Bavaria, Germany & Salzburg, Austria

Bavaria, Germany & Salzburg, Austria

Bavaria, Germany & Salzburg, Austria

From the festive beer halls of Munich to the romantic alleys of Salzburg, step into the culture and traditions of the region. Visit fairy tale castles perched over the beautiful countryside. Delight in traditional local cuisine and an 8th century winery. Explore the masterpieces of medieval, Baroque and Gothic architecture.

Tour Dates: September 15 – 29, 2020

Tour Price: $8,399

Tour price includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare from Boston or New York; depart to and returning from Munich*
  • Airport transfers (arrival and departure at Munich)
  • 13 nights’ accommodation in elegant 4 star hotels of character:
  • Munich (2); Salzburg (3); Mittenwald (2); Lindau (2); Rothenburg (2); Regensburg (2)
  • All breakfasts (14); 4 three-course lunches; 7 multi-course dinners
  • Full time professional tour leader
  • Expert local guides in Munich, Salzburg, Berchtesgarden, Mittenwald, Garmisch, Neuschweinstein and Hohenschwangau Castles, Lindau, Lake Constance, Rothenberg, Würzburg, Nuremberg and Regensburg
  • Admission to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest in the Bavarian Alps
  • Wine tasting in Würzburg, wine capital of the region
  • All tour guides, museum/monument entrance fees, tips, and taxes
Tour price is per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplements are available for those traveling alone who would like their own room.
*Cost of airfare can be deducted if you wish to make your own arrangements.

Bavaria, Germany & Salzburg, Austria Itinerary

Depart the United States, flying overnight to Munich.

Day 1
We arrive at the Munich Airport and transfer to our hotel. We then take a panoramic guided tour of the old historic center, starting from the famous Marienplatz, the main square of Munich and the real heart of the city. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at a lively Munich brewery, and of course, include a beer tasting.
Overnight: Munich Meals:  D
Day 2
After breakfast we continue our visit of Munich with our guide. We visit The Lenbach Haus, a villa built in the late 19th century by Franz von Lenbach, the “prince-painter”. It houses a rich collection of works by Kandinsky and the Blue Rider movement. We have free time this afternoon to explore on our own. Tonight’s dinner is at a Gourmet restaurant.
Overnight: Munich Meals:  B,D
Day 3
Today we drive toward Salzburg, stopping first at Lake Chiemsee, also called “Bayrisches Meer” (Sea of Bavaria).  After taking a boat to visit the Herrenchiemsee Palace on an island in the lake, enjoy lunch on the lakeshore.  We then head to Salzburg, Austria. This stunning Baroque city enchants visitors with its romantic alleys, large squares and historic center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dinner is at leisure tonight followed by a Mozart Concert.
Overnight: Salzburg  Meals:  B,L
Day 4
Today we explore Salzburg. Standing high over the city, the magnificent Hohensalzburg Castle is Europe’s largest fortification. The castle is now a major concert hall and houses a permanent Fortress Museum. We ascend the mountain by taking the panoramic funicular railway from downtown.  Afternoon is on your own to explore.  A Gourmet dinner tonight is at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Salzburg Meals:  B,D
Day 5
Today we explore the beautiful area south of Salzburg and visit Berchtesgaden.  We will have the morning free to explore the wonderful town and then enjoy lunch with a spectacular view of the Bavarian Alps.  After lunch we have a guided tour of Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest then head back to Salzburg.  The rest of the day will be at leisure to stroll around Salzburg.
Overnight: Salzburg Meals:  B,L
Day 6
Today we drive westward to the beautiful village of Mittenwald. We have lunch before a guided walking tour of this idyllic town so typical of Bavaria. A collection of the famous 18th century stringed instrument masterpieces created by the skilled artisans of Mittenwald can be seen in the Geigenbau Museum. The museum is one of the oldest buildings in the town center, built in the Baroque style. Tonight is a free evening.
Overnight: Mittenwald Meals:  B,L
Day 7
An excursion to the nearby town of Garmisch will delight all. We take a stroll around the historical town center, where the main streets are characterized by a rich series of houses frescoed with religious and agricultural themes and decorated with flowers on the balconies (especially geraniums). The town also houses some valuable monuments: the “old” church of St. Martin, built in Gothic style with ancient stained glass and frescoes, the “new” church built in 1730, and, just outside the center, the sanctuary of St. Anton. We visit the interesting Werdenfels Museum before returning to Mittenwald, where we have some time to relax before enjoying a typical Bavarian dinner.
Overnight: Mittenwald Meals:  B,D
Day 8
Fairy tales do exist, and you can plunge into one of them visiting King Ludwig II’s castles in Bavaria. The king of fairy tales pursued his childhood dream by building fantasy castles. Neuschwanstein Castle is the most iconic – and yes, it perhaps reminds you of the one that appears in the Disney logo. Just one kilometer away from Neuschwanstein is the Hohenschwangau Castle, the place where Ludwig spent his childhood. After the castles we drive to Lindau where we will have a free afternoon.  Dinner will be at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Lindau Meals:  B,D
Day 9
After breakfast at the hotel our guide will take us on a visit of the Old Town.  Lindau is one of the most renowned holiday destinations in Germany due to its location: situated on an island in Lake Constance, connected to the mainland by two bridges and on the border between Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  We will stop for lunch before embarking on our cruise on a historical boat that takes us across the lake.  Evening and dinner are at leisure.
Overnight: Lindau Meals:  B
Day 10
After breakfast at the hotel we drive to Rothenburg.  It is well known for its well-preserved medieval old town, a destination for tourists from around the world.  Lunch will be on your own and then we will have an afternoon guided tour of the city.  Dinner will be at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Rothenburg Meals:  B,D
Day 11
After breakfast we depart for Würzburg whose known for lavish baroque and rococo architecture, particularly the 18th-century Residenz palace, with ornate rooms, a huge fresco by Venetian artist Tiepolo and an elaborate staircase.  Home to numerous wine bars, cellars and wineries, Würzburg is the center of the Franconian wine country, with its distinctive bocksbeutel (bottles with flattened round shapes). We will have a morning guided tour of Würzburg followed by lunch at a local restaurant.  We will then visit a local winery for a delicious wine tasting of the area wines.  We will then drive back to Rothenburg.  Dinner and evening will be on your own.
Overnight: Rothenburg Meals:  B,L
Day 12
The beautiful Old Town of Nuremberg is the epitome of medieval charm.  Nestled at the foot of the city’s castle, it houses many historical buildings, beautiful churches, one of Germany’s largest pedestrian areas and the traditional Hauptmarkt.  As Bavaria’s second-largest city, it also offers a wealth of culinary delights.  For lunch we try one of the traditional Bratwursthäuser (sausage restaurants) for a “3 im Weggla” (3 Nuremberg grilled sausages in a roll).  We then continue on to our last destination, Regensberg.
Overnight: Regensburg Meals:  B
Day 13
Regensburg is an ancient city that boasts a history of almost two thousand years.  Its cathedral also known by the name of Cathedral of St. Peter, with its imposing 345 ft high spiers, is the most impressive Gothic building in Bavaria.  After a guided tour of the city, the rest of the day is at leisure.  Farewell dinner will be at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Regensburg Meals: B,D
Day 14
After breakfast, we head to the Munich Airport for our return flights.
Overnight: Regensburg Meals: B

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