AU$6,347 Per person twin share
- Tour TypeEscorted Tour
- Duration15 Days/14 Nights
- Tour CodeALB-19-MAN2
- Tour HighlightsAccommodation Accommodation includedActivity Wine tasting sessionsMeals Daily breakfast & 10 dinnersAdmission All entrance fees includedEscorted tour Experienced private English speaking guideInclusion Free WiFi available on most coaches and at hotelsInclusion Inclusive touring (no optional extras)Inclusion Longer staysInclusion Small group size (22-28 pax)Tours Escorted tours of Triberg, Bavarian Als, Kirchberg, Salzburg & moreTransportation Air-conditioned touring coachDrink Welcome drink
Wander in the cobble stoned streets in stunning villages, explore Ludwig’s fairytale castles and take in the spectacular mountain views from Hitler’s Eagle Nest and the undulating ‘Sound of Music’ hills near beautiful, baroque Salzburg.
2019 Departure Dates
Start Date End Date 19 May 2 June 9 June 23 June 23 June 7 July 4 August 18 August 25 August 8 September 8 September 22 September
Day 1, Frankfurt
Your tour commences this evening in wonderful Frankfurt: a city of contrasts – from modern skyscrapers to beautifully maintained old buildings. Join us tonight for a welcome drink before dinner in your hotel. This is an ideal chance to meet, and get to know, your Tour Manager and fellow travellers. (D)
Hotel: Hilton Frankfurt
Day 2, Heidelberg, Gengenbach and the Black Forest
Spend the morning in the nearby ancient university town of Heidelberg. Set in the wooded Neckar Valley, it is noted for its twin-towered bridge and red sandstone castle. We have included a funicular ride up to the castle and entrance to the castle courtyard and terrace. From here you can enjoy the magnificent views of the city and Neckar River below. Entrance is also included to see the world’s largest wine barrel and the German Apothecary Museum.
Later, drive deep into the Black Forest to enjoy an afternoon stop in Gengenbach. With its watchtowers and market square surrounded by lovely half-timbered houses, it is easy to see why it has been called a “pearl among the Black Forest towns”. Continue to nearby Triberg, where you spend the next four nights. (B, D)
Hotel: Parkhotel Wehrle, Triberg
Day 3, Strabsourg cruise and Triberg
Your morning will be spent in Strasbourg, the seat of the European Parliament. On arrival, you will board a glass topped boat to enjoy a river cruise around the heart of this beautiful city. Retaining its old world charm there are three bridges spanning the River Ill, massive fortified towers and the pedestrian streets around the Place de la Cathédrale and Place Broglie are a delight. Take time to enjoy one of the numerous cosy bistros and cafés. Late afternoon and evening is at leisure in Triberg, in the very centre of the Black Forest, famous for cake, and home to the world’s largest cuckoo clock. (B)
Day 4, Colmar and the Alsace Wine Road
Crossing the Rhine in France, spend the morning in postcard perfect Colmar. On arrival, enjoy an orientation tour through the heart of town on the ‘Petit Train’. Brightly painted, half-timbered houses on narrow, twisting lanes make a perfect backdrop. The River Lauch winds its way through the centre, known as the Little Venice district. Your afternoon will be spent on the Route Alsace du Vin (Alsace Wine Road). Stretching from Strasbourg to Colmar, you will drive through the pretty villages of Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr and Kaysersberg on this famous wine road. At one of the manicured vineyards we will enjoy a wine tasting of various classic local wines. (B)
Day 5, Lake Titisee and Gothic Freiburg
This morning, visit the beautiful lake and town of Titisee and enjoy a cruise on the crystal clear waters of this famous lake. Lunchtime is at leisure in the capital of the Black Forest – the gothic city of Freiburg. Sensitively restored, Freiburg is one of the most charming of German cities, located where the Black Forest meets the Rhine Plain. Arcaded shopping streets and little streams lead through the old town to its great gothic cathedral. (B, D)
Day 6, Flower Island of Mainau to Bavaria
Heading south-east we soon arrive on the western shore of Lake Constance. Crossing a short causeway, visit the Flower Island of Mainau where a local guide leads you through the 111 acres of beautiful gardens and landscaped grounds. Originally created nearly 200 years ago by Prince Nikolaus, these magnificent botanical gardens also boast an arboretum and an Italian rose garden complete with pergolas, sculptures, fountains and 500 varieties of roses. In summer it is splendid with its rhododendrons along with huge displays of over 350,000 flowers.
After catching a ferry across Lake Constance to Meersburg, follow the northern lakeshore to enjoy an afternoon break in the old harbour town of Lindau. Later, continue to Füssen, in the mountains of Bavaria. (B, D)
Hotel: Hotel Hirsch, Fussen
Day 7, Neuschwanstein Castle and Tegelberg
Start the day in Hohenschwangau. On one hill overlooking the little village you have the neo-gothic castle of Hohenschwangau and on the other side above the village is a wooded mountain spur and Neuschwanstein – the fairytale castle of ‘mad’ King Ludwig. Take a leisurely stroll up the wooded road to enjoy a guided tour through Neuschwanstein Castle’s state rooms, king’s apartments, halls and throne room; all reminiscent of a Wagner operatic saga. Later this afternoon, you will take a cable car ride up to Tegelberg to take in the excellent views down onto the fairytale castles far below. Your evening is at leisure in Füssen. (B)
Note: The guided tour through Neuschwanstein Castle incorporates climbing up and down a number of staircases and, as there are no elevators, the inside visit to the castle this morning may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties or limitations.
