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Multi-country European Adventure

Vienna, Melk, Spitz, Vienna, Munich, Schwangau, Munich, Nuremberg, Heidelberg, Koblenz, Cologne, Amsterdam
Austria, Germany, Netherlands
17 Days
  • Our in country expert says
    From Vienna to the spectacular castles of Bavaria, the picture-perfect villages of Germany and the scenic waterways of Amsterdam, this tour has it all. Admire the striking architecture and the historic streets filled with vibrant coffee-houses, explore medieval castles and fortresses, cruise along beautiful canals and soak up the atmosphere of these world-famous cities. Vacations cannot get better than this!

     

    Itinerary at a Glance
    Day
    1
    Vienna
    Arrival in Vienna International Airport and private transfer to your hotel.  
     
    With its palaces, elegant coffee houses and imperial architecture, Vienna is steeped in history. Its musical heritage that includes composers such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Josef Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johann Strauss (father and son) make Vienna the incontestable City of Music
     
    You can choose to spend your day relaxing after your long flight of exploring the city on your own. 


    Day
    2
    Vienna
    After breakfast, your guide will meet you for a walking city tour. Start by visiting the Naschmarkt, a vast market with 16th-century origins and more than 100 food & vintage stalls. You will be able to find local delicacies, specialty vinegar, chocolate and colorful flower stalls.  
     
    Then attend the morning exercises of the Spanish Riding School to see the elegant Lipizzaner horses dance at the sound of the waltz or if you prefer the evening show - a Tribute to Vienna.  
     
    Continue with a walk past the Ringstrasse, with its magnificent buildings such as the Vienna State Opera House, the Votiv Church and Vienna's most beautiful Baroque church, St.Charles. In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxed visit of the Schoenbrunn Palace & Gardens, one of Austria’s most important cultural assets and an UNESCO World Heritage Site.  



    Day
    3
    Vienna
    Start your day with a morning walk around Stephansplatz to admire the imposing Stephan's Cathedral, followed by an Apple Strudel Show. One of Vienna’s most famous desserts, the apple strudel is a must-try in this old imperial city and you can watch the professionals whip up the traditional dessert with pastry so thin you can see through it!  
     
    In the afternoon, enjoy a city cruise along the Danube or visit some other must-see places in Vienna, such as Albertina Museum, the Imperial Apartments where Princess Sissi lived or a visit to the famous Augarten Porcelain factory and museum. 


    Day
    4
    Danube Valley
    Today you will be exploring the Danube Valley after picking up your rental car for the day. Drive pass Krems, one of the prettiest small towns on the Danube, the historical city center is charming and traditional.  
     
    Onward to the medieval town of Dürnstein, where King Richard the Lion-heart was imprisoned in the 12th century. Visit the abbey of St. Augustine to see its famous blue tower and taste the apricot schnapps. 
     
    Continue to Spitz, where you can stop at one of the Danube Valley's picturesque wineries for lunch. After your lunch, visit the Melk Abbey, a jewel of Austrian baroque architecture. For 900 years, monks of St. Benedict have lived and worked in Melk's Abbey enduring the Reformation, the occupation by Napoleon and the Nazis. The highlight of the tour is the marble hall, the baroque library and terrace.  
     
    On the way back to Vienna, journey through the famous Vienna Woods, always with the backdrop of the mountains.


    Day
    5
    Munich
    Check-out from your hotel in Vienna. Your private transfer will be taking you to the train station, so you can board the train to Munich, the heart of Bavaria and the home of fairy-tale castles and lederhosen.  
     
    It started as an early settlement of monks from the Tegernsee Monastery which was called “ad Munichen” (the monks’ home). During the reign of Emperor Ludwig, the Bavarian city extended its walls six-fold and, centuries later, it attained the reputation of being an European center of culture, offering a magic combination of a vigorous economy and outstanding cultural events.  
     
    Start your exploration of the city with a visit to Marienplatz. The square and the heavily carved City Hall are a backdrop to countless selfies. Adjacent is the Clock Tower, coming alive every day at 11 AM and 5PM.  
     
    Rest of the afternoon at leisure. 


    Day
    6
    Munich
    After breakfast, meet your local guide for a walking tour of the city.  
     
    Start with a visit to one of the most famous markets in Germany - Viktualien market. Over the year, the market has evolved from a farmer's market to one with popular fresh food and delicatessen. More than 140 stalls and shops offer fruits and vegetables, spices, wine, tea and more.  
     
    Next you will explore the city center, with its narrow streets and traditional stores. Visit the Residenz, former home of the Wittelsbach dynasty and one of Europe's most prestigious palaces. In the afternoon, you will leave the city center and make your way to the Palace of Nymphenburg, an impressive Baroque palace, birthplace of King Ludwig II. The extensive park and gardens are perfect to end your day.


    Day
    7
    Munich - Neuschwanstein Castle
    Today you will be driving across the Bayern countryside to visit the grandiose fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein, inspired from legends and themes from the operas of Richard Wagner.  
     
    Work on the castle began in the summer of 1869. As King Ludwig II increasingly withdrew from human contact, he felt more and more attached to this building - a monument of kingship and a copy of the legendary Grail. Enjoy time at leisure at the castle. The views from the courtyard are stunning!  
     
    Spend your afternoon at leisure at the nearby village of Hohenschwangau before returning to Munich mid-afternoon. 


