Germany, Switzerland, Austria & Prague

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Highlights of the Alps, plus Mountain Lakes, Imperial Cities & Gemütlichkeit!

This popular trip showcases the beautiful sights and unique cultures of Central Europe. Highlights include Hradčany Castle and the Charles Bridge in Prague, a night watchman tour in the medieval town of Rothenburg, a somber stop at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial, a cruise on the Rhine River with a private wine-tasting and a stay in Munich, Bavaria’s fun-loving capital. Other activities feature a Mozart dinner concert in Salzburg, two days in the magnificent Swiss Alps, a visit to a woodcarver's studio in the Black Forest, a magic show in Oberammergau and a Czech evening filled with food, music, and dancing.

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Highlights include:

  • Golden City of Prague Tour
  • Prague Jewish Quarter
  • Tour of Hradčany Castle
  • Free time in Prague for shopping
  • Riemanschneider Altar in Rothenburg
  • Rothenburg Night Watchman’s Tour
  • Dachau Memorial
  • Munich City Tour
  • Marienplatz Square and Glockenspiel
  • Weißes Bräuhaus Dinner
  • Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest & Kehlstein Mountain
  • Salt Mine Tour
  • Salzburg City Tour
  • Sights from “The Sound of Music”
  • Neuschwanstein Palace
  • Oberammergau – home of Passion Play
  • Swiss Alps & Alpine Vistas
  • Lion Monument in Lucerne
  • Excursion to Kleine Scheidegg & Grindelwald
  • Swiss Folklore Show
  • Black Forest Cuckoo Clocks
  • Open-air Farm Museum
  • Rhine River Cruise


DAY 1 - Depart

Our adventure starts as we depart on our scheduled flight to Prague, Czech Republic.

 

DAY 2 - Prague

Upon our arrival in Prague, we meet our driver and a local guide who introduces us to the “Golden City.” We eventually arrive at the Old Town Square, an impressive open space surrounded by churches and historic buildings. We walk to the Old Town Hall to view its famous Astronomical Clock. Finally, we visit the Jewish Quarter, where we stroll through the oldest synagogue and Jewish cemetery in Europe. Clarion Hotel Prague Old Town or similar, Prague (D)

 

DAY 3 - Prague

We start our day with a locally guided walking tour of Hradčany, the largest castle complex in the world. Besides Prague Castle, the grounds also include St.Vitus Cathedral and the Golden Lane, a collection of small cottages from the 16th century. After crossing the famous Charles Bridge, we arrive at Wenceslas Square, a wide boulevard that is dominated by the National Museum and a statue of Saint Wenceslas. The afternoon is free to purchase some Czech crystal or garnet jewelry, visit one of the many fine museums or simply sample some Czech delicacies near the city center. This evening, we enjoy a typical Czech meal accompanied by traditional folk entertainment. Clarion Hotel Prague Old Town or similar, Prague (B,D)

 

DAY 4 - Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Departing the Czech Republic, we travel across Bohemia and northern Bavaria to the medieval walled city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Upon our arrival, we visit the St. James Church and see the famous altar created by the renowned woodcarver, Tilman Riemenschneider. The rest of the afternoon is ours to explore the cobblestone streets and ramparts and admire the half-timbered buildings that make us feel as if we have stepped back in time. After dinner, we learn more about life in medieval times as we accompany the night watchman on a guided tour of the town. Hotel Rothenburger Hof or similar, Rothenburg (B,D)

 

DAY 5 - Munich

This morning we travel southward to Dachau, a town just outside of Munich. Our visit to the Concentration Camp Memorial includes a film in English, an informative historical account of the camp’s history and plenty of time to walk the grounds on our own. We have lunch in Dachau before continuing on to Munich, Bavaria’s friendly capital city. Our leader acquaints us with the pedestrian zone around the Marienplatz, the main square in front of the new town hall. There is time to do some sightseeing before taking the subway to our hotel. Hotel Daniel or similar, Munich (B,D)

