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Welcome to Fun-Loving Munich.
Transfers to your hotel leave Munich airport at 10:00 and 13:00. Join your Travel Director at 15:00 for an orientation tour of the city. See the Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the English Garden, the Hofbräuhaus, St. Peter's Church and the famous Marienplatz. Join your fellow guests for a drink and enjoy a pleasant Welcome Dinner at Donsil restaurant.
Jewels of the Bavarian Alps.
Embark on an exciting visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, bristling with turrets and pinnacles and built for the wildly eccentric King Ludwig II as a retreat. See the exuberantly decorated apartments including the Throne Room and Lohengrin Grotto. On return to Munich, the rest of the day is free for you to explore Bavaria's capital city. Perhaps visit one of its many art galleries and museums, or relax and enjoy a coffee in the delightful Marienplatz?
Oberammergau, famous home of the Passion Play.
Continue on to Oberammergau, home of the famous Passion Play since 1634. With your Travel Director, see the immense theatre and colourful chalets before checking into your hotel for the night.
Salzburg, the City of Mozart.
A short drive over the Austrian border leads to Salzburg, 'alive with the sound of music'. Join your Local Expert who will show you the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace, Residenzplatz, the city's imposing fortress, the immense cathedral in the Old Town and Mozart’s birthplace on the lively Getreidegasse. With the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps take an optional experience to Hilter’s notorious Eagle's Nest? Later, join your travel companions and venture to Lenzenbauer, a delightful Austrian farm, just outside the city. Enjoy a homemade schnapps before a member of the Golser family shows you around some of the property that has been in their family for three generations. You'll then sit down to a delicious Farm-to-Table meal of homemade spreads and homemade bread, roast pork or vegetable rosti served with salads and finish with a local speciality typical of the region for dessert. With the produce coming straight from the farm, it doesn't get more fresh or authentic than this! All this is accompanied by a choice of homemade beverages including fresh apple or elderflower juice and apple cider produced on the farm, or beer.
Wachau Valley and Vienna.
In Mondsee, marvel when you visit the church featured in 'The Sound of Music' before continuing on through Melk to the beautiful Wachau Valley and onto the Austrian capital of Vienna.
Vienna and the Habsburgs.
Join a Local Expert for a private tour of Schönbrunn Palace, Austria's famous imperial summer residence. Marvel at its frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers, mirrors and gilded ornaments, before spending some time in the perfectly manicured gardens. Then see the city's many highlights, including St. Charles' Church, the Hofburg Palace, Parliament and State Opera House. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure for further exploration.
Sleepy Austrian Byways to St. Veit an der Glan.
Take a delightful drive through undiscovered Austria. Climb the dramatic Semmering Pass and stop in Kindberg with its colourful maypole. Continue south to the border to arrive in historic St. Veit an der Glan.
The Dolomites to Innsbruck.
Journey through the High Tauern mountains and see the Dolomites in the distance as you travel to the charming Alpine city of Innsbruck, set in a valley of snow-capped mountain peaks. Your Travel Director provides an orientation of the city to see its 14th century houses of the Old Town, the impressive Imperial Palace and the delightful Golden Roof. You're invited to choose among a selection of local restaurants, from classic Austrian to international cuisine, for your Dine-Around Evening.
The Engadine Valley and Chic St. Moritz.
Take in the stunning views of the beautiful Engadine Valley, as you enter Switzerland headed for the chic Alpine resort of St. Moritz. Enjoy St. Moritz's marvellous scenery, fresh air and perhaps visit its many luxury boutiques. You may even choose to step aboard the Bernina Express to experience one of Europe's most outstanding train journeys.
All aboard the Glacier Express and on to Lucerne.
Embark on an iconic train journey onboard the Glacier Express, as you take in vistas of ice-capped mountains, stone-built villages and lush meadows. Ascend through the spiral tunnels of the Albula Pass and cross the Landwasser Viaduct before heading down through the Oberalp Valley to rejoin the coach at Andermatt. Continue north, following the staggering Schollenen Gorge through William Tell country, to lovely lakeside Lucerne, one of Europe’s most popular cities set on the banks of Lake Lucerne. Join your Travel Director to see the sorrowful sculpture of the dying lion, cut out of a limestone cliff to commemorate the Swiss Guards who died at the Battle of the Tuileries.
Dinner at the ‘Roof of Europe’ in Stanserhorn.
Enjoy the morning at your leisure to explore the city's 14th century covered wooden bridges, painted gables, old walls and watch towers of the medieval fortifications. Stroll across the Chapel Bridge to the Jesuit Church, or use your free time to shop. Later, head to the town of Stans where you'll embark on a scenic journey by funicular railway and cable car, to the summit of the stunning Stanserhorn. On a clear day there are views as far as Alsace in France and the Black Forest in Germany. Here amid true Alpine majesty, your journey literally peaks with an unforgettable Celebration Dinner, hosted in Drehrestaurant Rondorama, located atop the mountain. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and admire the stunning 360-degree views as the restaurant slowly rotates throughout the evening, ensuring you don't miss a thing.
