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Experiencing Oktoberfest and Central Europe

Munich, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Linz, Melk, Vienna
Austria, Germany
9 Days
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    Itinerary at a Glance
    Arrival to Munich, the heart of Bavaria and the home of fairy-tale castles and lederhosen.

    Start your exploration of the city with a visit to Marienplatz. The square is in full swing hosting the Oktoberfest stalls - the heavily carved City Hall is backdrop to countless selfies. Adjacent is the Clock Tower, coming alive every day at 11 AM and 5 PM.

    Peek into the Marienkirche, a massive temple which can accommodate almost 18.000 people or return to the church later in the evening for the Evensong.

    Today you will be driven across the Bayern countryside to visit the grandiose fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein, inspired by legends and themes from the operas of Richard Wagner. The view from the castle courtyard is stunning!

    Enjoy time at leisure at the nearby village of Hohenschwangau before returning to Munich mid afternoon.

    Today the Oktoberfest begins and Munich will be buzzing with activity.

    Early morning the tent patrons will start arriving to the city on horse drawn coaches and cart, carrying the beer barrels. Around 12 PM the festival starts with the tapping of the first Oktoberfest-beer-barrel by the Mayor in the Schottenhamel Tent. Tents will start quickly to fill for a hectic 2 weeks of beer drinking and Eisbein eating.

    If you prefer a quieter day, your guide can take you on a walking tour of the city. Visit one of the most famous food markets in Germany - Viktualien Market, explore the city center, the meander of narrow streets and traditional stores around the medieval gate of the city and visit the Residenz. Then proceed to the Palace of Nymphenburg, an impressive Baroque palace, birthplace of King Ludwig II.

    Today you will be driven south, following the German Alpine road, a wonderful scenic drive across the Alps, highlighted with small villages like Garmisch and Murnau. Your end destination is Innsbruck

    Once there, do not miss the famous triumph gate, the Innsbruck Imperial Palace and Chapel. In the afternoon you will enjoy a cable-car ride up the Alps, where the stunning views will take your breath away.

    Continue your journey to the town of Salzburg, in Austria. On your way visit Chiemsee and another of the castles build by King Ludwig, inspired this time by the French Versailles Palace - Herrenchiemsee. The setting is superb, in the heart of a small island, framed by fountains and manicured lawns.

    Salzburg is a wold heritage sight city, filled with souvenirs and chocolate shops, baroque churches and museums. Check into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day exploring Salzburg's magnificent gardens, visiting the Birthplace of Mozart and the Mirabell Palace

    For a true Sound of Music experience you can join a themed group tour of the city, to visit the famous locations of the movie as you sing-a-long its famous songs.

    After breakfast, your driver will take you to the Austrian city of Linz, crossed by the Danube. Famous for its churches, museums and cultural activities, the city was home to Austria's famous composers - Wolfgang Mozart and Anton Bruckner.

    After Linz, enjoy a scenic drive along the Danube to the city of Melk. The Abbey is situated on a rock overlooking the Danube, a jewel of Austrian baroque architecture.

    In the late afternoon you will arrive to the capital Vienna.

    Start your day with a walking tour of the city. Visit the colorful street market and attend the morning exercises of the Spanish Riding School to see the elegant Lipizzaner horses dance at the sound of waltz.

    There are so many sights for you to see and enjoy. Walk past the Ringstrasse, with its magnificent buildings such as Vienna State Opera House, the Votiv Church and Vienna's Baroque church St. Charles. You can't miss St Stephan's Cathedral, the Schoenbrunn Palace or a visit to the famous Augarten Porcelain factory.

    Today is for you to explore the city on your own. Visit all the places you didn't get to see the day before, such as the Albertina Museum and the Imperial Apartments where princess Sissi once lived.

    Vienna has a world of museums and sights for you to choose from. Your Museum Card will give you access to many options for a busy day of sightseeing.

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