Austria, Germany, Switzerland
Trier, Baden-Baden, Neuschwanstein, Hallstatt, Burg Eltz Castle, Black Forest, Beilstein, Munich, Murren, Swiss Alps, Berner Oberland, Salzburg, Vienna
Dates are customizable for private departures.
The architecture will be nearly as splendid as the mountains during this 14-day tour. Whether you love the alpine air or find classical music soothing, enjoy hiking or prefer the taste of a flavorful beer on a hot day, your tour of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria will immerse you in natural wonder and a welcoming culture.
Trier – Germany’s Oldest City
Trier is Germany’s oldest town, with its first inhabitants settling in the region approximately 16,000 years ago. Your flight will descend into Trier-Fohren Airport, and you see the expanse of lush grass and sporadic verdant trees across the landscape. Your private transfer will meet you at baggage claim and escort you into the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes Roman monuments, thermal baths, and the oldest bishop’s church and Gothic church in the country. The city center is reserved for pedestrians, which allows you to stroll along the Baroque and Gothic buildings at your leisure.
Trier – Historical Streets of Trier
As morning rises, the student population adds a youthful ambiance to the old city streets. In the morning, students venture to a popular coffee shop said to have the best specialty coffee selection in town. The German cappuccino is famous for its large top layer of delectable foam and after breakfast, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and take you on an engaging walking tour of the Roman and medieval core, including the fortifications and Konstantin-Basilika.
Baden-Baden – A Day at Leisure
In the morning, the half-timbered buildings of Hauptmarkt shine in the spreading sunlight as locals navigate the cobblestone streets in the city center on their way to work. After breakfast, you will wave goodbye to the charms of Trier for the alluring warmth of Baden-Baden. The dense trees of the Black Forest frame the colonnaded buildings and turreted art-nouveau villas that pepper the hillsides. The remainder of the day will be yours to stroll the streets of the city at your preferred pace to take in the beauty of the Spa Garden while surrounded by boutique stores and chic cafes.
Murren – Tour Farmhouses and Mills
The ruins of the Roman bathhouse have stood in Baden-Baden for more than 2,000 years. The ancient floor stands beneath the Friedrichsbad Spa and also contains a Roman wall more than six feet tall. After you leave Baden-Baden, venture next to the cliff-top town of Murren in the Swiss Alps. En route to Murren, you can travel through to the fabled Black Forest, home to stories like Hansel and Gretel. Farmhouses and mills speckle the landscape as the trees open to the riverbanks. Stop in Freiburg im Breisgau, considered the “Gateway to the Black Forest” as trees blanket the rolling hillside.
Murren – The Swiss Alps
The aroma of hot chocolate in the morning air will remind you that you have arrived in Switzerland while the view of the soaring mountain peaks remind you that you are in the Alps. After breakfast, the day will be yours to explore the surrounding region, whether by gondola, train, or hiking trails. You could walk down to the neighboring town of Gimmelwald for spectacular views of the mountains and the sloping rooftops of the alpine architecture. The trees provide a herbaceous scent of pine as sunlight glints off the snow-capped mountaintops.
Murren – The Berner Oberland Region
In the morning, you will wake ready to discover more of the wonders found in Murren and the Alps. Wildflowers blossom yellow and white in the plains outside of Murren as cows and goats graze on the herbs, grass, and wildflowers overflow along the valley trails. You will hear the intermittent ring of the dangling bells that hang around the cows’ necks as your guide will meet you at your hotel and escort you on a full day tour of the surrounding region, beginning with Trummelbach Falls.
Munich – Mountains, Lakes, and Castles
In the morning, you will take another long look at Jungfrau, the dramatic peak that crowns the entire massif and the aroma of the blossoming wildflowers is strong upon your departure from Murren. The bright yellow and white petals contrast with the tall strands of jade grass, and along the trails, farmers milk their cows and use the milk to create famous Alpine cheese, know for its herbaceous flavor. People believe the flavor stems from the cows’ diet along the foothills. After breakfast, you will leave Murren to begin your scenic journey to Munich, the capital of Bavaria.
Munich – Tour of Munich
The capital of Bavaria blends traditional charm and modern comforts as the third largest city in the country. The River Isar winds around the fringes of Munich and along the edges of the Bavarian Alps. The aroma of freshly grilled sausages drifts through Old Town where locals hold tight to their heritage in the form of wearing lederhosen and dirndls daily, along with vibrant beer halls, to the more contemporary street cafes. After breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel and take you on an engaging half-day tour of Munich that will begin with the old streets of the historical city center.
Salzburg – The Castles of King Ludwig
After breakfast, you will depart from Munich to make your way to the ornamental streets of Salzburg, Austria. Stop first in the town of Fussen to visit the stunning Neuschwanstein Castle, home to King Ludwig II of Bavaria between 1869 and 1886. The tiers and spires of the castle rise above the trees like a fantasy that inspired the likes of Walt Disney who modeled Sleeping Beauty’s castle off of the image before you.
Salzburg – Culture and History
Salzburg acts as the gateway to Austria from the west and continues to captivate visitors with its magnificent scenery and connection to beautiful music as the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Salzach River reflects the image of the city in its waters as the edging peaks tower over the hilltop fortress and draw your eyes to the marvelous domes and spires of the historical architecture. Follow your guide on a half-day tour through the city’s past and present beauty, from Baroque churches to great squares as horse-drawn carriages trot through the heart of town.