    Day
    8
    Nuremberg
    Pick up your car rental from Munich’s central train station and continue your journey through Germany to Nuremberg. Situated on the Pegnitz River, Nuremberg is not only a paradise for lovers of its famous gingerbread and sausages, but it is also the symbol of Germany history.  
     
    Once checked-in, meet your local guide for an afternoon walking tour of the postcard-perfect Old Town. With a past that goes back to the Holy Roman Empire, the city has a sea of must-visit sites, such as St Lawrence Church, Albrecht Durer House and Nuremberg Hauptmarkt with its star attraction: the ‘Beautiful Fountain’. 


    Day
    9
    Nuremberg
    Start your day with a morning stroll around Konigstrasse, where you will find wonderful old-timbered houses, renowned for their traditional craft workshops.  
     
    Continue with a visit to the Germanisches National Museum, that houses a unique collection of antiques from the country's past - The world's oldest surviving globe by Martin Beheim in which America was not included, because it hadn't been discovered yet. 
     
    Afternoon at leisure, spent like the locals in Tiergartnertor Platz, a great place to enjoy the famous German beer. 


    Day
    10
    Nuremberg
    After breakfast, make your way to the Documentation Center -  Nazi Party Rally Grounds, one of Germany's most important museums, dedicated to the bleakest period in the country's history.  
     
    Its most notable exhibit is called Fascination and Terror and deals with many facets of the Nazi's time in power. In the afternoon, visit the Nuremberg Castle, residence of all legitimate German kings and emperors from 1050 to 1571. The castle offers wonderful panoramic views of the city and includes numerous notable works of art.  
     
    Rest of the afternoon at leisure. 


    Day
    11
    Heidelberg - Mainz - Koblenz
    Today you have a long drive ahead to the city of Koblenz, but there are multiple highlights along the way that deserve a visit.  
     
    Heidelberg, Germany's oldest and most famous university town is not to be missed. Visit the University, admire the baroque architecture of the old town and the beautiful riverside setting.  
     
    Driving onward, enjoy the beautiful scenery along the River Rhein, the road serpents along the banks of the river, punctuated by hilltop castles and churches.  
     
    Mainz is another important stop, where you can visit the Gutenberg Museum, showing you the history of how the Bible was printed for the first time.  
     
    Arrive in Koblenz late afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure. 


    Day
    12
    Koblenz
    Koblenz, or 'the camp at the confluence', is a town that had a big strategic importance, for it is here that the Mosel flows into the Rhine.  
     
    Spend you morning at the 'German Corner', where the enormous equestrian statue of Emperor Wilhelm I stands.  
     
    In the afternoon, enjoy a fun cable car ride across the Rhine - the longest in Germany - with its superb views over the town and the two rivers. Visit the Fortress of Ehrenbreitstein and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. 


    Day
    13
    Cologne
    Continue your journey to the city of Cologne, an important center of art and culture, with excellent museums, historic buildings and art galleries.  
     
    Start with a visit to the imposing Cologne Cathedral, the most splendid Gothic structure in the whole Germany. The Ludwig Museum also deserves a visit, offering a wide range of European art, with works from Rembrandt, Manet and Renoir.  
     
    Rest of the afternoon at leisure. 


    Day
    14
    Amsterdam
    Today you will cross the border to Netherlands and drive north to the lovely city of Amsterdam.  
     
    Known for its beautiful canals, world-class art museums, its coffee culture, bicycle traffic and the house of Anne Frank, Amsterdam offers a great time to every visitor. Much of the city's splendor is due to the legacy of the city's golden age, in the early 17th century, when Dutch explorers and merchants sailed to the Far East and late 19th century, with the industrialization.  
     
    Afternoon at leisure, to settle in the comfort of your hotel and freshen up. You can start exploring the city, with a private charter ride around the canal. From the water, you will see a palette of colors, people and smells, brought to life by the commentary of your skillful captain. 


    Day
    15
    Amsterdam
    After breakfast, you will discover Amsterdam by bicycle.  
     
    Your local guide will be able to show you historic sights, Jewish neighborhoods, Flower markets and many quaint areas of the city.  
     
    In the afternoon, head to the house of Anne Frank and learn more about the story of this young girl hiding with her family in the 'Secret Annex' for two years. Her thoughts, feelings and experiences are portrayed all around the house.  
     
    Rest of the afternoon at leisure. 


    Day
    16
    Amsterdam
    Spend your last day of your European adventure at leisure, exploring this fabulous capital city. A must see is the Rijksmuseum. For more than 200 years, the museum has been significant in Dutch history and today houses many masterpieces, including Rembrandt's 'Night Watch'.

    In the afternoon, you will learn more about the Dutch culture and culinary traditions, with a food tour around the city. You will be meeting the locals and hearing their stories while tasting Amsterdam's best smoked sausage and the world-famous Gouda cheese.


    Day
    17
    Departure
    Private transfer to Amsterdam airport and flight back home. 
    Inclusion
    • Hotel accommodations with breakfast unless specifically excluded in itinerary
    • Entrances to sightseeings and excursions as per the itinerary
    Exclusion
    • Items of personal nature viz. telephone calls, drinks, laundry bills, lunch etc.
    Prices are in US$ per person
    01 Jan 17 - 31 Dec 18
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