 

DAY 6 - Munich

Today, we discover other Munich sites by taking a locally guided tour that includes many highlights such as the grounds of Nymphenburg Palace, the elegant Maximillian Straße and the 1972 Olympic Grounds. Our tour ends at the Marienplatz where we watch the Glockenspiel play in the tower of the Neues Rathaus. The rest of the day is ours to shop along the mile-long pedestrian zone, get a bite to eat at the nearby Viktualien Market or visit one of a number of fine museums. Dinner tonight is at the Weißes Bräuhaus, a traditional Munich restaurant. Afterwards, those who wish may want to spend some time at Munich’s Hofbräuhaus for singing and live entertainment. Hotel Daniel or similar, Munich (B,D)

 

DAY 7 - Salzburg

Our first stop today is in Berchtesgaden, where we don miners’ apparel and descend into a salt mine for an unforgettable tour. Afterwards, we continue on to see Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest, a chalet built at the top of the Kehlstein mountain. On a clear day, the site affords beautiful views of the Alps. Next, we travel to Salzburg, Austria, which is famous for being Mozart’s birthplace and the backdrop for The Sound of Music. We enjoy some free time to explore the narrow winding streets of the old city before dinner. Hotel Ibis Salzburg Nord or similar, Salzburg (B,D)

 

DAY 8 - Salzburg

This morning a local guide joins us for a walking tour of Salzburg. Our sightseeing includes the magnificent Cathedral, the Getreidegasse, the city’s quaint shopping area, Mozart’s birth house and a walk through St. Peter’s Cemetery. After time for lunch, we enjoy an excursion to the Salzkammergut. With its beautiful mountains and lakes, it is a very popular vacation destination for many Austrians. Tonight, we are treated to dinner and a concert in the Stiftskeller St. Peter, the perfect setting to enjoy Austrian food and the music of Mozart. Hotel Ibis Salzburg Nord or similar, Salzburg (B,D)

 

DAY 9 - Oberammergau

Departing Austria, we return to Germany as we drive through the Bavarian countryside to visit Palace Neuschwanstein. One of three palaces built by Bavaria’s King Ludwig II, Walt Disney used it as the model for his Fantasyland Castle. Next, we take a short drive to the nearby Wieskirche. This “Church in the Meadow” is a fine example of Rococo architecture. Finally, we continue on to Oberammergau, home of woodcarvers and famous for the Passion Play that is performed here every ten years. Tonight, we are treated to a “magical” dinner at the Zauberstub’n Restaurant, where Vlado performs some amazing tricks as we dine. Hotel Wittelsbach or similar, Oberammergau (B,D)

 

DAY 10 - Sarnen area

Today’s drive is filled with breathtaking mountain scenery as we travel over mountain passes to the Bernese Oberland area of Switzerland. Our first stop is in Vaduz, the capital of the small principality of Liechtenstein. We also spend time in Lucerne to see the poignant Lion Monument that pays tribute to the Swiss mercenaries who lost their lives defending the kings of France. There is time to explore this beautiful city, including taking a walk across the famous wooden Chapel Bridge before continuing on to our hotel in Sarnen. Seehotel Kastanienebaum or similar, Sarnen area (B,D) 

 

DAY 11 - Sarnen area

This morning we drive to view the Trümmelbachfälle, several waterfalls within a mountain that drain nearby glaciers. The raw power and beauty of the falls have attracted tourists for decades. Afterwards, we take a hiking excursion in the heart of the Swiss Alps. We start by riding a cogwheel train to the small car-free town of Wengen, where we have some time to explore before taking a gondola up to the ridge of the nearby mountain. From there it’s an easy and leisurely hike to Kleine Scheidegg. Our hike affords breathtaking vistas of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks, as well as views of the tiny villages in the valley. At Kleine Scheidegg, we have time for lunch before taking a train down to Grindelwald where there’s an opportunity to shop or simply relax at one of the many outdoor cafés. This evening’s entertainment features a Swiss folklore show at our hotel. Seehotel Kastanienebaum or similar, Sarnen area (B,D)

