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Germany's Romantic Back-Road to Vienna | 2017 | 13 Days: Perhaps the course of true love runs along Germany’s Romantic Road. Where the snow-capped Bavarian Alps provide a dramatic backdrop to half-timbered chalets and fairytale castles. Or you could fall head over heels for Austria’s deep valleys and sparkling blue lakes.
Trip Highlights
Start Destination
End Destination
  • Take a horse-drawn carriage around the picturesque Schwarzsee lake in Kitzbühel
  • Enjoy a private wine tasting in the romantically lit imperial cellar beneath the Würzburg Residence Palace
  • Sleep in a 135-year-old castle hotel in Sankt Gallen, situated on the edge of a forest surrounded by mountains
What's included
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Private overseas transfers to and from the airport
  • 12 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Experienced Back-Roads tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily
  • 6 x evening meals
  • One lunch
  • Beer & cider tasting
  • Apple strudel demonstration
  • Guided tours in Heidelberg Castle, Würzburg Residence, Admont Abbey and Melk Abbey
  • Included Entrances: Heidelberg Castle, Würzburg Residence, Augsburg Town Hall, The Fuggerei, Wieskirche, Neuschwanstein Castle, Hallein Salt Mine, Melk Abbey and Schönbrunn Palace
What's not included
  • Unless otherwise specified in the listed inclusions, airfares are not included in the tour price.
  • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
  • Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights,&rsquo 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.
Day 1
UK - Frankfurt

Depart the UK on your flight to Frankfurt. Upon arrival enjoy a private transfer to your pre-tour accommodation where the rest of your day is at leisure.

Day 2
Frankfurt - Heidelberg - Rothenburg

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.(B, D)

Overnight: Hotel Eisenhut (or similar)

Day 3
Rothenburg – Würzburg – Rothenburg

From French château 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. (B)

Overnight: Hotel Eisenhut (or similar)

Day 4
Rothenburg – Dinkelsbühl – 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. (B)

Overnight: Augsburger Hof (or similar)

Day 5
Augsburg – Munich – Füssen

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. (B, L)

Overnight: Hotel Hirsch (or similar)

Day 6
Füssen – Neuschwanstein Castle – Füssen

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. (B)

Overnight: Hotel Hirsch (or similar)

Day 7
Füssen – Innsbruck – Hall

We drive through Austria’smajestic mountains and alpinepastures to Innsbruck, thecapital of the Tyrol region. Arelaxed amble through the OldTown bring us to the ImperialPalace and Court Church, where28 life-size bronze figures guardthe tomb of Emperor MaximilianI. He also commissioned thenearby Gothic oriel, its glitteringroof covered in fire-gilt coppertiles. Our last stop is Hall, aharmonious mix of historiccharm and modern style, where we get together for a traditionalTyrolean dinner. (B, D)

Overnight: Goldener Engl (or similar)

Day 8
Hall – Kitzbuhel – 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 horsedrawn 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. (B)

Overnight: Altstadthotel Kasererbraeu (or similar)

Day 9

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. (B)

Overnight: Altstadthotel Kasererbraeu (or similar)

Day 10
Salzburg Hallein Hallstatt 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 Gesäuse National Park. (B, D)

Overnight: Schloss Kassegg (or similar) 

Day 11
Sankt Gallen – Admont – 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 Gesäuse National Park we’ll reward today’s adventures with some local cider tasting. (B, D) 

Overnight: Schloss Kassegg (or similar)

Day 12
Sankt Gallen – Melk – Dürnstein

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. (B, D)

Overnight: Richard Loewenherz (or similar)

Day 13
Dürnstein – Schönbrunn Palace – Vienna - UK

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 highpoint, as patissiers prepare delicate Viennese apple strudel. Return flight from Vienna to the UK.

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