ALPINE COUNTRIES & OKTOBERFEST

HIGHLIGHTS

7 Nights at one hotel • Munich’s Oktoberfest • Munich City Tour • Bavarian Restaurant & Beer Hall Lunch • Innsbruck City Tour • Golden Roof & Imperial Palace Hofkirche • Swarovski Crystal Fantasy World • Salzburg Walking Tour • Mirabell Gardens • Neuschwanstein Castle • Wies Church • Oberammergau • Bier Garden Farewell Dinner

 

INCLUDES

8 Nights Hotel Accommodations, 11 Meals, Tour Director, Deluxe Motorcoach, Transportation, Sightseeing per Itinerary, Baggage Handling

TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL        EASY  1   2   3   4  ACTIVE

Day 1 - Depart USA

Depart from USA on your overnight flight en route to Munich, Germany.

 

Day 2 - Arrive Munich - Innsbruck

Upon arrival in Munich, meet your Tour Director and enjoy a panoramic drive through the German Alps into Austria. En route enjoy your first glimpse of the majestic mountain scenery that awaits you. Later check into your hotel for a 7-night stay in Innsbruck, Austria nestled in the Austrian Alps. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers. (D)

 

Day 3 - Innsbruck

This morning enjoy an Innsbruck City Tour, an 800-year-old university city surrounded by the beautiful Alps and host to the 1964 & 1976 Olympic Winter Games. Enjoy a guided walk through the Old Town to see the famous Golden Roof, built in 1500 and decorated with 2657 fire-gilded copper tiles. Also see the Imperial Palace and visit the Hofkirche (Imperial Chapel), built in 1553. Visit the famous Swarovski Crystal Fantasy World in the nearby village of Wattens. Later return to Innsbruck and enjoy the evening at leisure. (B)

 

Day 4 - Munich’s Oktoberfest

This morning travel north into Germany for a full day visit to Munich & Oktoberfest. The day in the Bavarian capital begins with a Munich City Tour featuring views of Olympic Park and a visit to the famous Marian Platz, home to the fourth largest glockenspiel in the world. Then stop at a local Bavarian restaurant & beer hall for an traditional lunch with an included ‘bier.’ After lunch your motorcoach will take you to experience Munich’s legendary Oktoberfest at your own pace. They’ve been brewing ‘liquid bread’ here for 3000 years and they do it better than anyone else. Enjoy time on your own to stroll the festival grounds and indulge in the unique and amazing atmosphere of Oktoberfest. Be sure the sample the brew and feast on Bavarian food and specialties as you discover an array of Munich’s history and culture. This evening return to Innsbruck. (B,L)


Day 5 - Neuschwanstein Castle - Oberammergau

Today travel to Germany and make a photo stop at Bavaria’s famous Neuschwanstein Castle, com- missioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria. Then visit Wies Church, a pilgrimage church and UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue to the charming village of Oberammergau for an orientation of this famous village, known for its Passion Play, performed every ten years to fulfill a pledge made by the villagers to God for sparing their city from the ravages of the plague in 1633. Enjoy time to wander the quaint village as well. Later return to Innsbruck. This evening join your fellow travelers for an included dinner. (B,D)

Day 6 - Innsbruck at Leisure

Today is at leisure for shopping or enjoying the beautiful Alps. An optional excursion will be available to Merano, Italy and the Italian Alps. The tour features the town of Merano to visit Castle Trauttmansdorf and to explore this beautiful spa town that was the destination of choice for Austria’s nobility. The area is also famous for its delicious wines. Enjoy a Wine Tasting of various local vintages before returning to Innsbruck. (B)

 

Day 7 - Salzburg

Today enjoy a full day excursion to Salzburg, Austria, Mozart’s birthplace. The city’s picturesque streets with their wrought-iron signs, its spacious squares with sculptured fountains and the noble architecture of its buildings inspired by bishops with a passion for construction, leave memories which linger for years. Enjoy a Salzburg Walking Tour of Old Town, Mirabell Gardens, Mozart Square, the Dom Cathedral and the cobble-stoned Getreidegasse. Later enjoy some time at leisure to shop, relax at a cafe or maybe visit the Hohensalzburg Fortress. Later return to Innsbruck. (B)

 

Day 8 - Innsbruck at Leisure - Bier Garden Farewell Dinner

Today is at leisure to enjoy the Innsbruck area. An optional tour will be available to the Bavarian Alpine town of Berchtesgaden & Eagles Nest. Tour the 500-year-old Salt Mine by train and boat. Later visit to Hitler’s Eagles Nest which towers high above the village and the valley floor. Eagles Nest was intended as a 50th birthday present for Adolf Hitler to serve as a retreat, and a place for him to entertain visiting dignitaries. Tonight in Innsbruck enjoy a Bier Garden Farewell Dinner featuring an Oktoberfest style bier garden for an included ‘bier’ followed by a traditional Bavarian meal. (B,D)

 

Day 9 - Innsbruck - Munich - Flight Home

Depart for Munich and fly home filled with wonderful memories of your Alpine Countries Tour. (B)

 

†Land only rates do not include hotel transfers. Roundtrip air package includes hotel transfers.

 

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