Germany, Switzerland & Austria - Switzerland Holiday Packages

Germany, Switzerland & Austria

  • Berlin, Rhineland, Munich, Luzern, Salzburg, Lake District, Vienna8 days
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This tour brings these three countries’ history and culture come alive in vibrant Berlin, royal Munich, fairy-tale Neuschwanstein, baroque Salzburg, stately Vienna, relaxing Baden-Baden, and beautiful lakeside Hallstatt – with plenty of breathtaking scenery along the way. This is the best of Germany, Switzerland and Austria in fourteen days!

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You will be mesmerised by Berlin’s vibrant and glamorous culture as well as its cutting-edge architecture, fabulous food and incredible history.

Mountains, Mozart and fairy-tales

Munich is Bavaria’s traditional capital – see the view ofthe city from the top of the 14thcentury Frauenkirche, it’s 86 steps up!

Marvel at Berlin’s Reichstag, with a glass dome designed by Norman Foster – it’s the perfect example of Berlin’s mix of old and new architecture

Experience the amazing grace of Baden Baden with its grand colonnaded buildings and turreted art nouveau villas that spread across the hillsides and are framed by forested mountains.

Places covered 8 Days
  • Day 1&2 Berlin, sightseeing and attractions
  • Day 3 Bonn – Rudesheim Rhine cruise
  • Day 4 Rudesheim, sightseeing and attractions
  • Day 5 Black Forest – Baden Baden
  • Day 6 Black Forest, sightseeing and attractions
  • Day 7 Munich, sightseeing and attractions
  • Day 8 Castles of Neuschwantein – Lucerne
  • Day 9 Lucerne, sightseeing and attractions
  • Day 10 Lucerne – Salzburg
  • Day 11 Salzburg, sightseeing and attractions
  • Day 12 Austrian Lakes – Halstatt
  • Day 13 Austrian Lake District, sightseeing and attractions
  • Day 14 Vienna, sightseeing and attractions
  • Day 15 Depart
  • Days Details
  • 1&2 Berlin, sightseeing and attractions Don’t miss the city must-sees such as the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag Building, Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall Memrial – a football-field-sized memorial to the murdered European Jews.For a walking tour with a difference; head north of Berlin for a tour into the past at Sachsenhausen, one of the main concentration camps in Nazi Germany. The Pergamonmuseum is an aladdin’s cave of treasures and opens a fascinating window onto the ancient world and is the one museum in Berlin that should not be missed. Bargain hunt at the busy flea market – Flohmarkt am Mauerpark – right where the Berlin Wall once ran. Settle in for an evening at the grandest of Berlin’s surviving nine former royal palaces - Charlottenburg Palace, set in a beautiful palace park. Enjoy dinner, a self-guided palace tour and a concert.
  • 3 Bonn – Rudesheim Rhine cruise Travel from Berlin to Bonn, and hop on a riverboat cruise along the Rhine. From Rudheim the banks of the river Rhine are at their best with luscious green valleys, fairytale castles, vineyards, and pretty small towns all the way along its banks. Rudesheim is at the southernmost point of the Unesco World Cultural Heritage Rhine trail and this cruise takes you down river to explore the Loreley Valley. From here to Koblenz, the Rhine valley is narrow with steep slopes, often planted with vineyards, and with a castle about every two kilometers. Cruise back to Rudesheim.
  • 4 Rudesheim, sightseeing and attractions Rudesheim is part of the Reheingau wine region and is famous for an alley known as Drosseilgasse – a colourful and fun alleyway that is jam-packed full of gift and souvenir shops, and wine taverns. Most of the buildings are built in the half-timbre style, creating a charming ambiance in thearea. See the Niederwald monument in Rudesheim that was built as a symbol of the re-establishment of the Germany Empire at the end of the 1800s. Visit the Benedictine Abbey of St. Hildegard, and one of the oldest buildings in the area is the Bromserburg Castle, also home to a wine museum.
  • 5 Black Forest – Baden Baden The destination today is the old resort town of Baden-Baden, famous for its mineral baths and games of chance. Take time to do an orientation tour through the town, take a hike into the surrounding hills, and tour the famous and elaborate casino. See the Baden-Baden Theatre that is a neo-baroque confection of white and red sandstone with a frilly interior, and pay a visit to the Trinkhalle – a neo-classical pump room, built in 1839,with an amazing embellished 19thcentury fresco of local legends. And take a tour of the ruins of the 2000 year old Romische Badruinen spa baths.
  • 6 Black Forest, sightseeing and attractions Start the day with a scenic drive to the Black Forest Open-Air Museum. A local guide will walk you through the preserved farmhouses andmills, where you will also have some free time to linger in the past and order up a bratwurst or light German snack. Then sit back and enjoy the scenic trip withviews of pristine mountains and sparkling lakes as you travel in to Bavaria – home of fairy-tale castles, well-worn lederhosen, sing-a-long beer gardens and oompah-hospitality. Arrive at Munich for dinner.
  • 7 Munich, sightseeing and attractions Spend the morning getting a behind-the-scenes look at Munich with a walking tour through its historic Old Town, and learn about the "checkered" history and traditions of Bavaria. The rest of the day is yours to stroll around Germany's most livable city, soak up some culture at its world-class museums,or rent a bike to pedal the car-free paths of the English Garden and Isar River.
  • 8 Castles of Neuschwantein – Lucerne Drive through glorious Alpine scenery to visit Bavaria's "Mad" King Ludwig's fantasy castle of Neuschwanstein perched high above the valley below. This is one of the most visited castles in Germany and a symbol of idealized romantic architecture. Among the castle's finest rooms are two magnificent halls with extravagant decorations dazzling in gold and blue. Another well-known feature of Neuschwanstein is the grotto, whose little waterfalls andcolored lighting create the impression of a mysterious cave.
