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 – 30, 2020

Tour Price: $TBD

Tour price includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare from Boston or New York; depart to and returning from Munich*
  • Airport transfers (arrival and departure at Munich)
  • 14 nights’ accommodation in elegant 4 star hotels of character:
  • Munich (2); Salzburg (3); Mittenwald (2); Füssen (3); Rothenburg (2); Regensburg (2)
  • All breakfasts (14); 6 three-course lunches; 6 multi-course dinners
  • Full time professional tour leader
  • Expert local guides in Munich, Salzburg, Mittenwald, Garmisch, Neuschweinstein and Hohenschwangau castles, Füssen, Oberammergau, Lindau, Lake Constance, Würzburg, Nuremberg, Regensburg
  • Visit to a craft workshop in Oberammergau
  • Wine tasting in Würzburg
  • 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 gourmet welcome dinner.
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 lively Munich brewery and of course includes a beer tasting.
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 lunch on the lakeshore, we 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.
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. In the afternoon we visit the house Wolfgang Mozart lived in as a child. 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 the salt mines of Hallein. Traded like gold, salt shaped the history of Austria. We enjoy lunch at a typical farm in the countryside, where we taste the most genuine alpine products, including their wonderful cheeses. 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 fantasty 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 parental castle where Ludwig spent his childhood. Just outside the castles lies the lovely village of Füssen, our destination for the next three nights. We explore the village and choose a restaurant for dinner at leisure.
Overnight: Füssen Meals:  B, L, D
Day 9
After breakfast at the hotel, our guide takes us through the small streets of Füssen, from Reichen Strasse, the main street of the old town, lined with restaurants, bars, and shops, up to the Franziskaner Kloster, a striking Franciscan monastery. After lunch in a local restaurant, we head to another striking destination, Oberammergau. This small town is one of Bavaria’s postcard attractions and owes its fame to the frescoed houses and to the skill of its artisans known for their wood craftsmanship. We meet an artisan to learn how this art is still thriving. We return to Füssen for a free evening.
Overnight: Füssen Meals:  B, L
Day 10
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. After a guided visit of the old town, we embark for a lunch cruise on a historical boat that takes us across the lake while savoring the amazing food specialties of the region. Tonight is our last evening in Füssen.
Overnight: Füssen Meals:  B, L
Day 11
Leaving Füssen, we drive northward to the beautiful town of Mindelheim. We take a walk along Maximilianstrasse, the main street, which crosses the whole town between two ancient gates. We continue to Ulm, where we stop for lunch at leisure and a visit. The main monument of Ulm, as well as one of the masterpieces of the German Gothic style, is the majestic Münster. This church has the tallest bell tower in the world (530 ft), and from its accessible summit, you can marvel at the view of the city and the surrounding countryside. We then arrive at our destination of Rothenburg, where we check into our lovely hotel and have dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Rothenburg Meals:  B, D
Day 12
Today we visit Würzburg, whose fame is mainly due to its monumental Residenz, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Würzburg is also the wine capital of the region. We taste the amazing “Franconian Steinwein” at the wine cellar Staatlicher Hofkeller, which is located in the basement of the Residenz. We then visit the magnificent Marienberg Fortress, on top of a hillside covered in grapevines of perhaps Franconia’s most recognizable vineyard, Würzburger Stein. Wine producer since the 8th century, its 1540 vintage wine is considered to be the oldest wine ever tasted. Back in Rothenburg, we have time at leisure.
Overnight: Rothenburg Meals:  B
Day 13
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, Regensburg.
Overnight: Regensburg Meals: B, L
Day 14
Regensburg is an ancient city that boasts a history of almost two thousand years. Its cathedral, 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 before tonight’s farewell dinner.
Overnight: Regensburg Meals: B, D
Day 15
After breakfast, we head to the Munich Airport for our return flights.
Meals: B

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