It also includes an all-day escorted coach tour from Munich to Oberammergau, Linderhof Palace and Neuschwanstein Castle, the legendary (English-speaking) Sound of Music tour in Salzburg and a Prague City Tour. It already includes admission to Neuschwanstein Castle (Hohenschwangau), Linderhof Palace & Park (Ettal), Residence Museum & Treasury, Cuvilliés-Theatre, Hall of Fame and Statue of Bavaria, Nymphenburg Palace and Park, Marstallmuseum and Museum of Nymphenburg Porcelain (all Munich). It includes the Vienna Card for free use of public transportation system within Vienna.
Day 1: Arrival in Rome
Depending on your arrival time in Rome you may have free time for sightseeing in Rome City Center, where your hotel is located. From there many of the major sights in the City are in in Walking distance. Visit the Spanish Steps at Piazza di Spagna, the Piazza Navona with its many Baroque attractions by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini, the Trevi Fountain and many more. Accommodation in Rome (includes buffet breakfast)
Day 2: Rome
Maybe you want to go on a 3-hour Walking tour which includes a visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. The tour will give you an overall impression of the most significant sights of Ancient Rome. The tour starts with the Colosseum and an in-depth discussion on the history of the amphitheater. After a short break at the Arch of Constantine you arrive at Palatine Hill, one of the famous Seven Hills of Rome. Walk on the Via Sacra (Sacred Way) to the Roman Forum and see the Temple which houses the altar where Julius Caesar was cremated. The tour ends at the Arch of Septimus Severus (within the Roman Forum). Please let us know if you want us to book this tour for you. After the tour you may want to have lunch at the Piazza Navona, a beautiful piazza with three fountains. Here you find many restaurants with outside tables - a very nice place for lunch. After lunch you may want to take a short walk towards the Tiber. On the other side you find Saint Peter´s Square within the Vatican. Accommodation in Rome (includes buffet breakfast)
Day 3: Venice
One of the best ways to see the highly pedestrianized city of Venice is by foot, where most of the top attractions are easily within walking distance. Enjoy a free english speaking walking tour and see some of the most famous landmarks: St. Mark’s Square, Marco Polo’s House, the Cannareggio District and much more. You’ll walk through history – from the city’s beginnings as a maritime power to the modern day sightseeing Mecca Venice has become. Accommodation in Venice (includes buffet breakfast)
Day 4: Innsbruck. Take a late evening rail from Venice directly to Innsbruck.
Innsbruck is known as the „Capital of the Alps“. From the Main Station it is just about a 10 minute walk to the Old Town where you find one of the highlights of Innsbruck: the „Goldenes Dachl“ (golden roof). Most of the sights are on the right bank of the River Inn, from which the town takes its name. Innsbrucks Boulevard and central pedestrian area is “Maria-Theresien-Straße” which offers a nice street view with the mountains seen in the back.
The oldest part of town, the Altstadt, is a small area between the river and the semi-circle of road known as the Graben (now a street, but once the route of the old moat that surrounded this part of town). Delivery vehicles are allowed down the cobbled streets at certain times of day, but otherwise pedestrians can wander around uninterrupted. A good orientation point is the Sprungstadion ski jump - built in 1964 for the winter Olympics - that sticks up rather incongruously on the southern side of town.
Day 5: Munich
Munich, famous throughout the world, is the Bavarian metropolis, close to the Alps and in the heart of Europe. Where to begin when one wants to name places to see and things to do in this extraordinary city which like few others combines modern life with lively history.
There is Munich's old town where 850 years of history are showing off, there is the Marienplatz (Marien square) where 3 times each day thousands of people are spell bound when the world famous Glockenspiel (carillon) starts it's beautiful song Visit and marvel at the Frauenkirche, the town's landmark, do not miss the Hofbräuhaus and find out why the Münchner (inhabitants of Munich) don't want to miss out on their "Brotzeit" (a meal or snack consisting of bread, cold cut, cheese and so on, usually enjoyed between breakfast and lunch). Visit the Residence, Nymphenburg Palace and Park, Hall of Fame and all the other sights in Munich which are included in your comprehensive sightseeing package.