Leave Lucerne for Zürich.
Bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer to Zürich airport, arriving at 08:00.
Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.
Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.
After Hitler's rise to power in 1933, the first concentration camp for political prisoners was opened outside the town of Dachau and it became a blueprint for others to follow. Now maintained as a memorial, spend some reflective moments amid the remains of the camp prisons, reconstructed barracks, kitchens, workshops and baths which serves as the museum. A chilling and emotional reminder of the horrors of war.
Adult Price: EUR 31.00
Tonight we'll soak in the lively atmosphere of a popular traditional restaurant. We'll enjoy traditional Bavarian hospitality and sample delicious regional specialties and local beer.
Adult Price: EUR 65.00
Drive over the German border, past picturesque farmhouses and villages to Obersalzberg. Nearly 75 years ago, this small mountain paradise was the summer playground for top Nazi brass. Here we will transfer to special coaches for the scenic drive up the mountain to Hitler's notorious "Eagle's Nest". Used as a restaurant since the 50's, there are splendid views through the arches up to the 'Hohen Goll' and across the snow capped peaks.
Adult Price: EUR 55.00
Enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese Classical music performed by highly acclaimed soloists and dancers. During this special evening, enjoy a glass of champagne along with some of the most famous works by Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. (On occasion dinner will be included EURO 103)
Adult Price: EUR 58.00
Cross the Danube, passing the famous Prater Park en route to one of Austria's most famous restaurants. Former patrons include Napoleon, the Emperor Franz Joseph, Liz Taylor and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Once through the door of this historic country mansion you're transported to a different world! Old memorabilia, autographed photos and other paraphernalia cover the ceilings, walls and even the rest rooms. Choose from traditional Austrian fare, enjoy unlimited drinks and be serenaded by musicians at your table. A fun-filled experience never to be forgotten!
Adult Price: EUR 62.00
A visit to see the fabulous Imperial Treasury of the Austrian and Holy Roman Empire or the Crypts and Vaults of the Imperial Family or the world famous Opera House (when accessible).
Adult Price: EUR 39.00
Enjoy a lively evening of traditional entertainment, featuring dancers in national costume, yodelling and entertainment typical of the life, crafts and traditions of the Tyrolean people. Two drinks are included. (This evening may not be available on every departure)
Adult Price: EUR 45.00
A short drive takes us to scenic Velden, the Alpine Lake playground of Austria's rich and famous. We'll enjoy a sumptuous dinner at the dazzling Velden Casino. Then, it's time to tempt 'lady luck' in the company of Austria's high society. Or, if you prefer, simply enjoy the lakeside ambience of sparkling Worthersee.
Adult Price: EUR 74.00
Enjoy one of the most exciting train rides in Switzerland as you cross the Bernina Pass to the Alp Grum. Spectacular views of the Alpine peaks, glaciers, waterfalls, green valleys and mountain villages. We then descend to Poschiavo to reboard our touring coach.
Adult Price: CHF 53.00
Code: ST 0010
In a typical rural community, meet local farmers for a delightful horse-drawn ride. Clip-clop your way through bright green pasture, where the angular spire of a traditional white church shoots skyward and rickety old wooden storehouses still dot the landscape. Call in at a local farm where a wonderful spread of homemade drinks and snacks is served.
Adult Price: CHF 67.00
There's nothing better than convening with friends around a pot of bubbling fondue with a glass of chilled white wine and having a good yodel! Join us for a tasty Swiss meal in a typical restaurant. While you dine, enjoy a lively folklore show of flag throwing, yodelling, Alpenhorn blowing and other great Swiss entertainment.
Adult Price: CHF 99.00
A chance to take in the wonderful mountain scenery from a different perspective. Enjoy a leisurely lake cruise, for fine views of the town and it's surroundings. The serene beauty of Lake Lucerne on a summer's day is a joy to behold, made even more enjoyable by the encompassing snow-capped mountains, green pastures and dense forests.
Adult Price: CHF 40.00
MUNICH (Contemporary) - GERMANY
The Pullman Munich Hotel is a modern hotel, centrally located in Munich's bohemian Schwabing district. Rooms are contemporarily designed with a homely feel and the outdoor terrace or peaceful beer garden is the perfect spot to unwind and reflect on a day of sightseeing.
Oberammergau (Traditional) - Germany
This hotel is located in the heart of Oberammergau. Traditions developed over centuries are combined with modern conveniences, providing a very special kind of upscale Bavarian hospitality.
