Tour: RT - 2013 (RT) - 2013 / 2014

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Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Munich, Germany

Welcome to Munich! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Munich’s lively restaurants. (Dinner)

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"Munich, Germany

"Munich, Germany's Secret Capital"


"Munich is the only German metropolis that seems to have everything – wealth, beauty, prominence, fame. Some even call it Germany’s “secret capital.” Unlike Berlin, which some dub “architecturally challenged,” Munich bursts with historical buildings reconstructed after the devastation of World War II. Its grand Residenz, the former home of Bavarian kings, dominates the city center, which also boasts the flamboyant, gilded Cuvillié Theater. Nearby, the neo-gothic Neues Rathaus gives a medieval touch to the Marienplatz, the heart of Munich. "
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DAY 2Munich

Sightseeing with a Local Guide of Germany’s “Secret Capital” includes the Olympic Stadium, built for the 1972 Olympics, the 1,000-foot-high Television Tower, MARIENPLATZ with the Old and the New Town Halls, and the gothic Frauenkirche. An optional excursion to Linderhof Castle, one of Ludwig’s prettiest castles, and the picturesque Passion Play town of Oberammergau is available. (Breakfast)

View Marienplatz in Munich, Germany 
Oberammergau

Oberammergau


"Promises to God are notoriously hard to keep. The townspeople of Oberammergau in the Bavarian Alps have not only kept their renaissance promise, they’ve turned it into euros and cents. Flashback to 1633. Oberammergau was a stop on the market road between Augsburg and Venice. When the plague hit, the town elders swore to heaven: Protect us and we’ll do a play about Jesus’ crucifixion every ten years. The first began in 1634. Today the village of Oberammergau lives because of theater. Half of the 5,400 residents break a leg in the Passionsspiel, performed in years ending in zero from May to October."
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DAY 3Munich–Neuschwanstein–Innsbruck, Austria–Salzburg

Drive into the garden-like landscapes of the Bavarian Alps and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit King Ludwig’s NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, which famously inspired Walt Disney. Enjoy magnificent views of the Alps and a sparkling lake from high up, then have lunch at the foot of the castle with local specialties like Bratwurst or a Suppe. On to Innsbruck in the Tyrolean mountains for a walk through the quaint medieval lanes to Emperor Maximilian’s GOLDEN ROOF. Time to shop for crystal, for which Innsbruck is famous, before continuing to Mozart’s hometown, Salzburg. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The Hohensalzburg Fortress is the largest fully preserved fortress in Europe Enjoy some time exploring the beautiful Innsbruck View the majestic mountains of the Tyrolean Valley 
Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle


"As it rises from its alpine backdrop, Neuschwanstein Castle near Füssen has all the drama of a well-planned stage scene. And so it is. The late 19th century dream castle joins various architectural styles with the eccentric fancy of Ludwig II, Bavaria’s most peculiar sovereign. From afar he adored the anorexic Austrian Empress Elisabeth, he wrote about suicide in his diaries and he bankrolled the composer Richard Wagner. He also loved building castles. In the process, he nearly bankrupted his government. Today, he’s the equivalent of a pop star in Bavaria for giving Germany its most popular tourist attraction."
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DAY 4Salzburg

A pleasant stroll with a Local Guide takes you through the historic center. Admire exquisite MIRABELL GARDENS, the Great Festival Hall, ST. PETER’S CHURCHYARD, and the monumental Domplatz. Also visit MOZART’S BIRTHPLACE in the charming Getreidegasse. Afternoon at leisure. Sites from The Sound of Music will delight you both during the morning tour and on the available optional excursion to Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. (Breakfast)

The Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg are considered to be one of the most beautiful Baroque gardens of Europe Shop along the cobbled Getreidegasse Street in downtown Salzburg Visit the world famous Mirabell Gardens 
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DAY 5Salzburg–Mondsee–Vienna

Visit the PARISH CHURCH in Mondsee, which was used for the wedding scenes in The Sound of Music. A leisurely Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite DANUBE CRUISE (departures April 14-October 20) along the most scenic section of the river follows, and during the cruise you can enjoy Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake). Arrive in Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire. An optional excursion to the wine village of Grinzing is a possibility tonight. (Breakfast)

Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire Vienna The Museum of Natural History in Vienna is one of the important museums of the world The Vienna City Hall 
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DAY 6Vienna

Start your guided sightseeing with a visit to magnificent SCHÖNBRUNN PALACE, modeled after France’s Palace of Versailles. Then, drive along the Ringstrasse, pass the State Opera House, the Jewish quarter, and stop at the Hofburg Palace, winter residence of the Austrian Imperial family. Marvel at the impressive courtyards, famous Heldenplatz, and awesome St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Time to savor Sachertorte and watch the jolly crowd in one of Vienna’s famous coffee houses or choose from our exciting optional possibilities. (Breakfast)

The Belvedere gardens in Vienna, Austria View the Romanesque and Gothic architecture of St. Stephen’s Cathedral 
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DAY 7At Leisure in Vienna

For those who wish to “see it all,” there is a chance to join an interesting optional excursion to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. Tonight, a special treat: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant and attend a concert in one of Vienna’s elegant concert halls, the best way to say, “Auf Wiedersehen, Wien.” (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 8Vienna

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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