Exploring The Alpine Countries
Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Oberammergau, Neuschwanstein Castle, Black Forest, Montreux, Zermatt, Grimsel Pass, Lucerne
Discover storybook castles and glittering palaces amid stunning Alpine vistas as you explore Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
Our prices start from2,999 LAND ONLY
13 Days • GUIDED • 17 MealsOperated Tour
- 11 nights accommodation
- On some dates additional accommodations may be used
- Services of a tour manager
- All on-tour transportation and related fees
- Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
- Round trip home to airport sedan service provided when you purchase airfare through Member Choice Vacations. One transfer per person, per reservation. (Restrictions apply)
- 11 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Day 1 - Overnight Flight
From regal Austrian palaces to handcrafted German clocks and snowcapped Swiss Alps, set out to experience three Alpine cultures set amid postcard-worthy landscapes.
Day 2 - Vienna, Austria - Tour Begins
Welcome to Vienna, Austria's stately capital city. Built by the Habsburg Empire and amplified by classical composers, Vienna exudes an old-world charm that can be found in its cobblestone streets and elegant architecture. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner in the city. Following your meal, enjoy a performance by opera singers and ballet dancers set to the music of Strauss, Mozart, and more.
Day 3 - Vienna
Come to know Vienna this morning during a locally guided tour that showcases its architectural marvels. Visit the 17th-century Schönbrunn Palace, containing more than 1,440 rooms, and see the impressive St. Stephen's Cathedral. The afternoon is yours. Enjoy free time to explore the avenues of Vienna or perhaps visit one of its many museums.
Day 4 - Vienna - Salzburg
Journey through the countryside before taking a cruise along the Danube,* one of Europe's most renowned waterways. Continue to Salzburg, the "City of Music," and find lush gardens and old-world charm. Step into another time with dinner at the 1,200-year-old St. Peter's Restaurant. Home to aged stone walls and sleek wooden ceilings, St. Peter's is the oldest restaurant in Austria and is still owned by monks
*Danube River Cruise is available mid-April to mid-October.
Day 5 - Salzburg
Choose how you spend your morning because it's your choice! Discover Salzburg on a leisurely paced walking tour of the Old Town -OR- feel like you've joined the Von Trapp family on a city tour featuring iconic film locations from The Sound of Music. No matter how you choose to spend the morning, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the beloved town on your own.
Day 6 - Salzburg - Innsbruck - Oberammergau
Look out upon the Bavarian Alps en route to enchanting Innsbruck, located in Tyrolean Austria. Upon arrival, it's your choice! Walk through Innsbruck on a locally guided tour and take in landmarks such as the Golden Roof -OR- visit the Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage, peeking into this historic region through traditional costumes and handicrafts. Continue on to the quaint village of Oberammergau, your home for the next two nights, renowned for woodcarvings and the Passion Play.
Day 7 - Oberammergau – Neuschwanstein Castle – Oberammergau
Step into the pages of beloved fairy tales at Neuschwanstein,** Bavaria's most famous castle. Tour the fabled halls with an expert guide and feel the legends of past royals come to life. Built by King Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein is the most photographed castle in Germany and was the inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty. Return to Oberammergau for an evening at leisure.
**If Neuschwanstein tickets are unavailable on this day, guests will instead visit the nearby castle Schloss Hohenschwangau.
Day 8 - Oberammergau - Black Forest
You're off to the heart of the Black Forest, a region famous for artisans who create authentic cuckoo clocks and Hummels. On your way, get a taste of local flavors at a German winery. Enjoy a tour before sampling the vintages and looking out over the rows of vines and nearby Lake Constance. End your day amongst the tree-studded mountains of the Black Forest.
Day 9 - Black Forest - Montreux, Switzerland - Zermatt
Welcome to Switzerland! Take in your surroundings at the resort town of Montreux, located on serene Lake Geneva. Later, enjoy a short train ride aboard the scenic Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn. Travel to Zermatt – a relaxing car-free village in the Swiss Alps. Take a stroll and breathe in the fresh Alpine air.
Day 10 - Zermatt
All of Zermatt is at your fingertips. Spend the day however you'd like – perhaps you will set out on an optional guided hike through the Swiss Alps, passing by rugged peaks and verdant foliage on a one-of-a-kind adventure.
Day 11 - Zermatt - Grimsel Pass - Lucerne
Views of glaciers, crystal clear rivers and snowcapped mountains will invigorate you as you travel through the spectacular scenery of the Grimsel Pass. Your destination is the "Swiss Paradise on the Lake," the city of Lucerne.
Day 12 - Lucerne
The day is yours to relax or independently explore the best of Lucerne. Perhaps you will embark on an optional excursion to Mount Pilatus, ascending the world's steepest railway on a panoramic gondola to the summit. Tonight, come together with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner featuring local specialties and toast the end of a wonderful trip.
Day 13 - Lucerne- Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a conclusion today in Lucerne.
2021 Tour Dates
2022 Tour Dates
Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only, based on May 6, 2021 travel date. Single supplement from $750. International airfare is additional. Call AAA for current airfare rates and availability. Itinerary featured is for May 2021 – April 2022 tour departures. Departures prior will vary. On some dates alternate hotels may be used..
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