Day 1 Home - Frankfurt
Guests will disembark from their flights at the airport in Frankfurt.
Day 2 Frankfurt
Upon arrival in Frankfurt, we meet our guide and embark on a brief city tour of Frankfurt, admiring the elegant Baroque architecture, vibrant squares and the Cathedral with its towering 19th-century spire, before checking in to our hotel.
Day 3 Frankfurt - Wurzburg - Munich (316 km)
After breakfast, we depart for the Baroque town of Wurzburg, a gateway to the fabled Romantic Road. Admire this photogenic town including its rebuilt St. Kilian Cathedral, Old Main Bridge and City Hall, and snap photos of the restored Wurzburg Residenz, the castle overlooking its rooftops. Then, continue to the Bavarian capital of Munich, known for its imposing squares and monuments, and annual Oktoberfest beer festival. If time allows, take a city tour to see landmarks including the Old Town Hall at the Marienplatz and onion-domed Cathedral Church of Our Dear Lady. Tonight, enjoy a German Pork Knuckle Dinner, feasting on this delicious local specialty.
Day 4 Munich - Neuschwanstein - Salzburg (263 km)
Today starts with a sightseeing tour of Munich if time prevented it yesterday, followed by a drive to the Romantic Road's southernmost point, the town of Fussen. Soak in the views of hilltop Neuschwanstein Castle*, a fairytale-like ensemble of towers and spires set against the white-capped Alps. Built in the 19th century by ?mad? King Ludwig II, the inspiration of Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle. Afterward, continue through gorgeous countryside to Austria and Mozart's hometown of Salzburg. Here, perhaps take our optional tour to the historic Bad Dürrnberg Salt Mines that brought wealth to Salzburg in medieval times. Ride a train into the salt tunnels, cruise on the salt lake, and learn about the trade before returning to Salzburg.
Day 5 Salzburg - Ljubljana (253 km)
Today, we will tour the city of Salzburg, visiting astounding places like the Mirabell Gardens. Then, we will cross the Salzac River to walk around the Old Town. Afterwards, we will be able to explore the city at our own pace for a while before we journey to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.
Guests can choose to take the St. Gilgen Excursion & Lake Wolfgang Cruise
Day 6 Ljubljana - Postojna - Plitvice (168 km)
Today, we will go sightseeing in Ljubljana, getting views of the Castle and the Old Town. Then, we will travel to Postojna Cave, one of the world's largest karst cave systems. Later, we will travel to Plitvice, where we will enjoy dinner and spend the night.
Day 7 Plitvice National Park - Budapest (482 km)
Today, we will visit Plitvice National Park. After touring Croatia's greatest natural wonder, we will head to Budapest, where we will enjoy a traditional Hungarian dinner and performance.
Day 8 Budapest -Danube River Cruise - Vienna (243 km)
Today, we will embark on a sightseeing tour of Budapest, visiting Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church, and the Parliament Building. Then, we will take a cruise on the Danube River that will bring us to the Pest district. Here, we will visit World Heritage Boulevard and Heroes Square. Later, we will travel to Vienna, where we will visit St. Stephen's Church and the shopping district. This evening, perhaps join us for an optional Mozart Concert.
Day 9 Vienna - Prague (250 km)
For the first half of the day, we will tour Vienna, including a visit to Schonbrunn Palace, one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Europe. Then, we will drive past many historic landmarks as we make our way to Prague.
Day 10 Prague
Today, we will explore Prague by visiting Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Town Square, and the romantic Charles Bridge. After visiting the medieval Astronomical Clock and the Old Jewish Cemetery, we will be able to spend time in the city at our own leisure. Be sure to cap your sightseeing with an optional cruise on the Vltava River, seeing highlights such as Prague Castle and Charles Bridge from the different perspective of the water.
Day 11 Prague - Karlovy Vary - Frankfurt (411 km)
Today, we will arrive in Karlovy Vary, the most popular spa resort in the Czech Republic, renowned for its mineral springs. Later on, we will proceed to Frankfurt to enjoy a farewell dinner party.
Day 12 Frankfurt - Home
Today, guests will transfer to the airport to board their departure flights. Please see "Departure and Return" for more detailed information regarding when to schedule flights.