat and cheeses made fresh on the farm. We return to Kitzbühel and enjoy a festive Tyrolean dinner show this evening.
Day 7: MUNICH OKTOBERFEST
The fun-loving city of Munich welcomes us today. During a sightseeing drive we view some of the city's landmarks including
Nymphenburg Palace and stop to see the Glockenspiel animated
clock in the Marienplatz. This town square is the traditional old city
center. Enjoy lunch and the afternoon at Munich's Oktoberfest, one
of the biggest folk fairs in Europe. Join in the celebration or listen
and watch the entertainment.
Day 8: NEUSCHWAN STEIN CASTLE
We visit Neuschwanstein, one of the most recognized castles in the world. Commissioned by King Ludwig II ofBavaria in the mid-1800's, its gothic architecture and majestic setting is most famous as the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle. Later we explore the charming town of Fussen; noted as the last stop of Germany's Romantic Road. Tonight we share laughter and vacation highlights with our new friends at an included farewell dinner.
Day 9: FOND MEMORIES
We depart the Bavarian Alps for the Munich International Airport. We return home with memories of our wonderful alpine adventure.