Day 6: Oberammergau, Neuschwanstein and Linderhof
Your all day escorted coach tour will first take you to Oberammergau for a photo stop. The coach will then take you to Linderhof Palace, the "Royal Villa" of Ludwig II. Visit this beautiful furnished castle and the park. Admission to Linderhof Palace and Neuschwanstein Castle is included in the price of the tour.
The picture of Neuschwanstein is probably present in everybody's mind but certainly for those traveling along the Romantic Road. Be prepared that reality will surpass all pictures and imaginations: Neuschwanstein seems to be taken out of a fairy tale! Seeing the castle from the outside is unforgettable, a tour of the insight, which was originally built for the one famous inhabitant, will make the picture perfect! But make sure to take some time to explore the castle grounds, the view of Neuschwanstein from the bridge behind the Castle is like no other!
Day 7: Salzburg. In about 1 hour and 30 minutes the High-speed “Rail Jet” (RJ) will take you from Munich to Salzburg. Your hotel is located right at Salzburg Central Station.
In the afternoon you will be picked up from your hotel to join the English-speaking most unique 4-hour Sound of Music tour. This tour is an ideal opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Maria von Trapp whilst taking in local historical sights both from the city of Salzburg and also the picturesque Lakes and Mountains region along the way.
Day 8: Vienna. In about two and a half hours the High-speed train (Rail Jet) will take you from Salzburg to Vienna. Your hotel is located very close to Vienna Central Station, where your train arrives. With your 48 hrs Vienna Card you have unlimited free use of the public transportation system within Vienna.
Day 9: Vienna
On your second day in Vienna get an impression of the most significant historical sights of Vienna. Along the Ringstrasse you will see numerous grand buildings, such as the MAK, the State Opera House, the magnificent Museum of Fine Arts with its world famous art treasures of the Habsburgs and the Natural History Museum, the cultural district the Museums Quartier, the Hofburg (the former Habsburg winter residence), the Parliament, the City Hall and the Burgtheater.
You may want to visit Schonbrunn Palace, once the summer residence of the Habsburg family and home of Maria Theresia. On the way back to the opera you will pass by the Belvedere Palace, the former summer residence of Prince Eugen, which houses the largest and the most precious Gustav Klimt collection in the world. If you are interested to book a concert at Schoenbrunn Palace please contact us by Email for an arragement (can also include dinner and a tour of the Palace).
Day 10: Prague
After breakfast you take the train from Vienna to Prague. Your hotel is in walking distance from the rail station. The Old Town of Prague can easily be explored by foot from your centrally located hotel. You have all afternoon and evening to see many of the highlights: Karluv Most (Charles Bridge), probably the most beautiful mediaeval bridge to be found today, the Old Town Square, dominated by the Church of Our Lady of Tyn as well as the Town Hall with its Town Hall Clock (Orloj) which was first installed in 1410. Watch the procession of the twelve Apostles, an hourly event which one should not miss, the Powder Tower (Prasna brana), … and many more!
Day 11: Prague
Today you will enjoy a 3.5-hour Prague City Walking tour which will give you an overall impression of the marvelous historic Old Town of Prague. In the afternoon you may take a closer look on your own since the city of Prague can be easily explored by foot. Maybe you want to start at the Hradschin (Prague Castle), which is the largest medieval castle complex in Europe. Here you will find the majestic Dome, inside there are 21 chapels out of which the St Wenzelschapel with its gem decorated walls is the most remarkable one. Then there is St.Georgskloister where one can literally spend hours marveling at bohemian works of art reaching from Gothic to Baroque. Shrouded in legend is the Golden Alley with its little houses where the alchemists of the 16th century lived and worked... Adjacent to the Prague Castle is Hradcany Square where you will find buildings that are outstanding even in a city like Prague, such as the Lobkowicz Palace hosting the Military Museum or Strahov Cloister with its richly adorned library.
From here you can take a walk to the Petrin, a hill on the left bank of the Vltava river. Climb the 299 steps to the top of the steel watchtower, the view over the Golden City is worth every single step you had to climb!
Continue on to the Lesser Town which was founded in 1257 on the slopes below the Prague Castle. The Malostranske namesti (Lesser Town Square) has always been the center of life in the Lesser Town. Visit the beautiful St. Nicholas Church, where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played the organ when he visited Prague. The church is believed to be the most valuable building of Czech Baroque.