 

DAY 12 - Black Forest

As we leave Switzerland, our first stop this morning is in Schaffhausen to see the mighty Rhinefalls. Then, returning to Germany, we enter the Black Forest, the land of “elves and cuckoo clocks”. In Triberg, we visit the House of 1,000 Clocks followed by some time for lunch. Afterwards, we travel to Gutach for a tour of the Vogtsbauernhof, an interesting open-air museum where we learn about the architecture, traditions and customs of the way people lived and farmed over the past 400 years. After a busy day, we are ready to check into our hotel and relax before dinner. Hotel Schloß Hornberg or similar, Black Forest (B,D)

 

DAY 13 - Rüdesheim

Our final day in Europe features a cruise on the mighty Rhine River. We leave the Black Forest and travel to Rüdesheim where we board a boat and enjoy time on one of Europe’s most important waterways. Along the way, we hear about the history of the many castle ruins and vineyards that dot the hillside along the river. After our cruise, we transfer to our hotel for our final overnight and have some time for last minute shopping before dinner. Tonight we celebrate our last evening in Europe with a farewell dinner and a tasting of the region’s fine Rhine wines. Hotel Höhn or similar, Rüdesheim (B,D)

 

DAY 14 - Return

Sadly, we say “Auf Wiedersehen” to Europe as we transfer to the Frankfurt Airport for our return flight to the United States. We take with us memories of exciting cities, peaceful villages, great entertainment and beautiful scenery. (B)

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Arrival Instructions

Arrive to Prague, Czech Republic by 1:00 PM via Prague Ruzyně International Airport (PRG)


Departure Instructions

Depart from Frankfurt, Germany after 12:00 PM via Frankfurt am Main International Airport (FRA)


Payment Policy

Deposit: $ 500.00 per person due at time of booking - final payment due 100 days prior to departure


Cancellation Policy

From deposit to 100 days before departure, $100 penalty (unless replaced or tour is filled); 99 - 15 days before departure: $300 penalty plus unrecoverable deposits to suppliers and airlines (if applicable); 14 days and less: no refund.

Your Tour Includes:

• Land transportation via private, deluxe air-conditioned motor coach

• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in moderate first class hotels

• Meals as indicated in itinerary (12 Breakfasts, 12 Dinners)

• Services of a professional tour guide throughout the tour

• Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions

• Admission to all activities listed on itinerary

• Luggage handling: one piece per person at hotels

• Luggage tags and strap, name badge and trip journal

• End of tour gratuity for coach driver

• All taxes and tips for services provided except as indicated below

 

Your Tour Does Not Include:

• Airfare and any related taxes and fees

• Meals not indicated on itinerary

• Beverages except with breakfast

• End of tour gratuity for tour guide

• Items of a personal nature such as passport fees (must be valid for 6 months beyond return date)


Optional trip cancellation and interruption insurance is available for an additional cost.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Depart

Our adventure starts as we depart on our scheduled flight to Prague, Czech Republic.

 

DAY 2 - Prague

Upon our arrival in Prague, we meet our driver and a local guide who introduces us to the “Golden City.” We eventually arrive at the Old Town Square, an impressive open space surrounded by churches and historic buildings. We walk to the Old Town Hall to view its famous Astronomical Clock. Finally, we visit the Jewish Quarter, where we stroll through the oldest synagogue and Jewish cemetery in Europe. Clarion Hotel Prague Old Town or similar, Prague (D)

 

