9-Day Germany, Switzerland & Austria


DAY 01: USA / ENROUTE.  Depart USA for Europe. Breakfast and dinner will be served aloft.

DAY 02:  FRANKFURT / HEIDELBERG AREA. Upon arrival at Frankfurt airport we are met by our tour escort and European motor coach.  We enjoy a panoramic tour of the old town of Frankfurt before driving swiftly to picture book Heidelberg, the romantic medieval city on the banks of the River Neckar.  Our sightseeing will include a visit to the Castle ruins, home of the Student Prince;  we will also see the famous Stone Bridge and the University, one of the oldest in the world.   Dinner and overnight at our hotel in the Heidelberg area.

DAY 03:  HEIDELBERG / RHINE FALLS / ZURICH / LAKE LUCERNE.  We drive this   morning through the Black Forest, past Hansel and Gretel villages in the heart of the mysterious fairytale country.  We visit the roaring Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen, truly a photographer's paradise. Cross the border into Switzerland and drive to Zurich, Switzerland's largest city and one of the world's most important financial centers.  We will see the Grossmunster Cathedral (Zwingli's Church), and the fine lakeshore district before continuing southwards to Lake Lucerne set in an indescribably beautiful mountain and lake setting, for dinner and overnight at our hotel in one of the lakeside resorts.

DAY 04:  LAKE LUCERNE / LUCERNE / VADUZ / ZIRL.  Our morning sightseeing tour of Lucerne, set at the head of the sparkling lake of the same name, will include the beautiful Lion Monument, the Kapell Bridge and the Spreuer Bridge as well as the elegant, flower covered promenades.  Drive to the tiny principality of Liechtenstein, where we pause to view Vaduz Castle.  Then on acrossthe mighty Arlberg Pass to Innsbruck, Rococo capital of the Austrian Tyrol, where our sightseeing will include the famous Maria Theresiastrasse and the Golden Roof of the Emperor Mazzimillian.  Onto Zirl for overnight.

DAY 05:  PASSION PLAY.  The whole day is devoted to attending a performance of the world famous Passion Play, held once every ten years in this tiny alpine village.  Return to Zirl for dinner and overnight.

DAY 06:  ZIRL / INNSBRUCK / SALZBURG.  A drive today through breathtaking alpine scenery as we pass snow capped mountains and picturesque villages on our way to the "Sound of Music" city of Salzburg.  Dinner and overnight in Salzburg.

DAY 07:  SALZBURG.  Our morning sightseeing will include the Cathedral, Getreidegasse pedestrian shopping street, Hohensalzburg Medieval Fortress and the Mirabell Palace.  A visit will also be made to the birthplace of the famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The balance of the day is at leisure.  Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

DAY 08:  SALZBURG / MUNICH.  Yet more splendid scenery awaits us today as we drive to Munich, the lively capital of the Bavarian region of Germany. Our afternoon sightseeing will include the Marienplatz with the gothic Town Hall, Frauenkirche, Residenz Palace, Nymphenburg and other points of interest.  Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

DAY 09: MUNICH / USA.  Transfer this morning to Munich Airport at the end of our memorable tour.