Rent a car and explore the beauties of the Alpine world in Germany, Austria and Switzerland at a leisurely pace!
Day 1-2: Munich
Take a tour to the Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, English Garden, Hofbräuhaus, St. Peter’s Church and famous Marienplatz. Spend the second day of your trip exploring the beautiful mountain scenery of the German Alps! First to Oberammergau, home of the Passion Play since 1634; see the immense theatre and colourful chalets. On a hill close to the fortified town of Füssen, the wildly eccentric King Ludwig II built his ‘fairytale’ Neuschwanstein castle, bristling with turrets and pinnacles. Visit the exuberantly decorated apartments including the Throne Room and Lohengrin Grotto.
Day 3: Salzburg
A short drive over the Austrian border leads to Salzburg, ‘alive with the sound of music’. Visit the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace, the imposing fortress, the cathedral in the Old Town and Mozart’s birthplace. At a local food market, browse the wonderful array of fresh produce.
Day 4-5: Vienna
From Ringstrasse to the Opera, Vienna is full of imperial grandeur. Explore the maze-like streets of Innere Stadt and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Don’t forget to try the famous Sacher cake and a latte at one of the numerous coffee places in Vienna! Spend at lleast a day exploring the Schönbrunn Palace, full of frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers, mirrors and gilded ornaments.
Day 6: Sankt Veit an der Glan
Take a delightful drive through undiscovered Austria – the pine forests and sleepy towns of Styria and Carinthia. Climb the dramatic Semmering Pass and stop in Kindberg with its colourful maypole. Continue to St. Veit an der Glan, former seat of the Dukes of Carinthia and enjoy exploring the fabulous medieval city walls, the old town square and the ancient Plague column.
Day 7: Innsbruck
Head for the distinctive rugged peaks of the Dolomites. Enter Italy by way of Lago di Misurina and the Tre Croci Pass to pause in the fashionable ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo. Cross back into Austria and continue to Innsbruck, set in a valley of snow-capped mountain peaks. Walk amid the 14th century houses of the old town, seeing the Imperial Palace and delightful Golden Roof.
Day 8-9: St Moritz
Enter Switzerland this morning and drive along the beautiful Engadine Valley to the chic Alpine resort of St Moritz. Enjoy the marvellous scenery and fresh air or browse in the elegant boutiques? Another option is a ride aboard the Bernina Express – one of Europe’s outstanding train journeys.
Spend the next day, exploring the surroundings at your own pace.
Day 10-11: Lucerne
See the sorrowful sculpture of the dying lion, hewn out of a limestone cliff to commemorate those Swiss Guards who died at the Battle of the Tuileries.
The next morning is at leisure in this beautiful city with its 14th century covered wooden bridges, painted gables, old walls and watch towers of the medieval fortifications. Stroll across the Chapel Bridge to the Jesuit Church, or use your free time to shop. Later, embark on a thrilling trip by cable car and cogwheel railway to the summit of Mount Pilatus, offering stunning views over the lakes, countryside and surrounding hills.
Day 12: Last day at Zurich. Catch a flight to your home destination.
Prices starting at 800 Euro (from outside of Europe).