Day 1 :
Depart from North America
- Flight to Munich:
Relax and enjoy our scheduled flight from North AmericaOur 24-hour WorldStrides Tour Director will meet us at the airport and remain with usuntil our final airport departure.
Day 2 :
Arrive Munich Area
- Nymphenburg Palace:
Explore the splendid Nymphenburg Palace, once the residence of the Bavariankings. Of particular interest is the Rococo Banqueting Hall, with its vividfrescoes by Johann Baptist, and the Gallery of Beauties, which displaysportraits of the loveliest women of the time of Ludwig I. Visit the CarriageMuseum, which houses coaches, carriages and sleighs once belonging to theBavarian rulers, before enjoying a stroll in the formal Gardens
We will dine this evening in a local restaurant.
Day 3 :
Day Trip to Neuschwanstein and Garmisch-Partenkirchen
- Neuschwanstein Castle:
Visit Neuschwanstein Castle which is situated on an outcrop of rock toweringover a gorge in the River Pollat. This is one of Germanys most famous castles,though the king himself only lived there for 172 days. The Throne Room,designed in Byzantine style, with gilded mural paintings, mosaics and a hugechandelier, will highlight our tour.
The quaint town of Oberammergau, is famed for its woodcarving center and renownedfor its painted houses, in a colorful style known as Lftmalerei, typical for the region. Inaddition, Oberammergau is famous worldwide for its Passion Play.
- Garmisch and Partenkirchen:
Spend time in the twin villages of Garmisch and Partenkirchen, which make upGermanys top alpine resort. In spite of their urban flair, the towns maintain the charmof an ancient village, often with country folk in traditional dress. The towns and theirenvirons offer some of the most panoramic views in Bavaria.
- First Concert Performance:
Your first concert performance will be today.
Day 4 :
Munich Area – Herrenchiemsee – Salzburg Area
- Walking Tour of the Altstadt:
Enjoy a Walking Tour of the Altstadt (Old Town) of Munich, beginning atthe Karlstor, once a gate to the walled city. We will then view the AltesRathaus and Peterskirche before strolling down Neuhauser Street, Munichslargest shopping street, lined with typical 19th century buildings.
- Herrenchiemsee Castle:
Stop at Herrenchiemsee Castle, built on an island in Chiemsee by KingLudwig II of Bavaria. He wanted to build a replica of Versailles and emptiedthe coffers of 20 million marks to build this palace in which he lived only oneweek before his death.
- Travel to Salzburg:
Our hotel in Salzburg (Area), will be our base for the next 3 night(s). While here, wewill enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
Day 5 :
- Walking Tour of Salzburg:
Enjoy a Walking Tour through the Old City, a maze of meandering lanes,curious steeples, cobbled streets and spacious squares. Here we will viewMozart's Birthplace, the Old Square, the Cathedral, and the Residenz. Ahighlight of our walk will be the Glockenspiel, an early 18th century carillonwith 35 bells. We can hear the bells from any one of the cafes lining the edgesof the Mozartplatz, while sipping our favorite coffee or drink.
- Hohensalzburg Fortress:
Take the Funicular up to the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the former strongholdof the ruling prince-archbishops. We will visit the elegant State Apartments; theBurgmuseum, with a magnificent collection of medieval art and many Gothicartifacts; the Rainermuseum, which exhibits arms and armor; and the beautifullate Gothic St. George's Chapel, with intricate marble reliefs of the Apostles.From the Watchtower view the panoramic sweep of the Alps and from theKuenberg Bastion, views of the domes and towers of Salzburg.
- Mozarts Birthplace:
Visit the house where Mozart was born in 1756, and tour the museum dedicatedto his life and works.
Day 6 :
Visit the Residenz, Salzburgs opulent palace, which was the seat of theSalzburg prince-archbishops. The child prodigy Mozart often played in theConference Room for guests, and in 1867, Emperor Franz Joseph receivedNapolon III in the palace. Enjoy a tour of the richly decorated State Rooms,and the Residenzgalerie Salzburg, an art gallery that contains Europeanpaintings from the 16th to the 19th century, displayed in 15 historic rooms.
- Second Concert Concert Performance:
Your second concert performance will be today
Day 7 :
Salzburg Area – (Melk or St. Florian) – Vienna
- The Baroque Abbey and Abbey Church:
Visit Melk Abbey, one of the finest baroque buildings in the world. Our tour ofthe Abbey will include: the Marble Hall, which contains pilasters coated in redmarble, and a richly painted allegorical picture on the ceiling; the Library withsome 80,000 original volumes; and the Kaisergang (Emperors' Gallery), whichis decorated with portraits of Austrian rulers.
- Abbey of St. Florian:
- 3 Nights in Vienna:
Vienna was for 600 years, the glittering capital of the Hapsburg Empire. Today it is thecapital of Austria. Vienna has an incomparable musical heritage and is the city ofMozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn, Brahms, and Johann Strauss.
Day 8 :
- State Opera House:
Spend time at the State Opera House, which was opened in 1869 with aperformance of Mozarts Don Juan.
- Schnbrunn Palace:
Stop just outside the city center for a visit to the 1,441-room SchnbrunnPalace, which was designed for the Habsburgs before becoming the imperialsummer palace during Maria Theresa's 40-year reign. It was the scene of greatceremonial balls, lavish banquets, and fabulous receptions held during theCongress of Vienna. (One of these included a performance by a 6 year-oldMozart.) Our tour will include the State Apartments and a stroll through theImperial Gardens
Day 9 :
- St. Stephen's Cathedral:
Explore the Old City with a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral, one of the greatestGothic structures in Europe. St. Stephens is rich in woodcarvings, altars,sculptures, and paintings. One of the paintings shows the scene of the doublemarriage between the Hapsburg, Bohemian, and Hungarian dynasties in 1515that laid the foundation of the Austrian Empire.
- The City Park:
Explore City Park, where we can see the various monuments commemoratingthe Great Composers of the past.
- Haus der Musik (House of Music):
Visit the Haus der Musik (The House of Music), an interactive discoverymuseum where visitors can conduct the Vienna Philharmonic from a virtualconductors podium (the musicians on the screen will tell you if you are up topar.) Journey back in time to see the great classical composers; and compose awaltz and have it played. A total of 5,000 square meters has been set asideexclusively for areas dedicated to a wide array of approaches to music.
- Third Concert Performance:
Your third concert performance will be today.
Day 10 :
Departure from Vienna
- Flight Home:
Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our guide accompanies us to theairport on our final day.