Day 8, Linderhof Palace, Oberammergau and Wieskirche
There is nothing quite like a day in the mountains! Our first stop will be a visit to Linderhof, an extravagant French Rococo Palace – yet another of King Ludwig’s amazing creations. Lunchtime will be in the nearby village of Oberammergau with its ornately painted buildings where the famous Passion Play is performed every ten years. To complete your visit, wehave included entrance and a guided tour through the fascinating Passion Play Theatre and Museum. In the afternoon, drive through Bavarian farmlands and forests to make a stop in arguably the most beautiful church in Europe – Wieskirche (the ‘Church in the Meadows’). Surrounded by green fields, the interior of this World Heritage Listed church is an astounding Rococo creation. (B, D)
Day 9, Innsbruck, Rathenberg & Kirchberg
Taking the beautiful Fern Pass across the Bavarian Alps you descend into the Inn Valley to visit the nearby winter resort city of Innsbruck. There will be time at leisure to explore the sights of the Alstadt (old town) such as the Hofburg Imperial Palace, cobblestoned streets and the renowned Golden Roof. Later, you follow the dramatic Inn Valley through the rolling Tyrolean hills and villages, to enjoy a short afternoon stop in the pretty village of Rattenberg. You hen continue to Kirchberg where you stay for the next three wonderful nights. On one of the evenings during your stay, we have arranged tickets to a local Austrian folk show*.
Relax and enjoy an evening of typical Tyrolean song and dance, performed by the local townspeople. (B, D)
*Not included on the May 19th departure.
Hotel: Hotel Kirchberger H01
Day 10, 'My Time' in Austrian Tyrol
Your day is entirely free to explore the old town of Kirchberg and maybe the nearby town of Kitzbuhel. Why not take a cable car up one of the surrounding peaks and enjoy lunch in one of the mountain top restaurants. Alternatively relax on a sun terrace and soak up the glorious surroundings.
Tonight, we have arranged tickets to a local Austrian Folk Show. Relax and enjoy an evening of typical Tyrolean song and dance, performed by the local townspeople. (B, D)
Day 11, Ziller Valley and the Krimml waterfalls
An exciting day in the mountains. Driving to Jenbach, you board the old wooden carriages of the historical Zillertalbahn steam train. Sit back and relax as the train puffs its way up the full length of the Ziller Valley, through conifer forests and rich green meadows, to reach the chic ski resort of Mayrhofen. This is a perfect place to enjoy lunchtime amongst the numerous shops, cafés and restaurants surrounded by the soaring Alps.
Meeting up with your coach we enter the Hohe Tauern National Park and drive over the spectacular 1630 metre high, 12 km long Gerlos Pass. Stopping at Krimml, visit the Krimmler Wasserfälle (Waterfalls) – the highest in Austria – where you enjoy a walk along the valley pathway to a number of spectacular viewpoints. (B, D)
Day 12, Berchtesgaden, Eagle’s Nest and Salt Mines
A fascinating day ahead as you visit Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s Eagles Nest. A local guide joins the group as you take a breathtaking bus journey up the winding Kehlstein road and then, in Hitler’s personal luxurious brass elevator, ascend inside the mountain for a guided tour of the Kehlsteinhaus. This alpine retreat is better known as Hitler’s Eagles Nest and the mountain views are spectacular.
Lunchtime will be spent in the picturesque and historic town of Berchtesgaden. Later, visit the old Salt Mines near Berchtesgaden. After dressing up in a salt miner’s uniform, enjoy a fun filled ride on a small train deep underground, take wooden slides (or steps) and then float on a barge across a crystal clear underground lake, beautifully illuminated by a light show. Next stop Salzburg, where you stay three nights. (B, D)
Hotel: Altstadthotel Stadtkrug
Day 13, Salzburg
We have allowed a full day to explore Salzburg – the baroque city of Mozart. A local guide will take you on a walking tour of this enchanting city, including several locations used in the film ‘The Sound of Music’. Your afternoon will be at leisure to explore the myriad of narrow, cobbled stone streets, ornate squares and churches, fascinating shops and traditional coffee houses. The views from the enormous Festung (Fortress), sitting high above the city, are magnificent. (B)
Day 14, Lake Mondsee, Hallstatt & Salzburg
There is nothing like a day exploring the Austrian Lakes District! After a leisurely start we spend the morning beside Lake Mondsee and visit the church made famous in the wedding scene of the film ‘The Sound of Music’. Later we drive deep into the Lakes District to enjoy lunchtime exploring the picturesque town of Hallstatt. Set on a rocky terrace jutting into the quiet dark water of the lake surrounded by towering peaks, this is considered the oldest inhabited village in Europe and perhaps the most beautiful in Austria. Our return journey to Salzburg takes us alongside Wolfgangsee (lake) and around Lake Fuschl. This evening, we have included a farewell dinner at St Peter Stiftskeller, Salzburg’s oldest restaurant dating back to the 1500’s. (B, D)
Day 15, To Munich
Bidding Austria farewell, drive to Munich where your tour ends on arrival, mid-morning. Drop off points will be in the city centre and Munich airport. We recommend you book flights or trains that depart Munich after 2:00 pm. (B)
- All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
- Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
- Travel in a first class air-conditioned touring coach
- 14 nights specially selected hotel accommodation
- Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
- 24 meals – including breakfast daily (B) and 10 dinners (D)
- Tea, coffee and a complimentary beverage with all included dinners
- Hand-selected experiences - Strasbourg river cruise, Lake Titisee cruise, cable car ride to Tegelberg and Ziller steam train ride, local Austrian folk show
- Local guides as described in the itinerary
- All tips to your Tour Manager, driver and local guides
- Personal audio system whilst on tour
- Free WiFi on most coaches and at hotels
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