DAY 3 - Prague

We start our day with a locally guided walking tour of Hradčany, the largest castle complex in the world. Besides Prague Castle, the grounds also include St.Vitus Cathedral and the Golden Lane, a collection of small cottages from the 16th century. After crossing the famous Charles Bridge, we arrive at Wenceslas Square, a wide boulevard that is dominated by the National Museum and a statue of Saint Wenceslas. The afternoon is free to purchase some Czech crystal or garnet jewelry, visit one of the many fine museums or simply sample some Czech delicacies near the city center. This evening, we enjoy a typical Czech meal accompanied by traditional folk entertainment. Clarion Hotel Prague Old Town or similar, Prague (B,D)

 

DAY 4 - Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Departing the Czech Republic, we travel across Bohemia and northern Bavaria to the medieval walled city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Upon our arrival, we visit the St. James Church and see the famous altar created by the renowned woodcarver, Tilman Riemenschneider. The rest of the afternoon is ours to explore the cobblestone streets and ramparts and admire the half-timbered buildings that make us feel as if we have stepped back in time. After dinner, we learn more about life in medieval times as we accompany the night watchman on a guided tour of the town. Hotel Rothenburger Hof or similar, Rothenburg (B,D)

 

DAY 5 - Munich

This morning we travel southward to Dachau, a town just outside of Munich. Our visit to the Concentration Camp Memorial includes a film in English, an informative historical account of the camp’s history and plenty of time to walk the grounds on our own. We have lunch in Dachau before continuing on to Munich, Bavaria’s friendly capital city. Our leader acquaints us with the pedestrian zone around the Marienplatz, the main square in front of the new town hall. There is time to do some sightseeing before taking the subway to our hotel. Hotel Daniel or similar, Munich (B,D)

 

DAY 6 - Munich

Today, we discover other Munich sites by taking a locally guided tour that includes many highlights such as the grounds of Nymphenburg Palace, the elegant Maximillian Straße and the 1972 Olympic Grounds. Our tour ends at the Marienplatz where we watch the Glockenspiel play in the tower of the Neues Rathaus. The rest of the day is ours to shop along the mile-long pedestrian zone, get a bite to eat at the nearby Viktualien Market or visit one of a number of fine museums. Dinner tonight is at the Weißes Bräuhaus, a traditional Munich restaurant. Afterwards, those who wish may want to spend some time at Munich’s Hofbräuhaus for singing and live entertainment. Hotel Daniel or similar, Munich (B,D)

 

DAY 7 - Salzburg

Our first stop today is in Berchtesgaden, where we don miners’ apparel and descend into a salt mine for an unforgettable tour. Afterwards, we continue on to see Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest, a chalet built at the top of the Kehlstein mountain. On a clear day, the site affords beautiful views of the Alps. Next, we travel to Salzburg, Austria, which is famous for being Mozart’s birthplace and the backdrop for The Sound of Music. We enjoy some free time to explore the narrow winding streets of the old city before dinner. Hotel Ibis Salzburg Nord or similar, Salzburg (B,D)

 

DAY 8 - Salzburg

This morning a local guide joins us for a walking tour of Salzburg. Our sightseeing includes the magnificent Cathedral, the Getreidegasse, the city’s quaint shopping area, Mozart’s birth house and a walk through St. Peter’s Cemetery. After time for lunch, we enjoy an excursion to the Salzkammergut. With its beautiful mountains and lakes, it is a very popular vacation destination for many Austrians. Tonight, we are treated to dinner and a concert in the Stiftskeller St. Peter, the perfect setting to enjoy Austrian food and the music of Mozart. Hotel Ibis Salzburg Nord or similar, Salzburg (B,D)

 

DAY 9 - Oberammergau

Departing Austria, we return to Germany as we drive through the Bavarian countryside to visit Palace Neuschwanstein. One of three palaces built by Bavaria’s King Ludwig II, Walt Disney used it as the model for his Fantasyland Castle. Next, we take a short drive to the nearby Wieskirche. This “Church in the Meadow” is a fine example of Rococo architecture. Finally, we continue on to Oberammergau, home of woodcarvers and famous for the Passion Play that is performed here every ten years. Tonight, we are treated to a “magical” dinner at the Zauberstub’n Restaurant, where Vlado performs some amazing tricks as we dine. Hotel Wittelsbach or similar, Oberammergau (B,D)

