Day 1 : Arrive Munich (2 Nights)
Willkommen in München - which you will have an opportunity to explore before embarking on your lyrical sojourn through the Sound of Music. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a memorable Welcome Reception to kick-start your leisurely meander through Germany and Austria.
Accommodation : Holiday Inn Westpark
Day 2 : Munich Orientation and Free Time
Embark on a morning orientation tour past some of the city's most renowned sites, including the Opera House, Ludwigstrasse, Hofbräuhaus and Marienplatz, whose Glockenspiel delights visitors throughout the day with its re-enactment of 16th-century tales. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the city's Old Town or consider an Optional Experience to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, the first of the Nazi camps established in Germany. This evening, connect with the city's rich beer heritage and consider a memorable night out at a local beer hall.
Day 3 : Munich – Neuschwanstein Castle – Innsbruck (2 Nights)
Journey to Neuschwanstein Castle, built as a retreat for shy King Ludwig II to retire from public life. Continue through Bavaria, arriving in Innsbruck. We dine at a local restaurant this evening.
Accommodation : Grand Europa
Day 4 : Innsbruck Orientation and Free Time
The Tyrol mountains beckon today in this capital of Tyrol. We spend a leisurely day against a magnificent alpine backdrop, exploring the city's iconic sights. Admire Emperor Maximilian I's ornate Golden Roof, then maybe take a trip up the funicular for spectacular views, or see the Hofburg Palace. Admire the fascinating crystal installations and browse for precious gifts and souvenirs at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Store.
Day 5 : Innsbruck – Berchtesgaden – Salzburg
Spend a soul-stirring morning connecting with the astounding natural beauty of Berchtesgaden. Venture to Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart, where you'll spend the night.
Accommodation : Mercure City
Day 6 : Salzburg Sightseeing – Mondsee – Villach
Join your 'Local Specialist' for a tour of the city's iconic highlights including Getreidegasse, the Salzburg Cathedral, Mozart's birthplace and many of the locations used in the film ‘The Sound of Music'. Leave the sounds of Salzburg behind for lakeside Mondsee, where you'll visit Mondsee Abbey, the one-time Benedictine monastery that served as the church where Captain Von Trapp and Maria were married in film. This afternoon travel to Villach where we will 'Connect With Locals' and enjoy a Carinthian 'Be My Guest' dinner with the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood in the Monastery of Kloster Wernberg.
Accommodation : Palais26
Day 7 : Villach – Piber – Graz – Vienna (2 Nights)
'Dive Into Culture' during a visit to the Lipizzaner Stud farm at Piber and gain insights into the breeding of the Spanish Riding School's athletic white stallions. Later, stop in the town of Graz with its galleried courtyards and Renaissance squares. Finally arrive in the Austrian capital, Vienna, and check in to your hotel.
Accommodation : Imperial Riding School Renaissance
Day 8 : Vienna Sightseeing and Free Time
Enjoy an exclusive guided visit of the Habsburg royal collection of art at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, prior to admission of the general public. 'Dive Into Culture' and visit the Kunstkammer during this private insider visit. Later, your 'Local Specialist' will show you the city's major landmarks and palaces during your included sightseeing tour. The magic continues with a walking tour through the oldest parts of the city. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner.
Day 9 : Depart Vienna
We say a fond farewell to newfound friends and the beauty of Vienna at the end of an unforgettable experience. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.