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Discover Switzerland, Austria and Bavaria featuring Oktoberfest
September 23 - October 2, 2021 - Nine Nights

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Day 1 -Thursday, September 23, 2021 Overnight Flight
Discover spectacular Switzerland, Austria and Bavaria on a tour featuring 4-night stays in two cities.

Day 2 - Bern, Switzerland - Tour Begins
Your journey begins in Bern, the capital of Switzerland. This UNESCO World Heritage site rests in the Swiss countryside. The cobbled Old Town section is so well preserved that residents who lived here 500 years ago would still find it familiar today. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring local cuisine such as traditional cheese fondue. (D)

Day 3 - Bern
Explore delightful Bern on a panoramic sightseeing tour featuring the Bundeshaus (the Swiss Parliament), the famous Bear Pit, the Rose Gardens and the gothic cathedral, which dominates Old Town’s skyline. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore independently. Perhaps you’ll take a ride in the red carriages of the Gurtenbahn funicular railway, climbing Gurten Mountain to an altitude of 2,574 feet (858 meters) for impressive views of Bern, the surrounding towns and mountains. (B)

Day 4 - Bern - Gruyères - Montreux - Panoramic Train Ride - Gstaad - Bern
Travel to Gruyères, famous for its creamy cheeses. Sample some of these delectable dairy treats during a cheese making demonstration. Later, enjoy inspiring Alpine views with a ride on the GoldenPass Panoramic Train from Montreux to Gstaad. Discover the delightful ambience of this world-famous Alpine ski resort with its numerous traditional wood chalets. (B)

Day 5 - Bern - Lucerne - Bern
Set out for Lucerne, the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” Enjoy a leisurely paced Altstadt (Old Town) walking tour, exploring the hidden treasures of this 800-year-old city such as the covered Chapel Bridge (1333); the famous Water Tower, which has served as a prison, watchtower and treasury; the Renaissance-style Town Hall; the baroque Jesuit Church; and the Lion Monument, carved from natural rock to commemorate the heroic Swiss Guard. Tonight, dine at one of Bern’s great restaurants. (B/D)

Day 6 - Bern - Innsbruck, Austria
En route to Innsbruck, make your way through Liechtenstein, the smallest German-speaking country in the world and the only country to lie entirely within the Alps. Upon arrival in Innsbruck, it’s your choice! Select one of two leisurely walking tours: join a local guide as you discover the city’s history, culture and popular attractions including Maria Theresien Strasse, the Hofburg and the “Golden Roof" -OR- you may embark on a tour focusing on Innsbruck’s unique architectural structures including its famous ski jump. (B)

Day 7 - Innsbruck - Salzburg - Innsbruck
Travel through the picturesque Austrian countryside to Salzburg. Enjoy a walking tour featuring Mirabell Gardens (seen in The Sound of Music), the quaint Getreidegasse (birthplace of Mozart), and many other highlights of this beautiful city. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to independently explore and enjoy Salzburg’s fabulous sights. Complete your day with a delightful dinner at the 1,200-year-old St. Peter’s Restaurant, the oldest in Austria and still owned by the monks. (B/D)

Day 8 - Innsbruck - Bavaria, Germany - Innsbruck
Today, fairy tales come to life with a tour of Bavaria’s famous castle, Neuschwanstein.* Built by King Ludwig II, it is the most photographed castle in Germany. Later, enjoy classic cuisine in a local restaurant before experiencing the rich musical tradition of mountainous Austria during a Tyrolean folklore show hosted by a well-known local musical family. (B/D)
*If Neuschwanstein tickets are unavailable on this day, guests will instead visit the nearby castle Schloss Hohenschwangau.

Day 9 - Innsbruck - Munich, Germany
Make your way to Munich for Oktoberfest, a traditional folk festival from the 1800s. Today, the festival draws people from all over the world and features lively music, savory cuisine, authentic costumes, amusement rides, and millions of beer liters served. In your reserved tent, toast to a fun-filled day of drinks, games, and friendly locals. (B/L)

Day 10 - Munich - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to an end in Munich. (B)




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Deposit:
A nonrefundable deposit of $1,900.00 per person is due at the time of booking. A Trip Cancellation Waiver of $329.00 per person (nonrefundable) is available and must be purchased at time of deposit.



Hotels (subject to change):
Bern, Switzerland - Hotel Baeren Bern - 4 nights
Innsbruck, Austria - Hotel Innsbruck - 4 nights
Munich, Germany - Steigenberger Hotel Munich - 1 night



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Final Payment:
July 19, 2021



Cancellation Penalties:
$1,900.00 per person is nonrefundable. Cancel on or after July 19, 2021, and the entire tour is nonrefundable. With Trip Cancellation Waiver purchase (at time of deposit) you may cancel for any reason prior to the day of departure and receive a full refund less cost of waiver ($329.00 per person).


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Pricing Table

AAA Rate - Per person rate prior to any discounts or promotions is based on double occupancy and is subject to air availability, current taxes, and fuel surcharges:

 

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Buffalo

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$4,449.00

On Request

Cleveland

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$4,449.00

On Request

Columbus

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$4,449.00

On Request

Louisville

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$4,449.00

On Request

Newark

On Request

$4,299.00

On Request

Philadelphia

On Request

$4,299.00

On Request

Pittsburgh

On Request

$4,299.00

On Request

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