 

DAY 10 - Sarnen area

Today’s drive is filled with breathtaking mountain scenery as we travel over mountain passes to the Bernese Oberland area of Switzerland. Our first stop is in Vaduz, the capital of the small principality of Liechtenstein. We also spend time in Lucerne to see the poignant Lion Monument that pays tribute to the Swiss mercenaries who lost their lives defending the kings of France. There is time to explore this beautiful city, including taking a walk across the famous wooden Chapel Bridge before continuing on to our hotel in Sarnen. Seehotel Kastanienebaum or similar, Sarnen area (B,D) 

 

DAY 11 - Sarnen area

This morning we drive to view the Trümmelbachfälle, several waterfalls within a mountain that drain nearby glaciers. The raw power and beauty of the falls have attracted tourists for decades. Afterwards, we take a hiking excursion in the heart of the Swiss Alps. We start by riding a cogwheel train to the small car-free town of Wengen, where we have some time to explore before taking a gondola up to the ridge of the nearby mountain. From there it’s an easy and leisurely hike to Kleine Scheidegg. Our hike affords breathtaking vistas of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks, as well as views of the tiny villages in the valley. At Kleine Scheidegg, we have time for lunch before taking a train down to Grindelwald where there’s an opportunity to shop or simply relax at one of the many outdoor cafés. This evening’s entertainment features a Swiss folklore show at our hotel. Seehotel Kastanienebaum or similar, Sarnen area (B,D)

 

DAY 12 - Black Forest

As we leave Switzerland, our first stop this morning is in Schaffhausen to see the mighty Rhinefalls. Then, returning to Germany, we enter the Black Forest, the land of “elves and cuckoo clocks”. In Triberg, we visit the House of 1,000 Clocks followed by some time for lunch. Afterwards, we travel to Gutach for a tour of the Vogtsbauernhof, an interesting open-air museum where we learn about the architecture, traditions and customs of the way people lived and farmed over the past 400 years. After a busy day, we are ready to check into our hotel and relax before dinner. Hotel Schloß Hornberg or similar, Black Forest (B,D)

 

DAY 13 - Rüdesheim

Our final day in Europe features a cruise on the mighty Rhine River. We leave the Black Forest and travel to Rüdesheim where we board a boat and enjoy time on one of Europe’s most important waterways. Along the way, we hear about the history of the many castle ruins and vineyards that dot the hillside along the river. After our cruise, we transfer to our hotel for our final overnight and have some time for last minute shopping before dinner. Tonight we celebrate our last evening in Europe with a farewell dinner and a tasting of the region’s fine Rhine wines. Hotel Höhn or similar, Rüdesheim (B,D)

 

DAY 14 - Return

Sadly, we say “Auf Wiedersehen” to Europe as we transfer to the Frankfurt Airport for our return flight to the United States. We take with us memories of exciting cities, peaceful villages, great entertainment and beautiful scenery. (B)

Pricing & Availability

Inclusions

Your Tour Includes:

• Land transportation via private, deluxe air-conditioned motor coach

• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in moderate first class hotels

• Meals as indicated in itinerary (12 Breakfasts, 12 Dinners)

• Services of a professional tour guide throughout the tour

• Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions

• Admission to all activities listed on itinerary

• Luggage handling: one piece per person at hotels

• Luggage tags and strap, name badge and trip journal

• End of tour gratuity for coach driver

• All taxes and tips for services provided except as indicated below

 

Your Tour Does Not Include:

• Airfare and any related taxes and fees

• Meals not indicated on itinerary

• Beverages except with breakfast

• End of tour gratuity for tour guide

• Items of a personal nature such as passport fees (must be valid for 6 months beyond return date)


Optional trip cancellation and interruption insurance is available for an additional cost.



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