Arrive in Vienna and check in to your hotel for 3 nights. You'll discover a Vienna of many facets, combining old and new worlds, galleries and museums, stylish shops, bistros and cafés, and more.
Once the capital of a great empire, Vienna is a cosmopolitan city of two million residents, with many remnants of its glorious past. Today you'll take a 3-hour city tour of the city - be ready to go at 9 a.m. from your hotel. This tour will give you an overall impression of the most significant historical sights of Vienna. You will see the Ringstrasse known for such magnificent buildings as the Museum of Applied Arts, the State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Natural History. Also see the Hofburg, the famous residence of Empress Elizabeth, affectionately known as "Sisi to the Austrians, as well as a host of other fine architectural examples including the Parliament, City Hall, the Burgtheater, the University and the Votivkirche. The highlight of this tour will be a visit of the showrooms of Schönbrunn Palace, once the summer residence of the Habsburg family and Maria Theresa, mother of Marie Antoinette, who later became Queen to Louis XVI. On the way back to the State Opera you will pass by the Belvedere Palace, the former summer residence of Prince Eugen. Your tour ends at the Opera House. From here you can stroll the historic walking street Kärtnerstrasse, past elegant hotels and shops as you head towards Stephansdom, the magnificent cathedral of Vienna. Located in the historic medieval center of the city, this Gothic church is worth exploring, as are the narrow lanes around it.
(Breakfast & Accommodations, Vienna)
Your last full day in Vienna gives you options. You may wish to go shopping in this cosmopolitan city this morning. Or try one of our many optional tours. Dinner will be at a traditional Rathauskeller.
(Breakfast, Dinner & Accommodations, Vienna)
After breakfast today, you travel to Salzburg with reservations for your four hour trip. Sit back, relax and watch the scenery pass on your way to the birthplace of Mozart. Optional private rail station transfers in Vienna and Salzburg are available.
(Breakfast, Vienna; Accommodations, Salzburg)
This morning, take the 2.5 hour Mozart City Tour to discover many of the highlights of this city dominated by its associations with both Mozart and The Sound of Music. Included are Mirabell Palace, the Mozarteum or Music Academy, Hellbrunn Palace, Mozart's residence and many more.
Included in the tour is a ticket for the Funicular up to Hohensalzburg Fortress plus entry into the Fortress, one of the largest medieval castles in Europe, begun in 1077. The views over the town from the ramparts are spectacular. Use your free time in the afternoon to enjoy seeing the castle and the panorama.
(Breakfast & Accommodations, Salzburg)
After breakfast, book one of our optional tours.
(Breakfast & Accommodations, Salzburg)
After breakfast, make your way to the train station for transportation to Munich. Optional private Vienna or Salzburg rail station transfers are available.
(Breakfast, Salzburg; Accommodations, Munich)
After breakfast, explore Munich via Hop-on/Hop-off City Tour. Arrive on your own at Stachus (Karlsplatz) across the street from the central rail station to check in for your tour between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily. Double decker buses depart frequently (every 30-60 minutes, depending on season).
Tonight soak in the local atmosphere at dinner at Restaurant Ratskeller located below the town hall at Marienplatz 8.
(Breakfast, Dinner & Accommodations, Munich)
Today, you might book an optional tour outside the city. One of the most visited sites near Munich is Neuschwanstein Castle in Füssen, built by King Ludwig II and the inspiration for Cinderella's castle at Disneyland.
(Breakfast & Accommodations, Munich)
After breakfast, make your way to the airport or rail station for your return home or on to your next Avanti Destination!