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Jewels of Bavaria & Austria

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Begin and end your vacation in the Bavarian capital of Munich, where the beer flows all year long!
  • Explore two of Germany's famous castles built by King Ludwig II: Neuschwanstein and Linderhof.
  • Gaze up at Mount Zugspitze, Germany's tallest mountain, in the alpine town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
  • Cross the German border into Austria and explore two of its historic highlights: Salzburg and Innsbruck!
  • In Berchtesgadener Land, see the famous Konigssee, perhaps Germany’s most photogenic lake.
  • Take the ultimate Germany and Austria roadtrip! Spend seven nights driving the Autobahn to fabulous cities, towns, countryside, lakes, and more.

Short Description

Explore towering castles, idyllic countryside, and classically beautiful cities and towns on this 7-night vacation in Germany and Austria. Get on the Autobahn and drive to Munich, the Bavarian countryside, Salzburg, Innsbruck, and more!

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Munich
End City Germany

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Munich (MUC)
  • Automatic, economy-sized rental car for 7 nights, including unlimited mileage, air conditioning & mandatory insurances
  • Pick up and drop off at Munich Airport
  • 7 nights accommodation in the following hotels, or similar:
  • 1 night in Munich at the Arthotel Munich
  • 1 night in Fussen at the Villa Toscana
  • 1 night in Garmisch-Partenkirchen at the CPH Hotel Almenrausch
  • 2 nights in Salzburg at the Star Inn Hotel Premium Salzburg Gablerbrau, by Quality
  • 1 night in Berchtesgaden at the Alpinhotel Berchtesgaden
  • 1 night in Munich at the Arthotel Munich
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Munich!

Accommodation: Arthotel Munich

Say "willkommen" to Germany! Upon arrival in Munich, pick up your rental car and drive to your accommodation in the Bavarian capital. The remainder of the day is yours to explore Munich. The city is home to famous attractions like the Marienplatz, the Viktualienmarkt, and the Hofbrauhaus beer hall.

Munich is also the gateway to the Bavarian Alps and is famous for its annual Oktoberfest in September. On your first night, stroll through Marienplatz, a spectacular, lively square full of history!

Day 2: Munich - Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Castles – Fussen

Accommodation: Villa Toscana

Leave Munich today and drive approximately 80 miles to Fussen. Along the way, you won't want to miss two splendid castles built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria (also known as the "Mad King“). Visit the jaw dropping Neuschwanstein Castle, which inspired Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle, and Linderhof, inspired by Versailles.

You may also want to visit the village of Oberammergau, known for its handcrafts and Passion Play, which has been performed every decade since 1634. In the evening you will arrive in Fussen, located in the southernmost part of the Romantic Road.

Day 3: Fussen - Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Accommodation: CPH Hotel Almenrausch

Today, you will continue 40 miles to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a center for winter sports and the host of the 1936 Winter Olympics. Here you will find the tallest mountain in Germany, Mount Zugspitze at 8,800 feet.

Take the cable car to the peak of Zugspitze mountain and enjoy incredible views spanning multiple countries. Treat yourself to lunch at the peak, then head back into town and enjoy the typical alpine village of Partenkirchen.

Day 4: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Innsbruck – Salzburg

Accommodation: Star Inn Hotel Premium Salzburg Gablerbräu, by Quality

Say goodbye to Garmish-Partenkirchen as you drive approximately 40 miles to Innsbruck in western Austria. Surrounded by high mountains, Innsbruck is a popular winter destination and has hosted the Winter Olympics twice. Stroll around this enchanting city, then consider a visit to Swarovski’s surreal museum/theme park Crystal Worlds.

Later in the day, drive approximately 110 miles to baroque Salzburg, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Check into your accommodation, then wander through the picturesque old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 5: Salzburg

Today you have a full free day to explore Salzburg! Perhaps you can begin at Salzburg's dominating landmark, Festung Hohensalzburg, Central Europe’s largest intact fortress with fantastic views of the city.

Another city highlight is Mozart's Geburtshaus, the place where the composer was born on January 27, 1756. The house is located in Getreidegasse, Salzburg’s popular shopping street.

End the day with a traditional Austrian meal of schnitzel or Tafelspitz at St Peter Stiftskulinarium, the oldest restaurant in Europe in the heart of the city!

Day 6: Salzburg – Berchtesgaden

Accommodation: Alpinhotel Berchtesgaden

After breakfast, leave Salzburg and drive approximately 20 miles to Berchtesgaden in Germany, a typical alpine village at the foot of the Watzmann Mountain.

Take your pick of things to do in Berchtesgaden. Put on a pair of overalls and take a tiny train into the Salt Mine, which acted as the backbone of the town’s economy during the 1800s.

At the mouth of the Berchtesgaden National Park, surrounded by the Alps, lies Konigssee (Lake of the King), a must see in Bavaria and one of the most picturesque places in Germany.

Day 7: Berchtesgaden - Lake Chiem – Munich

Accommodation: Arthotel Munich

In the morning, leave Berchtesgaden and drive approximately 100 miles back to Munich. On the way, consider a stop at Chiemsee, a freshwater lake that is often called "the Bavarian Sea."

Arrive in Munich in the afternoon and the spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Celebrate your last night at Hofbrauhaus, Munich's oldest beer hall dating back to the 16th century. Take a seat at one of the long wooden tables and enjoy a frosty beer and traditional Bavarian meal!

Day 8: Depart Germany

Your Germany-Austria vacation ends today. At the appropriate time, drive to Munich airport, drop off your rental car, and transfer to your gate for your flight home.

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Everything on the trip was excellent. The only concern with any services from GVV was initial communications ahead of the trip regarding when and how we'd receive all our travel vouchers, as some were available online, and some were to be picked up in country upon arrival. It took no less than 5 phone calls to learn some vouchers would be picked up in country. The trip was outstanding, exhausting, but gloriously beautiful. It was exhausting from the perspective of moving around the country and only a few places were 2 nights. But, we knew that going in, and we wanted to see ALL of Switzerland and this certainly checked those boxes. We saw majestic mountains, we saw countless waterfalls and glaciers. The trains in Switzerland were all clean and we felt safe. The hotels were good with delicious breakfasts each morning. Overall, I would recommend GVV to a friend or family member and I would personally book another vacation with GVV.
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This was my first time planning a trip out of the country. I read previous reviews who had a good experience with Great Value Vacation. Our trip was amazing! The booking and reservations were easy to use with the vouchers provided. The staff was helpful. The only downside was I upgraded to have an automatic vehicle and they gave me a stick shift. It took a while to get sorted out but other than that I loved my trip! I will definitely use great value vacations again when I book my next trip. I opted for the additional wine tasting package and I did not regret it! I recommend adding those additional tours to get a more complete experience.
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