|Day 1||Sunday, 12/2/2018 - To Vienna |
Transfer by home pick-up to your airport. Depart today for Vienna, Austria.
|Day 2||Monday, 12/3/2018 - Welcome to Vienna |
Arrive in Vienna and board your private motorcoach to transfer to your hotel for two nights. Vienna is the capital of Austria and has been a dominant figure in European history, as it was the capital of the Austrian Hungarian Empire, which covered 25% of Europe for 51 years, ending with WWI in 1918. Relax now, before your Get Acquainted Dinner at a fine local restaurant.
|Day 3||Tuesday, 12/4/2018 - Vienna / Christmas Markets |
A local guide provides your narrated coach and walking tour of this “City of the Hapsburg Kings”. Enjoy stops at St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Kunsthistoriches Museum. Learn about composer Johann Strauss and the Waltz. This afternoon, you have time to explore the world famous Christmas Markets. Try the famous Sacher Torte along with some Viennese coffee. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a fine local restaurant, followed by a wonderful live music concert.
|Day 4||Wednesday, 12/5/2018 - Vienna to Salzburg |
Motor west across the Danube River and through the Austrian countryside. Enjoy an incredibly scenic drive through the famed Salzkammergut region with a stop in Mondsee at the church used for the wedding scene in the Academy Award winning film The Sound of Music. Stop in the quaint village of Oberndorf, famous as the birthplace of the Christmas carol Silent Night. Enjoy an included lunch nearby. Then, arrive for three nights in the music city of Salzburg on the Salzach River. The town surrounds a hilltop castle and is famous as the birthplace of Mozart.
|Day 5||Thursday, 12/6/2018 - Sound of Music / Christmas Markets |
Meet your local guide for a wonderful walking tour of historic Salzburg, including many of the sites used in the filming of the popular movie The Sound of Music featuring the story of the local Von Trapp Family. Free time this afternoon to explore town and the magical Christmas Markets here. Tonight a special treat: after your included dinner, take in a special music concert celebrating the holidays.
|Day 6||Friday, 12/7/2018 - Day Trip: Hallein & Hallstatt |
A fantastic day awaits you on a full day excursion into the famed Austrian Lakes Region southeast of Salzburg. First, visit the Salt Mine in Hallein. Tour the interesting subterranean Salt Mines by tram and learn how they have mined the salt for centuries. Enjoy an included lunch here. Then, motor on to see the timeless beauty of the lakeside village of Hallstatt. Return to Salzburg and relax.
|Day 7||Saturday, 12/8/2018 - Salzburg to Munich |
Motor northwest today into Germany. Stop en route to tour the impressive Palace Herrenchiemsee, built by King Ludwig ll in 1873 as his Royal Bavarian Palace and modeled after the Palace of Versailles, as Ludwig greatly admired King Louis XlV of France. Continue on to the capital of Bavaria, Munich, for a two night stay. Dinner is included tonight at your hotel.
|Day 8||Sunday, 12/9/2018 - Munich / Christmas Markets |
Embark on a morning narrated city tour of Munich including the Glockenspiel in Marienplatz, 1972 Olympic Site, and Residenz Museum & Treasury. After lunch, visit the world famous Deutsches Museum, plus time to explore the fabulous Christmas Markets in town. Tonight, meet up for your Farewell Dinner at a fine local restaurant.
|Day 9||Monday, 12/10/2018 - Fly Home |
Transfer to the Munich airport for your return flights back to the USA.