Now for another highlight, the Karluv Most (Charles Bridge), named after the Emperor Charles IV in the 19th century. Probably the most beautiful mediaeval bridge to be found today it withstood 600 years of wheeled traffic, fortunately only pedestrians may cross it today. Thirty statues line the bridge which was completed in the year 1400, connecting the Lesser Town with the Old Town. The marvelous view of the Vltava River Valley, the Zofin and Strlecky Island will make you feel like you want to stay just a little bit longer …
Countless are the attractions in the Old Town, which is the oldest of the towns of Prague, gaining the privileges in the 13th century. The center of the town has always been the Old Town Square, dominated by the Church of Our Lady of Tyn as well as the Town Hall. Here many historic events took place, tragic and glorious.
One of Prague’s main attractions is the Old Town Hall with its Town Hall Clock (Orloj) which was first installed in 1410. Watch the procession of the twelve Apostles, an hourly event which one should not miss. The Powder Tower (Prasna brana) was begun in the year 1475 as one of the Old Town’s entrances. In the 17th century the tower was used to store gunpowder, hence its name.
Take a walk to the Jewish Town, which was founded in the 13th century. Many monuments are to be discovered, among them the Old Jewish Cemetery is the most outstanding one. Founded in the middle of the 15th century it was used until 1787, today over 12.000 tombstones are withstanding the ravages of time. The Theatre of the Estates is Prague’s oldest theatre. In 1787 Mozart’s Don Giovanni had its World Premiere here, and the great composer himself was present that evening.
On the banks of the Vltava you can visit the Vysehrad, one of the most famous castles of early mediaeval times in Bohemia. Founded in the 10th century the buildings are mystified with the legends of Princess Libuse and Premysl.
Another Prague attraction is the Zoo, which is set in a scenic location on the right bank of the Vltava river. Probably one of the most beautiful Zoos to be found it now covers an area of over 40 ha where more than 350 species of animals live and thrive. Close to the Zoo there is the Troja chateau, built from 1679 to 1685 the building resembles a Roman Villa. For the lovers of classical music the Bertramka is a must, as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart stayed here during his visits of Prague. Inside there is a museum which displays invaluable documents of the great composer’s time. There are many more monuments, buildings, romantic spots and historic places to visit in the Golden City; Prague is a treasure chest for everyone who wants to experience history in a very lively and beautiful setting.
Day 12: Berlin. In a little less than five hours the High-speed rail will take you from Prague to Berlin, Gemany´s capital city.
It is not easy to describe this great metropolis, which fascinates the visitor both with it’s culture as well as with it’s history. Of course every Berlin visitor wants to walk thru the Brandenburger Tor, Berlin’s only preserved town gate which became a symbol for the separated city as is was once located in “no man’s land” directly at the Berlin Wall. The Reichstag (parliament) with its new dome is the most visited monument in Berlin, its eventful history reflecting the turbulences of German history. Berlin’s “Museumsinsel”(Museum Island) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this “title” has also been rewarded to the castles and parks of the city of Berlin. Stroll along “Unter den Linden”, Berlin’s most beautiful street, the “old” heart of the city, leading from the Brandenburger Tor to the “Schlossbrücke”. Or how about Friedrichstrasse, this legendary road where the tradition of the “Golden Twenties” is combined with the architecture of the new Berlin. With your two day Hop-on Hop-off ticket you will get an overview of Berlin´s attractions.
Day 13: Berlin
Visit the Memorial Church on Kurfürstendamm, the Gendarmenmarkt square which forms a beautiful and harmonious architectural synthesis with the Konzerthaus (concert hall). There are the German Cathedral and the French Cathedral with their impressive architecture and the Potsdamer Platz with ultra modern buildings, with shops and entertainment. “Checkpoint Charlie” hardly needs any explanation at all, at the former border crossing American and Russian tanks stood vis-a-vis after the wall had been build in 1961.
Day 14: Berlin to Berlin Tegel Airport. Today your tour ends after breakfast. The Berlin Welcome Card also covers the fair for the Airport Bus from Berlin Central Station to Berlin Tegel Airport. Pre- and post-tour accommodation in Rome and Berlin can be added.
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