Germany, Switzerland & Austria with Pat Blaine

with Budapest extension
May 15-28, 2018 / 14 DAYS

Get a full view of Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Germany, Switzerland, and Austria share a language, but their appeals are varied. Discover delightfully distinct style and substance in each destinati…

Your package includes

  • 12 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 12 breakfasts
  • 6 dinners with beer or wine
  • 8 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Heidelberg Castle, the Black Forest, Lake Lucerne, Liechtenstein, Neuschwanstein Castle, Nymphenburg Palace, Melk Abbey, Belvedere Palace

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you’ll walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hil…

Itinerary

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Overnight Flight / 1 NIGHT

May 15: Travel to Frankfurt, Germany

Board your overnight flight to Frankfurt today.

Heidelberg Region / 2 NIGHTS

May 16: Arrival in the Heidelberg Region via Frankfurt

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Germany! After arriving in Frankfurt, transfer to the Heidelberg Region to meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

May 17: Guided tour of Heidelberg

Included meals: Breakfast

Immerse yourself in the romantic cityscapes and Baroque architecture of Heidelberg on a guided tour. • Wander through Heidelberg’s elegant Market Square in the city’s Old Town • Explore the grounds of Heidelberg University, the oldest university in Germany  • Take a funicular ride to the city’s rose-colored hilltop castle for panoramic views of the Old Bridge and the Rhine River below Enjoy a free afternoon in Heidelberg or add an excursion.

Lucerne Region / 2 NIGHTS

May 18: Travel to Lucerne Region via Rhine Falls & the Black Forest

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On the way to Switzerland, journey to thundering Rhine Falls and through the Black Forest, the setting for many of the Grimm Brothers’ famous fairytales. Later, continue on to the Lucerne region.

May 19: Guided tour of Lucerne

Included meals: Breakfast

Get an up-close look at Lucerne, Switzerland’s idyllic Alpine town, on a guided sightseeing tour.  • Pass hand-painted facades along the cobbled streets of the Old Town • View the Lion Monument, a tribute to the Swiss Guards who sacrificed their lives in Paris during the French Revolution • See the Jesuit Church, the first large Baroque building of its kind to be built in Switzerland north of the Alps Enjoy a free afternoon in the Lucerne region or add an excursion.

Innsbruck / 1 NIGHT

May 20: Travel to Innsbruck via Liechtenstein

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel into Liechtenstein, a tiny Alpine principality dating back to the Holy Roman Empire. Then, continue on toward the wintertime wonderland of Innsbruck, where you’ll enjoy a guided walking tour. • Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz, and pass the royal family’s hilltop castle, still in use as a royal residence • Arrive in Innsbruck, site of two winter Olympic Games • See the famed Golden Roof and the City Tower in Innsbruck’s historic Old Town • Pass the Hofburg, a former Hapsburg Imperial Palace, and walk into its cobblestoned courtyard • Enter the Baroque Cathedral of St. James

Munich / 2 NIGHTS

May 21: Travel to Munich via Neuschwanstein

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel through the mountains of Bavaria en route to Munich, Germany. Along the way, stop for a guided tour of Neuschwanstein, the fairy-tale retreat of “Mad” King Ludwig II. • Step inside Neuschwanstein Castle • Take time to explore its stalactite grotto, artifacts, and murals

May 22: Guided tour of Munich

Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know the Bavarian capital on a guided tour.  • Travel past the Englischer Garten and fashionable Schwabing district  • Enter the Nymphenburg Palace, the Baroque home to past Bavarian royalty • Walk from Odeonsplatz through 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 Enjoy a free afternoon in Munich or add an excursion.

Salzburg / 2 NIGHTS

May 23: Guided tour of Salzburg

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Head to Salzburg, Austria, a city famed for its churches and musical history. There, a local guide leads you on a walking tour of the Old Town. • View the University of Salzburg and the churchyard of St. Peter • See the Kapitelplatz, Residenzplatz, and Alter Markt, in the city’s Old Town • Enter the 17th-century Salzburg Cathedral, built in the Baroque style • Pass through scenery from the beloved film The Sound of Music • Take the funicular to the hilltop Hohensalzburg Fortress, one of Europe’s largest medieval castles

May 24: Free time in Salzburg

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Salzburg or add excursions.

Vienna / 3 NIGHTS

May 25: Travel to Vienna via Melk Abbey

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Stop in Melk for a guided tour of the town’s Baroque abbey, then continue your drive through the Austrian countryside to Vienna.

May 26: Guided tour of Vienna

Included meals: Breakfast

Get transported back to the Age of Empires on a guided tour of Vienna.  • Step inside Belvedere Palace, home to the world's largest collection of paintings by artist Gustav Klimt, and admire the palace's impressive gardens   • Travel down the Ringstrasse, passing the Parliament building, Vienna State Opera, and Kunsthistorisches Museum   • See the grand Hofburg Palace, the Hapsburg’s preferred winter residence Enjoy a free evening in Vienna or add an excursion.

May 27: Free time in Vienna

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Vienna or add an excursion. This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

May 28: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to Budapest.

Extension / Starting from $349 pp

Budapest / 2 NIGHTS

Truly a tale of two cities, Budapest is a merger of Buda and Pest, two towns separated by the Danube River. Now known as "the Pearl of the Danube," Budapest is a peaceful yet progressive metropolis, offering plenty of shopping, as well as specialty Hungarian foods and wines.

May 28: Sightseeing tour of Budapest

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Budapest today, then discover the major landmarks of both sides of the city—Buda and Pest—with a local guide. • Trace this nation’s stormy history at Heroes' Square • Tour the lavishly decorated interior of the Hungarian Parliament building • Cross the Danube and ascend Castle Hill • Take in the breathtaking views from Fisherman’s Bastion • Visit the medieval Matthias Church, once the site of Hapsburg coronations

May 29: Free day in Budapest

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Budapest or add an excursion. This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

May 30: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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