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Germany's Romantic Back: Road to Vienna

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12 Days
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Experience the charm, scenery and history of Southern Germany and Austria with visits to iconic places such as Heidelberg, Rothenberg, Munich, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna. This comprehensive regional itinerary is something not to be missed!


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Join the tour in Frankfurt and drive south visiting historic Darmstadt en route to Heidelberg, one of the most picturesque cities in Germany with a its thriving ancient university. In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to a brewery and meet a master brewer. Stay 2 nights in Heidelberg.

The next morning, explore the city including Heidelberg Castle which dominates the city. Walk through the Old Town, parts of which date back to the 18th Century.

Leave Heidelberg continuing south to Rothenberg which is known as the “Jewel of the Middle Ages” as little has changed with its cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses. Visit St. Jakob’s Church with its 500 year old carving. Overnight in Rothenberg.

Continue your journey along the “Romantic Road” with its medieval character through old walled towns and pretty villages. Travel via Augsburg, the oldest town in Bavaria. Arrive at the colourful vibrant city of Munich for overnight.

The following day brings visits to some of Germany’s most beautiful castles including the famous and illustrious Neuschwanstein Castle. Also visit Linderhof Palace modelled after Versailles. Arrive at the Austrian alpine village of Mutters just outside Innsbruck where you will experience sweeping views of the Wipptal Valley. Stay 2 nights.

Head to the charming city of Innsbruck the next day for a walking tour followed by a visit to the town of Igls.

Leave from Mutters and travel to the chic ski winter ski resort of Kitzbuhel. Here take a cable car to Steinplatte for excellent panoramic views of the surrounding Tyrol Valley.

Continue to historic Salzburg for 2 nights’ accommodation.

The next day enjoy a walking tour of the historic centre of Salzburg designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then visit the dominating Hohensalzburg Castle. Throughout your stay in Salzburg, you are bound to come across reminders from the play and movie, “The Sound of Music”.

Depart Salzburg and travel to Melk, one of the prettiest towns in Austria with its Benedictine Monastery situated high above the Danube River. Continue through the Wachau Valley with its many vineyards arriving at Krems, an attractive picturesque town on the Danube. Overnight in Krems.

The next days brings you to Imperial Vienna. Start with a visit to the impressive splendid Schonbrunn Palace with its beautiful ornamental gardens. Here enjoy apple strudel at the Old Bakery of the Palace. The afternoon is free to explore Vienna. Overnight here.

The following morning, you will have a private tour of the world-famous Spanish Riding School and see a demonstration by its renowned Lipizzaner horses. After this your tour terminates.

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,082

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Day 1

Frankfurt to Heidelberg to Rothenburg

Your tour commences from NH Collection Frankfurt City, 08008 Barcelona at 8.30am. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure.

Compass pointing south, we begin at the Renaissance ruins of Heidelberg Castle. We then follow the pen strokes of 19th century romantic poets as we meander around Heidelberg itself, Germany's oldest university town. Rothenburg, with its medieval houses and bygone fountains, is our next stop - and where we get together for a welcome dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Eisenhut

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    Hotel Eisenhut



    Occupying four converted 16th-century mansions, this traditional hotel is a 3-minute walk from both the Deutsches Weihnachtsmuseum (Christmas Museum) and the medieval market square.

    Occupying four converted 16th-century mansions, this traditional hotel is a 3-minute walk from both the Deutsches Weihnachtsmuseum (Christmas Museum) and the medieval market square.

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Day 2

Rotherburg to Wurzburg to Rothenburg

From French chateau architecture to German rococo decoration, lavish exuberance pretty much sums up the UNESCO-listed, 18th century Würzburg Residence Palace. We meet at the Franconia Fountain before entering a labyrinth of underground passages to an exclusive wine cellar and tasting. An evening of leisure is then ours back in Rothenburg.

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Day 3

Rothenberg to Dinkelsbuhl to Augsburg

Time for a drive down Germany's Romantic Road, admiring picture-perfect castles and medieval towns along the way. One of the best preserved is Dinkelsbühl, an 800-year-old treasure packed with timbered houses, church spires and patrician buildings that survived both world wars. From here, we continue to Augsburg's magnificent Golden Hall and Fuggerei.

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Duration1 Night
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Augsburger Hof

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    Augsburger Hof



    Whether you are visiting a convention, are on a business trip or are traveling as a tourist thrught the over 2000 year old city, Augsburger Hof located in the heart of Augsburg offers all the conveniences you need. All of the rooms offer large desks ...

    Whether you are visiting a convention, are on a business trip or are traveling as a tourist thrught the over 2000 year old city, Augsburger Hof located in the heart of Augsburg offers all the conveniences you need.