Hallstatt – Boat Cruise around the Lake
Your private transfer will meet you after breakfast and escort you to the charming town of Hallstatt. Located on the idyllic Hallstatter See, the lake covers more than three square miles as the town maintains a storybook quality that is enhanced by the surrounding mountains and glassy waters of the lake. You will arrive and immediately settle into the relaxing ambiance of the market village.
Vienna – Mauthausen Concentration Camp
In the morning, boats set sail across the lake for visitors to enjoy the view of the soaring mountains and tranquil waters while the church bells echo along the stone streets. After breakfast, you will make your way towards the capital city of Vienna with a stop at Mauthausen along the way. The Nazi government used the region for its famed quarrying center and brought slave labor from around Central Europe to quarry the granite. The grounds now contain the Mauthausen Memorial Museum dedicated to telling the history of the camp, along with neighboring facilities.
Vienna – Walking Tour of Vienna
In the morning the sunlight washes over the black façade of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The Gothic façade was overlaid on the original foundations of a 12th and 13th-century Romanesque church. The large gate and soaring Heathen Towers harken back to the original construction while the 14th-century Gothic edifice added the choir and three chapels to the structure. The elaborate design encompasses nearly 1,000 years of Viennese culture. Today your guide escorts you through the cityscape so that you can take in the elegance of Vienna’s history and the welcoming attitude of the people.
Vienna – Departure
Vienna maintains its connection to history while being optimistic about its future. The French Baroque style of the National Theater accentuates the splendor of the architecture and the majesty house inside the structure, known for producing celebrated German-language plays and performances. Emperor Joseph II built the theater in the 18th century, and the structure has maintained a quality of performance and décor as incredible frescoes by Gustav and Ernst Klimt decorate the staircase.
- Stroll along the opulent and grandiose walls of the Neuschwanstein Castle celebrated for its fairytale qualities and prominent position above the forest
- Discover the hidden glacial waterfalls near Murren as you take an elevator into the mountain for a look at the thundering cascades
- Visit one of Munich’s celebrated beer halls for an immersive experience of the Bavarian culture
- Stroll along the cobblestone streets and half-timbered buildings of Germany’s oldest town, Triers, and visit the nearby Burg Eltz Castle
- Indulge in the soothing waters of the natural baths in luxurious Baden-Baden
- Trek the fabulous alpine trails outside Murren for unparalleled panoramic views of the Swiss Alps and Lotschen Valley
- Witness the musical and classical ambiance of the riverside Austrian city of Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart
- Discover the painted skeletons of Hallstatt for insight into a cultural artifact of the mountains
- Experience the elegance and grace of Austria’s royalty at the Hofburg Palace, home to Austria’s leaders for nearly 800 years
- Step back into the tumultuous Nazi Era Austria with a tour of Mauthausen Concentration Cap and Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Relish the Roman ruins around various towns for an introduction into the first vast settlements of the region
Many have found inspiration from the splendor of the Alps, and the wonders of the glassy lakes will be your muse during your luxurious custom tailored tour of the highlights of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. Fairytale castles rise out of the trees as the music of Mozart fills the cobblestone plazas. Hot springs continue to bubble in Roman baths located beneath contemporary spas as Baroque fountains accentuate the beautiful historical architecture. Glaciers glint in the passing alpine sunlight and the sites and sounds of your tour will certainly take your breath away.
Your adventure will begin with your arrival in Triers, Germany. Your private transfer will meet you at Trier–Fohren Airport and escort you into the heart of the country’s oldest town to enjoy an introductory walking tour for your first view of the city’s beautiful streets. Wake the next day to traverse the Roman and medieval core of the city before visiting the nearby village of Beilstein, home to Burg Eltz Castle. The following day, you will make your way to the famous spa town of Baden-Baden. Tour the opulent casino and relax with a soothing hour spent in one of the city’s many spas, fed by the natural hot springs. The next day, meander through the Black Forest to visit towns en route to the snow-peaked region of Berner Oberland in Switzerland and then enjoy a fabulous gondola ride to reach the remarkable cliff-top town of Murren.
The next day will bring you along the trails around Murren and allow you to explore the landscape from the towering mountains to the sunken valley at your preferred pace. Walk the trail to the neighboring village or follow the paths around the foothills to see the high-altitude farms that produce alpine cheese. The next day, you can venture into the rugged mountaintops to see Trummelbach, a series of hidden waterfalls fed by glacial melt water. Travel to Bavaria the next day and stop in the town of St. Gallen along the way. Visit the Abbey and its remarkable medieval library before reaching the vibrant city of Munich. Wake the next day, and your guide will lead you on a historical tour of Old Town. Absorb the architecture, culture, and world-class museums, and you can also visit the English Gardens or Olympic Park.
Travel next to Fussen to explore the fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein. Continue to the village of Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps before crossing the border into Austria to relax in the Baroque city of Salzburg. Explore the stunning scenery of the city the next day during a guided tour of the cobbled streets and elaborate architecture. See the hilltop fortress of Hohensalzburg and Mozart’s birthplace, and then travel next to the charming village of Hallstatt. Cruise on the glassy lake for an exceptional view of the village, mountains, and water and in the afternoon, you can take in a tour of the Bone House or venture to the world’s oldest salt mine.
The following day, you can visit the Mauthausen Concentration Camp to gain insight into Nazi-occupied Austria and the history of the grounds. Back in Vienna, you will take an introductory tour of the grandeur of Austria’s capital city. The next day, you can continue to explore the elegance of Vienna with a walking tour around the Habsburg Palace, Opera House, and fascinating museums. Your private transfer will meet you at your hotel the next day to escort you to the Vienna airport for your flight home, or you could also extend your time in Europe with a luxurious tour of Central Europe or travel southwest to Italy.
$4,195 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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