Salzburg (Contemporary) - Austria
Combining historic substance and modern architecture, the Arcotel Castellani is located in green surroundings and only a 15-minute walk from the centre of Salzburg. It features a large garden including a Baroque chapel and a 400-year old linden tree.
Vienna (Traditional) - Austria
The sophisticated InterContinental Vienna is ideally located in the heart of the cultural city of Vienna, only steps from Stadtpark. The hotel's internal décor exudes luxury and elegance while guest rooms perfectly pair traditional and contemporary furnishings and offer views of Stadtpark or Vienna Concert Hall.
SANKT VEIT AND DER GLAN (Contemporary) - AUSTRIA
At the heart of Carinthia's City of Flowers, Hotel Die Zeit is perfectly located just a few minutes walk from the town centre. Your traditional-style room includes complimentary WiFi so you can easily share your travels with friends and family back home.
Lucerne (Heritage) - Switzerland
Renaissance Lucerne Hotel is a modern property in a centuries-old city palace, minutes to Lake Lucerne, and offers tastefully furnished rooms with ornamental ceiling decoration and warm interiors.
Our guests rate us
11477 independent user reviews received during the past year.
08 November, 2018
Trip: Loved all the places we saw and I thought Sue did a fantastic job of making this very busy schedule workl!!
Service: When changes happened, they found ways to compensate us!!
07 November, 2018
Trip: I loved it! Took me to places I have always wanted to go!
Service: As with all Insight Vacation Tours we have taken in Europe (3), the recent Insight tour we took through Bavaria, Austria and Switzerland was exceptional to say the least. We stayed in wonderful hotels, ate fantastic food and visited some of the best sites and attractions Europe has to offer. Our tour director, Sue Mason, provided historical accounts for every area we visited and up-to-date information at each stop along the way. I have to say the Sue was one of the finest tour directors we have encountered on our trips abroad and an outstanding representative of Insight Vacations.
07 November, 2018
Trip: While a whole lot of territory was covered; hotel stays in each location should be longer than one night each.
Service: Call Center Customer Service was good; however, in terms of in-depth knowledge of tour details; the call center staff are trained at a "high level" only. Personal Tour Director while on the trip was terrific!
01 November, 2018
Trip: Too much time spent in Austria
Service: Airport pickup. Hotels did not have handbags for older travelers . Most of the travelers are retired.
31 October, 2018
Trip: Showed all the really lovely parts of Bavaria, Austria and Switzerland. Given a really thorough understanding of what we were seeing.
Service: At all times the tour leader id his best to ensure the passengers were receiving top class attention and service.
29 October, 2018
Trip: Well organized .Very thoughtful of the needs of the people.
Service: Had a wonderful guide that really new what as going on . The best I have ever had.
25 October, 2018
Trip: These were all wonderful locations and the time of year was perfect. Vienna was a lot for me because of the size but the museum and the concert were fun.
Service: They were attentive to everyone and got around to everyone. The organization to keep us moving on schedule and to the optional trips was smooth but did not seem to be easy, to me. The sites I saw were the highlight of the trip.
24 October, 2018
Trip: The places we visited were excellent choices. The drives and seeing the countryside was awesome.
Service: Every aspect of the Insight vacation was wonderful and excellent. Martin took very good care of us. His knowledge and history that he shared with us was very interesting. He always gave us excellent instructions as to times and where, etc. He is am great communicator.
21 October, 2018
Trip: Saw quite a bit of Europe in 12 days, great coordination of hotel rooms and stuck to time table in itinerary
Service: Good follow up with agent, great seats booked on all our flights on this trip
18 October, 2018
Trip: Some of the visits to places/locations were too rushed for time. In particular was Day 4 Salzburg Tuesday 11/9 where this included coach travel from Oberammergau to Salzburg, and a quick walk around the town which included locations for the movie "The Sound of Music". More time could have been allowed to soak up these iconic filming locations when we were actually at each one. Then onto our coach to do the "Eagles Nest". The time allowed at The Eagles Nest was too short, an extra 30/45 minutes up top would have allowed me to absorb the absolute importance of this visit. It was too rushed and I regret that. Day 9 in St Moritz was a disappointment as it was Sunday 16/9 and nothing was open. The scenery and walk around the lake was great but all the shops were closed. The meal at the motel that evening was ordinary to say the least (probably because you had to feed us and it was a Sunday so nothing was open)
Service: The only customer service I had was with the Coach Driver Mandi Basic and Travel Director Carl Eggeling. Both were excellent and knew their respective jobs very well. I could not fault either of these gentlemen and I highly recommend both of them.
18 October, 2018
Trip: Covered off everything that was expected
Service: Fantastic journey with Ellen who is an exceptional tour director
17 October, 2018
Trip: the place we visit is good.
Service: The tour director and driver are both very attentive and experience