    All of the rooms offer large desks and free Internet. The Mozart house (across the street), the small golden hall, the Fugger-and Welsermuseum, the Schaezlerpalais and sights like the Dom, the main city theater, city hall with its own golden hall, as well as the Fuggerei are easily reached by foot.

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Day 4

Augsburg to Munich to Fussen

A walking tour of Munich will work up our appetite for a slapup Bavarian lunch in a beer hall or Biergarten. After all that food and some strong beer, we'll be just about ready to hit the road again. We drive to Wies where we visit the 18th century oval Rococo pilgrimage church. Then it's on to Füssen, an historic town nestled at the foot of the Alps.

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Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Hirsch Fussen

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    Hotel Hirsch Fussen



    The Hotel Hirsch Fussen, built in the "Art Nouveau" style, has been family run for four generations and combines elegantly modern comfort and the Bavarian ambience. You will be enchanted by the charm of this hotel, which emanates from the romantically decorated and lovingly furnished ...

    The Hotel Hirsch Fussen, built in the "Art Nouveau" style, has been family run for four generations and combines elegantly modern comfort and the Bavarian ambience. You will be enchanted by the charm of this hotel, which emanates from the romantically decorated and lovingly furnished rooms as well as from the décor of the restaurant. Each of the "motif rooms", being distinctively decorated, is dedicated to a special theme of our history or of the surroundings.

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Day 5

Fussen to Neuschwanstein Castle to Fussen

Love, guilt, repentance, salvation - just some of the romantic themes, inspired by composer Richard Wagner, decorating the Neuschwanstein Castle walls. We spend today in this dream-like retreat designed for King Ludwig II in 1886. Look out for surprising modern comforts fitted behind the medieval facade, including cosy central heating.

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Duration1 Night
Day 6

Fussen to Innsbruck to Hall

We drive through Austria's majestic mountains and alpine pastures to Innsbruck, the capital of the Tyrol region. A relaxed amble through the Old Town bring us to the Imperial Palace and Court Church, where 28 life-size bronze figures guard the tomb of Emperor Maximilian I. He also commissioned the nearby Gothic oriel, its glittering roof covered in fire-gilt copper tiles. Our last stop is Hall, a harmonious mix of historic charm and modern style, where we get together for a traditional Tyrolean dinner.

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Goldener Hirsch

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    Hotel Goldener Hirsch



    Situated on the renowned Getreidegasse road in Salzburg's old town, the historic hotel Goldener Hirsch introduces guests to the city's captivating character. Since 1407 the hotel in Salzburg offers its guests traditional, original flair. Located across from the Festival Hall and down the street from ...

    Situated on the renowned Getreidegasse road in Salzburg's old town, the historic hotel Goldener Hirsch introduces guests to the city's captivating character. Since 1407 the hotel in Salzburg offers its guests traditional, original flair. Located across from the Festival Hall and down the street from Mozart's house, the hotel is as well just a short walk away from designer boutiques in the Getreidegasse and the Salzach River. Two authentic Austrian restaurants, the exquisite restaurant Goldener Hirsch and the indigenous restaurant "s'Herzl", are just like the renowned bar Salzburg's top pre and post-theater haunts, paying homage to the city's rich bohemian heritage.

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    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Business Centre
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    • Library
    • Lounge Bar
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Day 7

Hall to Kitzbuhel to Salzburg

A glamorous welcome awaits in Kitzbuhel. This chic ski resort in the heart of the Alps is the place to see and be seen. A horse drawn carriage ride takes us around Schwarzsee Lake before we step off to explore the town. After lunch, we wind our way through the mountains to Salzburg - a city renowned for dazzling Baroque architecture.

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Duration2 Nights
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Altstadthotel Kasererbraeu

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    Altstadthotel Kasererbraeu



    The charming Salzburg hotel steeped in tradition is located at the heart of the historic city centre of Salzburg. Hotel Kasererbraeu is part of the Old Town of Salzburg and therefore an architectural treasure itself. Experience a history of 600 years in the rooms of ...

    The charming Salzburg hotel steeped in tradition is located at the heart of the historic city centre of Salzburg. Hotel Kasererbraeu is part of the Old Town of Salzburg and therefore an architectural treasure itself. Experience a history of 600 years in the rooms of the Salzburg hotel.

    The only hotel in the historic center of Salzburg with an own car parking, free Wi-Fi connection cinema and spa area.

    The historic cinema "Mozartkino" is also part of the Hotel Kasererbraeu. Film history was written in the probably oldest cinema in the world.

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Day 8

Salzburg

The day is yours to explore Salzburg. There's a thrill in store for music lovers as we glimpse inside Mozart's birthplace, the imposing Hohensalzburg Castle sitting high above the city. It houses precious relics, including his concert violin and lavichord, and the famously unfinished painting, 'Mozart on the Piano', by his brother-in-law Joseph Lange.