  • 9 Lucerne, sightseeing and attractions A full day to explore the heart of central Switzerland. Begin the day at the inspiring Lion Monument, one of the best-known monuments in the country, created in remembrance of the heroic death of Swiss guard killed in 1792. Continue to the 14th century medieval Chapel Bridge one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe, forming the centerpiece of Lucerne's townscape. Later, time to shop for chocolate, watches and the famous Swiss and German cuckoo clocks or sip coffee at an outdoor cafe. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity to join the exciting optionaltour to Mount Pilatus. Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway that winds up through lush meadows and sparkling mountain streams to the summit of Mt. Pilatus at nearly 7000 feet.
  • 10 Lucerne – Salzburg Discover Salzburg today. This baroque jewel was the birthplace of Mozart. The guided walking tour takes us to view the house where Mozart was born, as well as to the squares and gardens of this beautiful city, crowned by the 11th century Hohensalzburg Fortress. The city is also known for the singing Trapp family and the setting for the film, The Sound of Music. Afternoon at leisure, or, participate in the optionalexcursion into the surrounding countryside to the ruins of Obersalzburg, once a mountain retreat for senior Nazi SS officers. Then, transfer to special motor coaches adapted for the scenic mountain climb and ascend to Hitler's notorious "Eagle's Nest."
  • 11 Salzburg, sightseeing and attractions Salzburg is a perfect town for a walking tour, and that's how we'll spend our morning: strolling under the wrought-iron signs of theGetreidegasse, going Baroque at the Salzburg Cathedral, and exploring an ancient cemetery. The rest of your day is free for wandering through Salzburg's magnificent gardens, hiking up the fortress hill for a panoramic view, or pedalinga rented bike into the countryside, singing your favourite tunes of the Sound of Music.
  • 12 Austrian Lakes – Halstatt On to the beautiful Austrian Lakes and the pretty town of Hallstatt. With pastel-coloured houses that cast shimmering reflections on to the glassy waters of the lake and with towering mountains on all sides, Hallstatt’s beauty alone would be enough to guarantee it fame. Nestled between the edge of Halistatter See and the towering Dachstein mountains, this is Austria’s oldest and possibly most photographed village. Take a ferry ride across the lakefrom the station, you will be mesmerised by the tiny village tucked between the mountains and the water as it come in to view. Visit the oldest salt mines in the world and discover a subterranean salt lake and the mummy of a prehistoric miner who became preserved in salt.
  • 13 Austrian Lake District, Halstatt, sightseeing and attractions Take the Funicular for amazing views of Hallstatt, thelake and the surrounding Alpine mountains. During the 3 minutes it takes to climb the funicular’s 855 metres in height, the views will keep getting better and better. From Rudolf’s Tower, more than 855 metres above Halstatt, you’ll experience unmatched views of the village, the lake and the surrounding mountains. The tower, built in 1282, is named after and constructed by Duke Albrecht I of Austria as a defense for the mine workers on the Salzburg. Descend the Funicular and walk along the water’s edge and notice how Hallstatt’s houses were built close to the cliffs on the mountains perched above the lake. Walk through the Gasthof Simony, a narrow alleyway in Hallstatt, and notice how the alley’s buildings are mainly bright multi-coloured stone instead of the dark timberframed buildings elsewhere.
  • 14 Vienna, sightseeing and attractions Begin your day in elegant Vienna with a visit to St. Stephen’s Cathedral and walking tour of the city's rich Habsburg heritage including a visit to the art-filled Kunsthistorisches Museum. Your afternoon is free to explore another world-class museum or two, or slow down to enjoy sipping a coffee in the city where Europe's café scene was born.
  • 15 Depart
€ 1,750 per person (Prices are in Euros and exclude international flights)
Price Per Person in Twin Sharing Accomodation
(Prices are in Euros and exclude international flights)

All rates mentioned are an approximate price per person on a twin-sharing basis, and are based on a minimum of 6-9 adults travelling together. Rates are subject to change based on the number of passengers and the time of year. (Flights, visas, travel insurance, lunches & dinners, personal expenses not included. There may be some itinerary activities not included also – please ask).

Inclusions :

- Traditional ,Boutique or Heritage accommodation where possible or Quality accommodation (on a twin-sharing basis) in centrally located 4*Hotels .

-Meals – breakfast in all destinations

- Internal Travel by rail - ferries - coach as applicable

-Guided sightseeing excursions as per the itinerary

-First arrival and last departure transfers

Most Holidays are based on Independent Travel . Holidays could be Customised to your requirements and you could choose to upgrade to Selfdrive or Exclusively Private basis .

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Take a city-break in Western Europe at any time of the year, if the sun is shining enjoy the sights and if it’s chilly or raining simply dive in to a museum, bar, restaurant or city attraction and get lost in the moment. Wrap up for winter Christmas markets in Germany & Belgium, head out to the Scottish highlands and moors in spring, cruise along Dutch canals, German rivers & Italian lakes in the summer, and be prepared for winter sun, snow & scenic beauty in the French, Italian, Austrian & Swiss Alps.

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