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Day 9

Salzburg to Hallein to Hallstatt to Sankt Gallen

After all that crisp, alpine air, we venture below ground into 7,000-year-old salt mines near Hallein. We learn about the 'white gold' as we're led down mining tunnels before coming back up to continue our trail to Hallstatt, the 'Pearl of the Salzkammergut'. Towering mountains and quaint wooden houses circle this small village on the Hallstattersee shores. For the next two nights, we'll be staying in a grand castle hotel in Sankt Gallen, near the Gesause National Park.

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Duration2 Nights
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Naturhotel Schloss Kassegg

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    Naturhotel Schloss Kassegg



    Naturhotel Schloss Kassegg has 8 single, 5 shared rooms and 20 double rooms . These are partially extended to multi-bed rooms and family rooms. All rooms are Non smoking rooms, with shower and mostly separate toilet. Wireless is available to our guests free of charge.

    Naturhotel Schloss Kassegg has 8 single, 5 shared rooms and 20 double rooms . These are partially extended to multi-bed rooms and family rooms. All rooms are Non smoking rooms, with shower and mostly separate toilet. Wireless is available to our guests free of charge.

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    • Playroom for Children
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Day 10

Sankt Gallen to Admont to Sankt Gallen

In the true spirit of the Enlightenment period, we spend the morning at Admont Abbey, which houses the world's largest monastery library. Adorned with extraordinary cupola frescoes and sculptures, it holds nearly 200,000 books, some printed before 1500. After driving through Gesause National Park we'll reward today's adventures with some local cider tasting.

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Day 11

Sankt Gallen to Melk to Durnstein

Today begins in Melk - famous for its hilltop Benedictine abbey overlooking the banks of the Danube River. After a guided tour, we make our way to the sublime riverside towns of Krems and Durnstein. Being a grape-growing hotbed, it's only right we relax at a cosy wine tavern before settling down for a farewell dinner.

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Richard Loewenherz

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    Hotel Richard Loewenherz



    Hotel Richard Lowenherz is surrounded by medieval convent walls and decorated with works of art from the region. With its unique location directly on the banks of the Danube, this charming, traditional hotel in Durnstein is the perfect choice for those who appreciate individual service ...

    Hotel Richard Lowenherz is surrounded by medieval convent walls and decorated with works of art from the region. With its unique location directly on the banks of the Danube, this charming, traditional hotel in Durnstein is the perfect choice for those who appreciate individual service in a beautiful historic ambience. You can enjoy these special treats either in the elegant dining rooms or, weather permitting, on the terrace with its breathtaking view over the Danube. Today the ruins of Durnstein Castle are the most popular sight in the Wachau. Hotel Richard Lowenherz is named after Richard the Lionheart, King of England, who was held captive there from 1192 to 1193.

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    • Swimming Pool - Outdoor

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Day 12

Durnstein to Schonbrunn Palace to Vienna

Fascinated by Austria's Hapsburgs? On the way to Vienna we'll stop to tour the baroque splendour of Schönbrunn Palace. A visit to the Court Bakery in a vaulted cellar is a delicious high point, as patissiers prepare delicate Viennese apple strudel. Like all great love stories, our tour must come to an end. And this one closes in Vienna.

The tour finishes at 1:00pm at Harmonie Vienna Hotel, Harmoniegasse 5-7, 1090 Wien, Austria

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DEPARTURES:

2017: May 2, 16; Jun 6, 27; Jul 18; Aug 22; Sep 5, 19; 

PRICE INCLUDES:

10 nights' accommodation, Back-Roads tour leader, driver and mini-coach transportation, European breakfast daily, 6 evening meals, beer and wine tasting, apple strudel show, Salzburg 24-hour card, and entrance fees (Heidelberg Castle, Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Palace, St Jakobs Lutheran parish church, Steinplatte cable car, Hohensalzburg Castle, Mozart’s Birthplace, Melk Abbey, Schonbrunn Palace & private tour of the Spanish Riding School).

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
  • Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights,’ items of a personal nature and entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
  • Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
  • Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
  • Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
  • Pre and post tour accommodation.
  • Unless otherwise listed in the inclusions, transfers are not included in the tour price.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Mobility: The tour involves walking and requires guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Travel on the historic Romantic Road at a leisurely pace.
  • Learn the ancient art of beer production from a master brewer in Heidelberg.
  • Discover how the famous Apple Strudel cake is made.
  • Stay overnight in Austria's wine country.
  • A private visit to the Spanish Riding School.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share. Subject to availability. The hotels have been hand-picked from an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

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